Galster's AMA Pro Infineon round
NEWS May 19, 2011
Photo by Brian J. Nelson
Infineon Raceway was the next stop on Galster's calendar this last weekend in Sonoma, CA where he had a very improved and successful weekend in the AMA Pro Daytona SportBike class. He finished the weekend with two top 15 finishes and made big strides with the new bike. With the strong finishes from the two races Galster is confident for the rest of the season and looks forward to the next races.
With a long drive from Colorado to Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, CA, Josh Galster was anxiously awaiting the start of the AMA Pro weekend and to keep the momentum up from his victorious MRA weekend May 7-8. With Friday morning rolling in, he had to make some changes to the bike to get it ready for the tight, twisty, and physically demanding circuit, formely known as Sear's Point. Barry Wressell from KFG Racing came down from Washington to help Galster out for the weekend and make adjustments on the Grandprix Motorsports-backed Yamaha R6. With the help of Barry and Alyssa Warner, Galster was able to get a good base setting for the bike as he set out for the first practice session. Galster took a few laps to get acclimated to the track and surface, then came in to discuss with Barry and Alyssa about how the bike was handling. With modifications made, Galster was 16th fastest after the nice sunny and warm practice session and got things in order for the qualifying session. In Qualifying, Galster went a second faster than in practice but still was not completely comfortable getting the bike to handle in the fast, twisty sections, putting him 17th on the grid for the races.
Saturday was not the best racing weather with track temps in the high 60's and overcast, but with a good Sat morning practice/final qualifying session, Josh was ready for the races to begin. He was gridded on the inside of the 5th row and had a straight path to Turn 1 which takes them up the hill to an off-camber Turn 2 and continues through the rolling hills in the Sonoma region. After the first lap Galster slotted into 15th and had a race-long battle with Huntley Nash, with LTD Racing, which went back and forth for the duration of the race with each rider making slight mistakes that each other capitalized on. After the long and physical 22-lap race, Galster crossed the line with a strong 14th place finish.
With rain Saturday night it made for a delayed start to the Sunday schedule and changing track conditions, and due to the threat of late afternoon rain, the races were moved forward for an early afternoon race start. So with a compressed schedule Josh, Barry, and Alyssa were pushed to get all the changes and maintenance done on the bike to get it ready for the race Sun early afternoon, but it all got accomplished with a handful of minutes to spare before race time. After an ok start, Galster was back a little further then he would have liked but made some passes to get himself up to 16th before a red flag came out and the race was restarted. On the restart Galster got pinched out and filed into 19th, but after a few laps he picked off several riders and found himself racing in 15th with no one around after a few laps. Galster maintained his position but with 5 laps remaining he saw in the distance the rider in front of him dropping back due to tire issues. When Josh saw this he put his head down and pushed to close the gap, but made some slight mistakes which cost him in the end. With the gap dropping dramatically between Galster and 14th, he was not able to take advantage of the situation and finished just a couple seconds behind the rider in front to secure a 15th place finish.
Josh is heading back to Colorado to race at Pikes Peak International Raceway with the MRA May 21-22nd and then is off to Miller Motorsports Park in Salt Lake City, May 27-30th for the 3rd round of the AMA series which is in conjunction with World Superbike over the Memorial Day weekend. Galster would like to make special thanks to Elden and Jennifer Lew for their hospitality with accommodations over the weekend at Infineon, along with Barry Wressell at KFG Racing, and also Alyssa Warner for all her help in the pits, along with all his sponsors: Grandprix Motorsports, EDR Performance, California Superbike School, Slednecks, Dunlop, Bazzaz Performance, Arai, LeoVince, KFG Racing, gpguns.com, Scorpion leathers, Attack Performance, EBC, GPR, and Lockhart Phillips.
If you are interested in helping, supporting, or sponsoring Josh Galster with his racing for the season, contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Sponsors: Grandprix Motorsports, EDR Performance, California Superbike School, Slednecks, Dunlop tires, Bazzaz Performance, Arai helmets, LeoVince exhaust, KFG Racing, gpguns.com, Scorpion leathers, Attack Performance, EBC brakes, Lockhart Phillips
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