#RideHVMC Freeman Racing Ducati Team Works Through Challenges at Road America

Damage done to the Ducati Panigale R had the team working hard

Arriving at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, the #RideHVMC Freeman Racing Ducati team knew they would need to work hard to find a setup for the #23 Ducati Panigale R in dry conditions. Corey Alexander had precious little time with the Panigale R in the dry, but managed two podium finishes in the wet at New Jersey Motorsports Park, a great display of riding skill and the technical abilities of the bike. After a crash in the first practice session at Road America, the challenges began for the #RideHVMC team. Making repairs to the bike ate up valuable time into the second practice, and that session revealed electrical gremlins that the team would chase the rest of the weekend, hidden damage that was difficult to diagnose. Everyone agreed to push forward, using the dry track time for more testing and to help Alexander gain confidence with the Panigale R in the dry. Later a mechanical problem forced Alexander to retire his Panigale R. The team will seek additional testing time before returning to competition at Miller Motorsports Park in just over two weeks time.

Corey Alexander, Ducati Panigale R, #RideHVMC Freeman Racing Ducati, crash
After the crash in the first practice at Road America, both Corey Alexander, his Ducati Panigale R, and his #RideHVMC Freeman Racing Ducati team had challenging obstacles to face.Photography by Brian J. Nelson

Corey Alexander was stoic with regards to Road America, stating that “this weekend did not go as expected but that is part of racing especially when riding a new bike. Every time we ride the #RideHVMC Freeman Racing Ducati Panigale R we learn more about what it does and does not like. Additionally, we had a little bit of bad luck—it's unfortunate but hopefully we will get a chance to test before Miller and make some more progress towards being competitive in the dry. Thanks to the #RideHVMC team for all of the hard work and all of our sponsors for the support. See you in a few weeks at Miller!”

Corey’s personal sponsors include: American Kargo, Arai Helmets, Boxed Water Is Better, Defy All Odds Apparel, JP43 Training & STAR School, Lapizta Watches, Outdoor Tech, Spidi Leathers, and XPD Boots.

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