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For the second last round of the 2016 ASBK season, teams made their way to sunny Queensland where the atmosphere was palpable; multiple time World Champion Mick Doohan among those looking on.
Troy Herfoss was untouchable throughout the round five weekend. Photo Credit: Motorcycling Australia
Before race one was underway there was bitter disappointment for defending ASBK champion, Ducati rider Mike Jones, with mechanical issues ruling him out.
During Saturday’s Pirelli Superpole it was Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team’s Troy Herfoss who came out on top, the only rider to lap under 1:14 with a record time of 1:13.826. Herfoss followed up this form with a flawless weekend, winning both races with convincing margins 3+ seconds clear of second place.
“I can’t really describe the feeling I have right now. I’ve been racing a long time but to get a perfect weekend like we have is just so cool,” Herfoss rejoiced. “Even eating my lunch today, I carried the porridge from the microwave, dropped it, it did three little flips and then landed perfectly, so I knew it was my day.”
While Herfoss led the way, behind him Yamaha Racing Team’s Wayne Maxwell and Cru Halliday battled with the youngster of Jon Daniels Racing, Daniel Falzon. On lap nine, Halliday crashed out at turn six, able to briefly rejoin the race before having to enter the pits for a DNF result. Maxwell managed to stay ahead of Falzon who scored his first podium of the season with a third place finish.
In race two, Herfoss blitzed the field from the outset once more. Maxwell maintained his form to claim second place once more, ahead of teammate Glenn Allerton who’d finished Fourth in race one.
The standings are closer than ever with just one round remaining, Maxwell still leads on 216 points, followed by Herfoss with 209 and Allerton close behind on 205. It’s bound to be a nail-biting final round at Winton, Victoria from 30th September – 2nd October.