“Focus” On Ben Gloddy
Utah Motorsports Campus – MotoAmerica Liqui Moly Junior Cup Race Report (June 15th-16th)
First, I want to Thank you for your continued support. I have wanted this for as long as I can remember and I am excited to see where this could all lead in the future.
I felt I had a really good first weekend at MotoAmerica with my team, Quarterley Racing On Track Development. I went out for my first practice Saturday morning not really knowing what to expect but I felt the session went well overall. A lot of people have asked how I liked the track, it was good, but it challenged some of my weaknesses and that is something I will continue to work on. Later Saturday morning in qualifying, I qualified 17th which put me on the 6th row for Race 1. I was having issues getting good traction and felt I needed some adjustments to my rear tire and suspension. My team was able to make some changes for me for Race 1 and it definitely helped a lot. Unfortunately, I did not get a good start, so I had to pass quite a few people going into turn 1 and throughout the race. I did have some great battles though and it was a lot of fun. I had worked my way up into 9th position, but in the last turn of the final lap, another racer jacked their brakes resulting in me having to avoid a potential pile up and put me back into 12th place across the finish line – still not bad for my first MotoAmerica Junior Cup Race! In Race 2, the grid positions were based off of the fastest laps in Race 1 which put me on Row 3 in the 9th position for Race 2. Again, I didn’t get a good start so I was working my way up through the field when a red flag came out. After the red flag, we did a full race restart. I was able to get a much better start and was in a good spot going into turn 1. I worked my way up through the field and was able to get into 5th place. I was on the tail of the 4th place rider, but I made a mistake in turn 7 and lost him a little bit.
So in all, I feel like it was a successful first race weekend at the professional level. I am really looking forward to Laguna Seca in July.
None of this would be possible without support from people like you, I cannot thank you you enough.