Troy Herfoss Interview – Penrite Honda man able to rock SMP

ASBK 2023

Spherical Two – Sydney Motorsport Park

G’day Troy, thanks for the chat right now, and congratulations on now being a two-time dad!  From the socials pics it appears like all enjoyable and video games with the younguns, however I’m positive the truth it not fairly that instaperfect?

Herf – “Thanks mate, it’s been fairly an occasion for the final two weeks, however yeah we’re fairly fortunate, everyone seems to be sleeping okay and I’m simply looking for my place in the intervening time. The older one doesn’t need to know dad, and the younger one doesn’t want dad in the intervening time, so I’m simply making an attempt to win factors wherever I can.”

Troy Herfoss on the St. George Summer season Nights Sequence main Cru Halliday and Lachlan Epis – Picture Half Mild

You had good race tempo on the Phillip Island season opener it appeared, ok to battle with everybody however Josh (Waters) actually.  You happy along with your efficiency on the Phillip Island?

Herf – “It was a extremely good spherical for me, I did my finest, I gave 100 per cent and made minimal errors, so I believe I’m in a fairly good place transferring ahead actually.”

Herfoss was on the spherical podium at Phillip Island – Picture RbMotoLens

And also you had a profitable outing at Queensland Raceway final weekend, the place you regarded to have the wooden on Mike Jones, and scored the quickest lap in all three dry races in your solution to three wins. That’s stretch of the legs earlier than we head to SMP?

Herf – “I used to be in a position to experience a couple of clear races, with a fairly stable tempo and that’s all I can ask for actually. It could have been good if the showers stayed away, there was a couple of different issues I’d have favored to tick off from a riders perspective, however fairly proud of the place I’m at to be sincere.”

Troy Herfoss was dominant within the dry at QLD Raceway final weekend – Picture Endorphin Media

On the SMP take a look at you made progress throughout the 2 days however didn’t fairly handle to sneak into the 1m29s, not like Josh, Cru and Mike, oh so shut however not fairly there… Do you suppose you have got made plenty of progress with the bike since we have been up in Sydney early final month?

Herf – “That 30.024 appears so removed from Jonesy’s 29.997… (laughs) In all seriousness, I’m inside half a second I consider Josh, I’m probably not too fearful, its certainly one of them tracks the place you get so much out of the tyre. Once you take a look at the fourth and fifth laps, not that many guys did 4 or 5 laps in a row, however if you take a look at that, the tempo does drop away fairly a bit. So I believe I’m fairly stable over a race distance and I’m beginning to really feel like I can put the bike where-ever I have to put it, so I’ll simply grasp in there the primary few laps and see how we go. However I believe we made a little bit of a step ahead to be sincere, with the bike, so it’s trying fairly good.”

Troy Herfoss at Sydney Motorsport Park - Image by RBMotoLens
Troy Herfoss at Sydney Motorsport Park in the course of the ASBK Take a look at – Picture by RBMotoLens

The final time we raced ASBK at SMP was at the 2019 season finale. At that spherical you agonisingly missed out on the title to Mike Jones on the 1299 Ducati, after what I judged to be a number of the best races of your profession at SMP that weekend. The best way you rode that entrance tyre so, so exhausting into a number of the turns in that 2019 finale was superb, I couldn’t imagine that entrance tyre held on many times, I nearly needed to look the opposite manner at instances. 

It was maybe probably the most outwardly seen pure aggression, to not different riders, however the way you rode the motorbike, that I’ve ever seen you show on a motorcycle. Regardless of the frustration of the loss, I do keep in mind that you have been nonetheless pumped with what you had put down on the observe that day. Is that the way you bear in mind it?

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The 2019 ASBK season finale at SMP was unbelievable – Picture by Rob Mott

Herf – “I’m glad it regarded that manner Trev, as a result of there was positively plenty of effort stepping into by each Mike and I for that race. Positively, I do know for me, I used to be in a position to extract all that out of my physique, my staff, my bike, on the finish of the day, that’s all I can actually ask for. The outcome wasn’t what I hoped for on that day, however I positively felt like I’d finished the whole lot I might. It’s such a enjoyable reminiscence trying again at that, and Mike and I – we actually don’t catch up so much – but when we get time or we begin speaking about 2019 Race Two at SMP, normally a couple of minutes cross by fairly rapidly.”

At this time’s Fireblade is a really totally different animal to the one Troy was using in 2019 – Picture Endorphin Media

The Fireblade has modified so much since 2019. It now has massively totally different engine traits with storming high finish horsepower, on the expense of the normal Fireblade mid-range drive and clean energy supply. This was a part of a quantum shift in the best way to do enterprise throughout the entire sportsbike world. Producers now make engines with probably the most horsepower they’ll, then depend on electronics to clean issues out and make them controllable. And regardless of even the would possibly of full HRC backing and a military of engineers the World Superbike squad have been struggling to place that energy to the bottom. 

Clearly that can be now an enormous black gap of time improvement smart as a way to tune these modern-day sportsbikes to get the perfect out of them, particularly when the tyres have gone away. And we all know that even regardless of our quick races, tyre life is completely essential in our championship. Is tuning the traction, wheelie and engine brake management parameters been extra of a spotlight within the improvement of the bike with the staff of late? Have been you in a position to study something from the HRC guys at Phillip Island?

Herfoss: “That’s in all probability a query for the tech guys actually. For me its I believe a number of the belongings you’ve mentioned are fairly correct, so far as the way in which they’re tuning the bikes lately, and utilizing the electronics to get probably the most out of them. From a rider’s perspective, the electronics positively assist us as a rider be much more aggressive over a complete race distance, a number of the instances we’re in a position to obtain on a constant foundation, we by no means dreamed of up to now. I believe that’s purely right down to the bikes are just a little simpler to experience when the grip goes away.

“They’re positively not simpler to go quick on, they’re nonetheless, you’re nonetheless using a motorcycle and so they can nonetheless chew you if you flip the throttle too exhausting. So far as diving into that query an excessive amount of, I don’t actually know what we would have liked to do at Phillip Island, or from what you’ve seen – I suppose you’re speaking concerning the first spherical – all I can say actually is that I believe now, extra now than ever, you’re seeing bikes which can be simply higher in sure areas.

“It was a remark you’d hear on a regular basis, however I didn’t actually imagine it. In our championship I believe all of the bikes have been fairly comparable for some time. Now I don’t even say there’s one bike that’s manner higher, it’s simply that in sure eventualities some bikes are higher. Like speaking about longer corners, quicker tracks, shorter tracks, tighter tracks. I’ve simply gone from Phillip Island to Queensland Raceway two actually totally different tracks, and actually it was like I used to be using on a cloud at Queensland Raceway. A really comparable bike rolled out and was an absolute delight to experience for brief distance, lengthy distance, wherever within the center. So at Phillip Island for no matter cause I couldn’t get the bike to go across the observe as quick as Josh. I used to be proper within the battle although so I can’t actually be dissatisfied.”

Troy Herfoss on the Phillip Island season opener – Picture RbMotoLens

From that, are you saying regarding the digital set-up you largely keep out of it? And as a substitute let Paul and Charlie do their facet of issues for you within the pits, simply allow them to do their job?

Herf – “That’s proper, that is all fairly new to Australian Superbike, we’ve bought again from Covid and there’s been massive steps from lots of people and it appears to have come electronically. For us it’s nonetheless fairly new and in our construction, we’ve bought Paul as my crew chief and he’s taking a look at information so much, however purely chassis stuff, Charlie is our electronics man I suppose you’d say. They work rather well collectively. One calls one shot, the opposite calls the opposite. However on the finish of the day it has all started working and make sense in Paul’s thoughts, as a result of he’s the crew chief. But it surely’s been an attention-grabbing journey actually, and there’s nonetheless a lot to be gained from electronics and the chassis facet actually, as a result of the bikes are so much longer than they was. This bike is so much totally different than the outdated one, so yeah everyone seems to be making massive positive aspects in every single place. But it surely’s form of like the brand new toy in the home for Australian superbikes, the electronics. In order that appears to be the place plenty of the main focus goes in the intervening time.”

Troy Herfoss with Charlie Hallam – Picture Half Mild

Trev – It’s humorous you say the bikes are longer now, typically lately within the pits I’ve to do a double take on the distance between the entrance sprocket and the again of the bikes, it actually stands out on the BMW truly. They have to be making chains so much longer than they used to…  However getting again to the electronics are you doing something out on observe lately, with the buttons you have got on the bars, are you altering the mapping in the course of the race, or something like that at this stage, or simply operating by way of on one map and that’s it?

Herfoss: “Just about since World Superbike final 12 months I’ll undergo all three modes – energy modes in a race – relying on tyre life and it’s fairly primary for us actually. Nicely sorry not primary, however they clarify to me in a primary manner so I don’t have to consider it an excessive amount of. I’s positively not primary what Charlie is doing, however to place it in primary phrases, you’ve bought a brand new tyre map, a protracted race map primarily for simply after the primary few laps, after which just about a map for if the grip does go away. It’s defined to me in a primary manner and that’s how I prefer it.”

The sprint on the Penrite Honda

Trev: Thanks for the chat, that’s some nice insights. See you on the subsequent showdown beneath lights in Sydney later this month.

Troy Herfoss celebrating at QLD Raceway final week – Picture Endorphin Media

The second spherical of the 2023 mi-bike Australian Superbike Championship shall be held over two evenings at Sydney Motorsport Park, Friday March 24 and Saturday March twenty fifth. Herfoss heads into this second spherical equal second on factors with Mike Jones.  Full follow, qualifying and race schedule beneath.  The occasion shall be dwell on TV Saturday evening on SBS Viceland, with the common ASBK present on Sunday from 1300 together with replays from the weekend motion.

SMP ASBK Schedule

Friday twenty fourth March
Time Class Occasion Length
930 950 Riders Briefing (SSP300, OJC, Masters) B1 20 minutes
1000 1020 Riders Briefing (SBK, SSP) B2 20 minutes
1100 1125 Supersport FP1 25 minutes
1130 1150 SSP300 / R3 cUP FP1 20 minutes
1155 1225 Superbike FP1 30 minutes
1230 1245 bLU cRU FP1 15 minutes
1250 1305 Superbike Masters FP1 15 minutes
1310 1335 Supersport FP2 25 minutes
1335 1405 ASBK TV Observe Time – Drinks Break 30 minutes
1405 1410 Superbike FP2 30 minutes
1440 1500 SSP300 / R3  Cup FP2 20 minutes
1505 1520 Superbike Masters FP2 15 minutes
1525 1540 bLU cRU FP2 15 minutes
1545 1610 Supersport Q1 25 minutes
1615 1635 SSP300 / R3 Cup Q1 20 minutes
1640 1710 Superbike FP3 30 minutes
1720 1735 bLU cRU Q1 15 minutes
1740 1755 Superbike Masters Q 15 minutes
1755 1900 Dinner – ASBK Pillion Rides 65 minutes
Night time Classes
1900 1920 SSP300 / R3 Cup Q2 20 minutes
1925 1950 Supersport Q2 25 minutes
1955 2010 bLU cRU Q2 15 minutes
2015 2035 Superbike Q1 25 minutes
2045 2100 Superbike Q2 15 minutes
2100 2110 ASBK TV & Media Interviews ASBK TV 10 minutes
2110 2135 SSP300 / R3 Cup R1 20 minutes
2140 2200 bLU cRU R1 6 Laps
2205 2220 Superbike Masters R1 6 Laps
Saturday twenty fifth March
Time Class Occasion Length
1400 1405 bLU cRU WUP 5 minutes
1410 1415 Supersport WUP 5 minutes
1420 1430 Superbike WUP 10 minutes
1435 1440 SSP300 /  R3 Cup WUP 5 minutes
1445 1450 Superbike Masters WUP 5 minutes
1450 1510 ASBK Pillion Rides – Drinks Break 20 minutes
1510 1530 bLU cRU R2 6 Laps
1540 1610 Supersport R1 11 Laps
1620 1655 Superbike R1 13 Laps
1705 1730 SSP300 / R3 Cup R2 8 Laps
1740 1755 Superbike Masters R2 6 Laps
1755 1930 Dinner – ASBK Pitlane Stroll 95 minutes
Night time Races
1930 1950 bLU cRU R3 6 Laps
2000 2030 Supersport R2 11 Laps
2040 2105 SSP00  R3 8 Laps
2115 2150 Superbike R2 13 Laps
2200 2215 Superbike Masters R3 6 Laps

Superbike Championship Factors after Spherical One

Pos Rider Bike Pole R1 R2 R3 Whole
1 Josh WATERS Ducati  1 25 25 25 76
2 Mike JONES  Yamaha 17 18 18 53
3 Troy HERFOSS Honda 20 17 16 53
4 Glenn ALLERTON BMW 18 15 17 50
5 Cru HALLIDAY Yamaha 20 20 40
6 Arthur SISSIS Yamaha 10 16 14 40
7 Ted COLLINS BMW 15 13 12 40
8 Bryan STARING Yamaha 9 14 15 38
9 Matt WALTERS Aprilia 14 11 9 34
10 Broc PEARSON Ducati 11 12 10 33
11 Scott ALLARS Yamaha 13 8 7 28
12 Michael KEMP Yamaha 12 7 5 24
13 Lachlan EPIS BMW 8 13 21
14 Paris HARDWICK Kawasaki 10 8 18
15 Mark CHIODO Honda 16 16
16 Jack DAVIS Suzuki 9 6 15
17 Max STAUFFER Yamaha 11 11

2023 ASBK Calendar

2023 ASBK Calendar
Spherical Circuit Location Date
R1 Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit VIC Feb 24-26
R2 Sydney Motorsports Park NSW Mar 24-25
R3 Queensland Raceway QLD Apr 28-30
R4 Hidden Valley Raceway NT Jun 16-18
R5 Morgan Park Raceway QLD Jul 14-16
R6 Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit VIC Oct 27-29
R7 The Bend Motorsport Park SA Dec 1 – 3