4th December 2015 – A fantastic 1-2 finish for Team Honda Racing in the FX-Superbike Championship decider this evening sees Troy Herfoss take the race win and the title with Jamie Stauffer finishing 2nd in the race, 2nd overall for the event and 6th in the FX-Superbike Championship.
The Honda CBR1000RR SP was strong from the beginning of the weekend, #3 Troy Herfoss topped the time sheets in both practice sessions today. He recorded his fastest lap time in the second practice session, a 1:30.589 sec. Herfoss was extremely pleased with the Honda CBR1000RR SP heading into qualifying. #2 Jamie Stauffer posted the 5th fastest time in both practice sessions, making good use of the track time to fine tune the CBR1000RR SP.
The Hondas looked strong in qualifying and at the session’s end Herfoss recorded the 3rd fastest lap time with a 1:30.812 sec ahead of Stauffer with a lap time of 1:30.936 sec, placing them in P3 and P4 on the grid for the AFX-Superbike Championship decider later in the day.
The final race in the 2015 AFX-Superbike championship was Honda’s from the start. Both CBR1000RR SPs got off the start line well, but it was Stauffer who lead the field after the first lap, ahead of Herfoss hot on his tail. It wasn’t long until Herfoss took the lead with the title clearly in his sights. Herfoss claimed the fastest lap of the race, a 1:30.851 sec ahead of team mate Stauffer with a lap time of 1:31.135 sec and a gap to 3rd place of more than 2.5 seconds at the chequered flag. It was a convincing and thrilling win for Team Honda Racing and places Herfoss in Pole position on the grid for tomorrow’s Swann Insurance Superbike Championship decider.
Herfoss: “I’m ecstatic because it is the first time I’ve been able to dominate a race quite like that. Every race so far has been less than a second gap, but today from the moment we rolled out of the pit garage I knew we had a great bike and it made the race so much easier. I really want to thank Shaun Clarke for his complete dedication. He has done a fantastic job all year. I am ecstatic to take the FX-Superbike Championship title and pole position for tomorrow’s Swann Series races. Another big battle tomorrow and the Honda is up to the challenge.”
Stauffer will line up in P2 on the grid for tomorrow’s Swann Series races and is very happy with his 2nd place result today.
Stauffer: “Finishing today 2nd overall was great and the Honda felt strong in both qualifying and the race this evening. I got a really good start in the race and although I didn’t get the win, 2nd place and P2 on the grid for tomorrow’s races is really motivating. I am looking forward to getting out there and seeing what I can do. Well done to Troy for winning the FX-Superbike championship. That was a great effort. Let’s see what the Honda can do tomorrow.”