Double Top Eight For Pure Attitude Racing In New Jersey
Pure Attitude Racing bounced back from a couple of crashes on the opening day of the penultimate round of the 2021 MotoAmerica Championship at the New Jersey Motorsport Park to record a double top eight finish once again in the Twins Cup category and a double point score in Supersport.
Trevor Standish, who led the overall points classification earlier in the season continues to build strength and confidence after breaking his scaphoid arm round three. The #16 finishing eighth in both Twins Cup races. His Suzuki team mate Liam MacDonald sadly failed to finish either Twins Cup race.
After running close to the top six on both occasions, the Kiwi, who is in his first season of MotoAmerica competition, nevertheless once again proved his speed and ability by qualifying on the third row of the grid and racing at the sharp end before sliding out of contention.
In Supersport the team was solely represented by Austin Miller. The #61 took a spill in FP1 before rebounding to improve his lap times in each of the remaining sessions, including both races. He ultimately finished fifteenth twice, adding another double point score to his impressive overall tally in his debut season of racing in the category.
“Race 1 went pretty good. I was in a nice battle in the early laps. I pushed hard but was struggling a bit after yesterday’s crash. We finished P15 so we are moving in the right direction. I was faster than in qualifying and closer to the front in terms of my overall lap time. Race 2 I was able to make a good start, but I lost a couple of positions at Turn 1. I was still able to hold P14 though for most of the race. It was a lonely race, but I had an issue with my arm pumping up and I couldn’t push as hard as I wanted at the end of the race. I am happy though as New Jersey was another new track and we achieved another double points finish. I am looking forward to Barber (Motorsports Park) this coming weekend and I am determined to get my first top ten in the season finale.”
“I made a decent start in the opening race, but I made a mistake on lap four I think it was. I ran faster than I ever had at New Jersey, and this is the positive. I need to keep focusing on myself and remember that I have missed two thirds of the year after breaking my wrist, which is still not 100%. I struggled at the start of Race 2 and made a couple of mistakes. I lost the group a little but was able to run a decent pace. I suffered a few issues changing gear but took another eighth at the flag. We go to Barber Motorsport Park next week, which is a track I enjoy, and I am looking forward to ending the year on a high”
“I am gutted. The weekend had been going so well. The team is working so hard, and we are showing that every time on track we are making huge steps. I made a mistake and paid a big price as we could have easily been in the top six or seven, but that’s racing. I don’t know what to say about Race 2. I was running strong, but I just lost the front and went down again, my third crash of the weekend. I am taking the positives though. We showed again that I can run with the front guys on a track that is new for me, and I know that I have the team around me that believes in me so we will head to the final race of the year with the intention of showing our true potential.”