Herfoss Takes Mission King Of The Baggers Challenge At COTA

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Herfoss Takes Mission King Of The Baggers Challenge At COTA

AUSTIN, TX – April 13, 2024 – (Motor Sports NewsWire) – After two hectic laps that featured plenty of bag banging, S&S Indian Motorcycle’s Troy Herfoss earned his first-ever Mission King Of The Baggers Challenge victory when he pulled clear of the melee behind him to win the three-lap dash for cash.

240413 Troy Herfoss (17) leads Hayden Gillim (1), Bobby Fong (50) and Kyle Wyman (33) en route to winning

Troy Herfoss (17) leads Hayden Gillim (1), Bobby Fong (50) and Kyle Wyman (33) en route to winning the Mission King Of The Baggers Challenge on Friday at Circuit of The Americas.
Photo by Brian J. Nelson

240413 a giant $5000 check from Mission Foods to Troy Herfoss

To the victor goes the spoils. Or in this case, a giant $5000 check from Mission Foods to Troy Herfoss.
Photo by Brian J. Nelson

Herfoss was in the mix from the start and took full advantage of all the shenanigans that went on to gap the pack giving chase by 2.836 seconds.

SDI/Roland Sands Racing/Indian Motorcycle’s Bobby Fong ended up second with a last-lap pass on RevZilla/Motul/Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson’s Hayden Gillim.

Harley-Davidson Factory Racing’s Kyle Wyman ended up fourth, .222 of a second behind Gillim and was the last man standing as the other two starters in the six-rider race failed to finish.

Pole-sitter Tyler O’Hara led off the start but put his hand up as he negotiated the esses to let the others know he had a problem that would take him out of the race.

Harley-Davidson Factory Racing’s James Rispoli, meanwhile, was out of the Challenge before it even started as a mechanical put him on the sidelines right off the start.

Only 15 minutes or so earlier, O’Hara showed in Q2 that he would be a force to be reckoned with as he shattered Wyman’s lap record of 2:15.461 with his 2:15.029. Wyman was a hair (.056 of a second) slower with his 2:15.085 and that was .491 of a second faster than Herfoss and his 2:15.576.

Wyman’s teammate Rispoli ended up fourth fastest with Fong fifth, Gillim sixth and RydFast Racing’s Kyle Ohnsorg seventh. RevZilla/Motul/Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson’s Rocco Landers, Saddlemen/Harley-Davidson’s Travis Wyman and Mad Monkey Motorsports’ Max Flinders rounded out the top 10 qualifiers for Saturday’s two races

Mission Challenge

1. Troy Herfoss (Indian)
2. Bobby Fong (Indian)
3. Hayden Gillim (Harley-Davidson)
4. Kyle Wyman (Harley-Davidson)

Friday’s Mission King Of The Baggers Photos
Friday Race Results
Friday Qualifying Results

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