Splitlath Redmond Aprilia will have a new face in its garage for the ninth round of the 2012 MCE British Superbike Championship after signing Troy Herfoss to replace John Laverty.
A former Supersport champion in his native Australia, Herfoss has been competing in the German-based IDM Superbike Championship this season but will trade his BMW S1000RR for the Aprilia RSV-4 for an outing at Donington Park and possibly Assen too.
He will take the place of Laverty in the team, the former BSB Cup champion having struggled to get into the points during the 2012 campaign.
“Sadly things just haven't worked out with John and we are parting on friendly terms,” said team manager John Dimbylow. “John is an incredible guy and working with him has been fantastic, but now we need to look at trying some new things as we enter the latter stages of the season. As a team we are all sad to see him go and are sure he will be back out on a bike again soon. We wish him the very best of luck for the future.”
Keen to make an impression on prospective employers as he looks to make a full-time switch to BSB, Herfoss is excited by the challenge ahead, but is remaining realistic about his chances
"I have seen quite a lot of BSB; coming from the Australian Championship the next step is BSB and it's a highly regarded series. It is unfortunate that I have joined the championship in this way, having lost my ride in IDM, but I am happy to be racing here this weekend and also thankful for the opportunity.
“This gives me a chance to try and learn the team, a new track and new bike whilst hopefully impressing some people who will then consider me for next season.
“I will probably be at Assen too and that is a circuit that I know really well from IDM. I am realistic that this is very competitive championship and the racing is at a very high level so there isn't any pressure and I just need to do the best I can this weekend."
Splitlath Redmond Aprilia are yet to score a point in 2012, but showed an impressive upturn of pace in the hands of Aitchison at Cadwell Park before the former WSBK rider crashed and injured his hand. He will not race this weekend.