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Tuesday 23 April 2024

King Of The Baggers

Herfoss Scores Double for Indian at Road Atlanta

Indian Motorcycle rider, three-time Australian Superbike Champion and King Of The Baggers rookie Troy Herfoss secured 'back-to-back' wins in Atlanta in April to take the championship lead after six rounds of the 2024 KOTB season so far. 

The Indian Challenger swept the Race 2 podium, as Indian Motorcycle factory rider Tyler O’Hara took second, with 'Mad Monkey' privateer Max Flinders in third.

Herfoss continued to build season momentum after the Indian Motorcycle factory rider had already made his potential apparent. As his familiarity with the S&S Indian Challenger develops, then so too does his burgeoning reputation.

Starting the weekend off strong, Herfoss captured the Mission Foods Challenge and its $5,000 prize for the second consecutive week. Starting on the pole for Race 1, Herfoss battled with Harley-Davidson’s Kyle Wyman as the two exchanged passes throughout a tight race. Despite never racing at Road Atlanta, Herfoss proved victorious and secured his second career KOTB win. 

“It has been absolutely incredible to witness Troy’s success, as each and every track is brand new to him,” said Gary Gray, Vice President Racing and Service for Indian Motorcycle. “Troy’s early success is a testament to our team at S&S, as they have done an incredible job of dialing in the Indian Challenger and allowing Troy to go out, focus on the track, and showcase his skills.” 

With a wet track, Race 2 relied on a calculated risk. Rather than run rain tires like most of the field, the S&S-Indian Motorcycle factory team made a 'ballsy' decision to run Dunlop Sportmax slicks instead. While this proved to be the winning choice, as Herfoss and O’Hara finished 1-2, Herfoss’ enormous 13-second win likely means he would have been in contention regardless.

Completing the Indian Challenger podium sweep was 'Mad Monkey' privateer Max Flinders. Despite sustaining an injury in the Superbike race, Flinders was able to hold off reigning KOTB Champion Hayden Gillim and earn his first podium of the 2024 KOTB season. 

Securing three wins and three second-place finishes through six races, Herfoss has taken command of the KOTB Championship leaderboard, leading Wyman by nine points. He already owns track records for bagger racing at Daytona International Speedway and, now, Road Atlanta. 

Next Up: May 31-June 02, Road America, Wisconsin; June 14-16, Brainerd International Raceway, Minnesota; July 12-24, Laguna Seca, California; August 16-18, Mid-Ohio; September 13-15, COTA, Austin, Tx; September 27-29, New Jersey Motorsports Park.