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Twins Cup – The Old Man And The Vee   The MotoAmerica Twins Cup class has had a major influx of entrants this season, and there is a large disparity in the age of the competitors: from 16 all the way to 50. In Saturday’s race one, those riders at the upper end of the age range showed their prowess, and the oldest of the group won the race. Fifty-year-old Michael Barnes, whose motorcycle road racing career has spanned three decades, won the race aboard his Quarterley Racing Ducati. He bested Curtis Murray, who finished second on his RBoM Racing Suzuki, and 42-year-old defending class champion Chris Parrish who was aboard his #1 Ghetto Customs Suzuki. Barnes, whose plan to race in Twins Cup came together late, said, “Chris Boy from MotoCorse Performance contacted me. It was kind of just a thrown-together deal. ‘Are you interested in doing it?’  I’m like, ‘Oh, yeah. Let’s do it.’ So, we got a couple sessions out at a track day a week-and-a-half ago at Homestead. Got a little bit of seat time on it. Then we just came up here and got a wet session yesterday, so this morning was the first dry session. We had a lot to learn this morning. Didn’t change too much, but the bike’s just really solid. “These guys built an incredible race bike. They have a Ducati shop down in Fort Lauderdale and they just put out a lot of good, good stuff. So, I’m just stoked that I was able to get these guys to build the bike. Bob Robbins has been the supporter behind Quarterley Racing. He’s my big supporter for this effort. I got to thank him tremendously for this opportunity. It looks like we’ll probably be doing VIR and don’t really have support after that. So, we’ll see what happens.”

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Ducati Monster 797+ to compete in MotoAmerica Twins Cup class during inaugural race of 2019 MotoAmerica season Newly homologated Monster 797+ to race during April 5-7 event at Road Atlanta Quarterley Racing rider Michael Barnes to pilot Monster 797 throughout the 2019 season  
A new addition to Ducati’s rich racing history begins this weekend as the 2019 Ducati Monster 797+ is scheduled to compete in the season opener of the MotoAmerica race series. A newly homologated Monster 797+, to be ridden by Quarterely Racing’s Michael Barnes, will enter the Twins Cup class at Road Atlanta in Braselton, Georgia this weekend, with competition taking place from Saturday, April 6 through Sunday, April 7. The Twins Cup evokes the privateer spirit of providing an accessible form of road racing in a national series and the Ducati Monster 797+ is the perfect complement.   “On the heels of the Monster’s 25th anniversary last year, our participation in the 2019 MotoAmerica season with the Monster 797+ is a testament to the practical engineering of a iconic Ducati model,” said Jason Chinnock, Chief Executive Officer of Ducati North America. “The Monster 797+ is often an entry point into the Ducati world, so the fact that it will officially debut in this upcoming race shows that it’s a competitive machine as well, and one that can be enjoyed both on and off the track by motorcyclists of all levels.” Barnes brings 30 years of professional racing experience to this weekend’s race aboard his Monster 797. He recently won the 2016 Daytona 200.

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