A Grand Finale!
MILLVILLE, New Jersey (Sept. 11, 2016)
Wow, sometimes you have to wonder if these things are scripted! Actually, we checked around, they’re not. After an absolutely punishing round of racing at Laguna Seca for the Quicksilver Latus Kawasaki Racing, it was the polar opposite and a perfect end to an exciting season of motorcycle racing for Bobby Fong and the team during the final MotoAmerica race weekend at New Jersey Motorsports Park (NJMP).
Bobby won BOTH races and he was back to his steady-as-a-rock self on the track. NJMP is a smaller track that somewhat favors skill over raw horsepower. That skill was on full display during both races as Bobby not only dominated his Superstock 1000 class, he also gave the Superbikes a run for their money by finishing fifth overall in Race 1 and fourth overall in Race 2. In fact, Bobby held the best overall lap time for both classes in the second race with a time of 1:21.373. Race two was especially exciting as Bobby was knocking on the door of the Superbikes and it looked as if he might podium in their class. Given the differences in the set-up of the bikes for each class, that’s an impressive feat.
Once again, the last two races ended like the first two began. Two wins, a steady and dominating performance, and us briefly forgetting what class Bobby was racing in. Way to go team, it was one heck of an exciting way to end the season.
And with that grand finale, Mr. Fong and the Quicksilver Latus Kawasaki Racing Team secured a top 3 finish in the MotoAmerica Superstock 1000 Championship Series with less than 20 points separating them from the leader. This strong finish is all that more impressive when one considers how the team started the season. They began with a new bike brand, with a newly launched bike platform, while competing on a liter bike for the first time. They’d have to function like a well oiled machine if they had a chance to end the season strong. Obviously, they were well oiled indeed. Go Q Crew!
2016 Final Superstock 1000 Championship Results (Preliminary 9/11/16)
- Josh Herrin – 163 pts- Yamaha YZF-R1
- Claudio Corti – 146 pts – Aprilia RSV4 RF
- Bobby Fong – 144 pts – Kawasaki ZX-10R
- Danny Eslick – 110 pts – Yamaha YZF-R1
- Hayden Gillim – 105 pts – Suzuki GSX-R1000