Ninteen-year-old Braeden Ortt, who finished ninth in the 2018 MotoAmerica Supersport Championship aboard a Graves prepared 600, is going green for 2019. The Canadian rider, who hails from Calgary, Alberta, will ride the #30 Ortt Racing Graves Kawasaki ZX-6R in the 2019 Supersport Championship.
Ortt is currently studying in his freshman year at The University of British Columbia’s Okanagan Campus, and we caught up with him while he took a short break before going to his chemistry lab class at school.
“I’m really excited to be racing a Kawasaki this year,” Ortt commented. “Especially a Graves Kawasaki!”
To get ready for the upcoming MotoAmerica season, Ortt has been participating in AFM (American Federation of Motorcyclists) events, with a paid ride on the same Graves Kawasaki equipment and he tested at Buttonwillow Raceway Park in Buttonwillow, California, over the past weekend.
Ortt’s team consists of crew chief Marco Bonesso and Jorge Artola. Combined the 2 have more than 50 years of professional racing experience and will be working with the Graves Kawasaki team at the AFM events this year. Additionally Braeden will be working with rider coach Garrett Willis.
While Ortt races a Kawasaki in Supersport, he’ll share a canopy with defending MotoAmerica Stock 1000 Champion Andrew Lee, who will be aboard his #1 Franklin Armory Kawasaki ZX-10R.
"Although we will be doing our own thing, I am excited that Andrew and I will be teammates,” Ortt explained. "Sharing a canopy, with both of us aboard Graves-equipped Kawasakis. I’m really excited to start the season, and love the feel of this new Kawasaki ZX-6R. I’m also really happy to have the support of Shoei and Cortech again this year."