PJ Jacobsen secures pole position at New Jersey Motorsports Park. Photo by Ramon Jones/Chroma Visual

MotoAmerica: New Jersey Motorsports Park Qualifying Report

September 23, 2023
MotoAmerica
by Ramon Jones

The MotoAmerica Superbike Championship qualifying session at New Jersey Motorsports Park have concluded. Here are the results.

Superbike

Given the fact that Q1 occurred in the dry Q2 was really just a testing session for the riders that went out. None of the riders in Superbike qualified with times set this morning. PJ Jacobsen (Tytlers Cycle Racing) held on to his pole position setting a 1m20.647 second lap. Championship winner Jake Gagne finished P2 overall. A start from the front will be very beneficial. The risk with passing in the ran will require finesse. Starting at the front is definitely a benefit. It does not appear that the track will be drying up before race 1 so everyone will have to navigate the wet track conditions. Westby Racing’s Mathew Scholtz finished P3 to round out the top 3.

Supersport

Although Tyler Scott was bested by Josh Hayes in Q2. Scott will retain pole position due to lap times being around 20 seconds slower in the rain compared to yesterday’s dry conditions. Jake Lewis (Disrupt Racing) finished P2 in qualifying yesterday and thus will remain in P2 for the start of the race. Lewis almost had a pole sitting lap at the end of Q1 but ran into traffic ahead costing him just enough to finish behind Scott by 0.068 seconds. Josh Hayes will start third overall. Championship winning Xavi Fores finished P7. He has nothing to prove in this race as it is just a formality for him. Fores has already secured the championship.

Rev It Twins Cup

Rocco Landers and Gus Rodio secured the 1-2 for Rodio Racing Powered by Robem Engineering. However in Q2 Blake Davis was fastest in the wet. We will see if Davis can channel that pace in the race to make up for lost position with pure race pace. The rain forecast shows continued rain throughout the afternoon. Twins are the first class out this afternoon to race. The two are currently fighting for the top spot in class. The Championship will be decided here in New Jersey

Junior Cup

With the championship already decided Junior cup race 1 is just a formality for Avery Dreher who is pulling double duty this weekend. However, that did not stop Levi Badie (Badie Racing) from claiming pole by 1 tenth in Q1. Dreher ran second fastest ahead of Rossi Moor (Fairium NGRT- Gray Area) in third. Junior cup race 1 kicks off at 4:10pm local track time.

King of the Baggers

Kyle Wyman (H-D Screamin’ Eagle) is fighting to keep his championship hopes alive this weekend. Wyman secured pole position ahead of Tyler O’Hara (Indian Motorcycle/Progressive/Mission Foods) and current championship point leader Hyden Gillim (Vance & Hines/Mission/Harley-Davidson). O’Hara had a crash earlier today in the Bagger challenge sprint so we will see if his bike can be turned around in time for the race this afternoon. Gillim entered the weekend with a 2 point lead.