Apparently, Hayden Gillim has put away the van and has a new plan as he’s inked a two-year deal that will put him on the Rickdiculous Racing Yamaha R6 for the 2018 MotoAmerica Supersport Championship.
Gillim, who raced a Cycle World Suzuki for the past two seasons in the Bazzaz Superstock 1000 Championship, will join 2017 Superstock 600 Champion Jason Aguilar and Gauge Rees on the three-rider Rickdiculous Racing team for the 2018 MotoAmerica season. While Gillim and Aguilar will race in the Supersport class, Rees will compete in the new Junior Cup class on a Graves Yamaha R3.
“I’m really excited about it,” Gillim said. “I will be going back down to a 600, but the bike will be really, really good and I definitely think I can do well in the class. I just have to figure out how we get to JD (Beach). I haven’t ridden a Yamaha in about four or five years. We’re riding the Graves-spec R6 out here now (at Chuckwalla in Southern California).”
"I will be able to focus on myself and my riding."
Gillim, who spent the last two seasons driving his Cycle World Suzuki around the country racing in the MotoAmerica Series and selected American Flat Track races, says it will be nice to hand off all the logistics of racing to someone else.
“Right now, I will be flying to a lot of the races, I believe,” Gillim said. “I’m still working on doing something with the Man, Van, Plan for dirt track, but for road racing these guys will be taking care of things for me. It’s going to take a lot of stress off of my shoulders. Since it’s with the Rickdiculous guys, I will be able to do a lot of the one-on-one coaching, like what we’ve been doing for a few days out here at Chuckwalla. I will be able to focus on myself and my riding.”