Alex Dumas was mathematically eliminated from contention for the KTM RC Cup Championship after a wild opening race of the final 2017 MotoAmerica weekend at Barber Motorsport Park in Alabama. Aboard his JP43 Junior Team KTM single, Dumas started sixth and worked his way up to battle for the lead, only to crash mid-race in turn two. Dumas was uninured, and will race in tomorrow’s final MotoAmerica series event.
The crash meant that Dumas’ four race win streak was at an end, and he can not win the overall Championship for young guns aboard identical KTM motorcycles. He still holds third in the rankings, and the top three riders in the final American series standings will be invited to attend the KTM World Final in Jerez, Spain, next month.
Cory Ventura won the race to take over the KTM points lead, Sean Ungvarsky second from Benjamin Smith in a great six rider battle for the win. Smith is second in the standings behind Ventura, 249-240.
Canadian Kawasaki Ninja 300 spec Series Champion Xavier Paradis made his American debut in the same KTM race. The Canuk spec series title holder worked his way up to a solid 11th overall after crashing in Qualifying and starting at the back of the grid. Paradis earned the chance to compete as a wild card on a media bike entered by “Roadracing World” Magazine.
Reigning Liqui Moly Pro Sport Bike Canadian National Champion Tomas Casas had a busy morning, qualifying for the Supersport/Superstock 600 race but getting DQed following his morning session. Casas had an illegal inlet option in the air box of his Yamaha R6, a modification allowed in the Canadian Championships.
So Casas started from the back of the “Last Chance Qualifier,” needing a top placing to make the main event. He blasted into the lead and pulled away to win by 15 seconds and earn a spot at the back of the grid (29th overall!) in this afternoon’s race. Casas will need to win tomorrow’s LCQ race as well if he wishes to race in Sunday’s main event for 600cc middleweight machinery.
“Yeah, that was a bit of extra work,” smiled Casas on an overcast but very humid day at the beautiful barber facility. “That will be the biggest grid I’ve been on in a while. We’re working away at getting faster, making changes, and we’re making progress, bit by bit. If I can get going early in the race, I should improve some more.”
In Motul Superbike/Bazzaz Superstock SuperPole final qualifying, Roger Hayden continued his hot streak to earn pole for Yoshimura-Suzuki and the new-for-2017 GSX-R1000. Using the special Dunlop yellow-sidewall rear slick, Hayden turned a best lap at 1:24.091 in the final 15-minute session, hisx seventh Pole of 2017. Hayden was also fastest in the sessions leading into SuperPole, with a tour of the 16-turn venue at 1:25.97.
Newly crowned Superstock Champ Mathew Scholtz was second quickest on his Westby Yamaha R1 with a best lap of 1:24.19, Josh Herrin third on the works Yamaha superbike at 1:24.86, followed by newly crowned overall Champion Toni Elias of Spain on the second Yosh Suzuki with a best of 1:25.0.
This afternoon’s schedule includes the penultimate races for both the Supersport/Superstock class (2:25 PM local time) and the featured Motul Superbike/Bazzaz Superstock 1000cc divisions (3:30 PM).
Saturday, 16 September 2017 14:35 Published in News
Quebec’s Alex Coelho placed fourth in the Superstock 600 Last Chance Qualifier at New Jersey Motorsport Park, part of the final MotoAmerica National of 2016. This means that Coelho will compete in this afternoon’s Supersport/Superstock 23 lap race, his debut on the American tour.
The 2015 Shoei Premium Helmets Amateur Sport Bike Champion on the Mopar CSBK National Tour, Coelho placed second overall in the final points standings for the 2016 Liqui Moly Pro Sport Bike Championship, earning a podium at Autodrome St-Eustache in his rookie Pro Mopar CSBK season.
Coelho had a problem-plagued trip down to New Jersey, and hadn’t ridden the venue until Friday’s practice with his regular Black Sheep Racing Kawasaki ZX-6R Ninja. Coelho qualified with a lap at 1:29.8, but in the race dropped his best tour down to 1:27.6, an encouraging sign for this afternoon’s race.
Fellow Canadian-based Kawasaki rider Jeff Sneyd, a Pro front runner on the Canadian National tour in the 1990s, continued his “unretirement” program with his third race in the past four weeks aboard his just-purchased Ninja. After returning to action at the Mopar CSBK races at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park in August, Sneyd competed in the SOAR event at Grand Bend and then travelled to New Jersey.
In the Last Chance Qualifier, Sneyd started 11th and was running in a top spot, likely to qualify for the main race, before he ran off-track. He rejoined to charge to sixth, running a best lap of 1:28.3 – good enough to make the main if not for his problems.
Saturday, 10 September 2016 13:54 Published in News
Canadian racers Ben Young and Marcel Irnie both had strong showings at the inaugural MotoAmerica race, held in conjunction with the MotoGP Grand Prix of the Americas this past weekend in Austin, TX.
Young, riding the RoadRace Factory Yamaha YZF-R6 in the Supersport class, took home an impressive fourth place finish in the rain during Saturday's race. Young had earlier qualified 10th but made it count in the wet stuff on race day.
"Well I finished up a soaking wet fourth, was on third and sadly had vision problems with a heavy downpour, but we brought it home!" Young said on Facebook just after the race. "Massive thanks to the whole RoadRace Factory team and every person involved, you all rock!" Young will take his fourth place overall standing in Supersport to Road Atlanta this weekend for the second race on the MotoAmerica schedule.
Irnie, meanwhile, finished eighth in the second of two Superstock 1000 feaures after crashing out in Race 1 on his Irnie Racing/Team MobiBuff/World's Best Motorcycles BMW S1000RR.
"We survived race two, finishing 8th in Superstock 1000," Irnie posted on his Facebook page post-race. "With practice cancelled in the early morning we were unable to test Franz (the pet name of Irnie's S1000RR) following yesterday's rain crash. On the warmup laps I discovered we had a serious problem with power. The bike was down 15 hp I estimate, which hampered my corner exits and holding position on the long straights. I had to be a demon on the brakes to reclaim my running position almost every back straightaway. Hopefully we can find the problem before next weeks race in Atlanta, Georgia."
The power issue was later traced to a programming issue with the bike's ECU, putting it in what Irnie referred to as "limp mode" for the entirety of the race.
Both Young and Irnie will be back in action when the MotoAmerica series heads to Road Atlanta this coming weekend.
-- By Inside Motorcycles
Monday, 13 April 2015 15:06 Published in Reports, Results & Points