SONOMA, California (August 14, 2017)
After a 3 week hiatus on the MotoAmerica race calendar, Bobby Fong and the Quicksilver Latus Motors Racing Kawasaki Team were back on the track at Sonoma Raceway this past weekend for round seven of the series. This is a new track for many and it marks MotoAmerica’s return to the serpentine, undulating, and smallish 2.5 mile track after many years away. The break gave the team a chance to make some rather dramatic weight saving improvements to their set-up, shaving over 15 pounds off the bikes. Less weight is obviously a good thing as long as the more responsive rocket can be controlled. And that control turned out to be an issue for the weekend.
After feeling fully recovered and relaxed from a few bruising rounds in June and July, Fong started race one and was ready to put the past in the past and work on squirrelling away the points needed to grab the championship by season’s end. The Kawasaki bike got off to a great start and was blazing fast for the first part of the race. Bobby held the second place position overall for the first quarter of the race and it was reminiscent of the race weekend at COTA where it was easy to forget that the team was competing in Superstock and not Superbike. But with each corner it became increasingly clear that the tires were fading and the rig and rider looked less solid. Then on lap 7, those tires lost adhesion as Bobby made a hard left turn. Thankfully there were no other bikes in the vicinity and off slid the white and light blue machine and neon green rider. Bobby’s day was over and the team collected their fourth DNF for the season.
The crash looked to have a psychological impact on Bobby Fong, as his riding was less aggressive on day number two. He let the Superbikes go to do their thing and instead spent most of the time staying in second position in his class and right on the heels of points leader Mathew Scholtz. One could see that the strategy was for Mathew to set the pace allowing Bobby to spring into action for the back half of the race to take the win. But this track and traffic had other plans. The short stature of the track created many traffic issues from lapped riders. Those riders foiled the best laid plans and that, along with a strong Jake Lewis, turned into a third place finish for the Quicksilver Latus Motors Racing Kawasaki Team.
Top 10 Championship Standings of MotoAmerica Bazzaz Superstock 1000 Series (8/14/2017):
- Mathew Scholtz – 286 pts – Yamaha
- Jake Lewis – 235 pts – Suzuki
- Bobby Fong – 214 pts – Quicksilver Latus Motors Racing Kawasaki
- Danny Eslick – 194 pts – Yamaha
- Hayden Gillim – 151 pts – Suzuki
- Bryce Prince – 147 pts – Yamaha
- Max Flinders – 108 pts – Yamaha
- David Anthony – 58 pts – Kawasaki
- Tyler Ohara – 54 pts – Kawasaki
- Anthony Koskinski – 37 pts – Yamaha