A fantastic weekend for the Altus Motorsports MotoAmerica team at Pittsburgh International Raceway.
(Pittsburgh, PA) – Round 8 of the MotoAmerica Championship was indeed a fantastic weekend for the entire Altus team at Pittsburgh International Raceway.
Liqui Moly Junior Cup
Coming into the weekend, Kevin Olmedo had stood on the podium seven out of ten races, but never on the top step. That changed on Saturday when Olmedo won the Liqui Moly Junior Cup race. Before that moment, everything had been playing out similarly to almost every other event; during each session Kevin had held first or second spot on the timing screens and improved his pace in nearly every outing. In Race 2 on Sunday, Olmedo battled the first few laps and then managed to break away and settled into a solitary second place. Kevin currently holds third place in the 2019 Championship, and the goal for the final two rounds is clear: Take second and try to close the gap for first. “We couldn’t be happier for Kevin. He has worked hard all season, and he deserves the win. Also, so does the crew that has developed our Altus Motorsports Ninja 400 package. We knew we had a race-winning rider/bike combination and this weekend it happened,” said George Nassaney.
The Altus team left Sonoma cautiously optimistic that they had resolved the issues that plagued Miles Thornton’s GSX-R 1000 since the beginning of the season. Also, based on the results, the problems are solved. Miles has known all year that he’s had the skills to run toward the front, but the inconsistency of his equipment has held him back. He was top five in the first two practice sessions and qualified in 8th. With every session this past weekend he gained confidence in the bike. After a race-long battle, Thornton crossed the finish line in 4th place. “I’m so glad the throttle issues are resolved. Now we can work on geometry and setup. We are headed for some of my favorite tracks. We should have a strong finish to the season,” he said.
Lucas Silva keeps getting better. After strong practice sessions, he qualified in 7th. During the first race he found himself in an epic five bike battle for 5th place that lasted from flag to flag. He crossed the line in 8th but less than half a second from 5th. He duplicated his results by crossing the line in 8th again on Sunday.
Danny Eslick stepped in to fill the seat vacated by the injured Jaret Nassaney, and he did not disappoint. “It was great having a former champion in our pits,” said team-owner George Nassaney. “Danny was a blast, and there were fans coming over to get pictures.” With no time to test before the round, Eslick had to jump on the bike and quickly get up-to-speed, which he did. He qualified in 10th and finished in 11th on Saturday, and 9th on Sunday.
“This was, by far, the best round of the season: Kevin winning was surreal; Miles showing what he can do and finishing top 5; top 10 finishes both days from Lucas; and having a legend like Eslick in the pits. It doesn’t get much better. The whole team is fired up for the next few rounds,” 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.
All Photos: Brian J. Nelson.