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Herfoss and West finish 1, 2 for Crankt Protein Honda Racing at Wakefield Park

It was a complete fairy tale ending for the Crankt Protein Honda Racing team at round two of the Australian Superbike Championship at Wakefield Park, with Troy Herfoss taking the round win on home soil, while Jamie Stauffer’s replacement Anthony West finished in second position on the Superbike podium, in what was only his first ASBK outing since 1998.

 

There was no doubt that the second round of this year’s ASBK championship dished out plenty of thrills and spills across the entire three days, but it was Goulburn local Herfoss on his Honda machine who was the man of the moment this weekend.

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From the minute Herfoss hit the track at Wakefield Park, the local proved he was a force to be reckoned with, putting down a record lap time of 57.350 during the Superbike qualifying session on Saturday, which provided himself and the Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team with pole position when racing kicked off today.

 

And when race one eventually got underway this afternoon, despite three race restarts due to red flags, Herfoss showed his consistency and patience, taking the opening race win ahead of his teammate West who put in an outstanding effort to finish in second, at his very first event with the Honda racing team.

 

In race two, Herfoss hoped to remain undefeated at Wakefield, however in the later stages of the race, at turn ten on the tight technical Wakefield Park circuit, Herfoss hit false neutral and was forced back two positions, seeing him slide from second to fourth.

 

However, at the conclusion of race two, both Herfoss and West had plenty of reason to celebrate – the pair wrapping up the final outing for the day with West snatching up second position once again, and Herfoss finishing in fourth, handing the team positions one and two on the round two overall Superbike podium.

 

Round two winner Herfoss shared that despite a tough final race, he has added confidence, now having the Superbike Championship points lead, as the series heads to round three.

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“It was a bit of a stressful morning, I’m not sure what was going on – it was as if everyone was too eager and there were bikes going down everywhere. It was a bit odd with the tyre allocation, because with so many restarts we still had to use the same tyre, and I was a bit nervous about pushing hard – but the Pirelli’s really proved themselves this weekend and I was able to bring it home in the first race. In race two I was a bit disappointed, because I was struggling to get through the traffic, and I managed to get in to second, but I hit false neutral in turn ten and I hit the kitty litter which pushed me back a few positions. All in all though, I’m that excited with the package we have. We’ve gone a lot faster and we just keep improving on what we’ve got. Now we’re going to Eastern Creek where you really need a bike that can go the whole race distance, and fast, and I’m absolutely confident that we have the opportunity to do that with the Honda CBR1000RR SP.”

 

Fill in rider Ant West was also happy at the conclusion of round two, sharing that the ASBK Superbike class is more competitive than he first anticipated.

 

“I jumped straight on this bike and to be honest I’m pretty happy with what we achieved this weekend. I’ve never raced a Honda before, so it’s been a challenge getting comfortable on the bike and really we haven’t had a lot of time to get the bike set up for me. I still didn’t feel 100 per cent during the race and I still think there’s a lot more that we can get out of the bike, and also a lot more that we can get out of myself. I’ve had fun though, and I’d definitely consider racing at the ASBK again. I’ve never really thought about racing in Australia, but after racing here I’ve realised it is competitive, and it’s not an easy championship – these top guys are fast. Wakefield Park is a track that I’m not used to, it’s tight and bumpy and it’s a lot different to what I’m used to riding, so I’d love the opportunity to come back and see what I can do on a different circuit.”

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Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team Manager Paul Free shared that he couldn’t be happier after both Herfoss and West finishing on the podium at Wakefield Park today.

 

“For any team, this really is a fairy tale result, and on behalf of the Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team, a big congratulations to both Troy and Anthony. We knew that Troy would be fast here, but to set a new lap record and take the round two win, it really is a great result for the entire team. Anthony was asked to step in at the last minute, and he has proven today that we made the right choice. To finish with both boys in the two top spots on the podium, we really couldn’t be happier.”

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The Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team will now begin preparation for Round three of the ASBK, being held at Sydney Motorsport Park on April 16 – 17.

Local Herfoss and WSBK wildcard West to fly Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team flag at Round 2 of ASBK

The Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team is gearing up for the second instalment of the 2016 Australian Superbike Championship, being held at Wakefield Park in New South Wales this weekend (25-27 March, 2016) with Troy Herfoss and surprise inclusion Ant West set to take to the track.

With Herfoss, currently 4th in the Superbike Championship standings after one round, the local star will head into Round 2 with successful testing at Wakefield Park Raceway under his belt, and is well equipped to perform on his CBR1000RRSP in front of a home crowd this weekend.

Herfoss shared that he is eager to perform for friends, family, and fans in Goulburn – expressing his confidence and determination to move up in the Superbike championship standings at Round 2.

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“After some productive testing at Wakefield on the Honda CBR1000RRSP, I am feeling confident leading in the second round. Being my home track, I feel I know every bump, corner and twist the circuit has to offer,” he said.

“With round one behind me I am ready to put my best foot forward this weekend. I feel I have good pace around the circuit and the team have been putting in a lot of hard work to make sure we have a great setup for the CBR machine.

“There is tough competition out on track, but I will have the locals there cheering me on. I am really looking forward to racing, and hopefully putting Honda on the podium for round two.”

Crankt Protien Honda Racing’s Jamie Stauffer, currently 11th in Superbike Championship standings, will unfortunately not take to the grid for Round 2 of the ASBK, due to an incident during testing which has left Stauffer with a compression fracture to his T12 vertebrae.

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“It’s really disappointing not being able to race this weekend with the Crankt Protein Honda Racing team, it was a round I was really looking forward to,” he said.

“Unfortunately that is the risk of the sport and it sees me not being able to compete this weekend. All I can do it put my focus in to repairing and healing my body, and building my strength again to be fit and ready for when I jump back on the bike.

“It is never good having to miss a round of the championship, but the decision has been made to ensure I can have time to recover, and with the team’s help we will just be making sure I get back on the bike as soon as I possibly can.”

With Stauffer sidelined, WSBK Supersport wildcard rider Ant West will climb aboard the Crankt Protein Honda at Round 2, and today shared how he’s feeling about making his 2016 ASBK debut at Wakefield Park.

“I only got the call up to race with the Honda guys yesterday, so I’ve jumped on a plane and I’ll be racing at Wakefield Park this weekend,” he said.

“I haven’t raced the ASBK since 1998 (laughs) so I’m excited to have the opportunity to jump on a Honda and race in Australia.

“I don’t really know what to expect this weekend, there’s plenty of guys out there who have a lot of experience at Wakefield, but it’s a good opportunity to get some more races under my belt.

“The Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team has a competitive bike, and given that I have had no time with the team, that’s one of the main reasons I said yes to the opportunity – It does give you confidence knowing you’re stepping on to a strong team.”

Crankt Protein Honda racing will now head to Goulburn for the Round 2 of the 2016 Yamaha Motor Finance Australian Superbike Championship presented by Motul Pirelli this Easter long weekend, 25-27 March. For more information on the ASBK Championship head to www.asbk.com.au.

To keep up to date with all of Crankt Protien Honda Racing’s news, results, and features like the ‘Team Honda Racing’ Facebook page, follow @teamhondaracing  on Instagram, or head to www.teamhondaracing.com.au.

The 2016 ASBK Battle is Go for Crankt Protein Honda Racing

1st March 2016 – Round 1 of the Australian Superbike Championship (ASBK) is done and dusted after some extremely close racing at Phillip Island over the weekend and the battle is only just beginning.

Crankt Protein Honda Racing departs the season opener with #17 Troy Herfoss in 4th place and #27 Jamie Stauffer in 11th place in the championship.

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The World Superbike event was not without incident for the Honda team.  In Race 1 on Saturday a moment of instability from Mike Jones at the front of the tightly packed group caused an unavoidable chain reaction.  It ended in disaster for Stauffer when he hurtled into the back tyre of Herfoss who had quickly shut off his throttle to avoid the bike in front.  The resulting impact threw Stauffer from his motorcycle only to slide at high speed down the front straight.  Luckily, the other riders avoided Stauffer and he was able to limp to Racesafe for medical attention.  Stauffer will possibly require skin grafts to his forearm in the coming days.

Battered, burned and with a number of bruises,  Stauffer nonetheless lined up on the grid the following day for Races 2 and 3 ready to do battle again.  The impact also damaged the rear tyre on Herfoss’ bike although he still managed to finish Race 1 in 5th place with a fastest lap of 1:33.527 sec.

In Race 2 on Sunday Herfoss recorded his fastest lap of the weekend, a 1:33.123 sec to finish in 5th place and Stauffer finished Race 2 in 7th place.

Race 3 saw Herfoss battle it out for the lead onboard his CBR1000RR SP only to have to settle for 2nd place by just .033 sec, placing him 4th overall for the event.

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Herfoss is looking forward to Round 2, saying “Fourth position for the opening round of the ASBK is obviously not where wanted to start the season, but it is just the first event and we still come away with valuable points.  My pace over the weekend was good on the Crankt Protein Honda and I am really looking forward to racing at my home circuit, Wakefield Park this month.  A massive thanks to Crankt Protein Honda Racing for all their efforts this weekend, a great job done by all!”

Stauffer finished Race 3 in 7th place and took 11th place overall for Round 1.  He will now focus on recovery.  “I feel fairly lucky to walk away after that crash although I am pretty sore.  It was just unlucky that I was tucked in so close behind Troy when it happened and had no time to react.  I’ll be focusing on getting my forearm looked at now and making sure I’m good to go for Round 2.  Considering the crash, I am pleased to come away with some solid points.  It’s only Round 1 and the bike feels really good so I know we’ll come back strongly at Wakefield Park.”

Round 2 ASBK will be held 26th – 27th March at Wakefield Park in New South Wales.