Team Rotobox/Nexx Grow Team and Demonstrate Their Resolve at AMA Pro Great Clips West Coast Moto Jam Round 3 at Infineon Raceway.
NEWS May 7, 2012
Courtesy of Team Rotobox/Nexx USA:
(May 8, 2012) - New Team Rotobox/Nexx team member Linders makes a solid impression in his AMA Pro Racing debut at Infineon Raceway. Bryce Prince in the AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike class picks up important points after a high-side in the opening laps of race 2. Team owner, team manager, and rider, Luke Lucky Huff hits his goals and beats a drag race out of the final corner to the finish to score in the top 20.
Tyler Linders may only have a few months on a 600cc machine, but you'd never know that watching him race. Linders turned 16 year old after the opening round of AMA Pro Racing at Daytona International Speedway in March. Infineon was his first opportunity to compete in the AMA Pro Motorcycle-Superstore.com SuperSport West series and he took it head on. Having recently linked up with Team Rotobox/Nexx just weeks ago, Tyler has been training extensively with Yamaha Champions Riding School aboard his Yamaha YZF-R6 with YCRS' Ken Hill and Nick Ienatsch. Tyler had only seen Infineon Raceway 2 times previously during track day testing. The AMA Pro Great Clips West Coast Moto Jam was not only his first AMA Pro event, but also his first race event at Infineon. Linders has assistance in the paddock from his lead mechanic, the renown Carry Andrew of Hypercycle and AMA fame.
In AMA Pro Motorcycle-Superstore.com SuperSport Linders immediately proved he wasn't intimidated by the deep field of professional racers and worked his way up to 11th by lap 6 after starting 20th on the grid. Racing on the softer compound tire option, Linders faded a bit in the second half of the race as riders on the medium compound still had a considerable amount of grip left. Crossing the line in 14th place in his first AMA Pro event, Tyler was pleased with the result but knew he could do better with the medium rear and some minor set up changes. In Sunday's race he had his head down and put in more consistent laps with the harder rear tire. He made progress throughout the race moving from 20th up to 12th finishing just .004 seconds behind 11th!
Huff started his Saturday race from 23rd on the grid and worked up to 18th place by lap 5. With everything coming together nicely, Luke Lucky wasn't so lucky and missed a shift headed up the hill into turn 2 where he carried too much speed and ran wide into the grass. As Huff tried to redirect the bike back onto the track to minimize time lost, he lost grip and the bike dropped breaking the right side foot peg rendering his race over. Luckily though, the damage to the bike was minor and the only damage Lucky sustained was to his ego. Race 2 on Sunday was an opportunity for redemption. Feeling confident in the morning warm-up, Luke Lucky got a good start but an early red flag stopped the race. On the re-start, the bike first bogged, then wheelied allowing a hoard of riders through. After completing just one lap, another red flag came out which sent Huff further back on the 2nd re-start to 25th. The final re-start to now just a 10-lap sprint race went smoother and Luke battled his way back up to 21st at the white flag. On the final lap he ran down the 2 bikes ahead of him and won a drag race to the line picking up another position to finish 20th.
In the premiere 600cc class, AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike, Prince started 13th on the grid. In race 1 on Saturday Bryce got a great launch but was pushed wide in turn 7 on the first lap as he crossed the start back in 16th position on lap 1. Steady progress and consistent lap times allowed him to keep his pace quick and wrap up race 1 in 12th place. Race 2 had more turmoil similar to the Supersport race mentioned above. Prince had a high-side in the turn 9 chicane which damaged the bike and his right wrist. There was a red flag on the course due to another incident and with the bike back in the pits, the team stripped away the damaged parts and got his bike back in top form just in time for the field to go back out for the re-start. Bryce was determined to do his best for the team who just worked so hard to get him back out in time. He struggled through the hard braking areas on the track with the wrist injury but still finished the race in 14th making us all proud.
As the team prepares for the next round of racing at Miller Motorsports Park, we also are negotiating a deal with another potential new rider. With this new addition, Team Rotobox/Nexx may be considered the newest and most rapidly growing team in the AMA Pro paddock!
The team would like to thank our sponsors: Rotobox Wheels, Nexx Helmets, Graves Motorsports, NCompass International, Motoyard.com, Adopt-A-Pet, Dunlop, Tuned Industries, Dynojet, Catalyst Racing Composites, SBK Paint, Icon Screening, EF Signs.com, Cycle Pirates, Pit Bull, HT Moto, Zero Gravity, Racing Batteries, R. Tillery Powersports, Superbike Chassis LLC, GOLDfren Brakes, Walter's Mercedes Benz, & Lucky Management.
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