Hayden Gillim Does the Double at the MotoAmerica Season Finale
The RiCKdiculous Team rolled into Barber Motorsports Park for the final round of the 2018 MotoAmerica Championship with their heads held high after a great showing at New Jersey. After finishing first and second at NJMP, Gillim was determined to get the double win in Barber. With his best rain performance of his life, Jason Aguilar hoped to build on his rain success at a track he dominated at last year, not to mention where he clinched his 2017 Superstock 600 title. RiCK Junior Cup Racer Gauge Rees looked to hold on to top ten in the championship at one of his favorite tracks on the circuit.
Hayden Gillim came in to the last round of the season determined to win in the dry. After a couple rain wins over the season, Hayden hoped to seal the tremendously successful season with a double win for his RiCKdiculous Team. Gillim didn’t disappoint, as the #69 Kentucky native lead every session going in to both races. After getting his third consecutive pole of the year, GIllim was able to bring home wins in both Saturday and Sunday’s races, yet a late charge and some amazing racing made for a thrilling end to Race 2. “I was really happy to bring the double home for my team this weekend. We have been fighting really hard all year and it was really great to get the double for the team. I had a ton of fun battling all year and I can’t wait to build on my results for next year!”
RiCK racer Jason Aguilar came in to Barber with some added momentum after an impressive showing in the rain in New Jersey. After winning the 2017 Superstock Championship at Barber, Aguilar was confident that he could run up with the lead group. After qualifying ninth, Aguilar was able to retain his composure despite intense conditions, and was able to bring his RiCK R6 home to seventh in Race 1 and eighth in Race 2. “After a strong performance in the rain last round, I was really looking forward to the year. Last year at Barber I could do no wrong. Earning a pole position, a double race win and my first professional championship. I just didn’t have it this year. I struggled to get up to pace and never improved much throughout the weekend. I’m extremely frustrated to end my season like this. All I can do now is take the positives and look forward to next year. Thanks to everyone that has supported me this season. I hope to give everyone that supports me stronger results next year.” Aguilar finished the season tenth in the championship.
RiCKdiculous Racing Junior Cup racer Gauge Rees arrived at Barber Motorsports hoping for redemption after having some bad luck with mechanicals and tough breaks over the last few rounds. Despite this, Gauge kept his head held high at all times, and looked to hold his spot in the top ten for the year. After qualifying thirteenth, Gauge had to deal with more lingering mechanical issues, yet was still able to cross the finish line in fourteenth in Race 1. After some amazing work by his crew getting the bike dialed back in, the Utah native was able to bring his RiCK R3 home in ninth position. Rees finished the season tied for eleventh in the championship. Rees said, “It’s been a really great year on the R3. There have a been a lot of ups and downs and a lot to learn on a new bike but my crew and I did a great job adapting to the new changes. The racing was incredible and I can’t wait to see what next year brings!”
Team Manager Kelly Rees states, “What a season! I want to thank Adam and Josh Bronfman for making this opportunity possible for our riders, crew and myself. Also, our sponsors who help support the program. Motion Pro, Superbike Unlimited, Quicksilver, Renthal, Graves, and Galfer.”
Co-Owner Josh Bronfman states, “I couldn’t be more proud of our entire team and the challenge they all embraced going in to the beginning of the year. With a completely new crew, riders and setup, we were able to achieve amazing success. I am humbled to be a part of such a great group of people and can only look forward to more racing with my RiCK family!”
RiCKdiculous Racing would like to think all of their sponsors for their continued support and dedication to our program. We couldn’t do it without you! Thanks to Renthal, Galfer, Quicksilver, Motion Pro, Superbike Unlimited, bLUcRU and Graves Motorsports!
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