Aprilia HSBK Racing Has Successful Debut Weekend at COTA

HOUSTON, Texas (April 14, 2015) -  Aprilia HSBK Racing had a successful weekend at the first MotoAmerica round at Circuit of the Americas in Austin, TX. Riders Dustin Dominguez and Devon McDonough rode Aprilia RSV4’s in the Superstock 1000 class. The team continued to tune in the bikes and improve their performance with every session on the track.

 

The team started with a dry practice session on Thursday and they were able to complete several laps. The Friday morning qualifying session was cancelled due to fog which left only one qualifying session. During Friday’s qualifying, Dominguez qualified second in class and McDonough was able to qualify 5th in class.

 

Leading up to race one on Saturday, the weather was unpredictable and wet. Race one was declared a rain race. Dominguez got a great start and was able to gain speed with each of the first laps. He had an impressive battle with Tyler O’Hara and was able to put his head down during the final two laps to build a gap and finish second in the first ever MotoAmerica Superstock 1000 race. Dominguez’ fastest lap was 1.8 seconds faster than third in class.  McDonough had visibility issues during the first race due to his helmet fogging, but finished a strong fifth in class for his first national 1000cc race.

 

On Sunday, race two was dry and hot, but the riders only had an 8 minute warm-up session right before the race due to the morning fog. Dominguez got a great start and was able to run with the leaders, but chose to ride smart and back down a bit. He ran a strong race and wasn’t challenged for position. The commentators noted it was a, “lonely race,” for Dominguez as he had a strong gap on the pack behind him. He finished with another impressive second.

 

Dominguez noted that, “In all, I'm very pleased with our first weekend on the Aprilia RSV4. I think we are miles ahead of where we could be and I'm excited to see where this goes. If we are already this good this early, I can't imagine where we will be by the end of the year. Better every session!”

 

McDonough had a slower start in race two, but was able to make up some ground in lap one. He battled with several Superbike riders over the course of the race and was able to finish fifth in his class. McDonough wrapped up the weekend with the comment that, “We may be happy, but we are not satisfied and now we look to push on and do better next weekend at Road Atlanta!”

 

Team owner, Bobby Shek, was pleased with the weekend. He said, “I’m so proud of the crew and riders for an impressive first race weekend. The team has done an incredible job getting these bikes ready for the guys and we couldn’t have done it without the support of Aprilia and RSRacecraft. Dustin is doing what we knew he could and is riding a strong and consistent pace at the front of the pack. Both riders are proving they deserve to be on these machines and I look forward to strong results the rest of the season.”