The RiCK’s Continue Their Charge at Round 5 of the MotoAmerica Championship
The RiCKdiculous Racing Team was inspired to come to the West Coast, specifically Laguna Seca, after coming off a successful Round 4 at Road America. Coming in to Round 5, Hayden Gillim sat in Second in the Championship and looked to close the gap on the Championship lead. RiCK SuperSport rider Jason Aguilar looked to improve on his progress in Elkhart Lake, while Junior Cup racer Gauge Rees looked to build on his best finish of the year.
With another round of RiCK Training under his belt, Hayden was fired up to push at the front with the other SuperSport leaders. With his toughest track behind him [Road America], Hayden hoped to improve on his results and close the gap in the Championship standings. After a tight Qualifying 1 where he and another rider were tied for the final spot on the front row, Hayden threw down a flier in Qualifying 2 that solidified his spot on the front row. With only one race for the weekend, Hayden and the other riders knew that it would be an all out battle for the top spot. Hayden found himself in a battle for third from the very start, maintaining a small gap for the entire race. Hayden was able to solidify third with some great riding and an unfortunate crash on the last lap by the rider behind. With his third place finish, Hayden extended his Second place standings in the Championship, and looking to chop away at the lead as the RiCK’s head home to Utah Motorsports Campus next month! “I can’t thank my RiCK team enough for all their hard work this weekend. I wanted to be up closer to the leaders but didn’t have it this weekend. Fortunately I was able to snag some very important championship points, and I look forward to continuing my podium stream in Utah!”
RiCKdiculous Racing’s other SuperSport racer, Jason Aguilar, also looked to capitalize on his results from Round 4. After securing two eleventh place finishes in Wisconsin, Aguilar looked to build on his already stellar progress as the Championship headed to California. Despite qualifying in fourteenth, Jason battled all race, and was able to hold on to tenth position. With his highest finish of the year, Jason moved up to tenth overall in the standings! Jason and his RiCK crew have been doing an amazing job all year, and we all look forward to more progress at UMC. “I didn’t have the best of weekends at Laguna Seca, but we got a top 10 and are improving the bike setup every time out. My team is working really hard to provide me with a great bike and we are getting closer. I’m looking forward to the next one in Utah!”
Gauge Rees, RiCKdiculous Racing’s Junior Cup Racer, came in to the weekend following his best finish of the year in Round four at Road America. Gauge was able to take his eighth place finish, along with some RiCK training in between rounds, to Laguna Seca, where he had a ton of success last year in the 600 Superstock class. Gauge was able to improve his qualifying spot in the second qualifying session on Sunday, and started the race from 13th on the grid. Once the race started, Gauge not only had to manage a plethora of crashes, but was met with steep competition at every turn. With an unfortunate red flag and a five lap restart, Gauge looked to push hard to battle with the lead group. After an amazing five lap battle, Gauge was able to cross the finish in sixth position, his best finish of the year! Not only that, but Gauge also took top Yamaha honors in the race! “Laguna was my best weekend so far and I’m super happy with the result in such a hectic race! There were bikes hitting the ground left and right throughout the race and I knew we’d get a good result just by staying on both wheels, so I focused on hitting my marks every lap and staying smooth. The progress that we’re making has been great and going into my home round at UMC, I’m feeling really good. It’s going to be a great weekend for the RiCK’s at home!”
“The combined Laguna round is always a weird one,” states team riding coach Ken Hill. “MotoAmerica gets the short end of the stick with the riding schedule and you are also dealing with Laguna weather. Given all that, our Rick weekend went extremely well. We had 2 podiums in 600 Supersport with JD Beach and Hayden Gillim, plus a top 10 with Jason Aguilar, but the highlight was with Rick rider Gauge Rees nailing a top 6 in the crazy competitive Junior Cup class. It was also great to have 5th and 4th place finish with new Rick rider Mathew Scholtz in the Superbike class. Overall, I’m stoked with the Laguna weekend not only because of the riding results, but because the Rick crew is a kickass as they come. Bring on our home track at UMC!”
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