Only a few corners after Race Two got underway this morning at Hidden Valley the race was red-flagged.
Troy Herfoss went down which saw the red flag brought out and the medical team dispatched to the scene. They were with Troy quickly.
The Penrite Honda hit the air-fence first at Turn Four and took the fence with it, which then led to a vastly reduced amount of air-fence protection from the wall by the time Troy made impact with the wall.
Initial scans have confirmed that 34-year-old Herfoss has sustained a badly-broken right humerus and femur in the fall. Both will require surgery in order to begin his road to recovery and, at this point, he has been cleared of any further injuries.
“Our focus at this stage is obviously on Troy and doing what we can to assist him with his injuries, we certainly wish him well and hope for the best possible outcome in his recovery,” commented Penrite Honda Racing team owner Deon Coote.
“As he always does, Troy was exceptional in race one yesterday to take the win and we were buzzing following that result and such a spectacular finish. Today has been a difficult one, but we thank the trackside medical crew and everybody for expressing their support of Troy.”
The issues of air-fences unable to be effectively secured to the ground raises its head yet again. It’s clear that they are not an adequate substitute for run-off areas. If you put posts in the ground to secure the air-fence then you are only putting another hard object that the rider may hit, thus the secure installation of them is always challenging. They essentially need to buried deep in the ground but when they are a temporary measure that is not really practicable.
We do know that on the start-line senior personnel in some teams had complained that officials were making them remove the tyre-warmers before track cleaning had been completed ahead of their race. Obviously that results in tyres losing temperature. Troy Fell the first time he tilted to use the right side of the tyre.
Due to being a supporting act of the V8 Supercar program, Race Two was cancelled due to time constraints as it would be a lengthy undertaking to reinstall the air-fence to a satisfactory standard.
ASBK Championship Points after Hidden Valley Race Three
2021 ASBK Championship Calendar (Updated)
Round 1 Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit, VIC February 18-21 Cancelled
Round 2 Winton Motor Raceway, Benalla, VIC March 12-14
Round 3 Wakefield Park Raceway, Goulburn, NSW April 16-18
Round 4 Hidden Valley Raceway, NT – Supercars 2+4 (Superbikes only) June 18-20
Round 5 Morgan Park Raceway, QLD August 20-22
Round 6 The Bend Motorsport Park, Tailem Bend, SA September 23-26
Round 7 Wakefield Park Raceway, Goulburn, NSW October 15 – 17 *
Round 8 Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit, VIC November 5-7 *
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