Positive Pittsburgh Weekend For Luke Power
Luke Power consolidated his top six position in the overall standings of the 2022 MotoAmerica Supersport Championship after two hard fought races at the Pittsburgh International Race Complex this past weekend.
Despite having never ridden the 2.78 mile before, Power once again learned quickly and despite chasing set up on the opening day, he was able to secure a third row of the grid start in qualifying.
Saturday’s opening race saw the Australian youngster locked in a race long battle for eighth. He was classified tenth after incurring a time penalty for short cutting the chicane in the early stages.
Sunday brought a wet start with Luke looking comfortable in the morning warm up, confident of a better result, rain, or shine. From lights out the #68 gave it everything. Moving into the top six, he spent most of the race duelling with multiple champion Josh Hayes, the former Superbike ace narrowly getting the better of him at the flag.
The solid points haul means that with just two rounds and four races remaining Luke sits P6 overall in his debut MotoAmerica season, only ten behind P4 – an incredible achievement.
“It wasn’t the race we wanted on Saturday. We struggled from the get-go with the grip and again at the start of the race it was the same. Our mid race pace was good, but lack of grip has been something we’ve struggled with all year and to add insult to injury on Saturday I got a five second penalty when I cut the chicane after being pushed wide. I was a little disappointed, but I have to remind myself of the bigger picture that every track is new to me. Race 2 was much more positive. The position we finished doesn’t reflect the step we made and the consistency we showed in terms of overall pace. It was one of my best races of the season, and I am happy with how I rode. The team worked hard so a big thanks to 3D Motorsports for all their efforts. I am leaving Pittsburgh happy, and I am looking forward to New Jersey and the two races there.”