Melissa Paris Earns First AMA Pro Racing Points Finishes at Infineon

NEWS May 17, 2010

Melissa Paris Earns First AMA Pro Racing Points Finishes at Infineon

MPH Racing's Melissa Paris broke through to two points paying finishes this past weekend at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, California, culminating in a hard earned fifteenth place during Sunday's Daytona Sportbike final.

Held under windy and cool conditions at the 2.32 mile Northern California circuit, Sunday's event was a race-long battle with several local track experts. After a mid-race red flag, Melissa gridded her MPH/Royal Purple/Iron Man 2 Yamaha R6 eighteenth and fought her way through to pick up three positions before the checkered flag flew.

Saturday's race was also a positive result, Paris collecting her first-ever AMA points-paying finish as she raced aggressively up to the top twenty from a 28th place starting spot. The team had struggled at the previous round in Atlanta, but the 26-year-old Paris, who grew up in nearby Concord, steadily lowered her lap times and made the weekend a successful one as friends and family cheered her on.

The team now heads to Miller Motorsports Park next for the FIM World Supersport Championship round being held there Memorial Day weekend. Melissa qualified for the event last year and hopes for a point scoring finish this year.

"I'm happy to have made some progress this weekend," Melissa said. "Rick and the crew made some good improvements to get me more comfortable with the bike. I feel like we finally have some momentum now, and I'm looking forward to the next round."

RM Racing's Rick Matheny added, "Melissa impressed me this weekend with her work ethic and her commitment to improving the bike setup, and I think that showed in her best-ever AMA results. She's still learning the tracks we're still learning how to communicate with each other, but it is quickly coming together. I'm lucky to have a really good crew helping us at every round and we're looking forward to the upcoming World Championship round at Miller."

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