Despite the ongoing threat of weather, the RiCKdiculous Racing Team came into Road America with a bunch of confidence after Round 2 at VIR, and looked to capitalize on great results for each rider! After two hard-fought third place podium finishes Saturday and Sunday, RiCK rider Hayden Gillim retained his second place in the points standings in Supersport 600, while RiCK riders Jason Aguilar and Gauge Rees each improved their championship standings with two great results over the weekend.
Hayden Gillim came into Road America with a ton of confidence despite crashing in Virginia. After some RiCK training in between races, Hayden was intent on strong finishes despite knowing that Road America would be challenging for the Kentucky native. Hayden was able to secure third position on the grid and used it to his advantage in both races. In Race 1, Hayden was able to battle with the leaders for a few laps but wasn’t able to keep the pace with the long straightaways. Hayden came across the line in a comfortable third place, adding to his second-place standing in the points. Race 2 started off a bit better for the Kentuckian as he got his best start of the season and kept with the leaders for the first few laps. Unfortunately, this race wasn’t quite as comfortable, as Hayden had to battle all the way to the last corner to remain in third place. “I am really glad to get this track out of the way and come home with back to back third place finishes. It’s definitely my hardest track and I can’t thank the RiCK team enough for giving me a great bike. I can’t wait to head to Laguna and get back on my RiCK R6!”
After strong finishes in Virginia and some tremendous strides at the RiCK Training Camp in between races, Jason Aguilar was in great shape to continue his quest for the front of the pack. Jason rode great in qualifying, and secured a third-row spot, his best of the year so far! In Race 1, Jason capitalized on his grid position and moved all the way up to fifth, leading a knife-fight pack of hungry racers! Unfortunately, his front tire hit the rear of another riders bike, miraculously saved a would-be high side, and was able to bring his RiCK R6 home in eleventh position! In Race 2, Jason continued to race extremely well, but a few bike issues and some tough weather kept Jason away from the front pack, but was still able to cross the finish line in 11th place and rack up some extremely important points heading into Laguna! After his efforts in Wisconsin, Jason sits 11th in the points! “Road America was a tough weekend for us. We had some struggles and setbacks throughout the weekend despite fighting for fifth place in Race 1. Thanks to my RiCK crew for all their hard work, and I can’t wait to improve my season at Laguna!”
RiCKdiculous Racing Junior Cup racer Gauge Rees followed suit behind his older teammates, pumped up and ready to race following great improvements at both Virginia and the RiCK Training Camp in May. Gauge had his best qualifying this year, ending up in eleventh position. Using that to his advantage, Gauge was able to fight up with the lead pack, running the fifth fastest lap time of the race, and eventually finishing in tenth position. Sunday’s race proved to be a bit tougher, as the field had to deal with 20 mph winds. After dodging an incident on lap one, Gauge found himself in his own group and wasn’t able to take advantage of any drafting possibilities. Despite a lonely race, Gauge was still able to bring home an eighth place, his best finish of the season! Gauge said, “Road America was a good weekend for me and I feel that we made a lot of forward progress. I was able to run the same times as the lead group in the first race and was running with the leaders in the second race before an incident with a couple riders had caught me out and I lost touch. I am feeling really confident heading into the next round and know the RiCKs are going to kill it at Laguna!”
Team Manager Kelly Rees said, “I continue to be amazed by the incredible synergy between our crew and riders. Everyone is working extremely well together and it’s allowing our team to grow faster than we all expected. We are very excited to head to the West Coast and continue our push forward!”
RiCKdiculous Racing Technical Riding Director Ken Hill states, “Road America always brings exciting racing and this year it provided exactly that for the RiCK team. Gauge had two fantastic finishes in the Junior cup with a tenth and eighth position that showcased all of the hard training he has put in over the last month. Look for Gauge to come on strong the next set of races. Our 600 riders also had big success. Jason Aguilar took the nest steps from his training and put them right into play this race weekend. His results don’t show the new speed he has developed, but trust me, it’s coming. Hayden Gillim also had a solid weekend with amazing riding at a track that doesn’t quite suit his build on the 600. Watching Hayden in the braking zone was incredible! Also, great to see RiCK rider JD Beach with a very successful weekend. We always know Valentin Debise will be a major threat and this weekend he came out swinging. JD did a fantastic job of working on his riding and mental focus to up the pace in Sunday’s race, he nailed it! I am very excited for the entire RiCK team to head to Laguna and improve on these results!”
Team owner, Adam Bronfman, states, “I am very excited about our progress. Our crew did an outstanding job. Our results were impressive due to the hard work and professionalism of our entire team. I am so proud!”
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