Reigning Australian Superbikes (ASBK) champion Troy Herfoss says he is more than happy with how last week’s official test at Morgan Park Raceway went.
He and his Crankt Protein Team Honda Racing squad had two really good days, but most importantly, were drama free, as Herfoss described it.
The former Goulburn resident, who now resides in Varsity Lakes on the Gold Coast, posted the fastest lap on the opening day of testing.
He guided the all-new Honda CBR1000RR SP2 to a 1min13.448 around the 2.967km circuit located near Warwick, in Queensland.
Herfoss’s time was .103 seconds quicker than Yamaha Racing Team’s Wayne Maxwell and a further .262 seconds faster than Maxwell’s teammate, Glenn Allerton.
“It was a little bit of a slow start to the day,” said Herfoss via his social media facebook page, Troy Herfoss Racing.
“However, the new Honda CBR1000RR SP2 is working really well.
“We are just trying to improve the lap time or at least be able to hit that lap time more consistently so we can finish up here [Thursday] with a good race pace.
“That way we can be strong first up for the race weekend at the end of the month.”
The second day of testing saw Herfoss just getting knocked off the perch by a mere .059 seconds from his arch rival Maxwell, who blasted his way to a 1min13.205 in the final session and topping the overall combined practice times.
Maxwell’s lap time was also good enough to eclipse Herfoss’s previous lap record which he posted in the third session.
Nevertheless, Herfoss managed to put in a really good lap time on a Pirelli race tyre, then backed it up back to back.
In the third session on Thursday, Herfoss produced six laps within the mid 13’s and said at the conclusion of the test that he definitely feels like that he has something up his sleeve for the two races at the end of the month.
“Like last year, I am going into the round with what I think is a really solid race pace,” the current Superbike championship leader said.
While Herfoss is confident of his race pace, he knows there are definitely things which he and his Victorian based team can improve on, which is promising for the 30-year-old at the third last round of the ASBK series.
If last year’s result is anything to go by, you would be a brave man to bet against Herfoss, who snared pole position and two race wins at Morgan Park Raceway in 2016, beating Maxwell in both races by over three seconds.
Herfoss said via CycleOnline.com.au that Maxwell showed that he’s definitely going to Morgan Park with the favourite ‘tag’.
“Wayne was doing some fast times,” he said. “The team and I just have to keep pushing hard and hope that our race speed is up there to match him.”
Herfoss heads into round five of the championship with a 13-point margin over Kawasaki BCperformance’s Robbie Bugden, who posted the sixth overall fastest time at the test, while JD Racing’s Daniel Falzon is just two points behind Bugden, with Maxwell seven points behind the young South Australian.
Superbikes combined practise times (top 5)
- 1st Wayne Maxwell Yamaha 1min13.205
- 2nd Troy Herfoss Honda 1min13.264
- 3rd Daniel Falzon Yamaha 1min13.373
- 4th Corey Turner Ducati 1min13.478
- 5th Josh Waters Suzuki 1min13.571