LEADING MAN: Crankt Protein Team Honda Racing’s Troy Herfoss leads the field in a very wet Race Two at Sydney Motorsport Park on Saturday. Photo: Russell Colvin “IT’S been a tough weekend at the office,” declared Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team’s Troy Herfoss, after he finished fifth overall at last weekend’s third round of the Australian Superbike Championship (ASBK) at Sydney Motorsport Park.
Herfoss qualified fourth on Saturday, posting a 1min30.632 on his opening lap which was .283sec behind DesmoSport Ducati’s Mike Jones.
“Superpole turned out pretty well in the end,” Herfoss told the Goulburn Post.
“To end up in fourth with that time is not so bad, as we have been struggling for speed so far this weekend.
Although we aren’t quite there yet, I am really happy to have closed the gap on the front guys.”
Herfoss, who now lives on the Gold Coast, fought hard to chase down his competitors on the fast and following 3.93km Gardner GP Circuit during race one, but to no avail.
The opening race saw Herfoss crossing the line in fifth position, 13.969sec behind race winner Wayne Maxwell (Yamaha Racing Team).
“I just struggled the whole time,” Herfoss said after race one.
“I wasn’t competitive and couldn’t fight at the front.”
In the second the 28-year-old nailed the holeshot and led for a period of time in the wet conditions. However after dropping back to third, Herfoss ran wide at turn one with four laps remaining after hitting a false neutral and admitted that he did not have the pace to catch back up to the leading back.
This left Herfoss to finish in seventh position and fifth overall with thirty points in the bag, two points shy of his teammate, Jamie Stauffer, who made his return since hurting himself after crashing big time at the opening round at Phillip Island in February.
Herfoss led the championship coming into round three after that memorable weekend at Wakefield Park at the end of March by two points from Yamaha Racing Team’s Glenn Allerton.
However with Maxwell taking two wins from two starts and Allerton playing the bridesmaid in both of the races to him, it now sees Allerton topping the championship points tally with 133-points to Maxwell’s 131, while Herfoss now slips to third who trails Maxwell by six points.
With three rounds remaining in this year’s ASBK series, on hand is 150-points up for grabs before the curtain is drawn again.
With Herfoss only eight points behind the championship lead, it’s not dire straits and Herfoss is still well and truly in the game.
“I got no idea why we were so far off the pace, but we are,” said Herfoss after race two.
“If we don’t improve there is no way in the world we are going to be winning this championship this year.
We need to put some work in before the next round and make sure we hit the ground running at Barbagallo.”
Herfoss admitted that the team’s package is not as good as it should be.
“We are doing as well as we can, but it’s not as good as what is out there right now.
When we are going well, it’s just an indication of how bad the other guys are going.”
“With all that being said, I have to thank the Crankt Protein Honda Racing Team.
The whole team do a fantastic job.
We have the best bike that we can possibly bring to the track, however it’s just a really tough situation that we’re in at the moment.”
From Sydney Motorsport Park, the Australian Superbike Championship now makes the 3,934km long haul to the west to Barbagallo Raceway in Perth on June 3-5.
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