Mike Pond, owner of Tuned Racing is stepping up big-time in MotoAmerica for 2018, with a four-rider lineup ready to race.
Pond, who is one of the most passionate and focused motorcycle road racing team owners you will ever meet—and you really do need to meet him—is all-in with MotoAmerica because he believes in the future of our sport and wants to groom North American riders for our continent’s U.S.-based series, not to mention World Championships to come.
“With four talented riders on our team, Tuned Racing has put together our strongest lineup yet,” said Pond. “I’m fully committed to the future of the sport we love, and the riders in our lineup perfectly represent that commitment. They’re road racing stars in the making, and I’m thrilled to be working with them.”
Trading in his catchy three-digit #555 competition number from 2017 for the equally catchy two-digit #30 in 2018, Canadian Braeden Ortt will be aboard a Tuned Racing/Yamaha YZF-R6 prepared by Graves Motorsports. Ortt will compete in the highly competitive MotoAmerica Supersport class.
Tuned Racing is jumping into the brand-new Junior Cup “pond” with both feet as 2017 AMA Horizon Award Winner Joseph Blasius will race the #24 Tuned Racing/Yamaha YZF-R3 alongside teammate Hunter Dunham, aboard the #20 Tuned Racing/Yamaha YZF-R3. Both R3 machines have been skillfully prepared by Graves Motorsports.
As for the fourth rider in this Tuned Racing quartet, you’ll have to watch this space for news to come about that particular pilot. Suffice to say, it’s a name you’ve heard of.
Tuned Racing’s 11-person crew, including owner Pond, along with his four-rider squad, will participate in the MotoAmerica Dunlop Official Preseason Test, which will be held at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Alabama, on Monday, March 27 and Tuesday, March 28.
And then, the team will be in action as the 2018 MotoAmerica AMA/FIM North American Road Racing Championship gets under way with round one, the Suzuki Championship at Road Atlanta, April 13-15, in Braselton, Georgia.