Thornton & Nassaney Crush Best Finishes!
(Millville, NJ) – Altus Motorsports Team has been working hard on progressing throughout the season and was ready to make some big strides going into New Jersey Motorsports Park. Mother Nature did her best to stop any progression by delivering some torrential rains throughout the race weekend that produced a treacherous wet and slippery 2.25-mile Thunderbolt Raceway course. The New Jersey Championships was going to be the toughest, dangerous and most challenging racing conditions this season. It was going to take extreme focus, determination, and finesse for racers to navigate the course with speed.
In the Supersport class, Miles Thornton #72 qualified inside the top 10 and was starting 9th on the grid for Saturday’s Race 1. At the start of the race, Thornton was pushed off the course when Braeden Ortt had a miscue and went down putting Thornton to the back of the field in 18th. Thorton quickly regained his composure and blitzed his way through the field to 11th at the close of lap three settling in behind teammate Jaret Nassaney who was pressing on JC Camacho. Both riders moved past JC Camacho by the end of lap three running in 8th and 9th with Camacho in tow. Thornton had his sights set on Corey West which took three laps to real him in and make the pass for 7th. Thornton increased his speed throughout the second half of the race running his best time of 1:43:00 pushing past Bryce Prince moving into 6th where he finished at the checkers. Sunday’s Race 2 was moved two hours early due to the ever-increasing rain. Thorton sat 8th on the grid at the start of the race. Thornton got a quick jump off the start and moved up to 6th by the close of lap one behind Mazziotto and pressing on Richie Escalante. Thornton moved into 4th when leader Hayden Gilliam had a miscue on lap four. Thornton had his hands full for the next four laps dealing with Hayden Gilliam coming back through the field and dicing with the group of Mazziotto, Camacho, and McFadden. Thornton shuffled back and forth from 4th to 6th and back to 4th on lap thirteen getting by McFadden. Thornton took the checkers in 4th on his M4 powered Suzuki GSX-R 600 his best finish of the season. Going into the final round at Barber couldn’t be sweeter. It’s Thornton’s home track and where he made his comeback to racing last season. Thornton sits just outside the top ten in the championship points race going into the final round.
Altus Supersport rider Jaret Nassaney #59 has been working extremely hard all season to raise his game and working closer than ever with crew chief Eric Gray. Nassaney’s new-found speed and poise is the result of unified teamwork, gutsy determination and piercing focus. Supersport Race 1, Nassaney started the grid in 20th with a quick start moved up to 14th by the close of lap one and was sitting in 9th behind teammate Thornton at the end of lap three with JC Camacho breathing down his neck. Nassaney and Camacho battled back and forth for four laps with Nassaney taking command of 9th position on lap six. Nassaney raced smart, consistent and smoothly in 9th position through lap seventeen on his M4 powered Suzuki GSX-R 600. Nassaney took the checkers in 11th beating his best finish of the season by four positions. Going into Sunday’s Supersport Race 2 with his confidence blazing Nassaney was ready to raise his bar even higher. With ever increasing rain the race started early, and Nassaney again jumped swiftly through the field from 16th to 10th by the close of lap one. Nassaney moved into 9th getting by Lucas Silva with his sights set on Bryce Prince at the close of lap four. Nassaney eased his way past Prince on lap seven and was now sitting in 7th behind JC Camacho. Nassaney kept his focus through the later stages of the race taking the checkers in 8th position his first top ten finish in MotoAmerica Supersport competition. “The entire Altus Motorsports Team is beyond ecstatic and words can’t express how we all feel, hard work and perseverance pays off, and we can’t be prouder than we are now for our riders Miles and Jaret,” said Janette Nassaney, Team Owner.
Liqui Moly Jr Cup rider #59 Jarrett Nassaney weekend in the Jr Cup was not as successful as the stellar performance in the Supersport class. Nassaney had challenges getting the machine the machine going on the warm-up out lap of both races on Saturday and Sunday. On Saturday’s out lap Nassaney went down damaging a footpeg and control lever, which was replaced just in time to make the start. Nassaney took it easy the first half of the race making sure he did not go down again. Nassaney steadily worked his way up through the field to take 12th in the field of twenty-seven competitors. Sunday’s Race 2 Nassaney went down on the out lap and was unable to start the race due to damages to the machine.
New Jersey is in the record books with Altus Motorsports Team and riders raising the bar to new heights. The Altus Motorsports Team will be working harder than ever going into the final round at Barber.
Altus Motorsports Team is supported by our great family of partners: 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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