RiCKdiculous Racing Finishes Strong in Utah
The entire RiCKdiculous Racing Team was excited to head to Utah as Round Six of the MotoAmerica Championship was hosted at the team’s home track, Utah Motorsports Campus. Despite the threat of intense heat, each racer looked forward to improving their Championship standings at a track that each has had previous success.
Unfortunately, the weekend started off with a bit of a bummer as RiCK racer Jason Aguilar was sidelined with a concussion sustained in a mountain bike accident the week prior to the race. After doing really well in qualifying, the team decided to get Jason checked out as he was complaining of nausea and dizziness that didn’t seem to get better throughout the day. His crash proved to have been more significant than expected and was the consensus to scrap the race and heal up for Sonoma. “Gutted to not be racing this weekend. Had good pace in qualifying this weekend and still have a lot more in me. I had a concussion a little over a week ago, which was affecting my riding today. Went and got checked out by the doctors and I’m not clear to ride. Sorry to the team and my sponsors. I’ll be back stronger for the next one!”
RiCKdiculous Racing’s other Supersport rider, Hayden Gillim, came into Utah fired up and ready to improve on his third place finish at Laguna Seca. Being at one of his favorite tracks gave Gillim some extra confidence, and it showed as he qualified second in a tight race for the front row where the riders were only separated by a few tenths. Hayden capitalized on his qualifying spot by finishing second in a tight race 1 that saw the front riders exchanging paint and keeping each other honest. Race 2 proved to be a tougher battle for Gillim as he crashed out with a few laps remaining, unfortunately ending his podium streak for the time being. Despite his DNF in Race 2, Gillim still holds a firm grip on second in the Championship, and looks to improve on his results as the team heads to Sonoma. “I was really fired up this weekend and excited to come back to UMC. We had really good pace all weekend and I knew that I was able to fight for the win all weekend. I had a really fun battle in Race 1 but hoped we could improve upon that on Sunday. Unfortunately we had a crash in the second race trying to catch back up with the lead group. I can’t thank my crew and team enough for all their support, and look forward to getting some redemption in Sonoma.”
RiCK Junior Cup Racer Gauge Rees had a ton of momentum as the hometown racer returned to battle at his home track. After his best finish at Laguna, Rees hoped to improve on his season standings moving into the second half of the season. Race 1 was an intense battle, and after an incident in the early laps broken away from the lead group and could never catch back up. Despite that, Rees made some great passes in the final laps and was able to come home in eleventh. Fired up after finishing outside of his expectations, Rees came out ripping in Sunday morning warmup and it carried over to the race. After a long race that saw crashes all over the place, Rees crossed the line in seventh. His hard work paid off and moved up two spots in the Championship to ninth! “It was really great to come home and race in front of my friends and family in Utah. I am really excited to have a good hold in the top ten, but also know that I can be battling for the podium. Thanks to the RiCK team for all their support and I look forward to improving my results at Sonoma!”
RiCK Technical Director and Rider Coach Ken Hill states, “UMC is our home track and we came into this round with a great vibe and lots of new equipment. We debuted our new Rick semi and all the bikes had fresh motors to tackle the fast high altitude track. Overall, I couldn’t be happier with the results of the weekend. Gauge continues to impress in the hyper competitive Jr Cup class and both of the Rick 600 riders had amazing speed this weekend. Jason Aguilar showed amazing form early on, but athlete safety is our teams first priority and the decision to have him sit out, due to a prior MTB accident, was sound. Hayden Gillim came out swinging Friday morning and even though Sunday’s result was a DNF, I was really happy with his performance and can’t wait for him to tackle Sonoma.”
Team owner Adam Bronfman states, “I could not be happier with the performance of our team and our riders. Each weekend they all show a tremendous amount of professionalism and knowledge. Our riders are all true competitors and I am so happy to be working with all of them. I can’t wait to compete at Sonoma!”
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