Laguna Seca: Bobby Fong Set The Pace
AMA SportBike Results
The AMA Pro Daytona SportBike event at the Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, July 24-25 proved to be both the best of days and the worst of days for the Crozier Roberson Motorsports/DNA Energy Drink Team.
Gridded in the 4th spot, Bobby Fong powered off the starting line like he had been shot out of a canon. Passing the pole sitter, Fong took over first place before the first lap was even completed.
Piloting his DNA Energy Drink Ducati 848 around the 2.238-mile famed Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca track, Fong continued to dominate for 15 laps.
Martin Cardenas says: “Bobby was two or three seconds clear and I was a little bit worried because I saw that Herrin wasn’t gaining on him. I thought maybe today the best finish was going to be second but I pushed very hard for two or three laps and I caught him.”
At that point Fong caught some slower riders and Cardenas was able to get right up to him quicker than even he expected.
He continues: “I caught him and stayed with him and unfortunately for him, he lost the front under braking. From then on it became a little bit difficult to maintain concentration but I was able to break through here and win.”
Bobby Fong says: “I got caught up in some lapped riders,” he explains. Cardenas was right behind me and unfortunately in the heat of battle I lost it going into turn two. I couldn’t be more bummed. But we definitely served notice on the field and showed them things to come.”
“The Crozier Roberson crew gave me an excellent bike. It couldn’t have been any better and come the next race, we will be ready to put DNA Energy Drink in the Number One spot.”
Robbie Roberson says: “Our entire time is incredibly proud of Bobby,” says co-team owner. “He just keeps getting better and better and we know that victory is just around the corner.”
Bobby Fong crashed on lap 15 and even thought he quickly picked up his Ducati and rejoined, there was too much damage to continue and he retired.
Since Road America, Fong has been riding well and he is now another part of the mix at the front of the field.
The AMA Pro Daytona SportBike by AMSOIL championship chase resumes August 13-15 at Virgina International Raceway in Alton, Va.