News 28 Oct 2018

National champion Herfoss on Superbike podium at grand prix

Penrite Honda Racing press release:

Penrite Honda Racing rider and current Australian Superbike champion Troy Herfoss featured on the podium in the national Superbike category at Phillip Island’s 2018 Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix, winning Sunday’s third and final race.

Gold Coast-based Herfoss pushed through an early off-track excursion in race one of the weekend, recovering for a respectable third amidst a delayed day of racing, ultimately seeing the schedule reduced to three outings over the course of the round.

Herfoss challenged for the lead in Saturday’s second race as a three-way battle unfolded at the front of the pack, although the number one was credited third as just 0.162s separated the first three across the line. He led over half race distance in wet conditions.

Piloting the CBR1000RR Fireblade SP, Herfoss broke through for victory in the final encounter this morning, snatching the lead and crossing the line with a 0.327s advantage, while lodging the fastest lap of the race in the process with a 1m32.829s time.

“It was a real positive weekend for us,” Herfoss explained. “We had a few little issues that carried through from the last round of ASBK, but we made some big changes to the bike and it all came together for me in the last race. The last two races were fun for me with Glenn [Allerton] and Troy [Bayliss] in the wet and dry – we were getting right into it.

“It’s always good to come out on top at Phillip Island, being such a hard race to win. They are few and far between for me here, so I’m stoked to get the win and close out the year with the number one plate. We ticked a lot of boxes this weekend, especially as I haven’t done many wet laps aboard the new bike, but the feeling was really good!”

Phillip Island’s grand prix caps off what has been phenomenal year for Herfoss and the ER Motorsport-operated Penrite Honda Racing outfit, collecting the ASBK crown in the organisation’s debut season with Honda Motorcycles Australia along with an incredible number of race wins.

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