Continued Improvement for Altus race team riders at Laguna Seca Raceway.
(Monterey, CA) – The strong cohesion that has developed in the Altus team over the first few rounds allowed the team to smoothly navigate the crazy schedule and take advantage of every minute. The MotoAmerica round at Laguna Seca is a jam-packed schedule. There is very little time for riders to learn the complicated track, teams to find a setup and mechanics to resolve issues.
Liqui Moly Junior Cup
The Laguna Seca Junior Cup race was arguably the most exciting of the season. Kevin Olmedo is an amazing rider, and he gets stronger every round. During Qualifying, Olmedo repeatedly put his Altus Factory Racing Development Ninja 400 at the top of the timing charts, and ultimately, he ended up second fastest, starting in the middle of the first row. In a race-long battle for second, Olmedo was constantly swapping places back and forth. On the final lap, he made an aggressive move into the final corner. On exit, he ran wide onto the paint, lost the rear, saved it and still barely missed out on the second position in the drag race to the line. “We are really proud of Kevin and our bike. We have worked very hard to develop our Ninja 400. That bike is all Altus Factory – from parts we have developed and sell. We do all the motor, chassis and suspension work in-house at Altus,” said George Nassaney.
The Laguna round was another frustrating weekend for Miles Thornton. “We thought we squashed the throttle issue at our test day after the Road America round, but it came back this weekend,” said Altus Crew Chief, Eric Gray. In spite of the issue, Thornton qualified 7th and finished 8th in the race on his GSX-R 1000. “We have a few possible solutions. We are going to take the bike to CMRA, make the changes, and do some testing. We need to solve this once and for all,” added Gray.
Every round, Lucas Silva gets more comfortable on the GSX-R 600, and it shows. He came into the Laguna Seca round excited. He likes the track and felt the team had a good plan. “We started with a completely new setup on Friday, and it was good. And then we just kept improving every session,” said Silva. After qualifying 11th, Silva got a great launch on his GSX-R 600 and jumped up into the top 10 battle. After dicing for a few laps before things settled down, Silva finished a solid 9th place. Despite struggling to find a good setup, Jaret Nassaney qualified a solid 16th. After some suspension changes and an amazing start, Nassaney finished the single Supersport race of the weekend in a season-best 11th place. “Nothing left now but to break into that top 10,” said Jaret.
The entire team will be traveling to Cresson, Texas in a few weeks for testing at the CMRA event. “We have some setup, and mechanical fixes to test and all of our riders get stronger with every minute they spend in the saddle. Altus is committed to continuous improvement. It will be great to have all of the team together at an event where we have more track time and opportunities to try things and make adjustments,” said George Nassaney.
The Altus Motorsports team is supported by our great family of sponsors: Altus Motorsports, Tucker Powersports, TerpTastick.com, Conquest CBD, VP Lubricants, RS Taichi, Arai, Moto D, Bonamici, Hotbodies Racing, SBS Brakes, Vortex, Motion Pro, STACYC, Law Tigers Oklahoma, BrakeTech Rotors, M4 Exhaust, Braking Rotors, Yoshimura R & D, Dunlop, Team Hammer, and Altus Factory Racing
Photo Credit: Brian J. Nelson.