MotoAmerica assistance course: Kelly wins and gets closer to the Supersport title
Chances are, if Sean Dylan Kelly continues his march towards the 2021 MotoAmerica Supersport Championship, he will remember the weekend at Brainerd International Raceway as the event where he took a giant leap towards betting on the title ice.
Kelly won her second Supersport race of the weekend on Sunday at the BIR. His sixth straight victory and ninth overall, combined with the downfall of rival Richie Escalante, put him 61 points ahead with six races to go.
The other rider who made great strides in his quest for a title this weekend was Kaleb De Keyrel, the Minnesota native who finished first and second in both Twins Cup races to extend his championship lead. at 58 points.
Supersport: Escalante crashes, Kelly wins
In Supersport, defending champion Richie Escalante knew before this weekend that he needed to rack up a few wins to stop points leader Kelly’s winning streak and turn the tide of the 2021 championship. After winning the first race, Kelly has got off to an excellent start in race two in his Suzuki M4 ECSTAR. In the second lap, Landers Racing / Tyrant Designs / Yamaha / Yamalube rider Rocco Landers took the lead for the first time in the Supersport category. Meanwhile, Escalante started to turn faster than Landers or Kelly and put his Kawasaki HONOS HVMC Racing in the lead. From there he extended his advantage and appeared to be heading for victory. Escalante’s pace may have been a little too fast, as he dropped and crashed, leaving the lead to Kelly. In the ladies, Kelly took the victory by more than 11 seconds over Landers. Kelly’s teammate Sam Lochoff finished third for his second podium in as many days.
“It was a much more interesting race than yesterday,” said Kelly. “Yesterday was difficult, just a little different. I was in front most of the race, plus zero. Richie was right behind me, but he didn’t seem to have enough to pass me. Today he was definitely a step forward. The pace was good, much faster than yesterday. So props on everything Richie did, everything his team did because they were at a really good level. It was a bit difficult to make solid passes. I wasn’t able to be as knotty as usual with them, but it was okay. I was able to learn a lot just by staying behind him. I saw where he was a little better, where I was a little better.
“Honestly, towards the end, two laps before he crashed, I made a few mistakes and lost the back. I only had a few moments. I think it went down to 1.5 seconds, which is close to a two second gap. Lap to lap I just saw a bunch of dirt build up coming off turn 11. It was definitely an extra 25 point moment for me. I just mounted it at home. I saw that I was ten seconds behind me. It is important. Honestly, it’s part of the race. We never want someone to break down, but when they’re a championship rival and you know you’ve worked hard and worked hard the last five weekends there, you’re put in head, I think it forces someone to make a mistake once they’re in front. We still have a long way to go. We need to keep our feet on the ground and keep working. Really happy with the way we have worked and will continue that way. “
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SportbikeTrackGear.com Junior Cup: Grand Scott
The second SportbikeTrackGear.com Junior Cup race of the weekend at Brainerd International Raceway featured the usual large group of riders all in the lead, and there were many changes as to who was leading at any given time. throughout the 11-lap event. With two laps to go, and just when it looked like Scott Powersports KTM rider Tyler Scott couldn’t get on the podium let alone win the race, the Pennsylvanian stepped out of the pack and took the lead he has. held until the checkered flag. Scott won by just 0.133 seconds over Kermoto / Madden Painting Kawasaki rider Cody Wyman. Saturday’s first race winner Ben Gloddy led laps three, five, seven and nine, but he eventually finished third in his Landers Racing Kawasaki to complete the podium.
“It was a really tough race,” said Scott. “I didn’t expect it to be such a big group. I thought Ben and I were going to walk away and maybe Max (Toth) would be there with us, but it was a really good fight throughout the race. I am happy with the result and the extension of the lead in points.
Royal Enfield construction. Form. Race: Lukacs wins his debut
The inaugural construction of Royal Enfield. Form. Race. The series kicked off Sunday at Brainerd International Raceway with the victory of Californian driver CJ Lukacs. The motocross rider started from pole in the eight-lap race and led to the checkered flag. Canadian-turned-Californian Becky Goebel, who normally rides a hardtail chopper without a front brake, finished second on her properly built Continental GT 650 racing bike, while Minnesotan Trisha Dahl, who lives about an hour and a half from BIR , delighted the locals. fans present by completing the podium.
When asked if her motocross roots helped her win the race, Lukacs replied, “Absolutely. Especially with nerves and sight lines and racing lines and calming the nerves in racing conditions.
Twins Cup: Mazziotto succeeds
The last race of the weekend at Brainerd was in the Twins Cup, and MotoAmerica’s “tuner class” never disappoints. Poleman Hayden Schultz had an eventful race as he started in the lead, then came back to fifth in lap one, then regained the lead on lap two, then bounced back in second and third, but eventually had to pull himself away. settle for fourth at the finish line.
Veloce Racing Aprilia rider Anthony Mazziotto was also among the “musical chairs” of motorcycle racing, but the New Yorker had a much better result than Schultz. He took the lead on lap 10 and held it up to the checkered flag in the 12-lap event to register his first victory in the Twins Cup category. Minnesota native Kaleb De Keyrel continued his victory in race one with a second place aboard his Robem Engineering Aprilia in race two on Sunday. Innovative Motorsports / Mike’s Imports Suzuki rider Teagg Hobbs continued his third place on Saturday with another third place on Sunday.
“This weekend has been really great,” said Mazziotto. “Today’s race was pretty much like I wanted yesterday’s race to go but you can’t win them all. I was really happy. We found a great bike setup to help make the tire last a lot longer towards the end of the race. Once I got back to the front on the penultimate lap, I put my head down and threw a charge because I knew my tire was good. So I knew I could achieve really low times with 37 laps. It felt like I was able to pull a little gap for myself, and it made it really easy on the last lap for me to come home and not have to block a turn.