Herfoss takes out ASBK finale

Troy Herfoss leads Wayne Maxwell to the chequered flag pic: Russell Colvin

Troy Herfoss has prevailed in a battle with the newly crowned Wayne Maxwell in the final race of the 2020 mi-bike Motorcycle Insurance Australian Superbike Championship at Wakefield Park.

The former had emerged as Maxwell’s biggest threat for the Kawasaki Superbike title in the double-round event in Goulburn, but his challenged fizzled out when the #17 Penrite Honda failed in Race 1 of Round 3 earlier today.

With the championship win therefore sealed for the Ducati pilot, Herfoss did all he could to reclaim second in the standings but came up one point shy of that given Cru Halliday managed to finish Race 2 in fifth spot on his Yamaha.

Herfoss had started the 18-lapper from pole and, for the fourth time in as many races this weekend, led the field away, from Maxwell, Glenn Allerton (BMW), and Mike Jones (Ducati).

He stayed there only until Turn 10 on the opening lap, where the Goulburn boy ran long and let Maxwell into the lead.

Herfoss stuck with the Boost Mobile Ducati as they dropped the rest of the field by several tenths a second per lap, and got back in front at Turn 10 on Lap 5.

Maxwell could not make a move stick at the start of Lap 7, but duly reclaimed first position when Herfoss ended up wide at Turn 2 on Lap 11.

With five laps to go, Herfoss slipped down the inside at Turn 10 again and that pass would prove decisive.

Bryan Staring (Kawasaki) came from sixth on the grid and fifth off the start to take the chequered flag in a distant third, ahead of Allerton.

Halliday ran sixth for most of the race and would have lost second position in the championship on a countback, until he overtook Jones for fifth on the penultimate lap.

The latter ended up sixth, from Aiden Wagner (Yamaha), Josh Waters (Suzuki), Arthur Sissis (Suzuki), and Glenn Scott (Kawasaki).

Action in 2021 begins with a pre-season test at Phillip Island on January 27-28, before ASBK shares the bill with the likes of TCR Australia when the Australian All Wheels Race Fest is held at the same circuit in February.

Results: Race 2, Wakefield Park

Pos Num Rider Team Bike Laps Race time
1 17 Troy HERFOSS Penrite Honda Racing Honda CBR 18 17:26.869
2 47 Wayne MAXWELL Boost Mobile Racing with K-Tech Ducati V4R 18 17:27.656
3 67 Bryan STARING Kawasaki Australia Kawasaki ZX10R 18 17:36.847
4 14 Glenn ALLERTON Maxima BMW BMW S RR 18 17:37.052
5 65 Cru HALLIDAY Yamaha Racing Team Yamaha YZF-R1M 18 17:37.409
6 1 Mike JONES Desmosport Ducati Ducati V4R 18 17:38.394
7 28 Aiden WAGNER Yamaha Racing Team Yamaha YZF-R1M 18 17:44.723
8 21 Josh WATERS Ngurra Civil & Construction Suzuki GSXRR 18 17:47.239
9 61 Arthur SISSIS Unitech Racing Suzuki GSXRR 18 17:54.543
10 68 Glenn SCOTT Kawasaki Australia Kawasaki ZX10R 18 17:58.245
11 13 Jed METCHER Valid Technologies Yamaha YZF-R1M 18 17:59.973
12 83 Lachlan EPIS Response Real Estate Suzuki GSXRR 18 18:04.720
13 62 Brendan McINTYRE Western M-cycles Suzuki GSXRR 18 18:09.394
14 16 Luke JHONSTON Motogo Yamaha Yamaha R1 18 18:11.122
15 88 Giuseppe SCARCELLA Forcite Helmets Ducati Panigale 17 17:36.017
16 37 Michael EDWARDS Northstar Yamaha Yamaha YZF-R1M 17 17:47.281
17 78 Nathan SPITERI Livson Suzuki GSXRR 17 17:55.087
DNF 51 Chandler COOPER Rock Solid Civil Honda CBR 6 6:09.723

Championship points

Pos Rider Pts
1 Wayne MAXWELL 161
2 Cru HALLIDAY 126
3 Troy HERFOSS 125
4 Bryan STARING 112
5 Josh WATERS 105
6 Glenn ALLERTON 104
7 Mike JONES 98
8 Arthur SISSIS 87
9 Aiden WAGNER 81
10 Jed METCHER 76
11 Glenn SCOTT 57
12 Brendan McINTYRE 45
13 Daniel FALZON 41
14 Lachlan EPIS 38
15 Luke JHONSTON 32
16 Linden MAGEE 25
17 Matt WALTERS 24
18 Max CROKER 23
19 Sloan FROST 21
20 Michael EDWARDS 20
21 Chandler COOPER 18
22 Giuseppe SCARCELLA 17
23 Beau BEATON 17
24 Josh HAYES 11
25 Nathan SPITERI 5
26 Matthew TOOLEY 5
27 Dean HASLER 4

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