News 8 Sep 2017

Honda's sole SP2 race bikes repaired in time for Sydney

Crankt Protein Honda Racing has latest model back on track.

Image: Russell Colvin.

A series of damaging crashes for Bryan Staring and Troy Herfoss have had Crankt Protein Honda Racing working overtime to keep them aboard the CBR1000RR SP2s in Sydney.

With Staring going down in race two at Morgan Park and forced to spend the Sydney Motorsport Park test on-board the previous model SP, an incident for Herfoss during that outing last week effectively doubled the team’s workload coming into round six.

However both riders were back on track on-board the latest generation 2017 models on Friday in the penultimate round of the Australian Superbike Championship (ASBK) today. It was a remarkable turnaround considering the minor time-frame between events and limited availability of SP2 parts currently available in Australia.

“We had to prepare the two because of Troy’s crash at the test – both bikes were pretty ordinary,” team principal Paul Free told “Anyway, we got them both resurrected. The frames were remarkably straight, the swing-arms were straight and we did what we had to do otherwise. We made do with what we had, because it is very, very difficult when you’re working with limited supply versions.”

Staring made improvements in the final session to jump to sixth on the time-sheets with a 1m31.482s, while Herfoss will be looking to move forward on Saturday after setting the 11th quickest time at 1m32.389s in FP2.