Following a promising debut in the MotoAmerica Supersport class, former KTM RC Cup Champion Brandon Paasch did not race this past weekend at Utah Motorsports Campus, which hosted the fifth round of the 2017 series.
After splitting with M4 Suzuki following Round 3 at VIRginia International Raceway, the 16-year-old New Jersey native negotiated a ride on a TSE Racing Yamaha YZF-R6 at Road America, where he finished 10th in Supersport Race 1 and fifth in Race 2.
“Road America was a crazy kind of deal,” Paasch said. “That is TSE Racing’s home track, so they were going to be there anyway. I already had a MotoAmerica license, so we really just needed to buy fuel and tires, that kind of stuff.”
Paasch says the transition from a Suzuki GSX-R600 to a Yamaha YZF-R6 wasn’t a big deal for him. “Going the other way, from a Yamaha to a Suzuki, would have been a little more difficult,” he admitted. “The Suzuki was a little more work to ride than the Yamaha.
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“The Suzuki is really good on the brakes and comes off the corner really well. With the Yamaha, you can carry a little more mid-corner speed. If you keep the rpm up, you can get the drive off the corner.”
TSE Racing was already committed to other events, Paasch said. “Right now, I have nothing for Laguna or Sonoma. For the last three rounds—Pittsburgh, Jersey, and Barber—I’m hoping to pair up with TSE Racing to finish the season strong.”