Wrong Place and Time. Twice.
ELKHART LAKE, WI (June 4, 2017)
Location and Timing are everything in life. Sometimes the two work with you, and sometimes not so much. The latter was certainly the case for our champ, Bobby Fong, and his Quicksilver Latus Motors Racing Kawasaki during the second race of the fourth round at the idyllic course that is Road America in Elkhart Lake, WI.
Mr. Fong was running strong as usual on Saturday for the first of the two race series. Bobby admitted to ‘being asleep’ for the first part of the race as he traded second and third position with the Yamalube Westby team multiple times but wasn’t quite within striking distance against Jake Lewis and his Suzuki. Bobby commented that he waited just a bit too long to make his move for the top spot. ‘Just one more lap’, as they say. Regardless, the race was clean, Bobby’s riding was fluid as usual, and all was well with the world as Bobby and the Quicksilver crew finished on the podium at the number two spot, furthering his Superstock 1000 championship points lead. The team was feeling good and team owner George Latus commented, “oh ya, we’ve got this for tomorrow”.
Then Sunday came.
This is where being at the wrong place at the wrong time comes into the picture – twice. The first wrong place at the wrong time was at the Parts Unlimited Fan Appreciation Stage. Bobby Fong very graciously offered to be interviewed just shortly before Sunday’s race. The Q Crew was there listening to the interview but slowly became aghast as we listened to the interviewer gushing and droning on and on about Bobby’s mature and clean riding style and how he just doesn’t crash. Instead of simply acknowledging the point, he belabored it, and beat it to within an inch of its life. At one point in the interview, Bobby asked the interviewer if he was trying to jinx him. Sure, of course the gentleman was simply being complimentary but doesn’t he understand how superstition, karma, and all those otherworldly things work? Or perhaps he does and he’s a mole for the Westby Yamalube Team.
Then the race started.
The race largely began like the others. The sighting lap came, went, and the race began. The normal crunch to Turn 1 came and went, then Turn 2, then Turn 3, then Turn 4. Bobby placed himself in position at the number two spot in class right on the tail of Jake Lewis for the long and fast straight away to Road America’s infamous hard left Turn 5 maneater corner. Coming out of Turn 5, Jake high-sided as his rear wheel let loose coming out of the turn which positioned his bike nearly perpendicular to the track. This perpendicular predicament meant that Bobby had nowhere to go but through and over Jake’s bike. And he did so with catastrophic results. Adding to the unfortunate situation was the fact that Scholtz and his Westby Yamalube bike also had nowhere to go but instead of hitting bike-to-bike, it was a bike-t0-body collision as Scholtz ran over Fong in garish fashion. It was a breath-holding minute as the red flags came out and Fong laid there seemingly knocked-out and lifeless while the two other dazed victims worked to compose themselves while crawling to Fong’s aid. We are glad to report that all racers left the track under their own power but Bobby Fong was unable to finish the race. The race commenced and shortly thereafter another red flag incident occurred. The race was shortened, was called, and over after only 5 or 6 laps. Surprisingly, it was Mathew Scholtz who captured the top spot on the Superstock 1000 podium.
Bazzaz Superstock 1000 Championship Point Standings (after 8 of 18 races):
1. Scholtz, 146 – Yamaha Yamalube Westby
2. Fong, 140 points – Quicksilver Latus Motors Racing Kawasaki
3. Lewis, 138- Suzuki M4 Ecstar
4. Eslick, 119 – TOBC Racing Yamaha
5. Gillim, 94 – Cycle World/Suzuki
6. Prince, 80 – Yamaha Meen Motorsports Helmet Sounds Western
7. Flinders, 67 – Thrashed Bike Racing Yamaha
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