May 15, 2017 - Aguilar Racing Back on The Podium at VIR ( photo courtesy of Brian J Nelson)
Aguilar Racing’s Jason Aguilar overcame qualifying problems to get back on the podium at VIR. Rain and wet conditions did not provide any time to work on dry race settings on Friday, and at the beginning of qualifying Saturday morning. As the track dried during qualifying, all the riders came in to switch to dry race tires to get the best lap time for the conditions. When Jason came in, one of his mechanics had a tool break that resulted in a lengthy delay getting the wheels changed to dry race tires on his 2017 Yamaha YZF-R6. The delay left Jason without enough time to get in a fast lap, and a disappointing overall qualifying position of 17th on the grid. Coming into the race, Jason was tied for 2nd in points for the Superstock 600 Championship. With Jason’s main competition qualifying in the top 3 Superstock 600 positions, Jason would be starting the races with a big disadvantage.
By Saturday’s race time, the track had dried and the racers were ready for battle. Jason did not get a good launch, dropping several positions on the first lap. The poor start put Aguilar Racing’s hopes for a Championship in serious doubt as the main competitors were battling up front for the lead at the end of the first lap, while Jason was 19th. By lap 2 Jason started rolling through the field. Halfway through the race, Jason had moved up to 6th in the Superstock 600 class. With 2 laps to go. Jason had moved into 5th. Pushing hard, Jason moved into 2nd place at the start of the final lap. A mistake in Turn 3 sent Jason off track. He recovered quickly, but came up just short of 2nd place by 0.187 seconds and a disappointing 4th place.
“Started way back and worked my way up to 2nd, but made a mistake last lap and ended up 4th today. Hoping for no mistakes tomorrow” stated Jason.
Jason was fast in Sunday’s morning warm up, finishing 3rd in class for the session. In Race 2, Jason got a good start and by the end of the first lap, had moved into 5th place, but was still several seconds behind the class leaders. On lap 8, Jason made the move into 4th place. It took 3 more laps to catch the 3rd place rider and move back into podium position. Jason was now stalking the 2nd place rider and, with 2 laps to go, moved into 2nd place. On the final lap, Jason pushed hard and stayed focused to stay in second place this time.
Aguilar Racing is now in 3rd place in the Championship, and 17 points back of the lead. The team is headed to Pittsburg for tire testing this week, and then Road America next week where Jason got his first professional podium, and podiumed last year too. It is shaping up to be a real battle for the championship, with several riders already showing the pace to run up front and win races. “After a rough qualifying session, I am glad I could keep in the points battle and get back on the podium. I am looking forward to Road America, a track that I really enjoy, with some of the best fans in racing.”
May 1, 2017
Aguilar Racing Debuts with a MotoAmerica Double Podium Weekend ( photo courtesy of Brian J Nelson)
Aguilar Racing’s Jason Aguilar had a successful debut as a Team Owner with his best MotoAmerica performance to date this past weekend at Road Atlanta. With a 2nd Place finish on Saturday, followed by a 3rd place finish on Sunday, Jason is tied for 2nd Place in points for the 2017 MotoAmerica Superstock 600 Championship, as the team heads to Virginia International Raceway for the next round, May 12-14.
The newly formed Aguilar Racing team consists of mechanics Blair Ramey and Chris Waters, with 20 year old Jason Aguilar as Team Owner/Rider. The Team added to their challenges by campaigning a brand new bike this season: the 2017 Yamaha YZF-R6. “I have to thank Chuck Graves and Shane from Graves Motorsports for all their help in getting me whatever I needed to get the new R6 built in time. Big thanks to Ollie from Graves for the motor build. I had the fastest trap speeds in Race 1 and was consistently fast in Race 2. Also, thanks to Keaton from Graves for technical assistance during the race weekend.“
It took a massive effort to get the bike prepared in time for the first MotoAmerica Superstock 600 race. “We have been putting in some long days and late nights to get everything ready”, stated Jason. “We were finishing the bike as the truck was being loaded. It has been a monumental task to secure sponsorships, funding, parts and spares, all the equipment a team needs at the track, travel arrangements, lodging and rental cars.”
Once out on the track though, the new Yamaha started to show its potential. The first practice had Jason 5th fastest in his group for Superstock 600, then improving to 4th in Friday’s second practice. Saturday morning the improvements resulted in a 2nd Place qualifying position. Saturday’s race was interrupted by a red flag that required a restart. On the restart, Jason found himself in 3rd place, stalking the rider in front of him until the final lap when he made a draft pass down the back straight for 2nd Place, his best MotoAmerica finish to date.
On Sunday, Jason was in 2nd place early, but lost several positions in a multi-rider battle for position. With a couple of laps to go, Jason again found himself in 3rd place right behind the same rider he passed in Race 1. Coming out of Turn 7 onto the back straight, Jason caught a false neutral and lost his drive, eliminating his chance for another pass for 2nd place and having to battle to retain 3rd Place.
“I have to be happy leaving the first race weekend tied for second place in points, but now that I got a second, I know I have the potential to do more, and the new Yamaha R6 has tremendous potential. I hope to realize that potential at VIR, where I was on the podium last year.”
Aug 9, 2015
All Three Tuned Racing Riders, Alexander, Prince, and Aguilar, Race Together In Supersport At Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Based on their success in the MotoAmerica Superstock 600 class, Bryce Prince and Jason Aguilar were among a handful of riders who were invited to move up to the Supersport Class for the MotoGP/MotoAmerica races at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The two riders joined their teammate, Corey Alexander, to race together for the first time.
MotoAmerica’s Supersport class is perhaps its most competitive class. Competitors included a former AMA Superbike Champion, a former AMA Superbike podium regular, several former AMA Champions, six Red Bull Rookies Cup participants including 2 Bull Rookies Cup Champions, some 10-season AMA veteran racers, and riders who came to MotoAmerica with national championships from their home countries. This field was deep with talent!
The race presented challenges for the team, as the invitations were received a couple of weeks before the race. The Superstock class allows more motor modifications than the Superstock 600 class, and those mods are necessary to be competitive. Team Owner Mike Pond scrambled to source proper cylinder heads in time so that Bryce and Jason could have bikes that were capable of running with the regular Supersport competitors. Work was completed at the track to finish preparation to make the bikes race ready.
Due to the combined schedules of MotoGP and MotoAmerica, track time was compressed into a single practice session, a single qualifying session, a warm-up before the race, and a single race. Unfortunately, the first practice session was wet, so valuable time was lost that was needed to get a good race suspension set-up on a track that was new to the team. Qualifying was difficult with Supersport regular Corey leading the team with 12th place on the grid, followed by Bryce and Jason at 15th and 16th respectively.
At the start of the race, Bryce and Jason were able to improve their positions, but Corey was having problems with setup changes that were not working for him. A red flag stopped the race which gave Corey a second chance. On the restart, all 3 riders were able to improve their positions. The race ended with Bryce in 8th place, Corey in 9th, and Jason in 11th.
Jason stated “MotoAmerica round 8 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway was a tough weekend for me. I got invited to race up a class with the Supersport field for the shared MotoGP/MotoAmerica race weekend. We started out the weekend with a rain session Thursday afternoon. For some reason I still struggle horribly in the rain so we lost some valuable setup time from that session and I lost some confidence in my own riding. Next up was our 30 minute qualifying session, which was going to be our first session to be able to really setup the bike. We still struggled getting the right setup, and I was struggling to learn the track. I capped off qualifying in a disappointing 16th place. In the first start of the race, I got a decent start and worked my way up to 14th place, setting my fastest time of the weekend with a 1:42.4 before the red flag came out. The first lap of the restart was mayhem with bikes going down and riders running wide everywhere. I managed to stay out of trouble with the exception of one incident, and came across the line in a disappointing 11th place. With a little more track time, I feel like we could've got the bike sorted out better, but everyone was in the same situation. I can't thank my team, sponsors, and my dad for giving me the opportunity to race in front of a MotoGP crowd. Also, big thanks to Lee’s Cycles for building me a race cylinder head on short notice that was capable of running with the top bikes out there. I'm motivated to get back on track in New Jersey!”
July 19, 2015
Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca
Bryce Prince Caps A Solid Weekend For Tuned Racing With The Team’s 5th Consecutive Superstock 600 Podium
The Superstock 600 Race on Saturday was the first race of the World Superbike/MotoAmerica races at Laguna Seca. With qualifying positions 3 and 4 for Bryce Prince and Jason Aguilar, expectations were running high. The start of the race saw Bryce battling for 1st with Joe Roberts and Jason battling for 3rd. As the race progressed, Jason opened a gap of 1.5 seconds over the 4th place rider. Halfway through the race, Bryce was still right behind Joe, but Michael Gilbert was slowly reeling Jason in. Finally, Michael got by Jason in the corkscrew, but Jason was keeping Michael close. However, the Tuned Racing riders were not able to advance their positions, finishing in 2nd and 4th place.
Bryce commented: “Going into Laguna, I was very excited as it is one of my favorite tracks. On Thursday, I had to install a fresh engine and we were ready to go for practice. I was determined to get out there quickly due to the limited track time we have with WSBK. On the first day, we just got the setup dialed in running in the top 3 the entire time. Come Saturday morning, it was final qualifying, and I was able to end up P3. I knew I had a lot more speed, I just couldn't get a clean lap in qualifying, so I was confident for the race. We made a small suspension change which made the bike corner a little tighter for the race. I got a great start, running P3 on lap one right behind Joe Roberts. We started to gap the riders behind us, leaving the lead battle for just me and Joe. I was stalking Joe and could see he was struggling with grip. I planned on waiting till the last lap to make a pass coming down the corkscrew, but a lapped rider ruined my chances. He got a good drive to the line and I had no way to make the move. It was a great race, and I cannot thank my whole Tuned Racing crew enough. We now have 4 podiums in a row, and I am looking forward to being able to race at Indy with the Supersport Class!”
Jason added: “Had a decent weekend at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca for MotoAmerica round 6. Started off with a good qualifying Saturday morning, putting me 4th place on the grid. I got a great start in the race and was running a solid 3rd place for most of the race. Then, towards about halfway, I started making mistakes like running wide in turns 2 and 5 almost every lap, and rear-end traction started fading fast. I knew we didn't get the bike setup right, so I was trying to ride around the problems but that just made it worse. Eventually, I got passed and was back in 4th place. I stayed on third place for a while but on the second to last lap I got tangled with some lappers and that was the end of my podium shot. A little disappointed with how the result went but I have a plan for next race to make myself and the bike better. Thanks to my team, all the fans that came out to support us, and all of my sponsors for all their support! Can't wait for next round!”
The Supersport race ran late Sunday afternoon. Cory Alexander started from 10th, and quickly moved up while battling for 7th place with 2 other riders. Corey eventually finished 8th in a very tight battle.
Corey stated: “Laguna Seca is one of my favorite tracks to ride at simply because there is nowhere else like it in the world. With that said, I was very excited to ride here again! We started off the weekend quite well and closer to the front than we’ve been all year. Unfortunately, I got bumped to the back of a very tight top ten for qualifying which hurt us a bit at the race start. I am happy to say we have found a set up that works well for me with the R6. In the race I struggled with a few issues but got into a good battle for 7th place with some fellow riders. It made the race interesting, though I think we had the potential to run in the top five. We are still making baby steps towards the front group which is frustrating because as I said, I think we can race with those top 5 guys. Coming onto a new bike and new team this season I’m happy with our progress thus far, and it leaves me very excited to head to Indy followed by my home round at Jersey where I think we will really make a statement. My lead mechanic had to step into more of a crew chief role this weekend acting as a 1 man crew so I have to give a huge thanks to him; Thanks Tim for doing a great job as always! I also have to give a huge thanks to the team for working hard back at the shop and at the track to give me a great bike. I’m struggling to come to terms with the fact that I may just be a little bit too big for a 600, but they keep working harder and harder to give me a better bike. Also, big thanks to all of my personal sponsors and the team sponsors!
Team Owner Mike Pond summed it up: "It was great seeing all of the familiar faces at Laguna Seca. We had a great time at our home track with lots of friends and family, and new fans in attendance. All of the Tuned Racing riders rode well and represented the team with class. My superstock riders Bryce Prince and Jason Aguilar are on fire! They have been riding hard, and putting us in the top 4 on a regular basis. Bryce came into this round with the most confidence I have ever seen, and it showed, putting us on the podium for the fourth time in a row. That's right for the last 5 races we have been on the podium 5 times! I could not be more proud. Coming into this weekend I was a little worried because we had some staff cancel on us last minute, but the team pulled together and made it happen."
Jan 20, 2015
Tuned Racing Racks Up Six Wins at Chuckwalla Valley Racing Association
Bryce Prince came away with 2 podium finishes at the MotoAmerica round at Miller Motorsports Park. Bryce qualified 2nd in Saturday's second qualifying session, giving him a front row start for both Superstock 600 races. In the first race on Saturday, Bryce got a good launch, but was not able to hold his lead going into the first turn. Bryce, and his teammate Jason Aguilar, battled for the first half of the race for 3rd place until the race was red flagged for a downed rider. On the restart, Bryce got a good start and was able to stay with the leaders until the finish, taking 3rd Place and his second consecutive podium finish On Sunday, Bryce started a new winning streak, taking another win in SuperSport Middleweight. The Middleweight Shootout resulted in a 1-2 finish with Prince taking the win and Aguilar taking 2nd. Bryce Prince's 1:47.085 laptime in the Shootout gives him the lap record in both directions for the Middleweight Shootout. Bryce capped a perfect day by winning the Formula Middleweight race.
Bryce’s strong results elevated him to1st Place in the Overall Championship, with commanding leads in 600 Superbike, Open Superbike, and Formula 1 Championships. Bryce will have the chance to earn the Number 1 plate at the Season Finale next month at Big Willow.