ALTON, Va. — In Saturday’s MotoAmerica Junior Cup race, Gavin Anthony looked the fastest he has ever been in MotoAmerica competition. In Sunday’s race, Anthony looked even faster. The Hillard, Ohio native rode his Attack Performance Herrin Compound Racing Yamaha YZF-R3 to his second second-place finish on the weekend at VIRginia International Raceway. With his two strong results, Anthony jumps up to fifth-place in the championship standings. Anthony also was the highest-finishing Yamaha R3 rider in both Saturday’s and Sunday’s Junior Cup races.
Like in Saturday’s race, Anthony got a great start Sunday, making up several positions on the first lap. Anthony worked his way through the battle behind the leading rider in the first half of the race, ultimately breaking away from the field. For the second half of the race, Anthony found himself locked in a great battle for the lead of the race. Unfortunately, Anthony missed a shift while downshifting and lost touch with the race leader. Anthony maintained his focus and brought his R3 home in second position, over two seconds ahead of third-place.
The MotoAmerica Junior Cup will next visit the Road America June 1-3. Anthony scored the first podium finish of his MotoAmerica career at the Elkhart Lake, Wis. circuit, and will be looking to strengthen his bid to be the first-ever 2018 MotoAmerica Liqui Moly Junior Cup champion.
Gavin Anthony / #76, Junior Cup
“I got a better start in today’s race than I did in yesterday’s. I put my head down for the first few laps and made a charge for the front of the pack. My strategy paid off and I was able to get to the front and challenge for the lead of the race. The leader and I passed each other several times before I downshifted one too many times going into turn 7. I lost the draft and couldn’t keep with the race leader, but he and I had built a gap over the rest of the field and I was able to bring my Attack Performance Herrin Compound Yamaha R3 home in second-place. It was a bit slippery out there today with the hotter conditions, but we made some set-up changes before the race to help the bike work in these conditions. I am looking forward to the round at Road America. I had a great weekend there last year and am looking forward to continuing to develop our R3 at a track I like.”
Josh Herrin / Team Manager/Coach
“I thought Gavin did very well again today. I thought he did a better job holding his ground today while he was battling through the field. He made a mistake which caused him to lose the draft of the leader. He’s already down on power a little bit so that ended his chances at taking the win. I very happy with how Gavin rode today, and I really feel like the team is continuing to gel around him. Gavin’s already had success at Road America in his young MotoAmerica career. I think if we can get a quick motor under him he’ll be battling for the win again for sure.”
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