Tooele, Utah – When the “Ricks” rolled into Utah Motorsports Campus for Round 5 of the MotoAmerica Championship, “home track advantage” was not a term taken lightly. As a new team to the series the first half of the season had found them starting at zero each weekend on unfamiliar tracks, adding to that was a last- minute change to the rider lineup as former Rickdiculous Supersport rider Daytona Anderson took a spot on the M4 The 22 Project Suzuki GSX-R600 prior to Road America. Daytona was replaced with Moto2 rider and California native Jason Uribe just a week before the Utah race and hadn’t ridden the Rickdiculous Yamaha R6 prior to Friday’s first practice.
“It’s been an exciting start to the season. We have had respectable results so far and getting back home should help us build some momentum into the last half of the season. We have great equipment and crew. Jeff Stern has spent countless hours in the dyno room finding every ounce of power he can. Our Team Owners Adam and Josh Bronfman have given us the tools to be successful. Now it’s up to all of us to make it come together,” said Team Manager Kelly Rees.
Saturday’s Race 1 found Jason Uribe battling for position in the Supersport class while getting comfortable with a new bike and crew.
After riding in Europe for the last few years his aggressive style paid off with a seventh-place finish. 16-year-old rookie Gauge Rees was back on home turf and working his way through the pack in the Superstock 600 class. Starting 21st, he fought his way up to 17th overall and a 10th in class. This was his best finish of the season.
“That was a great race! It was a good feeling coming into a track that I was familiar with so I could work more on setup and building speed in Friday practice instead of trying to find my way around the track. The racers in this class are no joke, everyone is fast. With the help of Ken Hill and the Rickdiculous Rider Development Camps I’m improving every weekend,” said Gauge Rees.
Sunday’s Race 2 was filled with the unexpected as the two Rickdiculous Racing-backed Supersport riders Uribe and Anderson were locked in a back and forth fight for position from lap one. Neither rider was willing to give up an inch, and the racing was getting fierce. In the last lap the leaders collided and went down moving Anderson and Uribe into second and third position, where they finished the race behind another Rickdiculous RDC rider Valentin Debise.
“This opportunity came together late, but it obviously came together good, I had a great bike and a great time, I really want to thank Adam and Josh Bronfman, Ken Hill, everybody at Rick Racing, all the Ricks and the entire MotoAmerica operation,” said Uribe.
Gauge Rees fought his way from 21st to a 15th overall finish to best his Saturday performance continuing his climb towards the front of the field.
Team Owner Josh Bronfman had this to say, “I could not be more excited and proud of our racers and our team! To have an all RiCK athletes podium in the second Supersport 600 race is a dream come true. I also could not be more proud of Gauge Rees for his grit and determination throughout his entire rookie season. His work ethic and maturity showed this weekend with his best two finishes of his pro career! The entire RiCK team has been working extremely hard and focused on attaining this goal. Our racers are some of the most committed athletes I have met, and their continued dedication to our coaching and health programs showed this past weekend. Our technical team has been consistent in putting competitive bikes on the grid that our athletes are able to ride with the utmost confidence. I want to say thank you to everyone who has dedicated their lives to making this happen! Thank you to our partners Team Hammer, MedAge and the rest of the RiCKdiculous family for your continued support and dedication toward our goal of a Championship!”
Rickdiculous Racing would like to thank its partners and sponsors: Braking, Ohlins, Dunlop Tires, Venhill USA, Speedmob, Shoei Helmets, BluCru, Trackstar Racing, Jesse Koeller, Fastline Performance and Jeff Stern, MotoStation, Heatshrink.com, Drippin Wet Graphics, medAage and all of the Utah fans who came out to watch!
Rickdiculous Racing is a family owned and operated company that is dedicated to providing the safest and most personalized learning environment for anyone interested in being a safer and more competent motorcycle rider. www.rickdiculousracing.com