Guevara and Londono Race Road Atlanta for Team Suzuki

NEWS April 20, 2010

Guevara and Londono Race Road Atlanta for Team Suzuki

Team Suzuki endured a weekend of learning at Road Atlanta, host of the third round of the 2010 AMA Pro Road Racing championship. With team regular Santiago Villa still on the mend, SuperSport East Division contender Daniel Guevara and SportBike substitute rider Andres "Futuro" Londono spent the weekend picking up the tricky circuit and quickly putting that knowledge to good use.

20-year-old Guevara got his weekend off to a solid start, qualifying his GSX-R600 in ninth position with a fast lap of 1:33.530. However, Saturday's race did not go to plan as the Caracas, Venezuela-native now living in Florida crashed out at mid-distance, bringing out the red flag.

Guevara bounced back on Sunday and picked up valuable points for the SuperSport East Division title race with a 14th-place finish.

In his first weekend on the team's GSX-R600 SportBike machine, 30-year-old Londono qualified 22nd with a quick time of 1:33.529 and then broke into the top 20 in Saturday's final, finishing in 19th. The Colombian just missed out on repeating the feat on Sunday, finishing 21st.

Londono said, "We were able to get into the top 20 on Saturday and we were really happy about that. I have enjoyed working with the team and the bike is really good -- very fast and stable. I had a lot of fun."

Team manager Chris Ulrich summed up the weekend, stating, "Danny is new to the AMA game and this was his first visit to Road Atlanta. It's a very difficult track to learn in the amount of time the SuperSport class is given. He had an off in yesterday's race and I think his confidence took a hit this weekend, but I have no doubt when he gets to a couple of these tracks that he knows his results will come back and he'll be top ten and pushing towards the top five. He's got good equipment and his crew guys are really behind him and really support him. He had a tough weekend but sometimes that happens in racing.

"I think Andres did a good job filling in for Santiago. He didn't have that much time to learn the bike and the tires and the team, but we were happy to have him for a weekend. We were pleased to get his input and feedback on our motorcycle, and we're glad we were able to help Andres live the AMA dream this weekend."

Team Suzuki will return to action with Santiago Villa back in his usual seat on the #32 GSX-R600 at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, CA on May 14-16.

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