When it comes to Warhorse HSBK Racing Ducati Racing’s Xavi Forés, the answer may just be a big fat “no.”With eight straight MotoAmerica Supersport wins, including two “Extended” race wins at Barber Motorsports Park and WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca, and with six of those coming at racetracks the Spaniard had never seen before, a perfect season is most definitely not out of the question. Four months into his first season of MotoAmerica racing and Forés has proven that he’s not only fast, but he’s a quick study and he’s not prone to making mistakes. Bottom line: He’s a difficult man to beat.
With eight wins under his belt, Forés will put his perfect record on the line again this coming weekend when the MotoAmerica series takes on Brainerd International Raceway in Brainerd, Minnesota - another racetrack that’s new to the well-seasoned rookie.
The win streak is really the only thing to talk about as far as the Supersport Championship goes. Put it this way, if this was a prize fight, they’d stop it. But let’s go ahead and look beyond Forés and we find there is still a fight worth watching. It just happens to be for second place.
Forés has a 100-point lead in the 2023 MotoAmerica Supersport Championship over Tytlers Cycle Racing’s Stefano Mesa, who is having his best MotoAmerica season with four second-place finishes behind you know who. And Mesa is just six points ahead of Vision Wheel M4 ECSTAR Suzuki’s Tyler Scott with the youngster’s scorecard featuring three podium finishes. A single point behind Scott comes Squid Hunter Racing’s Josh Hayes – the four-time AMA Superbike Champion still chasing the all-time win record across all classes. Hayes will be a busy boy this weekend as he will be doing double-duty as he fills in for the injured Cameron Petersen on the second Fresh N Lean Progressive Yamaha Racing YZF-R1 in the Medallia Superbike class.
So, if we you were to throw Forés’s domination out the window there would be three riders separated by just seven points fighting for the title. But Forés has made sure that’s not the case.
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