Podium Finish for Vesrah's West in Daytona SportBike Race 1 at Road A
NEWS June 4, 2011
Photo by Brian J. Nelson
Cory West used his Vesrah Suzuki GSX-R 600 to return to the podium today with a hard fought 2nd place finish in the AMA Pro Racing Daytona Sportbike Race 1 at Road America in Elkhart Lake WI. Taylor Knapp was able to bring home a 6th place finish at the tail end of the lead group. With misfortune for the current Daytona Sportbike championship leader today Cory was able to make up ground and solidify his 2nd place points standing. Taylor moved up to 8th place in the 2011 Daytona Sportbike championship.
Corey Alexander was able to battle back today qualifying in 6th position and finishing the AMA Pro Motorcycle-Superstore.com SuperSport race in 4th place. Corey remains in 3rd place in the SuperSport West Championship Point Standings.
Mark Junge – Team Owner Vesrah Suzuki
“All of the team riders did a great job today and Cory finishing on the podium at the team’s home track is awesome. We are refining our set-ups tonight and are looking forward to tomorrow’s races.”
Cory West – Vesrah Suzuki #57
“I didn’t get the best start in today’s race and found myself in the 2nd group battling for fifth. I saw the points leader crash out early and knew I needed to make up as many points as possible. The lead group was always in sight and the guys in my pack were doing a pretty good job of working together to try and catch up. As the laps wound down I could see we were finally catching up, so I tried to push as hard as possible. Coming to the white flag I was right on 3rd place and then I saw 2nd place get held up by a lapper. On the front straight I made the pass to get into 2nd place and I set sail for the leader. I managed to reel him in a little but I came up short at the finish. If I had one more lap I think we would have won today but I am happy with 2nd place. The championship has tightened up now and I just have to stay focused and keep turning in solid results. Thanks to my Crew Chief Tony Pogue and the entire Vesrah Suzuki crew for giving me an amazing Suzuki GSX-R 600 to race today. Tomorrow we will push for the victory.”
Taylor Knapp – Vesrah Suzuki #44
“The start didn’t go as planned – it seemed like the lights went out quickly today but I put my head down and slowly started picking people off. I was in a really good position with 4 or 5 laps to go and I had sized up the guys ahead of me and knew right where I wanted to make the pass but the opportunity did not happen. All in all I was happy with my pace and the bike worked really well. I’m looking forward to tomorrow knowing that we are capable of a podium finish and hopefully we can keep this momentum rolling.”
Corey Alexander – Vesrah Suzuki #5
“Yesterday I wasn't feeling so well but I woke up feeling much better this morning. We made a few small changes to the bike and made up some time this morning in qualifying putting us in 6th. During the race I got an okay start but made a few mistakes putting us a little behind. I eventually made me way back up to fourth. Overall I think it was a good day and based off of what I learned today, tomorrow should even better. Thanks to everyone at Vesrah Suzuki for all of their support, I really put their amazing brakes to the test today and they worked terrifically.”
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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