MotoAmerica: Superbike Race Two Results From Brainerd (Updated)

MotoAmerica: Superbike Race Two Results From Brainerd (Updated)

© 2024, Roadracing World Publishing, Inc. By David Swarts.

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Bobby Fong won MotoAmerica Steel Commander Superbike Race Two Sunday at Brainerd International Raceway, in Brainerd, Minnesota. Fong led from start to finish on his Dunlop-shod Wrench Motorcycles Yamaha YZF-R1, leading by as much as 5.2 seconds and eventually winning by 3.8 seconds after 18 laps.

Fong’s two wins in Minnesota propelled him into the Championship point lead after nine of 20 races.

Josh Herrin was the runner-up on his Warhorse HSBK Racing Ducati Panigale V4 R.

Cameron Petersen battled with Herrin over second for much of the race but faded due to a lack of grip and ended up taking third on his Attack Performance/Progressive Yamaha YZF-R1.

Herrin’s teammate Loris Baz was in the fight for the podium but had to run off the track to avoid Sean Dylan Kelly’s crash on lap five. But Baz was able to salvage fourth place.

Vision Wheel M4 ECSTAR Suzuki’s Brandon Paasch passed JD Beach late in the race to score fifth, matching his season-best finish. Beach took sixth, just 0.860 second behind Paasch on Tytlers Cycle Racing BMW.

Petersen’s teammate Jake Gagne, the three-time and defending Champion, once again struggled with arm pump but managed to take seventh.

Australian Superbike Champion Troy Herfoss, who is filling in for injured Cameron Beaubier, brought his Tytlers Cycle Racing BMW M 1000 RR home in eighth.

Ashton Yates got ninth on his Stock 1000-spec Jones Honda CBR1000RR-R Fireblade SP, and Ezra Beaubier rounded out the top 10 finishers on his Aftercare/Scheibe Racing BMW.

 

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More, from a press release issued by MotoAmerica:

Fong Sweeps To Doubleheader Domination At Brainerd International Raceway

Bobby Fong Sweeps The Weekend And Leads The Superbike Championship

 

Bobby Fong (50) got the jump on the field at the start of the Steel Commander Superbike race at Brainerd International Raceway on Sunday and was never headed. Cameron Petersen (45) and the rest of the pack give chase. Photo by Brian J. Nelson.
Bobby Fong (50) got the jump on the field at the start of the Steel Commander Superbike race at Brainerd International Raceway on Sunday and was never headed. Cameron Petersen (45) and the rest of the pack give chase. Photo by Brian J. Nelson.

 

BRAINERD, MN (June 16, 2024) – Wrench Motorcycles’ Bobby Fong barely won Saturday’s slugfest with Warhorse HSBK Racing Ducati’s Josh Herrin after a race-long battle. An hour or so after the race, Fong said he’d try to do things differently on Sunday. He’d said he would try and pull away at the front and not partake in any battles.

Turns out Fong was good to his word.

Fong did what he said he’d do and led from start to finish in Sunday’s Steel Commander Superbike race, leading every single lap and crossing the finish line with a margin of 3.8 seconds over Herrin, who was second for the second straight day.

And guess what? The name atop the Steel Commander Superbike Championship point standings belongs to one Bobby Fong. That’s right. Bobby Fong.

Fong leads three-time MotoAmerica Superbike Champion Jake Gagne, who finished seventh on Sunday as he continues to be plagued by arm pump, by eight points after his two Brainerd wins. Fong has scored points in all nine Superbike races held thus far in 2024 and he’ll take that points lead to Ridge Motorsports Park in Washington for round five, June 28-30.

Herrin was solid again on Sunday, though he couldn’t keep pace with Fong. Instead, he hunted down Attack Performance/Progressive/Yamaha Racing’s Cameron Petersen and passed the South African to finish second.

Petersen, who was fifth on Saturday, tried to hang on to Herrin, but ultimately settled for third place – for his fifth podium finish of the year.

Fourth place went to Herrin’s teammate Loris Baz. The Frenchman was in the battle for second with Herrin, Petersen and EasyHealthPlans.com/TopPro Racing’s Sean Dylan Kelly when Kelly had a vicious highside that ended up forcing Baz off track and onto the grass. Although he tried to fight back, he couldn’t make headway into the gap to Petersen.

Fortunately, Baz was well clear of Vision Wheel M4 ECSTAR Suzuki’s Brandon Paasch and finished fourth with Paasch some six seconds behind in fifth. Baz and Paasch were third and sixth, respectively, on Saturday.

Tytlers Cycle Racing’s JD Beach improved from seventh on Saturday to finish sixth on Sunday.

Gagne, meanwhile, was a frustrated and lonely seventh with Australian Troy Herfoss eighth in his fill-in ride for the injured Cameron Beaubier on the Tytlers Cycle Racing BMW M 1000 RR.

Jones Honda’s Ashton Yates and Aftercare Scheibe Racing’s Ezra Beaubier rounded out the top 10.

Fong leads Gagne in the series points, 138-130, with Herrin third on 119 points and just nine clear of Petersen’s 110. Baz sits fifth in the standings with 101 points.

Superbike Race 2

  1. Bobby Fong (Yamaha)
  2. Josh Herrin (Ducati)
  3. Cameron Petersen (Yamaha)
  4. Loris Baz (Ducati)
  5. Brandon Paasch (Suzuki)
  6. JD Beach (BMW)
  7. Jake Gagne (Yamaha)
  8. Troy Herfoss (BMW)
  9. Ashton Yates (Honda)
  10. Ezra Beaubier (BMW) 

Quotes

Bobby Fong – Winner

“It sounds good, but we’re not going to get ahead of ourselves,” Fong said when told he was leading the championship. “We’re only four rounds into this thing. We’ve got a lot of races left. Honestly, first thing is I want to wish my dad Happy Father’s Day. He doesn’t go to many rounds, but I want to wish him Happy Father’s Day. We’re on a good streak right now. We’re going to just play it safe and just maximize points each weekend. I would have never thought I would even be in this position last year or even leading up to the season. The goal is just to get on some podiums and see what we can do. But now we’re in this thing, and we’ve just got to be smart. We’re not going to get ahead of ourselves. Going into this race, we made some changes this morning and I told my data guy, ‘Nick, we need to smooth this bike out.’ On the warmup lap out there, I’m like, ‘I think we smoothed it out too much.’ We took a lot of torque away. At first when I had some grip, I’m like, ‘this thing is slow,’ but once the tire started going away it played in my favor for sure. You just kind of roll it around like a 600. It was slippery out there. So, what we did with the electronics definitely helped out there. Kudos to the team. Congrats to these guys. They’re keeping me honest. I always go good here, and the Ridge is a different story. We’re just going to keep going and try to keep this lead.”

Josh Herrin – Second Place

“No matter what, we’re always trying to win. We can’t leave here and be super happy with a second, but I’m content with it. After the way that the beginning of the season went, it’s good. We’ve been just trying to chip away. It’s been not going our way. The rain, for some reason I’m struggling with this year, so we lost a lot of points in the two rain races and lost a lot of points in race one at Atlanta. I’ve just had to try to claw my way back. It seems like now we’re getting there. I think we’re probably 18 points behind Bobby (Fong) now, and I don’t know how many behind (Jake) Gagne, or if we’re in second or not. I don’t think so. But I’m happy with the way that the championship is shaping up. I’ve been around here 19 years now and been lucky enough to win three championships and know that it’s not about the first half of the season. Things can go wrong the first half of the season. Just got to keep chipping away and never give up. My team is just full of that energy. We’ve got a good crew. Three years on the same team is a blessing for me. To be on the podium on Father’s Day, my kid’s not here right now but it’s just a good feeling. Thirty-four years old, I’m a dad and fighting for Superbike wins – not today but yesterday. I’m happy with this one and looking forward to the next couple rounds that we got coming up.”

Third Place – Cameron Petersen

“I’m position-wise quite a bit better, but in terms of race pace and the way I rode, I feel like I rode worse than I did yesterday. Obviously, yesterday just got caught up with those lappers in the last few laps. It was a tough race. I tried to go with Bob (Fong) in the beginning and his pace was pretty hot and I was just pretty sloppy, making a lot of mistakes, running wide, and really struggling with rear grip pretty much from lap one. But stoked to be on the podium. Good points haul. Just got to be consistent and be in this thing at the end. Seriously congrats to Bob this weekend. The guy was untouchable. Congrats to Josh (Herrin). I tried to keep him honest for the second half of the race there, but he just kind of slowly broke me and that was it.”

 

 

 

More, from a press release issued by Ducati:

Another Double Podium for Josh Herrin and The Warhorse HSBK Racing Ducati Team

Sunnyvale, Calif., June 16, 2024 — The fourth round of the 2024 Steel Commander MotoAmerica Championship at Brainerd International Raceway in Minnesota proved another strong race meeting for the Warhorse HSBK Racing Ducati team with riders Josh Herrin and Loris Baz collecting podium finishes.

Josh Herrin showed his class by sealing second place in race one behind winner Bobby Fong, fending off teammate Baz by 0.2 seconds. This marks the first time in the 2024 season that Warhorse HSBK Racing Ducati Panigale V4 R riders have shared the podium.

Race two saw Herrin fight past Cameron Petersen and move into second place, eventually stretching a 2.5-second gap and sealing another podium in second place. However, for Baz, he would be in the wrong place at the wrong time as, while battling for the podium, Sean Dylan Kelly had a big highside crash in front of Baz at turn three, causing him to run off the track and lose touch with the podium battle, eventually coming home in fourth place.

Regardless, the weekend was a success. It marked four races in a row in which either Baz or Herrin (or both) has been on the podium, indicating they have the speed and consistency needed to fight for the 2024 Steel Commander MotoAmerica Championship title.

2024 Steel Commander MotoAmerica Superbike Championship After Round Four

P1 – Bobby Fong 138

P2 – Jake Gagne 130

P3 – Josh Herrin (Ducati) 119

P4 – Cameron Petersen 110

P5 – Loris Baz (Ducati) 101

 

Josh Herrin (Warhorse HSBK Racing Ducati–#2)

“It was a super positive weekend here at Brainerd,” Herrin said. “It was a great result to get two podiums. The team has been plugging away—the momentum is clearly with us now after this weekend and getting the win at Road America last time out. That’s three podiums in a row, which is a great boost to me and the team.”

“Now we head off to The Ridge in Washington. It was one of our best races last year, and then onto Laguna Seca, so we’ve got a couple of fun race weekends coming up. I’m really happy with how my Ducati Panigale V4 R is working right now and ready to keep the ball rolling.”

Loris Baz (Warhorse HSBK Racing Ducati–#76)

“Coming from a podium yesterday, the ambition was high,” Baz said after race two. “We always want to be in the front and take the next step. We tried a few things in the morning warm-up session, which didn’t work as planned, which led us to go back to yesterday’s set-up. I was also a bit more aggressive at the beginning of the race today.”

“I was on the limit a bit with the front-end when Josh (Herrin) came by, so I just took my time a little and tried to follow, but then Sean Dylan Kelly had a massive crash right in front of me. I’m glad he is OK, it was a big one, but I had to run off the track and I lost a lot of time. It took me over a lap to get back to my rhythm with my tires being dirty. I tried to be with Cameron Petersen, but in the end, I settled for fourth. It was a not-so-bad ending; we leave with some good points and another podium heading into The Ridge.”

The fifth round of the 2024 Steel Commander MotoAmerica Superbike Championship sees the series head to the Pacific Northwest at The Ridge in Washington over the June 28-30 weekend.

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