Team RiCK Heads to Wine Country!
The RiCKdiculous Racing Team came in to wine country after a few weeks off since the Utah round in July. Each rider was itching to get on track and improve their results after the short, mid-season break.
After a couple successful stints in the American Flat Track Series, Hayden Gillim was ready to get back to road racing this weekend at Sonoma Raceway. Coming in to the weekend with a solid hold on second place in the Championship, Hayden knew it was important to continue his podium streak and keep some distance between himself and third place. Gillim started the weekend off strong, throwing down blistering lap times on practice on Friday and into Saturday morning to cement a second place on the grid and continue his streak of all front row starts for the year. Saturday’s race proved to be one of the most exciting of the year as Hayden got one of his best starts as he and the other front riders exchanged the lead throughout the race, and gave the fans at Sonoma a great show! After battling all race, Hayden finished in third. Sunday’s race started off with another amazing start from Hayden where he was able to hang with the leaders for a few laps, but the pace and grip pushed Gillim out of contention for the top spot on the box. He rode amazingly well to continue his podium streak and brought home third place for Team RiCK! Gillim states, “I knew I had the pace all weekend to win but unfortunately wasn’t able to bring it home in either of the races. I can’t thank my crew and the entire RiCK team enough for their continued support. I look forward to getting myself and the bike where we need to be to continue fighting the top spot in Pittsburgh!”
Jason Aguilar came into Sonoma with a chip on his shoulder after being medically unfit to compete with a concussion in Utah. Despite not training for the last 4 weeks, Aguilar shone from the beginning of practice on Friday, and was able to qualify in ninth position heading in to Race 1. With hot temperatures and a slightly greasy track, Aguilar rode a great race and brought his RiCKdiculous Racing R6 home in eighth position, an awesome top ten finish on a very difficult track! Sunday proved to be a very different story as Jason seemed to attack the track with a higher intensity than the day before. He was more aggressive in Sunday warm-up, and it carried over to the race later that day. After getting a great start, Jason moved up through the pack and found himself battling for fourth with two other riders. He was able to get .300 within the lap times of the leaders but unfortunately his lack of recent training and the demanding nature of Sonoma Raceway caused Jason to drop out of contention for fourth. He did an amazing job holding pace and coming home with an amazing sixth position! “Coming into the weekend I had no expectations, I was just hoping to get cleared to ride again. I gave it my all throughout the whole weekend, despite my lack of fitness. I’m not stoked with the results, but I am happy with the fast laps and all the improvement. Can’t wait to be back with the Rick crew in Pittsburgh!”
RiCKdiculous Racing’s Junior Cup racer, Gauge Rees, came into the weekend fired up after his amazing effort in the Utah round. Each weekend Rees has improved his finishing position and he came in to Friday focused and ready to continue that trend. After an amazing final lap in the first qualifying, Rees sat in eighth heading in the second qualifier Saturday morning. Rees was able to pull off some last lap magic again, and finished Q2 in sixth position, over one second ahead of his qualifying time the day before. With the combination of his qualifying sessions he started P7. Race 1 proved to be a knife fight from the tight Turn 1 at Sonoma. After the riders got separated into a couple different groups, Rees battled with a group of riders, eventually leading the pack until unfortunately Rees low-sided in to turn one and had to retire. After a quick regroup and some minor repairs on the bike, Rees was poised to improve on his Race 1 results in Sunday’s Race 2. Again, the race started off in chaotic fashion, which put Rees back in a group fighting for tenth position. After battling back and forth the race was called due to a red flag and Rees finished the race in twelfth position. Despite this result, Rees did an amazing job all weekend and rode with a tremendous amount of poise and maturity. “Sonoma was a good weekend for me even though the results weren’t the best. I was able to put some pieces together and figure out how to do better in qualifying, which has been a weak point for me all season. I’m really looking forward to the next round at Pittsburgh since it is a track that really fits my riding style. I can hardly wait!”
Ken Hill adds. “Sonoma is the most physically demanding track we go to on the MotoAmerica circuit and with the warmer temps, the riders knew it was going to be a tough battle. The crew also had their own battle to wage as setting the bike up for the challenging track is always a compromise. The team looks for forward momentum no matter how small and this weekend didn’t disappoint, the Rick riders kicked butt this weekend! Both 600 races were dogfights! Race 1 was was fast, but race 2 saw a blistering pace between JD, Valentin and Hayden, with Hayden challenging for the lead both days. Jason also moved his program ahead, showing the speed we knew he was capable in race 2. The bar in the Jr Cup races keeps getting set higher and higher and we couldn’t be more thrilled with how Gauge is progressing. Gauge had his best qualifying effort this Sonoma weekend and the team couldn’t be happier with his performance. I also want to mention the success of our other Rick-trained racers. JD Beach did the double win in 600SS, using every bit of his Rick training to hold off both Valentin and Hayden in both races. Mat Scholtz, just starting the Rick development process, also scored a front row start in the premier Superbike class, an incredible feat for both rider and the Westby team. Daytona Anderson made great progress over the weekend in the ultra competitive 600 class and is looking for a breakthrough at the upcoming Pittsburgh round.
“I am amazingly proud of the way the team functioned this weekend”, said Josh Bronfman, Team President. “I continue to be amazed not only with the consistent efforts of our racers, but the nonstop commitment from our entire crew. We have developed an amazing family who tirelessly work toward the goal of winning a championship. The entire team took this effort to Sonoma and it clearly showed with how well everyone did. All three racers qualified within the top ten, and all made significant strides in their riding. I couldn’t be more excited to be a part of the RiCK family and look forward to Pittsburgh!”
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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