ELKHART LAKE, Wis. — For every motorcycle road racer, their primary goal in every race they contest is to win. For riders on privateer teams, there is a secondary goal- finishing ahead of the factory-supported riders. In Sunday’s Superbike race at MotoAmerica’s Dunlop Championship at Road America, Quicksilver / Lexin Moto / Hudson Motorcycles rider, Bobby Fong, did not take the win, but finished ahead of a factory rider and places himself inside the top five.
After putting in a brilliant performance in Saturday’s Superbike race, Fong started Sunday’s race from ninth on the grid. Fong had raced his Yamaha YZF-R1 up to seventh place when the red flag came out. When the race restarted, Fong recovered from a bad start and moved up another two positions on the shortened race’s Lap 4 to finish fifth. Fong finished ahead of a factory rider who was also campaigning a R1 and moved up to 10th place in the Superbike point standings.
Quicksilver / Lexin Moto / Hudson Motorcycles’ Supersport rider Richie Escalante ended his up-and-down weekend at Road America on a good note. Escalante started Sunday’s Supersport Class race in fourth place on his Yamaha YZF-R6 and was able to recover from a poor start to finish just outside the top five.
MotoAmerica’s next round is set to take place at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, Calif. Both Hudson riders will be aiming to continue their respective progress with their motorcycles and continue to gel with their Quicksilver / Lexin Moto / Hudson Motorcycles team.
Bobby Fong / #50
“Today’s result feels like a win for how much effort we’ve been putting in this year and some of the bad luck we have had. It was a top five, but we definitely worked for it today. I made it tough on myself by not getting off the line well on the restart. I ended up having to work my way past a few riders but was able to put in several fast laps and was feeling really good on our Yamaha YZF-R1. We made really big strides with bike set-up this weekend, and I really feel like we are heading in the right direction. I am really looking forward to heading to Laguna Seca in a few weeks. We did really well this weekend on the tighter infield sections of Road America and on the brakes. I think that will help us get up with the frontrunners at Laguna.”
Richie Escalante / #54
“It was a difficult race today. I was aiming to finish on the podium but ended up finishing sixth and was able to take home good points for the championship. I had some trouble getting into a rhythm today out on track, but I feel like the team and I are making good progress with our Yamaha YZF-R6. I feel like all the advancements we are making will really help us head into the next round at Laguna Seca. It’s a very different track from Road America and it’s a track that I like a lot.”
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