Hayden Gillim Wins Utah for RoadRace Factory/Red Bull
NEWS May 29, 2012
Photo by Brian J. Nelson
Release Courtesy of RoadRace Factory/Red Bull:
Tooele, UT (May 29, 2012) - Hayden Gillim won the Miller Motorsports Park AMA Pro SuperSport race on Sunday, earning RoadRace Factory/Red Bull's first AMA Pro win in just the team's fourth race weekend. Gillim ran away with the victory in the 13-lap AMA Pro SuperSport race by charging into the early lead on the 3.048-mile track to beat the top racers in the class.
Tomas Puerta took fourth in the race. The Colombian was in line for a podium finish but made a slight mistake on the final lap.
In Daytona SportBike, J.D. Beach finished seventh and Jake Gagne was tenth.
Gillim's decisive AMA Pro SuperSport win saw him settle in during the opening lap, crossing the stripe in sixth from his pole position. Gillim then charged to the
front, moving from fourth place at the end of lap two to the lead. Hayden pulled out a gap of around four seconds on his Yamaha R6 then used his margin to ride at a safe level in the final laps to win by 1.062 seconds in what was a masterful performance in front of the crowd gathered to watch the US round of the World Superbike Championship.
"I felt really good for the race today. I knew I could win, but I didn't have any idea I could get out front and get a gap. I thought these guys would be right behind me the entire way," said Hayden.
Gillim said he took it easy at the beginning of the race because it was "getting crazy" in turn one but he quickly found his rhythm. He set the best time in the race on lap five at 1:57641.
The end saw a few drams, though. "My tires started going away at the end, and they started reeling me back in but I built up a big enough of a gap that they couldn't quite catch me," he continued. "The RoadRace Factory/Red Bull team did a fantastic job for me this weekend. This whole year, we've been working up and I got all the points I could possibly get this weekend."
Puerta was disappointed not to get a podium result but his spirited race saw him battle until a slight mistake on the last lap cost him a shot at the box. "It was a good race! On the start, the draft got me and I dropped down to about 11th or something like that but I was able to move up and battle with some good riders. I was up to third at one point," said Puerta."I felt good about the way I rode but I wanted to get on the podium."
Beach's seventh place in AMA Pro Daytona SportBike saw him rise up from a relatively poor start. He hooked up with Dane Westby on the track and the two were able to make good gains in the 16-lap race. Beach kept it exciting until the very end, making his move in Club Corner on the last lap to earn the spot.
"I made a few mistake the first couple of laps but after that I made some good passes and did some good lap times," said Beach. "Westby and I were having a good battle to where we were passing each other but we were going faster, too. We were pushing hard and we were able to run down Benny (Solis). I passed him twice, two laps from the end and then on the last lap."
Jake Gagne had a tough weekend, with machine issues and a lack of dry track time hindering him from challenging for the podium again.
"We changed a lot of stuff for qualifying two on Sunday morning but it was wet and I didn't really get a chance to try it out in the dry," said Jake. "The race began with a decent start and I passed some guys in the beginning but I struggled and had some moments. I decided to settle in and get a finish. 10th place I'm not happy with but the next race is just a few days away."
"It was huge to get our first win," said RoadRace Factory/Red Bull's Danny Walker. "I was nervous seeing Hayden out in front. He did a great job out there and was on it all weekend. I've known him for a long time so it was especially nice to see him get this win. He's been training hard and doing a great job. Tomas did some great lap times and a little mistake at the end hurt him from getting on the podium but he was very strong in the race. In Daytona SportBike, we want to get up a little higher than this, even though there have been a lot of positives. We had some issues with Jake's bike and it messed him up. Through no fault of his, we got caught out with an electrical problem and he didn't get enough laps with the shortened weekend and the bad weather. That was a spirited ride from J.D to get seventh and make some good moves. We feel like we have some good momentum going and are ready to take it to Elkhart Lake."