End of an Era, Herfoss Parts Ways With Honda and ER Motorsport

After 10 years, 107 ASBK race starts, 60 ASBK podiums, 30 race wins, and four Championship titles on board a Honda – and half of that time with ER Motorsport, Troy Herfoss and the Penrite Honda Racing Team will part ways at the end of the 2023 season.

With the final round of the mi-bike Motorcycle Insurance Australian Superbike Championship this weekend (1st – 3rd December) at Tailem Bend, the team and Herfoss are preparing for a new chapter, with the aim to end their relationship on a high note

Herfoss first got the call-up from Honda to race in the AFX-Superbike Championship and Australasian Championship, where he placed 2nd and 3rd overall respectively. This was to be the beginning of a very successful partnership between rider and manufacturer, where Herfoss fulfilled his duties to the brand and the sport as the complete athlete, impressing with his professionalism and athleticism from very early on.

Herfoss then went on to secure both Championship title wins (AFX-Superbike Championship and Australasian Championship) in 2015, as well as victories in the two rounds he entered in the Australian Superbike Championship, scoring one overall round win and 2nd overall, both victories taking place at Phillip Island.

In 2016 the Australian Superbike Championship reigned supreme as the only Superbike series in the country for riders to partake and in true Herfoss style, he won the overall title on board his Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade. In 2018, Deon Coote took over the team, and Herfoss took another ASBK Championship and with one round to spare.

Honda Australia is proud of the success Herfoss has achieved on board the mighty Fireblade, treating racing fans for the last decade with show-stopping skill and nail-biting battles to the end.

The season finale of the mi-bike Motorcycle Insurance Australian Superbike Championship will be held on the 1st – 3rd of December, at the Bend Motorsport Park where Herfoss sits tied in the Championship title fight. The team have their sights firmly on a title win.

Deon Coote, Penrite Honda Racing team owner and Director of Elite Roads:
“It’s been such an enjoyable five years working with Troy and we are super grateful to be finishing fighting for a Championship. Obviously, a highlight of our time together was winning the 2018 Championship title, which was my first year as team owner and probably a fairytale way to start our partnership. We’ve been through many highs and some lows but managed to stay focused on our goals. He is a talented athlete, a true professional and it’s been a pleasure heading to the track each round ready to give it our all. We wish him all the best for his future and look forward to seeing all the fans at the Bend, to share in the last dance for us with Troy as our rider, let’s go out with a bang!”

Honda Australia, General Manager – Powersports and Products - Tony Hinton:
“We are so grateful for Troy and what he has done for the Honda brand and for racing in Australia and beyond. He has done nothing but race his heart out for Honda and although we are sad it's all ending, we respect his decision to move on to new challenges. We have shared a decade of memories, of extreme highs and some lows but we look back with a lot of pride for what he has achieved for Honda and for the sport. From all at Honda Australia, we wish him nothing but the best for his future.”

Troy Herfoss:
“10 years, it’s pretty emotional when I think about it. For me it’s been an honour to ride for Honda, I grew up idolising Honda riders and to think I can celebrate 10 years as an Australian Superbike rider for Honda Racing, it’s probably the proudest moment in my racing career, aside from the championships. I have to say thank you to Deon too, he’s allowed me to really reach my absolute potential as a rider and as a person, I’ve gone through a lot in the last five years, I’ve won some championships and I’ve had some really low lows, and really high highs and Deon has given me a chance to go through all of that, come out the other side and now here we are fighting for our second championship together in my 10th year with Honda. What better way to say thank you to Deon, Honda, Penrite and all the team sponsors who have supported me, and to end a really great partnership.”

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