DUST AND DIRT: Goulburn’s Troy Herfoss is proving that he is the master of anything with two wheels.The superbike motorcycle and road bike super-star took out the North Brisbane Cup, a dirt bike race.Photo: AMBER’S PHOTOGRAPHYTROY Herfoss has once again proved that when it comes to life on two wheels, he’s king.
The 27-year-old took out the Gear Factor’s 2014 Glenn Fien North Brisbane Cup on Sunday, a year into a dirt bike hiatus and a decade after he last competed in the event that sees some of the best riders in Australia compete.
“It was like going back to where it all began,” Herfoss said, who first began his successful motorcycle career as a dirt bike racer.
“After getting back onto the dirt bike at an event in Melbourne a few weeks ago, I got keen again. I hadn’t done any dirt bike racing for about a year.”
A collision with another rider in the qualifying round saw his return nearly unravel, but he was unscathed and was able to take out the 20 lap event with a consistent performance.
“It was a super hard night,” Herfoss said.
“It’s always intense. The first few races back were really eye opening for me just to get back into the swing of things. By the end of the night I had gotten my eye back in.”
The $2500 prize Cup caps off one of Herfoss’s most successful years to date.
He was crowned third place overall in the Australian Superbike Championships with Team Racing Honda, which also secured him a contract for next season.
He also was a consistent performer and dominating force on the road bike for the Goulburn Cycling Club. But he says it’s only going to get better.
“I had a great year but I want to go above and beyond next year,” he said. “I feel better and I feel faster.”
Former Team Honda Racing teammate and 2014 Superbike Championship winner Wayne Maxwell has taken up a contract with Yamaha racing for 2015.
It’s a move that sees the Honda team turn into a two man racing duo, spearheaded by Herfoss and Jamie Stauffer.
“It means more parts will be available and be able to be shared with us and can work more closely with the team,” Herfoss said.
Herfoss also says he hopes to keep dirt biking, possibly teaching others how to handle dirt track conditions.
“It’s a huge adrenaline rush and it’s a bit of a balancing act going into turns,” he said.
“You’re in very close proximity with 16 other guys, all touching elbows when you start, and it’s a lot of dodging people as you race, it’s a little bit of fun, where as Superbikes it’s more of my job and cycling is more social.”
Herfoss has a break over the Christmas period, then looks towards the annual Troy Bayliss Classic in Taree come January 17.
The flat track dirt bike event is an invitational event that sees some of the world’s best riders compete.
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