Herfoss wins ASBK championship at Winton

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Monday 10th September, 2018 - 9:23am

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Troy Herfoss is the 2018 Australian Superbike Champion

Troy Herfoss has sealed the 2018 YMI Australian Superbike Championship with a round to spare after a win in Race 1 at Winton.

The Honda rider was all but handed the title in the first encounter at the rural Victorian circuit when race leader and nearest title rival Wayne Maxwell crashed his Yamaha on Lap 8.

It was Josh Waters (Suzuki), however, who took over top spot at the time before being passed by Herfoss on Lap 11.

That was just as well as the race, which had already been restarted due to a crash for Bryan Staring (Kawasaki) on Lap 1, was red flagged on Lap 13 when Adam Senior’s Yamaha caught fire.

The race was declared as more than two-thirds of the 16 scheduled laps had been notched up.

Troy Bayliss (Ducati), Arthur Sissis (Honda), and Daniel Falzon (Yamaha), rounded out the top five.

Herfoss made his championship official by finishing fifth in Race 2, meaning that the value of Maxwell’s race win was to elevate him back above Bayliss into outright second in the standings.

Bayliss took the early lead after two restarts before Maxwell got by on Lap 3 and was not headed thereafter.

Waters was second again from Bayliss and Staring, who grabbed fourth spot on the final lap after Herfoss appeared to ease off to ensure he would be crowned at the end of that race.

The final round of the championship is at the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit on October 12-14.

Results: Race 1, Winton (Top 10)

Pos Num Rider Team Bike Laps Time/Gap
1 17 Troy HERFOSS Penrite Honda Racing Honda CBR RR SP 12 16:17.858
2 1 Josh WATERS Team Suzuki ECSTAR Suzuki GSX-RR 12 +0:00.304
3 21 Troy BAYLISS Desmosport Ducati Ducati Final Edition 12 +0:00.929
4 61 Arthur SISSIS SA Demolition & Salvage Honda CBR RR SP 12 +0:10.437
5 25 Daniel FALZON Yamaha Racing Team Yamaha YZF-R1 12 +0:11.394
6 30 Mark CHIODO Team Suzuki ECSTAR Suzuki GSX-RR 12 +0:11.533
7 29 Ted COLLINS NextGen Motorsports BMW S RR 12 +0:19.250
8 12 Matt WALTERS Swann Insurance Superbike Kawasaki ZX10R 12 +0:19.633
9 27 Jamie STAUFFER Craig McMartin Racing Ducati Panigale R 12 +0:24.432
10 83 Kyle BUCKLEY Kawasaki BCperformance Kawasaki ZX10R 11 +1 Lap

Results: Race 2, Winton (Top 10)

Pos Num Rider Team Bike Laps Time/Gap
1 47 Wayne MAXWELL Yamaha Racing Team Yamaha YZF-R1 12 16:22.419
2 1 Josh WATERS Team Suzuki ECSTAR Suzuki GSX-RR 12 +0:02.253
3 21 Troy BAYLISS Desmosport Ducati Ducati Final Edition 12 +0:04.177
4 67 Bryan STARING Kawasaki BCperformance Kawasaki ZX10R 12 +0:07.987
5 17 Troy HERFOSS Penrite Honda Racing Honda CBR RR SP 12 +0:09.522
6 25 Daniel FALZON Yamaha Racing Team Yamaha YZF-R1 12 +0:10.050
7 61 Arthur SISSIS SA Demolition & Salvage Honda CBR RR SP 12 +0:12.791
8 83 Kyle BUCKLEY Kawasaki BCperformance Kawasaki ZX10R 12 +0:20.368
9 94 Mitch REES Carl Cox M-sport Honda CBR RR SP 12 +0:28.068
10 168 Glenn SCOTT GSR Kawasaki Kawasaki ZX10R 12 +0:28.849

Championship points (Top 10)

Pos Rider Pts
1 Troy HERFOSS 298.5
2 Wayne MAXWELL 237
3 Troy BAYLISS 230
4 Josh WATERS 225.5
5 Daniel FALZON 217
6 Bryan STARING 188.5
7 Alex PHILLIS 131
8 Matt WALTERS 125
9 Glenn ALLERTON 124
10 Arthur SISSIS 110.5

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