Luke Power Bags Two Solid Supersport Results At Brainerd
Luke Power leaves the Brainerd International Raceway in Minnesota with another double top eight points finish in the 2022 MotoAmerica Supersport Championship, a result that moves him to within one point of fifth overall in the standings with three round and six races remaining.
Like at most circuits on the calendar this season, the Suzuki mounted charger had to contend with learning another new circuit well as finding an optimum setting at one of the fastest tracks on the schedule.
Improving in every session ahead of Saturday’s opening race Luke qualified on the third row of the grid and in typical fashion, involved himself in the battle at the front from the off. Despite losing touch with those involved in the podium fight as the race wore on, Luke continued to push hard, narrowly missing out on a top six finish at the flag. Sunday began with a wet warm up session which Luke elected not to participate in and ahead of the race the team opted for a different tyre which ultimately played a part, along with other set up factors that prevented an even better result on Sunday. Nevertheless, the #68 once again rode superbly, getting the most he could out of the situation. He finished a credible eighth ensuring that he remains in contention for a top four in the overall championship standings in his debut MotoAmerica season.
Luke wishes to pass on express his sincere condolences to the family, friends and team of Scott Briody who sadly succumbed to his injuries following a crash on Friday.
“Overall Race 1 was positive. My final position doesn’t reflect the pace I had but just like at Laguna Seca I struggled at the beginning. The pace we had late on was good and I was really hoping to capitalise on that on Sunday. I was only able to finish eighth in Race 2 which is frustrating after our Saturday race pace was not bad but sometimes races go like that. I learned a lot this weekend and thank the team’s efforts. We made some changes for Race 2 that didn’t pay off but overall, it was a solid weekend at another track that I have no experience at. In the championship we are only one point away from fifth and not a million miles from P4, so all things considered I can move on to Pittsburgh ready to push again.”