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Herfoss wins Australian Supersport Championship with Tasmanian clean sweep

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Team Suzuki rider Troy Herfoss claimed the number one plate for season 2010 with victory in both races at the final round of the Australian Supersport Championship at Tasmania's Symmons Plains International Raceway on 12-14 November.
Troy Herfoss with the spils of victory.
The final round was held in conjunction with the V8 Supercar Championship, a large crowd braving changeable and squally weather across the weekend to witness the first '2 plus 4' national championship meeting held at the venue since 1998.

Herfoss, who started from the front row of the grid on his Team Suzuki GSX-R600, clinched the championship in the opening 14-lap race on Saturday with a thrilling 0.135sec victory over championship contender Christan Casella. Suzuki rider Brodie Waters completed the race one podium in third.

With the championship decided, race officials allowed the 23-year-old to swap from his regular #18 plate to #1 for Sunday's second race, held over 16 laps in wet and slippery conditions at the 2.4km Launceston circuit. Herfoss was again victorious, this time by 3.725sec over Casella with Aaron Gobert third.

Sunday's race wasn't without drama for Herfoss, who had to withstand a last-corner lunge from Irishman Des Darby, the latter falling victim to the slippery circuit when within sight of the finishing line and ending up in the muddy outfield.

For Herfoss, victory in front of the large V8 Supercar crowd on Sunday while wearing the #1 plate was a perfect end to what has been a breakthrough year for the ex-Supermoto champion.

Swapping to Supersport racing after winning the US Supermoto Championship in 2008, Herfoss has now added the Australian Supersport Championship to his trophy cabinet in only his second full season in his new discipline. It was the first Australian Supersport Championship for Team Suzuki.

"I was able to watch the race on the big Superscreen every time I went down the main straight, so I knew what sort of gap I had and where the other guys were," said Herfoss. "It was a good feeling seeing that number one plate on the big screen."

Herfoss finished the season with 274 points, 40 points clear of Casella (234) with Brodie Waters third on 212 points.

"I couldn't be happier with the overall weekend result, and it's good to win the round and win the championship in front of a big crowd," he added.

"I wanted to win the race on Saturday to clinch the championship, even though I didn't have to ‰ÛÒ and that's the way it worked out. It's the sort of thing you remember, rather than just riding for the points.

"Then I really wanted to win that race on Sunday with the number one on the bike. I kept looking at it on the Superscreen as I went down the main straight ‰ÛÒ it was a good feeling. That win was for the whole team.

"The bike was awesome and the team has done a great job all season long. It's been a good year," Herfoss concluded.

Team Manager Phil Tainton added, "Troy's performance this weekend again showed maturity beyond his years and just how far he's come in only his second full season of road racing.

"Two race wins and the 2010 championship is just reward for Troy and the whole team. It was a good feeling putting that number one on the bike for Sunday's race.

"It was great exposure for the team and our sponsors to be racing in front of a large crowd with the V8 Supercars, and to have television coverage of the Superbike on Seven in prime time viewing.

Main Photo: Troy Herfoss rode with the number one plate on Sunday's second race

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