Jayson Uribe Shines On Laguna Seca MotoAmerica Superbike Debut
After several seasons competing overseas Californian Jayson Uribe was back in action on home soil this week aboard the Genuine Broaster Chicken Honda in the MotoAmerica Superbike Championship.
The latest round of the series, which was held at the newly renamed WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca near Monterey, ran alongside round eight of the Motul FIM Superbike World Championship enabling Jayson to participate in various media activities alongside his on track commitments throughout the weekend.
A small technical issue in FP1 limited Jayson’s time on track but the #36 bounced back in style to take 14th on the ultra-competitive grid, narrowly missing out on Superpole.
Unable to finish the opening 23 lap encounter on Saturday, Uribe made his Superbike race debut on Sunday impressing many after finishing a more than respectable 11th at the flag after a lightning start saw him challenging the leading group in the opening few turns,
With five points on the board and a weekend’s experience under his belt, Jayson is looking forward to the next round at Utah in three weeks.
“It was a great opening weekend for me and the Genuine Broaster Chicken Honda crew. We had our ups and downs, but we ended on a high note. I was pretty nervous the first time I hopped on the bike, not going to lie. We went straight into qualifying, and right off the bat, I knew we had some work to do. The team and I worked together well and got the bike in a good spot for Saturday’s events. We ended up P14. We got about four laps into free practice on Saturday morning then the bike went into a fail safe mode and cut almost all power going up the hill out of turn 6. That sat us out for the remainder of that session, and unfortunately race 1. My team and I worked very hard to solve the issues, and in the end we narrowed it down to a faulty camshaft position sensor. Morning warm up on Sunday was quite damp, but the bike ran well and that’s all we really cared about. We had a great start to the race, going from P14 to P6 or 7 by the first corner! I slotted in behind Cam Peterson and tried to stick with him for as long as possible. I ended up battling with him for 5 or 6 laps before riding my own race. I ended up finishing P11. I’m happy with the result, and I know that when we actually get some proper testing, we will be capable of much more. Thanks to the team for all of their hard work!”
Racing aside, Jayson made history on Saturday by becoming the first MotoAmerica rider to sing on the WorldSBK Paddock Show stage, following in the footsteps of Jordi Torres, Roman Ramos and Leandro Mercado who take part in the annual charity rider concert at Donington Park (UK) every year. His rendition of a Jason Mraz classic had the crowd on their feet followed by several requests on social media of a repeat performance in 2019.