Tomy Puerta Earns the Podium in New Jersey for RoadRace Factory/Red Bull
NEWS September 13, 2012
Photo by Brian J Nelson
Courtesy of RoadRace Factory/Red Bull:
Millville, NJ (September 12, 2012) - Tomas Puerta earned third place in Saturday's AMA Pro SuperSport race at New Jersey Motorsports Park in what was the highlight of the weekend for the RoadRace Factory/Red Bull team. Jake Gagne finished a fine fifth in Sunday's Daytona SportBike race.
Puerta was involved in an intense battle on Saturday. The Colombian needed points for the East-round race and was able to earn third place as he edged out his teammate Hayden Gillim for the final podium placing.
"I was really happy to be on the podium again. When I'm not, I miss it. I would have gotten second, but another rider passed me at the line. It was a good race on Saturday, and I felt good. On Sunday, I made a big mistake on the second start and ended up down in seventh and getting into the rev limiter in some parts of the track. I was waiting until the end to make some moves, but we had another red flag that ended the race early."
Puerta was in a seven-rider scrap for third on Sunday but finished seventh, just 0.7 behind third place.
Hayden Gillim was a little disappointed with his weekend. He took fourth and ninth place finishes but was closer to putting up better results.
In Daytona SportBike, Jake Gagne and J.D. Beach both earned solid finishes in the ultracompetitive class. Gagne backed up his eighth place on Saturday with fifth on Sunday. J.D. was right behind in ninth on Saturday, and finished ninth again on Sunday as the team recorded all of its finishes of the weekend inside the top ten.
"We struggled some this weekend," said Gagne. "We found a little bit in the warm-up, and I got a better start on Sunday. I wanted to run with the guys up front but it was going to be a little too risky to jump up to that pace. I knew I had an easy fifth, so I took that considering some of the bad luck we've had this year and move on to the next one. There's progress being made, and I'm learning a lot. I think the last two rounds will be good for us."
Beach is now sixth in series points, having finished every race this season.
"It was a pretty good weekend," said Beach. "We started off okay, but I had a stomach bug on Friday, and it took me a while to get over it. I had a pretty good race with Jake, and we were passing back and forth. We found some stuff out about the setup in the race, and I was looking forward to the next one. I got a good start but got bumped off the track in turn two. I had made it up to about 20th when the red flag came out. After that, I fought for sixth and did my best times of the weekend but got eighth."
"Saturday's SuperSport race was a good one for our guys," said RoadRace Factory/Red Bull's Danny Walker. "Tomas fought back, and that was good. On Saturday our DSB guys were ... it was an okay result. On Sunday, the DSB guys went faster than they had all weekend. Jake put in some good laps, and JD came forward after being pushed off. I'm a little disappointed in the SuperSport riders on Sunday. This is the time of year where we have to go. The classes are too competitive not to be at the top of your game. Now is the time for the RoadRace Factory/Red Bull riders to be aggressive and show what they've got. We have two races left. We're going to new tracks, and we're going in with a clean slate. Our bikes are way better and more competitive and we're pumped for the last races."