A day of exciting racing and MotoAmerica firsts support class battles at Road Atlanta

Close racing was the order of the day as the MotoAmerica Championship entered its 10the The racing season with the four support classes ended the day with a combined margin of victory of just 1.5 seconds (for an average of 0.389 seconds) at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta on Saturday.

The day’s winners included a few firsts. For starters, there was one Firsttime winner in the Junior Cup class, with Matthew Chapin scoring his debut MotoAmerica win, and the Rahal Ducati Moto team taking its First-ever Supersport victory with PJ Jacobsen riding the team’s Ducati Panigale V2 to victory.

Additionally, Troy Herfoss won the Mission King Of The Baggers race in his First visit to Road Atlanta, and Rocco Landers rode a Suzuki GSX-8R to victory in the BellissiMoto Twins Cup race for the new motorcycle First Win the Twins Cup.

A day of exciting racing and Motoamerica firsts support class battles at Road Atlanta
Troy Herfoss (1) defeated Kyle Wyman (33) and Hayden Gillim (1) to win the Mission King Of The Baggers at Road Atlanta on Saturday. Photo by Brian J. Nelson

Mission King of the Baggers – Aussie, Aussie, Aussie

S&S/Indian Motorcycle’s Troy Herfoss continues to impress with the Australian winning his second Mission King Of The Baggers race of the year at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta on a sunny Saturday.

Herfoss, who won the three-lap Mission King Of The Baggers Challenge earlier in the day, sat behind Harley-Davidson Factory Racing’s Kyle Wyman for four of the eight laps before passing the championship points leader to take the win, albeit by only 0.615 seconds.

Third place went to RevZilla/Motul/Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson’s Hayden Gillim, with the Kentuckian taking his first podium finish of the season in the fifth Baggers race of the year.

Herfoss’ win over Wyman halved a 10-point lead and the two are now just five points apart.

“It is a very nice circuit. As I always say, there is a lot to learn, but the Indian Challenger has a great basic setup. I can coast and don’t have to think about the bike. I can learn the song. It’s just really important to be patient at this point. The first session I was a bit frustrated after the P1 session. I just feel like I peaked in the middle of the session and then I was probably a little bit closer than I thought I would be in the first few laps, and then I got out and got excited. As we all know, these bikes are so big that you can’t drive over them. So that was a little frustrating. I just had to reset there. It probably stopped progress for us. It is funny. I’m sitting here with a Challenge win and a race win and I’m criticizing myself. It’s such a long year. Kyle (Wyman) has just seen me three laps and the race continues. These guys both keep an eye on me during the races. I crossed the line first in this one and there are still 13 races to go. They know a little more about me and I know a little more about them. The way things are going, it will be a chess match all year round. When I signed up for this, there were a lot of DNFs, and consistency would win out. This year it’s like pure speed and consistency is what you need. It’s an elite championship and all these guys, especially the guys next to me here, are putting in a big effort, and so am I.”

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Avery Dreher crashed out of the lead in the Junior Cup class, handing the win to Matthew Chapin. Photo by Brian J. Nelson

Junior Cup – A first for Chapin

Saturday’s race started with MotoAmerica’s rookie riders, who always put on a great show in the Junior Cup Championship. There are many new faces in the Junior Cup this year as several riders have moved on to other racing classes. However, Bad Boys Racing’s Avery Dreher, who also races in the BellissiMoto Twins Cup Championship, is defending his 2023 Junior Cup Championship. And for a while it looked like the rider of number one Kawasaki would win the race. Unfortunately, after increasing his lead to a comfortable distance, he made a mistake and crashed. That left a group of riders to fight for the win, and they did.

BARTCON Racing’s rookie rider Matthew Chapin took the first win of his young career by 0.072 seconds over polesitter Ryan Wolfe, who earned his first career podium aboard his Wolfe Racing Kawasaki. Third place went to New York Safety Track Racing’s Yandel Medina for the second podium of his career.

“I was stuck in the back of the pack the whole time,” Chapin said. “People were just bombarding me. I couldn’t really get anything done. But I knew that if I was patient, I could get the draft, because I’m a lot smaller than everyone else. I don’t weigh much, so I knew I could get in line. At the end I passed Ryan on the inside. He came back on the outside, and I think it was in Turn 11, I passed him back on the inside for the win. I’m so excited right now. Words can’t even express it. I’m so excited.”

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Rocco Landers (97) won the BellissiMoto Twins Cup race on Saturday, giving the Suzuki GSX-8R its first victory. Photo by Brian J. Nelson

BellissiMoto Twins Cup – Suzuki’s first with the GSX-8R

The Suzuki GSX-8R has joined the fray in the highly competitive BellissiMoto Twins Cup Championship, and in the first race, RevZilla/Motul Vance & Hines Suzuki rider Rocco Landers took the first MotoAmerica victory by 0.769 seconds over Rodio Racing – Powered by Robem Engineering Aprilia rider Gus Rodio. Rodio was followed across the finish line by his teammate and third place finisher Alessandro Di Mario.

“I knew I was decent in the first sector because the (Suzuki) just brakes and turns like a total dream,” Landers said. “I just tried to sit there and get past them and see if I could lead through the first sector and see what happened. Finally I was able to do that. I didn’t really look back, but based on the fact that no one came flying past me along the straight, I figured I had succeeded somewhat. The bike is incredibly fast as soon as you put it in sixth gear, but I knew I had to really work for it. Until then, we are working to make that power possible. It’s sick to get a win on this thing in the third race, on the second weekend. The team works so hard, my whole team. We haven’t started a session with the same setup as the previous session since we started it. The progress we have made is astonishing. The thing is so much different than when we rolled it out of the truck in Daytona. But it’s going to be quite a season with these guys, considering how well they’re riding. We’ll see where it goes.”

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PJ Jacobsen (15) defeated Blake Davis (22) to win the Supersport race at Road Atlanta on Saturday. Tyler Scott (70) crashed out of the lead. Photo by Brian J. Nelson

Supersport – Jacobsen gives Rahal victory no. 1

With 44 riders competing in Supersport at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta and several former Superbike riders joining the class for the 2024 season, we knew the level of competition would be at an all-time high. Saturday’s Supersport race did not disappoint as it was definitely one of the most exciting races of the day.

Vision Wheel M4 ECSTAR Suzuki rider Tyler Scott looked to have the race in hand, but unfortunately he suffered a heavy crash in the esses, which took him out of the race. At the front of the pack, N2 Racing/BobbleHeadMoto’s Blake Davis got his Yamaha into the lead, but PJ Jacobsen of Rahal Ducati Moto overtook Davis to cross the finish line just 0.103 seconds ahead of Davis.

Meanwhile, Mathew Scholtz, who had electrical problems with his Strack Racing Yamaha on Thursday and only managed to qualify 11th, worked his way through the pack and even led the race for a short time before bringing his bike home in third place for the last place. on the stage.

“First of all, I would like to express my gratitude to the Rahal Ducati Moto Team, XPEL and Roller Die,” said Jacobsen. “Actually, Richie Alexander, everyone on the whole team, because they’ve turned things around since Daytona. It’s a brand new team. Graham has done a great job, and so has Ben (Spies). I just want to thank them so much for putting this whole program together and getting Daytona even more on track. So it was very good to make progress. We did some tests and stuff. The team is super organized. It’s a really good environment there, so I’m really happy to be part of the whole program.

“But when I started the race now, I was quite nervous. First race of the year, and stuff like that. Everyone here is super close in terms of pace. But I tried to manage to stay in front there for a while, and then Tyler passed me and Blake passed me. Then I sat behind them and watched them do some work and see what they had. But unfortunately Tyler (Scott) crashed and I was really nervous because he crashed, and he kind of tumbled through, and I didn’t want to hit him. So I had my hands up. I thought there would be a red flag, but unfortunately that didn’t happen. That was because the bicycle was in the middle of the track. So it was a little scary for everyone behind me because I was the first one after Blake (Davis) to approach that. I was just really worried about Tyler and his body being there. It was quite vague. Hopefully he’s okay and all. Tyler is a great kid. We tried the whole race and everything. Bike rode great. My teammate, Corey, rode great, super great. Then (Mathew) Scholtz came by with two laps to go. I thought, ‘Man, this guy! What’s he doing?’ I thought, ‘Okay, I have to turn it up.’ I’m trying to keep Blake here and now I have Scholtz. So it was good. I knew some places where Blake was struggling a little bit, and I knew that if I hadn’t gotten the draft, as someone in me did on that last lap, I would have tried Blake, and I knew roughly where to get it . So when he passed me in 10A, I actually knew that I could have had a really good chance in the last corner in 12. At that moment I went for it. Halfway through the race I was looking forward to it for a few laps. It was a really good race and everyone rode really well. I think Supersport is going to be quite interesting this year. There is a lot of fast talent in that class.”

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