Puerta Third at Road America for LTD Y.E.S. Yamaha
NEWS June 6, 2011
Photo by Evan Williams
Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin (June 5, 2011) – Tomas Puerta earned third place in Sunday’s AMA Pro SuperSport race at Road America. Both Puerta and teammate David Gaviria ran at the front in the 10-lap event, but Saturday’s winner Gaviria unfortunately crashed out of the race. Sam Nash rebounded from a tough Saturday to earn a solid ninth. Huntley Nash ran his strongest DSB race yet to take 12th position in Sunday’s Daytona SportBike contest.
Heading into the next round at Barber Motorsports Park, Puerta and Gaviria lead the East and West AMA Pro SuperSport points for the LTD Racing Y.E.S. Yamaha team.
Puerta, who earned pole for the race, battled for the win once again. The East division points leader has been a contender in each event this year and showed strong form at Road America. “It was a hard race,” said the Colombian. “I pushed as hard as I ever have. The other racers were really doing well and it was a lot of fun. As the race wore on, I felt my tire started to get too hot and I didn’t want to crash, so I couldn’t challenge for the victory as I would have liked. My hat is off to the other riders and to my team for giving me a good bike. I look forward to more good races this year.”
Sam Nash found his form after a rough weekend. The part-time racer and full-time law student had two crashes at the 4.0-mile circuit, but charged back to take a top ten finish once again. “I was really sore and a little disappointed after yesterday’s race but the team did a great job for me and we were about to get a good finish. I had a few issues in the race but I thought we really turned the weekend around," said Nash. "My goal was to get it into the top ten and I was able to, thanks to the team. I can't wait to race again at Barber."
Gaviria wasn’t as fortunate in his bid for back-to-back victories. He high-sided his machine while fighting for the lead early in the event. “I was racing in the front pack and I got on the gas a little too early,” said Gaviria, who leads the West SuperSport points by 21 with three of ten races to go.
Huntley Nash earned a fine 12th position in Daytona SportBike. The 19-year old battled into the top ten before a red flag stopped the action. When the race finally resumed, Nash fought for tenth spot again before eventually being awarded 12th. “It was our best DSB race yet in my opinion. The pack I was in was right behind the lead group fighting at the front. I felt really good and I ran as high as seventh so really I feel this kickstarted our season. We made a lot of progress with the bike and I had confidence in it,” said Nash, who won here last year in SuperSport before being promoted to Daytona SportBike for 2011. “The rear was really good and we made progress with the front. Our biggest issue was us dropping a second and a half per lap in the race so we could have gone even further with our setup. We have our mojo back going into Barber.”
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