Jason Aguilar – Motoamerica Champion 2017
It was a near perfect weekend for Jason Aguilar with pole position, 2 race wins, and the national championship. MotoAmerica is the highest level of professional motorcycle road racing in the United States, attracting an international field of competitors representing 6 continents.
Jason was determined to have a good qualifying session, after a relatively poor qualifying position at New Jersey last week resulted in a reduction in his championship points lead from 18 points to just 3. Leaving nothing to chance this time, Jason had a class leading qualifying lap of 1:28.824 to secure his first professional pole position by over half a second.
Saturday’s race saw Jason get a good start, but a better start from a competitor resulted in Jason being dropped to 2nd place on the first lap. It did not last for long as Jason passed for the lead on the 3rd lap, and gradually extended his lead. At the finish of the 19-lap race, Jason was over 6 seconds ahead of his nearest competitor. The win extended Jason’s points lead to 17 points, setting up a battle for the championship on Sunday’s Race 2.
The expected championship showdown was not to be as the only other competitor with a mathematical chance at wresting the championship away from Jason had a crash in morning warmup that resulted in the bike catching on fire. The bike was too damaged to repair in time for Race 2, handing the Championship to Jason before the race even started.
Being the competitor that he is, Jason was not going to be satisfied using the race as a series of victory lap celebrations for his Championship. He still wanted to win. This time, Jason got a great start. Maintaining a small lead during the first 4 laps, Jason then put the hammer down, extending his lead each of the remaining 15 laps to win by over 6 seconds for the second consecutive race.
The win gave Jason 6 wins, 3 second places, and 1 third place for the season. As one of only 3 riders to score points in each race, Jason finished with 300 points, winning the Championship by 42 points. RiderzLaw Aguilar Racing had no mechanical failures this season, speaking volumes regarding the reliability and performance of the products supplied by Jason’s sponsors, and the dedication, skill, and talent of Jason’s team: Crew Chief Poncho Rangel, and Mechanic Chris Waters.
Sy Nazif: “Jason and his crew have worked hard all season to make this happen. To see that hard work payoff is incredible. RiderzLaw is really grateful to have had the opportunity to support Aguilar Racing this year, and we look forward to more great things from Jason.”
Ching Liu, Executive Vice President of a long-time time team sponsor, SolarMax Technology: “Congratulations to Jason and Aguilar Racing on an incredible season. Their drive for excellence embodies what we at SolarMax Technology are all about, making us both proud and excited that we could be there with them every lap of the way.”
Thanks to all RiderzLaw Aguilar Racing sponsors who share in this Championship Season:
Torco Advanced Lubricants
Yamaha Motor USA
Speed and Strength
Thermal Technology Race