GRANTSVILLE, Utah — The Omega Moto team had a constructive weekend at the MotoAmerica Championship of Utah. The event, held at Utah Motorsports Campus July 20-22, marked the team’s first on-track collaboration with professional road racing veteran Geoff May. The team’s primary goal entering the weekend was to have May push hard in the race and collect valuable race data from its Yamaha YZF-R1 package. May established a great working relationship with the team early in the weekend and provided leadership and insight as the weekend progressed.
In May’s first race on the Omega Moto bike on Saturday, he was able to score a top-10 finish from a 12th-place start. In Sunday’s Race 2, May was making steady progress through the field and was running in ninth place when a mechanical failure slowed the bike’s pace. After a short pit stop to make repairs, May continued racing the team’s Yamaha R1 and finished in 12th place. Most importantly, the team was able to gather the data it needs to improve the bike’s set-up for May’s riding style.
The team will continue its collaboration with May at the series’ next round at Sonoma Raceway.
Geoff May / #99
“The whole weekend was a learning experience for me and the team. I feel it was a very positive weekend overall. We improved the bike a lot and our lap times were coming down every time we went out on the track. The team now has a very clear picture of what direction we will go with the bike’s set up at Sonoma. It’s unfortunate that we had a part failure in the second race. We made the most of that misfortune by making changes during the pit stop and then returning to the race. I am excited for the next round and Sonoma Raceway and am expecting stronger results and continued progress there.”
Ken Chewey / Team Principal
“Our first weekend working with Geoff was a very positive one and I feel we really grew a lot as a team. Our biggest priority coming into the weekend was to get the experience and information we need to get our bike optimized for Geoff. We were able to accomplish that. I think our team is now in a great position to finish the 2018 MotoAmerica season strong. I believe Geoff’s wealth of experience, leadership and approach to racing will prove invaluable to the continued development of the team. The part failure in Sunday’s race was unfortunate but the team worked together to make the most of it and we are looking forward to continuing our progress at the next round at Sonoma Raceway.”
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