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Road America: Formula Xtreme race report

Gobert delivers Rockwall Honda first-ever victory Repeating his inclement weather riding heroics at Road America last season, Aaron Gobert delivered the Rockwall Honda team their first-ever AMA victory today in the twice red-flagged Formula ...

Gobert delivers Rockwall Honda first-ever victory

Repeating his inclement weather riding heroics at Road America last season, Aaron Gobert delivered the Rockwall Honda team their first-ever AMA victory today in the twice red-flagged Formula Xtreme race.

The race, first red flagged due to a four-rider crash, and then red flagged again due to weather, was eventually declared a wet race and run to its conclusion. The contenders all went for full wets, although the conditions proved exceedingly difficult with the misting conditions leaving the track mostly dry but the rider unsure what they would find in each corner.

Gobert, who mastered the wet Wisconsin conditions to climb atop the podium in last year's Supersport race for Erion Honda, overtook early leader Larry Pegram on the LeoVince Foremost Insurance Ducati on lap 5 of 8 and fended off a late challenge from FX title leader Jake Zemke to claim the checkered flag.

Afterwards, Gobert said, "I think my first-ever podium was here. My first-ever race victory in Supersport was here, and then to win again in Formula Xtreme this weekend was really good. On the dry starts I went right back to tenth and I had a bike I couldn't race and I really didn't know what to do. And then when the lightning came and the rain started heading this way I was really happy. I even said to JZ in the pits, 'this is going to be good fun, huh?' And he said, 'you can have it.'

"Anyway, the race started and again I was bogged down at the start. I was back like near tenth at the start and I just did what I had to do to get back to the front. Really, the race to me was in the Carousel when (Steve) Rapp, (Chaz) Davies, and Jake were three-wide going around there and I went around the outside of all three and that's when I figured, 'yeah, I have some pace on these guys. I should get the lead quick and try to take off.'

"I did two laps once I got the lead and I couldn't hear the Ducati and then one lap later I could hear it again, so I knew he was back on and I just sat the pace. And then I heard a four cylinder and figured someone was coming. So then I picked up the pace again.

"It was a comfortable race and I had a good time. I've got to thank all the boys at Rockwall Performance because you know, being a privateer team those boys just work constantly trying to find whatever we can. After every session the bike is on the dyno and Dunlop is helping us -- I've got to thank them, we've got an 'A' allocation. Things are going really well for us right now and you can't beat a victory."

While Zemke's four-race win streak was snapped, his run to a runner-up finish was an impressive display considering his title lead was at risk if he made a mistake. Meanwhile, teammate Josh Hayes, the class' two-time defending champion, was shown the meatball flag for jumping the start and finished 12th after coming in for his ride-through penalty.

Pegram, who suffered clutch problems during the second start but wisely continued circulating in the event of a stoppage, rounded out the podium.

Attack Kawasaki's Steve Rapp passed Matsushima Performance's Danny Eslick late for fourth, while Rapp's teammate, Chaz Davies, finished in sixth.

Kawasaki supported Jason Farrell, Graves Yamaha's Brett Sassaman, Cyclespace.com's Ryan Clay, and Team M4 EMGO Suzuki's Michael Barnes completed the top ten.

-credit: ama

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Series AMA
Drivers Steve Rapp , Joshua Hayes , Jake Zemke , Aaron Gobert , Chaz Davies , Michael Barnes , Ryan Clay , Jason Farrell , Danny Eslick