24 March 2019
roy Herfoss (Penrite Honda Racing, Honda CBR RR SP) took win number two of two in Kawasaki Superbike in front of a massive crowd here at Round 2 of the 2019 Motul Pirelli Australian Superbike Championship (ASBK, March 22-24). Herfoss’s home fans turned out in force to watch the Goulburn local claim the round win, with over six thousand fans coming through the gate across the weekend to set a record crowd figure for the ASBK at Wakefield Park.
Cru Halliday (Yamaha Racing Team, Yamaha YZF-R1M) claimed second for the round on 41 points, and Wayne Maxwell (Team Suzuki ECSTAR,
Suzuki GSX-R EL R) was third for the weekend on 35. The result sees Halliday now provisionally leading the championship on 96 points, ahead of Herfoss (91) and Mike Jones (83, Desmosport Ducati, Ducati 1299 Final Ed) who had a fantastic performance to claim fourth for the round as an injury replacement for Troy Bayliss.
As the revs rose and the riders lept away at the start, Halliday found himself on the wrong side of turn one and bundled out of the lead, Herfoss through to force Halliday into second place. Daniel Falzon (Yamaha Racing Team, Yamaha YZF-R1M) moved into third with Maxwell challenging behind him in fourth.
As the field sorted themselves out and began their third lap a small gap was emerging at the front, with a lead group of five comprising of Herfoss, Halliday, Maxwell, Falzon, and Jones. Maxwell gained a place on Falzon to take fourth, before Jones did the same thing and pushed the Yamaha rider back to fifth.
At quarter distance the lead group was well established, with no rider looking stronger than any other. Jones made a small mistake on lap six to give the chasing Falzon a chance to overtake but he managed to retain the place. Maxwell tried a few looks up the inside on Halliday but couldn’t commit to any of them, having to hold his position in third for now.
Herfoss still held the lead at the front as the race passed its halfway point, with Halliday in second and Jones third after squeezing the Panigale up the inside of Maxwell’s Suzuki at turn 11. The front two had built up a gap from the leaders and were looking to make a two-way battle to the finish when the race was red-flagged after thirteen laps. Kawasaki’s Lachlan Epis (Kawasaki BCperformance, Kawasaki ZX10RR) had crashed and required medical attention, handing the win to Herfoss.