ELKHART LAKE, Wis. — Consistency is an essential trait of a championship-winning motorcycle road racer. Consistency is exactly what Attack Performance / Herrin Compound Yamaha rider Gavin Anthony demonstrated at MotoAmerica’s Dunlop Championship at Road America June 1-3. Despite appearing to be down on power compared to some of the other front-running riders on other brands of motorcycle, Anthony wrung every ounce of performance he could out of his Yamaha YZF-R3 to take home two fourth-place finishes on the weekend.
After finishing just off the podium at the end of a fierce battle in Saturday’s race, Anthony found himself in an even more intense battle on Sunday. Anthony started the race 10th on the grid but quickly worked his way up to fourth place by the end of Lap 3. Anthony spent the remainder of the race in a five-way and later six-way battle for the bottom two steps on the podium. Anthony took his turns leading the pack as the riders used to draft to pass and re-pass each other. On the last lap, Anthony was narrowly beaten to the finish line by two other riders and missed out on a podium finish by 0.017 seconds. Anthony was able to collect valuable championship points in both of the weekend’s races and remains a serious contender for the inaugural MotoAmerica Junior Cup championship.
The MotoAmerica Junior Cup’s next scheduled event is to take place at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca June 22-24. The shorter, tighter nature of the Monterey, Calif. track should suit the Attack Performance / Herrin Compound Yamaha R3 package.
Gavin Anthony / #76
“We ran a good race today. I got another good start and was able to make up several positions on the first lap. I was battling for second place for most of the race and coming into the last corner I knew I needed a good draft up the front straight. Unfortunately, I pulled out of the draft a little too early and got beaten to the line by a couple other riders. I think our Yamaha R3 will be strong at Laguna Seca, and I will be looking for even better results there.”
Josh Herrin / Team Manager/Coach
“I think Gavin did really good this weekend. This was a track where I think we were at a huge disadvantage and Gavin was one of the leading Yamahas yesterday and today. Obviously, we are aiming for race wins this season, but this was a track that favored some of the other bikes in the class. I think Gavin did the best he could with what he had. Gavin was a little bit frustrated, but at the end of the day he’s leaving Road America with two fourth-place finishes. Some of the tracks coming up on the schedule like Laguna Seca, Barber Motorsports Park, and New Jersey Motorsports Park will better suit our Yamaha R3 package and will allow Gavin to really show what he’s capable of.”
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