Provisional Front-Row Starts for LTD in Utah
NEWS May 29, 2011
Tooele, UT (May 28, 2011) – David Gaviria and Tomas Puerta earned provisional front row starts for the Miller Motorsports Park AMA Pro SuperSport event, with Gaviria earning second and Puerta fourth. Huntley Nash qualified 18th in the ultra-competitive Daytona SportBike class as the young rider who has jumped into the deep end of the American racing pool continues to show the determination that was his trademark in SuperSport last season.
Due to the unequal number of races in West Coast and East Coast SuperSport, AMA Pro will award full West race points for qualifying this weekend. That placed extra pressure on overall championship contenders Puerta (East) and Gaviria (West) to perform in today’s qualifying session since most expect rain on Sunday morning – even more than the intermittent showers that red flagged qualifying on Saturday.
Gaviria, from Medellin, Colombia, said: “I feel very good. I was trying my very best on the track. It was raining, so I was taking care of my bike and myself not to make a mistake at this point of the weekend with our race still to come on Sunday. I wanted pole but what I really want is to win the race. That is my true focus this weekend. The test helped us set up the bike and I felt the bike was good.”
Puerta, who has finished on the podium in each 2011 SuperSport race, earned another provisional front-row start on Saturday. “This track is a tough one for me because I am taller than some of the other SuperSport competitors and I can’t tuck in like some of them can. It hurts me on top end. I followed David around and we worked together but I couldn’t go any faster. A podium is a good possibility but at this stage I want to win races and that’s the goal,” said the East points leader. “I am a little disappointed but the team and I will work hard to get the best results possible.”
Nash will race on Sunday as well, but in the DSB class. “We’re a lot closer to the front in this race,” said Nash. “We’re more competitive overall but I have to drop some more time to move up the charts. In practice, we have improved the front end quite a bit and that allows me to push more. It’s a lot more fun when you’re doing better and closing the gap to the front. It may rain tomorrow and to be honest, I like racing in the wet so we’ll see.”
LTD Racing Director of Competition Gary Medley added: “It was a pretty good day but we haven’t gotten down to our best times from the test yet, so there is room to improve. Huntley goes better the more he rides and he’s found some speed this weekend. The guys he is racing have been doing this a long time and it is a good challenge for Hunt to come to a new racetrack like this and find the pace to race with some quality guys. In SuperSport, David and Tomy will be prepared for a full race distance so we’ll see what happens.”
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