May 6, 2018
RiCKdiculous Racing’s Hayden Gillim Retains 2nd in the Championship at Virginia International Raceway
The RiCKdiculous Racing Team came in to the third round of the MotoAmerica Championship at Virginia International Raceway tied for first in the points for the Supersport 600 Championship. After a hard fought weekend, and, despite a crash on Sunday, Hayden was able to keep a hold of 2nd in the Championship after a 2nd place finish on Saturday. Jason Aguilar and Gauge Rees both made tremendous strides and moved up in the points after solid rides over the weekend.
After securing the first Pole Position for RiCKdiculous Racing, Hayden set himself up for another great battle with close friend and roommate JD Beach. After taking the holeshot, JD never let up despite some amazing riding by Hayden. Hayden finished in 2nd behind JD but secured some important points for the championship. Race 2 proved to be challenging as JD got off the line in front of Hayden and started firing off consistent blistering laps right out of the gate. As Hayden started pulling time off the gap, he had an unfortunate crash in turn 4 and was not able to get his bike going again. Despite his crash, Hayden is still 2nd in the points and excited to get back on his #69 RiCKdiculous Racing R6 at Road America. Hayden commented, “This weekend started off fantastic running fastest in all three of the first sessions. Had a great Race one going until I made a few mistakes and allowed JD Beach to get away. Race two was lonely chasing JD until I lost the front and ended our weekend. Thanks to the whole crew for giving me a great bike and I’m looking forward to some training and then Road America!”
RiCKdiculous Racing’s other Supersport 600 rider, Jason Aguilar, ran an amazing first race after a struggle in Qualifying. After starting P12, Jason kept his head down and raced extremely well, catching up with the second group and securing a 6th position at the finish line. After amazing improvement in Race 1, Jason set his sights on a podium after running P3 lap times in the first race. After a hard fought race, Jason climbed himself towards the front and finished in 7th crossing the finish line. With improvements all around, Jason looks to improve on his results as the team heads to Road America for round 4. “Overall I’m satisfied but not happy with the weekend. We struggled in qualifying and had the pace for the podium in both races but ran out of time catching the front group. We learned a lot and we’ll bring that into the next round. Thanks to my crew and the whole team for working hard this weekend. Can’t wait for Road America!”, said Aguilar.
Gauge Rees, piloting his RiCKdiculous Racing Yamaha Graves R3, made massive strides over the weekend. After struggling in qualifying, Gauge started his race in P14. After avoiding incidents in turn 1, Gauge dropped back to 18th, but kept fighting and battled his way all the way up to 8th! Like Jason, Gauge looked to use his momentum from Race 1 to improve in Race 2. In a last lap battle that saw several passes, Gauge had a mechanical that disabled the bike in the final corner. In a brave attempt to score points he mustered up the willpower and dedication to push his bike all the way down the front straight and past the finish line. His demonstration of sheer grit earned him applause from everyone at Virginia, and the RiCKs could not be more proud of Gauge and his weekend. Gauge Rees states, “The weekend at VIR actually went really well despite some things that were out of our control. I’m really starting to feel comfortable on the R3 and I’m confident that with the support from my team and Graves, I’ll be up fighting for those top positions soon. I’m really looking forward to the next round at Road America and also doing some training with the whole RiCK family soon!”
Ken Hill states, “The results from day 2 really don’t tell the story of how successful the weekend was for the Rick team. Sure Hayden set pole and JD won both races, but the real story was behind the scenes. Gauge stepped up his game with the R3 and I really think this is the start of new found pace for him. Jason also had a massive step with his riding and bike setup and for sure he is going to be a podium threat very soon. I couldn’t be happier with the riders and the team and look forward to Road America in a few weeks.”
Team Co-Owner Josh Bronfman said, “I could not be more proud of our team after a hard fought weekend. All the riders improved and gained confidence going in to Road America. The crew did a fantastic job supporting our riders and giving them immaculately prepared motorcycles. Despite some of the setbacks, our riders did a tremendous job keeping their heads up and using the hard times as learning experiences to carry through to future rounds.”
Team Manager Kelly Rees said, “That was a roller coaster of a weekend. We still have some things to sort out on the Jr. Cup bike with the new rules package. I’m pretty happy with what MotoAmerica did with that but theres still a little room to improve. My riders worked hard and made good progress even with some adversity thrown at them. We have built an amazing crew that I would put up against anyone else in the paddock. Rick Matheny has been an important part of our success this year. Robert Ward, Shawn Keene and Chad Clickner have been doing an amazing job on Haydens machine. We brought in 2 new crew, Chris Tullock and Tony Pogue to work with Jason Paredez on Aguilars bike and that worked out well. Blair Ramey has been a huge help on the Jr. Cup bike. Ken Hill has been continually upping our riders game. I believe we have built a Championship winning package.”
Rickdiculous Racing would like to thank their Sponsors and Partners: Graves Motorsports, Yamaha Racing, Yamalube, Dainese, MotionPro, Galfer Brakes, Renthal, Superbike Unlimited, Dunlop, FTECU, Ohlins, Moto Station and BluCru.