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Herrin storms to provisional pole on the opening day at Road Atlanta

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Warhorse HSBK Racing Ducati’s Josh Herrin leads the way
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BRASELTON, GA – April 20, 2024 – (Motor Sports NewsWire) – Warhorse HSBK Racing Ducati’s Josh Herrin had two reasons to be happy with his qualifying Friday at Road Atlanta. To start with, Herrin took provisional pole position in Q1 with his 1:24.627. He followed that up by pocketing an ‘I owe you’ from his teammate Loris Baz as he dragged the Frenchman into third, giving Ducati two bikes on the provisional front row heading into the Q2 session of tomorrow.

Josh Herrin was the fastest of the fast on Friday at Road Atlanta

Josh Herrin was the fastest of the fastest on Friday at Road Atlanta as he rode his Ducati to provisional pole heading into Saturday’s final qualifying session. Photo by Brian J. Nelson

240420 Bobby Fong led the Mission King Of The Baggers qualifying on Friday

Bobby Fong led Mission King Of The Baggers qualifying on Friday.
Photo by Brian J. Nelson

If Q1 is any indication, the Steel Commander Superbike Championship will be fiercely contested as eight riders circled within a second of Herrin.

Three-time and defending MotoAmerica Superbike Champion Jake Gagne finished the session in third just 0.096 of a second behind Herrin’s best time. While the aforementioned Baz finished the session third on his return to the MotoAmerica paddock, it was Wrench Motorcycles’ Bobby Fong who finished in fourth place, the last rider in the 1:24s on the 4.55-mile road course.

Superbike rookie Sean Dylan Kelly had an impressive first day on the TopPro Racing BMW M 1000 RR, the 2021 MotoAmerica Supersport champion finishing fifth and less than half a second behind Herrin.

Gagne’s Attack Performance Yamaha teammate Cameron Petersen was sixth fastest, the fastest of the two Camerons on day one, with five-time champion Beaubier seventh on the Tytlers Cycle Racing BMW M 1000 RR. Beaubier returned to action with just a handful of minutes remaining in the session, after his crew did well to get him back on track following an early session crash at Turn 10-A.

Beaubier’s teammate JD Beach finished eighth in his first qualifying session on the BMW.

Vision Wheel M4 ECSTAR Suzuki teammates Richie Escalante and Brandon Paasch rounded out the top 10.

Supersport – Alexander’s surprise

Of the Rahal Ducati Moto team’s three Supersport riders, Corey Alexander came into the 2024 season with the least fuss. On Friday afternoon, Alexander let his driving speak for itself as he emerged with the fastest lap of the 43-driver field to take provisional pole position at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta.

Alexander led the way with his 1:28.912, just 0.225 seconds faster than Vision Wheel M4 ECSTAR Suzuki’s Tyler Scott and 0.334 seconds ahead of his teammate PJ Jacobsen, with these three forming the provisional front row.

N2 Racing/BobbleHeadMoto’s Blake Davis, Tytlers Cycle Racing’s Stefano Mesa and Vision Wheel M4 ECSTAR Suzuki’s Teagg Hobbs provisionally formed the second row.

It was tight at the top, with nine riders qualifying within a second of Alexander’s best.

Junior Cup – Medina gets to work

Yandel Medina showed he is ready for the new season of Junior Cup racing, with the New Yorker leading the way on Friday to take provisional pole position on his New York Safety Track Racing Kawasaki Ninja 400.

Medina posted a lap of 1:42.976 to lead BARTCON Racing’s Eli Block by .765 of a second, while defending champion Avery Dreher was third with his lap of 1:43.768.

BSB Racing’s Trenton Keesee and Speed ​​Demon Racing’s Logan Cunnison rounded out the top five qualifiers on Friday.

BellissiMoto Twins Cup – Rocco leads Suzuki 1-2

RevZilla/Vance & Hines Suzuki’s Rocco Landers put his new Suzuki GSX-8R on provisional pole position in the BellissiMoto Twins Cup class at Road Atlanta on Friday afternoon with a best lap of 1:33.150.

Landers, the all-time leader in the Twins Cup class, led Vision Wheel M4 ECSTAR Suzuki’s Rossi Moor by .610 second for a Suzuki one-two.

Daytona winner and championship leader Gus Rodio was third fastest on his Rodio Racing – Powered By Robem Engineering Aprilia and .665 of a second behind Landers’ best time. Giaccomoto Yamaha Racing’s Dominic Doyle and Rodio’s teammate Alessandro Di Mario completed the top five heading into Saturday’s Q2 session.

Mission King Of The Baggers – Bagger Bob gets it done

SDI/Roland Sands Racing/Indian Motorcycle’s Bobby Fong led Friday’s Mission King Of The Baggers qualifying session with a new Road Atlanta lap record of 1:29.528.

Second fastest on the opening day was Troy Herfoss, the S&S/Indian Motorcycle-backed Australian who was just 0.192 seconds behind Fong’s best on his first visit to Road Atlanta.

Championship points leader Kyle Wyman was third fastest on the factory Harley-Davidson, despite crashing in 10-A early in the session. Wyman’s best was 0.265 seconds slower than Fong’s.

Defending Mission King Of The Baggers champion Hayden Gillim set the fourth fastest time, a few tenths faster than his rookie teammate Rocco Landers.

The session was a bit of a crash fest as Kyle Wyman wasn’t the only faller. He was joined in the 10-A gravel by his teammate James Rispoli and his brother Travis Wyman. Tyler O’Hara was also a faller in the session.

Friday photos available HERE

Friday results:

Steel Commander Superbike
Super sport
Mission King of the Baggers
Junior Cup
BellissiMoto Twins Cup

Complete practice, qualifying and race results are available HERE.

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