SUCCESSFUL WEEKEND FOR CHILI PEPPER RACING AT ROAD AMERICA IN AMA PRO VANCE & HINES HARLEY-DAVIDSON XR1200 SERIES
Chili Pepper Racing riders Ricky Parker and Hayden Schultz raced to good results in round two of the 2014 AMA Pro Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson XR1200 series at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin. Hayden finished seventh in the seven-lap draft-fest, while Ricky dealt with mystery handling problems to finish in 14thplace on the long, legendary four-mile road course.
Having qualified sixth fastest on Saturday afternoon, Hayden started on the second row for Sunday’s race. A good start saw him fall in with the fierce fifth- to eighth-place pack, who continued to draft and pass each other multiple times each lap throughout the race. Hayden tried to lead coming out of the last turn on the last lap, but it was anyone’s guess as to how they would cross the line. Hayden finished seventh, only 0.07 seconds out of fifth. “I went into turn one basically where I started, in sixth,” said seventeen-year-old Hayden. “I didn’t get away with the lead group, but started battling with a couple of guys. There was a group of us that just battled for the whole race. Coming into the last lap, I’d seen a few guys come out of the last turn and at least lead past the line. I thought maybe I could come out in front of all those, but I guess I didn’t get a good enough of a draft and a couple of guys got around me.”
Ricky came into Road America with renewed enthusiasm after Daytona, and by race time felt he had a good bike setup, but problems cropped up during the short seven-lap sprint race. “The race didn’t go as I wanted it to,” Ricky said. “My start was great, got past a couple of rows. I was ninth or tenth at the beginning, but I overshot a couple of corners, turns five, six and seven on the first lap. On lap two, after the carousel, I overshot that corner so I had to zig-zag through the tires, lost three or four places, so that was the race for me.”
Hayden currently sits in eight place in the season points standings, and Ricky is in 16th place.
The Chili Pepper Racing team’s next event of the 2014 AMA Pro Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson XR1200 series is at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Alabama on June 21-22, 2014.
ChiliPepper Racing is a not-for-profit organization raising awareness for ACCO.org and VETMotorsports. The team takes a unique “per event” approach to sponsorship that includes promotion, hospitality and pit credential opportunities for your business or organization. Visit ChiliPepperRacing.com to get involved in their inclusive and exciting program.
For 2014, Chili Pepper Racing has technical support from Indian Motorcycles of Lafayette (IN),VETMotorsports.org and Lenny Albin/Nitron USA.
Hayden is proud to receive support from Chili Pepper Racing, Arai, AXO, Racer Gloves, TCX Boots, Silkolene, Leatt, Leo Vince, Speedmob, Moto Skiveez, Spy Optic, Lenny Albin/Nitron USA and Anthony & Joanne Cardarelli.
Ricky’s sponsors include Arai Helmets, DesotoMotorSportPark.com and MotoNation.