News 27 Sep 2022

Barber podium ends Power's MotoAmerica season on a high

Australian completes maiden US campaign P5 in Supersport standings.

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MotoAmerica Supersport rookie Luke Power finished the 2022 season on a high with a P2 finish in challenging conditions at Barber Motorsports Park, elevating himself to fifth in the championship standings to conclude the series.

The weekend was far from smooth sailing for the 3D Motorsports rider who overcame multiple setbacks to line-up for the first race, with his charge in the opening bout brought to a premature end when he crashed out of contention on the second lap.

Race two was contested on a drying track and the number 68 opted for wets, swiftly working his way forwards from P11 on the grid. Power completed the race runner-up to champion Josh Herrin, marking his second podium of the season following a second-place finish at Road America.

“What a weekend,” Power recalled.  “I have no words, it has been such an up and down weekend, the toughest of my entire life. We had electronic issues, two crashes and so to finish on the podium yesterday and to be top five in my first year in the US is just unbelievable.

“I made a mistake in race one after we had a tech issue on the sighting lap, and I am sorry to Sam (Lochoff) as we both went down. In warm-up I wasn’t really feeling that confident but then we had a short session before the race, and I felt comfortable. I knew in the race I would have to manage the tyres and that was my plan.

“The target was to end the season with the best result I could, and the podium was just the icing on the cake. By the time I moved into second, I could see that Josh (Herrin) was too far and I decided to just focus on hitting my marks and not making any mistakes.”

Power will now head to Europe for two weeks of off-track promotion, including networking at the upcoming round of the Superbike World Championship at Portimao, Portugal. His plans for 2023 are not yet announced.