Rough Season-Opener for Ryan Kerr Racing
NEWS March 22, 2011
DAYTONA BEACH, FL (March 22, 2011) - The Motorcycle-Superstore.com AMA Pro SuperSport season opener at Daytona International Speedway, March 11-12 proved to be a rough one for Ryan Kerr and the Ryan Kerr Racing Team.
“It definitely didn’t go our way,” said the Johnstown, Ohio native. “First off the bat, rain deluged Daytona on Thursday morning which canceled our practice session. We finally got on track in the afternoon and went right into qualifying. To complicate things even more, our 'A' bike wasn’t as good as we wanted, so we switched to our backup and spent half of the qualifying session getting it dialed in.”
Qualifying in 20th, Kerr was good to go.
“We didn’t qualify as well as we wanted,” continues Kerr, “but I knew I could come from the back and get a strong finish.”
Pulling off the start-line for the first race, Kerr immediately began to make his way up through the field. By lap one he had moved into 14th place. Continuing to battle for position, he moved up two more spots to end the 10 lap race in 12th place.
“Our lap times were improving,” explains Kerr. “And we figured we could do even better in Saturday’s event.”
Unfortunately, it was not to be.
Pulling off the grid at the start of the second round, Kerr was on the gas and moving up when a first lap crash brought out the red flag. When the track cleared and race restarted, Kerr suffered a mechanical and his day was ended.
“We couldn’t have been more disappointed,” said Kerr. “What a heartbreak. I know it is part of racing, but it was a hard pill to swallow. However, we will be back on track for the next race. Luckily, this was just the first race of the year so we have time to move up the point’s ladder and take a top place in the chase for the title.”
Ryan Kerr is sponsored by MJ USA, MJMotorgear.com, 614Paintworx, Moto-Heaven.com, Leo Vince, Arai, Di-Digital Impressions, Kawasaki, EBC Brakes, Bazazz, HEL Performance, Thrust Company, XES. Evotech Performance, 35 Motorsports, Ryan’s Fan Club and the Mid-Ohio Motorcycle School.
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