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Editorial Note: The race victory was more than enough for Richie Escalante to clinch the 2020 MotoAmerica Supersport Championship.
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More, from a press release issued by MotoAmerica:
Escalante Takes Supersport Title At Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Mexico’s Richie Escalante Earns His First MotoAmerica Title
INDIANAPOLIS, IN (October 11, 2020) – Richie Escalante became the first Mexican to win an AMA National Road Racing Championship when he wrapped up the 2020 MotoAmerica Supersport Championship on Sunday at Indianapolis Motor Speedway after another perfect weekend on his HONOS Kawasaki. The victory was his 13th of a near-perfect season for the 25-year-old.
“I’m really happy, especially this year when start the year I know (HONOS Kawasaki team principle) Humberto (Baca) tried to give me the best package, the best mechanics, the best crew chief,” Escalante said after wrapping up the title. “So, thanks to all my team to give me the best bike, and my crew chief, my mechanic. All the people who support me and my team. This is why we had an almost perfect year, 13 wins. I’m very happy. It’s a pleasure to race with Sean (Dylan Kelly) and Stefano (Mesa) and all the young riders, very talented. I’m very happy to race with these guys and every race try to push and give you my best. I’m very happy. One more race (weekend) in Laguna, so keep working to try to finish the season on the top.”
Rocco Landers, meanwhile, was the only other winner on the Sunday at The Brickyard featured two HONOS Superbike races, the Supersport race and a Liqui Moly Junior Cup race.
Supersport – Title Time For Escalante
With his 13th race win of the season, Escalante clinched the 2020 Supersport Championship in Sunday’s race two in style. Escalante completed another perfect weekend with wins in both races, and he did it in his usual fashion of surviving the early-lap onslaught of his competitors, persevering, and running fast laps all the way to the finish line.
On Sunday, he withstood challenges from M4 ECSTAR Suzuki’s Sean Dylan Kelly, who crashed out of Saturday’s race, and MESA37 Racing Kawasaki rider Stefan Mesa, who this weekend added the Supersport class to his usual repertoire of competing in Stock 1000. Kelly and Mesa threw everything they had at Escalante, and Kelly even led the race in all but one of the opening five laps, but then, Escalante established himself at the front and took the win by a little more than a second over second-place finisher Kelly. Mesa worked his way into second place on lap four and five, then Kelly overtook him, and Mesa brought it home in third place to complete the all-Latino podium.
Liqui Moly Junior Cup – Landers Perfect Again
After winning Saturday’s Twins Cup race, clinching the class championship, and winning Liqui Moly Junior Cup race one, Landers completed another perfect weekend on Sunday when he also won Liqui Moly Junior Cup race two.
The Norton Motorsports/Ninja400R/Dr. Farr/Wonder CBD Kawasaki rider started from the pole, got the holeshot, and led all but the second-to-last lap to take the checkered flag by a scant .157 of a second over BARTCON Racing Kawasaki rider Dominic Doyle.
The South African put in a strong performance and got even stronger in the final couple of laps when he took the lead on lap 10 of 11 and very nearly had the measure of Landers. Doyle came up just a little short and had to settle for second place.
Third place went to Celtic HSBK Racing Kawasaki’s Sam Lochoff, who started back in eighth position on the grid, was in fourth after the opening lap, and then battled Isaiah Burleson for the final spot on the podium. Lochoff secured third place on lap eight and maintained the position to the finish line.
“Today’s race was pretty good,” Landers said. “I’m stoked for Dom (Doyle) to finally get back up there with me. Under the circumstances, I think it’s super awesome how fast he’s going right now. I was struggling with the edge grip and driving grip the whole race. So, I didn’t have the feel that I normally would. Yesterday, I felt a little bit better, could be the heat of the asphalt. But I’m happy with the win.”
More, from a press release issued by Westby Racing:
With Scholtz Sidelined Due To Injury, Junior Cup Rider Wyman Carries The Flag For Westby Racing On Sunday At Indy
Indianapolis, IN – October 11, 2020 – Westby Racing’s Superbike rider Mathew Scholtz was unfortunately ruled out of Sunday’s two races at Indianapolis Motor Speedway due to the injuries he suffered in Saturday’s race, so Junior Cup rider Cody Wyman was the lone rider on track for the team.
Cody started Sunday’s Junior Cup race two from the third row on the grid and moved into the top five on the opening lap. Competing within the same group of riders that he usually has to contend with, he got shuffled down to 10th at the end of the second lap, but he regrouped and used his talent and racecraft to move up to sixth place near the halfway point of the 11-lap event. The battle was far from over, however, and Cody got shuffled down to ninth a couple of more times, but then, he moved back up to sixth again on the second-to-last lap. On the final lap, he held on tenaciously to his position, but ultimately crossed the finish line in seventh.
“I got a pretty good start and was in the top five on the first lap,” Cody said. “Then, I nearly got punted off the bike by another rider. Luckily, I saved it and had to fight back from outside the top ten. Unfortunately, like most of our Junior Cup races, the riders shuffle around and lose touch with the quicker bikes. All of my fastest segments were when I could lead and run my own line and pace. There was a big battle for the last spot in the top five, and I ended up getting caught up in the draft and finished seventh. I felt quicker than the group I was racing in, and I thought I had podium-worthy pace like yesterday. But, that’s racing, and it didn’t turn out our way today. I’m happy for my team that we were able to put the Yamaha on TV for most of the weekend.
“Now, onto my favorite track on the calendar. Also, I’m sending my best wishes to my buddy and teammate Mat Scholtz, who I hope has a quick recovery. He’s a killer on the Superbike, and it’s a bummer that he got injured on Saturday. On to Laguna.”
Next up for Westby Racing is the final round of the 2020 MotoAmerica Championship, which will take place at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, California, on October 23 through 25.
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