Troy Herfoss hot to trot at Hidden Valley

ASBK 2022 – Round Four – Hidden Valley

Darwin this weekend, halfway point of the season and nearly two months on from Wakefield Park, how do you feel?

“That was nearly two months ago? Wow! They’re in trouble now, aren’t they? Two months and I was going half alright, then!”

Troy Herfoss chasing Bryan Staring in Superbike Race Two at Wakefield Park – Image RbMotoLens

That’s good to hear as I thought you’d be getting back to full fitness.

Since Wakefield, a lot has changed. Phil stepped down and Paul stepped in for one.”

Have you been on track with Paul in attendance?

I’ve done a couple of days with Paul and actually, including only a few days ago for a bit of a shakedown to spend a bit more time together out at Morgan Park.

We’ve done two days at QR. One day was really good. We had a private day with Bryan [Staring]Mike [Jones]Cru [Halliday] and Broc Pearson. It was after Wakefield and it was really good. We made a huge step from the race at QR and confirmed a few things from Wakefield. Even made some more progress.

“To put it in some context; the last test I did with Paul was at QR the week or so before Darwin [last year]. I cant remember what lap times I was doing but anyway I was stronger.. On that day Mike was there on the Ducati and he was going a fair bit faster than the race and we were quicker again.

“This year at the test I was faster than I was last year. I was really happy. The main thing was is that I felt really good and my pace at the test was a lot faster than I was at the race. I think I am starting to get my head around it, my body and the tires and being back with Paul, my confidence is growing by the day. Every day on the bike really.

Troy Herfoss at Wakefield Park – Image RbMotoLens

But Phil was there when you needed him.

That’s right. Phil and I would’ve got there. We were basically there at Wakefield. We were that close. I am 100 per cent sure, that going from Wakefield to Darwin with Phil we were going to make a step onto the podium.

“I thanked him and said to him I wish he could be around for at least another round to taste a bit of success with me. He came in when I was absolutely at rock bottom and there was no amount of stuff he could do to the bike to make me go fast. It was all in my head so unfortunately, he didn’t get to taste much success with us but he definitely put me well on track to get back to the top.”

Phil Tainton with Troy Herfoss at Wakefield Park

It’ll be like fitting an old glove on now that ‘Freebie’ is back with you?

Phil worked with me when I got me started in road racing. But he didn’t work directly with me I had Chris Ogden with me then Wazza (Monson), so I never worked with Phil directly and besides that I was pretty green and didn’t know what I wanted with the bike anyway to be honest .

“The difference with Paul, he was working alongside Clarkey and we were always testing together with Jamie and every team mate I had, so Paul was with me and obviously, in the past few years we’ve done a lot of testing together and a lot of riding together and to be honest Paul has come back at the right time.

“Like I said to him, the first day we went riding I am back to feeling normal now so you don’t have to worry about testing stuff for the bike to make my body work, now just get down to business. I said to him I really want you to be a bit hard on me and sort of… like assume that I am back where I was and start critiquing me and make sure you let me know where I am lacking because I feel that I am getting back to where I was. I need to stop hearing the people saying, ‘you’ll be right. Your body is still getting better’. I just want to hit the tracks now and push on.”

The time for excuses is over, now its time to put the runs on the board…. Image RbMotoLens

What about going back to Darwin? It is where you had the most serious accident of your career

Well that will be something that people will remember if I can go back there and get a really good result and just, well, that will put that all behind me and there’ll be no question; I’m back to where I was. Honestly, I am so motivated about going there to get a good result just for that fact really.

“It was a bad crash but… it was a very unfortunate crash, and I was very unlucky, to be honest. We don’t know exactly why I crashed, but you have to imagine that I was pushing a little too hard on the first lap so I’ve just gotta be mindful on the first lap.

“Honestly, I am so motivated to be there and ride down pit-lane and get back to business.”

Troy Herfoss rolling out of pit-lane on Pirelli rubber behind the similarly shod YRT bike ridden by Mike Jones at the Phillip Island season opener – Image RbMotoLens

Do you like the Darwin track?

I love it. That’s the thing. People ask me what my favorite track is. It’s.. honestly it’s up there, if not my favorite track. The surface is great. It’s got a big fast straight. A technical back-side. The middle right hander, you can light the thing up there during the race. It’s got everything. Its one of my favorite tracks.

“It’s just unfortunate that I’ve had a bit of bad luck there. I’ve gone well there in the past. The first time I rode the Honda there, (2017) it was a brand new bike and I finished second in both races.

Herfoss and Staring to ride new SP2 at Darwin ASBK
Herfoss and Staring first rode the then new SP2 Fireblade at Darwin in 2017

In 2018 I was unlucky not to do the double. Troy (Bayliss) and I had a great battle to the last corner and then I won race two.

ASBK Rnd HV R PM Podium Bayliss Herfoss Staring
2018 ASBK Darwin Superbike Race One Results
1. Troy Bayliss – Ducati
2. Troy Herfoss – Honda +0.204
3. Bryan Staring – Kawasaki +0.690

Last year in Darwin, I had never followed Wayne so comfortably in all the time he has been on the Ducati and I’ve been on the new Honda.

Nothing separated Maxwell and Herfoss throughout the whole 16-laps of the opening race in Darwin last year – Image Half Light

Everything was going great there, so I thought it was my weekend to really put the foot down but anyway I’ve had some bad luck and I am definitely going back to a track I really like.

“It’s definitely an amazing track. It’s got so much grip. I’ve always loved the back end of Darwin, it is really technical and you have just got to be on the edge of the tire all the way. You’ve got to be braking hard on the edge of the tire. You have to have a lot of feel for the edge of the tire. It’s such a good part of the track. You can feel the bike moving around you all the way.

“I’ve mentioned this a lot; it is one of the most physical track plus it gets so hot and the tire gets so greasy… It’s got everything that track. That’s why I love it. You can’t get to the end of the race, at the front of the race, if you’re not physically fit.”

So how do you reckon you’ll go there with three 16-lap races?

I am only a little bit worried that I’ll now only be as fit as the next fittest guy. Not a lot fitter than the next guy… I am in really good shape.”

Penrite Racing presented their dual livery to celebrate the Indigenous Round at Darwin’s Hidden Valley on June 17-19.

ASBK On-Track Schedule Darwin
Add half an hour to times for eastern seaboard AEST

Free Practice 1: 8:50am (30 min)
Free Practice 2: 11:45am (30 min)
Free Practice 3: 2:55pm (35 min)

Qualifying 1: 9:10am (20 min)
Qualifying 2:9:35am (15 min)
Race 1: 1:10pm (16 laps)

Race 2: 10:00am (16 laps)
Race 3: 1:55pm (16 laps)

Hidden Valley ASBK TV Schedule

The slightly different format of the Hidden Valley event – ​​where there are three races instead of the usual two – also has slightly different TV times and broadcasters.

In 2022, Fox Sports Australia will broadcast live nearly every on-track session plus all races.

As has occured in previous years, Channel 7 will broadcast races one and three live-to-air alongside the regular Supercars TV coverage.

Post event, ASBK TV will work with TV production partners AVE to create a special edition replay of ASBK Round 4 – Darwin. This special edition will be broadcast on SBS – Sunday 3rd July 1300 – 1500 AEST.

As well as the always epic racing, this special edition will feature exclusive behind the action scenes, color stories and all the thrills and spills from one of the great rounds of any season; Hidden Valley, NT.

ASBK Live Broadcast information

Fox Sports Australia
Friday – Free Practice 2 and Free Practice 3
Saturday – Qualifying 1 & Qualifying 2, plus Race 1
Sunday – Race 2 (Exclusively Live on Fox) & Race 3

Channel 7
Saturday – Race 1
Sunday – Race 3

Sunday 3rd July 1pm- The ASBK Darwin Show

Check the Event Schedule and your local guides for exact times

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Alpinestars Superbike Championship Points Standings

Pos Name Total
1 Mike JONES 132
2 Wayne MAXWELL 109
3 Bryan STARING 102
4 Josh Waters 94
6 Glenn ALLERTON 88
7 Arthur SISSIS 87
8 Troy HERFOSS 81
9 Daniel FALZON 73
10 Anthony WEST 70
11 Aiden WAGNER 47
12 Jed METCHER 39
13 Max STAUFFER 38
14 Mark CHIDO 37
15th Matt Walters 32
16 Broc PEARSON 31
17 Beau Beaton 27
18 Michael EDWARDS 25
19 Chandler COOPER 21
20 Lachlan EPIS 20
21 Luke JHONSTON 7
22 Corey FORDE 3

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2022 ASBK Calendar

Round 1 Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit, VIC 25 – 27 February
SBK, SSPT, SS300, R3 Cup, OJC, SBK Masters
Round 2 Queensland Raceway, Ipswich QLD 18 – 20 March
SBK, SSPT, SS300, R3 Cup, OJC, Sidecars
Round 3 Wakefield Park Raceway, Goulburn NSW 22 – 24 April
SBK, SSPT, SS300, R3 Cup, OJC, Aussie Racing Cars
Round 4 Hidden Valley Raceway, Darwin NT 17 – 19 June
* With Supercars – SBK Only
Round 5 Morgan Park Raceway, Warwick QLD 5 – 7 August
SBK, SSPT, SS300, R3 Cup, OJC
Round 6 Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit, Cowes VIC 18 – 20 November
Round 7 The Bend Motorsport Park, Tailem Bend SA 25 – 27 November
SBK, SSPT, SS300, R3 Cup, OJC
ASBK Night of Champions Dinner – The Bend 27 November

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