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Third for Herfoss following Phillip Island ASBK finals

It was a gut-wrenching end to the 2017 Australian Superbike Championship (ASBK) for Crankt Protein Honda Racing at Phillip Island, in what marked the final ASBK appearance for the outfit in operation with Troy Herfoss and Bryan Staring.

Former champion Herfoss was destined for success, carrying a slender six-point lead into the weekend, although it wasn’t to be when the Queensland-based rider was forced to return to pit lane in race one with just a matter of laps still on the board.

The opening outing saw Staring put in spirited fight, navigating the challenging conditions with class to position himself just outside of the top five in sixth place, narrowly edging out a number of rivals despite a rare flat front tyre.

In much better weather conditions for race two, Herfoss charged to second in a last-ditch attempt to revive his championship hopes and, despite the heroic effort, he wasn’t able to pull it off after he was credited 10th overall with a DNF-2 scorecard.

To round out the year on a positive note, Western Australian ace Staring put in an impressive display, finishing just behind teammate Herfoss in third to be rewarded fourth overall, just two points shy of the overall podium to cap-off the season.

In the final championship standings, it was Herfoss who collected third in the championship despite a difficult final round, as Staring was credited seventh overall in what was his return to the ASBK series this season.

Crankt Protein Honda Racing will now turn its attention to the national Superbike support races at Phillip Island on 20-22 October alongside the Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix.

2017 ASBK Rd7 Phillip Island overall results:
1. Wayne Maxwell 46
2. Josh Waters 41
3. Glenn Allerton 35
4. Bryan Staring (Crankt Protein Honda Racing) 33
5. Daniel Falzon 32
6. Alex Phillis 27
7. Josh Hook 27
8. Michael Blair 24
9. Cru Halliday 23
10. Troy Herfoss (Crankt Protein Honda Racing) 20

2017 ASBK championship standings:
1. Josh Waters 261
2. Wayne Maxwell 257
3. Troy Herfoss (Crankt Protein Honda Racing) 246
4. Daniel Falzon 220
5. Robert Bugden 219
6. Cru Halliday 206
7. Bryan Staring (Crankt Protein Honda Racing) 184
8. Michael Blair 138
9. Corey Turner 138
10. Mitch Levy 137

To stay up to date with the Crankt Protein Honda Racing team, visit the team’s official website at www.teamhondaracing.com.au or follow @teamhondaracing on social media.

Herfoss retakes ASBK points lead following Sydney podium

Crankt Protein Honda Racing’s Troy Herfoss leads the 2017 Australian Superbike Championship (ASBK) with a single round remaining after finishing second overall at Sydney Motorsport Park today.

After qualifying fifth, the defending two-time national champion put forward two determined rides in the 14-lap races to go 2-3 for the round, placing him six points ahead in the standings.

It was yet another impressive performance from Herfoss aboard the 2017 CBR1000RR SP2 despite a difficult beginning to the weekend and one that will go a long way toward his chances of sealing a third-straight crown.

Teammate Bryan Staring had one of his strongest weekends of the season to date at the Eastern Creek-based circuit, qualifying in position four on Saturday and then claiming a brilliant second place result in race two.

Unfortunately he experienced a technical glitch in race one while running second, but managed to bounce back later in the afternoon to challenge for the victory in P2. He salvaged 10th overall and is now seventh in the point-standings.

Crankt Protein Honda Racing will now spend the next month preparing for the 2017 ASBK series finale, to be contested at Phillip Island in Victoria on 6-8 October.

2017 ASBK Rd6 Sydney Motorsport Park results:
1. Josh WATERS 51
2. Troy HERFOSS (Crankt Protein Honda Racing) 38
3. Glenn ALLERTON 33
4. Robert BUGDEN 29
5. Cru HALLIDAY 29
6. Josh HOOK 29
7. Michael BLAIR 26
8. Corey TURNER 24
9. Alex PHILLIS 21
10. Bryan STARING (Crankt Protein Honda Racing) 20

2017 ASBK championship standings:
1. Troy HERFOSS (Crankt Protein Honda Racing) 226
2. Josh WATERS 220
3. Wayne MAXWELL 211
4. Robert BUGDEN 201
5. Daniel FALZON 188
6. Cru HALLIDAY 183
7. Bryan STARING (Crankt Protein Honda Racing) 151
8. Corey TURNER 138
9. Mitch LEVY 119
10. Michael BLAIR 114

To stay up to date with the Crankt Protein Honda Racing team, visit the team’s official website at www.teamhondaracing.com.au or follow @teamhondaracing on social media.

Herfoss remains in ASBK contention after Morgan Park race podium

Crankt Protein Honda Racing’s Troy Herfoss managed to place his CBR1000RR SP2 on the race two podium in today’s Morgan Park round of the 2017 Australian Superbike Championship (ASBK).

After qualifying second fastest and displaying impressive race pace throughout the Queensland weekend, Herfoss made an uncharacteristic mistake in the first 16-lap affair and crashed out of third position on lap five.

The defending number one plate-holder was able to rebound in style later this afternoon – live on free-to-air national television – by challenging for victory, leading five laps in the mid-stages and crossing the line in P3.

Despite his DNF in race one today and taking 10th overall, Herfoss is now second in the championship standings and just five points from the lead with two rounds remaining. He also set a new Morgan Park race lap record of 1m13.317s in that opening encounter.

It was a disappointing day for Crankt Protein Honda Racing teammate Bryan Staring, who also showed front-running speed and qualified fourth fastest on Saturday, but was ruled out of contention in both races on Sunday.

In the first race, the 2010 title winner was inside the top five when he encountered troubles and was forced to pit, while in race two he was as high as second on lap two when he slid out of the battle. He’s now seventh in points.

The 2017 Australian Superbike Championship will now travel directly to Sydney Motorsport Park in New South Wales for the penultimate round six on 8-10 September.

2017 ASBK Rd5 Morgan Park results:
1. Wayne MAXWELL 45
2. Cru HALLIDAY 44
3. Josh WATERS 34
4. Corey TURNER 33
5. Glenn ALLERTON 28
6. Alex PHILLIS 28
7. Mitch LEVY 25
8. Michael BLAIR 23
9. Ryan YANKO 19
10. Troy HERFOSS (Crankt Protein Honda Racing) 18

2017 ASBK championship standings:
1. Wayne MAXWELL 193
2. Troy HERFOSS (Crankt Protein Honda Racing) 188
3. Robert BUGDEN 172
4. Daniel FALZON 171
5. Josh WATERS 169
6. Cru HALLIDAY 154
7. Bryan STARING (Crankt Protein Honda Racing) 131
8. Corey TURNER 114
9. Mitch LEVY 103
10. Beau BEATON 92

To stay up to date with the Crankt Protein Honda Racing team, visit the team’s official website at www.teamhondaracing.com.au or follow @teamhondaracing on social media.

Powerhouse Group return to the fold

Crankt Protein Honda Racing are very pleased to announce the return of long-time team partner, Powerhouse Group for the remainder of the 2017 racing season.

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After a brief hiatus from the racing scene to focus on business expansion, Powerhouse Group Managing Director, Chris Deering will be trackside once more. Chris’s passion for motorcycles drives Powerhouse Group’s invaluable support for Crankt Protein Honda Racing, as it enters a very busy few months of racing.

“Supporting a well-run team at the top of its game has always been a source of great pride and satisfaction for me.” Chris added that “reuniting with Crankt Protein Honda Racing is not only a thrill but a great pleasure.”

Powerhouse Group climbs aboard as the Motocross team completes the MX Nationals season at Coolum, ahead of an action-packed Supercross season.

The Road team is heading to Round 5 of the Australian Superbike Championship at Morgan Park the following weekend as points leader and of course the 2017 MotoGP at Phillip Island is still to come.

Welcome back Powerhouse Group! For more information, visit www.powerhousegroup.com.au.

Herfoss takes ASBK lead in Darwin podium double for CBR1000RR SP2

Crankt Protein Honda Racing put together a superb debut aboard the 2017 CBR1000RR SP2 in Darwin’s fourth round of the 2017 Australian Superbike Championship (ASBK) today at Hidden Valley Raceway.

After qualifying fourth on the grid, defending champion Troy Herfoss rode to a pair of second place finishes in the heat of Hidden Valley to take over the series points lead.

Despite minimal mileage with Honda’s latest top-specification Fireblade prior to arriving in the Top End, Herfoss finished just 0.453s outside of the victory in the two-part opening encounter and then repeated his result with a controlled showing in race two.

It was enough for him to take over the championship lead by 13 points, setting he and the Victorian-based team up for a strong run home in the 2017 championship chase.

Teammate Bryan Staring was also particularly impressive across the Hidden Valley race weekend, slotting his SP2 into fifth on the grid and then racing to 4-3 results for third overall. It was his first overall podium since returning to Australia with Crankt Protein Honda Racing this season and he’s sixth in the standings, 39 points from Herfoss.

Next up will be Queensland’s Morgan Park Raceway on 25-27 August, the circuit in which Herfoss dominated at on his way to the championship last year.

2017 ASBK Rd4 Hidden Valley results:
1. Josh WATERS 50
2. Troy HERFOSS (Crankt Protein Honda Racing) 40
3. Bryan STARING (Crankt Protein Honda Racing) 35
4. Corey TURNER 32
5. Robert BUGDEN 32
6. Matt WALTERS 27
7. Cru HALLIDAY 26
8. Mitch LEVY 23
9. Troy GUENTHER 22
10. Beau BEATON 19

2017 ASBK championship standings:
1. Troy HERFOSS (Crankt Protein Honda Racing) 170
2. Robert BUGDEN 157
3. Daniel FALZON 155
4. Wayne MAXWELL 148
5. Josh WATERS 135
6. Bryan STARING (Crankt Protein Honda Racing) 131
7. Cru HALLIDAY 110
8. Corey TURNER 81
9. Beau BEATON 79
10. Mitch LEVY 78

To stay up to date with the Crankt Protein Honda Racing team, visit the team’s official website at www.teamhondaracing.com.au or follow @teamhondaracing on social media.

Crankt Protein Honda Racing will debut the new Honda CBR1000RR SP2 at Darwin

Following a positive test at Winton Raceway this week with Troy Herfoss; the Motologic based Honda team are ready to race the new CBR at Round 4 of the ASBK series at Darwin on the 8th and 9th of July.

With an injection of top end power and a sophisticated new electronics package, the 2017 CBR1000RR SP2 is the perfect evolution from the previous model, according the team owner Paul Free.

“We are all really looking forward to Darwin and the remainder of the championship now that we have this new SP2. The level of excitement within the team right now surrounding the new bike and the improvements it brings is fantastic, we feel more competitive than ever coming into the next round. “said Free.

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Current Australian Superbike Champion Troy Herfoss is also feeling just as positive about the SP2s capabilities after more testing earlier this week; “The bike feels so well balanced and seems to offer more grip than I remember from the old bike, even on a very average day at Winton.” Said Herfoss.

“When I open the throttle I can open it so hard and so fast, yet the bike just lets me do it, lap after lap. Under brakes and corner entry feels quite different now, the whole engine braking – deceleration control system is so streamlined” Herfoss Added.

The team are confident in the work they have undertaken so far on this new bike and will continue to improve throughout the remaining ASBK season.

“There are so many electronic functions we still need to work through and refine as we move along, but for now I couldn’t be happier for myself and Bryan to take this championship to the next level.” Said Herfoss.

Team Manager and head of the technical direction, Shaun Clarke is impressed with the progress so far.

“The SP2 has been easy to work with, the chassis is so similar, we simply bolted the rear shock and fork internals from the old bike straight into the new one and it works perfectly. The new engine offers increased performance upwards of 10,000 rpm which is exactly the area we needed it, and the electronics are remarkable.” Clarke said.

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“We have fitted the HRC kit electronics package to the bike and it works great, there is so much adjustability available, but in saying that its quite easy to navigate around, either within the dash where the rider can make mode changes on the fly or through the HRC setting tool on the laptop.” Clarke added.

Round 4 of the Australian Superbike series will take place at Hidden Valley Raceway in Darwin on the 8th and 9th of July.

For more information on the Crankt Protein Honda Racing team please visit: http://www.teamhondaracing.com.au/ and for details on the 2017 CBR1000RR SP2 head to: http://motorcycles.honda.com.au/Supersports/2017_CBR1000RR_SP2

ASBK champion Herfoss surges to second at Winton

Crankt Protein Honda Racing’s Troy Herfoss has finished second in round three of the 2017 Australian Superbike Championship at Winton Motor Raceway, maintaining his title challenge in Victoria.

Defending champion Herfoss was fastest on Friday and qualified second on Saturday aboard his CBR1000RR SP, before going on to finish with 4-2 results in the pair of 16-lap races.

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Herfoss led the opening 11 laps in both races today, albeit missing out on the victory, but has closed to within nine points of the championship lead – currently tied for second with round winner Wayne Maxwell.

Teammate Bryan Staring overcame a challenging beginning to the round to qualify in sixth place, then register 8-7 finishes for seventh overall. He has maintained fifth in the championship standings.

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The 2017 ASBK series will now take a two-month break before returning to action at Hidden Valley Raceway in the Northern Territory on 7-9 July.

2017 ASBK Rd3 Winton results:
1. Wayne Maxwell 51
2. Troy Herfoss (Crankt Protein Honda Racing) 37
3. Cru Halliday 36
4. Robert Bugden 36
5. Daniel Falzon 33
6. Josh Hook 30
7. Bryan Staring (Crankt Protein Honda Racing) 27
8. Josh Waters 27
9. Corey Turner 22
10. Kyle Buckley 21

2017 ASBK championship standings:
1. Daniel Falzon 139
2. Wayne Maxwell 130
3. Troy Herfoss (Crankt Protein Honda Racing) 130
4. Robert Bugden 125
5. Bryan Staring (Crankt Protein Honda Racing) 96
6. Josh Waters 85
7. Cru Halliday 84
8. Kyle Buckley 68
9. Michael Blair 65
10. Beau Beaton 60

To stay up to date with the Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team, visit the team’s official website at www.teamhondaracing.com.au or follow @teamhondaracing on social media.

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.