AMA Pro Road America Race Report, Motorcycle-SuperStore.com SuperSport Race 1
NEWS June 4, 2011
Photo by Brian J. Nelson
ELKHART LAKE, WI (June 4, 2011) – Y.E.S./ LTD Racing Yamaha’s David Gaviria celebrated his second victory of the season today in the AMA Pro Motorcycle-Superstore.com SuperSport race. Gaviria led all ten laps en route to victory, claiming a 1.388-second gap over second-place Travis Wyman (Harv’s Harley-Davidson), while James Rispoli (ANTRacing.com/STAR School) rounded out the podium in third. Today’s SuperSport race kicked off the Subway SuperBike Doubleheader Weekend at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin.
“Being in the lead of a race is pretty difficult,” said Gaviria. “You don’t know if you’re fast or slow, so I tried to do my best out there and it worked. At the end of the race I was just taking care of myself, watching [behind me], and they were catching me and going so fast, but I just kept going. I think tomorrow is going to be different with these guys, so I have to be prepared.”
For runner-up Wyman, this notable result marks his first podium finish in the Motorcycle-Superstore.com SuperSport class. Although he qualified on the front row, the Yamaha-mounted rider fell back at the very start. Despite this, Wyman managed to work his way back to the front and fought hard for his second-place finish.
“I didn’t get the best start,” said Wyman. “I was actually fourth or fifth going into Turn 1, [but] then Tomas [Puerta] went off in 12, so I knew I had third pretty good. James and David started to walk away a little bit, so I put my head down and made up some ground. I was able to get around James—he was riding a great ride—then I tried to catch David, but he was running really good times and I knew there wasn’t going to be enough laps left. This is my first time on the box in SuperSport and my first race of the season in AMA Pro on the 600, so I’m happy with my result, and hopefully we can come out tomorrow and do even better.”
Unlike Wyman, third-place finisher Rispoli got a great launch off the start despite being gridded on the second row. Indeed, Rispoli had secured second position by the end of Lap 1. He held onto that for multiple laps, although Wyman eventually got by. Even then, the two battled aggressively all the way to the checkered flag, with Rispoli finishing a mere 1.3 seconds behind Wyman.
“I got a great start from the second row,” said Rispoli. “I just tried to put in those first couple laps to break up the group. I knew Travis was behind me; he was running really well all weekend and just kept reeling me in, inching and inching. I figured it might be good if he got in front of me to see if we could pull up on Gaviria, but we just ran out of laps. [Today is] a good start; this isn’t an East Coast round so it’s kind of a test for us, but it’s always good to get on the podium and get hungry. It feels good to drop the hammer after a tough qualifying and practice, but we’re getting our times down, and that’s where we need to be.”
Today’s races will be broadcast on SPEED tonight at 9 and 10 p.m. EST/6 and 7 p.m. PST. Fans at home have several additional ways to follow this weekend’s action: click the green Living Timing bar at the top of www.amaproracing.com, download an AMA Pro Road Racing Living Timing app for either iPhone or Android, and join us on facebook.com/AMAProRoadRacing, twitter.com/AMAProSBK, and—when the light goes green for races—via twitter.com/AMAProLIVE for live play-by-plays.
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