MotoAmerica’s Twins Cup class continues to field the largest numbers of riders in the series, and the entry list for round five at Utah Motorsports Campus is no exception as 26 racers will take to UMC’s 15-turn, 2.2-mile East Course this weekend.
Among them are two riders who wouldn’t be making it to Utah without the support of the racing community, including other riders, other teams’ crew chiefs, family, friends, and fans.
Riderzlaw Racing Suzuki rider Kris Turner, who finished third in the 2018 MotoAmerica Twins Cup Championship didn’t have the budget to begin the westward leg of the MotoAmerica season, so the Chattanooga, Tennessee-based road racer mentioned his plight on social media.
“It’s slowly starting to come together I think,” Turner wrote on his Facebook page. “But we’re still a little short of making it to Utah next week. I can make room on the bodywork to put some business logos on there! The chase for sponsors seems to never end. I know we are real close to getting on top of that podium. I can taste it. We definitely had the set up to win at Road America but ran into minor fuel delivery problems costing me a little power. I know the package is good enough to win. Who wants to see their logo on the podium next week?”
In the blink of an eye, a whole host of people who follow Turner on Facebook stepped up and pledged their support to his program. Everyone from Andy Palmer, who is the owner of AP MotoArts and runs the team that one of Turner’s competitors Draik Beauchamp races for, to plastic surgeon Dr. Carl Price, who also races against Turner in the class, immediately chipped in to help Turner get to Utah. Meanwhile, Jason Madama, who is also one of Turner’s competitors, designed and produced posters for Turner to hand out during Sunday’s Dunlop Hot Pit Walk and Autograph Session.
And the list of people and companies who “rescued” Turner goes on: Sean and Shar Hill, MotoShippers, Matt Spicer at Robem Engineering, Shane Richardson at Tint One, Greg Reisenger, Michael Cole and everyone at Dirt Junkies, Nathan and Casey at 423 Detail, Stewart at RSCycles, Paul Jensen, Keith Buras at Team Yo, Doug McCracken, Scott Swensgard, Sam Weist at LightweightRacer.com, and Robert Fisher at Roaring Toyz.
“Getting ready to roll out for Utah in a couple hours. I can’t thank you guys enough for making this happen!” commented Turner on his Facebook page Tuesday night.
Danielle Diaz is another Twins Cup rider who has the racing community to thank. The Caruthers, California, rider, who finished second aboard her Kawasaki in last year’s MotoAmerica Twins Cup race at UMC, will be at Utah Motorsports Campus this weekend by the grace of her supporters Derek Keyes, who is defending MotoAmerica Stock 1000 champion Andrew Lee’s crew chief, and Grant Matsushima of Matsushima Performance, among others.
Meanwhile, defending MotoAmerica Twins Cup Champion Chris Parrish continues to fund his race-by-race Dunlop tire bill by selling advertising space on his helmet. The Hermitage, Tennessee-based rider will be aboard his #1 Ghetto Customs Suzuki by the grace of his girlfriend Beth Braun, his crew chief Travis Richards, his mechanic Brad Riggins, his trusty Chevy Astrovan, and yes, the generous racing community.
This kind of camaraderie and support isn’t exclusive to MotoAmerica Twins Cup, either. While it’s most prevalent among this quintessentially grassroots race class, it happens throughout the MotoAmerica paddock. Parents, family members, friends, and neighbors helping kids race; vendors and parts suppliers supporting riders with whatever is needed, be it money or free parts; teams helping teams; riders helping riders; friends helping friends; rivals helping rivals.
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