Mesa Wins, Fong on the Podium at Daytona for Triple Crown/RMR Racing
NEWS March 16, 2013
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Daytona, FL (March 19, 2013) -- Triple Crown/RMR Racing enjoyed a spectacular opening weekend to the 2013 GEICO Motorcycle AMA Pro Road Racing season at Daytona International Speedway. Consistently battling up front throughout the weekend, the squad left the prestigious event with a race win and multiple podiums, including one taken in the legendary Daytona 200.
Bobby Fong made a stunning debut with Triple Crown/RMR Racing on the weekend. The emerging star scored a third-place result for the Triple Crown/RMR Rossmeyer Wrecking Crew aboard the Rossmeyer's Biker's Choice XR1200 in the AMA Pro Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson Series opener on Friday. The then came back the following day and took a hard-earned third-place result in the grueling 57-lap, 200-mile main event aboard the MotoSport.com/Tucker Rocky Yamaha R6.
Fong showcased his speed and strategic acumen in both races, slicing his way to the podium amongst the 11-rider lead pack in the H-D race, and then deftly negotiating the challenges of the arduous 200, which included a pair of potential pitfalls in the form of pit stops.
After the Daytona 200, Fong said, "It was a long race but the training I did this offseason paid off. My bike worked great the whole time -- I was just out there circulating, trying to maintain my position. It's the best finish I've ever had at Daytona so thanks to everyone for helping me out."
Earlier in the weekend, Bobby talked about his podium result on the team's XR1200: "It was just a scrap the whole race -- banging bars. It was one of the best races I've ever been in. There was a huge group of us up front and it was all about the draft on the last lap. The last lap had to be two seconds slower because everyone in the front pack was going way slow to make people pass them. I was in an okay spot and it's all where you position yourself the last lap. I had a good race and the Bruce Rossmeyer's Biker's Choice XR Harley-Davidson was awesome."
Meanwhile, Stefano Mesa played a starring role on the weekend as well. The up-and-comer from Medellin, Colombian also found himself engaged in a couple of drafting wars in the weekend's twin SuperSport contests.
On Friday Mesa aced the multi-rider lead pack on the final lap to edged his way to the checkered flag first by a scant 0.026-second margin of victory.
Mesa said of his second-career AMA Pro victory, "It feels great. The MotoSport.com Triple Crown/RMR bike was awesome. They make such a great bike. We all rode such a good race -- I was looking back thinking anybody could win it. We were all in the draft and it came down to the last lap.
"I was leading but kind of backed off a little bit and let somebody past me. We came back on the banking and I was able to get it back up front. It's good to be up here again. Hopefully we'll have a lot of them this year."
Stefano attempted to repeat the feat the following day and was in good position but unfortunately he overshot the chicane on the final lap. Re-entering the fray with the lead group that he had been dicing with on the other side of the chicane, Mesa actually drafted his way into third at the line but was later officially listed in eighth position after being accessed a time penalty.
Reigning Harley-Davidson Series Champion Michael Barnes joined Fong as part of that 11-rider fight to the checkered flag. With as many as eight riders abreast on the banking during the chaotic race, 'Barney' found himself in the middle of the lead pack as it roared across the stripe, kicking off his title defense with a sixth-place run on the Rossmeyer's Biker's Choice XR1200.
The Triple Crown/RMR Rossmeyer Wrecking Crew also notched 17th, 19th, and 20th-place results courtesy of Sam and Joseph Rozynski and Sandra Stammova, who made her Daytona and AMA Pro debut on the weekend.
Additionally, Daytona Anderson added 25th and 32nd-place SuperSport results of his own. The young rider showed considerable toughness as he worked on finding an ideal setup at the tricky circuit. The 16 year-old then managed to finish both races and gain more valuable experience in his first AMA Pro event.
Triple Crown/RMR Racing will look to build upon its incredible '13 opener when the GEICO Motorcycle AMA Pro Road Racing season picks back up on May 31-June 2 at Road America, in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin.