Monthly Archives: April 2016

Wilson and Long set to converge on iconic Broadford venue

The Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team are preparing to head to the historic State Motorcycle Complex at Broadford for round three of the Motul MX Nationals this weekend, with both team members Dylan Long and Jay Wilson looking to improve on their previous results.

The Honda backed team who have consistently put top ten finishes on the board throughout two rounds of the championship so far, have been working hard during the last two weeks, and are eager to create history at Broadford for the final time with the MX Nationals this coming Sunday.

Wilson, who achieved two impressive starts at Appin just a couple of weeks ago, shared that he’s been working closely with the team to edge closer to achieving his goals, and is looking forward to heading back to Broadford for round three.

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“Ahead of this weekend we’ve really been working on the whole package, and finding those areas where we can lift our game and then see improvements results wise,” he said.

“Being my rookie year in the MX1 class, I’m still learning and adapting to the new CRF450, but even in the last two weeks, the team and I have made some significant improvements and changes so we’re feeling positive.

“I always have high expectations of myself, and I know where I want to be in the future, so this weekend we’ll be trying to make some more progress and put some better results on paper.”

For Long, who currently sits in an impressive eighth position in the overall MX1 championship standings, shared that he too will be looking to step up his game at Round 3, and is looking forward to competing in his home state, Victoria this weekend.

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“It’s been a solid two weeks since Appin, and the team and I have made some changes and we’re definitely moving in the right direction,” he said.

“I was pretty happy with my ride in the final moto at Appin, so we are going to try and carry that same momentum, build off those results, and move forward again this weekend.

“I’m enjoying riding the bike, and it’s always nice to have a round in your home state. Being a Victorian based team it will be good to have some extra support at Broadford this weekend, and hopefully we get a good crowd out there backing us.”

The Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team will now prepare to head to the State Motorcycle Complex in Broadford for round three of the Motul MX Nationals, this Sunday May 1.

To watch all of the racing live from Broadford this weekend, tune in from 11:00am via www.nrgtv.com.au

For more information on the Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team, head to www.teamhondaracing.com.au or for further information on Round 3 of the Motul MX Nationals head to www.mxnationals.com.au

Tough weekend at Round 3 of the ASBK run and won for the Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team

The Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team have wrapped up a challenging Round 3 of the 2016 Australian Superbike Championship at Sydney Motorsport Park, with both Troy Herfoss and Jamie Stauffer leaving the circuit safe and healthy.

With the weather tipped to be wet at Round 3 of the ASBK, the Crankt Protein Honda Racing team were prepared to take on the elements, and with Herfoss looking to maintain his championship lead, and Stauffer making his return after injury, the round was nothing short of eventful.

After qualifying in P4 on Saturday, Herfoss fought to chase down his competitors on the fast Sydney Motorsport Park circuit during race one yesterday, but to no avail. At the conclusion of the race, Herfoss crossed the line in fifth position. In race two, a scorcher of a start for Herfoss allowed him and his Honda CBR1000RR SP machine to move in to the race lead for a period of time in the wet conditions, however after dropping back to third, Herfoss ran wide in turn one with four laps remaining, and as a result ran out of time to make up valuable positions, and concluded race two in seventh. Herfoss now sits in third position in the overall Superbike championship, only eight points off the lead.

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“It was a tough weekend for us – we all worked exceptionally hard but we fell a bit short pace wise, and although we made some good progression as the weekend went on, the outright pace just wasn’t there,” Herfoss shared.

“I’m thankful for the guys here at Crankt Protein Honda Racing because they put in a lot of effort. We tried a lot of things and it was quite frustrating for them, but we just couldn’t get those extra tenths of a second.

“I’ve been told that I’m only around seven or eight points off the championship lead, so it’s not dire straights and we’re still well and truly in the game. We’re going to work hard, and go to the next round in Perth making sure that we’re ready to race from lap one in practice.”

For Stuaffer, who made his return to the Australian Superbike Championship at Sydney Motorsport Park on the weekend, a sixth place in race one was an encouraging result, however it was in race two that Stauffer recorded his best finish for the weekend in the wet – capitalizing on other rider’s misfortunes, and putting in a consistent ride to conclude race two in fourth place.

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“It was my first ride back since I injured my back, and it wasn’t a great weekend for me but I’m still not back at 100 per cent fitness yet,” Stauffer said.

“In saying that, it wasn’t a terrible weekend. I didn’t qualify the best but in race one I was fairly consistent the whole way through, and in race two it was wet, and we had our first go on the Pirelli wet weather tyres – The fourth place in that race I was pretty happy with.

“I can’t move around too much on the bike at the moment, but all in all we had a good weekend, and hopefully by next round I can come back and be fighting for some wins.”

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The Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team will now begin preparations for Round 4 of the Australian Superbike Championship, being held at Barbagallo Raceway in Perth on June 3-5.

For more information on the Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team, head to www.teamhondaracing.com.au

Progress made at Round 2 of the Motul MX Nationals for the Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team

The Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team fought until the very end at Appin yesterday, with both Dylan Long and Jay Wilson once again finishing inside the top ten in the MX1 class, at round two of the Motul MX Nationals.

Despite the pair getting to a slow start in qualifying, when racing kicked off it was a different story, with both Long and Wilson pushing hard in the experienced field to put vital championship points on the board.

Long, who despite a tough moto one where he finished in 11thplace, fought to redeem himself in moto two, eventually concluding the race in seventh position. With the two results to his name, Long wrapped up the round in ninth overall aboard his Crankt Protein Honda CRF450 machine.

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“It wasn’t too bad of a round at Appin. In the first race I really struggled and pumped up a bit, so I didn’t finish where I would have liked to in moto one,” he said.

“During the lunch break, myself and the team made some changes, and they worked out really well in moto two, and I came away with a seventh.

“It’s sort of not where I want to be, but I’m happy with the direction we’re taking with the bike. The team worked very well together this weekend and we’re making a lot of improvements every round.”

For Wilson in race one, the 21-year-old got to a flying start and was riding inside the top five for the opening few laps, however when the race reached the half way point, a small mistake caused Wilson to crash, forcing him to lose valuable positions – eventually concluding the race in ninth. In moto two, the Appin circuit had formed up to be tight and technical, and after a middle pack start Wilson wrapped up the final race of the day tenth position.

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“I’m a bit disappointed with today to be honest, I got two relatively good starts, but I just wasn’t able to convert them in to results, Wilson shared.

“We made some big changes to the suspension from qualifying to racing, which got the bike handling a bit better but we still have work to do if we want to run with these top guys.

“I had the speed to run with the top five for around ten minutes, but after that I dropped back, so we’ll go back to the drawing board and do some further testing ahead of round three.

“I know where I want to be, and I’m going to be working hard in the next two weeks to get closer to that goal.”

The Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team will now begin preparations for round three of the Motul MX Nationals which will be held at Broadford in Victoria on Sunday May 1.

For more information on the Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team, head to www.teamhondaracing.com.au

For more information on the MX Nationals, head to www.mxnationals.com.au

Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team prepped and ready to take on Appin

The Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team is preparing to head to Appin in New South Wales, for round two of the Motul MX Nationals this Sunday April 17, with both Dylan Long and Jay Wilson looking more and more comfortable on their Honda machines.

After the team’s debut in Horsham only two short weeks ago, where the pair both finished inside the top ten in the MX1 class, both Long and Wilson will be looking to step things up again this weekend, as the series heads to the famous Appin circuit south of Sydney.

Long, who is based out of Benalla in Victoria, now has a successful season opener under his belt, and is looking forward to going racing with the Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team at round two.

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“I’m feeling really good about this weekend. It’s been good to build off the result at Horsham and if all goes to plan, we will be able to step things up at Appin this weekend,” he said.

“We’ve all been working as a team the last two weeks, testing and improving the suspension and things like that, so it should be a good weekend.

“I’ve had mixed experiences at Appin – but I’m just enjoying every minute on the bike at the moment, so hopefully that will show in our results on Sunday.”

Wilson, who managed to secure an impressive fourth place in Superpole at the opening round of the Motul MX Nationals, shared that he’s looking forward to returning to one of his favorite tracks, Appin, aboard his Honda CRF450.

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“It was good to get round one out of the way – we know exactly where we are at now and the team and I have been working on a few bits and pieces during the last two weeks to perfect things,” he said.

“I’ve always enjoyed racing at Appin, it suits my riding style a lot and we always get a great crowd there, so I’m looking forward to racing the Honda 450 this weekend.

“After my result in Superpole at round one, I know that I have the speed to run with the top guys so if I can get some better starts, hopefully I can convert those into some improved race results.”

There is also an opportunity to meet both Jay Wilson and Dylan Long ahead of round 2 of the Motul MX Nationals, with a Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team meet and greet taking place at the Coles Supermarket in Picton, New South Wales from 5:00pm Friday April 15.

For more information on the Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team, head to www.teamhondaracing.com.au or for further information on Round 2 of the Motul MX Nationals head to www.mxnationals.com.au

Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team’s Herfoss and Stauffer to take to the grid at Round 3

The Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team will return to a two-man squad at Round 3 of the Australian Superbike Championship at Sydney Motorsport Park this weekend, with both Troy Herfoss and Jamie Stauffer confirmed to take to the Superbike grid.

Stauffer who was forced to sit out of Round 2 of the ASBK at Wakefield Park due to injury, will make his return to racing this weekend, aboard his Honda CBR1000-RR machine.

Now that a medical clearance has confirmed his return, Stauffer spoke about his time off the bike, as well as his preparation leading into round three of the ASBK.

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“I am looking forward to getting back on the bike, it’s been tough having to be sidelined for Round 2, I’m still not 100% fit, but I am feeling a lot better about my return this weekend,” he said.

“I am going into this round with other competitors having a race meeting on top of me, and I haven’t ridden the bike in a while, so I am just going to try and do as many laps as I can on Friday and see how I am feeling on Saturday and Sunday.

“An important aspect of racing is having a good, strong team behind you, which I have with Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team. I am ready to try and win as many races as I can, and help put Honda on the podium again.”

Herfoss who had a successful outing at Wakefield Park Raceway, which saw him take the round win as well as the Superbike Championship lead, is ready to get back on the Honda at Sydney Motorsport Park this weekend.

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“Round two went well for myself and the Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team. It is always nice to come home with a win at the end of the weekend, especially given that it was my home round and in front of family and friends,” explained Herfoss.

“It will be good to have the team back together again with Jamie returning from injury, we all work well as a unit, and support each other on race weekends.

“We have a strong, competitive bike, so I am heading into the weekend feeling fit and ready – I know that I have the pace so am feeling confident about this weekend’s racing.”

The Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team, will now head to Sydney Motorsport Park for Round 3 of the 2016 Australian Superbike Championship, with Troy Herfoss having a two-point lead in the Superbike championship standings, while Stauffer is currently sitting in 16th position.

Long and Wilson Record Top Ten Finish for Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team at Round 1

Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team’s Jay Wilson and Dylan Long got their 2016 Motul MX Nationals campaigns off to an encouraging start today, at the season opener in Horsham, Victoria.

With round one marking the first official event for the newly formed motocross team, both MX1 pilots Long and Wilson posted results inside the overall top ten at Horsham, in one of the most talent packed 450 classes that Australia has seen in years.

For Wilson, round one also marked his maiden appearance in the MX1 class aboard his CRF450 machine. Wilson showed promising form during the MX1 qualifying session this morning, posting the fifth quickest time, then progressing in to the first GoPro Superpole for 2016, where he finished in fourth position. Following qualifying, Wilson raced to 8th in moto one, followed by 11th in moto two, handing the 21-year-old with 10th overall at the conclusion of round one.

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“After everything that happened at Horsham for myself personally in 2015, I was really glad to just get through the day and put round one behind me,” Wilson shared.

“I was quite happy to see that I had the speed to run inside the top five during qualifying this morning, so even though on paper it wasn’t the result that I wanted, we are taking a lot of positives out of round one.

“The best thing about today was that the CRF450 worked really well – I had a lot of trust in the bike and that definitely eased the nerves a lot. We’re going to make a few changes in the next two weeks, and try and improve on the final result at round two.”

Long, who also made his Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team debut in Horsham today, showed that consistency was key at round one – taking 7th place in both moto one, and moto two, to eventually be awarded with eighth overall at the conclusion of the season opener.

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“We’re very happy with the result that we got today. We are a new team, and we’re on a new bike, so for both Jay and myself to finish inside the top ten especially with so much talent in our class, it’s a pretty good starting point for the team,” Long said.

“There are a lot of fast guys out there, but definitely if I can get my starts right, I think we can improve on today’s result when we go racing again in two weeks at Appin.

“We are all pretty much running the same times, so the starts really are key this year. As a team we’re going to work on a few things in the next two weeks, and then see what we can do at round two.”

The Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team will now begin preparations for round two of the Motul MX Nationals which will be held at Appin in New South Wales on April 17.

Images – Rhys Van Slooten

For more information on the MX Nationals, head to www.mxnationals.com.au

Wilson and Long to make Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team debut in Horsham

The Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team will make their MX Nationals debut this weekend, when round one of the ten round motocross championship kicks off at the Dooen Recreational Reserve in Horsham, Victoria, on Sunday April 3.

After months of testing and developing a fresh new factory team, Crankt Protein Honda Racing has put the finishing touches on it’s program, and both MX1 pilots Dylan Long and Jay Wilson are excited to head to round one.

Long, who achieved a number of top five results as well as a podium in the MX1 class in 2015, shared that he’s looking forward to Horsham now that he’s had the opportunity to settle into his CRF450 machine.

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“It’s great to have the Honda Team behind me, and to have a team that you have been with for a while, especially heading in the first round that you have been testing and training with,” he said.

“It should be a good year for us – It awesome to have Pip and Paul around – Paul obviously knows what he is doing with his road race team, and then you have Pip who has years and year of experience and don’t even get me started on how much he knows about motorbikes.

“I am going to go out there to try and win every race, but obviously the MX1 guys are all awesome riders – staying in the top five will be massive, if not the top three. Everyone can win races but its more about who can be the most consistent out on track for the whole year, so that’s the goal.”

2015 MX2 Champion Jay Wilson also shared that he is excited to make his debut in the MX1 class with the Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team at Horsham this weekend.

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“I really can’t wait to get to round one this weekend – we have had an awesome pre season with Pip Harrison and the team, and now we are all just looking forward to going racing,” he said.

“Last year I really didn’t have the opportunity to do a lot of testing before round one, but this year it’s been a completely different story – we have spent a lot of time perfecting things and as a result we are happy with where the bike and the team is at.

“It’s great having Paul Free and Pip in my corner for 2016 – both of these guys have had years and years of experience, and it definitely makes a big difference having their expertise being my rookie year in the MX1 class.”

Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team Manager Paul Free shared that the team is eager to get Round 1 of the MX Nationals under their belts this weekend.

“Jay and Dylan have both put in the training, and their mechanics and Pip are all working well together, so it will be great for them all to get their feet wet this weekend,” he said.

“We really wanted to put a young dynamic team together for 2016, and I think we have definitely been able to achieve that with Dylan and Jay. Both are talented and mature riders for their age, and we are looking forward developing them both throughout the year.

“This will be our first ever MX Nationals as a team, so we are really looking forward to arriving at Horsham and getting round one under our belts, and then growing as a team as the season goes on.”

The Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team will now head to Horsham, Victoria, for Round 1 of the 2016 MX Nationals on Sunday April 3, 2016.

To watch the Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team in action this weekend, you can tune in live from 10:30am on Sunday via www.nrgtv.com.au/live

To stay up to date with all of the Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team news and results, head to www.teamhondaracing.com.au

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