Rides, Rallies and Events Recap

2019-MotoAmerica Championship of Alabama

Written by  October 31, 2019

What a beautiful, but HOT, race weekend as the young guns with the MotoAmerica Championship rolled into Alabama on Friday, September the 20th, 2019, at the Barber Motorsports Park.

 

Barber's just recently underwent a total track overhaul, so these guys were the first to get to race on this brand new surface! This also would mean a change up for a lot of these riders who had raced on this track in the past, now they had to find new reference points, and gain a new footing, so to speak. It was now, smooth as a baby's butt, but causing some to have to re-adjust to the new surface.

At the start of racing Saturday, there were only 7 points separating the leaders, Cameron Beaubier and Tony Ellis in the EBC Brakes Superbikes Class. At the end of racing Saturday, Beaubier took the lead. On Sunday, Cameron Beaubier won his fourth championship and the race, making this his sixth win of the year and the 38th win of his AMA Superbike career.

Bobby Fong, who had claimed the championship for the Supersport, by winning the race on Saturday, crashed in Sundays last race of the season, with only 5 laps to go. He was able to get back on the bike and ride it into the pits, leaving some folks a little confused on the podium. It was announced that Fong was the winner by race control, however, he was NOT on the podium. Richie Escalante on his Yamaha, with Hudson Motorcycles placed second, but he was standing on top of the podium, Yamaha's P.J Jacobsen placed third.

Really young gun, Rocco Landers, at the ripe ole age of 14, won his 14th race (out of 17) for the season in the Liqui Moly Junior Cup race, winning both, Saturday and Sunday's races with Dominic Doyle taking second both days.

  Andrew Lee with Franklin Armory Graves Kawasaki Racing, wrapped up the championship in the Stock 1000class, two weeks ago in New Jersey, he also won both races this weekend.

Third place winner of Sundays race in the Twin Cup, Alex Dumas, claimed the top honors for the season, however, Chris Parrish won the race on Sunday with Michael Barnes taking second.

Barber Motorsports Park will be first up on the MotoAmerica race schedule next year with testing on March the 10 thru the 11th, 2020 and the Championship race on September the 17th thru the 20th, 2020.