Double Disappointment for Vesrah Suzuki in AMA Pro Daytona SportBike Race Two at NJMP
NEWS September 6, 2010
Millville, N.J. (September 6, 2010) - For the first 2/3rds of the AMA Pro Racing Daytona SportBike presented by AMSOIL Race Two at New Jersey Motorsports Park in Millville, N.J. things were looking very promising for Vesrah Suzuki with both team riders in the lead pack of ten riders running nose to tail. Cory West was at the front of the group after getting off the line in 3rd place and led for several laps before settling into 2nd place. Teammate Chris Fillmore never lost touch with the large lead group and was gaining positions as competitors dropped out. Disaster first struck West with a mechanical issue dropping him out of the race and then struck Fillmore several laps later with a crash.
West remains in 5th place in the AMA Pro Daytona SportBike season championship, but now has only a 1 point lead over 6th place, while Fillmore is in 9th place in the championship. The team heads next to the season finale at the Barber Motorsports Park, looking to keep both of the team’s Suzuki GSX-R 600’s in the top ten in point standings.
Mark Junge – Team Owner Vesrah Suzuki:
“Having both riders run in the lead group was exciting but things can go south quickly as was the case with our luck today. I have to thank Penske for all of their support this weekend and my crew for all of their efforts.”
Cory West – Vesrah Suzuki #57:
“I got a much better start today and ended up 3rd on the first lap. We made some changes to help with rear traction before the race and my Suzuki GSX-R 600 felt really hooked up. I made some passes and got into the lead a couple of laps but spent most of the time behind the leader in 2nd place. I just wanted to let the laps wind down before I showed my cards but unfortunately my engine expired with about 7 laps to go. I’m happy to have run at the front today and I’m proud of my team and the Penske techs for getting my bike to work so much better than yesterday. It is disappointing to get a DNF today but I feel good about how well I rode. I’ll be ready for the final event at Barber and hopefully we’ll have Lady Luck on our side!”
Chris Fillmore – Vesrah Suzuki #55:
“Today’s race was kind of bittersweet – I was in the lead group for the entire time and feeling very comfortable until with 3 laps to go I miss-shifted thru turn 4 which upset the chassis, pushing the front which caused a crash. So we learned a lot this weekend and my confidence has grown. We now have settings for the forks and shock that feel very good to me. I feel confidant that going into Barber I can put the Suzuki at the front. I want to apologize to the entire Vesrah Suzuki team and their sponsors as the bike was excellent today and because of a mistake I didn’t get the position to end the weekend well.”
Vesrah Suzuki wants to thank all of their sponsors for their support for the 2010 season – Vesrah, American Suzuki, Rockstar Energy Drink, Nielsen Enterprises Suzuki, Traxxion Dynamics Fork Components, Dainese Leathers, Boots and Gloves, Arai (Cory), Shoei (Chris), Graves Motorsports, Hotbodies Racing Bodywork, Sudco Int., Bazzaz, Factory Pro, Maxima Racing Oils, Vortex, DID Chain, Penske Racing Shocks, GPR Stabilizers, Trek Bicycles, GP Tech, Active & Road Rage Designs
blog comments powered by Disqus