Following a disappointing conclusion to the opening round in Georgia that saw electrical issues prevent Dumas from starting the second race of the weekend, Dumas placed his KTM Orange Brigade/JP43 Training RC390 on pole position in Virginia for the second time in as many rounds.
Showing the same pace that led him to victory in the opening race of the 2018 season, Dumas dominated the first race of the Virginia weekend despite some initial setup struggles which allowed Gavin Anthony of Miami FL on a Yamaha YZF-R3 to briefly take the lead during the third lap of the 12-lap race. Retaking the lead, Dumas remained out front for the balance of the race, ultimately taking the checkered flag 3.5 seconds ahead of runner-up Anthony.
Dumas continued his winning ways on Sunday, once again dominating the competition on the 3.6 km 13-turn circuit, with a flag-to-flag victory that expanded his lead in the championship points standings to 22 thanks to his third win in the first four starts of the 2018 season.
In the Supersport class, Braeden Ortt’s spirited back-and-forth battle for the final podium spot in Saturday’s first race kept the Alberta resident at the forefront of television coverage while demonstrating that he has the pace to compete with the front-runners in the series’ 600 cc class. Ortt ultimately finished in fifth place matching his opening race performance from Georgia.
The second race of the weekend once again saw Ortt quickly jump into the freight train of racers who were challenging for third position as leaders JD Beach and Hayden Gilim broke away. Ortt steadily worked his way through the pack, moving into a podium spot by lap 11 of the 20-lap race. After a crash by Hayden Gilim on lap 13 moved Ortt and his Tuned Racing YZF-R6 into second, Ortt and Cory West exchanged second and third positions repeatedly, once again providing some of the most exciting racing action of the weekend. Despite challenges with lapped traffic that ended with Ortt in fourth place with only two laps remaining, he quickly worked his way back into second and held on for his first podium finish in the MotoAmerica Supersport class, which moved him into fourth place in the overall season standings.
MotoAmerica action will resume on June 1 when the series arrives at Wisconsin’s Road America circuit. Complete race results are available at www.motoamerica.com.