BARBER ROUND PROVES CHALLENGING FOR APRILIA HSBK RACING, BUT TEAM REMAINS FOCUSED ENTERING FINAL THREE ROUNDS
Houston, TX (June 13, 2016) Barber Motorsports Park played host to the sixth round of the MotoAmerica season. The race weekend provided several challenges, and confirmed the season-long battle for each Superstock 1000 podium position would be hard earned as the series now leaves just six total races spread over the three remaining race weekends.
The team arrived to an extremely hot track Friday, with asphalt near 140 degrees, creating a less predictable and greasy surface. Track temperature, bike adjustments, and pilot Claudio Corti learning the circuit tied up the majority of free practice one and two. When available time ran out, the team landed in Superpole 1. Corti becoming more familiar advanced to Superpole 2 where he was able to lap a blistering pace qualifying him to start Row 2 with the RSV4 RF.
Race 1, led by fantastic start, had Corti in a familiar position, battling for first in Superstock 1000 mixed among the challenging Superbike pilots. 16 laps into the race and holding on to a 3rd place position, Corti was thrown from his machine in a vicious high-side crash keeping him from completing the race.
Bruised and shaken, yet completely determined, Claudio Corti mounted the back-up motorcycle in Race 2. Rider worse for wear, Corti charged among the leading pack in Superstock and marvelously earned himself much needed points keeping himself within the championship title. Just off the podium, in a display of commitment and skill nothing short of admirable, Race 2 ended in a 4th place finish.
The Aprilia HSBK Racing team faces new challenges as they move westward to Utah and California, now trailing the points lead by 20. Barber showed that anything can happen in this series, and may likely be just one of the six remaining races that determine the series winner. Corti and the RSV4 RF have proven their championship capability, and look forward to providing further evidence in the remaining rounds..
HSBK Racing would like to thank Piaggio North America, Aprilia Racing, Houston Superbikes, Bel-Ray, K-Tech Suspension, Pilot Motorsports, Motion Pro, Portable Shade, EVOL Technology, Galfer USA, Ferodo Brake Pads, Capit, GB Racing, Full Spectrum, Sunstar, Zero Gravity, DNA Air Filters, RaceSeats, Samco Sport, DB Holders, BikesPlast, Austin Racing, Fast Frank Racing, Cox Racing, Sidi, Nolan Helmets, Andrew Swenson Design, and Drippin Wet.
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Aprilia USA has officially partnered with HSBK Racing to lead the MotoAmerica program and to provide racing development services for privateers competing on Aprilia RSV4 machines. For more information on the team, updates after testing sessions, sponsor spotlights and race recaps, follow HSBK Racing on Facebook.
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