Toole, UT (6/27/2017) –The skies were clear and qualifying placed the team in prime positions for the start of Race #1 in the KTM 390 RC Cup Series. The first race of the weekend was televised live, thanks to BEIN Sports, providing nail-biting excitement as the top three riders swapped positions several times during the race. Benjamin Smith and Jackson Blackmon placed second and third after laps of competitive racing and extend their congratulations to the winner Cory Ventura. Draik Beauchamp battled for fourth until losing the front on the last lap, but just like his teammate Jake Leahey, who low-sided early in the race, got right back on and raced to the end. This was the first time this season, breaking the six run winning streak, Quarterley Racing on Track Development did not have a rider on the top tier of the podium.
After earning his first ever pole position in Race #1, Jackson Blackmon, wasn’t satisfied with his third place finish, with his head down he grabs the hole shot at the start of Race #2. Jackson working with his teammate, Benjamin Smith, obtain the fastest times of the weekend, 2:12.046 and 2:12.009 respectively. What has become a common occurrence on track Benjamin and Jackson swapped the lead several times, pulling away from the field, finishing nine seconds
ahead of third place. On the last lap, Blackmon made the move to seal the win. Blackmon’s third victory of the season ties him with teammate Benjamin Smith, furthering his hopes for a chance at the title even with a late start to the season. Jackson sent a shout out for a quick recovery to his teammate Draik Beauchamp who had to sit out Sunday’s Race after Saturday’s crash. Draik reports he is all cleared and looking forward to racing at Leguna Seca. Jake Leahey, reflects on the weekend and states, “We don’t give up, each time we fall down, we get up again. I’m pretty sore, but pulled out an 8th place finish in Race #2.”
The entire team has worked hard to build a four rider Army and support one another. The team looks forward to continued progress in developing the skills and knowledge needed by these young riders on and off the track to set their compasses in the right direction for taking the next step in pro racing.
Current championship points standings for the Quarterley Racing On Track Development Team:
1st Benjamin Smith 147
2nd Jackson Blackmon 118
3rd Draik Beauchamp 99
9th Jake Leahey 54
Quarterley Racing/On Track Development with successful veteran pro rider Dale Quarterley, is an entry level pro racing program focused on bringing young riders up to speed as they set their sights on a future and the next step towards top level pro racing. The team offers Moto America full support on a team owned “Ready to Race” 390 Cup bike for a Wild Card entry or multiple events. Contact is firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 610-217-9926.
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