Best Result Yet for Huntley Nash of LTD Racing Y.E.S. Yamaha
NEWS June 19, 2011
Photo by Evan Williams
Birmingham, AL June 18, 2011 – LTD Racing Y.E.S. Yamaha’s Huntley Nash earned his first Daytona SportBike top ten at Barber Motorsports Park on Saturday. Nash charged from the fifth row to ninth place with his strongest ride of the year. The 19-year old earned his best–yet finish in the AMA Pro Racing class he just joined in March after winning races in SuperSport last year, including one at Barber Motorsports Park.
“It was our first top ten and that was a goal of ours,” said Nash. “It felt like I was dead last on the start but I made a few passes and gained some spots in the race. I feel we can do better tomorrow as we continue to refine the setup, especially at the front end of the bike. Confidence has been the biggest thing for me this year and we keep gaining momentum.”
Sam Nash fought to post a solid result for LTD Racing and earned another top ten finish in the SuperSport battle as he took ninth place. The full-time law student and part-time racer ran as high as seventh in the race at the scenic Alabama circuit and was able to earn that result in the deepest race of the year with 37 entries.
“My race was pretty satisfying but at the same time it was a little lonely out there,” said Sam. “I rode my own race. I got to the place I finished pretty early and I wish I could have been able to push harder and maybe caught the next group. Still, it was progress for us and we have another one tomorrow.”
LTD Racing Y.E.S Yamaha teammates Tomas Puerta and David Gaviria led the East and West divisions of AMA Pro SuperSport as the day began but the top position of the points table was not the only place they would come together. Puerta unfortunately crashed and collected Gaviria on the first lap of Saturday’s event. Neither rider was able to restart the red flagged event, an East division race and therefore a points contest for Puerta.
“I got a good start and in turn one I was fourth or something but I didn’t really feel the bike slip away from me in that turn. I’m not exactly sure what happened,” said Puerta. “I was upset to have crashed the bike and taken out David. It wasn’t good for my position in the championship. I am very sore but will come out fighting hard tomorrow and at the other East races to do my best and make up points.”
“It was tough luck for us both but if there’s any good part of it for me personally is that is was an East Coast race,” said Gaviria.
“With Huntley, we’re moving forward,” said LTD Racing’s Director of Competition Gary Medley. “The Daytona SportBike class is really tough and the margin for error is small. It’s really pushed Huntley to get better and he’s been making little steps and now he’s found himself in the top ten. He’s grown a lot this year. We’ve made more changes for tomorrow and look to keep upping the pace. The SuperSport race was tough. Our guys are trying hard and sometimes bad things happen. Sam came through and was able to get another top ten so good for him.”
Sunday will see two more chances for LTD Racing Y.E.S. Yamaha, with the final Daytona SportBike and SuperSport races of the weekend.
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