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Just in Time for Christmas…

| 27 December 2017 8:27 pm

MotoAmerica Series

Courtesy of RoadRace Factory
Photos by GeoCrash Photography
LOVELAND, CO, DEC. 26, 2017

2017 1226 RRF PHOTO AT’was the morn of Christmas and all through the race house, everyone was stirring – even Mick’s squirrels. Under the tree wrapped with care, an envelope lay marked, “Open if you dare…”

All right, I can’t continue with the horrible rhymes. We are happy to announce that we have selected our rider for the 2018 assault on the MotoAmerica Superbike season. This young man has actually been a member of our team in the past and has worked closely with us as an instructor at our sister organization, American Supercamp. Any guesses? One last hint: He’s South African!

Cameron Petersen, will take the reins of the 2018 Genuine Broaster Chicken/ American Honda CBR 1000RR SP2. He is no stranger to the larger-displacement bikes, having competed in limited rounds with Aussie Dave Racing in 2017 aboard the Kawasaki ZX-10. The last time Cameron pitted under our canopy was in 2015 as a competitor in the SuperSport class, in which he finished in seventh place, landing on the podium once with a second-place finish.

We look forward to having Cameron aboard the Honda, as recent tests have shown solid performances, increasing rider maturity, and a desire to compete.

Welcome to the team, Cam!

Cameron Petersen.

Cameron Petersen.

“Can’t tell you how happy I am to be back,” said Cameron Petersen. “I came into MotoAmerica in 2015 hoping to achieve big things. Although I didn’t set the world on fire in the first couple years, I proved to myself that, on a good day, I could run with the best.

“Coming into 2017, it looked like I had no options,” Petersen confessed, “but thanks to the efforts of Dave Anthony, I had the chance to ride a 1000 Superstock in selected events; despite our best efforts, 2017 turned into a nightmare. All the while, through thick and thin, I was lucky to have the support and guidance from Danny and Mick through being involved with American Supercamp. I tried to apply their morals into my everyday life, never giving up on the dream. What seemed like an innocent day out riding the Genuine Broaster Chicken/ American Honda at Pueblo last week turned into the best Christmas any kid could ask for. I know I have a huge challenge ahead of me, but with the best imaginable team behind me, I couldn’t ask for a better opportunity.

“Thank you to Danny, Mick and Scott for believing in me,” Petersen concluded. “Bring on 2018!”

Team principal Danny Walker.

Team principal Danny Walker.

“I’m very excited to have Cameron back with our team for 2018,” declared team principal Danny Walker. “We have a long relationship with Cam and his family. I raced with his dad back in the day, and I’ve watched Cam grow and mature into a solid racer. We’ve been working with Cam as an instructor at our camps, and he’s been taking on greater leadership roles with our students and his skills have continued to improve.

“Developing Cam is part of what we are about as a team,” Walker explained. “Our goal has always been to bring in young, talented riders and work to showcase their skills. We see in Cam a perfect combination of talent and enthusiasm. He’s a young rider that can be developed into a future champion. He has been mentored by Jake Gagne over the last few seasons, and he has taken on a lot of Jake’s quality traits.

Crew chief Scott Jensen.

Crew chief Scott Jensen.

“We are excited to welcome Cam back,” Walker added, “and we look forward to hitting the ground running in 2018.”

“I am very excited to welcome Cameron Petersen back to the team for 2018!” exclaimed crew chief Scott Jensen. “Cam has always had a close involvement with the team, having ridden for us previously on a 600. He is an excellent option for our program. After watching his riding for the past couple years on different teams, I feel he is ready to make the step up to a Superbike.

“We tested him on our CBR1000RR SP2 Superbike recently,” Jensen said, “and he was impressive immediately with his control and feel of the motorcycle. Bring on the 2018 season!”

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