Rodio takes victory in first MotoAmerica Twins Cup Race of 2023
Rodio Racing powered by Robem Engineering rider leaves Daytona spherical with championship lead
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. — It wasn’t Gus Rodio’s first time racing an Aprilia RS 660 at Daytona Worldwide Speedway, however the New Jersey rider kicked off the new-for-2023 Rodio Racing — Robem Engineering collaboration by scoring a win and runner-up end on the opening spherical of the 2023 MotoAmerica Twins Cup season.
Rodio piloted his Aprilia to commanding win in his first race with the brand new group and are available oh-so-close to scoring a second triumph on the March 11th of September occasion.
Rodio’s teammate, New Hampshirite Ben Gloddy, had a constructive begin to the Daytona spherical earlier than struggling an unlucky damage that didn’t enable him to complete Friday’s Race 1 or contest Saturday’s Race 2.
Within the Twins Cup’s first on-track session of 2023, Rodio ended Thursday apply on the high of the time sheets. He greatest the following quickest rider for one of the best time within the class’ solely apply session by 0.064 seconds. Gloddy completed apply fifth-fastest. Later Thursday, Rodio and Gloddy completed Qualifying 1 fourth- and sixth-fastest, respectively.
Friday morning noticed Rodio safe fourth on the beginning grid within the second and remaining qualifying session. He missed out on pole by a mere 0.216 seconds. Gloddy wrapped up qualifying in sixth place.
The Daytona spherical’s first Twins Cup race happened Friday afternoon and noticed Rodio put in a dominant efficiency. Rodio moved up two locations within the first a number of corners and was battling for the lead earlier than the top of Lap 1. Gloddy additionally bought a great begin and ran as excessive a 3rd earlier than one other rider crashed in entrance of him on the exit of the west horseshoe. The crash compelled Gloddy to take evasive motion, however sadly the crashed bike made contact with Gloddy’s RS 660, which brought on Gloddy to crash. What was a three-way battle for the lead between Rodio and two different riders in the course of the nine-lap race step by step turned a one-rider present as Rodio pulled away from the opposite frontrunners to win by greater than eight seconds.
Sadly for Gloddy, he suffered an damage when he was compelled off monitor that did now enable him to participate in Saturday’s Twins Cup Race 2.
The second race was an eventful one for Rodio, who made essentially the most of a race restart to increase his lead within the Twins Cup factors standings. Rodio’s motorbike started exhibiting an issue with its gas cap on the warm-up lap, which brought on Rodio to tug again into his pit field whereas the remainder of the sector was forming up for the race begin. The group labored relentlessly to get the motorbike repaired in time to rejoin the race, and a short while later the race was stopped on Lap 3 resulting from a crash.
The race was restarted with its unique beginning grid and 5 laps to go, and Rodio as soon as once more shortly made his approach ahead to the battle for the lead. He was within the race lead on the finish of Laps 1, 3 and 4 and step by step broke away from the remainder of the sector with one other rider. Rodio put in a valiant effort to get a great drive out of the backstraight chicane however was bested to the end line by 0.162 seconds. Rodio’s second place added 20 priceless championship factors to his tally, and he leaves Daytona with a nine-point lead within the class standings.
The MotoAmerica Twins Cup’s subsequent spherical takes place April 21-23 on the Street Atlanta circuit in Braselton, Ga.
Gus Rodio / No. 96
“It was an superior first race of the season. I used to be capable of break free from the pack and win my first Twins Cup race. It was my greatest margin of victory and I’m very blissful. In Race 2, I broke away from the pack with one other rider and had a race lengthy battle for the lead. I ended up second in an in depth end. I’m actually proud of this end result as I didn’t assume we might make it on monitor resulting from a problem we had. I’m actually excited to get to Atlanta and maintain working in the direction of our targets.”
Robem Engineering’s technical companions for 2023 embody Aprilia Racing, Piaggio Group Americas, Bitubo Suspension, Dunlop, Woodcraft Applied sciences, Dymag, Vesrah, Dash Filter, DID, Sara Chappell Photographs, NGK/NTK, Blud Lubricants, Millennium Applied sciences, Motovation USA and SC-Undertaking.
Rodio Racing’s technical companions for 2023 embody NJ MiniGP, Luxestar VIP, MAR Contractors, Evolve GT, N2 Racing, Dunlop, Spellcaster Productions, Kathedral, The Martinn and MVR Endeavor.
Extra, from a press launch issued by N2 Racing/BobbleHeadMoto:
N2/BobbleHeadMoto Blake Davis Scores Two High 5 Finishes at Daytona.
Media, PA – March 2023 – N2/BobbleHeadMoto Racing’s Blake Davis leaves Daytona with a pair of fourths place finishes in Twins Cup and an Eleventh-place end in his first Daytona 200. Blake was quick in each session scoring pole place in Twins Cup and main each races, however small mechanical points prevented Davis from capitalizing on his pace. Blake additionally competed in his first Daytona 200 with a Blake Davis Racing / Biothermal Yamaha YZF-R6 operating with among the greatest riders within the nation within the remaining laps.
Blake was quick from the second the group unloaded the championship successful N2/BobbleHeadMoto Yamaha YZF-R7. Blake led almost each session and certified on pole regardless of a crash in Q2. Blake simply missed out on an opportunity on the Time Assault Qualifying session for the Daytona 200 and certified on row 4 in thirteenth place.
Championships are about scoring most factors in your unhealthy days and that’s precisely what Blake did. In Twins Cup Race One, Blake battled for the lead for many of the race till he began having temperature points together with his R7 that require that he again off a bit to make it to the end in fourth place.
Twins Cup Race Two was very comparable with Blake having race successful pace at first, however struggling some minor technical points. As an alternative of crashing or pulling in, Blake stayed out and nursed his Yamaha R7 to the end in fourth place. These two fourth place finishes depart him fourth within the factors, 19 factors again from Gus Rodio.
Blake’s focus in 2023 is defending his Twins Cup Championship, however Blake will take part in a number of Supersport rounds on his Blake Davis Racing / Biothermal Yamaha YZF-R6. The Daytona 200 was Blake’s first Supersport race and he didn’t disappoint. Regardless of having a problem firstly that noticed him fade again to effectively exterior the highest 20, Blake saved preventing for the whole race, placing in quick, constant laps. The N2/BobbleHeadMoto/Blake Davis Racing group gave Blake two nice pit stops which put him within the lead group for the ultimate 10-lap dash. Sixteen-year-old Blake Davis battled with one of the best, most expertise racers within the nation for these final 10 laps, operating as excessive as second place. Ultimately, Blake completed sixth on the race monitor, however a pit lane rushing penalty pushed him again to Eleventh. A tremendous end result for Davis’ first Daytona 200.
Blake Davis – “It was a tricky weekend on the Yamaha YZF-R7 in Twins Cup. We have been quick right away and at all times within the combine, however we had some technical points associated to a crash that saved us from reaching our potential. It was constructive that we introduced house stable factors in each race, and we’re in respectable form to begin the season. The Daytona 200 was superior! I made a mistake at first, however we fought the whole race and it was a lot enjoyable battling with the lead guys. Because of my N2/BobbleHeadMoto crew for an superior R7 and due to Biothermal for all of the help with the R6.”
Shiloh Salopek (Crew Chief) – “This was a tricky weekend for the group, however we have been capable of depart with priceless championship factors from each races and the information to be extra ready for the following spherical at Street Atlanta in April.”
About N2: N2 – Experience, Race, Be taught.
Based in 2014, N2’s mission is to construct a sustainable motorbike group by means of secure, structured motorbike monitor days, superior rider coaching applications primarily based on Yamaha Champions Driving Faculty educating strategies, with a powerful affinity for motorbike street racing. N2 efficiently resurrected Bike Endurance Racing in America partnering with WERA Roadracing and creating the N2/WERA Nationwide Endurance Sequence by Dunlop. N2 is a premier participant within the MotoAmerica Professional Racing Sequence with a multi-rider group competing in a number of lessons. N2 can be a significant contributor to the Roadracing World Motion Fund by means of fundraising efforts and help from its giant member base.
N2 Racing is proudly sponsored by: Dunlop Bike Tires, Yamaha Motor Company USA, Dainese, BobbleHeadMoto, Buying and selling Paint, GB Racing, Spider, Yoshimura, STM, Sunstar, Giaccmoto, Robem Engineering, Puig, Eazi Grip, SBS Brakes and Yamaha Champions Driving Faculty.
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