MONTEREY, Calif. – The debut of the Drag Specialties King of the Baggers didn’t disappoint at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca on Saturday.
The victory within the race went to S&S Indian’s Tyler O’Hara, the pre-race favourite. It was not with out drama because the Challenger-mounted Californian battled again from an off-track tour in flip two to beat Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson’s Hayden Gillim by 1.9 seconds within the eight-lap introduction to the category at Laguna. Third place went to Indian-mounted Frankie Garcia with the Roland Sands Design-backed rider bouncing again from a painful crash throughout follow on Friday.
“Three or four laps in, I was going into (turn) two and I didn’t have any moments going into turn two the whole weekend and just ended up tucking the front,” O’Hara mentioned of the off-track tour that allowed Gillim to take the lead. “I saved it after which really went all the way in which off into flip two. Actually, in the beginning Frankie (Garcia) was telling me my bike was smoking and I used to be like, ‘You’re stuffed with it. What are you attempting to psych me out?’ But he was severe. I appeared on the bike and appeared down and I noticed slightly brake fluid on the pipe. I mentioned, ‘Okay, well we can figure this out. Don’t pull me out of right here. We’re simply going to determine it out.’
“We didn’t have any rear brakes at all either, so that was a little interesting. We just did our homework and I was very fortunate that I was able to keep it on two wheels in the sand. Hayden was riding really good, and same with Frankie. It’s just so fun, like you said, being able to be part of this whole King of the Baggers. I haven’t seen people that excited about motorcycle racing in a long time. People were jumping up and down and hooting and hollering. It was just fun to put on a show with these guys. My hats off to everybody who rode a bagger this weekend because some of the bikes out there didn’t look too fun to be on. So hats off to the team.”
With the exception of Richie Escalante, those that have gained probably the most in 2020 gained once more at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca on the opening day of the GEICO Motorcycle Superbike Speedfest at Monterey.
Supersport race one had a considerably acquainted begin and a shock conclusion as 2020 class champion Richie Escalante survived some early skirmishes with M4 ECSTAR Suzuki’s Sean Dylan Kelly and Celtic HSBK Racing Yamaha’s last-round substitute rider J.D. Beach, who bought the holeshot within the race, however later crashed out of second place.
Escalante bought into the lead on lap two and held onto it until lap eight when Kelly took the purpose and Escalante was shuffled again to second. Then catastrophe struck for Escalante when his HONOS Kawasaki skilled a technical drawback, which ended his day.
CV28 Racing’s Cory Ventura, competing in Supersport for the primary time this season, moved as much as second and battled for place with Escalante’s new-for-this-weekend HONOS teammate Brandon Paasch, who switched from a Yamaha to a Kawasaki for the ultimate spherical of the season.
At the checkers, it was Kelly taking the win, with Paasch ending second over Ventura in third.
Two-time Liqui Moly Junior Cup Champion Rocco Landers saved his momentous season going robust on Saturday, profitable his 14th race of the season. It was not straightforward for the Norton Motorsports/Ninja400R/Dr.Farr/Wonder CBD Kawasaki rider, although. He was hounded all through the 13-lap occasion by BARTCON Racing’s Dominic Doyle, who moved up rapidly from his fourth place beginning place on the primary lap, bought into second place, and maintained his place all the way in which to the checkers.
Third place went to Celtic HSBK Racing Kawasaki rider Sam Lochoff, who was in a race-long battle with Liam Grant for the ultimate step on the rostrum. Lochoff bought by Grant on the ultimate lap and made it follow safe third place.
In Saturday’s Stock 1000 race, which was the season-concluding occasion for the category, Altus Motorsports Suzuki rider Cam Petersen, who clinched the category championship at Indianapolis Motor Speedway two weekends in the past, added one other victory to his resume together with his eighth win of the season in one other dominant efficiency for the South African rider.
Second place went to Ride HVMC Racing Kawasaki’s Corey Alexander, who recorded his tenth podium consequence on the 12 months and accomplished what was a remarkably constant season for the New Yorker. Procomps Racing BMW’s Danilo Lewis rounded out the highest three, and the Brazilian was overjoyed to notch the primary MotoAmerica podium of his profession.