RoadRace Factory/Red Bull Earns the Podium in First Event
NEWS March 18, 2012
Photo by Brian J. Nelson
Courtesy of RoadRace Factory Team Red Bull:
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (March 17, 2012) - Saturday at Daytona International Speedway was quite a challenge for the AMA Pro paddock's new challengers, RoadRace Factory/Red Bull, but by day's end the new squad could claim their first podium as well as two more top-ten finishes.
Jake Gagne earned eighth place in his first-ever Daytona 200. Gagne raced within a tough pack composed of veteran riders battling for fifth place. "I wanted to get through Daytona but this was good. I learned a lot from my first Daytona 200," said Gagne. "It was all new to me and there are things to take in for the next time. The first stint was my worst and I was able to pick it up the second and third stints. I rode with Tommy Hayden and Jake Zemke, guys whom I look up to in the sport and guys that have been at a high level for a long time. I learned a lot, for sure. We finished the entire 200 miles, which was the goal."
J.D. Beach earned 11th in what was a lonely race for him. "It wasn't too bad. I messed up in the first stint and I lost the draft. I rode alone a lot so I was just kinda stuck out there by myself. I learned a lot and finished the race. Last year we had a three-hour break in the middle so it wasn't the same. We'll build on this for the next time."
A spectacular SuperSport race saw Hayden Gillim earn the first-ever podium for RoadRace Factory/Red Bull. Hayden was a very close third place and he fought for the win. Gillim charged up to the leading pack on his own then made his bid for the victory in the closing laps. He came up just short of victory (0.248 seconds) but took a well-deserved podium placing for his efforts. "I knew I had to go and I didn't have a draft," said Gillim. "After I made it to the lead pack, I was saving it for the last lap. Corey (Alexander) and I were trying to get in Elena (Myers') draft. They both rode great races and it was very close. I can't give it up enough for the Road Race Factory/Red Bull mechanics. They really improved the bike for today."
Tomas Puerta struggled after his close fourth place finish on Friday but turned in a solid result of 6th, 10.893 seconds behind the winner. "We did a lot of changes to the bike and it didn't work the way we hoped it would," said Puerta. "Our gearing choice wasn't ideal and the changes to the front of the motorcycle didn't work like we wanted. Still, sixth is a good result. I tried to stay with Hayden on the first lap but I knew I couldn't keep up. I tried to do the best that I could and we improved some positions at the end. We're looking forward to testing and then Atlanta."
"We got our first podium and some good results," said manager Danny Walker. "I couldn't be happier. You come to Daytona and know it will be tough. The team didn't tear up any equipment, no crashes, we didn't break a motor, and we were competitive. That's pretty unheard of. As a new team, we're way excited about how things went down. I'm happy with everyone's performance. Jake did great and was in the hunt for the top five. J.D. rode a smart race. Both our AMA Pro Motorcycle-Superstore.com SuperSport boys were able to run strong. I'm as happy as I can be. We're going back to the shop to give things some more 'oomph' for the next races."
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