ELKHART LAKE, Wis. — The Quicksilver / Lexin Moto / Hudson Motorcycles team found itself battling against the odds Saturday at the MotoAmerica Dunlop Championship at Road America. The team’s Superbike rider Bobby Fong experienced some challenges on the track hours before the past champion was due to start the first Superbike Class race of the weekend. The Lexin Quicksilver Hudson Motorcycles team worked feverishly to repair Fong’s heavily-damaged bike, finishing their work just before the start of the race. Fong was forced to start from pit lane and was unable to take the bike out for a practice round. Despite being at a disadvantage, Fong worked his way up the order from a last-place start to seventh-place finish.
Starting off the race in fourth place, the team’s Supersport class competitor, Richie Escalante, kept a consistent race pace leading him to keep a steady spot in top four after a mediocre start at the weekends first race. On the penultimate lap, Escalante crashed while making a final push to catch up to the leading pack, but was able to remount his Yamaha YZF-R6 and race to a 12th-place finish. The 4 points Escalante picked up in Saturday’s race helped him maintain seventh-place in the class’ championship standings.
Both riders will look to improve on their Saturday performances when MotoAmerica’s Superbike and Supersport classes take to the track on Sunday.
Bobby Fong / #50
“It was a long race today, as we had some bad luck in the morning and had to work hard to get the bike ready for the race. The team did a great job getting me out there, and we were able to salvage some points and get some good race data. We will look over the data tonight and try to make some adjustments to move up in tomorrow’s race. We are definitely aiming for a top-five finish tomorrow, and a podium would sure be nice. I want to give my team a good result and some more good race data heading into Laguna.”
Richie Escalante / #54
“It was a tough race today. I did not get a great start but kept up really good race pace. I worked my way up and was trying to catch up with the front guys. Unfortunately, I had a small crash but was able to get back on track and finish 12th. We will use the warm-up session tomorrow to make some adjustments and hopefully will finish on the podium tomorrow.”
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