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A strong start to the ASBK season for DesmoSport Ducati at Phillip Island

The DesmoSport crew have launched into the 2024 Australian Superbike Championship (ASBK) showing strong form from the outset with Broc Pearson, Troy Herfoss and the entire team working together for strong qualifying results, both under the previous lap record, and challenging at the front for track position in the three races despite a red flag due to oil on the circuit ultimately cutting the final race short at Phillip Island.

Broc Pearson #11

Qualified: 5th (1:31.084)
Fastest Lap: 1:31.084
Results: 6-6-8, 6th Overall

Championship Standing: 6th

Troy Herfoss #1

Qualified: 2nd (1:30.451)
Fastest Lap: 1:30.451
Results: 3-2-3, 3rd Overall

Championship Standing: 3rd

Ben Henry: “Round one is run and done and it was a great weekend for us. Broc has really taken a step forward, and that’s because of the change to our structure, Troy’s experience and working in some new directions to keep progressing. I’m proud of the effort the entire team put in this weekend, I’m grateful to our partners, both new and those that have been with us for a long time and I’m excited to get to Sydney for round 2 and I’m excited to watch Troy (Herfoss) race the Bagger and Super Hooligan bikes in the US.”

Broc Pearson: It was a good weekend for us to open the championship. We’ve made some steps forward as a team and I’m feeling really confident in my ability to be racing for wins this season. Unfortunately for me, my best feeling on the bike all weekend was in the final race, and after being shortened, I didn’t really get a chance to show that. I leave the weekend 6th in the championship, but with some direction on making even more improvements between now and Sydney next month.”

Troy Herfoss: “I never thought I could have a weekend like that at Phillip Island. I’ve improved my PB lap time by more than 1.5 seconds on Ben’s bike and leave with three podiums, which is just incredible to think about. We were challenging at the front and I’m really grateful to both DesmoSport for the opportunity and my team in the US for allowing me to ride the bike. I head straight to Miami speedway to begin preparing for King of the Bagger in Daytona in a few weeks, and I’m excited for the year ahead!”

With round two at Sydney Motorsport Park on March 22 & 23, DesmoSport now heads back to the Cube Performance Centre workshop on the Gold Coast to go over the two Panigale V4 R race bikes to be ready to continue the forward momentum into the season.

Posted on Monday, February 26th, 2024 in News

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