Crozier and Caudill Take Overall AMA Pro SunTrust Moto-GT Win; Filices Take Moto-GT2
NEWS May 3, 2009
It was redemption of sorts for the whole Crozier Motorsports team, as the No. 14 Triumph ran out of fuel within 15 minutes of the checkered flag in the season-opening round at Daytona International Speedway, and mechanical problems prevented them from contending for the victory last month at Road Atlanta.
Everything worked out this weekend for the team, as Crozier put the No. 14 machine on the pole for the first time this season in qualifying on Friday. The No. 14 Triumph led a race-high 19 laps of what would be a 40-lap race, including the all-important final six laps. It was Crozier's first victory since 2006 and was the first-ever in SunTrust Moto-GT competition for Caudill.
"We've had a lot of trials and tribulations this year," Caudill said. "We've been quick in practices and qualifying, but have had trouble putting the whole race together. It did come together for us today, regardless of all that. The Crozier Motorsports, Augusta Triumph team has been working hard. That's what has kept us at the top and kept us today with the result we've got."
Finishing second was the No. 69 HurtByAccident.com Suzuki GSX-R600 of co-riders Rodolfo Ramirez and Armando Ferrer. It was an impressive comeback for Ferrer, who was sent to the UAB Medical Center in Birmingham after a crash during qualifying yesterday. The performance enabled the No. 69 team to move into a first-place tie with the No. 37 Old Pros Racing team -- which finished seventh today -- in the Moto-GT1 point standings with three of nine races now complete.
The No. 2 Aussie Dave Racing Suzuki GSX-R600 of co-riders David Anthony and Hawk Mazzotta completed the GT1 podium with a third-place performance. It was the No. 2 machine's first appearance of the season.
In the Moto-GT2 race, the father and son team of Jimmy and Justin Filice celebrated a victory on the No. 64 HurtByAccident.com Ducati PS1000LE. While the Filices have previously ridden to victory together in the 8 Hours At Daytona, this was the first time they did it by themselves.
"This is a great facility and I like coming here," said AMA Hall-of-Famer Jimmy Filice. "To win with my son here is pretty cool. Justin did the first stint and he did a wonderful job. I just got on the bike and kept it upright. Our strategy worked well, the bike worked good, and I'm just happy that his (Daytona SportBike) team, R&B Racing, let him do this with me."
"It was just unbelievable today, just the circumstances that it came down to with the weather and tire choice," added Justin Filice. "We didn't ever even intend to go to dry (tires) in the beginning. We stuck with wets because, really, we were doing a rain dance out there. We were just hoping for rain. I was praying for it when I was on the bike. The tires started to go away a little bit in the dry and they were flexing, but the Dunlops today were unbelievable tires. They worked great all the way through my stint, even in the torrential downpour that we had. I didn't slip one wheel the entire time I was out there. To ride with my dad here was unbelievable. It was a great experience and I'm glad we could win."
The No. 77 Touring Sport Ducshop Ducati PS1000LE scored its third top-two result in as many starts this season with a second place run in the hands of co-riders Frank Shockley and Dane Westby, who started the race from the class pole position. The No. 77 team now leads the GT2 point standings by 15 points, 83-68, over the No. 9 Pair-A-Nines team, which finished sixth in class today.
Co-riders Lyles Sanders and Greg Melka came home third in GT2 aboard the No. 83 D & D Cycles Suzuki SV650. Next up for SunTrust Moto-GT will be Round 4 of the nine-race championship at Road America on the weekend of June 5-7.
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