Feb 23, 2011
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by David Swarts
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Bobby Fong (30) leading the AMA Pro Daytona SportBike race last season at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.
Bobby Fong had a pretty good season in the 2010 AMA Pro Daytona SportBike Championship. He finished on the podium twice at Mid-Ohio, he led the first 15 laps of the race at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca before crashing, he won the closest race in AMA Pro road racing history over eventual Champion Martin Cardenas at VIRginia International Raceway and he finished eighth in the final Championship standings.
At the end of the season, however, Fong's team, DNA Energy/CNR Motorsports opted not to renew his deal and instead hired another rider, Jake Holden.
That strange circumstance combined with difficult economic conditions have resulted in 20-year-old Fong, a race winner last season, not having a ride in 2011.
"I'd like to thank the DNA guys," Fong told Roadracingworld.com, "because they helped me get my name out there. And I definitely put their name out there and stuff, but I'm not sure what happened. I know [team co-owners] Mark Crozier and Robbie Roberson split ways, but I'm really not sure why they let me go. They didn't tell me much. They said they don't have the budget, and then they started testing with Jake Holden. It was pretty short and sweet. I just want to thank those guys for the opportunity they gave me last year.
"I'm not really sure why I don't have any ride right now. It's unfortunate with the economy the way it is. I know a lot of people who are throwing money out there [to get rides] and stuff, but I'm pretty much doing everything on my own. I'm a one-man show. I've got a job at home and I'm always training, but I don't have anyone to make phone calls for me or go looking for sponsorship money for me to bring to a team or anything. I'm really not sure what's going to happen, but I'm staying positive and hoping to get back out there and show everyone what I've got."