Quicksilver LEXIN Hudson Motorcycles will field two riders in the 2018 MotoAmerica Championship, with Bobby Fong joining the team and switching to a new bike and new race class for the upcoming season. Fong will race with his familiar competition number 50 now on a Quicksilver LEXIN Hudson Motorcycles Yamaha YZF-R1 Superbike after competing in Superstock 1000 for Latus Motorsports in 2017.
Richie Escalante, a familiar name in MotoAmerica racing from two years ago, has returned to the paddock after spending a year racing in his native Mexico. Escalante will be aboard the #54 Quicksilver LEXIN Hudson Motorcycles Yamaha YZF-R6 where he will compete in the Supersport class.
Splitting his time between Fong and Escalante is crew chief Rocky Stargel, a man very familiar to virtually everyone in the MotoAmerica paddock. Stargel has worked with a whole host of motorcycle road racing champions, from Chuck Sorensen back in the AMA 250GP Championship days to Bryce Prince, who won the 2016 MotoAmerica Superstock 600 title. And, whether it’s two-stroke production GP racers, middleweight sportbikes, or fire-breathing MotoAmerica Superbikes like Fong’s #50 R1, Stargel has been there, done that, and is aiming to do it again in 2018.
According to Quicksilver LEXIN Hudson Motorcycles team co-owner Mark Shinder, “Rocky Stargel and (mechanic) Jimmy Lee are the strength of this team. They built the bikes, coach the riders, and run the show for us. We’re so lucky to have the two of them, along with our team sponsors Helmet Sounds, LEXIN Electronics, Evol Technology, FT ECU, Superbike Unlimited, and of course, our title sponsor Quicksilver.”
Quicksilver is a name familiar in MotoAmerica. The marine and powersports parts, accessories, and engine care products brand was most recently partnered with Latus Motorsports but, with Latus deciding not to field a MotoAmerica team in 2018, Quicksilver had an opportunity to partner with Hudson Motorcycles.
For Mark Shinder and his brother Daniel, who co-own Hudson Motorcycles, the confluence of Quicksilver, Stargel, Fong, and Escalante was almost divine intervention.
“Everything just came together perfectly for my brother Daniel and me,” said Mark. “We’ve got two proven, race-winning riders and also a proven multiple-Championship-winning crew.”
Hudson Motorcycles is one of the nation’s largest motorcycle dealer service alternatives. With a 20,000-square-foot building right in the heart of Los Angeles, Mark and Daniel Shinder handle everything from simple oil changes, to track day bike prep work, to full-on Superbike builds. They have an in-house dyno, do extended warranty work on all brands of motorcycles, and they are also a GEICO Motorcycle Insurance-authorized service facility.
“Our Dad originally started our company as Hudson Collision, which was a very successful auto-body shop in southern California,” said Mark. “Over the years, Daniel and I transitioned the family business so that it now focuses on our main passion, which is motorcycles. We’re motorcycle enthusiasts, first and foremost, but our passion really comes out when it comes to motorcycle road racing. We’re very proud to be part of the MotoAmerica paddock.”