Second place at New Jersey Motorsports Park in wet conditions for the Oregon native.
Oregon’s Andy DiBrino is no stranger to racing in the rain. Now in his second year competing in the MotoAmerica Superstock 600 class on an ICON/ MotoSport.com/DiBrino Racing Yamaha YZF-R6, the 21-year-old finished second in Supersport/Superstock 600 Race 2 on Sunday, May 1, at New Jersey Motorsports Park. It was DiBrino’s first podium appearance.
DiBrino led the original start of the race, prior to the red flag caused by multiple incidents in Turn 2 on the Thunderbolt Raceway. “My crew chief, Eric Dorn of EDR Performance, really helped me get the bike dialed in for the rain,” DiBrino said. “We had previous rain settings for the bike, and my K-Tech Suspension was working great. This gave me the confidence to run with the Supersport guys at the beginning of the race.”
On the restart, DiBrino once again found himself leading his class, but this time with the challenge of Dakota Mamola on the final lap.
“Dakota was able to get underneath me going into Turn 5,” DiBrino said. “I may have been able to hold him off, but I didn’t want to risk crashing out of what would sure be my first podium finish. It was a great feeling leading all those laps, and I’m very happy with second.
“This was my first time in the position to podium and potentially win a race, and to manage that in such treacherous track conditions, I’m more than satisfied. A lot of experienced racers went down out there. Second will be a great result for me to build from.”
DiBrino is now tied with JC Camacho for third in the Superstock 600 standings. DiBrino and his team will be back in action at one of his favorite tracks, Virginia International Raceway, in less than two weeks for the fourth round of the MotoAmerica series.