Three Victors In MotoAmerica Support Class Action

Richie Escalante triumphed in the MotoAmerica Supersport class Saturday at New Jersey Motorsports Park. (Dennis Bicksler Photo)
Richie Escalante triumphed in the MotoAmerica Supersport class Saturday at New Jersey Motorsports Park. (Dennis Bicksler Photo)

MILLVILLE, N.J. – Altus Motorsports’ Cameron Petersen is turning up the heat in the MotoAmerica Stock 1000 class.

The South African continued to prove his worth as a MotoAmerica Superbike rider by dominating the Stock 1000 class  for his fourth win in a row Saturday at New Jersey Motorsports Park.

If Petersen was dominant, so too was Rocco Landers, the youngster coming away from the first day of racing at NJMP with victories in both the Liqui Moly Junior Cup and Twins Cup classes and he’s now the championship points leader in both.

HONOS Kawasaki’s Richie Escalante joined Petersen and Landers as race winners on Saturday in New Jersey with a victory in the hotly contested Supersport class.

The start and opening laps of Saturday’s Supersport race were an early indicator that the three main protagonists, Escalante, Sean Dylan Kelly and Brandon Paasch, would engage in another classic middleweight battle. Kelly started from the pole aboard his M4 ECSTAR Suzuki, and Paasch and Escalante were in hot pursuit.

Escalante rode his HONOS Kawasaki around Paasch and Kelly, and then, Kelly started going backwards, falling victim to a technical issue with his bike. That left Celtic HSBK Racing Yamaha’s Paasch close behind Escalante and looking for an opportunity to take the lead.

Unfortunately, that opportunity never materialized, and Escalante stretched his advantage to take the checkers by just under 3.5 seconds over second-place finisher Paasch. Kelly, meanwhile, kept himself in a podium position despite the issue with his bike and he crossed the finish line in third.

Landers is on a roll. Not only has the Oregonian been successfully defending his Liqui Moly Junior Cup Championship this season, but he is also racing in MotoAmerica’s Twins Cup. After a couple of races to acclimate himself to the new-for-him race class, Landers has also become dominant on the bigger bike, too.

In Saturday’s Twins Cup race one, Landers rode his Roadracingworld.comSuzuki to his third win in a row, fourth victory of the season, and second win of the day (including his victory in Liqui Moly Junior Cup race one). Second place went to Trackworx Motorsports Suzuki’s Teagg Hobbs, the New Hampshirite notching the first MotoAmerica podium of his career. Hayden Schultz Racing Yamaha’s Hayden Schultz crossed the finish line in third.

Landers started from the pole in Saturday’s Liqui Moly Junior Cup race one, and he was never headed in the 13-lap event. Conditions were ideal for the race, and Landers, aboard his Norton Motorsports/Ninja400R/Dr. Farr/Wonder CBD Kawasaki, capitalized on the perfect weather and track surface by breaking the Junior Cup lap record at New Jersey Motorsports Park.

Celtic HSBK Racing Kawasaki rider Sam Lochoff, who slotted into second off the start, tenaciously maintained his position all the way to the checkers flag. Meanwhile, the battle of the race was for the third spot on the podium, and an overjoyed Bed Gloddy put himself and his Quarterley Racing/On Track Development Kawasaki on the box with a perfect draft-pass coming onto the front straight at NJMP.

Petersen has said clearly that he wants a full-on Superbike ride, and the way he’s been riding his Altus Motorsports Suzuki this season in the Stock 1000 class, he’s also making a clear statement with the motorcycle he is racing. Petersen won Saturday’s Stock 1000 race by a margin of more than six seconds, and he actually backed it down a little bit towards the end of the race after pushing his advantage to more than eight seconds.

The other two riders who finished on the podium had a good battle throughout the majority of the 15-lap event, and Ride HVMC Racing’s Corey Alexander prevailed in second place over third-placed Michael Gilbert Racing’s Michael Gilbert, both riders aboard Kawasaki ZX-10R machines.