MotoAmerica: Supersport Race Two Results From Brainerd (Updated)

MotoAmerica: Supersport Race Two Results From Brainerd (Updated)

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Mathew Scholtz won MotoAmerica Supersport Race Two Sunday at Brainerd International Raceway, in Brainerd, Minnesota. Riding his Strack Racing Yamaha YZF-R6 on Dunlop spec tires, the South African took the lead on lap three and held it to the finish to win his second straight race and to close within two points of the Championship leader.

PJ Jacobsen is that point leader and the best he could do Sunday was a runner-up finish on his Rahal Ducati Moto w/XPEL Panigale V2. 

Corey Alexander fought hard throughout the race and made a last-lap pass to secure third place on his Roller Die + Forming Ducati Panigale V2.

Tyler Scott bounced back from a big crash in Race One to take a hard-fought fourth place in Race Two on his Vision Wheel M4 ECSTAR Suzuki GSX-R750. 

Scott’s teammate Teagg Hobbs led early in the race, but he got shuffled back to fifth at the end, just 0.366 second behind Alexander.

 

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More, from a press release issued by MotoAmerica:

Scholtz Does The Double In Brainerd International Raceway Supersport

Mathew Scholtz And PJ Jacobsen Only Two Points Apart In Title Chase

Mathew Scholtz (11) leads PJ Jacobsen (15) and Teagg Hobbs (79) in Supersport action at Brainerd International Raceway on Sunday. Photo by Brian J. Nelson.
Mathew Scholtz (11) leads PJ Jacobsen (15) and Teagg Hobbs (79) in Supersport action at Brainerd International Raceway on Sunday. Photo by Brian J. Nelson.

BRAINERD, MN (June 16, 2024) – Rahal Ducati Moto’s PJ Jacobsen and Strack Racing’s Mathew Scholtz seem destined to battle every single race for the 2024 Supersport Championship, and that battle continued at Brainerd International Raceway on Sunday.

Scholtz won on Saturday with Jacobsen second and the South African won again on Sunday, again, with Jacobsen second. With his two victories here, Scholtz now has four wins on the season. The exact same number of wins as Jacobsen has in 2024.

With four rounds and eight races of the championship in the rear-view mirror, the pair are separated by just two measly points with Jacobsen on top, 171-169.

The top-two men in the MotoAmerica Supersport Championship were the top-two men on Saturday at BIR and they were the top-two men on Sunday, with the same result.

Jacobsen, who was racing in front of team owner Graham Rahal for the first time, managed to get to the back of Scholtz in the early laps before the South African gapped him slightly. With a handful of laps remaining, Jacobsen couldn’t do anything but settle for second, 4.4 seconds behind Scholtz at the finish line.

Behind those two was a great battle for third with the two Vision Wheel M4 ECSTAR Suzukis of Tyler Scott and Teagg Hobbs vs. Rahal Ducati Moto’s Corey Alexander. That battle went to the bitter end with Alexander making the pass on Scott on the last lap and beating him to the flag by just .023 of a second. It was Alexander’s comeback ride from the hip injury he suffered at Barber Motorsports Park four weeks ago.

Hobbs was right behind them, .343 of a second behind the duo, and fifth across the finish line.

“Yesterday we felt great,” Scholtz said. “Made a couple changes for the practice this morning. We went backwards, and then we went to yesterday’s settings for this race. It was just strange that I was only kind of stuck in the high 33s whereas yesterday I could do 33.3, 33.4 and didn’t feel like I was riding at the absolute limit. Today, if I tried to push more, I was running wide, missing the corners, tucking the front. So, I just have to go back and look at the data and figure out what I was doing differently. Definitely the first couple laps I thought that I would be gapping them, and PJ (Jacobsen) kept me honest. He definitely picked it up. I know that he’s coming. It’s good to see Corey (Alexander) up here, one of the two taller guys. So, that’s cool. Overall, happy to be taking the double. The team have been working really, really well, and just thank you to all the guys that have been supporting me. HJC, 4SR leathers, Alpinestars, the Strack Racing Company, everyone that makes this possible for me. Thank you.”

Jayson Uribe (360), Ashton Yates (27) and Benjamin Smith (78) battle to the finish line in the Stock 1000 race. Photo by Brian J. Nelson.
Jayson Uribe (360), Ashton Yates (27) and Benjamin Smith (78) battle to the finish line in the Stock 1000 race. Photo by Brian J. Nelson.

Stock 1000 – Uribe Gets His First

When Real Steel Motorsports’ Hayden Gillim crashed his Honda CBR1000RR-R SP on the second lap in Sunday’s Stock 1000 race, the door was open for the rest of the pack to make hay while the sun shone. Gillim had won his third Stock 1000 race of the season on Saturday and not many thought he could be beaten at BIR. But it all went wrong for the defending champion with his crash.

The rider who took the most advantage of Gillim’s miscue was OrangeCat Racing’s Jason Uribe, who won his first Stock 1000 race and his first of any kind in the MotoAmerica Championship.

Jones’ Honda’s Ashton Yates took over at the front after Gillim’s crash and managed to open a bit of a gap over the chasing pack. Uribe and FLO4LAW’ Racing’s Benjamin Smith, however, had their eyes wide open knowing that with Gillim out, this was anybody’s race.

The pair chipped away on and eventually caught up to Yates. On the final lap, Uribe snatched the lead in turn three, protected the inside for the rest of the lap and scored his first-career win in his return to the MotoAmerica paddock.

Yates held on for second, just .144 of a second behind Uribe and .368 ahead of Smith, who finished on the podium for a second-straight race. It was also Yates’ second podium finish of the weekend.

BPR Racing’s Bryce Prince was 1.6 seconds behind Smith and well clear of Team Brazil’s Danilo Lewis, who rounded out the top five.

Rocco Landers (97) beat Alessandro Di Mario (27) for the second straight day in the BellissiMoto Twins Cup race at BIR on Sunday. Rossi Moor (92) finished third. Photo by Brian J. Nelson.
Rocco Landers (97) beat Alessandro Di Mario (27) for the second straight day in the BellissiMoto Twins Cup race at BIR on Sunday. Rossi Moor (92) finished third. Photo by Brian J. Nelson.

BellissiMoto Twins Cup – A Clean Sweep For Landers

RevZilla/Motul/Vance & Hines Suzuki’s Rocco Landers played a little bump and run with his rival Alessandro Di Mario on the opening lap of the BellissiMoto Twins Cup race on Sunday, knocking Di Mario wide with the Italian-turned Kentuckian losing several places in the process. But he wasn’t done yet.

Rodio Racing – Powered By Robem Engineering’s Di Mario caught back up to Landers, breaking the Twins Cup lap record in the process. Di Mario latched on to make it a battle to the finish with the Di Mario/Landers duo going back and forth. Their battle at the front allowed Vision Wheel M4 ECSTAR Suzuki’s Rossi Moor to get back in touch with the lead trio for the final laps with the 16-year-old latching on to the end.

At the flag it was Landers by .585 of a second with Di Mario just .324 of a second behind in third. The podium was identical to Saturday’s race, but the pace on Sunday was much faster.

Di Mario’s teammate Gus Rodio was some 15 seconds adrift in fourth, but well ahead of Giaccmoto Yamaha Racing’s Dominic Doyle.

“I kind of got it a little bit deep and if I had snatched the brakes I would have gone down,” Landers said of his contact with Di Mario. “I assumed he might see me and kind of get out of the way at that point, but the kid is a fighter. Made me work for that one way harder than any race this season so far. But it’s cool to race these guys. They’re always super-fast. Rossi and I kind of got to get our elbows out there a little bit, especially Rossi, though he’s a little bit down on power. Hopefully, we’ll be able to find some things for COTA. Got to give a huge shout out to my uncle Ken. He’s in the hospital right now. He was watching the race. My thoughts go out to him currently. But it was a good race for me. I had a lot of fun.”

Hayden Gillim (1) dominated the Mission King Of The Baggers race on Sunday, beating Tyler O'Hara (28) for a doubleheader sweep at BIR. Troy Herfoss (17) crashed and remounted to finish seventh. Photo by Brian J. Nelson.
Hayden Gillim (1) dominated the Mission King Of The Baggers race on Sunday, beating Tyler O’Hara (28) for a doubleheader sweep at BIR. Troy Herfoss (17) crashed and remounted to finish seventh. Photo by Brian J. Nelson.

Mission King Of The Baggers – Gillim Again

RevZilla/Motul/Vance & Hines’ Hayden Gillim crashed out of the lead in Stock 1000 on Sunday in a race he was heavily favored to win. He didn’t let that happen in the second of two Mission King Of The Baggers races as he backed up Saturday’s win with another victory on Sunday and a points haul of 50 over the course of the weekend.

The race was one of attrition with the two men at the top of the points table also suffering miserable races and finishing last and second-to-last (seventh and eighth). Harley-Davidson Factory Racing’s Kyle Wyman was the first to have an issue as his bike faltered at the start and Wyman basically was forced to cruise around for the duration to get some championship points. He earned eight points.

S&S/Indian Motorcycles’ Troy Herfoss was looking like he would bring home a boatload of points in comparison to his championship rival, but he crashed out of second place, remounted and finished seventh.

Herfoss’s teammate Tyler O’Hara cruised to a second-place finish, 6.5 seconds behind Gillim and some 10 seconds clear of third-placed James Rispoli on the second Harley-Davidson Factory Racing Road Glide.

Saddlemen/Harley-Davidson teammates Jake Lewis and Cory West rounded out the top-five finishers.

“I was a little nervous after crashing in the Stock race earlier,” Gillim said. “I didn’t want to repeat that. But, no, I was pushing as much as I felt comfortable. I knew if I could get into the corners pretty good and get out of them pretty good, it would be hard to pass. Everybody stepped it up from yesterday. If you could look at this morning, I was third and I wasn’t happy about it. I didn’t go any faster, but everybody else did. It’s an awesome weekend after Road America. Road America was a rough one. The whole start of the season has been really, really rough. Wearing the number-one plate I thought would be a little bit easier going into the season than what it has been. I’m just really happy for myself, for the team. Just looking forward to getting to Laguna on these. Last year we had really good pace there. Me and James (Rispoli) were rolling really good on the Vance & Hines bikes. Laguna is going to be a tight one. Everybody goes fast there, so it’s going to be a lot of fun. Just keep it on two wheels right now. I’m beat up right now a little bit – knees, elbows, everything. I’m just wanting to stay on two wheels right now.”

Levi Badie (71) bested Matthew Chapin (95) to win his first Junior Cup race of the season. Photo by Brian J. Nelson.
Levi Badie (71) bested Matthew Chapin (95) to win his first Junior Cup race of the season. Photo by Brian J. Nelson.

Junior Cup – Badie Gets It Done

The Junior Cup race was red flagged and moved to the end of the day after three riders crashed together in the ultra-fast turn one and moved to the end of the day. After a few hours of downtime, the race was restarted and ultimately red-flagged and called with Karns Performance’s Levi Badie taking the win, his first of the year and the third of his Junior Cup career. Badie was the fourth different winner in Junior Cup in 2024.

BARTCON Racing’s Matthew Chapin was second, half a second behind Badie with another half a second back to first-time podium finisher Isaac Woodworth and his BPM Kawasaki Ninja 400.

Bad Boy Racing’s siblings Avery and Ella Dreher were fourth and fifth, respectively, and on the same second as Badie.

“Started off pretty good,” Badie said. “It was a really big battle. I enjoyed the race a lot. Just trying to get my way up to the front. It’s hard sometimes. There were some few different limited passing spots, so it’s always like you want to do it fair. You don’t want to push people off the track and stuff. So, I pushed my way back to the front. When I got up front, I was like, ‘put the pin down and just try to go. See what every lap gives.’ You saw Isaac (Woodworth) pass me on the straightaway up to the last lap. Trying to just have a good battle and have fun. It’s sad to see that somebody crashed. It’s always sad. But I’m very happy. Thank you to everyone. I’m very grateful.”

 

 

 

More, from a press release issued by Rahal Ducati Moto:

BRAINERD RACE 2

SUNDAY, JUNE 16, 2024 | WARM UP & RACE 2

The overcast skies at Brainered International Raceway welcomed Race 2 of Supersport competition at the 13-turn course. It was another stellar race with the Rahal Ducati Moto riders showcasing their racecraft and skill collection another set of top-10 finishes. 

The team heads west for Rounds 9 and 10 of championship competition, to Ridge Motorsports Park June 27 – 30. Keep up to speed with all things Rahal Ducati Moto by following along on our social media channels (@rahalducatimoto).

PJ JACOBSEN

No. 15 XPEL DUCATI PANIGALE V2

STARTED: 5th

FINISHED: 2nd 

CHAMPIONSHIP: 1st (171 pts)

NOTES:  Continues to lead the championship by two points leaving the weekend // Scored another podium finish, marking his eighth podium in as many races this season

WHAT HE’S SAYING: “It was quite a difficult race. I was trying to stay behind [Mathew] Scholtz the whole time, but there was a bit of a dropoff for me because I was trying to get the most of of the tire. Even standing the bike up, I couldn’t really get towards him because he was doing similar lap times. I knew today would be difficult, but we made some great changes overnight. Going forward to Ridge,  I think I can be quite strong on our current bike. Our bike is great in the breaking zone, we just need to figure out the acceleration out of the corner in third and fourth gears, not sliding so much. Once you’re on the 600 and you start sliding off the corner, it can kill your lap time, more than a Superbike would where you can make it up. Scholtz rode great this weekend so I’m happy for him and his team. My teammate Corey, for him to be on the podium after his injury and Graham to be here between his INDYCAR races was awesome. The team should be proud, we did a great job. The championship could come down to the last couple of races.”

COREY ALEXANDER

No. 23 ROLLER DIE + FORMING DUCATI PANIGALE V2

STARTED: 4th

FINISHED: 3rd 

CHAMPIONSHIP: 6th (68 pts // +2 positions)

NOTES:  Caught behind the Suzuki bikes of  T. Hobbs and T. Scott for majority of the race // Made an impressive move on Scott for third place going into Turn 12 of the final lap, crossing the line just .023 ahead to secure the podium  // Recorded his second podium finish of the season (first was Road Atlanta Race 2) // Earned two top-four finishes in his first weekend back after being sidelined for an injury 

WHAT HE’S SAYING: “I’m thrilled with our podium finish today. Coming into the weekend I had just been hopeful for a top 10 after returning back from an injury so quickly. It was definitely unexpected but a testament to how hard the team has worked to make this package suitable for me. As always, thanks to everyone supporting myself and the team. I’m now even more excited to head to one of the best tracks on the calendar for me, The Ridge.”

KAYLA YAAKOV

No. 19 XPEL DUCATI PANIGALE V2

STARTED: 8th

FINISHED: 8th 

CHAMPIONSHIP: 10th (53 pts) 

NOTES:  Climbed through the field throughout the race, making another notable pass on S. Mesa // Scored her second top-10 finish of the weekend after finishing sixth in Race 1 

WHAT SHE’S SAYING: “Our last day here at Brainerd was still very positive. It’s been the best weekend we’ve had with the team and with this bike, and the best weekend I’ve had in the Supersport class so far. Being within the top 10 for every session this weekend has been a huge goal and is a big accomplishment for me. I’m really happy with how hard our team worked with these bikes. We struggled a bit with Race 2 today, but we should have a better run at The Ridge. I’m excited to go back to where I got my first official MotoAmerica win!”

BEN SPIES

TEAM PRINCIPAL

WHAT HE’S SAYING: “It was a great race for the team. All three riders did a great job today, and all weekend. PJ had a better race than yesterday –  but we still didn’t have enough pace to catch [Mathew] Scholtz, but we definitely closed the gap. Corey had a really great race and a phenomenal last lap. He had a big pass with two corners to go, and it was great to have him put up results in his first weekend back.  Kayla’s performance today was great, and hopefully builds more confidence in her abilities heading into Ridge. Having two riders on the podium today with Graham attending his  first race was huge for us, and another great morale boost for the team.”

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