Podium and a Dirt Sandwich
It was an up and down weekend for the Quicksilver Latus Motors Racing Kawasaki Team in Utah for the 5th round, and mid-point, of the MotoAmerica Superstock 1000 motorcycle race series.
On Saturday, the day was without issue. Bobby Fong was riding clean, smart, and there was really no real pressure on him for the top spot within the Superstock 1000 class. As with many other races this seasons, he and the team looked to be fighting for a Superbike podium finish. For a fair amount of the race he was holding the number three spot in the Superbike class. In the end, Fong finished first in class and capture the fourth spot in Superbike. This strong finish put him back to the top spot in championship points over Mathew Scholtz and the Westby Yamalube Team.
But that lead turned out to be short-lived as Sunday was the opposite of the prior day. The race started with a number of racers overshooting their turns, having to correct themselves, or skittishly coming out of their saddles. The sloppy racing had one of the announcers questioning if there was perhaps oil on the track contributing to the unsettled riding he was seeing, although that didn’t seem to be the issue in the end. About the third of the way into the 17 lap race, the riding became more consistent and it looked to be business as usual. Then out of nowhere Bobby Fong found himself sliding into the dirt when the bike come out from underneath him as he negotiated a hard entry into a sharp left-hand turn. It was just a smidge too much trail braking. After the plume of dust settled, the Quicksilver Latus Motors Racing Kawasaki rider ran back to his bike was unable to restart it. Bobby’s day was over.
The team now finds themselves in third position at the midway mark in the run for the overall championship.
Check out the video highlights of MotoAmerica round 5 in Utah here.
Top 10 Championship Standings of MotoAmerica Bazzaz Superstock 1000 Series (6/25/2017):
- Mathew Sholtz – 191 pts – Yamaha
- Jake Lewis – 174 pts – Suzuki
- Bobby Fong – 165 pts – Quicksilver Latus Motors Racing Kawasaki
- Danny Eslick – 141 pts – Yamaha
- Hayden Gillim – 120 pts – Suzuki
- Bryce Prince – 106 pts – Yamaha, Quicksilver sponsored Meen Motorsports
- Max Flinders – 84 pts – Yamaha
- David Anthony – 47 pts – Kawasaki
- Anthony Koskinski – 37 pts – Yamaha
- Frankie Babuska – 17 pts – Yamaha
Next up, Lugana Seca and the infamous corkscrew on July 7-9.
Go Q Crew!