Monthly Archives: October 2016

Herfoss and Stauffer wrap up the 2016 MotoGP on the Superbike podium

The Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team have wrapped up yet another successful outing at the 2016 MotoGP at Phillip Island over the weekend, with both Jamie Stauffer and newly crowned ASBK Champion Troy Herfoss each taking positions on the podium, and collecting yet another championship throughout the event.

The Australian Superbikes entertained thousands of spectators as the support class over the course of the annual Australian MotoGP, and despite all riders being forced to deal with Phillip Island’s notorious weather conditions, the Honda CBR1000RRSP machines rose to the occasion.

After a difficult season, Superbike veteran Stauffer was determined to finish the 2016 race season on a high, and crowds were treated to the impressive form that the Honda rider is known for at Phillip Island – showcasing his maturity and experience over three action packed days.

On Friday, Stauffer showed early speed recording the fourth fastest time in practice, and despite qualifying in sixth position in treacherous conditions, when race one kicked off, Stauffer was determined to finish with a podium – eventually crossing the line in third place. With the second race for the Superbikes cancelled due to the wet weather, on Saturday Stauffer claimed his first race win of the year, while on Sunday the Honda CBR1000RRSP rider secured second, rewarding the team with second overall for the weekend.

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“I’m pretty wrapped with our weekend down at the Island – I have raced this circuit a lot throughout my career, and it’s always special riding alongside an event as big as the MotoGP,” Stauffer shared.

“On Friday the track was obviously difficult because of the weather but we did the best we could, and to finish with a podium in all three of our races is a great way to finish off the year.

“I can’t thank the team enough for their support and encouragement throughout the weekend. It was so nice to finally be able to reward them for all their hard work this year with a few podiums, and what place better to do it than at the MotoGP.”

Recently crowned 2016 Australian Superbike Champion Herfoss, also showcased his skill and consistency on the world stage over the weekend, concluding the Australian MotoGP with not only 2nd, 3rd and 4th place finishes in the support class races and third place on the Superbike podium, but his second title for the year, after his consistency saw him awarded the 2016 Australian Phillip Island Superbike Championship.

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“Wow, what a crazy weekend! As most race fans and riders know, you never know what you’re going to get weather wise at Phillip Island, and true to tradition we were certainly dealt with every element at the MotoGP this weekend,” Herfoss shared.

“The boys had a great pace this weekend, and both Josh Waters and Jamie were tough competition. We had some tight battles between us, and I hope the fans enjoyed the Australian Superbike races as much as we enjoyed being out there.

“To stand on the MotoGP podium this weekend, and to walk away with the 2016 Australian Phillip Island Superbike Championship was a nice way to cap off a great year with the team. I’m excited for 2017, and proud of everything we have achieved together throughout this season.”

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The Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team would like to thank all of their dedicated supporters and sponsors for their commitment to the team’s running of the 2016 Australian MotoGP at Phillip Island.

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

2017 Australian Superbike Championship Shaping up for Crankt Protein Honda Racing

Crankt Protein Honda Racing is excited to announce the very dynamic pairing of current Australian Superbike Champion, Troy Herfoss and multiple Australian Champion, Bryan Staring to compete in the 2017 Australian Superbike Championship.

Both riders have already signed with the factory Honda superbike team and #27 Jamie Stauffer is in discussion about remaining with the team heading into 2017.  Having been part of the team since 2010, Stauffer has proven his professionalism and skill onboard the CBR1000RR time and time again.  Team owner and Manager, Paul Free is eager to keep Stauffer in the fold.

Still celebrating his championship win, #1 Troy Herfoss is looking forward to competing for back-to-back ASBK crowns next year and developing the 2017 CBR1000RR SP, saying “We have had a fantastic season on the Crankt Protein Honda yet again.  Winning the 2016 ASBK championship after taking out an Australian title in 2015 has been a dream come true.  I couldn’t be more thrilled to continue working with Paul, Shaun and the whole team and continuing our success in 2017.  We have our final event of the year coming up at Phillip Island for the Australian MotoGP which is always a great event so hopefully we can finish the year with another few race wins.”

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Bryan Staring brings a wealth of experience and talent to Crankt Protein Honda Racing, having spent 6 years racing in Europe in World Superbike, Supersport, Superstock and MotoGP.  The 28 year old has 3 Australian Championships under his belt in the 125GP, Supersport and the 2010 Australian Superbike Championship and is keen to mount a challenge on the 2017 Superbike title onboard the Crankt Protein Honda Racing CBR1000RR SP.  “To be in the position to return to Australia and race with a team as professional as Motologic Honda is both a privilege and a pleasure. I couldn’t be happier to join the reigning ASBK champions and be equipped with a product as good as Honda, especially with the anticipation of the new bike. The Australian championship is going from strength to strength and I’m delighted to be part of what is now a deeply talented field. I’ll have a great teammate in Troy Herfoss who is an insanely tough competitor and I’m really looking forward to working the whole Motologic team. Although I’m saddened to leave the world championship without achieving what I dreamed I could have, six seasons there was a bigger experience than I could have imagined and I’m satisfied in that I gave it everything I had with no regrets and no stone unturned. I’m ready to come home and I smile at the thought of this new challenge and the people around me. I thank Motologic and Honda Australia for having me back.”

Crankt Protein Honda Racing Manager, Paul Free is pleased with how the 2017 season is shaping up for Honda, saying “We have had a huge season in 2016 with the whole gauntlet of highs and lows, but we ultimately finished on a massive high with Troy taking the Australian Superbike Title.  I am really excited to go racing in 2017.  We welcome Bryan back to the Australian Championship and our Honda team.  He now has 6 years of experience in the world championships under his belt and it will be terrific to see what he can do back on Australian soil onboard the CBR1000RR SP.  We are still in discussion with Jamie presently to maximize his success in 2017.  Jamie’s skill on a motorcycle and his wealth of knowledge about the motorcycle is a fantastic asset and we are of course very keen to retain him heading into next year.  Troy is pumped to try and win his second ASBK title in a row so we have a very exciting season of racing coming up in 2017.”

The Australian MotoGP event at Phillip Island will be held on the 21st to 23rd October and marks the final road racing event on the calendar for Crankt Protein Honda Racing.

Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team’s Herfoss crowned 2016 Superbike Champion

Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team’s Troy Herfoss has been crowned the 2016 Australian Superbike Championship at Winton Motor Raceway, after two action packed and drama filled races at the season decider yesterday.

After wrapping up the ASC Superbike Championship in 2015, Herfoss added yet another achievement to his growing resume, taking a second place and a race win which eventually awarded him with the 2016 Superbike title.

Herfoss who has now won three rounds this year, and snatched up three Pirelli Superpole victories throughout the season, celebrated with the team after crossing the finish line in the final race, and shared his thoughts moments after stepping off the 2016 Superbike podium.

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“It’s so hard to explain my emotions at the moment, I know I wanted to win the championship, and I could have finished last in race two and still won the title, but the feeling of winning races makes this victory so much better, and I really wanted to stamp my authority on the Championship, and show that I deserve it,” he shared.

“I managed to take out the round and the championship which is exactly what we were here for this weekend.

“It’s been such an amazing turn of events this round, and it’s hard to explain the pressure that comes with winning a championship, so to have wrapped up today with the title is very special.

“I am just really proud to win this championship for Honda especially with this bike. To get another Championship for them is really a proud moment for me. Thanks to the whole Crankt Protein Honda Team.”

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After qualifying in fourth position on Saturday, Herfoss’s teammate Jamie Stauffer also raced to impressive results on Sunday throughout the two Superbike races. Stauffer took fifth in race one and sixth in race two, to finish in sixth for the round, and in eighth overall in the Superbike Championship after a full year of battling injuries.

“Today wasn’t a bad day for me, and for the team it really was a bit of a fairy tale with Troy wrapping up the championship,” Stuaffer shared.

“It’s been a bit of a hard year personally with injuries, but in the past two rounds I have started to feel like myself again, and we managed to get some better results which is a nice way to finish the year.

“I can’t thank the Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team enough for their support throughout the season. We have had plenty of highs and lows together and it’s been a pleasure being a part of such a dedicated team of people.”

Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team Manager Paul Free congratulated Herfoss on his 2016 Superbike Championship victory, and also thanked the people involved in making this year’s racing season such a great success.

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“What a day! It’s hard to put in to words how rewarding this championship is for not only Troy, but the entire team of people behind the scenes who have worked tirelessly to get to this point,” Free shared.

“We experienced a real low point after Eastern Creek this year and we put the pressure on Pirelli to find us something that we knew would allow us to win races. Thanks to the team at Link International and Pirelli, they came through with a tyre that turned our season around. Without them, we simply may not have been here.

“Many people have made mention of the age of the CBR1000RRSP that we’re working with, but by winning the championship with Troy today, we have really shown that the Honda remains competitive even after all these years.

“I would like to personally congratulate Troy on his 2016 Championship and of course Jamie as well for fighting all year long despite carrying a number of injuries.

“And I would also like to thank all of our dedicated sponsors who made this Superbike Championship and racing this year such a great success. Without them, our achievements simply wouldn’t have been possible.”

The Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team would like to thank all of their dedicated supporters and sponsors for their commitment to the team’s running of the 2016 Australian Superbike Championship presented by Motul Pirelli.

For more information on the ASBK Championship head to www.asbk.com.au.

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