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Old 08-17-2018, 08:09 AM   #1
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Bobby Fong back on the MA grid with Broaster Chicken Honda

PRESS RELEASE Thursday Aug 16th, 2018

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Number 50 turning laps and turning heads!


High Plains Raceway - Today saw new Genuine Broaster Chicken Honda rider, Bobby Fong, make his debut aboard the big red machine. This was slated to be a familiarization test as Bobby has never ridden a Honda and the crew has never worked with Bobby. After some morning coffee and pleasantries, it was all down to business. It took about two sessions for Bobby to get comfortable enough on the Honda CBR1000RR SP2 to be able to confidently discuss set-up with team Crew Chief, Scott Jensen.

After some initial discussion and preference changes, it was time to put some laps down and sort out what would be expected at the upcoming round in Pittsburgh. Through the test, Bobby was able to lay down 64 laps and in the process establish a new track record. The previous record was set by none-other than Jake Gagne. If this test is any indication of what the team can expect over the remaining six races... things are about to get a lot more interesting for the Genuine Broaster Chicken Honda team!


Bobby Fong - 50

"What a bike! Right out of the box this bike was well set-up and ready to go. I only needed about two sessions to feel good and get used to how this thing handles and the track. I've never ridden a Honda, I've never been on a bike with Magneti Marelli electronics and I've never been on this track! But I'm really excited and looking forward to Pittsburgh even more now.

We ran the Pittsburgh set-up on the bike and I was able to click off around 64 laps. We did a lot of work, fast work! We went through some mapping, some fork set-ups and things, but the biggest part was being able to have a good working relationship with Scott. I was able to tell him what I was looking for and he was able to either guide me in the direction or make the adjustments I needed. In particular with the corner exits. I feel that we made some great strides in improving the drive out of the corners which is something I knew was an issue.

We just went through a ton of things, especially with respect to the electronics. He was able to go over the data with me so we could fine tune anything. This makes my life so much easier. I felt so comfortable by the end of the test that I felt like I could focus on myself and really just adapt to this bike.

Overall, this was an incredible first test. I'm feeling confident about getting up to speed right out of the box in Pittsburgh. Thank you to Danny Walker and the entire crew for getting this test done in such a short time so we can be prepared for the next round. I'm excited!"
Scott Jensen - Team Crew Chief

"Leading up to the MotoAmerica races at PittRace we had a test at High Plains Raceway with our newest addition to the team, Bobby Fong.

He came to grips with the new Honda CBR1000RR SP2 very quickly, and made steady progress throughout the entire test. By the end of the test Bobby managed to set a new outright motorcycle track record, and is walking away confident in our motorcycle and is excited to get racing."

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Old 08-17-2018, 10:27 AM   #2
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budman, I don't keep a close eye on MA, but what happened with Bobby's previous ride?
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Old 08-17-2018, 10:49 AM   #3
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Bobby and Hudson Racing split because of some differences of opinion, to put it really nicely.

Hudson is required to have a racer on their SBK, so Dave Anthony raced for them at Sonoma. Dave went 1.2s faster last year on his bike. Dave Anthony had someone else race his bike at Sonoma, a friend from AUS IIRC.
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Old 08-17-2018, 11:11 AM   #4
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Hope this pans out for Bobby Fong. He proved (again) on the Latus Kawsaki that he has what it takes to compete at the front. It would be great if this RRF program stepped it up with Bobby riding.
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Old 08-17-2018, 11:36 AM   #5
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It is to bad that Cameron Peterson was hurt.

We were talking with his Dad about it on Sunday up in the T8 tower (little booth shack ) Hope his surgery works out well. His 5th place at the time was sure a good performance.

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Here is the RRW article on the test and deal.
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Bobby is an addition to the team, effectively taking over for Jayson Uribe for the rest of the year. he was added before Cam got hurt. I expect him to ride the rest of the season when Cam comes back. heres that first article about him riding for RRF
http://www.roadracingworld.com/news/...-championship/
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Old 08-17-2018, 11:43 AM   #7
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Cool... missed that. Thanks Robert.
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Old 08-17-2018, 05:44 PM   #9
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Hope this pans out for Bobby Fong. He proved (again) on the Latus Kawsaki that he has what it takes to compete at the front. It would be great if this RRF program stepped it up with Bobby riding.

I got all excited after seeing the Latus race van
near the far end of the pits @ recent Sears Pt MA

turns out, it was a support-class racer learning his way 'round.....


great news lately that Bobbyz found another new home with a decent team
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Old 08-17-2018, 07:52 PM   #10
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Very cool to see a bit about Bobby on Pit Lane. (BEIN moto racing show). Forgot he won the superstock class in Pittsburgh last year.

Go Bobby.
I am always going to root for Bobby. Part of barf history and mine.
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Race Report from the Team.

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MotoAmerica Round 8 - Pittsburgh International Race Complex

A new rider, an impressive debut and some crazy races

Wampum, PA - It was supposed to be a pretty smooth weekend for the team. After the chaos of Sonoma which saw Cam Petersen get injured, the departure of Jayson Uribe and the addition of Bobby Fong, Pittsburgh International Race Complex was supposed to be easy going. The weather was supposed to be a non-factor, so many other things were supposed to be non-issues, but this is racing. Things never go as they are supposed to when people are pushing mechanical devices to their limits in the great outdoors. On this particular weekend, despite things not going exactly to plan, it was a pretty awesome weekend!

Like the metaphor of a duck on a lake, where from the shore it appears the duck is nice and calm but underneath the work is being done, this weekend looked easy going while the team was actually in high gear trying to get Bobby and the Genuine Broaster Chicken Honda working as one. With only one day of testing prior to arriving, the crew got immediately to work setting up the Honda CBR1000RR SP2 for the rolling hills course. While the Western PA circuit isn't the most technical of all tracks, it does have a few quirky corners where the riders exit heading up a hill. These would be particularly challenging for the Big Red Machine. Nailing the set-up would be even more critical as this track can be made more difficult by an unknown track surface that doesn't respond well to the wrong compound of tires.

Friday morning and it's time for Bobby and his temp crew (Using Cam's crew) to take to the track for their first taste of the circuit. What became immediately apparent, the track and tires were not going to jive. The track had undergone some improvements and Dunlop, basing everything off of last year's notes, brought a compound tire that was too hard for the surface. While this is a problem, it was a problem shared by all teams equally. What this effectively meant, set-up was going to be a bigger challenge than previously thought. Despite the tire issues, Fong was quick right out of the box. Circulating the track with his typical aggressive style, Bobby was riding with fervor! By the end of QP1 he was in P5 and optimistic about upping the pace for QP2. Giving Scotty and the crew all the information he possibly could cram into a few hours between sessions, Bobby was eager to get back out in the afternoon and make his bid for Superpole. As QP2 got underway, it was clear that the changes were effective. Bobby was again flying around the countryside; problem was that as he made progress, other teams had made even greater progress. While Bobby had upped his pace, he didn't make the leaps that his competition had, and when the checkers flew he crossed the line in ninth for both the session and the day overall.

As the sun came up on Saturday morning, the team arrived to the track one main goal, "Get the most out of Superpole." There's no time to think ahead to the race when qualifying will be set during the fastest 15 minutes in racing. A night spent reviewing data and tweaking settings would be put on full display when Bobby leaves the pits for his first stint on the super sticky Dunlops. With his two flying laps completed, Bobby pulls into the pits and has a fresh rear tire put on so that he can go back out and push his machine to its absolute limits. With time winding down, Bobby heads back out on track to put his chips on the table. Timing it perfectly, he began his flyer with just enough time. Pushing and pushing, Bobby made quick work of the 19 turns and crossed the line as the seventh fastest rider just missing out on the second row.

Now that Superpole is finished, it's time to prep for race one in a few short hours. At this point in the day the weather was giving no indication that it was plotting its own surprise. The crew was prepared for a dry race believing that they had found a working combination of set-up and tires that would allow Bobby to rise through the pack during the race. As the bikes sat on the hot pit with tire warmers on, the ten minute call comes over the radio. At that exact moment, the skies opened up and the water began to fall. What had been a humid and cloudy day became a wet mess that looked to bring utter confusion to the awaiting superbike grid. A hold was called, then came the news that the teams would be given a 10 minute session to determine their comfort level with the changing track conditions. Wet or Dry? That was anyone's guess. In the words of Bobby, "It's too wet for slicks and not wet enough for rains." When the three minute call came out, the team would have to decide on slicks or rains and the choice was made to roll on slicks and gamble that the track would dry during the race. The teams made their decisions but the weather was still wavering and as the riders took to the grid, it was still anyone's guess as to what would happen. The track was a complete mixed bag of conditions and as the lights went out, the superbike grid was a mixed bag of comfort. Josh Herrin was clearly the rider with the most positive attitude. He made a gigantic leap of faith and was rewarded with a few second lead by halfway through the first lap. Bobby made a start similar to everyone else, cautious and calculated. Coming down the chicane on the first lap, the entire field was spread all over the place. No-one was going to be setting lap records in race one.

As the race progressed in a rather frustratingly odd pace, the other rider making headway was Jake Lewis who had come from the back of the pack and stayed on the dry line to move up to the sixth position. The majority of the grid waited until almost the three quarter race distance before the pace was picked up. In what may go down as the most confusing race of the season, Bobby crossed the line in eighth place. Not one to accept external factors as a reason for results, Bobby shook his head, apologized and said, "I have to be better in the wet! The bike was great but I just have to do better in the rain."

Overnight storms that lasted well into early Sunday morning would make for a very muggy venue with a green track surface. Sunday morning warm-ups are only 15 minutes long and that provides just enough time to try out basic setup changes. The weather was supposed to be decent but the dark clouds caused anxiety that Race Two would be a repeat of Race One. However, as the teams began their preparation, the sun began to shine and cautious optimism began to permeate throughout the team. As Bobby approached his starting position, there seemed to be a small issue with the electronics. Thankfully, a few button pushes was all it took to clear the issue and Bobby was all set for a 15 lap fight. Making a solid start, Bobby was firmly in the lead group as the superbike field made its way around the 2.8 mile circuit. Some incidents ahead of him created a gap that allowed Toni Elias to begin opening a gap ahead of the chase group. For more than half of the race Bobby was battling in that main chase pack and was showing competitiveness that the team couldn't help but be proud of. However as the race wore on and the tires began to fall off, Bobby would find himself loosing contact with that group and circulate on his own until the final lap. Bobby would end Race Two in the team's highest finish of the season in P6.

What makes this result so significant, is that it showed the competitiveness of the Genuine Broaster Chicken Honda. The team has been closing in on the leaders all season with the development of Cam and now with Bobby riding the second machine, that gap will continue to shrink and the team is eager to finish the remaining rounds stronger and even closer to the coveted top five.

Bobby Fong - #50

"I'm happy about the weekend as it's a positive step to build on for New Jersey. I feel like we got the bike more dialed in for my riding style. Race one was a bit of a weird one but in race two I think we showed the capabilities of the bike and that's encouraging. When we get to New Jersey, we'll have different tires available and that's great because the Honda really responds well to a softer tire. I'm expecting better results out of the last couple of rounds.

I just can't wait to get back on the bike and continue improving upon the eighth and sixth place results we got here in Pitt Race. Thanks to everyone for their support on my first weekend on the Genuine Broaster Chicken Honda and let's get to Jersey!"

Danny Walker - Team Principal

"Coming into the weekend I was pretty bummed about Cam's freak injury. It came just as he started showing his potential and really began clicking with the bike. I was excited however, to have Bobby coming off that solid test at HPR where he set the new track record. We were a little disappointed when we showed up and were told what we had for tire selection. We haven't had the time to really get our bikes to work with the harder compound tires. We understand why the decision was made with respect to the track conditions, but we just haven't been able to wrap our bikes around those tires to any degree of satisfaction.

Bobby did a great job under some really sketchy conditions in the first race; he was able to secure a solid result in conditions that looked terrible. Race two was awesome. Being in the hunt for a podium for most of the race was exciting until Bobby lost some grip and then just tried to hang on as well as he could.

We're very optimistic now heading into NJMP that we're getting the Genuine Broaster Chicken Honda closer to the top with both our riders. I feel like we're finally getting to full strength with having two riders fighting for top positions. It's taken us longer than expected but we're finally taking those big steps forward and I'm very excited to finish this season with stronger results."


Scott Jensen - Crew Chief
"Pittsburgh was our first event with the newest addition to the Genuine Broaster Chicken Honda team, Bobby Fong. Unfortunately Cameron Petersen was still injured from the freak incident with his foot at Sonoma raceway and we await his return at the upcoming NJMP races.

Immediately in FP1 Bobby was up to speed. By the end of qualifying and Superpole he was 7th on the grid. It was also clear his dedication to racing runs very deep, he is a very focused individual.

Race 1 was not the ideal situation to run his first race under as the skies opened up right before the start and rained enough to fully wet the track but then stopped. Meaning it was a half dry half wet track for his first race with our team. He kept his head on and brought home 8th after battling with Roger Hayden. Race two was even better bringing a 6th place finish after being in the battle for 3rd for over half the race.

And now on to New Jersey Motorsports Park!"

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Pretty solid outing IMO.

Keep it rocking Bobby!!
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