A Day of Firsts for the Vesrah Suzuki Team at MMP
NEWS May 31, 2011
Photo by Brian J. Nelson
Vesrah Suzuki rider Corey Alexander scored his first win in AMA Pro Racing competition Sunday in the Supersport class with a runaway victory in the wet. This was also the first win in AMA Pro Racing for the Vesrah Suzuki team as well as the first triumph for the new for 2011 Suzuki GSX-R 600. Corey now sits solidly in 3rd place in the Supersport West season point standings.
In the Daytona Sportbike class Cory West finished just off of the podium in 4th place after running with the front group and leading during the race held in drying conditions. Taylor Knapp struggled with the difficult conditions ending up 14th at the finish. Cory retains 2nd place in the Daytona Sportbike season point standings and Taylor is now in 10th.
Mark Junge – Team Owner Vesrah Suzuki
“I’m excited for Corey to get his first win in AMA Pro Racing and for him to be able to bring the team it’s first win at this level. I’m really looking forward to next weekend at Road America which is the home round for the team”
Corey Alexander – Vesrah Suzuki #5
“At the beginning of this weekend I had hoped for a good finish, especially after last weekends near podiums. It was cold but dry on Saturday during qualifying 1 and I knew we had the bike and setup to be on pole but I just couldn't get any quality track time to put down a good lap. I just got beat out of 2nd but ended up 3rd on the front row. It rained this morning so I knew nobody was going to go faster but I wanted to see how the track was but I didn't want to crash. I was unsure for the race and didn't really know what would happen, I knew I just had to stay off the ground.”
“On the first lap I was in 4th when the leader crashed, then I followed the two guys in front of me for a lap before realizing they were actually holding me up. I got around them pretty easily only getting passed back once. I put my head down and before I knew it I looked up at my board it said +25. I was so excited to see that checkered flag. To win in front of the world at one of he nicest tracks in America was amazing especially after a bittersweet finish last weekend. I'd like to give a special thanks to Barry and Tim for building me a perfect bike, Mark Junge for giving me the opportunity to ride under the Vesrah Suzuki colors, My Uncle Richie for getting me involved in this whole sport and being behind me 100% all of the time, the rest of my family, and everyone behind the Vesrah Suzuki effort. I'm glad to give Suzuki its first AMA win on the all-new 2011 GSX-R 600. My first win will always be very memorable.”
Cory West – Vesrah Suzuki #57
“The weather was pretty nasty on Sunday but we had a pretty good wet set-up. I’ve had some good races here in the past under wet conditions, so I had a lot of confidence going into the race. I got out with the leaders early and tried to feel the track out before I started pushing hard. We were on full rains but a lot of the track was dry, so keeping the tires cool was important. At the same time I didn’t want the leaders to get a gap on me, so I was pushing pretty hard in the middle part of the race. It was great to lead a few laps and have clear track but when I needed my tires at the end of the race they weren’t there. I shagged my front with about 4 laps to go and pretty much had to put it on cruise control. I’m disappointed to have not scored a podium after such a fun battle, but 4th was good for the day. We collected more good points and we’ll carry this momentum into next weekend. Thanks to the Vesrah crew for a great bike and to my crew chief Tony Pogue for all of his hard work.”
Taylor Knapp – Vesrah Suzuki #44
“It has been a really rough start to the season for me and I feel like I have been hit from every angle. But looking at the positives we have learned a lot on the new bike with a better dry set-up and had a solid qualifying position in 6th place as the top Suzuki. Bad weather hit for the race and I got off to a bad start and just really struggled with the conditions. It is good to see my teammates both had great races and I would like to thank everyone on the team especially Mark Junge and my crew chief James Lickwar for working hard for me.”
Vesrah Suzuki wants to thank all of their sponsors for their support for the 2011 season – Vesrah, American Suzuki, Rockstar Energy Drink, Nielsen Enterprises Suzuki, Penske Racing Shocks, Traxxion Dynamics Fork Components, Yoshimura, Catalyst Racing Composites, Sudco Int., Bazzaz, Factory Pro, Maxima Racing Oils, Vortex, DID Chain, GPR Stabilizers, Trek Bicycles, GP Tech, Active, Pilot, Suzuka Tire Warmers, Pit Bull & Road Rage Designs
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