Troy Herfoss – 2016 YMI ASBK Champion

Troy Herfoss - 2016 ASBK Champion
Troy Herfoss – 2016 ASBK Champion

Troy Herfoss capitalised on his pole position to leap out the blocks and lead the field through turn one at Winton Motor Raceway at 1541 this afternoon and teammate Jamie Stauffer was right in his heels ahead of race one victor Cru Halliday. Stauffer was pushed back to third place by Halliday at turn three, Josh Waters also slipped past Stauffer and immediately started challenging Halliday for second place. Meanwhile, Herfoss had put in a 1m26.311 from a standard start to have a 1.8-second buffer over the field by the end of the opening lap.

ASBK Race Two Start Winton 2016 - Image by Keith Muir
ASBK Race Two Start Winton 2016 – Image by Keith Muir

Glenn Allerton was fifth with 15 laps to run ahead of Daniel Falzon and Brayden Elliott while championship leader Wayne Maxwell was languishing in eighth position just ahead of Beau Beaton. Mike Jones ran wide at turn five and rejoined the race in 16th position.

Josh Waters easily pulled away from Halliday over the next few laps, the race one victor then started to come under attack from Allerton and Stauffer.

Glenn Allerton, Cru Halliday
Glenn Allerton, Cru Halliday – Image by Keith Muir

Herfoss still had clear air out in front but Josh Waters was slowly reeling him in, with 13 laps to run the Mildura based ex Australian Superbike Champion had the gap down to 1.3-seconds. Wayne Maxwell had moved past Brayden Elliott to take seventh position.

Wayne Maxwell, Brayden Elliott, Cru Halliday - Image by Keith Muir
Wayne Maxwell, Brayden Elliott, Cru Halliday – Image by Keith Muir

Allerton moved past Halliday to take third position, a long 3.5-seconds behind second placed Waters but Allerton now headed a busy pack tussling over that third position. Halliday, Stauffer and Falzon all right there with him and series leader Wayne Maxwell also looking to join that mix.

As the race passed the halfway mark Herfoss pulled away from Waters, with eight laps to run the gap had blown out to 2.7-seconds. Wayne Maxwell had improved another two positions, the series leader was up to fifth after getting the better of Falzon and Stauffer.

Troy Herfoss leads Josh Waters
Troy Herfoss leads Josh Waters – Image by Keith Muir

With six laps to run Wayne Maxwell went down at turn five. The Yamaha man walked away, albeit forlornly. From here Herfoss only needed to bring it home in order to be crowned champion.

This shot by Steve Thibou sums it up perfectly, Herfoss cruising home while Wayne Maxwell makes for a forlorn sight as he trudges through the infield
This shot by Steve Thibou sums it up perfectly, Herfoss cruising home while Wayne Maxwell makes for a forlorn sight as he trudges through the infield

Three laps later Glenn Allerton was looking strong in second place, he had passed and left Josh Waters in his wake, and started to reel in race leader Troy Herfoss. The Honda rider would have seen that Maxwell was down, and thus knew that he did not even need to win this one to clinch the title, finishing in the top 13 would see him crowned champion.

Wayne Maxwell walks back to the pits, his championship hopes gone - Image by Andrew Gosling
Wayne Maxwell walks back to the pits, his championship hopes gone – Image by Andrew Gosling

With two laps to run Allerton had the gap to Herfoss down to 2-seconds. Further back Brayden Elliott had slipped past Josh Waters to take third place.

Allerton closed the gap to Herfoss down to less than a second on the final lap but it was Troy Herfoss that cruised to victory.

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Troy Herfoss has done it. He beat Wayne Maxwell to the 2015 Swann Superbike Championship by a single solitary point. Season 2016 has seen the Goulburn 28-year-old get the better of his friend yet again, this time the spoils being the ASBK Championship. To add insult to injury Maxwell’s crash also allowed teammate Glenn Allerton to move past him and clinch the #2 plate for the year, Allerton the highest placed Yamaha rider in the series.

To the victor go the spoils however, and this year that is Paul Free’s Crankt Protein Honda and Troy Herfoss.

Troy Herfoss - 2016 ASBK Champion
Troy Herfoss – 2016 ASBK Champion
2016 YMI ASBK Championship Points Standings (Final)
  1. Troy Herfoss 255
  2. Glenn Allerton 238
  3. Wayne Maxwell 233
  4. Cru Halliday 165
  5. Mike Jones 163
  6. Brayden Elliott 153
  7. Daniel Falzon 151
  8. Jamie Stauffer 146
  9. Sloan Frost 121
  10. Ben Burke 114
Troy Herfoss - 2016 ASBK Champion
Troy Herfoss – 2016 ASBK Champion
2016 YMI ASBK Final Round Points
  1. Troy Herfoss 46
  2. Cru Halliday 41
  3. Josh Waters 35
  4. Glenn Allerton 33
  5. Brayden Elliott 33
  6. Jamie Stauffer 31
  7. Mike Jones 26
  8. Sloan Frost 23
  9. Adam Senior 20
  10. Ryan Hampton 19
Troy Herfoss - 2016 ASBK Champion
Troy Herfoss – 2016 ASBK Champion
2016 YMI ASBK Winton Race Two Results
  1. Troy Herfoss
  2. Glenn Allerton 0.729
  3. Brayden Elliott 9.02
  4. Josh Waters 10.89
  5. Cru Halliday 15.32
  6. Jamie Stauffer 16.04
  7. Daniel Falzon 19.10
  8. Beau Beaton 33.26
  9. Mike Jones 33.48
  10. Sloan Frost 69.25
2016 YMI ASBK Manufacturers Championship
  1. Yamaha 1074
  2. Honda 532
  3. Kawasaki 443
  4. Suzuki 381
  5. Ducati 199
  6. Aprilia 32
2016 Brembo Superbike Privateers Challenge
  1. Daniel Falzon 233
  2. Brayden Elliott 212
  3. Sloan Frost 183
  4. Ben Burke 170
  5. Adam Senior 168
  6. Ryan Hampton 167
  7. Matt Walters 111
  8. Peter Berry 108
  9. Michael Blair 102
  10. Nathan Spiteri 86