[Above: Jaret Nassaney at speed. Photo: Courtesy of Brian J. Nelson]
(Monterey, California) – Altus Motorsports Supercharged Team was poised and ready going into round five of MotoAmerica Championships of Monterey. The entire team and riders were excited to hit the Weather Tech Raceway Laguna Seca track. The facility and track is like no other and motivates riders to push beyond their limits, and that’s what the Altus Motorsports Supercharged Team delivered.
The shining star of the weekend was none other than Jason Madama fresh off a victory in the Twins Cup Championship in Wisconsin. The high spirited Madama grabbed the pole in Saturday qualifying running a 1:35:837 on the Altus Conquest Yamaha FZ-07/MT-07. Madama was stoked coming in after qualifying knowing he was the man to beat. When the flagged dropped Madama wasted no time, and checked out with a 2.5-second lead on lap one. Midway through the race Parrish and Turner did their best to keep Madama in sight, Madama took a quick look back to see where his challengers were, and opened up a commanding 8.5 sec lead at the checkers. Going into Utah in a few weeks the Altus Motorsports Conquest Yamaha FZ-07 and Madama are going to be hard to beat.
Jason Madama enjoys the spoils of victory. Photo: Brian J. Nelson
In the Supersport class, Miles Thornton #72 qualified 9th with a 1:28:42 on his M4 powered Suzuki GSX-R 600 on the twisting up and down Laguna Seca course. The last time Thornton threw a leg over his machine at Laguna Seca was way back in 2014, but Thornton’s skills and tenacity pushed him to just 1.9 sec off the pole sitter Valentin Debise. Thornton and crew chief Eric Gray discussed reaching for more to put them in the hunt for a podium finish making some minor adjustments to the bike setup. When the flag dropped on lap one, Thornton knew the slight bike changes were a setback, and he would have his hands full to maintain inside the top ten for the day. Pushing hard late in the race and finally getting past JC Camacho after a four-lap battle, Thornton had his sight set on Silva and was closing. It was to no avail, Thornton went down on turn five with the front end going away on him. Thornton quickly remounted and salvaged an 18th place finish for the day. “At the end of the day, we know where we are and will be closer to the front going into the Utah Championships.”
Also in the Supersport class, Jaret Nassaney #59 qualified 24th on the tough and winding course. Nassaney worked hard throughout the race to better his best finish of 15th at Road America earlier in the season. Nassaney finished the race just inside the top twenty with a 19th place finish on his Suzuki GSX-R600.
Jaret Nassaney and Miles Thornton do battle in Supersport at Laguna Seca. Photo: Brian J. Nelson
It was also a great weekend for Altus Motorsports Supercharged Team debuting the new Tucker Powersports Kawasaki 400 in the Liqui Moly Jr Cup. Tucker Powersports was debuting their new image and branding on the Kawasaki 400 ridden by Jaret Nassaney. Nassaney started 18th on the grid aboard the Tucker Powersports Kawasaki and quickly moved through the pack toward the front. Quite a few riders went down early in the race while they raced for position. Draik Beauchamp #77 followed Nassaney through the carnage where they both were running 5th and 6th respectably. With six laps to go the race was red flagged and restarted. Both Nassaney and Beauchamp capitalized on the restart maintaining their positions. With a few laps to go Beauchamp was pushing hard to keep Nassaney in tow and unfortunately went down when his front end pushed out going into turn five. Nassaney finished the race in 5th aboard the debuting Tucker Powersports branded Kawasaki 400. Altus Motorsports Supercharged Team and Tucker Powersports put Laguna Seca in the books and walk away with more knowledge to better our team’s results going into the MotoAmerica Championships of Utah. Who knows, back to back to back may be in the cards as Madama is on a streak.
The Tucker Kawasaki 400. Tucker Photo.
The Altus Motorsports Suzuki Team is supported by our great family of partners. Suzuki, Supercharged Natural Sports Drink, Tucker Powersports, Conquest, Arai, Moto-D, Bonamici, Taichi, Moto Liberty, Vortex, AP MotoArts, K-Tech, Ohlins, Hot Bodies Racing, SBS, Sidi, M4, Wilmes Chevy, PSR, and Velocity.
Photography: Brian J. Nelson
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