Solis Wins, Odom Strong at Infineon
NEWS May 19, 2011
Photo by Brian J. Nelson
Torrance, CA (May 18, 2011) – Young-gun road racers Tyler Odom and Benny Solis were back on the track during Rounds 2 and 3 of the AMA Pro Road Racing championship, held at Infineon Raceway in Northern California.
Benny Solis, riding a Honda CBR600RR, was unstoppable all weekend. The young rider from North Hollywood, California was racing only his second AMA Pro event. He scored not only the fastest qualifying position, but also won both SuperSport races by a convincing margin. While the two wins were Solis’s first as a professional, the sixteen year old racer showed the speed and consistency of a seasoned professional.
“It was only my second AMA race, and coming into this event, I was hoping to finish on the podium, but, after practice and qualifying, I knew I could win. We had also tested here a few weeks ago, and so we had a real good setup, right off the bat. From the beginning, we were just consistent, and we were able to picked up time in little pieces. For example, when I was doing laps, I was struggling in the last sector and was losing a lot of time into the last turn. I looked at the data, focused on that and made some improvements. But overall it was a really good feeling to win my first race, and then to back it up with another win.”
Tyler Odom, Solis’s teammate and friend, made his first 2011 AMA appearance in the Daytona SportBike class. Odom was fast all weekend, and finished a respectable 9th place in race one on Saturday. On Sunday, Odom suffered a DNF when he clipped a curb while running in a top ten position early on in the race.
“Overall it was a good weekend. It was a bummer to end with a minor fall on Sunday, but I made a lot of progress and picked up quite a bit of speed during the rest of the weekend. I feel that I can improve quite a bit on my 9th place from Saturday, and I cant wait to hit the track at Miller in just a few weeks” said Odom, who is an 18 year old senior at South High School in Torrance, California. “Miller is one of my favorite tracks to ride, and I am hoping to really improve upon my performance”.
Tyler Odom and Benny Solis Jr. are sponsored by Roadracingworld.com, Honda, Erion Racing, Alpinestars, Pro Honda Oils and Chemicals, Knology Tuning, Don Odom Racing, Renthal, Galfer, DID Dunlop, Troy Lee Designs, Puma, Oakley, Concept-5, First Generation Motorsports, Go Green Asphalt, Murray Company, Guardian Commercial Realty, Clement Supports, Milwaukee Valve, Columbia Specialty, Express Pipe and Supply, J.R. Smith, P-E Insulation, ISAT Sciesmic Systems, Charlotte Pipe Cut/Core inc., and Mark Zimmerman.
In addition, Benny Solis is also sponsored by RedBull.
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