MCFADDEN AND DEBISE SHINE IN NEW JERSEY FOR TEAM HAMMER
Published: September 10, 2017
Team Hammer finished up business at New Jersey Motorsports Park by earning two more podium finishes before turning its attention to next weekend's MotoAmerica season finale at Barber Motorsports Park.
M4 medAge Suzuki's Nick McFadden shone the brightest on Sunday with a strong second-place effort in the day's Superstock 600 race. McFadden pushed hard early aboard his GSX-R600 to break free from the multi-rider melee that typifies STK600 racing. He successfully opened a multi-second gap back to the fight for third.
The Kentuckian's runner-up result (good for sixth in the combined Supersport/STK600 order) was his eighth podium finish of the season. He currently sits third in points and is still in championship contention heading into the finale.
McFadden said, "We had a good Race 2. We had the same game plan going into this race as we did Race 1. We got away from the group early and put our head down to try to get away and stay out of the pack we got stuck in yesterday. It paid off. We ran a strong second all race and even closed in on the leader around midway through the race. We fell off a bit late so I just managed the gap back to third. It was a good weekend for us with another double podium."
M4 ECSTAR Suzuki's Valentin Debise came through with a double podium performance of his own in the Supersport class. The Frenchman backed up his Saturday second-place with a third-place on Sunday after a hard-fought battle that lasted deep into the race. He ultimately shook free of his opponent and cleared off to a unchallenged third.
Despite scoring his 12th podium of the season, Debise admitted that he expected more: "It was a good and fun battle, but honestly, I'm not happy about my race. I didn't ride as I should. I didn't make the job and I wanted to, so I need to think about that and try to focus on next week and not make the same mistakes.
"I will keep working and keep improving. I will try again and I am sure I can do way better next week. But I want to say thanks again to my team who did a fantastic job as always. They keep pushing me, and I'm really happy to have these guys behind me. I'm ready for next weekend. Let's go!"
M4 ECSTAR Suzuki's Jake Lewis finished sixth (12th overall) in Sunday's Superstock 1000 contest after coming home second aboard his GSX-R1000 on Saturday. Lewis will look to cement his position as STK1000 championship runner-up next weekend.
M4 Rickdiculous Racing Suzuki's Daytona Anderson closed out his return weekend after missing time with injury in 14th (seventh best among Supersport-mounted riders). Anderson continues to hold down 10th in the MotoAmerica Supersport points standings.
Likewise, M4 ECSTAR Suzuki Brandon Cleland remains 10th in the Superstock 600 championship following his 12th (19th overall)on Sunday.
Team Hammer will complete its trophy-laden season in next weekend's MotoAmerica AMA/FIM North American Road Racing Series finale at Barber Motorsports Park on September 15-17.
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