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Aug 19, 2019

MotoAmerica: Hunter Dunham Replaces Josh Hayes On MP13 Racing Yamaha YZF-R6 In Supersport

Four-Time Superbike Champion Josh Hayes (4) prepares to roll out of pit lane at Sonoma Raceway on the MP13 Racing Yamaha YZF-R6. He's been replaced by Hunter Dunham. Photo by Brian J. Nelson

Hunter Dunham Will Be Aboard MP13 Racing Yamaha YZF-R6 At Pittsburgh And New Jersey

Oceanside, CAAugust 20, 2019 Current MotoAmerica Junior Cup competitor Hunter Dunham will pull double duty this weekend at Pittsburgh International Race Complex and also at New Jersey Motorsports Park on September 7 and 8 as he will race the #12 MP13 Racing Yamaha YZF-R6 in MotoAmerica’s Supersport class in addition to racing the #17 Hunter Dunham Racing Kawasaki in Junior Cup at both of the upcoming MotoAmerica rounds. The announcement was made by MP13 Racing team owner Melissa Paris.

“After Hunter attended the J4orce Training Camp a couple of weeks ago, we decided to put him on our R6 and give him a chance to dip his toe in the water in Supersport, which is where he intends to race next season,” Paris commented. “We want to see where he stacks up on a bigger bike, see what he still needs to work on, and go from there.

“Obviously, Hunter’s first priority is to finish the season strong in Junior Cup, and we think the extra seat time in Supersport will help him in that class, as well.”

Hunter, who hails from Griffin, Georgia, and will turn 21 next month, said, “I’m very thankful for the opportunity to race for Melissa in Supersport. The bigger bike will be a challenge, but it’s a great next step for me. I’m a taller rider, and the 600 feels a little more comfortable for me. I got to ride the MP13 Racing Yamaha on Monday at Sonoma right after our race weekend, and I really loved it. I’m really looking forward to Pittsburgh.”

Four-time AMA Superbike Champion Josh Hayes, who has been riding the MP13 Racing Yamaha Supersport bike to top-five finishes at several rounds this season, will focus on his coaching duties.

“Our mission was to show the potential of the MP13 Racing team and our bike,” Josh said. “Regularly running near the top of the leaderboard in practice and qualifying sessions has shown that well, I believe. I’ve had a lot of fun racing the Yamaha R6 again, but this allows me to focus on my riders who I committed to help for the season. So, I’m stepping off the MP13 Racing Yamaha and giving Hunter a chance to race a middleweight bike, which is the next step in his development as a racer.”

When he says “my riders,” Josh is referring to MotoAmerica Superbike riders Garrett Gerloff and Cam Petersen, along with Supersport riders Bobby Fong and Richie Escalante, who he serves as a riding coach for as part of his J4orce Training Camp.

MP13 Racing hopes to see you at Pittsburgh International Raceway this weekend, but if you can’t make it to PittRace, be sure to watch Supersport qualifying, along with both Supersport races on MotoAmerica Live+. To subscribe, go to http://motoamericaliveplus.com

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