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Team Honda Racing Hold Tight to Championship Lead

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The Round 3 battle of the Superbikes at Sydney Motorsport Park has drawn to a close with #3 Troy Herfoss still holding the top position in the Australasian Superbike Championship.

The racing was fast and tight in Sydney this weekend and with 5 or 6 bikes battling at the front at any given moment it was bound to thrill.

Race 1 of the Swann Series today saw Herfoss get off the start line well from his P3 grid position. Likewise teammate Jamie Stauffer who had to start from P8 after yesterday‰Ûªs 15 second jumpstart penalty cost him his race win and grid positions heading into today‰Ûªs racing.

The pace of the Honda CBR1000RR SPs was strong, but Stauffer quickly became caught in a bunch of riders and seemed unable to navigate his way to the front, settling for a 6th place finish. Stauffer‰Ûªs race pace was strong even so; his fastest lap of Race 1 a 1:31.417 seconds.

Herfoss battled well at the front of the field in Race 1 today and in the final few laps was in a fierce battle for the win. Taking 2nd by just .078 sec, Herfoss was pipped at the post, but with his fastest lap time a 1:31.293 sec there was no denying his competitiveness.

Race 2 for Superbikes was equally as tight, but Herfoss got a terrific start and lead the field on the first lap. There was much dicing at the front of the field and although Herfoss fought hard he had to settle for 4th place. His fastest lap time of the race was a 1:31.185 sec, less than a tenth of a second off the fastest lap of the race outright. Stauffer again was unable to penetrate the bunch from his P8 grid position and with a fastest lap time of 1:31.433 sec, he finished Race 2 in 6th place, taking 6th overall for Round 3.

An experienced campaigner, Stauffer is already thinking about the plan of attack for Round 4.

‰ÛÏIt was a hard day at the office today!" Stauffer said. "I won a race yesterday, but got a jumpstart penalty that meant I didn‰Ûªt qualify well for today and I struggled to get a clear run and struggled to pass in the races. The team worked hard to give me a great bike, but unfortunately we couldn‰Ûªt get the job done today.

"I‰Ûªm looking forward to getting to the next event and giving it our best to get back in the points.‰Û

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