#RideHVMC Freeman Racing Ducati Ends 2016 MotoAmerica Season With Great Event At NJMP
First, and most importantly, #RideHVMC Freeman Racing Ducati would like to thank all of the fans who turned out for the season finale at New Jersey Motorsports Park, especially those who helped drive our fundraiser by purchasing t-shirts for the 9/11 Memorial Foundation. Everyone at #RideHVMC Freeman Racing Ducati was thrilled with the response from the fans and the paddock, and the tremendous support shown over the weekend. The expanded presence of Ducati North America who brought along some of their historic racing machines and put them on display under the canopy excited many fans in attendance. The special #RideHVMC Freeman Racing Ducati 9/11 tribute livery on the #23 Panigale R was very well received, alongside the custom leathers Corey Alexander wore over the weekend made by Spidi Sport for the race weekend.
The #RideHVMC Freeman Racing Ducati team would like to thank Jon Freeman and MJRS Freeman Racing for the incredible opportunities and continued partnership over the course of the 2016 MotoAmerica season. The passion and unwavering confidence in the program has helped the entire team make tremendous progress. That #RideHVMC Freeman Racing Ducati has been able to achieve what it has to this point is due in large part to a great relationship, and we look forward to what the future will bring!
Arriving at New Jersey Motorsports Park, the #RideHVMC Freeman Racing Ducati team knew it had a lot of work to do. Having only been to the track six times - four race events and two test sessions - set up data for the engine and the chassis were lacking. Friday’s practice sessions saw Corey Alexander make steady progress with some changes to previous setups. Unfortunately in Saturday morning’s qualifying session Corey had a big crash with the #23 Panigale R that not only damaged the motorcycle quite heavily, but also beat up Corey’s body. After attempts to repair the “A” bike, Corey mounted his “B” bike for the first race. Despite being in quite a bit of pain and discomfort, Corey began to move forward through the field and bring his lap times down. Corey managed to finish eleventh in the first Bazzaz Superstock 1000 race. The second race saw more difficulty for Corey, who chose to pull out of the race in fourteenth position.
Reached for comment, Corey Alexander stated that “coming into this weekend the whole team had put in a tremendous amount of work so I had really high expectations for a good result. Right off the bat I struggled with set up and regardless of the changes we made, ultimately we could not find a set up to run the very competitive pace the front runners were racing at. Though the results don't show our progress, every time we ride we learn more about the bike. Hopefully we will continue to make steps towards knowing what exactly it takes to make the #23 Panigale R competitive with the top five competitors - which is where we ought to be. I was very proud of our entire Ducati set up and more specifically our special 9/11 tribute livery that so many enjoyed. It was amazing to see all of the support at the track and elsewhere. Special thanks to my whole crew, all of my sponsors, specifically Spidi, Arai, and Boxed water, uncle Richie, and the entire Freeman family for yet another exciting year full of memories. Till next time!” Corey’s personal sponsors include: American Kargo, Arai Helmets, Boxed Water Is Better, Defy All Odds Apparel, JP43 Training & STAR School, Lapizta Watches, Outdoor Tech, Spidi Leathers, and XPD Boots. Follow Corey on social media via instagram.com/corey23alexander, twitter.com/corey5alexander, and facebook.com/corey23alexander!
Team Principal Richie Alexander Jr stated “we did not have the end of season race that we had hoped for, which is unfortunate. The entire #RideHVMC Freeman Racing team worked extremely hard to give Corey the bike he was looking for, and we just came up a little short. Corey had a big get-off in qualifying, which damaged the A bike badly, as well as his body, which put us behind where we needed to be on race day. On the positive side, the 9/11 tribute bike was a great success, paying respect to the fallen and the FDNY. We would like to thank Ducati North America for allowing us to work under their canopy, and for bringing back their presence in the MotoAmerica paddock for New Jersey round. We would like also to thank all the friends, family, customers and fans that came to support the #RideHVMC crew. Most of all we would like to thank Jon Freeman from MJRS Freeman Racing for all his support - without him #RideHVMC would not exist!” #RideHVMC Freeman Racing Ducati team sponsors include: Hudson Valley Motorcycles, MJRS Freeman Racing, Akrapovic, Armour Bodies, Beta Tools, Chicken Hawk Tire Warmers, CNC Racing, Design Star, K-Tech Suspension, LJ Painting, MOB Racing, New Rage Cycles, Orient Express, Signs Ink, Sprint Filter, Superlite Sprockets, TrakTape, Vesrah, Videri, and Zero Gravity Windscreens. #RideHVMC Freeman Racing Ducati is actively seeking additional partners for the 2017 season and beyond. If you have any interest in learning more about our program and its future plans, please contact us via email - firstname.lastname@example.org!
#RideHVMC is the home of all things rad by Hudson Valley Motorcycles, a family owned Ducati dealership in Ossining New York, celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2016. As lovers of two wheeled machines, we often find ourselves engulfed in a huge variety of activities which range from our own race team, custom bike builds, and assorted events and track schools. #RideHVMC was founded so we could share our passion for the sport and ongoing projects with all of our friends and fans in one place! #RideHVMC will give you insight into what is going on at Hudson Valley Motorcycles on a day-to-day basis. #RideHVMC is not a company, nor is it a traditional brand. It is our family, and you're invited to join us at the dealership, the racetrack, or on the streets and backroads! Please visit www.hudsonvalleymotorcycles.com and www.ridehvmc.com to learn more.