|Press Release: The KTM RC Cup Series made its second stop of 2016 at Round 3 of the MotoAmerica Series over the weekend, where New Jersey’s very own Brandon Paasch assumed the points lead with his second victory of the season at New Jersey Motorsports Park. Additionally, Jody Barry capped off the race weekend in a big way by capturing his first-ever race win on Sunday amidst a constant downpour of rain throughout the race.
Heading into Round 2, Paasch was tied with fellow New Jersey native Anthony Mazziotto III in the Championship point standings, as each rider took a win at the opening round. Extending their momentum, Paasch and Mazziotto laid down the fastest qualifying times of the group on Friday, but it was Paasch who finished in pole position on a fairly wet racetrack.
Saturday presented dry conditions as the 30 riders lined up for race one. It was once again a showdown between the home state boys of Paasch and Mazziotto as they swapped the lead position several times throughout the 13-lap race. Paasch was able to position himself favorably in the final two laps, where he ultimately edged out Mazziotto for the race win. Georgia’s Ashton Yates finished third to capture his first-ever podium finish in the RC Cup.
Perhaps the worst of the weather came during race two on Sunday, where heavy rainfall lasted all race long. Despite the conditions, Paasch and Mazziotto jumped into the front of the pack early on where they engaged in a battle for yet another race win. However, as the rain continued to fall, it was Barry who became stronger. On the final lap, Paasch lost his drive and Barry made the pass to overtake the lead just before the checkers.
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