Incident filled Saturday at Barber Motorsports Park

Alberta’s Braeden Ortt had another strong MotoAmerica effort at Barber Motorsports Park, placing seventh overall and third in class in the combined Supersport and Superstock 600 race at the Honda Championship of Alabama.  Riding a Tuned Racing Yamaha YZF-R6 with special Canadian flag paint job, Ortt ran near the front and worked his way up make the Superstock class Podium in the penultimate race of the American National motorcycle roadracing tour.

“We brought this Canada bike to our last round, and I’m super glad to put it up on the podium,” explained Ortt, completing his first year on the American tour.  “This is for all our Canadian supporters.”

Meanwhile another top teen-aged Canadian, newly crowned Liqui Moly Pro Sport Bike National Champion Tomas Casas, had a frustrating outing on his Parts Canada/Dunlop supported Yamaha Canada entry.  After technical issues in Qualifying, Casas won the Last Chance race, making it onto the back of the Superstock grid.

In the race, Casas charged through to a potentially solid position, only to suffer a big crash in the Museum section of the track mid-race.  Casas got up from the fall but was sent to Medical for an evaluation, and his title-winning Yamaha was badly damaged in the single bike incident.

JD Beach won the Supersport and overall race for the Monster Energy works Yamaha Team, with M4 Suzuki’s Valentin Debise almost ten seconds back for second overall.  Garrett Gerloff on the other factory Yamaha diced with Beach early, ran off track, then charged back to earn third and clinch the Supersport series championship.

Jason Aguilar earned the win in “second 600 class” Superstock, with the Riderzlaw Yamaha, and holds the Championship points lead with only tomorrow’s race left to run.

In the Motul Superbike and Bazzaz Superstock event for 1000cc machines, pole sitter Roger Hayden survived two re-starts to earn the win, holding off the Monster Yamaha of Josh Herrin by just .7 of a second.  Herrin made a big push with two laps to got, but a near-crash (dramatic front end tuck!) slowed his challenge.  

Matthew Scholtz of South Africa was third overall, first in Superstock, aboard a Yamalube-backed Westby Yamaha.  Jake Gagne recovered from a big practice cash to put the Broaster Chicken Honda into fourth overall, ahead of Danny Eslick on the TOBC Yamaha and Hayden Gillim in sixth on the “Cycle World” Suzuki.

Newly crowned MotoAmerica Champ Toni Elias of Spain was challenging in third place mid-race when he ran wide chasing Herrin, then falling into the gravel trap at low speed.  Elias did remount, but opted to retire soon after the incident.

Canadian Kenny Riedmann was looking set for a top ten placing, working through the field on the Sturgess Cycle/Liqui Moly Kawasaki ZX-10RR Ninja.  However, Riedmann was forced to retire late in the race with a technical issue, listed as a DNF. 

Another teen-aged Canadian sensation, Quebec’s Alex Dumas, was mathematically eliminated from contention for the KTM RC Cup Championship after a wild opening round.  Aboard his JP43 Junior Team KTM single, Dumas started sixth and worked his way up to battle for the lead, only to crash mid-race in turn two.  Dumas was uninjured, and will race in tomorrow’s final MotoAmerica series event.

The crash meant that Dumas’ four race win streak was at an end, and he can not win the overall Championship for young guns aboard identical KTM motorcycles.  He still holds third in the rankings, and the top three riders in the final American series standings will be invited to attend the KTM World Final in Jerez, Spain, next month.

Cory Ventura won the race to take over the KTM points lead, Sean Ungvarsky second from Benjamin Smith in a great six rider battle for the win. Smith is second in the standings behind Ventura, 249-240.

Canadian Kawasaki Ninja 300 spec Series Champion Xavier Paradis made his American debut in the same KTM race. The Canuck spec series title holder worked his way up to a solid 11th overall after crashing in Qualifying and starting at the back of the grid.  Paradis earned the chance to compete as a wild card on a media bike entered by “Roadracing World” Magazine.

A full slate of National events is scheduled for Sunday, with expected continued warm and humid conditions, including the final rounds for all three of the major National MotoAmerica classes.