Day Proclaimed SuperSport East Champion with VIR Win
NEWS August 16, 2009
ALTON, Va. (August 16, 2009) - In Sunday's AMA Pro SuperSport presented by Shoei final at Virginia International Raceway, Josh Day (No. 4 Team E.S.P. Yamaha YZF-R6) continued his recent hot streak straight to the East Division championship with his third consecutive victory. Day turned in another dominating ride from the pole and led J.D. Beach (No. 73 Rockwall Performance/Red Bull Yamaha YZF-R6) across the finish line by 9.881 seconds. Day clinched the SuperSport East title one race before the season-ending event in New Jersey.
"We've really got good momentum going so far, these past three races have really been good for us," said Day, who also won at Mid-Ohio and Topeka. "I'm so glad we've been up front, running and winning races so far at the end of the season. I wish we could have done it at the beginning but we also have the East Championship wrapped up, so I'm pretty excited about that. I'll be ready for New Jersey at the end."
Beach came out on top of a great battle with Garrett Carter (No. 31 Ridersdiscount.com/Woodcraft Yamaha YZF-R6) who finished third.
"Me and Garrett had a great battle," Beach said. "We battled before at Mid-Ohio, so I knew he was good and smooth. With two laps to go, or one lap to go, he got ahead of me. I knew all weekend I've been coming out of the last turn good so I just tried to get a good drive. I ended up getting it and just getting by him."
Carter, who won earlier this year at Barber Motorsports Park, gave the competition in SuperSport high marks.
"I tried to get the best drive I could, but J.D. got me on the line," Carter said. "Congratulations to Josh for winning the championship. He's riding amazing, can't even stop him, I don't even know what to do. Hopefully we'll go to New Jersey and give Josh a run and J.D. and everyone else. It hasn't just been one rider up front the whole time. It's really been great competition out there, three or four riders out at the front is really fun to race with."
Day's current total of 158 points is out of reach of the competition. Russ Wikle (No. 5 Roadracingworld.com Suzuki GSX-R600), who finished 10th Sunday, is second with 90 points and Beach has moved to third with 86 markers.
Leandro Mercado (No. 92 Monster Energy Attack Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R) was Day's distant but closest challenger coming into the VIR weekend, but his title chances went away when he lowsided while chasing Day in second place. Mercado was uninjured but fell from second to fourth in the championship standings with 81 points.
Joey Pascarella (No. 25 LTD Racing Yamaha YZF-R6), who was also unhurt in a Lap 1 lowside, is fifth in the standings with 78 points. Just after Pascarella's incident, Cory Rech (No.7 AB1 Motorsports Suzuki GSX-R600) crashed and the race was red flagged and restarted. Rech, who was part of the winning GT2 team in yesterday's SunTrust Moto-GT race, was transported directly to Danville Regional Medical Center (DRMC) for a fracture of his right femur after the incident.
Highlights of today's SuperSport race can be seen in a two-hour show on SPEED tonight at Midnight ET (9 p.m. PT).
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