South African will not continue to Round 3 at VIR with ADR Motorsports
Sometimes reality gets in the way of dreams. Cameron Petersen made the difficult choice this past week to put his personal goals on hold in large part out of respect for his father, former champion rider Robbie Petersen.
As a result of this decision, the 22-year-old Petersen will not continue to race the Fly Racing/Motul/ADR Motorsports Kawasaki ZX-10R in the MotoAmerica Superstock 1000 class.
“I’ve been thinking about this for quite a while—it’s been eating me up,” Petersen admitted at Road Atlanta. “The first time I spoke with my dad about it was on the Monday after Texas [Round 1 at Circuit of The Americas].
“I’ve decided to stop for now. My dad is 55 years old, and he’s going from couch to couch, living out of suitcase. It’s just unfair to him.
“I want him to start a life for himself. He deserves to be living in a house. Family comes first, you know, so for now I need to give racing a back seat.”
Petersen says he has no intention of quitting racing altogether, but the costs associated with a professional national series are too great for him at this moment.
“The way things were going, we would have ended up on the street,” he said. “It’s the toughest decision I’ve ever had to make in my life, but it’s the right decision for now.
“I’m going to go back to California—there is nothing in South Africa—find a job, and make some money. I’ll go to as many races as I can and show my face in the paddock.”
Robbie had paid for Road Atlanta, Round 2 of the series, so Cameron practiced on Friday with the intention of competing in the two 21-lap Superbike/Superstock 1000 races on Saturday and Sunday.
“First session, I was second quickest in class and seventh overall,” he said. “Bobby Fong and I did nearly the same lap times—1:27.148 and 1:27.280.
Fong, who rides the Quicksilver Latus Motors Kawasaki ZX-10R, won both Superstock 1000 races at COTA.
Petersen improved his time in second practice to 1:27.251 but crashed exiting Turn 5. The impact drove the steering damping through the frame.
“We just had one bike, so that put an early end to my weekend,” he said. “We didn’t have enough parts to fix it.”
According to Cameron, his father was stunned by the move to stop racing. “It was pretty emotional,” he said. “He supports me all the way, and I think he respects my decision.
“The most important thing to me right now is that my family lives a happy life. My dad has a long life ahead of him, and he deserves so much better.”
Petersen is not sure what the future holds for him. He may tackle club racing to keep his skills sharp, adding, “I am just going to live and try to be happy.”