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somebody has won, racking up those all- important championship points. After Race 1 ends, it will be several hours


before Race 2 happens. In the meantime, the 600 cc bikes take to the track for their second 16-lap race and the KTMs get their second 9-lap race in as well. Closing out the weekend’s schedule is the main event, Superbike/Superstock 1000 Race 2. The grid is the same from Race 1, but riders who crash in the first race and either can’t get their bike repaired or don’t have a backup bike find themselves on the sidelines watch- ing their friends and colleagues set their minds to the task at hand. A thousand things, a million maybe, will


go through the racer’s mind before the green flag drops. Tire choice: hard, medium or soft? How much air pressure? The tem- perature setting for the tire warmers. Chain


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tension. Suspension setup. Hydration for the human and coolant for the machine. That feeling in the pit of the stomach might be hunger, but it might also be fear. They visualize each turn, each step of the way, passing and staying smooth, operating the motorcycle’s controls in a clean, efficient manner to maximize speed. On the grid, every rider sees him or herself crossing the finish line to the waving of the checkered flag without any other rider in front of them, knowing they’ve secured victory that just 18 laps ago wasn’t assured to anybody. The lights go out, the green flag flies and


Race 2 begins. It’s only the matter of a few dozen minutes before everybody knows who won, who lost and who crashed. When Race 2 ends and the interviews are


over, track employees will begin the process of cleaning up the grounds and making sure


the spectators safely exit the facility. Racers strip off their leathers and the teams start stowing their gear for the long drive they’ll start that evening. Some will go home; oth- ers will travel directly to the next event. If it’s the last race of the season, like the one in September at New Jersey Motorsports Park, they’ll all head home and start preparing for next season. Some of the racers in the KTM series will


move up to 600s, and some of the 600 cc riders will move up to 1000s. Superstock riders will become Supersport or Superbike riders. The top riders in Supersport and Superbike might entertain offers to race in other circuits, maybe even circuits that travel all over the world. The only thing that is known for sure is that MotoAmerica will be back in 2017 and the action will be as fast and as exciting as ever.


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