BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Gavin Anthony finished his second professional racing season with two strong performances at the MotoAmerica Championship of Alabama Sept. 21-23.
It was the Attack Performance / Herrin Compound Racing rider’s first time racing on Barber Motorsports Park’s 2.38-mile, 17-turn road course since he narrowly missed out on his first MotoAmerica win there in 2017. Still recovering from a concussion that forced him to miss a race at the Championship of Pittsburgh, Anthony scored two top-five finishes on the weekend to close out his 2018 season on a high note.
The team worked hard during Friday and Saturday’s practice and qualifying sessions to find an ideal set up for its Yamaha YZF-R3. Anthony ended up qualifying in fifth place for both of the weekend’s Junior Cup races. In Saturday’s Race 1, Anthony recovered from a poor start and was running in third place when the race was red flagged. When the race restarted, Anthony got another poor start but maintained his poise and was running in fifth place when the race ended prematurely with another red flag. In Sunday’s Race 2, Anthony was moved up to fourth place on the starting grid due to the absence of another rider and got a better start. Anthony was in a group battling for the last podium position and was able to score his second fifth-place finish of the weekend.
The Championship of Alabama was the last event of the 2018 MotoAmerica season. Information about Anthony’s plans for the 2019 season will be released soon.
Gavin Anthony / #76
“It was a good weekend. We spent the first sessions of the weekend trying to find the right set up for our Yamaha R3. We made some big changes for Saturday morning’s qualifying session on the rear shock and I was able to qualify within the top five. In Race 1, I got a couple poor starts and dropped down to eighth or ninth both times. I had raced my way up the field and into the battle for third place when the race ended with another red flag. I got a better start in Race 2 and was in the battle for third place for most of the race before finishing in fifth. I want to thank my team for their hard work this weekend. We did not have previous experience at this track on our current motorcycle, and it was great to close out the 2018 season on a high note. I also want to thank all of my sponsors and fans who supported me this year.”
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