In the early 80’s, Liesk and Campbell dominated Motocross and Superbikes respectively. In the 90’s; it was McCarthy and Gobert in Superbikes and Taylor, Byrne and Dorron in Motocross.
As the world turned over to a new century, Dorron continued his dominance in the 125cc class along with Cody Cooper. Craig Anderson won on the impressive CRF450R in 2006 and in the Superbikes Honda and NGK enjoyed success with Ferguson, Brookes and Allerton in 2004, 2005 and 2008.
Over the last 8 years Honda and NGK have won the prestigious Superbike Championship with Staring and Herfoss, in fact Troy Herfoss leads the 2018 Superbike Championship with an impressive 3 overall victories from 4 rounds. They have also won 7 motocross and supercross Championships through Faith, Dale, Decotis, and Brayton since 2010.
A rewarding relationship that Honda’s Brand and Motorsport Manager Glyn Griffiths is proud of; “40 years of racing and winning. It is our longest standing single relationship, which says a lot about our trust in the NGK product,” Griffiths said.
The demands for motorcycles and race machines in general to consistently put in a winning performance week in and week out mean the demands for the right products to get the job done have never been higher.
“We know NGK is the most advanced technical plug for today’s production race bikes, that’s why we use them and why they are used by leading F1 teams, Moto GP teams and Australian Supercar Teams. The trust is certainly shared across the entire motorsport industry,” Griffiths continued.
The 2018 racing seasons are in full swing, with Penrite Honda’s Troy Herfoss dominating the Australian Superbike Championship with only two rounds remaining. He has a commanding lead and has his sights set firmly on that number 1 plate.
The Factory Desert Team achieved terrific success with Mark Grove in the Finke Desert Race, winning the 250cc class and finishing 5th outright.
Brett Metcalfe had podium success throughout the Motocross Championship and the Penrite Honda Supercross Team are preparing for round 1 of the Australian Supercross Championship in September.
Team Director Yarrive Konsky appreciates the partnership; “The one plug I grew up racing with was NGK and it’s the one plug I choose for our team. Winning is important, finishing is more important. We align with the most reputable companies and NGK has the most reputable National and International history in motorcycle racing.”
#24 Brett Metcalfe (Penrite Honda) during qualifying at Round 10 2018 Australian Mx Nationals, Coolum, Coolum, Queensland Australia on August 11 2018
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NGK’s General Manager of Sales Marketing; John Wall is equally respectful of the partnership.
“NGK and Honda have been racing nationally and internationally for decades. I remember watching Australian legends Mick Doohan, Wayne Gardner and Daryl Beattie on Honda’s in the Motorcycle Grand Prix all those years ago. Their race bikes used NGK and their liveries always carried the bold red and white logo. The logo might be smaller on Marc Marquez’s bike but the relationship still stands proud today and we pleased to say the same about Honda Australia.” Said Wall.
There are several Championships still to be decided in what remains of the 2018 racing season and the Penrite Honda Factory Teams will continue to chase glory using NGK products around the country.
For more information on NGK products, visit: https://www.ngk.com.au/
For more information on the Australian Superbikes, visit: https://www.asbk.com.au/
Or for information about the Australian Supercross, including racing schedule, visit: https://www.australiansupercross.com.au/