News 25 Oct 2018

Penrite Honda Racing target positive GP weekend

Penrite Honda Racing press release:

Penrite Honda Racing’s Troy Herfoss is set to vie for victory in this weekend’s Superbike support races alongside the 2018 Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix at Phillip Island, aiming to cap-off his stellar season with a strong performance in Victoria.

Herfoss recently wrapped up the 2018 Australian Superbike Championship (ASBK) aboard his CBR1000RR SP Fireblade and, after experiencing a luckless final round at Phillip Island earlier this month, the opportunity to gain redemption at the world-famous 4.445-kilometre circuit is a welcome one.

“I’m looking forward to the weekend, it’s a good opportunity to get track time at Phillip Island,” stated Herfoss. “Although the pressure is off, after experiencing bad luck in the final round of ASBK we really want to put in a strong performance on the grand prix weekend for everybody.

“Lining up at this non-points event will be good for next year as well, gathering experience and data that we can use at Phillip Island for 2019, so I’m excited for that and will definitely be putting in 100 percent to get good results for Penrite Honda Racing throughout the round.”

Penrite Honda Racing team manager Shaun Clarke said this weekend is all about gaining crucial development milage around Phillip Island as the team gears up to defend their ASBK crown in 2019. Four races will be ideal to continue testing in a race environment ahead of a large grand prix crowd.

“Phillip Island is a circuit that’s very difficult to get good track time at in terms of testing components and settings,” commented Clarke. “It’s very difficult to achieve the intensity needed during a ride day, so the track time at the GP this weekend is quite valuable for us as a team.

“It will be a great opportunity to represent our partners, get in some quality development in the heat of the battle and prepare for 2019. Regardless if there are championship points on the line or not, we definitely still want to win and the data we get is far more valuable than a track day there, so we are ready to go racing.”

Friday morning will see the Superbikes on track with a 20-minute practice and qualifying session each, followed by the opening two races of the weekend that afternoon. Saturday morning will see Superbike race three, followed by the fourth and final encounter on MotoGP race-day Sunday morning.

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