Team 95's Hayden Gillim and RoadRace Factory Red Bull's JD Beach Daytona Recap
NEWS March 25, 2013
Photo by GeoCrash Photography
Courtesy of Team 95:
(March 25, 2013) - After a very long off season, the first race at Daytona has come and gone. For Hayden Gillim, the Team 95 rider and JD Beach riding for the Red Bull/Road Race Factory team, it couldn't have gone much better, well unless they could have shaken some of that typical Daytona up and down luck! JD rode his heart out to earn a 5th in the Daytona 200, almost matching his best finish in the 200. Hayden had a fantastic run at the world famous track on Friday, picking up a very close 3rd, only to have some of Daytona’s bad luck with the draft and ended up 11th the next time out.
Team 95 - Hayden Gillim (3rd and 11th)
“Going into Daytona we knew it was going to be a tough weekend. The draft is a big part of the racing and after wrecking my “A” bike before the races got underway it made it even harder. On Friday I was able to put myself in the right place to pick up a very close podium. It took AMA Pro a little while to figure out who got it because it was so close. Saturday I was really hoping to back that finish up but after a few mistakes and a bad setup change we ended up 11th. It wasn’t our best finish but we are coming away from Daytona with good points we can’t complain.”
“I just have to thank my team and crew for working so hard, especially Jon Heinenand my dad for working until 2am rebuilding my bike after my crash so I could race. All of the new and existing sponsors for this year, man, it’s so incredible to have the help and support that I do. With such a tight budget it’s very stressful but I am so thankful for all the help that we received to make it to Daytona. We have a lot of down time until the next round so hopefully we can pick up some more support to be set for the year. We have everything we need to be up front and win, and now we have shown that, but having some more support would make things so much easier for not only the team, but my family too.”
Red Bull/RoadRace Factory - JD Beach (5th)
“This was the 3rd 200 that I have raced, so I was feeling good about it. I had a pretty good idea on what needed to be done. After having such a great off season I couldn't wait to get practice going. Scott Jensen and Danny Anderson worked so hard on getting the bike setup right that it made my job a lot easier. On day one, I didn’t make their jobs any easier though. I took part in a little tip over, but it didn’t phase them. In no time at all they had the bike back together like my mistake never happened! After a low stress couple of days in the Florida sun, I was able to put our Yamaha R6 5th fastest in qualifying and set us up for a great position for the start of the race.”
“Once the race got underway the bike was working amazing and I was feeling very good. Towards the end of the first stint I made a mistake and lost the lead group and dropped to 8th. I knew the race was long so anything could happen so I just kept pushing and putting in 110% effort. The RoadRace Factory guys made two flawless pit stops which helped me pull right back up into the 5thposition. They were amazing!
Now that Daytona is over JD and Hayden have a long break until Road America. Both riders will use that break to do a lot of training, which includes getting back to their roots and enjoying a little bit of Dirt Tracking. In that time frame, both riders will also take every chance they can get to participate in testing with their Road Racing machines to make sure they continue to run up front during both of their respective series. Thank you so much not only for reading, but for the support of both riders as they both chase their dreams around the asphalt. We will see you at the track!