What a weekend! Champion Cup Series 36th Annual Race of Champions was an experience Squid Hunter Racing will hold on to forever. There were many ups and downs to this ride, but our team pulled through with the victory.
Leading up to the race, the entire team worked harder than ever on making sure our bikes were ready for success. Squid Hunter Chief Mechanic Jordan Strange perfected the Yamaha R6 we planned to showcase for this weekend.
Originally, we planned to fly in a rider from Spain. We bought his plane tickets, signed him up for the individual races, and cleared him with CCS to ride for Squid Hunter Racing in the upcoming races.
Unfortunately, at the last minute, this rider had to back out due to complications with his team in Spain. This kind of thing happens in racing all the time. We had to be quick on our feet to find a replacement rider.
Team owner Peter Strack received this news only five days out from the race. At this point, he made some calls to the entire Squid Hunter team. With the help of professional motorcycle riders Robertono Pietri and Jake Zemke, the Squid Hunter team sourced possible replacements.
With all options on the table, we decided to move forward with Italian native, Simone Corsi, former Moto2 World Championship rider. This decision was key in leading Squid Hunter Racing to a great victory.
We knew there was going to be a challenge for the team to bring in such high-quality rider. Getting Corsi to the United States quickly to prepare him for the race was another challenge. Even so, we were prepared to welcome him and his wife with open arms and treat them like family.
His flight was booked that Monday before race weekend and he and his wife arrived on Wednesday in Daytona Beach, Florida. They were able to meet with the team and set-up at the Daytona International Speedway on Thursday. Then we participated in practice rounds on Friday.
It was an incredible experience to work with a world-class moto rider like Simone Corsi. He placed first in almost every race he participated in including, Expert ASRA Sportbike, Combined ASRA TC GTU, and Combined ASRA Team Challenge Overall.
Not only was Simone Corsi an incredible Moto2 World Championship rider but he was professional and fun to work with. The entire Squid Hunter Racing team learned a lot from this experience. We were greatly humbled when Corsi extended a compliment to our team once the weekend was over. We look forward to getting the opportunity to work with Simone Corsi in the future.