The top 12 were confronted with tricky conditions as the wind picked up and there were some slight sprinkles of rain, but not enough to wet the track but enough to challenge them, and it claimed Maxima Racing Oils BMW rider Glenn Allerton who crashed out.
Herfoss didn’t have it all his own way with 2020 ASBK Champion, Boost Mobile’s Wayne Maxwell also clocking fast laps early in the session.
“I was very important to take first blood after a dominant Friday practice and a bit stressful with crash yesterday afternoon, but I’m happy to set a new benchmark with the fastest official lap of the circuit and to take the Elite Roads Pole Position to go with it,” Herfoss said.
“It’s important for me personally to really step up on this bike, I’ve been wanting this bike to arrive for a long time.
“I’m just so happy to come out here and showcase the new fireblade, Michelin rubber with penrite support. We’ve got such a good package at the moment and I’m excited to get out here and race with it.”
Maxwell will start from 2nd, with Desmosport Ducati Mike Jones in 3rd.,Maxima Racing Oils BMW Lachlan Epis claimed 4th, and Yamaha Racng Team’s Cru Halliday rounded out the top 5.
Tickets are very limited for this weekend’s Round 2, mi-bike Motorcycle Insurance Australian Superbike Championship, presented by Motul, at Winton Motor Raceway, Benalla, and only available online via www.asbk.com.au
ASBK Championship Calendar
Round 2 Winton Motor Raceway, Benalla, VIC March 12-14
Round 3 Wakefield Park Raceway, Goulburn, NSW April 16-18
Round 4 Hidden Valley Raceway, NT – Supercars 2+4 (Superbikes only) June 18-20
Round 5 Morgan Park Raceway, QLD August 20-22
Round 6 The Bend Motorsport Park, Tailem Bend, SA September 23-26
Round 7 Symmons Plains Raceway, TAS November 4-7
Photo by Andrew Gosling