MONTEREY, Calif. – Quicksilver / Lexin / Hudson Motorcycles riders Bobby Fong and Richie Escalante are targeting the podium or better this weekend as the MotoAmerica series rolls into WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca on June 22-24. The team is aiming to achieve its most impressive results of the season so far on a weekend that MotoAmerica is sharing the track with the Superbike World Championship teams and media.
The team is coming off a strong performance at the last round at Road America, which was held on June 1-3. The team’s Superbike Class rider Fong had two incredible on-track performances at the event. Fong was forced to start from pit lane for Race 1 and raced his Yamaha YZF-R1 to a seventh-place finish. In Race 2, Fong finished inside the top five and finished ahead of a factory-supported Yamaha R1. The team’s Supersport Class rider Escalante showed strong pace at Road America but had his results hampered by a crash in Race 1 and a poor start in Race 2.
The technical and flowing nature of the 2.238-mile 11-turn WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca should suit the good handling characteristics of the team’s Yamaha R1 and R6 packages. The team was able to gather important race data from both riders during the Road America races that should help them with setting the bikes up for the iconic Laguna Seca circuit.
“I am looking forward to getting underway at Laguna Seca,” Fong said. “We made some huge strides at Road America, and our results there have breathed new energy into the team. I am looking to get the team some good results this weekend at one of my home tracks. I expect to be battling for the podium and I know my team will give me the bike I need to do just that.”
Fong is currently in 10th place in the Superbike Class championship standings.
“I am happy again to be racing again at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca.,” Escalante said. “It is a special weekend, as we are sharing the track with the Superbike World Championship. I have had some good results at this track, but I will be looking to add an even better result here to my resume. I am looking to get my Yamaha R6 on the podium this weekend.”
Escalante is currently in seventh place in the Supersport Class championship standings.
Qualifying sessions for both Superbike and Supersport are to begin on Friday. The Superpole session for the MotoAmerica Superbike teams is scheduled for noon PDT on Saturday. Racing for the Superbike class is set to begin Saturday at 3:15 p.m. PDT. MotoAmerica Superbike racing resumes Sunday at 3:15 p.m. PDT, and is followed by the Supersport race at 4:10 p.m. PDT.
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