Bobby Fong Discusses Plans for Upcoming 2013 GEICO Motorcycle AMA Pro Road Racing Season
NEWS November 28, 2012
photo Courtesy of Scott Hall
After recently signing with the newly formed RMR/Triple Crown Industries for 2013, we catch up with GoPro Daytona SportBike rider #50 Bobby Fong to get his take on the collaboration and what his plans are for 2013.
AMAP: So it’s understood that you will be racing for Richie Morris Racing (RMR) / Triple Crown Industries in 2013, how exactly did that deal come about?
BF: Over the duration of last season, Richie and I discussed the possibilities of teaming up together for the following season. He kept telling me he has something good in store for 2013 and to stay tuned. Sure enough, I received a call from him telling me that we’re doing it; we’re in fact putting this team together. It all happened so fast, he gave me all the information right away and shortly thereafter flew me down to Daytona Beach to sign the contract.
AMAP: What is the offseason looking like for Richie Morris Racing? Do you guys have any planned testing in the near future?
BF: Yes, we did a test about three weeks ago at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. It went awesome; the first day with my new team was great. We have Jason parker as a mechanic who I know will do a great job for us and feel very comfortable with his expertise in tuning the bike. I haven’t ridden the Harley-Davidson XR1200 yet, but we ran a Triple Crown Yamaha from last season and it was a really solid bike.
AMAP: What are your thoughts on competing in the AMA Pro Harley-Davidson Vance & Hines XR1200 class next year?
BF: I couldn’t be more excited to compete on the Harley-Davidson next year. I haven’t raced on a Harley yet, but last year’s racing was very exciting to watch. They have an excellent program and it’s really fun to ride the bikes.
AMAP: What are your thoughts on competing in both AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike and AMA Pro Harley-Davidson Vance & Hines XR1200 classes next season?
BF: Very excited to have the chance to ride for both classes next year. I look forward to the challenge of having an increased workload. It will benefit me in so many ways including more track time which in turn leads to maximum exposure. I’ve been training extra hard this off-season and am thrilled for what next year has in store. I feel like I have a little more muscle mass than some of the other riders, so I'm going to work on trimming my muscle down so I can get a better drive off the corners.
AMAP: Richie Morris Racing has run in previous seasons with big names like 2011 Vance & Hines XR1200 Champion Chris Fillmore and 2011 GoPro Daytona SportBike Champion Danny Eslick. Does the opportunity of riding on the team now joined with Triple Crown Industries help motivate you to have a solid 2013 campaign?
BF: Things like that are what fires me up. I love the competition and willingness to compete with riders that are on my same level of intensity. We’re definitely going to be a winning team and we’re very excited. We’re all going to give 110 percent as we share the common goal and that’s to win.
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