Paul Free to close Motologic Race Team following 2017 season

Paul Free, the man behind Honda’s factory racing effort for the last 15 years is ‘hanging up the leathers’ at the end of 2017. Free initially began in-house at Honda in 2002 where he ran the factory road race team.

Paul Free and Anthony West
Paul Free and Anthony West

In 2007 Paul and his wife Laura created Motologic, and the fledgling company continued to run the road racing team from their premises in Campbellfield, before adding the off-road component of Motocross and Supercross in 2015.

MotoGP Support Races - Australian Superbike - Image by Andrew Gosling
MotoGP Support Races – Australian Superbike – Image by Andrew Gosling

The end of 2017 will see Motologic close its doors and the Frees will look to new ventures for 2018. Honda gave thanks to Paul and wished him an abundance of good fortune in his next venture.

Glyn Griffiths – Brand and Motorsports Manager, Motorcycles Division at Honda Australia

“It has been a privilege to work with Paul for the last 15 years, his hard work and dedication to the team and to racing are second to none and we can’t thank him enough for everything he has done for Honda’s factory effort here in Australia. His loyalty to the brand is commendable and the many successes Honda has had over the years in racing are a testament to Paul and his staff, their work ethic and drive to win.” 

Troy Herfoss - 2016 ASBK Champion
2016 ASBK Champion Troy Herfoss, with Paul Free in background

Those many successes include back to back Australian Superbike championships won by Troy Herfoss in 2015 and 2016, marking 2016 as the teams 3rd overall win in a row.

Troy Herfoss
Troy Herfoss and Team Honda Racing celebrate ASBK success

In 2014 the team won the Australasian Superbike Championship and took all 3 podium positions in one of their most successful seasons to date with Wayne Maxwell, Jamie Stauffer and Troy Herfosss.

Paul Free with 2014 Swann Australasian Superbike Champion Wayne Maxwell at Eastern Creek
Paul Free with 2014 Swann Australasian Superbike Champion Wayne Maxwell at Eastern Creek

In 2008 the team took the Superbike Championship title with Glenn Allerton and in 2004 and 2005 they won two Supersport and Superbike Championships and two Manufacturer’s Cups back to back with Adam Fergusson and Josh Brookes respectively.

Josh Brookes wrapped up the Australian Superbike and Supersport double in 2005
Josh Brookes wrapped up the Australian Superbike and Supersport double in 2005

In 2004 Josh Brookes also won the Phillip Island round of the WSS championship entered by Honda Australia as a wildcard.

Josh Brookes on his way to World Supersport victory at Phillip Island in 2004
Josh Brookes on his way to World Supersport victory at Phillip Island in 2004
Paul Free

“In the time I have run Honda’s factory team we have enjoyed huge success. I am really proud of what we have achieved, we have won so many championships along the way with the various riders and machines. I have worked with some amazing people over the years and it is these people that have really contributed to our success. To name a few, Laura my wife, always there for me through thick and thin.

Fork internals being swapped out for a softer set-up in the Fireblade SP machines in preparation for a wet race one. Team Principal Paul Free.
Fork internals being swapped out for a softer set-up in the Fireblade SP machines in preparation for a wet race. Team Principal Paul Free.

“Glyn Griffiths and Tony Hinton at Honda have been there from my initial job interview at Honda back in 2002, these guys unwavering support has been a life line at times. Garry House was there when it all started and he was my rock for 5 or 6 years.  Luke Spence, a fantastic person and tech.

Troy Herfoss and Crankt Protein Honda Road Race Team Manager Shaun Clarke
Troy Herfoss and Crankt Protein Honda Road Race Team Manager Shaun Clarke

“Shaun Clarke has been with me since starting in-house at Honda and has now developed into one of the best technicians in the country.  Shaun’s knowledge and ability to think through problems is unsurpassed. Our support staff at the track have been invaluable; Glenn Granger has been with the team since the mid 2000’s, Dan Williams since 2010, both fantastic technicians that are just so focused, totally committed to the cause.” 

Paul Free at Morgan Park
Paul Free at Morgan Park

Although Motologic won’t be in operation after 2017, the team is still 100 per cent committed to the program for the remainder of the 2017 season in the ASBK Superbike Championship and Supercross series.

Paul Free

“Our determination to succeed is unwavering and is fuelled by the invaluable support of our sponsors and team supporters.  A huge thanks must go out to our current and past sponsors and supporters of which there are way too many to list. None of our successes would have been possible without your help.”

Jamie Stauffer with Team Honda Racing boss Paul Free in 2016. Alongside Paul is son Alex, while alongside Jamie is his son Max.
Jamie Stauffer with Team Honda Racing boss Paul Free in 2016. Alongside Paul is son Alex, while alongside Jamie is his son Max.

Honda sincerely thanked Paul, Laura and staff for their service and was proud to note their achievements will forever remain in Honda’s motorcycling history. 

Honda also acknowledged the achievements of all riders who worked and raced under Paul Free over the last 15 years; and their contributions to Team Honda Racing.

Paul Free pictured centre between Wayne Maxwell and Jamie Stauffer
Paul Free pictured centre between Wayne Maxwell and Jamie Stauffer
Road team
  • Shannon Johnson
  • Adam Fergusson
  • Josh Brookes 
  • Kirk McCarthy
  • Judd Greedy
  • Bryan Staring
  • Brodie Waters
  • Mike Jones
  • Russell Holland
  • Glenn Allerton
  • Shogo Moriwaki
  • Jason O’Halloran
  • Josh Hook
  • Aiden Wagner
  • Anthony West
  • Wayne Maxwell
  • Jamie Stauffer
  • Troy Herfoss
Josh Hook and Team Honda Racing's Paul Free celebrate the spoils of victory
Josh Hook and Team Honda Racing’s Paul Free celebrate the spoils of victory back in 2014
MX team
  • Dylan Long
  • Jay Wilson
  • Chris Aldridge
  • Todd Waters
  • Luke Clout
Adam Krutsy Fergusson took the Australian Supersport and Superbike double in 2004
Adam Krutsy Fergusson took the Australian Supersport and Superbike double in 2004