Team RiCKdiculous Racing Shines at Pitt Race
With only three rounds left, Team RiCKdiculous’ spirits were high after a successful weekend in Sonoma. All three riders found themselves solidly in the top ten and looked to build on that as the team headed to the beautiful Pitt Race. As the weekend came to a close and the track went cold, all three RiCK racers improved on their results, and either moved up or maintained their place in the points standings! After finishing both races in second place, Gillim saw his hold of second in the championship grow. Jason Aguilar had an amazing weekend, finishing both races in fifth place, gaining extra breathing room on his position in tenth in the championship. Rees closed the weekend finishing eighth and seventh, also increasing his gap in ninth in the championship.
Fired up after looking for the win in Sonoma, Gillim arrived at Pitt Race ready to get on the gas, and from the very first practice he made it apparent he was looking to win this weekend. After a tight qualifying, Hayden secured Pole position for the weekend’s races, setting him up for a great chance to grab the holeshot. Hayden was able to take advantage of his grid position and got his first holeshot of the year, leading the lead pack of 5 riders for the first part of the race. He got passed a couple laps into the race and saw the leader pull away to a 1.5-second gap within a few laps. Gillim kept his head down and started firing off blistering sector times, but unfortunately, there wasn’t enough time for him to make up the gap. He crossed the line .8 behind the leader, but with plenty left in the tank for Race 2. Race 2 proved to be another amazing race as the sun came out just as the race started. Hayden was able to grab a second consecutive holeshot and managed to hold off the other riders for a few laps. Despite an intense battle and a couple red flags, Gillim brought his RiCK R6 home in second position. With his excellent racing and consistent finishes, Hayden extended his hold on second place in the championship with two rounds to go, and looks for a win as the team heads to New Jersey! Gillim states, “I was really hoping for some wins this weekend. My team and I have been working extremely hard all year to put the bike back on the top of the box. I can’t thank my crew and the entire RiCK team for all their support. I’m very excited to get to New Jersey and hope to get the team back on top of the box!”
Jason was able to carry his momentum over from Sonoma, his best finish of the year so far. He brought that energy into qualifying and did an amazing job putting his bike on the second row, only a second off the leaders. Jason took advantage of his P6 starting position and fought hard in the pack that was battling for fifth. Aguilar’s toughness shone through as he was able to make his way to the front of the pack and grab his best finish of the year in fifth! With his amazing riding in Race 1, Jason and his crew were excited to get back out and improve on his results for Race 2. After the first red flag, Jason saw himself now battling for fourth position with a bunch of other riders. They kept switching positions, with Jason showing he had the pace to take solid control of fourth. Unfortunately, Aguilar’s race ended early as another red flag came out with two laps to go, erasing his late race charge to take over fourth. No matter what, Jason rode extremely well all weekend and we couldn’t be more proud of him! “I had a pretty good weekend at Pittsburgh. I qualified sixth and finished both races in fifth. Bummed that the red flag came out in Race 2 and reverted back an extra lap, moving me from fourth back to fifth. I need to keep trying and pushing harder for the next round. Big thanks to Jason, Rick, Chirs, Andy and Ken for giving me a great bike all weekend. Thanks to Adam and Josh for making it all possible!”
Gauge Rees came into Pitt Race hoping to improve on his up and down weekend in Sonoma. With his consistently improving results, Gauge and his crew looked to attack the amazing 2.78-mile track, a track that is perfectly suited for the smaller Junior Cup spec bikes. The competition didn’t disappoint, as the fourth through fifteenth place riders were only separated by a few tenths. Gauge finished qualifying in tenth, a position that would still set up well to stick with the lead pack. Race 1 proved to be an intense battle from the second the lights turned off and the bikes ripped into turn 1. Gauge found himself in a tight battle around tenth position when the race was red flagged. The race was restarted for a 5 lap sprint race where Gauge improved on his start that saw him battling with the lead pack. Unfortunately, there was another red flag, and Gauge finished in eighth as he was closing in on the battle for sixth. Like his 600 teammates, Rees eyed Race 2 as an opportunity to improve on his results. The day seemed to set up just like Race 1, as an early red flag was called causing the race to be restarted. Rees came out of the restart on fire and found himself battling with the lead pack again. After some impressive riding, Rees finished the race in an awesome seventh position, adding to his ninth place in the championship! Rees states, “Pittsburgh was a ton of fun! The track made for some really close racing and some crazy battles. I qualified tenth and finished eighth in Race 1 and seventh in Race 2 after falling back to twelfth with two laps to go. New Jersey is coming up quick and I can’t wait to ride!”
RiCK Technical Riding Director Ken Hill adds, “The entire RiCK crew and athletes were excited to come to the amazing Pitt Race facility. All of the RiCK athletes did amazingly well, with JD and Hayden increasing their lead for first and second in the Supersport 600 championship. I am extremely proud of Jason and Gauge for their continued progression within the RiCK system, and the results show their dedication. Daytona Anderson also had one of his best weekends of the year, and I look forward to seeing him finish off the season strong in the last two rounds. I am also very proud of Mat Scholtz and Jake Lewis for their hard-fought results in an amazingly tough Superbike class. I can’t wait to see what all of our athletes can accomplish in New Jersey!”
RiCKdiculous Racing team owner, Adam Bronfman, states “We had a great weekend at Pitt Race! Gauge, Jason and Hayden all had fantastic results at a challenging track. Our entire team deserves recognition. I am honored to be working with such a great crew!”
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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