IN FRONT OF MAX BIAGGI, ON THE LEGENDARY CALIFORNIAN TRACK, THE RS 660 MACHINES SWEEP THE MOTOAMERICA CHAMPIONSHIP. IN THE EXTREMELY HEATED TWINS CLASS, ROCCO LANDERS TAKES THE WIN IN RACE 1 AHEAD OF TEAMMATE GUS RODIO, WHO WINS RACE 2 AND IS NOW FIRST IN THE OVERALL STANDINGS. FOR APRILIA THIS IS THE SEVENTH WIN OUT OF TEN RACES HELD.
Gus Rodio on Aprilia RS 660: 1st in Race 2. Sara Chappell Photos.
Monterey, California (USA), 10 July 2023 - The triumphant march of the Aprilia RS 660 continues in the Twins Cup category of the prestigious American MotoAmerica championship. Even at Laguna Seca, one of the most iconic circuits in the world, the Italian twin cylinder proved to be unbeatable, taking a fantastic double that takes the total wins of the season to 7 out of the 10 races held (5 Rounds).
Paddock. Sara Chappell Photos.
Under the careful gaze of six-time world champion Max Biaggi, present in the Laguna Seca paddock, the RS 660 bikes operated by team Rodio Racing - Powered by Robem Engineering, entrusted to Rocco Landers and Gus Rodio, were the protagonists of a perfect weekend. Already ahead of the rest in qualifying, with Landers taking his fourth consecutive pole position and Rodio right behind him, the two teammates swept the race on Saturday, monopolising the top two spots and finishing a full 21 seconds ahead of the rider lying third in the championship - Dominic Doyle, on Yamaha.
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In the race on Sunday, the RS 660 machines once again had no rivals. First Rodio, with a brilliant start, and then Landers took the race lead, quickly widening the gap ahead of the rest. A crash for Landers during the 11th lap gave Gus Rodio the win, who now has 159 points and the lead in the overall standings, where Rocco Landers is lying third with 141 and still in the mix for the title.
The MotoAmerica Twins Cup will be back in action after the summer break, moving over to the East Coast with the penultimate round scheduled from 18 to 20 August at the circuit in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Other Aprilia RS 660s competing at Laguna Seca, including: left, Jacob Crossman, right Carl Price. Sara Chappell Photos.
Rocco Landers (bike no. 97), Rodio Racing - Powered by Robem Engineering: “It was a great weekend! Working together, my teammate Gus and I managed to find an outstanding setup for the RS 660 on this track and Saturday was literally perfect. The bike worked extremely well. We are proving to be the fastest in the group and it gets better race after race. Unfortunately, I ruined my weekend on Sunday with a crash, but we’ll continue looking forward to the next round in Pittsburgh.”
Left, Gus Rodio, right Rocco Landers. Race 2 podium, 1st Gus Rodio.
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Gus Rodio (bike no. 96), Rodio Racing - Powered by Robem Engineering: “An outstanding weekend for the entire team. Rocco and I worked well together. In Race 1, the start wasn’t perfect, but I recovered quickly and managed to maintain a consistent pace with good lap times. I’m especially pleased because, thanks to the win in Race 2, I’m back in the lead in the overall standings and for that I must thank the team and Aprilia who are supporting me.”
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