Jersey Superbike: KTM RC8 R Report

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KTM RC8R AMA Superbike

The man who won the 2011 AMA XR1200 series, Chris Fillmore, once again competed aboard the HMC KTM Superbike Race Team 1190 RC8 R at New Jersey Motorsports Park (NJMP) last weekend

Fillmore began the final round of the AMA Superbike series by qualifying eighth. But luck wasn’t on Fillmore’s side during race 1 Saturday at NJMP. While running 13th in the opening laps, Fillmore high-sided the KTM RC8R, ending his afternoon.

Fillmore walked away unharmed, and the KTM team repaired the bike for Sunday’s race 2. While Fillmore was 11th, the race was restarted due to a red flag from a solo crash involving the Canadian Brett McCormick (BMW S1000RR).

On the restart, Filmore fell back to 12th, then dropped to 15th. He made his way up 11th soon after making a pass on BMW S1000RR pilot Larry Pegram, then moved into ninth after two riders ahead crashed (Kawasaki’s Steve Rapp, Rockstar Makita Suzuki’s Tommy Hayden).

But again, luck was not on Fillmore’s side; on the 17th lap Fillmore’s KTM RC8 R’ suffered an electrical problem and was forced to withdraw from the Superbike race; he was credited with 18th overall.

Chris Fillmore (KTM 1190 RC8 R AMA Superbike) says: “I was feeling pretty good in today’s race. I felt like my speed was consistent and I was improving with each lap and would have liked to finish inside the top ten.

“Unfortunately we encountered an electrical problem which caused me to not finish the race. This is still our developmental year so we know we will be stronger when we return for a full season. I am really excited to be here and can’t thank my Team Manager Mitch Hansen, HMC Racing and KTM enough for giving me this opportunity.”