Tough day at the office: Chili Pepper Racing riders Hayden Schultz and Shelina Moreda have an off day in AMA Pro Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson Series race at Barber Motorsports Park
NEWS June 24, 2014
Photo by Brian J Nelson
Courtesy of Chili Pepper Racing:
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (June 24, 2014) - Chili Pepper Racing riders Hayden Schultz and Shelina Moreda had high hopes going into Sunday’s AMA Pro Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson XR1200 race at the beautiful Barber Motorsports Park. Both had qualified well with Hayden fifth on the grid and Shelina in 17th after two short rounds. But both riders had problems in the race, Hayden’s on the first lap and Shelina’s on the last lap. Both escaped unhurt in their separate falls.
Hayden was confident going into the race after qualifying well, and got away with the lead pack at the start, slotting into seventh on the first lap. But it all went wrong in the last turn on the first lap, with the rear end of the bike stepping out and throwing him over the high side on the exit. “You know, I don’t really know what happened,” said Hayden after the race. “I could tell from the second turn that something was going on with the rear tire. I don’t know exactly what it was, maybe tire pressure or something. It just didn’t have grip, and coming out of the last turn on the first lap, it just totally caught me out. As soon as I opened up the throttle, the rear just lost it and the next thing I know, I’m going over the bars. I highsided and slid and tumbled. I’m fine, but the bike’s damaged pretty bad. We’re not in the points after this, so I’m not sure about going to Laguna Seca, but we’ll get ready for Mid-Ohio and Indianapolis.”
Shelina was surprisingly upbeat after crashing on the last lap of the race. She and her crew had made significant progress on the motorcycle setup, and she turned her fastest laps ever on her Harley-Davidson XR1200. She had a race-long battle with another rider until both bikes tried to occupy the same space at the same time and came together. Even though she didn’t make it to the checkered flag, Shelina was officially credited with 14th place.
“At the start, I got past the row ahead of me,” Shelina said. “Somebody dive-bombed me and another rider on the first lap in turn five, and we lost a little ground there, but I stayed on their tail and had a great battle with them for the whole race. We went back and forth, then on the last lap I drafted past him on the back straight and we came into the second chicane and I felt I had the line and he thought he could take it from me. Our bikes hit, he went down, and my bike shot off the track. I went into the gravel trap, but it just took the front end out of my hands when I hit the grass on the backside and the bike landed right on top of me. Even though I crashed in the end, it was a great race and weekend because I went a lot faster and felt like we made a lot of progress with the bike. I can’t wait for Laguna Seca, my home track!”
Hayden slips to ninth place in the season points standings, and Shelina moves to 14th place.
The Chili Pepper Racing team’s next event of the 2014 AMA Pro Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson XR1200 series is at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, California on July 11-13, 2014.
ChiliPepper Racing is a not-for-profit organization raising awareness for ACCO.org and VETMotorsports. The team takes a unique "per event" approach to sponsorship that includes promotion, hospitality and pit credential opportunities for your business or organization. Visit ChiliPepperRacing.com to get involved in their inclusive and exciting program.
For 2014, Chili Pepper Racing has technical support from Indian Motorcycles of Lafayette (IN), Paul Diener, VETMotorsports.org and Lenny Albin/Nitron USA.
Hayden is proud to receive support from Chili Pepper Racing, Arai, AXO, Racer Gloves, TCX Boots, Silkolene, Leatt, Leo Vince, Speedmob, Moto Skiveez, Spy Optic, Lenny Albin/Nitron USA and Anthony & Joanne Cardarelli.
Shelina would like to thank her sponsors: www.ChiliPepperRacing.com, Christopher Kemp, She’z Racing, GP Fabrication, AXO, Arai, Vance & Hines, G&B Motorsports, Finish Line Fitness, BMC Racing, Brammo, Parker Hannifin, Team QMMF, and Impact Safe-T-Armor.
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