Penrite Honda Racing press release:
Penrite Honda Racing’s Troy Herfoss stood atop the podium in round two of the 2018 Australian Superbike Championship (ASBK) at Wakefield Park on Sunday, taking charge of the points lead in the process.
Herfoss, who is a local product of Goulburn, starred in hot and windy conditions during the race weekend, scoring pole position on Saturday with a late 57.269s lap-time and then going on to record 2-1 results on Sunday.
The opening 20-lap encounter saw Herfoss lead no less than half of the race distance only to be nabbed in the race to the line around the tight and technical 2.2-kilometre circuit, losing out by only 0.031s.
Race two was all about Herfoss however, moving into the lead on lap 12 and going on to stretch a 1.144s advantage, clinching the race win and overall. As a result he now holds a 10-point lead in the standings.
“I’m really happy to be here in Goulburn and to be able to win this weekend at Wakefield Park again,” said Herfoss. “We managed to put in a strong lap for qualifying to get pole and then unfortunately I lost race one by 0.031s, but I got it done in race two for the overall.
“It was good to put some clean, fast laps in considering the conditions and it was an incredible feeling to be able to put my head down and break the guys in race two. I really feel like I can win this championship if we can be smart and make the right decisions, so today was a good step in the direction we’re aiming for.”
The ER Motorsport-operated Penrite Honda Racing team joined forces with Honda Motorcycles Australia for the 2018 season as the official factory team and Sunday marked its first-ever ASBK round win in just the second attempt.
“We’re really, really happy as a team,” commented Penrite Honda Racing team manager Shaun Clarke. “It definitely wasn’t as easy as it may have seemed from the outside, a lot of effort went into getting the bike where we needed it for this circuit and the conditions were a challenge.
“All in all though, the Penrite Honda Racing team worked tirelessly throughout the weekend, as we always do – we’re all very competitive and motivated. It’s positive to see Troy in the championship lead now and to win in Goulburn was a really rewarding result for such a new team in the championship.”
Next up for Penrite Honda Racing will be the brand new and world-class The Bend Motorsport Park in South Australia on 19-22 April, marking round three of seven this season. Follow Team Honda Racing on Facebook and @teamhondaracing on Instagram/Twitter for the latest updates.