WAMPUM, Pa. — Gavin Anthony’s hopes of a strong performance at his home track were dashed during Saturday’s MotoAmerica Junior Cup race.
The Hillard, Ohio, resident came into the MotoAmerica Championship of Pittsburgh carrying positive momentum from the previous round and a wealth of experience racing at Pittsburgh International Race Complex. His goal of achieving his first MotoAmerica win in front of friends, family and sponsors was not to be, as a small mistake resulted in a weekend-ending injury. The event took place Aug. 24-26.
Anthony had a good start to the weekend. He finished the class’ first practice session in seventh place and ended up qualifying in fifth place on Saturday morning. He got a good start in the race and was in a battle for fifth place when he made contact with another rider as they went through the chicane near Turn 16. Anthony lost control of his Yamaha YZF-R3 and crashed hard. He was taken to the medical center after the incident where he was diagnosed with a concussion and was not permitted to return to racing for the remainder of the weekend.
Despite his injury, Anthony plans to be ready to race at the next round of the MotoAmerica Junior Cup at New Jersey Motorsports Park, Sept. 7-9. The team will aim to use Anthony’s experience on the tight and twisty, 2.25-mile, 12-turn circuit to get back to the front of the Junior Cup field.
Gavin Anthony / #76
“It was looking to be a good weekend. We had a good qualifying session Saturday morning, and I was feeling good heading into the race. I got a good start but lost touch with the front group a little bit and was battling for fifth place. I was going through the chicane and made contact with another rider and crashed. I got knocked out in the crash and was later diagnosed with a concussion that ended the weekend early for me. I want to thank my team for their hard work this weekend and all of my sponsors who came out to the track to support me. I should be okay to race at the next round and am eager to get back out on track at New Jersey Motorsports Park.”
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