Ninteen-year-old Braeden Ortt, who finished ninth in the 2018 MotoAmerica Supersport Championship aboard a Graves prepared 600, is going green for 2019. The Canadian rider, who hails from Calgary, Alberta, will ride the #30 Ortt Racing Graves Kawasaki ZX-6R in the 2019 Supersport Championship.
Ortt is currently studying in his freshman year at The University of British Columbia’s Okanagan Campus, and we caught up with him while he took a short break before going to his chemistry lab class at school.
“I’m really excited to be racing a Kawasaki this year,” Ortt commented. “Especially a Graves Kawasaki!”
To get ready for the upcoming MotoAmerica season, Ortt has been participating in AFM (American Federation of Motorcyclists) events, with a paid ride on the same Graves Kawasaki equipment and he tested at Buttonwillow Raceway Park in Buttonwillow, California, over the past weekend.
Ortt’s team consists of crew chief Marco Bonesso and Jorge Artola. Combined the 2 have more than 50 years of professional racing experience and will be working with the Graves Kawasaki team at the AFM events this year. Additionally Braeden will be working with rider coach Garrett Willis.
While Ortt races a Kawasaki in Supersport, he’ll share a canopy with defending MotoAmerica Stock 1000 Champion Andrew Lee, who will be aboard his #1 Franklin Armory Kawasaki ZX-10R.
"Although we will be doing our own thing, I am excited that Andrew and I will be teammates,” Ortt explained. "Sharing a canopy, with both of us aboard Graves-equipped Kawasakis. I’m really excited to start the season, and love the feel of this new Kawasaki ZX-6R. I’m also really happy to have the support of Shoei and Cortech again this year."
Thursday, 21 March 2019 12:46 Published in Rider and Team Releases
The final MotoAmerica Motul Superbike race of the season at Barber Motorsport Park in Alabama was a thriller, with yesterday’s victor Toni Elias coming through the pack once again to take his 9th victory of the season for Yoshimura-Suzuki. After a troubled campaign, the result moved outgoing Champ Elias up to second in the final standings.
After a big crash on Saturday, newly crowned MotoAmerica Champion Cameron Beaubier earned a close second for Monster Yamaha, just .3 of a second behind the victor. Also in the battle was early leader Josh Herrin on his Attack Yamaha, three seconds further back at the finish to take third overall.
Meanwhile Ben Young, second overall in the 2018 Mopar CSBK Canadian National Championships, had a strong run with his Scot Build/Barrie Trim BMW S1000RR, earning tenth after a good dice with the similar machine of Geoff May. The two fought right to the finish of the 21 lap race, Young just .4 of a second back from May at the line.
“I knew that today, we should be there (at the front),” explained victor Elias post-race. “I had the pace, and we were strong enough with the soft tire option. I was thinking to open up a gap, but it was incredible lap times with all of us late in the race. It was an incredible push; we were all over the limit.”
Beabier’s second spot was his 16th Podium of 2018 and a real reversal of fortune after his big fall in Saturday’s round. “Yesterday was the biggest off I ‘ve had in a couple of years, but I wasn’t too sore, but my confidence was a little down,” admitted the new number one plate holder. “I knew Toni would push the pace, the track was still a little sketchy and damp in a few places, so it was tough.”
Top privateer Herrin earned his 12th podium of the season after an incredible, up-and-down season. At Barber, he suffered a back injury during a massage on Saturday, but was feeling much better on Sunday. “I’m really happy to finish the year on the podium with a bike that isn’t smashed up,” smiled former Champ Herrin. “We ended up beating two of the factory bikes in the Championship, so I’m so happy with my team, happy to put us up here.”
Young was cheered with a strong effort to complete his 2018 tour, explaining that “I fell like we did a good job overall. We had a much better overall pace today, we made the bike easier to ride, and I really wanted to get a top ten. It’s hard to compare this race to a CSBK round, since I’m not chasing anything, but I think we adapted to the different tires and requirements well.”
Quebec’s Alex Dumas clinched the Liqui Moly Junior Cup title two weeks ago at a sodden New Jersey, but in ultra warm conditions he dominated the final 2018 LTWT race for KTM at Barber. Unlike Saturday’s race, Sunday round had only single bike incidents, and thus no red flags. Dumas sprinted into a lead he would never loose from Pole position, Kawasaki mounted Damien Jigalov earning second after a wild battle with several future stars, including third placed Cory Ventura. Yamaha-mounted Ventura, along with Dumas a KTM Cup front runner last year, was second on Saturday. Dumas won an impressive ten races aboard his orange single on his way to dominating the Championship, winding up with 295 points compared to the 221 total of runner-up Ventura. Early season pace setter Ashton Yates wound up fourth overall for Kawasaki.
The rain-delayed SuperSport race turned out to be a barn burner, with Saturday victor Hayden Gillim repeating aboard the Rickdiculous Racing Yamaha YZF-R6. Gillim lead early, the was caught by newly crowned class Champ J.D. Beach on the sole factory Yamaha entry. On the last lap, Gillim brushed Beach as they headed for the final set of corners, then Gillim hung on to win by about a wheel.
Valentin Debise earned third on the M4 Ecstar Suzuki, getting the best of another good fight with fourth placed Bryce Prince on his Kyle Wyman Racing Yamaha. Braden Ortt of Alberta couldn’t overcome a bad start with his Tuned Racing YZF-R6, and wound up seventh overall.
Sunday, 23 September 2018 18:50 Published in Reports, Results & Points
Outgoing MotoAmerica Superbike Champ Toni Elias scored an impressive victory for Yoshimura-Suzuki in the penultimate race of the Motul Superbike National Championship at Barber Motorsport Park in Alabama. The popular Spanish former Moto2 World Champ made up for a poor qualifying effort by battling to the front and eventually pulling away to win the 21 lap Feature race in the MotoAmerica Series.
Early leader Josh Herrin was a distant second on his privateer Attach-Yamaha YZF-R1, and admitted to easing his pace late in a very hot and humid day in the south. Also in the fight for first was pole sitter Cameron Beaubier, but he crashed his Monster-Yamaha in turn seven, mid-race.
The fight for third was a good one, with South African ace Mathew Scholtz, a victor in the rain here a year ago, staying mostly in front of crowd favorite Roger Hayden. Yoshimura-Suzuki’s Hayden is retiring at the end of this weekend, and was briefly third late in the race. But Hayden ran wide and Scholtz made a re-pass to score third on his Yamalube Yamaha.
Hayden settle for fourth, and a good race long battle for fifth was resolved with Ecstar/M4 Suzuki’s Jake Lewis earning the spot ahead of sixth best Danny Eslick on his BMW. Second works Yamaha racer Garrett Gerloff earned seventh, Genuine Broaster Chicken-backed Honda team-mates Bobby Fong and Cameron Petersen battling to take eight and ninth.
Mopar CSBK National Championship runner-up Ben Young had a good race, but gradually faded from the pack in front to net 13th overall with his Scot built BMW S1000RR. Post-race, Young explained that he was struggling with the front end, but the team had some ideas to deal with the issue, and were looking forward to tomorrow’s final 2018 North American National road race event.
In the SuperSport class for middleweight machinery, Hayden Gillim scored a break-through dry race victory for privateer Rickdiculous Racing Yamaha, holding off the charge of new class Champ J.D. Beach aboard the works Monster Yamaha. French star Valentin Debise was a close third on a M4 Ecstar Suzuki.
Alberta’s Braeden Ortt had another strong effort aboard the Tuned Racing Yamaha YZF-R6, moving up over several restarts to claim a strong fourth overall at the finish.
In the Liqui Moly Junior Cup portion of the MotoAmerica Championship of Alabama, newly crowned debut class Champ Alex Dumas of Quebec earned another solid victory. KTM Orange Brigade racer Dumas lead the whole way for his ninth win of the season, gradually pulling away from Cory Ventura’s MP13 Yamaha YZF-R3. Ventura holds second in the standing’s with only Sunday’s race left to run in the Championship. Renzo Ferreira was third on the Quarterly Racing Kawasaki Ninja 400.
Suzuki SV650 mounted Darrell Ricks won a close Twins Cup final, holding off Robert McLendon’s Yamaha and third placed Curtis Murray on another Suzuki.
British Columbia’s Darren James was in the thick of the fight for podium honors until he experienced mechanical issues with just under a lap to go in the Twins Final. James, who had a strong Twins debut earlier this season at Sears Point, California, and has raced the class on the roads in the U.K., was riding a brand new Yamaha twin built by Randy Palmer’s RP MotoArts.
Tomorrow’s schedule includes a full program of events to conclude the 2018 MotoAmerica National Championship tour.
Saturday, 22 September 2018 20:04 Published in Reports, Results & Points
Qualifying is complete for the final round of the 2018 MotoAmerica Championship at Barber Motorsports Park in Alabama, and Monster Yamaha’s Cameron Beaubier will start from pole in today’s first of two 21 lap Superbike feature races. Fourth best prior to the SuperPole session, Beaubier mounted the super soft Dunlop rear slick and earned the top spot on the grid with a lap at 1:23.5.
Second spot belongs to Josh Herrin on his privateer Attack Yamaha at 1:29.3, while Mathew Scholtz will complete the front row aboard the Yamalube Yamaha with a tour at 1:24.0, making it a YZF-R1 sweep of the front row.
Fourth belongs to Danny Eslick on the Scheibe BMW, a strong effort for the popular privateer. Fastest early in the program, Garrett Gerloff is fifth on the grid with the second factory Yamaha, followed by the top Suzuki of M4 Ecstar’s privateer Jake Lewis. The full factory Yoshimura-Suzukis, normally at the front of the pack, will start next, with reigning number one Toni Elias followed by the retiring Roger Hayden.
Canadian front runner Ben Young starts 13th, the first rider not eligible to qualify via today’s short SuperPole session. Still working through some minor issues, Young is optimistic about his race pace chances on the Scot Built/Barrie Trim BMW S1000RR.
In support class action, newly crowned Liqui Moly Junior Cup Champ Alex Dumas of Quebec earned pole in that race, preparing for a trip to Europe to ride for KTM in the Junior category supporting World Superbike.
In the Supersport division for 600cc class machinery, Alberta’s Braeden Ortt will start from fourth on the grid aboard his Tuned Racing Yamaha YZF-R6. Pole position belongs to the Rickdiculous Racing Yamaha of Hayden Gillim, followed by the M4 Ecstar Suzuki of French ace Valentin Debise. New Champ J.D. Beach completes the front row in SuperSport aboard his Monster Energy works Yamaha.
In the Twins Cup race, B.C.’s Darren James rejoins the series with his Yamaha twin, and the veteran will start from the second row of the grid in sixth with his Ruthless Racing entry. Pole belongs to Robert McLendon on another Yamaha.
Saturday, 22 September 2018 14:39 Published in Reports, Results & Points
MILLVILLE, N.J. – Alex Dumas and the KTM Orange Brigade Road Racing Team wrapped up the inaugural MotoAmerica Junior Cup Championship on Sunday in difficult conditions at New Jersey Motorsports Park.
Tuesday, 11 September 2018 15:41 Published in Rider and Team Releases
Canadian Alex Dumas piloted his Orange Brigade / JP43 Training KTM RC390R to victory in the Liqui Moly Junior Cup class at this weekend’s combined MotoAmerica WorldSBK race at the Weathertech Raceway at Laguna Seca.
Sunday, 24 June 2018 20:22 Published in Reports, Results & Points
The 2018 MotoAmerica season got underway at Georgia’s Road Atlanta circuit on Friday April 13 with a day of practice and qualifying preceding the weekend doubleheader of racing.
Sunday, 15 April 2018 23:07 Published in Reports, Results & Points
Alberta's Braeden Ortt has returned to the top step of the MotoAmerica podium with a win in Saturday's Superstock 600 race at California's Sonoma Raceway.
Sunday, 13 August 2017 17:39 Published in News
@RoadRaceFactory • @bcyoung86 • ELKHART LAKE, WISCONSIN - JUNE 1, 2015 – Scottish Canadian Roadrace Factory rider Ben Young not only achieved his first ever MotoAmerica Supersport podium this past weekend at Road America with a third place finish, he got to share the podium with some very special people.
Tuesday, 02 June 2015 11:19 Published in Reports, Results & Points