Herfoss wins, Maxwell second in cat-and-mouse battle

Troy Herfoss (#17) and Wayne Maxwell (#47) pic: Russell Colvin

Troy Herfoss has picked up another Australian Superbike race win at Wakefield Park but could not prevent championship leader Wayne Maxwell banking a solid second.

Herfoss had moved to third in the standings with victory in the morning’s Kawasaki Superbike Round 2 opener but still sat 22 points behind Maxwell ahead of the final three races of the season.

That led to a cat-and-mouse contest at the head of the field in Race 2, in which Herfoss appeared to deliberately ride his Penrite Honda slowly in a bid to put Maxwell under pressure from the chasing pack.

The Goulburn native had in fact shot away from first position on the grid, with Maxwell taking up second on his Boost Mobile Ducati, ahead of Glenn Allerton (BMW) and Cru Halliday (Yamaha).

Despite enjoying clear air, Herfoss never got much more than two tenths clear of the championship leader, and found himself behind when Maxwell went down the inside on Lap 5 at Turn 2.

The man on #47 upped the pace and kept it up until Herfoss got by at Turn 10 (final corner) just before the halfway mark of the 18-lap affair.

By then, Allerton was 1.3s away from the front of the field, but he and Halliday were back with the leaders within four more laps.

Herfoss turned the wick up in the final stages and went on to win by 0.694s over Maxwell, with Allerton third at another 1.876s back.

Halliday claimed fourth from Mike Jones (Ducati), who circulated in fifth after an early move on Bryan Staring (Kawasaki).

The latter ran in sixth for much of the piece but took the chequered flag in ninth following a penultimate lap off at Turn 10.

Sixth through eighth was Aiden Wagner (Yamaha), Josh Waters (Suzuki), and Arthur Sissis (Suzuki), while Glenn Scott (Kawasaki) rounded out the top 10.

At the head of the standings, Maxwell’s lead is now 17 points with Herfoss having climbed to second, six points ahead of Halliday.

Qualifying 1 for what is officially the third and final round of the season starts tomorrow at 09:50 local time/AEDT.

Results: Race 2, Wakefield Park

Pos Num Rider Team Bike Laps Race time
1 17 Troy HERFOSS Penrite Honda Racing Honda CBR 18 17:29.429
2 47 Wayne MAXWELL Boost Mobile Racing with K-Tech Ducati V4R 18 17:30.123
3 14 Glenn ALLERTON Maxima BMW BMW S RR 18 17:31.999
4 65 Cru HALLIDAY Yamaha Racing Team Yamaha YZF-R1M 18 17:32.538
5 1 Mike JONES Desmosport Ducati Ducati V4R 18 17:33.310
6 28 Aiden WAGNER Yamaha Racing Team Yamaha YZF-R1M 18 17:33.827
7 21 Josh WATERS Ngurra Civil & Construction Suzuki GSXRR 18 17:43.795
8 61 Arthur SISSIS Unitech Racing Suzuki GSXRR 18 17:48.265
9 67 Bryan STARING Kawasaki Australia Kawasaki ZX10R 18 17:52.466
10 68 Glenn SCOTT Kawasaki Australia Kawasaki ZX10R 18 17:53.887
11 13 Jed METCHER Valid Technologies Yamaha YZF-R1M 18 17:59.356
12 83 Lachlan EPIS Response Real Estate Suzuki GSXRR 18 18:06.383
13 62 Brendan McINTYRE Western M-cycles Suzuki GSXRR 18 18:11.641
14 16 Luke JHONSTON Motogo Yamaha Yamaha R1 18 18:12.198
15 88 Giuseppe SCARCELLA Forcite Helmets Ducati Panigale 18 18:28.430
16 51 Chandler COOPER Rock Solid Civil Honda CBR 17 17:37.256
17 37 Michael EDWARDS Northstar Yamaha Yamaha YZF-R1M 17 17:48.849
DNF 78 Nathan SPITERI Livson Suzuki GSXRR 9 9:27.620

Championship points

Pos Rider Pts
1 Wayne MAXWELL 116
2 Troy HERFOSS 99
4 Josh WATERS 78
5 Bryan STARING 78
6 Glenn ALLERTON 67
7 Mike JONES 65
8 Arthur SISSIS 62
9 Jed METCHER 54
10 Aiden WAGNER 52
11 Daniel FALZON 41
12 Glenn SCOTT 37
13 Brendan McINTYRE 29
14 Linden MAGEE 25
15 Matt WALTERS 24
16 Max CROKER 23
17 Sloan FROST 21
18 Lachlan EPIS 18
19 Beau BEATON 17
20 Luke JHONSTON 15
21 Giuseppe SCARCELLA 11
22 Chandler COOPER 11
23 Josh HAYES 11
24 Michael EDWARDS 9
25 Matthew TOOLEY 5
26 Dean HASLER 4
27 Nathan SPITERI 1

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