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Jason Aguilar - Motorcycle Racer
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Jason Aguilar - Motorcycle Racer
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Jason Aguilar - Motorcycle Racer

Jason Aguilar - Motorcycle Racer
 
Jason Aguilar - Motorcycle Racer

September 16, 2014
Difficult Weekend for Tuned Racing at New Jersey

The final 2014 AMA Pro Road Racing event at New Jersey Motors-ports Park presented tough conditions and tough racing for Tuned Racing riders Bryce Prince and Jason Aguilar. In AMA Pro Supersport’s first practice and qualifying, Jason finished 10th. The final qualifier on Saturday left Jason in a disappointing 13th position on the grid. Race 1 was really tough. The riders went out on rain tires, but the damp track was not wet enough for rain tires, so the officials declared it a dry race even though rain was just minutes away. Without much experience in the rain, Jason lacked confidence in the damp conditions. Jason got a poor start, and combined with the damp conditions, he dropped to 25th position at the end of the first lap. As Jason got accustomed to the conditions, he was able to start pushing harder, moving up to 15th place by the end of lap 5. It started raining on lap 6 and Jason could not continue to push hard, dropping a spot to 16th. When riders started crashing all around, the red flag stopped the race and it was declared a complete race after 8 of 16 scheduled laps were completed. Jason’s season long string of top 10 finishes came to a disappointing end as the race was called early, leaving him in 16th place.

For Bryce Prince, Saturday’s first qualifying session had him tied with Steve Rapp for 13th. Bryce improved to 11th in the second qualifying session. On the out-lap for Race 1, Bryce crashed in the rainy conditions. The team worked frantically to get him back on the grid in time for the start. Only 9 riders made it to the finish. Unfortunately, Bryce was not one of them, losing the front early on for his first DNF of the season, ending another streak for Tuned Racing riders.

Sunday welcomed the riders with clear skies and a dry track. After the team made some suspension adjustments, Jason was 9th in the warm-up. Race 1 saw Jason get a better start. Jason was behind a group of 3 riders that were holding him up, but it took him 5 laps to make a single pass. On the next lap, he got around the other 2, but the riders ahead had pulled away by 6 seconds and Jason could not close the gap, finishing in 9th place. Jason was the top rookie in Supersport for 2014. Jason was 6th in the Supersport Championship in his first year as a pro, racing on tracks that he had never ridden before. Jason is really looking forward to 2015 now that he has some experience.

Bryce got into a back and forth battle with Blake Young in Race 2 of Daytona Sportbike. On the final lap, Bryce led Blake through the final turn, but Blake got the draft for a 0.003 second advantage and 11th place.

Now the team will focus on winning Championships at Moto West Grand Prix. Having missed 2 MWGP events due to conflicting dates with AMA Pro Racing events, Bryce is now 2 points behind in his chase for the #1 plate. Bryce still leads the Formula 1, Open Superbike, and 600 Superbike Championships. Jason Aguilar leads the 600 Superstock class, and is 2nd in Formula 1, and 3rd in Open Superstock.

With the new MotoAmerica leadership taking over AMA Road Racing in 2015, the Tuned Racing team is really excited about next year. A combination of the new leadership’s commitment and Dorna’s support to restore American Road Racing to world class status, and to: run more events, sign a strong television package, pay bigger purses, will allow American Road Racing to really take off again. 2015 is going to be a great year not only for Tuned Racing, but for the sport overall. We are really excited to build on lessons learned in 2014, and chase podiums and championships in 2015.


July 20, 2014
Mid Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio

Tuned Racing riders Bryce Prince and Jason Aguilar showed improvement in difficult weather conditions at the AMA Pro Road Racing Buckeye SuperBike Weekend. On Saturday, rain washed out the qualifying sessions and the races. There was a single practice session for Daytona Sportbike and SuperSport classes. In Daytona Sportbike, Bryce Prince finished 11th overall. SuperSport practice was a disaster for Jason Aguilar, who only managed three laps, a crash, and a fire, leaving him 37th out of 43 riders. AMA Pro Racing rules call for gridding by points when qualifying sessions are not able to be completed. This put Jason in 6th starting position for the first race. Bryce would start his race from 13th.

AMA Pro Racing decided to try to run a full weekend schedule of racing in one day on Sunday to make up for the washed out Saturday. The order of the races was reversed to make sure they completed the SuperBike races first. In Daytona Sportbike Race 1, Bryce started in 13th and stayed there for the entire race. In Race 2, Bryce started from 13th, and was able to get around a couple of riders to advance to 11th Place.

SuperSport Race 1 was going to be a challenge for Jason Aguilar after a difficult Saturday practice that gave Jason very little track time. Starting from 6th, Jason did not get a good start and dropped back in the 43 rider field. Jason moved into 9th place by the end of the first lap and was not able to advance beyond that, but was able to improve his lap times, better than some of the riders who finished ahead of him. Jason was feeling more confident for Race 2, but a change in the gridding rule moved him back to 9th starting position for Race 2. Once again, Jason did not get a good start and fell back in the field. Jason moved into 8th by the end of the first lap but lost a position on the second lap and got caught up in a battle for 7th place. Once Jason got around those riders, he had some clear track and proceeded to run his fastest laps of the race while hunting down another rider for 6th place. The two Top 10 finishes keep Jason's streak alive of Top 10 finishes in every AMA SuperSport Race this year.

Jason currently sits in 6th Place in AMA Pro Racing's SuperSport Class and is the highest ranked rookie in the class. Bryce is in 14th in the highly competitive Daytona Sportbike class. Both riders look forward to the final race of the season September 13-14 at New Jersey Motorsports Park. Tuned Racing will return to competition August 8-9 at the newly repaved Buttonwillow Raceway Park, and on August 9-10 for Moto West Grand Prix where Bryce leads the Overall Championship, Formula 1, Open Superbike, and 600 Superbike classes. Jason Aguilar leads the 600 Superstock Class and is 2nd in Open Superstock and Formula 1 classes.

 

July 6, 2014
6 Wins for Tuned Racing at Moto West Grand Prix

Tuned Racing riders took 6 wins during the July round of Moto West Grand Prix at the Big Willow course. Conditions were hot, but the notorious winds were in check for the weekend. Bryce Prince continued his dominance at MWGP with commanding wins in Formula 1, Open Superbike, and 600 Superbike. Bryce now has the lead for the Overall Championship for 2014. With a fastest lap of 1:22.353 in Formula 1, Bryce now holds the fastest lap of the year at MWGP. "I am really looking forward to the next 2 AMA weekends at WSBK Laguna Seca and Mid-Ohio" stated Bryce.

With temperatures in the 100s, the Formula 1 podium celebration was somewhat subdued as the riders tried to cool off after the race. Jason Aguilar, 2nd Place (left), Bryce Prince, 1st Place (center), Luke Huff, 3rd Place (right in background).

Jason Aguilar finished 2nd behind his teammate in Formula 1, and added wins in Open Superstock and 600 Superstock. Jason ran a personal best laptime of 1:23.939 while chasing after Bryce. "Pretty disappointed I couldn't beat my teammate Bryce Prince, but I know what I have to do next time to run with him. My bike ran great all weekend and the team had a great showing winning every race we entered", Jason added. Mike Pond also returned to action, adding a win in 750 Superbike.

Tuned Racing moves on to Laguna Seca this weekend for the FIM Superbike World Championship, GEICO Motorcycle US Round, where all three teammates are riding in AMA Daytona Sportbike. Jason Aguilar was invited by AMA Pro Racing to move up to the Daytona Sportbike class for this event. The following weekend is the AMA Buckeye SuperBike Weekend at Mid-Ohio.

June 14, 2014
Rookie Jason Aguilar taking AMA Pro SuperSport by storm in 2014

Written by Andrew Swain

DAYTONA BEACH, FL – At first glance, it appeared that AMA Pro SuperSport rider Jason Aguilar was a distinguished class veteran when he crossed the finish line in third place following Race 2 at Road America. The way he outgunned noteworthy competitors like Wyatt Farris and Dustin Dominguez at the race's conclusion made it seem like he had plenty of experience under his belt. However, when the young Aguilar took off his helmet while standing on his first podium ever, the world was introduced to a class rookie, not a seasoned veteran; a 17-year-old baby-face that could potentially rock the AMA Pro Road Racing paddock for years to come.

Jason Aguilar - Motorcycle Racer
 PHOTO BY BRIAN J NELSON
"My race went really well," said Aguilar speaking about his third-place Race 2 finish at Road America. "I had a bad qualifying but fortunately was able to get into fourth place before the second restart. I got a pretty good start off of that and was able to stay behind Kaleb [De Keyral] and Wyatt [Farris] for a little bit, and I figured I could draft by them at the line and I ended up getting it. It was my first podium so I'm really excited about it."

Another component that made Aguilar's first podium appearance so impressive is the fact that he started from 14th on the grid following a 2:26.853 qualifying time. Because of his early successes in 2014, Aguilar has been approved to compete in GoPro Daytona SportBike competition at the FIM SuperBike World Championship, GEICO Motorcycle U.S. Round at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, CA, which will represent Round 4 of AMA Pro Road Racing.

In 2002, when Jason was just five years old, his father brought home a Dunlop poster of AMA Pro Road Racing legend, Nicky Hayden, dragging his elbow around a corner during a race. Ever since that moment, Jason was hooked on the sport and wanted to become a professional motorcycle racer himself. Now, at 17, Aguilar is in the midst of his debut season in AMA Pro SuperSport, mounted on a Tuned Industries Yamaha YZF-R6, and poised for an excellent rookie campaign and many strong seasons to follow.

Tune into FansChoice.tv next weekend, June 21-22, to watch LIVE coverage of the Triumph SuperBike Classic at Barber Motorsports Park for Round 3 of AMA Pro Road Racing. Aguilar has yet to finish outside the top ten in all four of his races thus far. To view all of last weekend's races at Road America, visit our YouTube portal at www.YouTube.com/amaprovids.

April 8, 2014
Kind words from Tuned Racing

Tuned Racing loves the Torco products. The crew raves about the Penetrating Lubricant, Moto-Prep, and Brake and Contact Cleaner. I have never heard crew members rave about brake cleaner or penetrating lubricants from anyone else before. In addition, the Moto-Prep was in constant use making the Tuned Racing bikes the best looking bikes in the Paddock as well as on the track.

The oil speaks for itself, with Jason Aguilar qualifying on the front row his first day ever at Daytona. The T-4SR 5w30 worked superbly.

We are looking into the 3 race series that John Ulrich of Roadracing World has put together to see if we have enough support to do those races. SuperBikeShootout.com I am pretty sure we will do Auto Club in a few weeks.

Thanks again for your support!

Bob Aguilar


March 25, 2014
Tuned Racing Tops The Podium At AFM Buttonwillow

It was a strong showing for Tuned Racing this weekend. Bryce Prince took home the gold with two 1st Place finishes in 600 Production and 600 Superbike classes at AFM's season opener at Buttonwillow Raceway Park. Starting from the 3rd row, Bryce had his work cut out for him in 600 Production, but quickly sliced his way through the field. By the end of the first lap, Bryce had moved from 9th to 4th. By the 3rd lap, Bryce had taken the lead and started to check out. Meanwhile, Jason Aguilar, who started from the 4th row, was systematically working his way through traffic. By lap 4, Jason had moved into 3rd place, but Bryce and Andy DiBrino had opened up too big a gap to close on them.

In 750 Production, Mike Pond, in his first start since a huge crash at Streets of Willow in August 2013, and having battled electrical gremlins all day Saturday, missing most of the practice sessions, brought home a respectable 8th Place finish.

In 600 Supebike, Bryce was starting from the 3rd row, with Joey Pascarella starting from pole with a new track record to his credit in Formula Pacific. Joey got a great start, and it looked like Bryce really had his work cut out for him. Jason Aguilar got a great start from the 4th row and was ahead of Bryce going into Turn 2. Bryce got by Jason through the Riverside section and closed on the riders ahead of him. By the end of the first lap, Jason was in 8th and Bryce had worked his way up to 5th. Joey Pascarella looked like he was going to be impossible to catch, but lowsided when he hit the bump in Riverside, launching the bike high into the air. Fortunately, Joey was able to walk away. Meanwhile, Bryce had moved up 3 places into 2nd, and Jason moved up 2 places into 6th, by the end of Lap 2. Bryce had closed the gap to Andy DiBrino and a battle for the lead was brewing. During this time, Jason had moved into 4th, but still had a sizeable gap to 3rd place rider Deion Campbell.
Jason Aguilar - Motorcycle Racer
 1st Place Bryce Prince #174 (center), 2nd Place Andy DiBrino #162 (left), 3rd Place Jason Aguilar #96 (right) in 600 Production
Photo courtesy of Robyn Cole


Jason Aguilar - Motorcycle Racer
Tuned Racing Team (from Left), Mike Pond – Rider/Owner, Bryce Prince – Rider/Owner, Bob Aguilar – Race Dad, Blair Ramey – Crew Chief, Jason Aguilar – Rider/Young Gun
Photo courtesy of Robyn Cole


Bryce grabbed the lead from Andy DiBrino and started to check out again. Gradually closing the gap, Jason got a good drive coming off the final corner and drove past Deion on the penultimate lap to take another 3rd Place finish. Mike Pond who started from Row 5, worked his way up to a 13th Place finish.
Jason Aguilar - Motorcycle Racer Mike Pond in action at Buttonwillow Raceway Park
Photo courtesy of Robyn Cole
Jason Aguilar - Motorcycle Racer Jason Aguilar in action at Buttonwillow Raceway Park
Photo courtesy of Robyn Cole
Jason Aguilar - Motorcycle Racer Bryce Prince in action at Buttonwillow Raceway Park
Photo courtesy of Robyn Cole

Jason Aguilar - Motorcycle Racer Jason Aguilar getting a good drive on his Tuned Racing Yamaha YZF-R6
Photo courtesy of Robyn Cole
Jason Aguilar - Motorcycle Racer Bryce finished the day a perfect 2 for 2, winning both of the 600 Class races.
Photo courtesy of Robyn Cole
Jason Aguilar - Motorcycle Racer Jason also got on the podium twice with two 3rd place finishes in the 600 Class races.


March 19, 2014
Jason Aguilar makes AMA Pro Racing Debut at Daytona International Speedway

Jason had a fantastic start to his professional racing career in the opening round of the 2014 AMA Pro SuperSport season at Daytona International Speedway. Any experienced racer will tell you that Daytona is not an easy track to master. On Thursday, Jason rode Daytona for the first time ever. After a 40 minute qualifying session, Jason was in 10th place among all the riders. In qualifying, Jason quickly jumped up to second place in the standings. Jason dropped down to 3rd, but kept improving his times and ended up 3rd overall, putting him on the front row!

After qualifying on the front row, Jason went on to record two Top 10 finishes and now is tied for 7th place in points for the AMA Pro SuperSport Championship. While most riders would be elated to finish so well in their first pro race weekend, Jason was anything but happy.

"My first AMA Pro SuperSport race went fairly well. Having never rode Daytona before or raced against my competitors, I figured top 10 would be a good goal. I picked up the track quickly and ended up qualifying a surprising third place! This made me want a podium really bad.

I had a small crash in morning warm-up on Friday. The crash did basically no damage to the bike so I was all set to race. In the first race, I spun up the rear tire on the paint stripe and then it suddenly gripped and put me into a wheelie. Going into Turn 1, I was probably in around 10th place. I felt really good during the race and I started working my way through everyone on the infield. I got stuck in the main group of riders and it was very hard to work my way forward when they would pass me right back on the banking. On the last lap Hayden Gillim and I made contact which made me lose the draft of the main group. I couldn't catch the group in time and I ended up in 8th place.
Jason Aguilar - Motorcycle Racer
Cory Alexander (left), Miles Thornton (center), and Jason Aguilar
being interviewed after qualifying on the front row.


Jason Aguilar - Motorcycle Racer
Jason #96, battling with Hayden Gillim #69, JC Camacho #623, and Mario Alvarez #59

I knew what I had to do in Race 2 and I was determined to get on the podium. I got another bad start in race two and I was probably around 10th again going into turn 1. I stayed with the lead group until I ran off track straight through the grass in the chicane. The lead group managed to pull away a little bit after that. But Hayden Gillim and I were catching the lead group fairly quickly. Right when we caught the main group I made the same mistake and ran off track through the grass in the chicane. This made me lose touch with the lead group and it made me lose hope. That lap would've been my fastest lap and I started to lose confidence. The next two laps I was running at a slower pace by myself and I got caught by two other riders that barely beat me to the line. This finish was extremely disappointing and I was very frustrated with myself. I've never made so many mistakes in two races but I've never learned so much in two races. I can't wait for Road America now! Thanks to my team for working hard all week and giving me the best bike out there! Also big thanks to my dad for supporting me through my career and making this happen."


January 28, 2014
Jason Aguilar's First Weekend With Tuned Industries

Jason Aguilar embarked on the next phase as he joined Tuned Racing at Chuckwalla for the January CVMA round. This was Jason's first weekend as part of Tuned Racing. On Friday, the Racer's Practice was held at the end of the day. Most of the practice session was spent testing new electronics, so more time was spent making adjustments than on the track.

Saturday morning was more of the same, with work on testing electronics and making gearing changes. This was more of a "Test and Tune" during a club race. Due to the electronics testing, the Team was not able to work on suspension setup, so the differences in electronics could be properly evaluated. While this did not make for competitive racing, the data acquisition was very important to get a baseline setup. On Saturday, Jason finished 7th while going slower than he did in qualifying. The electronics testing continued and more changes were made before the next race. This resulted in improved lap times that were only 0.2 seconds off his personal best. Progress was being made.

Saturday night, the team was up late going through Jason's bike, and making changes to suspension geometry and gearing based on feedback from the electronics testing. During the Sunday morning practice, the bike was handling much better. The team removed the new electronics that were being tested for the final practice to evaluate the difference. "The new electronics I was testing definitely helped. I didn't really know how much better it was until we went back to my old ECU. Big difference", Jason explained.

In Sunday's first race, Jason did not get his usual great start. However, all the work that was put in was starting to pay off as Jason ran a personal best -- 1:49.1 lap time that was 1.6 seconds faster than his previous personal best.
Jason Aguilar - Motorcycle Racer

Jason Aguilar - Motorcycle Racer
Photos courtesy of Caliphotography

Jason finished the day with a 4th place finish in Formula Middleweight. While all this was going on, Benny Solis, and Jason's teammate, Bryce Prince, were putting on a show. The track record fell several times over the weekend as both riders were under the previous lap record several times. Bryce Prince ended up with the Track Record, but Benny took the wins. With a teammate who holds several track records working with him, Jason is in a great position to make progress as he turns pro this year.

"This was an amazing weekend. To have a crew there to take care of all the things that I did before with just me and my Dad was incredible. Before, I would be running around trying to get the bike ready. Now, Mike Pond just tells me to go relax and think about what I want to accomplish on the track. And Bryce is a great teammate. He was really helping me a lot this weekend. I am really excited to have a team that is so supportive. Thank you to Mike Pond, Bryce Prince, Blair Ramey, Chris Waters, Randy Peterson, and even Greg Nulman who helped on the tire machine."

September 15, 2013
Big Willow Willow Springs International Raceway
Rosamond, CA

Jason Aguilar set new personal bests in his first 2 races as Moto West Grand Prix returned to the Big Willow track for Round 5. In the first race, 600 Superbike, Jason started from pole position. Bryce Prince got the holeshot start with Jason in second coming out of Turn 1. Chris Duran made an outside pass on Jason coming out of Turn 2. Jason was pushing hard to maintain contact with Prince and Duran, but ran wide into Turn 1 on the 3rd lap. Duran took the lead from Prince and went on to take the win. Jason was not able to catch up to the leaders after that, but set a personal best of 1:26.171.

A strange starting grid error may have cost Jason the win in 750 Superstock. As points leader in the class, Jason was gridded in pole position. Since the race includes the Open Superstock class, Jason’s class would start after the Open
Jason Aguilar - Motorcycle RacerJason coming in to the pits after winning
the 2013 Moto West Grand Prix 600 Superbike race and championship.

Superstock class. There were supposed to be 2 empty rows in between the 2 classes. However, the starter allowed the racers gridded behind Jason to fill the 2 empty rows, moving Jason from first to last in the starting positions. Jason still got a great start and moved up 5 positions before Turn 1. By Turn 2, Jason had moved into 2nd Place behind Chad Lewin. On the second lap, the 2 racers encountered traffic from the Open Superstock class and Chad was able to break away when he got around a rider before going into Turn 8. Jason got stuck behind the rider in Turn 8, but made the pass coming onto the main straightaway. Jason pushed hard, running a personal best of 1:25.723 to close back in on Chad by lap 4. On lap 5, Jason passed Chad going into Turn 3. Chad was all over Jason, and his Kawasaki 636 was able to motor past Jason on the main straightaway as they started the final lap. Jason tried to make an outside pass in Turn 1, but Chad held him off. Jason tried another outside pass in Turn 2, and had to move his helmet to avoid hitting it on Chad’s rear tire. Without letting up, Jason again passed Chad in Turn 3 to reclaim the lead. Chad kept it close, got a draft down the back straight and tried to make the pass, but Jason was not going to give up the position. Refusing to back down, Chad stayed right behind Jason, got a good drive, and was able to pass him back right at the finish line It was a great battle, and possibly the best race of the day.

In the final race, 600 Superstock, Jason was 3rd going into Turn 1, behind Jake Dolan on his Buell, and Chad Lewin. Chris Duran got by Jason in Turn 2, Bryce Prince was able to get by Jason on lap 3, dropping Jason to 5th Place. Jason was not able to improve on that position, finishing in 5th Place.

Jason in the 600 Superstock race.
Moto West Grand Prix Championship Standings:
1st Place 750 Superstock
2nd Place 600 Superbike
4th Place 600 Superstock

July 14, 2013
Willow Springs International Raceway
Rosamond, CA

Jason Aguilar set new personal bests in his first 2 races as Moto West Grand Prix returned to the Big Willow track for Round 5. In the first race, 600 Superbike, Jason started from pole position. Bryce Prince got the holeshot start with Jason in second coming out of Turn 1. Chris Duran made an outside pass on Jason coming out of Turn 2. Jason was pushing hard to maintain contact with Prince and Duran, but ran wide into Turn 1 on the 3rd lap. Duran took the lead from Prince and went on to take the win. Jason was not able to catch up to the leaders after that, but set a personal best of 1:26.171.

A strange starting grid error may have cost Jason the win in 750 Superstock. As points leader in the class, Jason was gridded in pole position. Since the race includes the Open Superstock class, Jason’s class would start after the Open Superstock class. There were supposed to be 2 empty rows in between the 2 classes. However, the starter allowed the racers gridded behind Jason to fill the 2 empty rows, moving Jason from first to last in the starting positions. Jason still got a great start and moved up 5 positions before Turn 1. By Turn 2, Jason had moved into 2nd Place behind Chad Lewin. On the second lap, the 2 racers encountered traffic from the Open Superstock class and Chad was able to break away when he got around a rider before going into Turn 8. Jason got stuck behind the rider in Turn 8, but made the pass coming onto the main straightaway. Jason pushed hard, running a personal best of 1:25.723 to close back in on Chad by lap 4. On lap 5, Jason passed Chad going into Turn 3. Chad was all over Jason, and his Kawasaki 636 was able to motor past Jason on the main straightaway as they started the final lap. Jason tried to make an outside pass in Turn 1, but Chad held him off. Jason tried another outside pass in Turn 2, and had to move his helmet to avoid hitting it on Chad’s rear tire. Without letting up, Jason again passed Chad in Turn 3 to reclaim the lead. Chad kept it close, got a draft down the back straight and tried to make the pass, but Jason was not going to give up the position. Refusing to back down, Chad stayed right behind Jason, got a good drive, and was able to pass him back right at the finish line It was a great battle, and possibly the best race of the day.

In the final race, 600 Superstock, Jason was 3rd going into Turn 1, behind Jake Dolan on his Buell, and Chad Lewin. Chris Duran got by Jason in Turn 2, Bryce Prince was able to get by Jason on lap 3, dropping Jason to 5th Place. Jason was not able to improve on that position, finishing in 5th Place.

Jason in the 600 Superstock race.
Moto West Grand Prix Championship Standings:
1st Place 750 Superstock
2nd Place 600 Superbike
4th Place 600 Superstock
Jason Aguilar - Motorcycle RacerJason in a lonely 3rd Place in 600 Superbike
Photo courtesy of Caliphotography

Jason Aguilar - Motorcycle RacerJason pushing hard to catch Chad Lewin in 750 Superstock
Photo courtesy of Caliphotography
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Jason Aguilar - Motorcycle RacerJason leading Chad Lewin on the final lap of 750 Superstock
Photo courtesy of Caliphotography
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Jason Aguilar - Motorcycle Racer


June 16, 2013
Streets of Willow
Willow Springs International Raceway
Rosamond, CA

Moto West Grand Prix took to the Streets of Willow course in the counterclockwise direction for Round 4 of the eight race series. Jason Aguilar had never ridden Streets in that direction before. It was going to be a challenging weekend with a new course and a forecast of windy conditions. In the first race on Sunday, the 600 Superstock, Jason got a great start and was pulling a gap on Jake Dolan in 2nd and Benny Solis in 3rd, when a red flag incident forced a restart that eliminated Jason’s holeshot. Jason could not duplicate the holeshot on the restart and dropped to 3rd behind Bryce Prince and Jake Dolan. Benny Solis was able to get by Jason on lap 2, dropping Jason to 4th. The racers finished in that order. “It was so frustrating to lose the holeshot with another red flag. I have lost so many holeshots in races this year due to red flags, and I rarely am able to duplicate the holeshot on the restarts”, a disappointed Jason explained. “I knew with the first start, that I had a really good chance to win”.

Jason’s second race of the day, the 750 Superstock, saw Jason get another great start and open up a three-second lead on the second lap. As fate would have it, another red flag erased Jason’s lead and forced a 4 lap restart. Once again, Jason could not duplicate the holeshot dropping to 2nd at the start behind Travis Goldstein, with Javelin Broderick in 3rd. Javelin got by Jason with one lap to go. Jason was pushing hard when Javelin’s bike popped out of gear, slowing Javelin and forcing Jason to check up. Jason recalled, “once I got by Javelin, I didn’t think I could catch Travis”, who had opened up a several bike length gap. However, going into the final turn, Jason closed the gap and was right behind Travis. Jason got in the draft and pulled out to try to pass. In a finish that was too close to call, Jason was declared the winner. The win moved Jason into 1st place in the 750 Superstock Championship.

The final race of the day, the 600 Superbike, once again saw Jason get the holeshot. But Jason ran into the first corner a little too hot and that opened the door for Bryce Prince to put an inside move on Jason for the lead. Jason pushed hard to match Bryce’s pace, running a personal best of 1:17.842, but Bryce was able to open up a gap. Bryce took the win, with Jason all alone in 2nd place. The finish was good enough to move Jason into 1st place in the 600 Superbike Championship.





Jason Aguilar - Motorcycle Racer
Jason getting the holeshot in the 600 Superbike race.
Photo courtesy of Caliphotography.



Jason Aguilar - Motorcycle Racer3rd place freight train with Bryce Prince (74), Jason Aguilar (196), and Mike Pond (67).
Photo courtesy of Caliphotography
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May 19, 2013
Jason Aguilar gets first win at Willow Springs

Jason Aguilar showed up with something new for the latest round of Moto West Grand Prix at Willow Springs: a new K-Tech suspension from CM Motorsports. With the K-Tech 25SSK front fork cartridges and the new 35DDS Lite rear shock with bypass, Jason was looking for improved results. "I was really excited to get my new suspension dialed in on Saturday, but with high winds blowing all day, it was difficult to run a good lap time. In the first session, I ran off in Turn 8 when a gust of wind took me too close to the edge of the track. I didn't think I could make it but still had time to straighten it up so I went off-road riding in 6th gear. It was pretty sketchy, but I was able to use enough rear brake to slow it down enough to avoid going down. After working all day with Tige Daane of CM Motorsports, we got a pretty good setup by the end of the day.", Jason explained.

By Saturday night, winds were so bad that High Wind Advisories were issued into the morning. During the night, some race bikes were blown off their stands. Sunday morning practice was still windy, but not as bad as during the night. In the first race, the 600 Superbike, it appeared that Bryce Prince got the best launch. But when Bryce wheelied, it allowed Jason to surge into the lead. It did not last long, as Chris Duran rode around the outside of Turn 1 to take the lead away. Jeff Tigert got around Jason, and a three way battle for 3rd place developed between Jason, Bryce Prince, and Mike Pond. While Jeff Tigert was chasing Chris Duran for the win, Jason had his hands full battling Bryce Prince and Mike Pond for the final podium position. Bryce showed Jason a wheel twice coming into Turn 1, but Jason was able to hold him off. On the 3rd try, Bryce was able to stick the pass, but Jason got him back in Turn 3. Mike Pond was right on their tails just waiting for one rider to make a mistake. On the final lap, Bryce passed Jason again going into Turn 1. Jason tried another pass in Turn 3 but couldn't make it stick. This allowed Bryce to pull a slight gap. In Turn 8, Bryce had an eight bike length lead. "At that point, I just decided to go for it in Turn 9. I got a good drive and came up the inside onto the straightaway but I couldn't tell who got 3rd.", recalled Jason. When the results were posted, Jason finished 3rd by 0.002 seconds.

In the 600 Superstock race, Jason blew the start and dropped back to 9th place coming out of a crowded Turn 1. Jason passed two riders moving up to 7th by the end of the first lap. By the end of lap 2, Jason was in 6th place, but Javelin Broderick was right on his tail. Once again, Jason found himself in a battle as he and Javelin traded positions several times. By the final lap, they were closing on 5th place, but Jason had to settle for 6th place just ahead of Javelin.

In the final race, the 750 Superstock, Jason got another great start and opened up a gap on the first lap. But Javelin and Andre Ochs were starting to close by the end of lap 2. On the 3rd lap Andre got by Javelin. On lap 4, Andre was able to pass Jason as they approached Turn 1 to take the lead. Toward the end of lap 4, the boys encountered traffic from the Open Superstock class riders that started in the first wave. As they were working their way through traffic on lap 5, Andre ran off at Turn 2, allowing Jason and Javelin to get past. As Andre reentered the track, he went down and the race had to be red-flagged with his bike still on the track. This gave Jason the win, with Javelin 2nd. This was Jason's first win at Willow Springs. "First, I have to thank Tige from CM Motorsports for installing my new K-Tech suspension, and working with me all weekend on setup. The K-Tech suspension gives me more confidence to push harder. I know once I learn the suspension, I can go much faster.", stated Jason.
Jason Aguilar - Motorcycle RacerJason getting the holeshot in the 600 Superbike race.
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Jason Aguilar - Motorcycle Racer3rd place freight train with Bryce Prince (74), Jason Aguilar (196), and Mike Pond (67).
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Jason Aguilar - Motorcycle RacerJason battling with Javelin Broderick (814) in 600 Superstock.
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Jason Aguilar - Motorcycle RacerJason and Javelin battling again in another race, the 750 Superstock.
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Jason Aguilar - Motorcycle Racer
Jason Aguilar - Motorcycle Racer
Jason Aguilar - Motorcycle Racer

Jason Aguilar - Motorcycle Racer
Jason Aguilar - Motorcycle Racer

March 10, 2012
Willow Springs International Raceway Rosamond, CA

It was a very exciting weekend at Willow Springs International Raceway for the inaugural Moto West Grand Prix that brought motorcycle roadracing back to the renowned raceway. On Friday, the track day was cancelled due to rain and snow. On Saturday, high winds and cold temperatures had most riders running 5-6 seconds off their normal race pace. Race day morning greeted Jason Aguilar with 27 degree weather and a bike that was covered with a thin layer of ice. As a result of the low temperatures, practice was delayed an hour. Fortunately, the sun was out, the wind was gone, and the track started heating up. Jason was several seconds faster in practice with the improved conditions and qualified; 4th for 600 Superstock, 3rd for 600 Superbike, and 3rd for 750 Superstock. By the start of racing, the weather was beautiful.
600 Superstock was the first race of the day. Jason wheelied at the start, but was still able to get the holeshot and led into Turn 1. With an incredible display of his command of Willow Springs, Chris Duran made a strong outside move from 4th to 1st coming out of Turn 1. Duran then started opening a gap on the rest of the field. A battle for 2nd started with 4 riders battling for the position in tight formation. Javelin Broderick got by Jason with Jason 3rd, Sahar Zvik 4th, and Travis Goldstein 5th. Jason was able to get his lap times down, but knew he would need more for the 600 Superbike race.

In the 600 Superbike race, Jason on his Dunlop shod Yamaha R6, again got the holeshot. Once again, Chris Duran took the lead on the first lap when he got by Jason going into Turn 3. In one of the best battles of the day, Jason and Sahar Zvik battled for 2nd place with several lead changes before Jason was able to hold onto a small margin at the finish, giving Dunlop a 1-2 finish in the race.

Jason's final race of the day was 750 Supersport. Determined to get his first win of the year, Jason got his best start of the day, and third consecutive holeshot, to open up a gap on the rest of the field. By the end of the first lap, he had a solid lead over Javelin Broderick and Sahar Zvik. "Willow Springs is a really hard track to lead a race. It's only my second time racing here and I didn't have good reference points for braking and turn-in." Jason explained. Javelin Broderick was able to fight his way back and get close enough to make a race out of it. As the 2 competitors came up on some slower traffic for the Open Superstock class that started in the first wave, Jason was forced to check up when a rider moved into his line in the high speed Turn 8. Seeing the opportunity, Javelin dove down to the inside and swept by both riders to take the lead. Jason pushed hard to fight his way through traffic to catch Javelin. While he was able to close the gap and get close enough for a draft, Jason could not catch Javelin at the finish and had to settle for 2nd place.
Jason Aguilar - Motorcycle RacerJason Aguilar battling Sahar Zvik and Travis Goldstein in 600 Supersport
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Jason Aguilar - Motorcycle RacerJason and Sahar Zvik (161) were never any further apart than this during the entire race.
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Jason Aguilar - Motorcycle RacerJason leading the 750 Superbike race, with Javelin Broderick (814) and Travis Goldstein (126)
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"I have to thank Dunlop for giving me tires that had good grip and good wear throughout the weekend. Huge thanks go to Tige Daane, of CM Motorsports, for suspension setup and coaching, as well as the suspension rebuild that has allowed me to get back to the front of the pack. I also want to give special thanks to Mike Pond of Tuned Industries for sponsoring the 600 Superstock class. Mike paid out cash to the top finishers even though they were not running the required stickers on their bikes. As this was the first race ever in the new series, there was some confusion about the rules for payment. But, Mike made a classy move, and paid the riders anyway. Much respect.

Thanks also to all my sponsors: Big Gun Exhaust, ACT Racing, NEXX Helmets, TORCO Advanced Lubricants, Dunlop, Diablo Racing Technology, HT Moto, Spider Grips, ADR Motorsports, CM Motorsports, Vortex Racing, Galfer, Yamaha Champions School, Next Moto Champion, Cycle Gear, Mesa Hose, AXO, Chicken Hawk Racing, Impact Safe-T Armor, Track Daz, Globe Shoes, Bazzaz.

October 1, 2012
Weekend was Good and Bad

The Next GeneRacers won the M1GP 24 Hour Endurance Race by 42 laps. The race featured 2 classes; 50 Stock, and 100 Mod. The 100 Mod class featured XR100 modded engine bikes that had superior power and speed. The 50 Stock had mostly NSR50 2 strokes, and a few vintage 50 2 strokes. Jason ran the fastest lap of the race at about 2:30 in the morning. With a few setbacks, that included a shifter bolt falling out, and a couple of black flags when the required taillight went out, and a highside crash at 6:15 AM Sunday, the bike ran flawlessly thanks to the support of TORCO Advanced Lubricants.
The highside crash took Jason out for the remainder of the race as he broke his right middle finger. Jason was not able to get up off the track requiring a reg flag stoppage. Jason's first question when the EMT and track workers got to him was "Is the bike OK?".
After a short pit stop to replace a broken foot peg, the bike was back on the track with their lead intact.
Motorcyclist magazine had a team and will have a feature article about the race out in a few weeks. Jason's break should heal in a couple of weeks, but the nail will take longer to grow back. Should not affect going to Vegas for the last WERA race though.

July 8, 2012
Buttonwillow Raceway Park

Jason Aguilar continued his podium streak at Buttonwillow with two 2nd place finishes this weekend. On Saturday, Fastrack Riders hosted a track day in preparation for Sunday's WERA West races. Lenny Albin spent the better part of Saturday working with Jason, going though his forks and rear shock. With temperatures well into the 100s, the track was slick and greasy, and presented a challenging surface for the racers. By the end of the day, Jason was starting to get more comfortable with the suspension setup changes that Lenny made.

In Sunday’s practice sessions, Jason finished getting his race setup dialed in with a phone call to Lenny Albin, and assistance from Blair Ramey of Worxxx Performance and Machine who volunteered to help Jason out on race day. In Sunday’s first race, C Superstock Expert, Jason got a good start from the 2nd row and moved into 2nd place behind his Outlaw Racing teammate Daytona Anderson. Jason’s other teammate, Andre Ochs, was in 4th place but quickly moved into 3rd and closed up behind Jason.
Jason Aguilar - Motorcycle RacerOutlaw racing was also sporting their new Diablo Racing rearsets for the first time.
(left to right, Jason Aguilar, Daytona Anderson, and Andre Ochs)

Andre made his move in the back section and was able to motor past Jason for 2nd place. Andre and Jason battled closely for the next 4 laps. With a lap and a half to go, Andre missed a shift and Jason was able to get 2nd place back. Andre fought back and caught Jason on the final lap and the two had a drag race to the finish with Jason nipping Andre by 0.07 seconds. The race marked Outlaw Racing’s first podium sweep of the year, with Daytona Anderson, Jason Aguilar, and Andre Ochs taking the first 3 positions.

For B Superstock, Jason lined up on the front row. Getting a great launch, Jason grabbed the lead going into turn one, with Daytona Anderson right behind in 2nd place. Daytona was able to get by with Jason sticking close for the first 2 laps before Daytona was able to create a gap. Jason finished a lonely second, as he had built a comfortable margin of 20 seconds over the 3rd place rider. This turned out to be fortunate as the track temperatures took a toll and Jason had a head gasket go out on the final lap. Jason eased up and finished the race securing his 2nd place finish. Unfortunately, the mechanical problem ended the day as Jason would not be able to run the B and C Superbike races. Jason is in 2nd place in the B Superstock Championship points chase behind teammate, Daytona Anderson.

Shaun Higganbottom of Trackoholics will have 2 AMA Supersport spec motors ready for Jason within a couple of weeks.

Jason Aguilar earns first WERA podiums of the year

This weekend’s WERA West race marked WERA’s return to Willow Springs International Raceway, and Jason Aguilar’s first race at the historic track. After the morning practice sessions, Jason signed up for the Middleweight Solo 20 race so he could get more practice time for Sunday’s races. Starting from the 4th row, Jason settled into a consistent race pace and moved up to 6th place by the 7th lap. Lap 9 saw Jason advance 2 spots to 4th place. On lap 10, Jason got past an old nemesis from last year, Chris Boileau, moving up to 3rd place. Jason was now gaining on his teammate, Daytona Anderson, who was starting to have tire wear issues. On lap 15, Daytona pulled into the pits, moving Jason into 2nd place behind Tucker Lancaster. The race was stopped early due to a serious crash on lap 18, leaving Jason in second place. In the high desert heat, the attrition rate was high, with only 15 of the 27 riders finishing the race. “It was so hot out there. I was getting really tired and I thought about coming in toward the end. I didn't realize that I had moved up to second place. I am glad I stayed out there. I guess my workouts are paying off.” an exhausted Jason stated after the race. The 2nd place finish was Jason’s best WERA finish of the year as he continues to learn to race a middleweight bike.

On Sunday, Jason was quickly up to race pace in the morning practice, nearing his best lap times from Saturday’s race. This was a good sign as Jason is usually much stronger in races than he is in practice. The first race, C Superbike Expert, saw Jason get stuck behind a slower rider. Jason tried several passes, but could not make them stick, finishing a disappointing 10th place. In the process, Jason lowered his best lap time to 1:27.598. The next race, B Superbike Expert saw a 4 rider battle for 3rd place with Jason finishing 5th just 1 second behind 3rd place and only 0.011 seconds ahead of his teammate, Andre Ochs. Jason lowered his personal best to 1:26.381. In the third race, C Superstock, Andre got his revenge, nipping Jason by 0.045 seconds for 5th place, dropping Jason to 6th.

Jason Aguilar - Motorcycle Racer

Jason Aguilar - Motorcycle Racer
In the final race, B Superstock Expert, Jason was starting from the first row. Getting his best start, Jason grabbed the lead with Daytona Anderson in close pursuit. The 2 teammates quickly pulled away from the rest of the field. Daytona made his move on the backstraight and took the lead with Jason staying close for the first 3 laps before Daytona was able to build a gap. Jason kept it close finishing 2nd just 3 seconds behind.

This was Jason’s first race with new sponsor: Torco Advanced Lubricants. “With the desert heat, there were a lot of bikes that weren’t finishing. I have to give Torco some credit for my bike making it through a grueling weekend of 5 races. But the product that impressed me most was the Torco Moto-Prep Protective Coating Spray. It not only protects, it also is the best cleaner I have found for cleaning my boots, as well as the bodywork on my bike. Usually cleaning my boots is a really hard job. Moto-Prep Protective Coating Spray made it easy. Great stuff!” Jason explained.


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