A BUSY DAY FOR VESRAH SUZUKI AT BARBER MOTORSPORTS PARK
NEWS September 25, 2010
LEEDS, Ala. (September 25, 2010) - It was a busy day for the Vesrah Suzuki team during the AMA Pro Racing SuperBike Classic at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Ala. with entries in AMA Pro SuperSport and American SuperBike as well as the teams usual Daytona SportBike entries. Jeff Wood rode the #75 Vesrah Suzuki GSX-R 1000 in American SuperBike while Travis Wyman rode the #24 Vesrah Suzuki GSX-R 600 in SuperSport.
Travis Wyman quickly adapted to the Suzuki GSX-R 600 after riding a different brand all season. He was able to qualify in 13th place and then in AMA Pro SuperSport Race 1 he finished in 14th.
In AMA Pro Daytona SportBike presented by AMSOIL both Chris Fillmore and Cory West had crashes during final qualifying and ended up qualifying on the 3rd row. The start of Race 1 did not go any better with West getting run off of the track in turn 1 and then being involved in a multiple bike crash in turn 4 on the first lap. The race was red flagged due to the turn 4 incident and the Vesrah Suzuki crew was able to repair West’s bike to make the restart. Fillmore actually lost out as he had a good start during the initial start to the race and did not fare as well on the restart. Fillmore crashed out in turn 4 near the halfway point of the race. West did fairly well on the restart and was able to make it to as high as 5th place before he also crashed out with less than 5 laps to go in the race. West dropped to 6th and Fillmore dropped to 11th in the season points. The team hopes to regain top 5 and top 10 positions after tomorrow’s race.
In the American SuperBike Race 1 Jeff Wood was able to get a top 10 finish with 8th place after quickly coming to grips with the Vesrah Suzuki GSX-R 1000 that he saw for the first time on Friday. Jeff qualified in 13th place and moved up throughout the race.
Mark Junge – Team Owner Vesrah Suzuki
“It was a hectic day having bikes in 3 classes but I have to thank my normal crew plus the additional crew brought in for this race for all the effort they put forth so far this weekend. It has been difficult in our normal Daytona Sportbike class today but we will come back tomorrow having worked tonight refining our set up.”
Travis Wyman – Vesrah Suzuki #24
“Coming into Friday practice I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. I’ve been racing a Yamaha all season but felt that with the help of Vesrah Suzuki, I could end my season on a good note. Practice went well and I spent most of my time getting used to the bike. In qualifying my mechanic Darren and I tried to put a good set up together for the race. In Race 1 I got a decent start and was able to battle with a few guys. Towards the end of the race I struggled a bit finishing the corner but brought the Vesrah Suzuki GSX-R 600 over the line in one piece. I would just like to say thanks to Mark and the whole Vesrah team for giving me the opportunity to ride their bike this weekend. I feel that with a refined set up I will come away with a better result in Race 2 on Sunday.”
Cory West – Vesrah Suzuki #57
“Qualifying was rough because of a crash on my new tire. The first start I got run off the track in turn 1 and then fell in turn 4 trying to make up ground and the race was red flagged. Luckily I got to make the restart and had a much better first lap. I was back in 8th or so but started making up ground and got myself up to 5th at one point. I was struggling with front grip towards the end of the race and was trying hard to keep the pace. Unfortunately I lost the front in the museum turn and crashed out. It has been a very trying day but hopefully a good nights sleep will help and we will be back tomorrow fighting hard for a good finish.”
Chris Fillmore – Vesrah Suzuki #55
“Friday started slow but by today’s qualifying session we made some good improvements and were on pace for a good race. From the start of Race 1 I struggled to get my bike to turn in and hold the corner. I crashed entering turn 4 under braking as I tipped it in. I tried to get the bike restarted and re-enter the race but it wouldn’t start. A very tough day for me but we will try some changes for tomorrow and try our best for a good end of the season result. Big thanks to the whole Vesrah Suzuki team.”
Jeff Wood – Vesrah Suzuki #75
“We started Friday on a bike that was new to me and also my first time riding a 1000 this season. After working hard through Friday, my mechanics Eric and Leif really made some progress! We dropped 2.5 seconds in qualifying #1 and hoped to improve in final qualifying on Saturday morning. We tried a new set up Saturday and went a little slower so for the first race we just went back to our baseline. Top ten in the race (8th) means we did the right thing. Hopefully a couple of small tweaks will make Sunday even better.”
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
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