Herfoss takes championship lead in Morgan Park

Penrite Honda Racing and Troy Herfoss master Morgan Park Raceway, with a 1:1 victory at round five of the Australian Superbike Championship, as Herfoss propels himself to the top of the Championship standings.

During Friday's free practice sessions, Herfoss progressively improved his lap times clocking 1:13.5 in FP1 (P2), he further accelerated to 1:12.8 in FP2 (P1) and smashed the track record in FP3 with a lap time of 1:12.2 (P1.)

The team used Saturday morning's FP4 to refine their strategy, focusing on bike feeling and tyre selection, in preparation for the afternoon qualifying sessions.

After some delays, qualifying finally commenced, and Herfoss secured an advantageous P2 position. This guaranteed a front-row start on the grid for Sunday's races aboard the Honda CBR1000RR-R SP Fireblade.

Race day delivered intense excitement as Herfoss displayed his prowess during the warm-up session, a taste of what was to come for fans who made the trip to Warwick to witness the racing first-hand. 

Race one became a captivating battle between Herfoss and Jones, as they engaged in fierce competition, exchanging positions until Herfoss's pass in the final lap which won him the race. 

Race two echoed the intensity of the previous encounter as Jones and Herfoss again contested the lead. Herfoss executed a daring pass on the final lap, demonstrating an unwavering determination to secure yet another sensational win.

Penrite Honda Racing now leads the Championship by 14 points, with Herfoss sitting on 262. 

With a mid-season break ahead, the team will see fans at the next round of the ASBK in October at Phillip Island. 

Jett Lawrence #18
“It’s always nervous coming into the first one because you don’t know where everyone’s at. The big thing was how the track was going to form up for the main, and after practice, the joke was, ‘I just want to see Sunday!’ [laughs] I had a bit of a rough one in the heat race, so I just focused on the main and making sure I did what I needed to do. I’m thankful I came out of here in one piece.”

Deon Coote - Penrite Honda Racing Team Owner
"I'm super pumped for the team and Troy on another round win and to transition to the end of the season on a winning streak of three is pretty amazing and I can't wait to get to Phillip Island and do it again."

Troy Herfoss
“It's been a credit to the team, we all had to keep calm in a high-pressure situation today. We made some changes and they worked, some on Friday that didn't but we got to qualifying with a good bike and we came out this morning swinging in the warm-up, had a really solid pace and two race wins, it's just amazing. I can't believe the trajectory we're on at the moment, the championship lead, a 14-point lead going into Phillip Island. I'm so excited to get to Phillip Island, I've never been this excited to go to Phillip Island. We've made some big changes to the bike set-up since we were last there and it's been a process and we are getting on top of it really well. We are starting to reach the Honda's full potential which is really nice."

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