Just three points separate Team Honda Racing’s Troy Herfoss and Yamaha Racing Team’s Wayne Maxwell as they head into this weekend’s fifth round of the Swann Insurance Australasian Superbike Championship (ASC) here at Wakefield Park.
Seriously, could the script have been written any better than this? While home town favourite, Herfoss, may have liked to come into his ‘own back yard’ with a bigger lead than just three points in the premier IPONE Superbike Championship, it does however setup an electrifying prospect that you fans out there will be treated to some classic racing as Herfoss tries to defend his championship lead.
A determined Maxwell and his teammate, Glenn Allerton who is just seventeen points behind the Victorian rider and twenty points behind Herfoss are piling on the pressure to the Honda rider, as the series heads into two rounds being here and Winton Motor Raceway, which should suit the Honda CBR1000RR SP.
Six weeks ago at Queensland Raceway saw Allerton making a massive impact in this year’s title by taking 1-2 result to add forty-eight points to his championship hopes. That was eight more points that Maxwell who finished third in the two sixteen lap races. However the reigning Australian FX-Superbike (AFX) and ASC champion scored four more points than Herfoss after he came home with two fourth place finishes which sets the tone for this weekend.
You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to realise that Queensland Raceway is the complete opposite to Wakefield Park, which is a ‘non horsepower’ style of track. Wakefield Park is a 2.2km circuit which includes ten corners – seven right and three left corners with an average speed of about 136km in the Superbike class.
While Herfoss may appear to be the favourite to take out the round this weekend, he did play down his chances in a post-race interview at Queensland Raceway by saying; “Everyone thinks we are going to go to Wakefield Park and win. But that’s not the case. Everyone has a good bike and is going faster this year. It’s still going to be as hard as Sydney Motorsport Park, as hard as Mallala and as hard as here. I just know the speed difference is not an issue there I have no doubt we will be challenging for victories at Wakefield.”
Cast your mind back to the second last round at Wakefield Park in 2014, when Herfoss beat Maxwell in race two and three and in the process setting a bench mark lap time with a 58.025sec which he set in race three on lap seven. If it was not for his spectacular get off in race one, there is no doubt Herfoss would have walked away with the round win.
Not only will Herfoss have Maxwell and Allerton to think about, but throw the likes of the third of the Yamaha riders in Cru Halliday, Herfoss’s teammate, Jamie Stauffer and a raft of Kawasaki mounted men including Mike Jones (Cube Racing Kawasaki), Matt Walters (KMF Finance/Kawasaki Australia) and Sean Condon (BikeBiz/IPONE/Swann Insurance Racing) and even Ben Burke (SA Kawasaki Bcperformance).
All of this will just add up to three heart stopping races across both days this weekend.
All eyes may be on the IPONE Superbike class, but don’t forget about the other classes which are shaping up to be nothing short of a bell ringer!
In the YRD Supersport class Brayden Elliott’s ASC title lead has been slashed from twenty-one to ten points after Queenslander Callum Spriggs, who now slots into second place in the championship after he scored a 1-1-4 result to take the overall honours.
LTR Honda’s Paul Byrne enjoys healthy 82.5-point lead over Cube Racing Kawasaki’s Ben Henry in the Race Tech Formula Oz class after the Irishman/Aussie took a 1-1-3 result to claim round four ahead of Beau Beaton and Henry.
The Pro-Twins/Nakedbike class now sees Kris Keen taking command of the championship fight, two points ahead of Beau Beaton and KTM’s Angus Reekie who are both locked on 181-points.
A massive fight is brewing in the Kawasaki Insurances FX 300 Ninja Cup class which sees SA Kawasaki Bcperformance Paul Young now ahead of JDR’s Jack Dawes by two points, with Tony Jones (XXX Rated Suspension) just three points behind Dawes.
Tickets are available at the gate
Adults Saturday or Sunday $30.00
Kids under 16 accompanied by a paying adult FREE
Two day adult pass (Saturday and Sunday) $40
Bikes are on track from 9:00am each day.