Gaviria Wins Elkhart Lake SuperSport 1 for LTD Racing/YES Yamaha
NEWS June 4, 2011
Photo by Brian J. Nelson
Elkhart Lake, WI (June 4, 2011) – David Gaviria and LTD Racing Y.E.S. Yamaha won the Saturday AMA Pro SuperSport race from Road America. Huntley Nash improved his starting position by four spots and earned 13th place in the Daytona SportBike race. Misfortune befell the other two LTD Racing competitors on Saturday as polesitter Tomas Puerta suffered a mechanical issue while leading the SuperSport race and Sam Nash had a late crash that dashed a top ten finish in the same event.
For Gaviria’s second win of the year, the Colombian staked a slight but significant gap on the field and stretched the lead out to over three seconds by the halfway point. Unlike his Daytona victory earlier this year when he snatched the triumph on the last lap, Gaviria and his Yamaha R6 officially led all ten laps of the race held in sunny weather at the 4.0 mile track.
“Being in the lead of a race is pretty difficult because you don’t know if you’re fast or slow, so I tried to do my best out there, and it worked. I tried to push as I always do, to try very hard. At the end of the race I was just taking care of myself,” said Gaviria, “to relax and ride smooth but quick. I think tomorrow is going to be different with these guys, so I have to be prepared but for sure I am looking to win again. It feels great.”
Gaviria now has a 26-point lead in West division SuperSport points.
Huntley Nash got a good start to his race in the competitive Daytona SportBike class.
“It was alright. 13th is better than last weekend so all we can do is keep moving forward,” said Nash. “The beginning was kinda fun but in the second half of the race I really didn’t have anyone to battle with. We are still working on our front-end setup and hoping for some more improvement tomorrow.”
Puerta won the pole but then had bike issues on the first lap. “I’m disappointed for the team and me but we get another chance tomorrow,” said Puerta.
Sam Nash felt his top ten finish drift away as the law student crashed in the final laps. “I lost the front on the next to last lap,” said Nash. “It was an easy crash but then it hit the gravel and did some damage.”
LTD Racing’s Director of Competition Gary Medley said: “It’s good to win and David did well. It was an excellent job as usual from him. He could be a champion this year. We had a huge step with Huntley. He keeps improving and it shows his maturity. We’ll keep working on it in this direction. It was a tough break for Tomy after winning pole and being so fast this weekend but he has another chance tomorrow.”
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