More Improvement From Santiago Villa in New Jersey

NEWS September 6, 2010

More Improvement From Santiago Villa in New Jersey

Millville, N.J. (September 6, 2010) - Team Suzuki's Santiago Villa continued his strong run of form as of late, notching up his fourth and fifth consecutive top-15 results at New Jersey Motorsports Park.

In a clear sign of the Colombian's steady improvement, Villa left the weekend wanting much more, after having demonstrated the pace to once again knock on the door of a top-ten finish.

Having qualified on the outside of the fourth row, Villa bettered his qualifying time of 1:27.056 in the races, and worked his way up to 12th place aboard his Suzuki GSX-R600 in Saturday's final. However, slowed by a front tire issue late, he eventually fell back to 15th. Sunday's race took a similar shape, with Villa eventually coming home 14th in the end.

Villa, who is 16th in the championship with 55 points, said, "My weekend was very good considering the lap times and the people I was fighting with. I was doing very good times and consistently running in the top 12 in the races, but in the last five laps of both races, my front tire just got destroyed. I went from doing '26s to doing '30s on the last couple of laps and guys I had passed came back by me. I'm happy with the times and I’m happy that I'm progressing and now trying to fight for the top ten, but I'm disappointed that at the end I couldn't deliver because of the tire.”

Despite the minor disappointment of the weekend, Villa was upbeat concerning the big picture, "Martin (Cardenas) has been helping me a lot and I've been doing a lot of work to do better, and it's really been paying off. I'm going really fast. I'm winning championships in the regionals and I'm finishing better in the AMA Pro. My goal for next year is to be fighting for the top ten in the championship in the AMA Pro."

Team manager Chris Ulrich has been impressed with Villa's progression during the second half of the season, "He's been healthy lately and he's really starting to gel with his crew. It just looks like he's having a lot of fun and enjoying it, and when you're having fun, you're going to do well."

Meanwhile, Daniel Guevara finished the AMA Pro SuperSport East Region Championship ranked 10th with 102 points. Guevara fought his way up from his 13th slot on the grid to claim a strong seventh place in Saturday's 19-lapper.

Sunday's race didn't go to plan for the Florida-based Venezuelan, as he had a clash on the opening lap with a rival and then crashed out of the race less than two laps from the end.

Next up for Team Suzuki is the 2010 AMA Pro Road Racing season finale at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, AL on September 24th-26th.

Villa is looking forward to the opportunity, "I love the track. I'm very excited and we'll see how it goes."

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