Former world champion puts pressure on in ASBK
MOTORCYCLE RACING: Penrite Honda Racing rider Troy Herfoss won both races in round 5 of the Yamaha Motor Finance Australian Superbike Championship at Morgan Park Raceway at the weekend.
Herfoss had won the second, third and fourth round battles and led by more than one win going into round 5.
The Gold Coast and former Goulburn rider was always gone to have a close battle with a field including three-times world superbike champion Troy Bayliss.
Herfoss qualified first and had a close battle with Bayliss from the Desmosport Ducati team in race 1.
On lap 13, Herfoss made the move on Bayliss but the pair had been going at it from lap 10.
It looked that the Bayliss Ducati had more grunt down the straight and Herfoss was finding the most out of his Honda through the tight technical parts of Morgan Park Raceway.
Once Herfoss made the move for the lead, he took off to the chequered flag and claimed his sixth race win of the season.
Herfoss won the second race on Sunday. Bayliss and Josh Waters each finished with a second and fourth for the weekend and Wayne Maxwell had two thirds.
It was a photo finish for minor overall placings with Waters second, Bayliss third and Maxwell fourth.
Motorcycle Sportsman of Queensland president Paul Dawson said crowd numbers for the Warwick round were still building.
"The Saturday numbers were encouraging and Sunday was even better,” he said.
"A lot of our club members were volunteers at the weekend. The appearance of Troy Bayliss showed just how good the riders in the superbike class are.
"There was gusty wind on Sunday which showed just how dry the whole area is.”
A Motorcycle Australia representative said Morgan Park had become a top staple in the ASBK racing calendar.
"Crowd numbers were up again,” he said.