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Gillim takes King of the Baggers lead with Brainerd 1-2

2023 MotoAmerica Superbike Championship
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Mission King Of The Baggers – Race One

A few hours after dominating the Steel Commander Stock 1000 race, Gillim finished seventh in the Medallia Superbike race. Not long after that he went out and also won the Mission King Of The Baggers race for Harley, beating Indian’s Bobby Fong by 2.5-seconds and his team-mate James Rispoli by eight seconds.

Gillim had his hands full early on with Indian Motorcycle/Progressive/Mission Foods’s Tyler O’Hara, who was leading when he had a mechanical problem that forced him off track and out of the race.

Hayden Gillim

“It is a real good day. I was chasing him (Bobby Fong) in the Superbike race, but he had a little bit of speed on me there and got it back. Pulled a little James Bond move. Gave him the smoke. Tried to keep him off of me. It’s been a really good day. I knew this track was going to be good for me. I just feel good here. Last year was really good on the 1000. I didn’t really know what to expect with the Harley coming here. It’s pretty crazy seeing how half the track Bobby (Fong) and Tyler (O’Hara) have a little bit of speed, and then the other half I can kind of pull a little bit back. At least I know for sure on Tyler I got to see him for a second Bagger Challenge. It’s been a really good day. To have another podium with James (Rispoli), another double podium for Vance & Hines, that’s what we’re here for. So, good job for the team and good job for me and my family. Never had two wins in one day, so this is pretty cool.”

Tyler O’Hara leads Hayden Gillim

Mission King Of The Baggers – Race 1 Results

Pos Name Make Diff
1 Hayden Gillim H-D
2 Bobby Fong IND 2.546
3 James Rispoli H-D 8.019
4 Kyle Wyman H-D 11.945
5 Cory West H-D 18.580
6 Jake Lewis H-D 18.733
7 Kyle Ohnsorg IND 19.770
8 Travis Wyman H-D 23.158
9 Danny Eslick H-D 54.684
10 Frankie Garcia H-D 54.783
Not classified (75% = 7 Laps)
DNF Patricia Fernandez-West H-D DNF
DNF Tyler O’Hara IND DNF
DNF Jeremy McWilliams IND DNF
DNF 88   Max Flinders IND DNF

Mission King Of The Baggers – Race Two

Mere minutes after he rode to a fighting fourth-place finish in the Medallia Superbike race on Sunday, Fong was out front of the Mission King Of The Baggers race.

Bobby Fong

And he was there to stay, riding his Sac Mile/SDI Racing/Roland Sands/Indian to a 1.5-second victory over Saturday’s race winner Hayden Gillim.

A day after a mechanical failure knocked him out of race one, Indian Motorcycle/Progressive/Mission Foods’ Tyler O’Hara caught and passed Gillim’s team-mate James Rispoli in the closing laps to take the final podium spot. Rispoli and H-D Screamin’ Eagle’s Kyle Wyman completed what for him was a lackluster weekend in fifth place.

With his win and runner-up finish in the two races, Gillim takes over the championship lead from Wyman and Rispoli, 175-173, with those two tied for second. Fong moves to fourth in the title chase, 45 points behind Gillim.

Bobby Fong

“No, trust me. I’d rather not do a back-to-back deal like that again,” Fong said. “It was definitely tough. But it was a good weekend for us. All of us got some wins this weekend. Tyler (O’Hara) got the win in the dash. I rate these two guys (O’Hara and Hayden Gillim) really high in my book. Like Tyler said earlier, the competition is stacked. We’ve all been working hard. These guys are smart. Racing with these guys, they think a lot and I can tell riding with these guys. They’re always thinking. They’re always trying different things. Like I said, the competition is stacked. We’ve just got to keep working and see what we can do at COTA in a month or two. I’m happy to be up here. Good pay day for us, as well. Looking forward to spending at the wedding in a year or so.”

Mission King Of The Baggers – Race 2 Results

Pos Name Make Diff
1 Bobby Fong IND
2 Hayden Gillim H-D 1.509
3 Tyler O’Hara IND 4.753
4 James Rispoli H-D 6.512
5 Kyle Wyman H-D 12.033
6 Jeremy McWilliams IND 15.387
7 Jake Lewis H-D 19.203
8 Cory West H-D 22.037
9 Kyle Ohnsorg IND 23.870
10 Danny Eslick H-D 41.020
11 Frankie Garcia H-D 1:13.012
12 Patricia Fernandez-West H-D 1:32.515
Not classified
DNF Max Flinders IND DNF
DNF Travis Wyman H-D DNF

Mission King Of The Baggers Standings

Pos Rider Total
1 Hayden Gillim 175
2 Kyle Wyman 172
3 James Rispoli 172
4 Bobby Fong 130
5 Tyler O’Hara 123
6 Jake Lewis 88
7 Kyle Ohnsorg 80
8 Cory West 79
9 Jeremy McWilliams 71
10 Travis Wyman 67
11 Frankie Garcia 42
12 Patricia Fernandez 31
13 Max Flinders 30
14 Hawk Mazzotta 25
15 Danny Eslick 23
16 Kole King 15
17 Eric Stahl 7
18 Robert Johnson 4
19 Danny Spina 3



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