(Birmingham, AL) – Altus Motorsports Supercharged Team roared into the final round of MotoAmerica Alabama Championships coming off stellar performances in the difficult and wet rainy conditions in New Jersey. The Altus Team has been gaining momentum throughout the season making the fine adjustments that are necessary to grow a program and be competitive.
“We have raised the bar considerably from the beginning of the season up to now, we are on the cusp of greatness as all the pieces of the puzzle come together and begin to perform like a fine watch,” said Eric Gray, Altus Crew Chief. “It is a great thing to see and one that I am proud to be a part of.”
Supersport Race 1 #72 Miles Thornton came into Barber with high expectations after finishing fourth in New Jersey and Barber Motorsports Park being considered his home track. Thornton was sitting 11th on the grid and got a great jump off the start and moved quickly toward the front to 8th by the end of lap one. The race had to be restarted on lap two when Jordan Pence went down, also taking out JC Camacho. On the restart, Thornton didn’t get the jump like before, and Mazziotto and Aguilar got by Thornton and Anderson who was breathing down the neck of Thornton. Anderson snuck by Thornton at the end of lap five putting Thornton in 10th. Thornton got back by Anderson when he went down, but missing Anderson allowed Michael Gilbert to get by Thornton held his pace reaching the checkers in 10th. Race 2 on Sunday Thornton and his M4 Powered Suzuki GSX-R 600 were running strong. Thornton moved quickly at the start up to 9th settling in on Jason Aguilar, Thornton pressed him for five laps and getting by on lap seven. Thornton had his sights now set on Braedon Ortt and pushing to stay close to Ortt waiting for the right opportunity to make his pass. Thornton, unfortunately, went down on lap twelve with two laps remaining. Thornton swiftly remounted joining the field Thornton got back up to pace quickly salvaging 15th place at the checkers.
Supersport Race 1 #59 Jaret Nassaney was focused as ever going into the Alabama Championships after finishing a career best of 8th in New Jersey. Nassaney started 19th on the original grid and was sitting 13th on the restart. Nassaney raced hard battling with Corey Burleson early on while working to keep Wyatt Farris in tow. Nassaney was glued to Farris looking for an opportunity to get by for the remaining laps and finishing 12th at the checkers. Race 2 Nassaney started the grid in 18th, with not so great start he was sitting in 23rd at the close of lap one. Being the fighter he is, Nassaney put his head down making his way back through the field. Nassaney moved back to 19th tucked in behind Burleson and Mazziotto. On lap nine he capitalized on a miscue by Mazziotto and moved back to 18th racing clean in the for the remainder of the race and finishing in that position.
Altus Motorsports Supercharged Team returned to Twins Cup competition at the Alabama Championships with “Robby Bobby” Mclendon aboard the Altus Motorsports built Yamaha FZ-07 taking the pole with a fast time of 1:34:267.
Said Robby, “This was my first-time road racing in two+ years, first 30 minutes on the bike and ready to put in the work. Making some changes to go faster! Got an awesome team behind me, and a badass bike underneath me. We are working hard and going faster and faster!”
We are pumped to have Robby on our Twins Cup Championship machine, Robby is definitely shining by taking the pole and getting our Twins Cup Championship Altus Motorsports built Yamaha FZ-07 back to the front. At the start of the race, McLendon knew that speedster Kris Turner was going to be the man to beat. Turner took no time at all getting by before the close of lap one. McLendon settled in behind Turner matching his pace for lap to lap all the way to lap nine where McLendon retook the lead. Turner was smothering McLendon looking for daylight and got back by on lap thirteen. McLendon put his experience and patience to work waiting to the last moment of the last lap to overtake Turner for the win. Turner’s win gave Altus Motorsports Supercharged Team our third win of the season in Twins Cup Championships this year.
Liqui Moly Jr Cup rider #59 Jarrett Nassaney aboard the Tucker Powersports Kawasaki 400 was not to be, early on during qualifying the team noticed a small oil leak that closed our weekend for the Liqui Moly Jr Cup.
“George, myself and all of the Altus Motorsports Team would like to thank all of our great family of partners,” said Janette Nassaney, Team Manager. “This season has been amazing, we learned a lot as a team and will be working harder than ever going into 2019. Thank you Tucker Powersports, Suzuki, Supercharged Natural Sports Drink, Arai, Moto-D, Bonamici, Taichi, Moto Liberty, Vortex, K-Tech, Ohlins, Hot Bodies Racing, SBS, Sidi, M4, Wilmes Chevy, PSR, and Velocity.”
Photography: Brian J. Nelson
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