FONTANA, Calif. - In what was the first U.S. racing test for KTM's all-new 1190 RC8 R, Scuderia West rider James Randolph piloted the superbike to its first North American victory at the WERA season opener at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif., this past weekend.
Randolph won the Heavyweight Twins Superbike race on the 1195 cc RC8 R, which was close to stock trim.
"I think this says a lot about the bike's capabilities," Randolph said after the victory. "I was up against some highly modified bikes all weekend, and the near-stock RC8 R held its own. FMF provided a prototype pipe and it added some noticeable performance gains over the stock system. Considering the highly modified superbikes we were up against all weekend, I'm very pleased with the new KTM."
With the RC8 R just arriving in North America, Randolph had limited time to get accustomed to the new bike and its upgraded power and handling characteristics.
"It's hard to believe I only had the RC8 R for one week and only had the opportunity for one practice session before the WERA opener," Randolph said. "It was a quick and easy transition. I'm looking forward to racing the RC8 R in future races and developing the racing platform even more."
Randolph would like to thank Scuderia West, Motorex, FMF, Arlen Ness, Pirelli, Kyle Racing and Lou Saare who helped make the first WERA round possible.
Next up, Randolph heads to the second round of WERA action January 30 - 31 in Las Vegas.
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