MotoAmerica: More From Road Atlanta (Updated Again)

MotoAmerica: More From Road Atlanta (Updated Again)

© 2024, Roadracing World Publishing, Inc. From a press release issued By Yamaha Motor Corp., U.S.A.:

Attack Performance Progressive Yamaha Racing Enjoys Double Podium at Superbike Opener

Jake Gagne and Cameron Petersen finish first and third, respectively, in MotoAmerica Superbike Race 2 at Road Atlanta

MARIETTA, Ga. –  April 22, 2024 – Attack Performance Progressive Yamaha Racing’s Jake Gagne executed a superb race in tricky conditions to return to the top step of the podium yesterday in MotoAmerica Superbike Race 2 in Braselton, Georgia. The reigning three-time premier class champion’s 2-1 finish at the opening round at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta puts him tied at the top with 45 points on the weekend. His teammate Cameron Petersen bounced back from a tough Race 1 with a third-place finish for an emotional return to the podium in his first race weekend after months of being sidelined with injury.

In contrast to Saturday’s hot, greasy track conditions, riders were met with wet conditions on Sunday with steady rain at the 2.5-mile track in Braselton, Georgia. However, just before the start of the second Superbike race, the clouds lightened up, and the rain stopped, but the track was still pretty wet. When the lights went green, Gagne got a flying start from the second row of the grid to grab the holeshot and have a bit of a gap up front. Around the halfway mark, it was once again a three-rider fight at the front. The Colorado rider was shuffled to the runner-up spot on Lap 9, but a couple of laps later, the lead group came upon some lapped traffic, and Gagne positioned to reclaim the lead. As the track continued to dry out, the Colorado rider rode superbly in the tricky conditions. In the final laps, he kept cool under pressure and held off his title rival to take his first win of the season and his 41st career MotoAmerica Superbike victory. Gagne leaves the opening round tied at the top with 45 points. 

After a tough race on Saturday, Petersen was looking to rebound and put his Attack Performance Progressive Yamaha Racing R1 in the winner’s circle at Road Atlanta. Not comfortable in the tricky conditions, the South African didn’t get the start he was looking for and was seventh after the first lap. A few laps into the race, he started to find his comfort zone and made his way into the top five and then to fourth a couple of laps after the halfway mark. With four laps to go, Petersen advanced to the final podium spot after a rider ahead crashed. He continued to ride a smart race in the tricky, mixed conditions to give the team a double podium with his third-place finish. 

The Attack Performance Progressive Yamaha Racing team returns to action next month for a MotoAmerica Superbike Tripleheader at Barber Motorsports Park in Leeds, Alabama, on May 17- 19.

Richard Stanboli – Attack Performance Progressive Yamaha Racing Team Manager

“Jake earned that one 100%. It puts us pretty even now in the championship going into a track we really like – Barber. For Cameron, it was his first race back where he’s been competitive, so I think it was good for him too, especially after being off the bike so long. So I think it was mission accomplished for us to leave here without a points deficit on a track where guys with horsepower can do well because of that back straight away. We’re pretty happy with this result.”

 

Jake Gagne (1). Photo by Brian J. Nelson, courtesy Yamaha.
Jake Gagne (1). Photo by Brian J. Nelson, courtesy Yamaha.

 

Jake Gagne – Attack Performance Progressive Yamaha Racing #1

“At the first round, the priority is always not do anything stupid – get some podiums, get some points, and we did that. The Yamaha was perfect. It was really tricky conditions out there. It was pretty wet, but the track started drying really quickly. These conditions have been tricky for me in the past, but the bike was really working great. It came down to the last lap, which I figured it would. I just kept the door closed and luckily held off Cam (Beaubier); I didn’t want the same thing happening as yesterday. It’s a great way to start the season, and now we are rolling into Barber for a tripleheader at a track that’s always good to us. It’s just nice to get the year started after testing and the off-season; it’s good to get into the swing of it.”

 

Cameron Petersen (45). Photo by Brian J. Nelson, courtesy Yamaha.
Cameron Petersen (45). Photo by Brian J. Nelson, courtesy Yamaha.

 

Cameron Petersen – Attack Performance Progressive Yamaha Racing #45

“It feels good to get this podium. It’s been a rough nine months. A few weeks ago, I didn’t even know if I was going to be able to do this. So to bounce back after the day I had yesterday and get back on the podium – it just feels so good. I’m very thankful to Yamaha and everyone in my corner who trusted in me, trusted in the process, and never gave up on me. Here we are back on the podium. I’m just looking forward to the rest of the season. I think we’re up to the challenge, and I’m ready to do it in the dry.”

 

About Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A.

Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A. (YMUS), is a recognized leader in the outdoor recreation industry. The company’s ever-expanding product offerings include Motorcycles and Scooters, ATV and Side-by-Side vehicles, Snowmobiles, WaveRunner Personal Watercraft, Boats, Outboard Motors, Outdoor Power Equipment, Power Assist Bicycles, Golf Cars, Power Assist Wheelchair Systems, Surface Mount Technology (SMT) and Robotic Machines, Unmanned Helicopters, Accessories, Apparel, Yamalube products, and much more. YMUS products are sold through a nationwide network of distributors and dealers in the United States.

YMUS has a corporate office in California, three corporate offices in Georgia, facilities in Wisconsin and Alabama, and factory operations in Tennessee and Georgia. Additional U.S.-based subsidiaries include Yamaha Marine Systems Company (YMSC) with divisions Bennett Marine (Florida), Kracor Systems (Wisconsin) and Siren Marine, Inc. (Rhode Island), Skeeter Boats (Texas), with division G3 Boats (Missouri), and Yamaha Precision Propeller (Indiana).

Yamaha Motor Finance Corporation, U.S.A. (Yamaha Financial Services), an affiliate of Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A., offering financing solutions to support Yamaha Dealers and loyal Yamaha customers nationwide.  Yamaha Financial Services provides retail and commercial financing for the diverse line of Yamaha brand motor products based out of Cypress, CA and Marietta, GA.

 

 

 

More, from a press release issued by Tytlers Cycles Racing:

Cameron Beaubier and JD Beach lead in MotoAmerica SBK season opener as Stefano Mesa bags solid points in Supersport

It was an almost perfect start for the Tytlers Cycle Team who thanks to a win in the season opener and valiant performance to finish second on race two leave Road Atlanta as joint leaders of the MotoAmerica Superbike Championship. 

With forty-five points on the board Cameron Beaubier was on fine form and despite having missed the final part of the 2023 season through injury the former champion was almost unstoppable as 2024 began. 

Mixed conditions saw both Beaubier and his new team mate JD Beach qualify well – in fifth and eighth positions respectively, the pair at the sharp end on both Saturday and Sunday. 

With the #6 taking the win in race one, for JD – who returns full time to the series this year – it was a strong seventh at the flag after a race long nineteen lap battle with Loris Baz and Richie Escalante. 

Sunday saw early rain soak the 2.5-mile circuit but as the second race got underway a rapidly drying line appeared. At the front JD Beach made the most of a fast start, latching onto the early race leader. As the race progressed the #95 seized the advantage, as team mate Beaubier closed on the duo out front. Relinquishing the lead as the trio lapped slower traffic JD went down yet despite the crash, he was able to remount and recover to take a well-deserved fourth at the flag. With JD out of podium contention all eyes were on Cameron Beaubier who despite applying pressure in the final laps to race leader Jake Gagne, had to be content with second at the flag.

In Supersport Stefano Mesa qualified x before powering his Kawasaki ZX6R to eighth in the opening race of the season. He failed to finish Sunday’s second race. 

 

Cameron Beaubier (6). Photo courtesy Tytlers Cycle Racing.
Cameron Beaubier (6). Photo courtesy Tytlers Cycle Racing.

Cameron Beaubier: “I am pretty happy coming out of Atlanta with a 1-2. My bike felt great all weekend with a good base from first practice. Sunday was the first day I rode the BMW in the wet and I didn’t get the best feeling in warm up. After a slow start to the race, I started feeling comfortable and was able to mount a challenge. A big thanks to the team for working as hard as they do. I am looking forward to Barber so see you all there.”

 

JD Beach (95). Photo courtesy Tytlers Cycle Racing.
JD Beach (95). Photo courtesy Tytlers Cycle Racing.

JD Beach: “The first race weekend with the Tytlers BMW team had its difficulties and I’m glad to get the first one out of the way. The goal for race one was just to try to move forward and finish the race and get a feeling of how the BMW was over a race distance. The result wasn’t quite what we hoped for, but we gained some good knowledge and track time. On Sunday in morning warm up I was feeling good from the start in the rain. I knew the start of the race was going to be important to put myself up front to try and fight for the win. I had a good battle all race long with Jake (Gagne) and Cam B. I took the lead but got slowed up by some lappers and dropped down to third. From there I was trying to charge back forward but hit a wet patch and had a big high side. I slid probably 150 feet but ran to the bike and remounted for fourth. Thanks to the team for all their efforts. Let’s see what we can do at Barber!”

 

Stefano Mesa (37). Photo courtesy Tytlers Cycle Racing.
Stefano Mesa (37). Photo courtesy Tytlers Cycle Racing.

Stefano Mesa: “It was the weekend of the season in Atlanta with the new crew and whilst not the weekend we were all hoping for, the team worked hard to try and get me feeling comfortable on the bike and give me the best bike they could but we could never find a good feeling. We ended race one with a P8 and unfortunately suffered a crash in race two. The Supersport class is stacked, and the bikes are fast this year so we will do our homework and come back stronger at Barber.”

 

 

 

More, from a press release issued by Suzuki Motor USA, Inc.:

ROCCO LANDERS CARDS THE NEW SUZUKI GSX-8R’S FIRST RACE WIN

RevZilla/Motul/Vance & Hines Suzuki’s Rocco Landers took pole position and raced the new Suzuki GSX-8R to its first-ever Twins Cup victory. Photo by Brian J. Nelson, courtesy Suzuki Motor USA, Inc.
RevZilla/Motul/Vance & Hines Suzuki’s Rocco Landers took pole position and raced the new Suzuki GSX-8R to its first-ever Twins Cup victory. Photo by Brian J. Nelson, courtesy Suzuki Motor USA, Inc.

 

Brea, CA, April 22, 2024 — Suzuki Motor USA (Suzuki) and its lead road racing teams – Vision Wheel M4 ECSTAR Suzuki and RevZilla/Motul/Vance & Hines Suzuki – showcased their obvious potential as the 2024 MotoAmerica AMA/FIM North American Road Racing Championship season kicked off at Road Atlanta in Braselton, Georgia. 

The Sunday weather and some racing misfortune each conspired to limit many of the final results. The bright spot though was Rocco Landers (97) winning Saturday’s Twins Cup race, marking the new Suzuki GSX-8R’s first-ever victory in only its second race weekend in competition.

Race Highlights:

RevZilla/Motul/Vance & Hines Suzuki

Twins CupRocco Landers translated pole position into the historic maiden victory for the Suzuki GSX-8R.

Vision Wheel M4 ECSTAR Suzuki

Supersport

Tyler Scott was blisteringly quick in qualifying but unable to fully capitalize on his pole-winning pace.

Teagg Hobbs fought his way to a pair of top-ten results.

Joel Ohman debuted with Team Hammer in the class.

Twins Cup

Rossi Moor bounced back from a Saturday fall to finish seventh in wet conditions on Sunday.

Superbike

Richie Escalante suffered an injury moments after finishing eighth in Superbike Race 1 on Saturday.

A luckless Brandon Paasch endured a double DNF on the weekend.

Rocco Landers' (97) victory in Saturday’s Twins Cup race was the bright spot of the Road Atlanta weekend. Photo by Brian J. Nelson, courtesy Suzuki Motor USA, Inc.
Rocco Landers’ (97) victory in Saturday’s Twins Cup race was the bright spot of the Road Atlanta weekend. Photo by Brian J. Nelson, courtesy Suzuki Motor USA, Inc.

RevZilla/Motul/Vance & Hines Suzuki ace Rocco Landers made good on the all-new Suzuki GSX-8R’s immense racing promise, securing both pole position and the motorcycle’s maiden MotoAmerica win with a spirited and scrappy ride on Saturday. Wet conditions prevented the former class champ from doubling up on Sunday, but Landers still negotiated the tricky conditions to eighth place points in Race 2.

“Things came together a bit late in the offseason, but everyone on the team busted their tails to have us ready,” Landers said. “Getting this first podium on the GSX-8R at Daytona was nice, but to win this race at my favorite track is another level beyond that. It was such a fun race after having to fight hard and work my way up from third. I’m stoked and really can’t thank everyone enough at RevZilla/Motul/Vance & Hines and Suzuki,” added Landers.

Rossi Moor (92) qualified strong on the GSX-8R and came back to a top-ten result in Race Two. Photo by Brian J. Nelson, courtesy Suzuki Motor USA, Inc.
Rossi Moor (92) qualified strong on the GSX-8R and came back to a top-ten result in Race Two. Photo by Brian J. Nelson, courtesy Suzuki Motor USA, Inc.

Vision Wheel M4 ECSTAR Suzuki’s talented new young gun Rossi Moor (92) posted the second-best time to Landers to officially put the GSX-8Rs 1-2 in the qualifying order. Unfortunately, Moor suffered a high-speed crash in the session and was not medically cleared to make the start. He came back on Sunday to register a brave seventh place finish.

Tyler Scott (70) won pole position in Supersport to kick off the weekend, bringing the GSX-R750 home in sixth despite challenging weather on Sunday. Photo by Brian J. Nelson, courtesy Suzuki Motor USA, Inc.
Tyler Scott (70) won pole position in Supersport to kick off the weekend, bringing the GSX-R750 home in sixth despite challenging weather on Sunday. Photo by Brian J. Nelson, courtesy Suzuki Motor USA, Inc.

Road Atlanta marked the opening of the 2024 MotoAmerica Supersport championship, with March’s fabled Daytona 200 serving as a standalone, non-points-paying race. Vision Wheel M4 ECSTAR Suzuki’s Tyler Scott (70) looked to get his title push off to a quick start, throwing down a pole-winning performance aboard his next-generation GSX-R750, qualifying nearly a half-second quicker than any other rider could manage. Unfortunately, Scott crashed out of Saturday’s race on lap 12 of 18 shortly after passing his way into the lead and making a break at the front. He bounced back with a sixth-place ride in treacherous wet conditions on Sunday.

“We started off sunny and happy with good times. We were close to the class’s outright track record. I felt good in the first race, but I lost the front at the top of the hill. I hit the ground abruptly and suddenly. It was a sudden, quick, and violent flip to the ground. The second race went fairly well, considering we had a big crash Saturday, and the normal issues after that. We got through them the best we could and got some points.”

Scott’s teammate and fellow title hopeful Teagg Hobbs (79), also struggled to take full advantage of his outright pace at Road Atlanta. The second year Supersport ace left the weekend with a pair of solid tenth-place results aboard his Vision Wheel M4 ECSTAR Suzuki GSX-R750 and is eager to improve next time out.
 

Teagg Hobbs (79) delivered a pair of top-ten results in Supersport. Photo by Brian J. Nelson, courtesy Suzuki Motor USA, Inc.
Teagg Hobbs (79) delivered a pair of top-ten results in Supersport. Photo by Brian J. Nelson, courtesy Suzuki Motor USA, Inc.

“My weekend wasn’t as tough as my teammates’ weekend, but it wasn’t what we are looking to do either,” said Hobbs. “In the dry, we had a lot of pace but couldn’t really put it all together. In Race 1, we had an issue causing us to lose time every lap. Sunday was just a wet mess. At a certain point, I was just trying to bring home a shiny bike and get what points we could. Needless to say, I’m looking forward to the next round.”

Joel Ohman (92), Team Hammer’s newest rider made his team debut in Supersport at Road Atlanta. Photo by Brian J. Nelson, courtesy Suzuki Motor USA, Inc.
Joel Ohman (92), Team Hammer’s newest rider made his team debut in Supersport at Road Atlanta. Photo by Brian J. Nelson, courtesy Suzuki Motor USA, Inc.

Vision Wheel M4 ECSTAR Suzuki newcomer Joel Ohman (92) rounded out the team’s Supersport efforts, claiming 23rd- and 26th-place finishes in his racing debut with the squad.

“It was my first experience on a team like this. It’s no surprise I went faster than I have ever have before, by like 3.5 seconds,” said Ohman. ”In some ways, it was a tough weekend for everyone, but I know what to work on for the next round. We made changes to the bike for me that I felt were big improvements. My goal is to win one day, and this was a good first step.”

Richie Escalante (54) raced to eighth in Race 1 on Saturday, but was injured in a post-race incident. Photo by Brian J. Nelson, courtesy Suzuki Motor USA, Inc.
Richie Escalante (54) raced to eighth in Race 1 on Saturday, but was injured in a post-race incident. Photo by Brian J. Nelson, courtesy Suzuki Motor USA, Inc.

The run of bad luck that permeated the team’s overall efforts was most apparent in the premier Superbike class. Vision Wheel M4 ECSTAR Suzuki’s Richie Escalante (54) crashed in a two-rider incident just moments after finishing Saturday’s season opener in eighth place. Despite walking away from the crash under his own power, Escalante was later diagnosed with a left wrist fracture and compression fractures of the L1, L2, and L4 vertebrae. After spending the night at a local hospital, Escalante was released to fly home to Mexico for further medical evaluation and treatment.

Brandon Paasch (96) had a tough race weekend and looks forward to bouncing back at Barber Motorsports Park. Photo by Brian J. Nelson, courtesy Suzuki Motor USA, Inc.
Brandon Paasch (96) had a tough race weekend and looks forward to bouncing back at Barber Motorsports Park. Photo by Brian J. Nelson, courtesy Suzuki Motor USA, Inc.

Teammate Brandon Paasch (96) had a difficult weekend of his own. Paasch crashed out of a top-ten position aboard his GSX-R1000R early in Saturday’s dry Superbike contest and then suffered another DNF the following day in challenging, variable conditions.

“It was a rough weekend for our team. I had never ridden a Superbike before here and I figured I would just jump on and go. It didn’t quite work out that way, and I struggled to get up to speed,” said Paasch. “In Race 1, I crashed on my own, trying to hang with the group and pushed a little harder than the conditions allowed. Sunday, we had an issue and I crashed again with about five laps to go.”

Suzuki Motor USA (Suzuki) will have another opportunity to make good on its full podium potential when the MotoAmerica season returns to action at Barber Motorsports Park, in Birmingham, Alabama, on May 17-19.
 
For Suzuki road racing news, results, and team updates, visit suzukicycles.com/racing/road-racing. For more information and updates on Team Hammer, visit teamhammer.com.

 

ABOUT TEAM HAMMER

The 2024 season marks Team Hammer’s 44th consecutive year of operating as a professional road racing team. Racebikes built and fielded by Team Hammer have won 133 AMA Pro and MotoAmerica National races, have finished on AMA Pro and MotoAmerica National podiums 361 times, and have won 11 AMA Pro and MotoAmerica National Championships, as well as two FIM South American Championships (in Superbike and Supersport). The team has also won 137 endurance races overall (including seven 24-hour races) and 13 Overall WERA National Endurance Championships with Suzuki motorcycles, and holds the U.S. record for mileage covered in a 24-hour race. The team also competed in the televised 1990s Formula USA National Championship, famously running “Methanol Monster” GSX-R1100 Superbikes fueled by methanol, and won four F-USA Championships.

ABOUT VISION WHEEL

Founded in 1976, Vision Wheel is one of the nation’s leading providers of custom wheels for cars and trucks, and one of the first manufacturers of custom wheels and tires for ATVs, UTVs, and golf carts. Vision Wheel looks beyond the current trends and to the future in developing, manufacturing, and distributing its wheels. Vision’s lines of street, race, off-road, American Muscle, and Milanni wheels are distributed nationally and internationally through a trusted network of distributors. Vision Wheel also produces the Vision It AR app to allow users to see how their wheel of choice will look on their vehicle before purchase and installation. For more information on Vision Wheel, visit www.visionwheel.com.

 

 

 

More, from a press release issued by Rodio Racing – Powered by Robem Engineering:

Rodio Racing – Powered by Robem Engineering rider Gus Rodio scores two podiums, increases championship lead at MotoAmerica Twins Cup round at Road Atlanta

Twins Cup rookie Di Mario scores second podium in four races at April 19-21 event

 
BRASELTON, Ga. – It was another positive step for Rodio Racing – Powered by Robem Engineering rider Gus Rodio toward claiming his first MotoAmerica Twins Cup title Saturday and Sunday at Road Atlanta. The 2023 Twins Cup runner-up’s hard-earned second- and third-place finishes in the weekend’s two Twins Cup races allowed him to grow his advantage in class standings from 19 points to 22.

Rodio’s teammate – Twins Cup rookie Alessandro Di Mario – struggled a little in Sunday’s wet conditions, but his dry-weather pace was on full display as he challenged Rodio for second place in the closing stages of that race and scored his second podium finish of the year.

Neither Rodio nor Di Mario went out for the very wet Friday morning practice session but were near the top of the time sheets for Friday afternoon’s Qualifying 1. Rodio wrapped up that session third fastest – and the quickest of the Aprilia riders – while Di Mario ended up fifth-fastest. Saturday morning’s Qualifying 2 saw Rodio drop one position in the qualifying order to secure fourth place on the starting grid, and Di Mario held onto a fifth place starting spot for the round’s two Twins Cup contests.

Race 1 had an unusual start, as flickering starting lights caused the race to be quickly red-flagged and reduced from 13 laps to eight. When competition did get underway, Rodio made the most of a good launch off the line and was running right behind the race leader at the first corner. Di Mario held onto fifth place as the field navigated the tight first few corners of the Road Atlanta circuit, and both Rodio and Di Mario were part of a four-rider group that broke away from the remainder of the field at the front. Rodio led the race during Lap 2, though he slipped to third place for several laps before finishing the race in second place. Di Mario eventually worked his way up to third and even showed his teammate a wheel on the last lap. He finished in third place — just 0.107 seconds behind Rodio – to give Rodio Racing – Powered by Robem Engineering two riders on the podium.

Wet conditions were the order of the day for Sunday’s Race 2, and Rodio came back from a so-so start to clinch a hard-fought second podium finish of the weekend. Both Rodio and Di Mario slipped down the running order several positions off the start, and Rodio and Di Mario ended their first laps running in sixth and 10th, respectively. Di Mario managed to move up one place on Lap 8 and finished the race in ninth, while Rodio had moved up two positions by the end of Lap 4 and methodically closed the gap to the third-place rider in the remaining six laps. A pass at the last corner on the last lap allowed Rodio to secure his second podium finish of the weekend by a margin of just 0.214 seconds.

With Rodio’s closest championship rival scoring a win Saturday but finishing in eighth place Sunday, Rodio was able to grow his lead in the Twins Cup standings by three points. He now holds a 22-point advantage with eight races remaining this season. Di Mario’s podium Saturday limited the damage to his championship challenge, and he now sits fourth in the points standings after his first four races in the Twins Cup.

Gus Rodio (96). Photo by Sara Chappell Photos, courtesy Rodio Racing.
Gus Rodio (96). Photo by Sara Chappell Photos, courtesy Rodio Racing – Powered by Robem Engineering.

Gus Rodio / No. 96

“I had a great Race 1. I was a little off the pace coming into the race, so I knew I had to make some changes with my riding to run at the front. I was super happy to have been fighting for the win the whole race. I knew the rain was going to be a challenge on Sunday, but I kept focused on staying smooth and consistent. Overall, it was a great weekend to work on keeping our points lead given the circumstances. I’m super excited to be heading to Barber Motorsports Park next.”

Alessandro Di Mario (27). Photo by Sara Chappell Photos, courtesy Rodio Racing - Powered by Robem Engineering.
Alessandro Di Mario (27). Photo by Sara Chappell Photos, courtesy Rodio Racing – Powered by Robem Engineering.

Alessandro Di Mario / No. 27

“Race 1 went pretty well. I want to thank my team and all my mechanics for the changes they made to my Aprilia RS 660 – it felt amazing during the race. It was really exciting to fight for the podium and be up there with all the fast riders in this class. I knew racing in the rain wasn’t going to be easy, but I concentrated on not making any mistakes and bringing home some points. Barber is one of my favorite tracks, so I’m really looking forward to going there next.”

Rodio Racing – Powered by Robem Engineering’s technical partners for the 2024 season include Spellcaster Productions, Luxestar VIP, Geoscape Solar, MAR Contractors, Blud Lubricants, Spiegler Performance, Woodcraft Technologies, Dymag Performance Wheels, Millennium Technologies, Sprint Filter, Dunlop, SC Project, MVR Endeavor, GRG Designs, REB Graphics, NGK Spark Plugs, EvolveGT, Bitubo Suspension and N2 Racing.

 

 

 

More, from a press release issued by Indian Motorcycle:

Indian Motorcycle Factory Rider Troy Herfoss Overtakes Championship Leaderboard Following Perfect Performance at Road Atlanta

 

The King Of The Baggers Race Two podium: winner Troy Herfoss (center), Tyler O'Hara (left), and third-place finisher Max Flinders (right). Photo courtesy Indian Motorcycle.
The King Of The Baggers Race Two podium: winner Troy Herfoss (center), Tyler O’Hara (left), and third-place finisher Max Flinders (right). Photo courtesy Indian Motorcycle.

 

Three-Time Australian Superbike Champion & King of the Baggers Rookie Troy Herfoss Secures Back-to-Back Wins in Atlanta

Indian Challenger Sweeps Race 2 Podium, as Indian Motorcycle Factory Rider Tyler O’Hara Takes Second & Mad Monkey Privateer Max Flinders Rounds Out Podium

MINNEAPOLIS, MN. (April 22, 2024) – In its third race stop at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta, it was again three-time Australian Superbike Champion and King of the Baggers (KOTB) rookie Troy Herfoss turning heads. The Indian Motorcycle factory rider saw continued success, gaining momentum and even more familiarity with his S&S Indian Challenger, as he piloted his championship-winning race bike to a perfect performance – winning back-to-back races and overtaking the championship leaderboard.

Starting the weekend off strong, Herfoss captured the Mission Foods Challenge and its $5,000 prize for the second consecutive week. While only time would tell, the Challenge would just be the beginning of a truly dominate performance. Starting on the pole for Race 1, Herfoss battled with Harley-Davidson’s Kyle Wyman, as the two exchanged passes throughout a tight race. Despite never racing Road Atlanta, Herfoss proved victorious and secured his second career KOTB win.

“It has been absolutely incredible to witness Troy’s success, as each and every track is brand new to him,” said Gary Gray, Vice President Racing and Service for Indian Motorcycle. “Troy’s early success is a testament to our team in S&S, as they have done an incredible job of dialing in the Indian Challenger and allowing Troy to go out, focus on the track, and showcase his skills.”

With a wet track, Race 2 relied on a calculated risk. Rather than run rain tires like most of the field, the S&S-Indian Motorcycle factory team chose to run Dunlop Sportmax slicks instead. While this proved to be the winning choice, as Herfoss and O’Hara finished 1-2, Herfoss’ enormous 13-second win likely means he would have been in contention regardless of tire selection. 

Completing the Indian Challenger podium sweep was Mad Monkey Privateer Max Flinders. Despite sustaining an injury in the Superbike race, Flinders was able to hold off reigning KOTB Champion Hayden Gillim and earn his first podium of the 2024 KOTB season.

Securing three wins and three second-place finishes through six races, Herfoss has taken command of the KOTB Championship Leaderboard, as he owns track records for bagger racing at Daytona International Speedway and now Road Atlanta. His 135 points leads Wyman by nine. For O’Hara, a fourth-place finish in Race 1 and a second-place finish in Race 2 moves him up to third overall with 79 points.

MotoAmerica’s Mission King of the Baggers season continues at Road America May 31-June 2.

A special thanks to Indian Motorcycle Racing sponsors: S&S®, Progressive Insurance®, Mission® Foods, Parts Unlimited, Drag Specialties® and  Performance Finance. For more information on Indian Motorcycle Racing, visit IndianMotorcycle.com and follow along on Facebook, X and Instagram.

 

ABOUT INDIAN MOTORCYCLE®

Indian Motorcycle Company is America’s First Motorcycle Company®. Founded in 1901, Indian Motorcycle has won the hearts of motorcyclists around the world and earned distinction as one of America’s most legendary and iconic brands through unrivaled racing dominance, engineering prowess and countless innovations and industry firsts. Today that heritage and passion is reignited under new brand stewardship. To learn more, please visit www.indianmotorcycle.com.

INDIAN and INDIAN MOTORCYCLE are registered trademarks of Indian Motorcycle International, LLC.  Always wear a helmet, protective clothing and eyewear and insist your passenger does the same.  Ride within the limits of the law and your own abilities.  Read, understand and follow your owner’s manual. Never ride under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

 

ABOUT S&S® CYCLE

S&S® Cycle was born from a passion for racing and has spent over six decades building performance for the powersports market. Their unwavering focus on quality, reliability and top shelf power has made S&S® Cycle the absolute leader in high performance on the street and track.

 

 

 

More, from a press release issued by Altus Motorsports:

MotoAmerica: Altus Motorsports Results from Road Atlanta

(Braselton, GA) After some significant off-season changes and extensive winter testing, the Altus Motorsports team rolled into the Road Atlanta paddock with high hopes and excitement. Since the final round of the 2023 season, the team acquired a new rig, built an impressive three-rider roster, brought back Team Manager/Crew Chief Boyd Brunner, New Data Engineer Murph, and decided to focus their efforts on a single MotoAmerica class. 

For 2024, the team has consolidated its efforts and will run three Suzuki GSX-R750s in the MotoAmerica Supersport class. This strategic decision will streamline the team’s operations, enhancing knowledge and optimizing parts utilization. The MotoAmerica Supersport class is stacked with talent this year with many former MotoAmerica Superbike and international racers. 

The weekend was filled with highs and lows for the team. Despite significant laps of winter testing, two of the three bikes suffered from electrical issues during Round 1. Unfortunately, the problems impacted both practice time and race results for Jaret Nassaney and Torin Collins. On the positive side, Jake Lewis garnered a podium finish for the team in Race 2 on Sunday.

Jaret Nassaney qualified 14th out of 39 competitors. In Race 1, he got a good start and slotted into 10th heading into the first corner. Unfortunately in turn 7 he hit a false neutral which caused him to lose the front and crash. He picked the bike up, brought it back to the pits, and was able to rejoin the race and finish after some quick repairs. Sadly, he was too far down the standings to salvage any points. The morning warm-up on Sunday was wet and Nassaney touched the paint and had a crash. Another great start in Race 2 was spoiled by an electrical issue that shut the bike off as he rolled into turn 1 and forced him to retire from the race.

 

Jaret Nassaney (59). Photo by Brian J. Nelson, courtesy Altus Motorsports.
Jaret Nassaney (59). Photo by Brian J. Nelson, courtesy Altus Motorsports.

 

Jaret Nassaney: “It was a pretty rough weekend. We left Round 1 with no points and nothing to show the work we put in over the off-season. In Race 1, I got a great start and was fully committed. The bike went into first but then popped out and went into neutral causing me to lose the front. I got the bike up and back to the pit for them to fix some body work and finished the race but was too far back to salvage any points. Sunday, I got another amazing start in Race 2 When I went to open the gas to exit Turn 1, the bike shut off. Electrical gremlins took me out of Race 2. Super frustrating weekend.”

Every time Jake Lewis rolled out onto the track at Road Atlanta, he got more comfortable on the Altus GSX-R750 and went faster. He qualified an impressive 4th and finished Race 1 in 6th. On Sunday in Race 2, Lewis showed his tenacity and skill in the rain. By the halfway point of the race, he worked his way up to 3rd. With two laps to go, he had caught the 2nd place rider, but opted not to do anything risky in the rain and settled for the final podium spot.

 

Jake Lewis (85). Photo by Brian J. Nelson, courtesy Altus Motorsports.
Jake Lewis (85). Photo by Brian J. Nelson, courtesy Altus Motorsports.

 

Jake Lewis: “I am happy with the weekend. Saturday didn’t go exactly as I expected, but it was nice to reward the Altus Motorsports team with a 3rd on Sunday. Big thank you to George and Janette and the whole Altus crew for giving me the opportunity to ride the Supersport class again. The team gave me a great bike to ride and we keep making it better.”

The latest addition to the Altus squad, Torin Collins, faced a challenging weekend. Friday’s P1 marked his debut on the Road Atlanta circuit. Just as he was getting acquainted with the track, a mechanical issue halted his progress after just four laps. The setbacks continued in the second qualifying session, as a new battery was installed Friday evening and it failed during Q2 further limited his track time. He was able to get the bike back during the session and his crew installed another battery.  Despite these obstacles, Collins impressively secured the 15th spot on the grid, showcasing his potential amidst stiff competition. In Race 1, he worked his way up to 11th. Just as he was about to make a move into the top 10, he ran off into the gravel and crashed. He did remount, but ended up finishing out of the points. In the second of the weekend’s Supersport races, Collins had another electrical issue on lap 11 and was forced to retire from the race. 

 

Torin Collins (171). Photo by Brian J. Nelson, courtesy Altus Motorsports.
Torin Collins (171). Photo by Brian J. Nelson, courtesy Altus Motorsports.

 

Torin Collins: “It was a really disappointing race weekend for me and the team with all the mechanical issues and bad luck we had. The results definitely do not show how hard the team and I have worked so far this season. I am staying focused and motivated for the next round. We have a lot of good times ahead.”

George Nassaney: “Definitely mixed emotions about this past weekend. As proud as I am that Jake got on the box on Sunday, I am extremely frustrated with the issues Jaret and Torin faced. We worked very hard over the winter and set a goal to show up to each round with three competitive and reliable motorcycles. Before the next round, our crew chief and data engineer are going to come to Oklahoma and go through the bikes.  We will do an additional on-track test. We will continue to improve our procedures and work with our vendors to give our racers the machines they need to go out and show their talent.”
 

Altus Motorsports team is supported by our great family of sponsors: Altus Motorsports, WPS, Firepower, Suzuki Motor Corporation, Buy A Jet From Steve Main, Barnett, Evol Technology, Maxima Oils, Hot Bodies Racing, M4 Exhausts, Vortex EK, Motion Pro, SBS Brakes, BrakeTech USA, Inc., Pit Bull Products, GB Racing, Ohlins, Puig Racing, RS Taichi, Arai, Core Moto, Pro Bolt, Chicken Hawk Tire Warmers, Law Tigers Oklahoma, and Altus Factory Racing

 

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