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Penrite Honda Fireblade CBR1000RR-R SP – Rider Troy Herfoss with team owner Deon Coote from Elite Roads

While we wait to hear if ASBK will turn a wheel again this season, subject to borders being opened, Penrite Honda have been busy honing the edge of the new Fireblade CBR1000RR-R SP.

Penrite Honda Fireblade CBR1000RR-R SP
Penrite Honda Fireblade CBR1000RR-R SP
Penrite Honda Fireblade CBR1000RR-R SP

They have also been in the studio for these images along with a video production that showcases the new livery of the Elite Roads backed team.

Penrite Honda Launch Video


Check out our showcase of the standard bike at this link

Source: MCNews.com.au

Troy Herfoss hoping to be competitive in WSBK Wildcard

Troy Herfoss on the 2019 WSBK Wildcard

Reigning Australian Superbike (ASBK) champion Troy Herfoss is out for redemption on the world stage in the opening round of the 2019 Motul FIM Superbike World Championship at the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit this February 22-24.

Returning as a WorldSBK wildcard for the second year in succession, the soon-to-be 32-year-old says the difficulties he and his team had in 2018 serve as motivation to really get amongst it in 2019 – in a field that will contain superstars such as Jonathan Rea (Kawasaki), Alvaro Bautista (Ducati), Tom Sykes (BMW), Alex Lowes (Yamaha), Leon Camier (Honda), Leon Haslam (Kawasaki), Chaz Davies (Ducati) and Marco Melandri (Yamaha).

Troy Bayliss and Troy Herfoss raced wheel to wheel in the ASBK season opener at Phillip Island - TBG Image
Troy Bayliss and Troy Herfoss raced wheel to wheel in the ASBK season opener at Phillip Island – TBG Image

“The original plan was to do a WorldSBK wildcard in my second year with Deon (Coote), but we got a bit excited and jumped straight in the deep end last year,” said Herfoss, who was raised in Goulburn (NSW) but now lives on the Gold Coast. “As a result, we were underdone but on the flipside we learnt a lot of things which we can bring to the table in 2019.”

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Troy Herfoss – Winton ASBK 2018 – Image by TBG

Melbourne-based Coote took ownership of Honda Australia’s official superbike team at the start of the 2018 season and, while the WorldSBK wildcard campaign was eventually scuppered by mechanical problems last year, Herfoss had a great year in the domestic series and went onto win his second ASBK title in three years – adding to a stellar CV already embedded with national supermoto (2006) and supersport (2010) titles.

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Troy Herfoss celebrates the 2018 title victory – Winton ASBK 2018 – Image by TBG

However, the disappointing WorldSBK wildcard in 2018 is something that Herfoss is determined to redress, and he says all the elements are in place to make that happen.

“The whole team have put in a lot of effort to build a bike that’s capable of running a lot further up the field,” said Herfoss, who competed in the recent RoadNats cycling titles alongside his partner, Emily.

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Penrite Honda – 2018 ASBK Superbike Champions – Image TBG

“We know we are going to be competitive with a more complete package and a wealth of knowledge that we gained last year. If I can get the bike fully up to speed I want to be in that 8-12 group pace – and who knows what can happen after that once tyre life and all those variables come into play.”

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Troy Herfoss – Image by Colin Rosewarne

Herfoss is particularly looking forward to the new WorldSBK ‘triple treat’ formula, which will make its debut at Phillip Island with a 10-lap sprint race at midday on Sunday, sandwiched between the traditional pair of 22-lappers at 3:00pm on Saturday and Sunday.

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Troy Herfoss – Winton ASBK 2018 – Image by TBG

“The sprint race is a similar distance to the ASBK races, so it’s something that I’m used to,” said Herfoss. “It’s a great concept and is certainly going to make for a hot pace – it’s going to be interesting to see how it all pans out.”

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Troy Herfoss – Winton ASBK 2018 – Image by TBG

The opening round of the 2019 ASBK title will also be held alongside the WorldSBK round, but Herfoss is unfazed by the double duties. He said: “I enjoy racing the world championship and ASBK class at Phillip Island, and I deal well with the physical and mental pressures. It really helps me get into a groove.”

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Troy Herfoss – TBG Image

In total, 13 races will be held at Phillip Island across Saturday and Sunday, with supersport and production 300 the other two national classes supporting the world championship categories: WorldSBK and WorldSSP.

Goulburn teenager Tom Toparis is the Aussie wildcard in WorldSSP – and just like Herfoss is backing up from 2018. Toparis was 15th in last year’s WorldSSP race on a Kawasaki, but will be riding a Yamaha in 2019.


Tickets now on sale

A three-day general admission for the WorldSBK round is $120* secured in advance, and includes FREE Paddock Access. Add four nights camping to your purchase and the total cost, including event entry and Paddock, is $230* .

If you feel like splashing out, step up to a Bar SBK ticket at $265* (with camping $375*) and enjoy undercover facilities at Doohan Corner, Siberia and Lukey Heights.

World superbikes is free for kids 15 and under, and so is your bike. For all ticket and racing information, visit www.worldsbk.com.au or Ticketek.

Source: MCNews.com.au

Mark Chiodo joins Penrite Honda for ASBK 2019

Mark Chiodo on Penrite Honda

Penrite Honda Racing will expand to a two-rider operation for the 2019 Australian Superbike Championship (ASBK) after signing young Victorian Mark Chiodo.

Chiodo, 20, impressed as a Superbike rookie this season, rounding out the year with a best result of fourth overall at Phillip Island’s Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix support races on a Suzuki GSX-R1000R.

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Mark Chiodo – TBG Image

Chiodo will join defending champion Troy Herfoss in the expanded squad based out of Melbourne. 

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Troy Herfoss celebrates the 2018 title victory – Winton ASBK 2018 – Image by TBG

Mark Chiodo

“I’m really excited to be joining Penrite Honda Racing for my second year in the Superbike class,” explained Chiodo. “It will be a perfect platform for me to work from within a title-winning team and I know that the CBR1000RR SP is a truly competitive package. Hopefully this year I can consistently be within the top five and possibly battling for podiums. The ER Motorsport crew is really tight-knit and I’m happy to be working with the likes of Stewart Winton and Shaun Clarke for the season ahead. I’m really thankful for the opportunity provided by Deon and the team.”

Mark Chiodo (centre), flanked by Oli and Troy Bayliss – Image Trevor Hedge

Penrite Honda Racing team owner Deon Coote welcomed Chiodo to the squad alongside Herfoss, also appointing renowned technician Stewart Winton to work within the team managed by Shaun Clarke.

Deon Coote – Penrite Honda

“The Penrite Honda Racing team is now in a position where we can expand to two riders following a successful season with Troy and we’re looking forward to 2019. It’s always good to support a young talent like Mark, he will fit in well alongside Troy and I think our team environment will be a positive step in his career.”

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Penrite Honda – 2018 ASBK Superbike Champions – Image TBG

The first official appearance of Chiodo aboard Penrite Honda Racing’s CBR1000RR SP will come during Motorcycling Australia’s ASBK pre-season test to be held at Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit on 2-3 February.


2019 ASBK Calendar
  • ASBK Test – Phillip Island, VIC February 2 – 3
  • Round 1 – WSBK – Phillip Island, VIC February 21 – 24
  • Round 2 – Wakefield Park, Goulburn NSW March 22 – 24
  • Round 3 – The Bend, Tailem Bend, SA April 26 – 28
  • Round 4 – Morgan Park, Warwick, QLD July 5 – 7
  • Round 5 – Winton, Benalla, VIC September 6 – 8
  • Round 6 – Phillip Island, VIC October 4 – 6
  • Round 7 – SMP, Eastern Creek, NSW November 1 – 3

Source: MCNews.com.au

Brayton & Metcalfe claim Honda 2018 Australian SX 1-2

Justin Brayton claims the 2018 Australian Supercross crown

Brett Metcalfe 2018 runner-up

Images by AME Management

Justin Brayton has wrapped up the 2018 Australian Supercross Championship, with Penrite Honda teammate Brett Metcalfe claiming second overall, ending a highly successful season for the team.

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Justin Brayton – Australian Supercross 2018

For Justin Brayton the victory marks his third consecutive Championship for the team and a successful first season with Honda. Brayton won three out of five rounds in the Australian Supercross season this year, although appearing in fine riding form, he admitted this was his hardest victory yet.

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Justin Brayton – Australian Supercross 2018
Justin Brayton

“I am so happy to win three in a row. It’s what I came here to do and I am glad we got the job done. It wasn’t without its difficulties though, first my family got sick, then I got sick and I never fully recovered. I have battled pneumonia for most of the time I’ve been over here so it was tough for sure but it made the overall victory so much more gratifying. I feel lucky, I get to see the world and ride dirt bikes. I have met some amazing people through racing and it’s a bonus to win. I can’t thank Honda, Penrite and all of our sponsors enough but we aren’t done just yet. We still have a few races to finish this year as we head to New Zealand in a few weeks. My plan is to come back next year and defend my title. I want to keep doing this for as long as I can. If I am competitive and I am enjoying it then I want to race.”

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Justin Brayton and Penrite Honda teammate Brett Metcalfe – Australian Supercross 2018

This year marked Brayton’s fourth time in Australia and he hopes to return next year to defend his Championship.

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Penrite Honda’s Justin Brayton and Brett Metcalfe

Brett Metcalfe finished second overall in the Championship and shared he couldn’t be happier, having been pleased to have his family watching as he took to the podium for the overall second position.

Brett Metcalfe

“Everyone wants to win but this is the next best thing and I am really pleased to be the first placing Australian too! The season has been strong; winning round 4 was certainly a highlight and gave me a solid confidence boost. It was important for us to get 1-2 in the title so we had our plans in place to ensure it was locked up. I’m so pleased for Justin to take the triple and for Honda to have this 1-2 finish, it’s amazing. Now we are focused on New Zealand, to wrap up the year on top.”

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Justin Brayton and Brett Metcalfe

Honda’s Brand and Motorsport Manager Glyn Griffiths was complementary of the result, something very few teams achieve., while Team Director Yarrive Konsky was likewise proud of his team’s results.

Glyn Griffiths – Honda Brand and Motorsport Manager

“Going 1-2 is a remarkable feat, something that many don’t ever achieve throughout their careers. Our team have different abilities, experiences and backgrounds, including our riders and we came together for a shared purpose and this is something we will all treasure.”

Yarrive Konsky – Team Director

“It’s still surreal, I didn’t know where we would finish and this is a dream many don’t achieve and I am grateful of everyone’s efforts. We will now turn our attention to our final race then on to testing for next year. We want to be prepared for the Motocross Championship and preparation begins now.”

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Justin Brayton and Brett Metcalfe celebrate on the podium

Round 2 of the Oceanic Supercross Championship will be held in New Zealand on the 24th Novemeber in Aukland. For more information on Penrite Factory Honda Racing go to www.hondamx.com.au

Source: MCNews.com.au