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Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team prepared to take it down to the wire at Winton

The Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team are preparing to head to Winton Motor Raceway in country Victoria for the Grand Finale of the 2016 Australian Superbike Championship presented by Motul Pirelli.

With the Factory Honda team taking part in the official ASBK tyre test day at the venue just over a week ago, both CBR1000RRSP Honda riders Jamie Stauffer and Troy Herfoss have fresh experience in both wet and dry conditions at Winton, ensuring their best chance at top results this weekend.

Herfoss, who was unbeaten at the penultimate round at Morgan Park Raceway in Queensland, currently sits in second position in the overall Superbike Championship standings, and shared that he’ll be doing everything in his power to finish the season on a high this weekend.

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“When we went to Winton last week for the ASBK test it was pretty wet, but it gave us a great opportunity to refine our wet setup, and we’re feeling confident regardless of the conditions this weekend,” Herfoss shared.

“At Morgan Park it was pretty much a fairy tale weekend for me, and I was able to prove to myself and the rest of the field that we have what it takes to win – being the final round this weekend, we’re obviously hoping to repeat last round’s performance.

“At this stage I’m sitting in a position in the championship where anything can happen, so I’ll be heading out there to qualify well, and put in two solid races, with the hope that will award me with an ASBK title at the end of the weekend.”

Stauffer, who has had a tough season so far with injuries, also shared that he’s looking forward to putting this year’s challenges behind him, and will be heading out on to the track at Winton with the hope to finish the season on a high.

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“It’s been a bit of a tough year for me with so many injuries, and with only six rounds, the season goes so quickly,” Stauffer said.

“When we went to Winton for the test, both Troy and myself were able to get in some really valuable time on the bike and that put us in a good position for this weekend.

“With this being the last round of the ASBK, I would obviously like to finish on a high, so the goal at round six is to get a win, or get as close to a win as possible.”

The Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team’s final outing for the year will be at Round 6 of the 2016 Australian Superbike Championship presented by Motul Pirelli at Winton Motor Raceway, Friday September 30, to October 2, 2016

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

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Perfect weekend for Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team’s Herfoss at Morgan Park

It was a fairy tale weekend for Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team’s Troy Herfoss at Round 5 of the Australian Superbike Championship at Morgan Park, while Jamie Stauffer also impressed with top five results at the penultimate round of racing.

With the Australian Superbike series reaching the pointy end of the championship, the Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team headed in to round five with the hope to close in on their competitors, and snatch up valuable championship points, and with Herfoss collecting a flawless two race wins, that’s exactly what they did.

From the minute Herfoss hit the track at Morgan Park for practice on Friday, he was simply unstoppable, and by the time qualifying and Pirelli Superpole took place on Saturday, Herfoss became the only rider to break in to the 1:13’s with a record best lap of 1:13.826, handing himself and the team with Pole position. When racing kicked off at Morgan Park today, Herfoss led both races from the minute he left the grid, taking the race one win by 3.748 seconds, while in the second race Herfoss won again by 3.202 seconds, going undefeated for the first time in his career and wrapping up round five on the top step of the podium.

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“I can’t really describe the feeling I have right now. I’ve been racing a long time but to get a perfect weekend like we have is just so cool,” Herfoss shared.

“Even eating my lunch today, I carried the porridge from the microwave, dropped it, it did three little flips and then landed perfectly, so I knew it was my day.

“Every lap on the track today I felt so good, and the Pirelli tyres were fantastic out there. I keep saying it, but the team has worked so hard on this bike, and even though it’s older it really is just so nice to ride.

“Now I know we’re going to Winton with a really good chance of winning, so I definitely needed these extra points this weekend and the hard work has certainly paid off.”

The success for the Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team at Morgan Park also flowed on to Herfoss’s teammate, with Stauffer also taking part in Superpole and steering his CBR1000RRSP Honda machine to the sixth fastest time (1:14.802), before taking fifth in race one and sixth in race two, to conclude the round in fifth overall.

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“It was a really positive day for us as a team, to see Troy come away with the round win and go undefeated was cool and I also made some progress myself,” Stauffer shared.

“Fifth and sixth place finishes is not exactly where we want to be, but with having injuries earlier in the year and a lot of time off the bike, it’s a step in the right direction.

“We only have one round of racing left now, so at Winton we’ll be doing the best we can to put both of the Hondas on the podium.”

Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team Manager Paul Free also shared that he’s over the moon with today’s result and gave credit to Pirelli tyres for the additional support.

“It’s been a fantastic weekend for us as a team, we knew what we wanted to achieve at Morgan Park, and I’m very proud to say we have done that this weekend,” Free shared.

“After our results back in Western Australia, we really leaned on Pirelli for some additional support, and they have come out and provided us with a new tyre, which has really refreshed things for us, and given us another chance at this Superbike championship.

“With the equipment we’re working with and with the Pirelli tyre we now have, myself and the team are all very excited about what the future holds and we’re all looking forward to getting to Winton.”

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The Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team’s next outing will be at Round 6, the final round of the 2016 Australian Superbike Championship presented by Motul Pirelli at Winton, from September 30 – October 2.

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

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Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team’s Stauffer and Herfoss confident ahead of Round 5

Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team’s Jamie Stauffer and Troy Herfoss are preparing to climb aboard their Honda CBR1000RRSP machines for the penultimate round of the 2016 Australian Superbike Championship at Morgan Park in Queensland this weekend, August 5-7.

With the ASBK now reaching the pointy end of the championship, Round 5 at Morgan Park is set to be more important than ever, and with a successful test at the venue under their belts, both Stauffer and Herfoss are high on confidence as they make their way to the Queensland circuit.

Herfoss, who currently sits in third in the Superbike Championship standings was fastest at the Morgan Park test only a few short weeks ago, and says that he’ll be looking to carry that same speed into round five of the series this weekend.

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“I’m really looking forward to this weekend’s round at Morgan Park, it’s been a while between races so we’re all eager to get back out there,” Herfoss said

“It’s been really tough at the past two rounds of the ASBK, but our test at Morgan park a few weeks back went well, and we were able to close the gap on the front guys a little bit, which is very positive.

“I’m really impressed with the work that the team has been doing on the bike, and I hope we can keep our pace high at Morgan park and claw back a few points.”

For Stauffer, Round 5 of the ASBK provides yet another opportunity for him to climb aboard his CBR1000RRSP Honda machine, and says he’s looking forward to hitting that track being back at 100 per cent fitness this weekend.

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“It’s going to be nice to get back on that bike again this weekend that’s for sure,” Stauffer shared

“We’ve had a bit of a rough year with my injuries, but I’m finally starting to feel 100 per cent, so the team and I are keen to get to Morgan Park.

“We didn’t race at Morgan Park last year, so it was good to get a test in at the venue a few weeks ago. The bike is feeling good, I’m feeling good and we’re all looking to moving forward this weekend.”

The Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team will race at Round 5 of the 2016 Australian Superbike Championship presented by Motul Pirelli at Morgan Park this weekend, August 5-7.

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.

Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team taking positives away from Round 4 of ASBK

It was a frustrating round of the Australian Superbike Championship for the Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team at Barbagallo Raceway, with both riders Troy Herfoss and Jamie Stauffer showing impressive form, however missing out on the overall podium in Western Australia over the weekend.

Despite some challenges across the three-day event, Herfoss was fast throughout practice and qualifying at Barbagallo, and when racing kicked off, Herfoss holeshoted both races, and then steered his CBR1000RRSP Honda machine to 4th and 5th placed finishes, concluding the round in 5th overall. Stauffer, who got to a slower start at Barbagallo Raceway, took 9th in race one and 8th in race two, handing the team 8th overall.

Herfoss shared that despite the weekend’s challenges, he achieved personal goals at Round 4, and is looking ahead to Morgan Park already.

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“It was a big weekend for us again – it was a bit of a hard weekend. I’ve been competitive over the last two or three years where I’ve been able to go to every track and say ‘We’re could win this weekend’, but I felt as though I had to adjust my goals a bit in WA,” Herfoss shared.

“I approached round four as ‘how close can I get to the leaders?’ Because every session we just seemed to be losing time which is hard to accept. The goal for me was to have a time within three or four tenths of a second a lap of the leaders, and we did that.

“I was fourth in the first race, and not far off the podium, and in race two I didn’t make a mistake – I rode my best but we just weren’t able to quite match the front guys.

“I got the best out of myself on the weekend, and I can honestly say I made very little mistakes, so I’m looking forward to moving on to Morgan Park – they tell us it’s a Honda track!”

Stauffer, who is still recovering from a back injury sustained ahead of Round 2 of the ASBK, shared that with every race, he’s getting more and more confidence back.

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“I felt a lot better on Sunday than what I did on Saturday – I sort of struggled all weekend and I didn’t qualify in the best position,” Stauffer explained.

“Once racing kicked off though, it was the best thing that could have happened to me – I felt a lot better and I think it’s just about getting my confidence up after coming off my injury.

“I’ve had plenty of injuries to deal with across my career but this one has been the most challenging. We know what we need to work on ahead of Morgan Park, so we’ll just focus on the next round and go from there.”

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The Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team’s next outing will be at Round 5 of the 2016 Australian Superbike Championship presented by Motul Pirelli at Morgan Park, August 5-7.

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’s news, results, and features, like the ‘Team Honda Racing’ Facebook page, follow @teamhondaracing  on Instagram, or head to www.teamhondaracing.com.au.

Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team’s Herfoss and Stauffer bound for Barbagallo Raceway

The Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team are gearing up to start the engines once again at Round 4 of the Australian Superbike Championship, taking place at Barbagallo Raceway this weekend, June 3-5, 2016.

After a seven week break in between rounds, the team will field two fit and healthy riders at round four of the ASBK this weekend, with both Jamie Stauffer and Troy Herfoss looking to perform well on their CBR1000RRSP Honda machines.

Herfoss, who currently sits in 3rd position in the Australian Superbike Championship standings only eight points shy of the lead, shared that after a successful test at Barbagallo he’ll be aiming for the top step this weekend.

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“The team, myself and Jamie have actually been over in Western Australia for over a week, so it’s been nice to let the body adjust to the small time difference and get some practice in on the bike,” he said.

“After our test at Barbagallo we were really happy with where we are at with the Honda – we’ve made some good progress with the bike, and we’re looking forward to seeing what we can do at round four this weekend.

“Sydney Motorsport Park wasn’t a great round for me, but we still have a lot of races ahead of us, and there’s only eight points in the championship. Hopefully we can close the gap this weekend, and put some more championship points on the board.”

Stauffer, who made a successful return to racing at Sydney Motorsport Park after missing Round 2 of the ASBK due to a back injury, says that he’s close to being back at 100 per cent fitness, and is eager to race aboard his Honda CBR1000RRSP this weekend.

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“I’m really looking forward to this weekend, we’ve had some of the best preparation we have had all year heading in to round four,” Stauffer shared.

“With my back injury, I wasn’t expecting too much from myself at Sydney Motorsport Park, but I was still up there, so it definitely gives me a bit of confidence now knowing that I’m close to being back at full fitness.

“We’ve had a great test at Barbagallo last week, and I’m feeling nice and comfortable on the CBR1000RRSP. The track is quite undulating and fast, so we’ve set the bike up for those conditions and we’re all looking forward to getting out there to race.”

The Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team will race at Round 4 of the 2016 Australian Superbike Championship presented by Motul Pirelli this weekend, June 3-5.

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.

Murray Bridge awaits the Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team

The Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team are preparing to converge on the red dirt of Murray Bridge, when the fourth instalment of the 2016 Motul MX Nationals kicks off this weekend in South Australia.

For both MX1 pilots Dylan Long and Jay Wilson, round four provides new conditions from the first three rounds, with Murray Bridge set to dish out it’s famous sandy terrain this coming Sunday.

For Long, who achieved a season best fifth place finish in moto two at Broadford, this weekend provides another opportunity to step up his results, and shared that he’s looking forward to the challenge that the sandy conditions will bring.

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“I was much happier with my results at round three, and now that we’re heading to some different tracks, I’m excited to see what we can do in the sand,” he said.

“We’ve had a good few weeks of training on the Honda, and we’ve changed our program up a little bit to prepare for the sand, so all in all we’re in a good place.

“It’s going to be a big two weeks with back to back rounds, but we’re improving every time we get on the bike so I’m excited to go racing at Murray Bridge.”

For Wilson, who also achieved improved results at Broadford, the three-week break has provided additional time to train for the sand, and despite nursing a wrist injury, says he is looking forward to putting his CRF450 machine through the paces this Sunday.

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“I’ve been carrying a bit of a wrist injury since round one which will require surgery in the break, but in the last three weeks I’ve actually had more fun on the bike than I’ve had all year,” he said.

“There’s something about the change up of terrain, the sand, that just makes things more exciting. It’s a real skill to be a sand rider so in the last three weeks I’ve been working on riding in softer conditions.

“Even though I’ve got this niggling injury I’m still going to be pushing myself all the way up to round five. I’ve got some fun memories of Murray Bridge so hopefully we can add to those this weekend.”

The Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team will now prepare to head to Murray Bridge in South Australia for round four of the Motul MX Nationals, this Sunday May 22.

To watch all of the racing live from Murray Bridge this weekend, tune in 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 4 of the Motul MX Nationals head to www.mxnationals.com.au

Wilson and Long record breakthrough results at Round 3 of the Motul MX Nationals

Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team’s Dylan Long and Jay Wilson made further progress despite challenging conditions at round three of the Motul MX Nationals at the State Motorcycle Complex in Broadford yesterday.

With heavy rain drenching the iconic venue prior to racing kicking off yesterday, both Long and Wilson rose to the occasion in the muddy conditions, walking away from the round with a handful of additional points in the overall championship standings.

With qualifying and Superpole both removed from the MX1 schedule yesterday, when racing got underway, Wilson only narrowly missed out on the first holeshot  – from there Wilson held on to fifth position, before lappers caused the Honda mounted rider to drop two places, seeing him conclude race one in 7th.  After getting to a reasonably good start in race two, lapped riders once again made making passes difficult on the one lined Broadford circuit, and as a result Wilson settled for 8th position. With both results combined, Wilson wrapped up round three in 8th overall, and made up two positions in the MX1 championship standings.

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“There were a lot of positives to take out of round three. As a team we’ve made some great progress with the bike, and we’re content with how things ended up,” he said.

“In race one, I was quite happy with the way I was riding and it was just a shame that lapped riders got in the way and held me up. We have the speed in the early stages of the moto, so I’m just working on being able to keep that up on the CRF450 for the entire race.

“At the moment I’m learning every time we go to the races, so it’s great to get another round under my belt, and we’re happy with the direction we’re going in with the bike and the team.”

For Long, moto one proved to be a challenge, but despite stalling in the top section of the track, and suffering a small crash, the Honda mounted rider recovered to salvage 10th position. In race two, the ride of the day for the Honda backed team came from Victorian local Long. After getting to a solid start, Long fought off tough competition aboard his Honda, to race to an impressive fifth place finish. With a top five in the final race of the day, Long wrapped up round three in 6th overall at Broadford, and now sits in 7th in the MX1 championship standings.

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“Things went not too bad for me at Broadford. The track was pretty wet in some spots which made things interesting, but we had another good round on the Honda,” he said.

“I didn’t have the best race in moto one, but in moto two I was able to stay consistent and finish in fifth position. For me, this was a much better result and it gives me a lot more confidence knowing that we can finish up there.

“As a team we’ve learnt a lot these past few rounds, and I think we’re in a pretty good position now, so we’re looking forward to getting back out there at Murray Bridge.”

The Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team will now begin preparations for round four of the Motul MX Nationals which will be held at Murray Bridge in New South Wales on Sunday May 22.

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

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