The following is from Yamaha…

Yamaha’s JD Beach (center) won both Supersport races at Sonoma Raceway.

Monster Energy/Yamalube/Yamaha Factory Racing’s Cameron Beaubier wrapped up a flawless weekend at Sonoma Raceway on Sunday with another dominant performance in Superbike Race 2. Leading every lap and session of the weekend, the Northern California native emerged from his home race with a double-victory and a 63-point lead in the prestigious MotoAmerica Superbike Championship.

In Supersport action, Monster Energy/Yamaha Extended Service/Graves/Yamaha’s JD Beach also notched a perfect score in Sonoma, making for an incredible weekend for the Yamaha bLU cRU at Round 7 of the MotoAmerica AMA/FIM North American Road Racing Championship. Beach’s Race 2 victory now gives him a 100-point lead in the Supersport Championship.

History tends to repeat itself at Sonoma Raceway, with Beaubier’s double-victories matching his 2017 performance and Beach duplicating the double-victories achieved by Gerloff in the Supersport class in 2017. Together, their performances reinforce the dominance of Yamaha’s mighty R1 and nimble R6 at the legendary road course that all started when Josh Hayes claimed the very first R1 Superbike victory at Sonoma Raceway in 2009.

Monster Energy/Yamalube/Yamaha Factory Racing Superbike Team

As the green flag waived to signal the start of Superbike Race 2, Cameron Beaubier made it clear that he was out to win as he piloted his R1 to a commanding lead from the start of the race. Beaubier and the team worked hard throughout the weekend to find the perfect set-up for the technical Sonoma course, and it paid off with more than a 9-second gap on the competition by the middle of the race. In true champion form, Beaubier gave his hometown crowd of fans lots to cheer for when he crossed the finish line, claiming victory 6.5 seconds ahead of Toni Elias in the runner-up position.

Garrett Gerloff launched from the starting grid to a top-five position, keeping himself within striking distance of the podium battle early on. The Superbike rookie stalked Yamaha bLU cRU rider Mathew Scholtz for the first 15 laps as he sized up the passing opportunities. With seven laps to go, Gerloff pulled the trigger and powered his R1 into the fourth-place position. Gerloff continued to push towards the podium battle ahead, and ultimately crossed the finish line in fourth place.

Cameron Beaubier – #6 YZF-R1

“I’m so happy! I don’t know what it is about this place but I feel like my bike and my style work so good at this track. I don’t know if it’s riding in front of my hometown, or my family and friends or what but I’m just kind of speechless right now. It feels really good. We were able to increase our points lead, which was the most important thing and getting out of here with two wins. We came into this weekend pretty confident thinking that we could get it done, and we did, so hats off to the entire team. I just really enjoyed myself this weekend.”

Garrett Gerloff – #31 YZF-R1

“Today I had more expectations than what happened. I really expected myself to have a good first couple of laps and be right there with Josh [Herrin] and Toni [Elias], at least fighting for that second or third spot, but after a pretty embarrassing first four laps I found myself battling for fourth with Jake Lewis and Mathew Scholtz and they were riding really good. Mathew kind of fell off at the end at I was able to capitalize on it, but I’m really just disappointed with the weekend in general. I felt good coming in, especially after a great weekend in Utah, and I really felt like this was going to be a good stepping stone weekend. In the end, I learned some things and it’s not failing if you learn something. I learned some things about setup and I’m going to take that to the next round in Pittsburgh.

Pittsburgh is a track that I really like and it’s kind of an advantage for me because it’s a track that really nobody has ridden on too much. We only had it two times last year – a test and a race – so it’s still a little bit new for everybody so I feel like I’ll have a little bit more of an advantage at that one. It’s a really fun track, very flowing and has a lot of really cool sections and smooth pavement. All-in-all, I think we learned a lot this weekend and we’ll have a really good bike for two hard races and we’re going to try and get it done.” 

Tom Halverson – Team Manager

“What a fantastic weekend for us, another double-win! Cam was just so dominant here at Sonoma and we’re all super excited to come out of here with a 63-point lead at this point in the championship. Garrett took another fourth-place today and he did great. The learning process continues and I think he’s going to be strong at Pittsburgh. This track [Sonoma Raceway] is very, very difficult on a Superbike, which everyone knows. Congrats to the entire team, we had a little fire drill this morning and everyone pulled together and did a great job, so hats off to everyone involved.”

2018 MotoAmerica Superbike Standings – 14 of 20 Series Races Completed

Pos.                Rider                                                      Points

1                     Cameron Beaubier – Yamaha        298
2                     Toni Elias – Suzuki                              235
3                     Josh Herrin – Yamaha                      187
4                     Mathew Scholtz – Yamaha              163
5                     Garrett Gerloff – Yamaha               157
7                     Kyle Wyman – Yamaha                   116              

Monster Energy/Yamaha Extended Service/Graves/Yamaha Supersport Team

Beach once again pulled out all the stops to maintain the lead in Supersport Race 2 from start to finish. He powered his Monster Energy/Yamaha Extended Service/Graves/Yamaha R6 to the front right off the start and he never looked back as he held off a hard-charging Valentin Debise for 19 laps of high-speed racing. Beach’s double victory at Sonoma gives the points leader a six-race winning streak after 11 races completed this season.

JD Beach – #95 YZF-R6

“That was a hard race, almost every lap I came around and saw ‘plus zero’ on the board. I could hear both of them [Valentin Debise and Hayden Gillim] right on me. We started getting a bit of a gap to Hayden but Valentin was right there. My R6 was working great, we definitely did our homework last night and I feel like my pace was good, especially considering this was one of my worst tracks last year.”

Chuck Graves – Team Owner

“JD Beach continued to show his dominance in the Supersport class today, and his race strategy was well thought-out. I’m really happy to see him continue to extend his championship points lead on the R6, and we’re looking forward to Pittsburgh in a couple of weeks.”

2018 MotoAmerica Supersport Standings – 11 of 17 Series Races Completed

Pos.                Rider                                                  Points

1                      JD Beach – Yamaha                      265
2                      Hayden Gillim – Yamaha             165
3                      Valentin Debise – Suzuki               125 

Additional Yamaha bLU cRU Rider Notes

Attack Performance/Herrin Compound/Yamaha’s Josh Herrin gave it his all on Sunday in a hard-fought Superbike Race 2 battle. Herrin once again diced back-and-forth with reigning MotoAmerica Superbike Champion Toni Elias in a close battle for second. Herrin kept the pressure on Elias in the final laps but a mistake late in the race cost him the opportunity to make a lasting impression, where he finished a hard-fought third in Race 2.

Rickdiculous Racing’s Hayden Gillim put forth a great effort in Supersport Race 2 to land his R6 atop the podium once again with third-place. With a solid string of podium finishes thus far, Gillim maintains second overall in the Supersport Championship standings.

It was a pivotal day for the Graves/Yamaha R3 Support Program as MP13 Racing’s Cory Ventura rode his R3 to the top of the MotoAmerica Junior Cup podium for Sunday’s Race 2. It was a career-first victory for Ventura in the class, and it closely followed a once-in-a-lifetime learning experience at the VR46 Master Camp in Italy. In addition to bringing a wealth of knowledge into the race weekend, Ventura and the other Graves/Yamaha R3 Support Program riders received riding tips and advice from Yamaha bLU cRU Rider Coach Josh Hayes.

“Today’s MotoAmerica Junior Cup race was a breakthrough moment for the Graves/Yamaha-supported R3 racers, with Cory Ventura scoring the top position on the podium, and many other riders improving their results,” said Chuck Graves. “Everyone worked really hard to improve settings that benefitted all of the riders, and I was very proud to see that it resulted in podium finishes this weekend.”

Tom Halverson added, “That was very exciting. We got to be a part of taking Cory [Ventura] to Italy for the VR46 Master Camp and it was really great seeing how he did over there and getting the reports back on what he learned and how excited he was. I think it really paid off here, we knew he had the potential anyways, but maybe it was just a little bit extra that he gave to pull off that win. Congratulations to him, his parents and the entire Graves organization for putting such a great program together for the R3s and hopefully we can repeat that in Pittsburgh.”

The Yamaha bLU cRU riders will head to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on August 24-26 for Round 8 of the 2018 MotoAmerica AMA/FIM North American Road Racing Championship series at Pittsburgh International Race Complex. For complete schedule details, visit: https://motoamerica.com/.

The following is from Suzuki…

Toni Elias put his Yoshimura Suzuki on the podium in both Motul Superbike races at Sonoma.

Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing’s Toni Elias tallied a solid weekend in MotoAmerica Superbike Championship racing at Sonoma Raceway. Elias raced his Yoshimura Suzuki GSX-R1000 to a pair of podium finishes with a third in Saturday’s race one before improving to finish runner up in Sunday’s race.

In his last race in Sonoma, fellow Yoshimura Suzuki rider Roger Hayden nailed down two top-10 finishes, with a sixth and seventh at the doubleheader weekend in the heart of Northern California wine country.

Elias got great starts and battled up front all weekend, but ultimately no one could match the pace of series leader Cameron Beaubier, who won both races.

“We came away with a couple of podium finishes and found improvements with the bike in Sunday’s race,” said Elias, the defending MotoAmerica Superbike Champion. “Cameron has a fantastic feeling for this track and he is riding the best I’ve seen since I’ve been here.

“Obviously I would like to get the feeling for the bike I had earlier in the season, but sometimes you do not have it and this is where we are at the moment. We will continue to work hard to find solutions and my goal is to get back to winning races so that we might be able to apply a little pressure on the competition.”

For Hayden the Sonoma weekend was bittersweet. He was racing in his first event since announcing his retirement from racing at the end of this season. He was overwhelmed by the well wishes he received from fans, but was not satisfied with his results on the track. He experienced arm pump in both races.

“For whatever reason I’ve never got along with this track and that carried over to this weekend,” Hayden said. “But on the positive side I was taken aback by the warmth of fans here. They were so kind in telling me how they followed my career and how they wished me well as I move on to the next stage in my life. For that alone I’ll always have a good memory of my last race here. “

“Now we move on to Pittsburgh. I had pretty good luck there last year, so I’m hoping to find it again this time around.”

Elias remains second in the series after 14 of 20 races. He is 63 points behind Beaubier. Hayden moved up a position from ninth to eighth in the MotoAmerica Superbike standings.

Next up for Yoshimura Suzuki is the Championship of Pittsburgh, MotoAmerica round eight scheduled for August 24th through the 26th at the Pittsburgh International Race Complex. Visit www.MotoAmerica.com for event ticket information  You can catch MotoAmerica racing action televised on beIN Sports.

 

The following is from Team Hammer…

Valentin Debise earned Team Hammer’s 199th career podium finish with his second in the second Supersport race.

Team Hammer took another step in its long and storied history on Sunday at Sonoma Raceway, securing its 199th AMA Pro/MotoAmerica National podium finish.

The achievement came courtesy of M4 ECSTAR Suzuki’s Valentin Debise, who weathered Sunday’s torrid pace to come home a strong second in MotoAmerica Supersport Race 2.

From the start of the race, the Frenchman attacked aggressively and spent the majority of the race battling the leader, their relentless pace leaving the chasing pack behind. In fact, Debise finished faster than Saturday’s winning race time en route to second place on Sunday.

Despite missing out on the victory, Debise said he was pleased with his own performance as well as that of his crew. “The race was really, really fast. With those lap times, we were not far from a front-running Superbike pace,” Debise said. “Even if the battle for the lead wasn’t crazy, the pace was so fast that the race was very entertaining for me. I was pushing really hard the entire way while trying to not make any mistakes. I almost crashed in the last corner after six laps and after that save, I thought I should calm down. But I still kept my head down, put in some good laps, and finished close to the win. It was a good improvement. Once again, thank you to my M4 ECSTAR Suzuki crew; as always, they did an awesome job, and it’s always a big pleasure to work with them. I cannot wait to race again in two weeks.”

Even though Debise missed the opening four races of the season while recovering from injury, he now ranks third in Supersport championship points on the strength of six podium results since his return.

M4 medAge Suzuki’s Nick McFadden and M4 RiCK! Suzuki’s Daytona Anderson finished ninth and 14th, respectively, in Supersport Race 2. McFadden ran as high as 5th early on and his finish was enough to move him up to 4th in the championship point standings behind Debise. Anderson currently ranks 15th.

Meanwhile, Debise’s M4 ECSTAR Suzuki teammate, Jake Lewis, put in another impressive performance in MotoAmerica Superbike Race 2.

Lewis was engaged in a multi-rider fight for fourth over the race’s opening half, eventually becoming embroiled in a close, two-rider shootout for fifth as the laps ticked away. The Kentuckian stalked his opponent but, ultimately finished in sixth, just 0.225-second from notching up his 10th Superbike top-five result of the year.

“I put in a much better ride and my pace was good throughout,” said Lewis. “Can’t be bummed as we worked hard all weekend and I gave it my best. Thanks to the whole M4 ECSTAR Suzuki team for the hard work. See you all in Pittsburg!” Lewis is sixth in the Superbike point standings.

Team Hammer will be primed and eager to score its 200th AMA Pro/MotoAmerica National podium when the 2018 MotoAmerica AMA/FIM North American Road Racing season resumes at Pittsburgh International Race Complex, in Wampum, PA, on August 24-26.

The following is from KWR…

Kyle Wyman finished eighth and ninth in the two Superbike races at Sonoma Raceway.

The KWR team of Kyle Wyman and Bryce Prince fought hard for solid finishes this past weekend at the Cycle Gear Championship of Sonoma Raceway. Wyman posted 8th/9th place finishes in Superbike, while Prince posted up 4th/5th place spots in the Supersport class on his Let’s Ride Track Days/KWR Yamaha YZF-R6.

Wyman’s weekend was off to a rough start as the team battled mechanical troubles, one of which put him on the ground early on in morning practice. An engine failure sidelined Wyman for a large portion of the afternoon session, but the Lucas Oil/KWR crew pushed on for Saturday with the end goal in mind.

“Going into Friday I was feeling really good about our plan for the weekend,” Wyman said. “Sometimes in racing things don’t go your way, and Friday was a harsh reminder of what can go wrong. For the laps that I made, I really felt like we were on the path to progress with my R1, but to miss so much track time we really found ourselves on our heels for the rest of the weekend.”

The team’s Friday plan rolled over into Saturday and the KWR crew went to work for the 25min free practice session, where Wyman ended up 10th fastest. While battling grip issues, the team made changes for the Superpole session. A miscommunication on lap count caused Wyman to miss his second qualifying tire lap, and the first was only good enough for 11th on the grid.

Wyman got a good start in Race one from the fourth row, and fought his way from 11th up to 8th, for a finish that gave the KWR crew plenty of data that they had been desperately seeking from the missed Friday sessions. After a large change to the bike for Sunday morning warm up, Wyman found the grip he had been missing for many rounds.

“In Sunday morning warm up we really found something with a big change in swingarm pivot of the bike,” Wyman said. “We finally found some grip, even on the used tire we had on the bike, and I was really excited for the race. I think we got a little greedy and tried to improve the bike even more, and ended up going in the wrong direction for the race. All in all, we really did make some progress despite our limited laps over the weekend. It was enough to give us a good direction for the remaining three rounds on the schedule.”

Wyman finished 9th in race two after a race-long battle with Danny Eslick, the two who have been seemingly linked together in battles all year long. Wyman retains 7th place in the championship standings after 7 rounds of the series, a few places better than his career-best 10th place overall in the 2017 championship.

“I’m confident that we will have something for the boys come Pittsburgh,” Wyman added. “The last three rounds on the schedule are back on home turf for me, and tracks that I really enjoy and understand how to go fast at. I’m looking forward to sorting out our remaining issues and making the most of what’s ahead of us.”

Season-best points paying weekend for Prince at Sonoma Raceway

After finding support from Let’s Ride Track Days, a California-based motorcycle track time organization, Bryce Prince scored his best finishes of the season at Sonoma Raceway for the KWR team. Prince had a seamless weekend where he built on results from the Utah weekend, and finished 4th and 5th in Supersport races one and two respectively. Prince was closer to the leaders than he’s been all season in both races.

“After finding a really good base setup at the last round, I knew our chances were good to fight for the podium at Sonoma,” Prince said. “We had such a good bike that I could really focus on my riding all weekend and the results showed. I felt really comfortable on my Let’s Ride Track Days R6 and I can’t wait to finish the season with our team’s confidence at an all time high. While we have found our best results of the season as of late, our goal is to be on the podium and I’m looking forward to the opportunity at Pittsburgh.”

Prince sits 7th in the Supersport championship, only 6 points out of 4th. He’ll be looking to fight forward at Pittsburgh in two week’s time. The next round of the MotoAmerica championship is at Pittsburgh International Race Complex August 24-26, 2018. Stay tuned on the @kylewyman and @kwr_sbk Instagram pages to check in on the team’s progress.

Visit www.kylewymanracing.com for more team information.
The following is from Omega Moto Yamaha…

Geoff May scored a top 10 finish in the Cycle Gear Championship of Sonoma.

The collaboration between Omega Moto Yamaha and veteran superbike rider Geoff May took another step forward at the MotoAmerica Championship of Sonoma.

May scored another MotoAmerica Superbike Class top-10 finish and continued the development of the team’s Yamaha YZF-R1 package.

In Saturday’s Race 1 May got a good start from 12th place on the grid and steadily worked his way up to a ninth-place finish. In Sunday’s Race 2, May was not able to make the same progress through the field but scored another points-paying finish and furnished the team with the data it needs to continue improving the bike.

Both May and the team are aiming to continue improving their results and take even bigger strides with their program at the upcoming MotoAmerica Championship of Pittsburgh Aug. 24-26. The fast, flowing nature of the 2.78-mile, 19-turn circuit should suit the strengths of the R1.

The team would like to thank all of its current marketing partners for their support this season. Additional sponsorship opportunities are available with the team for the remaining three rounds of the 2018 MotoAmerica Superbike season. Those interested in learning about the benefits of working with Omega Moto as a marketing partner can contact Team Principal Ken Chewey at info@omegomoto.co.

Geoff May / #99
“I feel that Sonoma was another step in the right direction for us. It was great to be back out on the bike, and we found more speed in our Yamaha R1 as the weekend progressed. We are continuing to grow as a team, and I expect our progress will continue at the next round at Pittsburgh.”

Ken Chewey / Team Principal
“It was another weekend of progress for us at the Championship of Sonoma. We made some improvements to the bike from Utah and are continuing to develop our Yamaha R1 around Geoff’s riding style. While the on-track results are not improving as fast as we’d like, the data show that we are making big strides with our bike’s setup and performance. We are expecting to be battling further up the grid before the end of the 2018 season. Pittsburgh is a track that should suit our bike better than Sonoma and we are aiming to continue our current progress there.”

The following is from Weir Everywhere Racing…

Travis Wyman ended up third in the Stock 1000 race at Sonoma Raceway.

Evol Technology/Weir Everywhere Racing BMW rider Travis Wyman maintained his bid for his first MotoAmerica championship Sunday at Sonoma Raceway.

Despite a difficult start the race, Wyman maintained his poise and was able to pilot the team’s BMW S 1000 RR to a third-place finish at the MotoAmerica Championship of Sonoma. Wyman remains one of two riders who have a realistic chance of winning the inaugural MotoAmerica Stock 1000 Class Championship.

Wyman got a mediocre start from second-place on the grid and had near-crash early in the first lap. He maintained his focus in spite of the early setbacks and quickly found himself in a four-way battle for the last two podium positions. The group was running a fast, aggressive pace. Wyman elected to hang at the back of the group and save his tires to make a big push at the end of the race. Just as Wyman was executing his strategy, the race was red-flagged and ended three laps early. Wyman had moved up to third place just before the race was stopped and ended up scoring his third podium finish of the season.

The 16 championship points Wyman earned at Sonoma have kept him within reach of the class title ahead of the series’ return to east coast. With three rounds remaining at tracks Wyman possesses ample experience racing on, he remains a strong contender to take home BMW’s first MotoAmerica title.

The Stock 1000 Class will next compete at the MotoAmerica Championship of Pittsburgh. Wyman’s experience racing at the circuit and its fast, flowing, 2.78-mile, 19-turn layout should be a good fit for the team’s BMW package.

Wyman and the entire Weir Everywhere Racing team would like to thank Evol Technology for stepping up to be the team’s title sponsor for the MotoAmerica Championship of Sonoma. Additional title sponsorship opportunities are available for the remaining three rounds of the MotoAmerica season. Contact Wyman at twyman33@gmail.com to learn more.

Travis Wyman / #24
“I didn’t get the best start and was struggling with the bike’s new setup early in the race. The pace of the group I was racing was intense, so I decided to let them battle and make a push at the end of the race. Just as I was my making my move to the front of the group, one of them crashed and the red flag came out. It’s too bad the race ended early, as I felt I had a good chance of moving up another position. I am happy to get a strong finish after the bad luck we had at the last two rounds and am happy to be rounding out the season at tracks I know well. I had a really good pace going in the Supersport race at Pittsburgh last year and have done a lot of laps around that track. I think the track will really suit our BMW S 1000 RR package and I am aiming to be back on the top step of the podium there. I can’t thank Evol Technology enough for their increased sponsorship support this weekend. It was great featuring them as our title sponsor for Sonoma.”

Steve Weir / Crew Chief
“Overall it was a good weekend. We didn’t have the pace we were hoping for, but Travis was really coming on at the end of the race. Unfortunately, the red flag cut his charge to the front short, but Travis did well at a track he has not raced at in five years. I am really excited for the next round at Pittsburgh International Race Complex. The track layout really suits our BMW package and I am expecting good things there.”

The following is from Yamalube/Westby Racing…

Mathew Scholtz rebounded from a tough Saturday to finish fifth on Sunday.

Sonoma Raceway is arguably the most-technical, most-challenging track on the MotoAmerica schedule. The 2.52-mile, 12-turn undulating road course is difficult to master, particularly on a Superbike with more than 200 horsepower. And, for Mathew Scholtz, that seemed to be the case in Saturday’s Race 1, if not Sunday’s Race 2.

Saturday got off to a great start for Mathew and his Yamalube/Westby Racing team as they qualified second in Superpole and earned a front-row start. But, when the race went green, Mathew struggled off the line, and as he tried to make up positions on the opening lap, he crashed and damaged his #11 Yamaha YZF-R1 Superbike’s steering components. Determined to continue, he got back under way, but the damage to his bike caused him to crash a second time, which created additional damage, resulting in the South African bringing the bike back into the pits and calling it a day.

The team repaired the bike, regrouped overnight, and Mathew was third-fastest in the Sunday morning warmup session, restoring his confidence for the afternoon’s Superbike Race 2. At the start, Mathew got one of the best jumps he’s had all year and immediately looked to be headed for a podium finish on the day. Unfortunately, though, as the laps wound down, the challenging track’s hard-braking zones created arm-pump problems for Mathew, and he faded but still managed to finish fifth on the day.

The weekend’s results moved Mathew from third place down to fourth in the Championship standings with three rounds and six races left to go in the season.

Commenting on his weekend, Mathew said, “Yesterday, we didn’t get too much data from the race (because of the crash), so we were concentrating on having a solid finish to Sunday’s race. The morning warmup was really positive for us, and I was confident going into Race 2. I got a good jump off the line, which hasn’t been the case too much this year, so it felt good that I didn’t have to try to pass a bunch of guys in the early laps of the race. We got to lap seven or eight, and I started getting arm pump really bad, which is a problem that I’ve had at Sonoma in the past. I just couldn’t hang on to the bike very well, and I began dropping back. All in all, I’m pretty happy that we managed to finish fifth. The guys worked really hard all weekend long, and I’m sorry to them that I crashed on Saturday because I gave them a lot of extra work to do. I’m looking forward to Pittsburgh where we did well last year on the Superstock 1000 bike. We’ve got more horsepower with this Superbike this year, and Pittsburgh is one of my favorite tracks.

As Mathew alluded to, Round 8 of the 2018 MotoAmerica Superbike Championship will take place at Pittsburgh International Race Complex in Wampum, Pennsylvania on August 14 through 26.

Alex Dumas finished second in the Liqui Moly Junior Cup Race at Sonoma Raceway.

It was a weekend of stellar comebacks for KTM Orange Brigade riders Alex Dumas and Sean Ungvarsky at the MotoAmerica Championship of Sonoma.

Dumas and Ungvarsky riders rebounded from unfortunate errors in Saturday’s Race 1 to capture a second-place and sixth-place finishes, respectively, in Sunday’s Race 2 on Sonoma Raceway’s 2.22-mile circuit. Dumas ended the event still atop the championship points standings, and Ungvarsky got up to speed quickly at a technical, demanding track he had not raced at before. Ungvarsky and his crew also made big strides with the setup of his KTM RC 390 R.

Dumas got a good start in Race 1 from third on the grid and was immediately battling for the lead of the race. After taking the lead on Lap 5, he approached the track’s bumpy final corner and tried taking a different line to protect his lead. Unfortunately, Dumas lost traction on the front tire, crashed, and was unable to rejoin the race due to a broken-off handlebar. Ungvarsky got a good start in Race 1. He had moved up to ninth place on Lap 3 but made a mistake and ran off track on Lap 4. Ungvarsky rejoined the race in 17th place and raced his way to an 10th-place finish.

Dumas went into Sunday’s Race 2 looking for redemption and found it. He got another good start and was in the group battling for the lead again. Dumas battled hard with the lead riders but was waiting to show his true pace until the end of the race. Just as Dumas was making his move for the lead with three laps to go, the race was red flag due to another rider’s crash on the front straight. The race was not restarted, and Dumas was forced to settle for a second-place finish.

The team made some major set up changes to Ungvarsky’s bike between Race 1 and Race 2. The changes were immediately evident in Race 2. He got a great start and moved up four positions in five laps. Ungvarsky spent the remaining laps of the race in an intense battle for the top five and was running in sixth-place when the race was red flagged.

The MotoAmerica Junior Cup’s next round will take place at Pittsburgh International Race Complex in Wampum, Pa., Aug. 24-26. It was the facility’s first time hosting a MotoAmerica event in 2017, and Dumas quickly developed an affinity for the undulating, 2.780-mile, 19-turn circuit. He won both KTM RC 390 Cup races that weekend and will be aiming for a repeat performance at the 2018 Championship of Pittsburgh. The facility also is one of the few circuits on the MotoAmerica Junior Cup calendar that Ungvarsky has experience racing at.

Sean Ungvarsky / #48

“This weekend was all about progress for myself and my crew. We made huge strides every session with our bike set up. Our pace at the end of the weekend was very good. I had an unfortunate off-track excursion in Race 1 but got back on the track, put my head down, and was able to get my KTM RC 390 R into the top 10 at the finish line. I am looking forward to taking what we learned this weekend into the next round at Pittsburgh International Race Complex. I did well there last year and am hoping for an even stronger performance this year.”

Chris Fillmore / Team Manager

“Saturday was very tough for our riders. Alex took a new line into the last corner and lost the front after he hit a big bump in the track. It was Sean’s first time racing at Sonoma and he was making good progress as the weekend progressed. Sean’s pace in Race 1 was good but wasn’t apparent because he ran off-track early in the race. Sunday was really good for both riders. Alex had a tough break with the red flag coming out just has he was executing his race strategy and making his move for the lead. We threw a big set-up change at Sean’s bike on Sunday to make him more comfortable. It really worked for him and he was running as high as fifth in Sunday’s race. I am expecting good things from both riders at the next round at Pittsburgh. Alex swept the weekend on a KTM there last year, and Sean scored two strong finishes there in his first races of his 2017 season. Hopefully both riders’ experience will help them perform well, as well as help Alex extend his championship points lead.”