Cameron Petersen Replaces Jake Gagne at Road Race Factory
South African Petersen gets his MotoAmerica Superbike shot on the Honda CBR1000RR SP2
South Africa’s Cameron Petersen will ride for the Road Race Factory MotoAmerica Superbike team for 2018.
Petersen will fill the void of WorldSBK-bound Jake Gagne on the factory-supported Broaster Chicken Honda CBR1000RR SP2 in what will be his first full year on a Superbike after a partial season riding Superstock 1000 for the ADR Fly Kawasaki outfit last year.
“Can’t tell you how happy I am to be back,” Petersen said. “I came into MotoAmerica in 2015 hoping to achieve big things. Although I didn’t set the world on fire in the first couple years, I proved to myself that on a good day I could run with the best. Coming into 2017, it looked like I had no options. But thanks to the efforts of Dave Anthony, I had the chance to ride a 1000 Superstock in selected events, despite our best efforts 2017 turned into a nightmare. All the while, through thick and thin, I was lucky to have the support and guidance from Danny and Mick through being involved with American Supercamp.
“I tried to apply their morals into my everyday life, never giving up on the dream. What seemed like an innocent day out riding the Genuine Broaster Chicken/American Honda at Pueblo last week turned into the best Christmas any kid could ask for. I know I have a huge challenge ahead of me but with the best imaginable team behind me, I couldn’t ask for a better opportunity.”
“I’m very excited to have Cameron back with our team for 2018,” said team principal, Danny Walker. “We have a long relationship with Cam and his family. I raced with his dad back in the day and I’ve watched Cam grow and mature into a solid racer. We’ve been working with Cam as an instructor at our camps, and he’s been taking on greater leadership roles with our students and his skills have continued to improve.
“Developing Cam is part of what we are about as a team. Our goal has always been to bring in young talented riders and work to showcase their skills. We see in Cam, a perfect combination of talent and enthusiasm. He’s a young rider that can be developed into a future champion. He has been mentored by Jake Gagne over the last few seasons and he has taken on a lot of Jake’s quality traits.
“We are excited to welcome Cam back and we look forward to hitting the ground running in 2018.”