As an added benefit for Canadian road racing fans who have anxiously awaited the return of action in North America’s premiere motorcycle racing series, two of Canada’s young road racing stars are included amongst the talented racers competing for MotoAmerica championships in 2018. Alex Dumas’ pole setting performance and race win, along with a top five finish by Braeden Ortt, made sure the maple leaf was on display during this opening weekend of competition.
After a 2017 season that saw him on the podium multiple times, including a win at Sonoma, in the now defunct Superstock 600 class Alberta’s Braeden Ortt will compete in the 2018 Supersport class aboard the Tuned Racing YZF-R6. Arriving in Georgia, Ortt wasted little time in establishing himself within the class qualifying seventh in the large 30-bike field.
Saturday proved to be an eventful day for Ortt starting with a crash in practice, which was followed by a high-side off early in the first race. Despite remounting the crashed bike, a lack of front brakes left Ortt with no option but to return to the pits. Fortunately, a crash by Michael Gilbert forced a red flag stoppage of the race, providing sufficient time for the Tuned Racing team to repair the bike and get it back on the grid in time for the restart. Taking full advantage of the restart Ortt delivered a fifth-place finish in his first race in the Supersport class.
Unfortunately, the wet conditions of Sunday’s race, including standing water on sections of the track, left Ortt struggling. Starting again from the seventh spot on the grid, Ortt failed to make any progress in the field and fell to 18th position by the mid-way point of the 14-lap race. Ortt’s combined results from the weekend leave him in 11th place in the standings.
A third-place overall finish in the 2017 MotoAmerica RC Cup championship by Quebec’s Alex Dumas, garnered the attention of KTM and a seat on the Orange Brigade/JP43 Training KTM RC390R in the Liqui Moly Junior Class. Dumas, considered a front runner in the replacement class for the KTM RC390 Cup, quickly proved that these expectations were valid taking first place in qualifying and the victory in the first ever race of the new class. Sunday brought challenges for Dumas as well as an electrical failure on his motorcycle prevented him from starting the race. Despite missing the second race of the weekend, Dumas’ pole setting performance and win in the first race positioned him in fourth place in the overall standings.
Complete results, schedule and additional information are available on the www.motoamerica.com website.