Puerta on the Podium at Barber Motorsports Park for RoadRace Factory/Red Bull
NEWS June 26, 2012
Photo Courtesy of RoadRace Factory/Red Bull
Courtesy of RoadRace Factory/Red Bull Team:
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (June 27, 2012) - Tomas Puerta earned third place in AMA Pro Motorcycle-Superstore.com SuperSport on Sunday at Barber Motorsports Park to cap off another successful weekend for the young racers on the RoadRace Factory/Red Bull team.
Puerta earned third in the race, fighting in the lead pack the entire distance. He was just 0.343 behind the winner.
"It was a good race, and I felt the bike worked better on Sunday. We switched from a medium tire on Saturday, and the bike felt better getting out of the turns," said Tomy, who finished 6th on Saturday. "It felt really good, and I knew it was going to be a close race. I wanted to be there and not do anything crazy. I wanted to be there for the final three laps. With two laps to go, I passed Hayden and Jake (Lewis), and I was focused to go for the win. But Jake passed me in turn one, and I did what I could. I was really happy to get back on the podium again, and I want to thank everyone that has helped me."
Hayden Gillim finished right behind Puerta on Sunday in fourth place, just 0.551 behind the winner, and he led the race before grip issues began to plague his quest for his second win of the season.
"It was an allright weekend. It started out strong in qualifying, second, and made some fork adjustments. In Saturday's race, I had a little electrical problem, and I got to watch the race from Charlotte's Web. I felt pretty strong on Sunday and was running with the top guys all race long and felt good, even led a couple of laps," said Gillim. "We picked the medium tire, whereas all the other guys in the pack picked the soft, and it just wasn't as grippy. I was spinning it up. I was happy to get fourth, but I'm always looking for podiums and wins. It was cool to race with Tomas, too."
"Tomas and Hayden rode a great race in Sunday SuperSport in a gnarly race with the red flags," said RoadRace Factory/Red Bull's Danny Walker. "This track is very tough, and it takes a lot out of you. We're way excited about how they did. Both have been working really hard, and the team feels they have been getting stronger all year. We're looking forward to testing in New Orleans and continuing onward."
In Daytona SportBike, J.D Beach and Jake Gagne earned more top-ten results as both riders continue to learn and develop their skills in the ultracompetitive class. Beach finished ninth and seventh, while Jake crashed in the first race and finished 10th in the second.
Beach couldn't return to the podium this time out but made a lot of passes in both races. "We started out pretty slow this weekend, and I struggled in practice and qualifying," said Beach. "We tried some new stuff with the bike, and it really didn't work out, and it left us a little behind come Saturday. We ended up qualifying on the fourth row, which makes it tough. In the race, it didn't go too bad. I made a mistake with a couple of laps to go to lose a position and ended up ninth. For Sunday, we tried a few things with the bike, and it worked out. I got a good start and made a few passes, but couldn't catch up to the top six, so I made sure we got a good result."
Gagne showed his speed once again, but arm-pump issues stopped him from showing his true potential. "I haven't been to this track in a long time, so getting seventh in qualifying was pretty good, and I knew there was more speed in the bike and myself," said Gagne. "I got off to a good start on Saturday and was up to fifth, but I threw it away on the first lap. I wasn't happy with my mistake. On Sunday, I got a good start again but I've been struggling with arm pump all year, and it all went downhill from there. We're going to try to improve it because it's holding me up in practice and qualifying."
"Beach worked hard all weekend and improved and got faster and took some big steps from where he started ... but I'm getting tired of saying that," laughed Walker. "We have some plans to get him up to speed faster in the weekend. I mean, he passed a lot of people on Sunday, going from the fourth row to seventh. But you can't start on the fourth row against Cardenas, DiSalvo, Beaubier and those guys and expect to be on the podium every weekend. We have some ideas, and we'll see if that clicks."
"Jake's been doing good to get the results he's got, but we think Jake is really going to break out and do some great things, and we need to get him healthy with his arm pump issues. It's something we have to get fixed, and we have a plan."
RoadRace Factory/Red Bull will next race at Mid-Ohio July 13-15.