Vesrah Suzuki's Cory West Takes Over DSB Lead at Barber
NEWS June 19, 2011
Photo by Brian J. Nelson
Vesrah Suzuki’s Cory West returned to the podium for the 3rd time this season with a 3rd place in the AMA Pro Racing Daytona Sportbike Race 1 at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham AL. Cory was part of a sweep of the Daytona Sportbike podium by the new for 2011 Suzuki GSX-R 600. He also took over 1st place in the 2011 Daytona Sportbike championship. Taylor Knapp finished at the tail end of the front group in 6th place and moved back into the top 10 with 9th place in the 2011 Daytona Sportbike championship.
Corey Alexander had a day to forget with a crash during final qualifying this morning and then being assessed a 5 second penalty for jumping the start of AMA Pro Motorcycle-Superstore.com SuperSport race 1. He managed to finish in 8th place after the penalty.
Mark Junge – Team Owner Vesrah Suzuki
“It was an exciting day for the team with Cory taking over the championship lead and finishing on the podium. This team is about consistency as shown in our past racing history.”
Cory West – Vesrah Suzuki #57
“I had a good launch at the start and made a nice pass around the outside in turn 4 to get myself up to 4th on the first lap. I worked my way up to 2nd pretty quick and tried to reel in the leader but the gap stayed about the same. About halfway through the race I started having shifting issues and got swallowed up by 3 or 4 riders. I figured out how to keep the bike in gear after a few rough laps and then caught the pack that was racing for 2nd. I just waited until there were 2 laps to go to start making moves and got back into 2nd position. The fight continued and I ended up 3rd at the finish. The points leader had a mechanical and I pulled away from the rider that was behind me in points, so a 3rd place felt like a win. I took over the points lead so I’m very happy about that! We’ll do our best to come out of here with another good finish and try to hang onto the championship lead. Big thanks to my Crew Chief Tony Pogue, and the entire Vesrah Suzuki crew for a great race bike today.”
Taylor Knapp – Vesrah Suzuki #44
“I’m pretty happy with the way the weekend is going. I had a decent start and felt comfortable with the pace we were running even though the track was very slippery because of the heat. I was able to hold onto the lead group and came home in 6th. There is one corner that I’m having trouble with on the track but we have some changes to try in warm-up tomorrow morning and hopefully that will give me that edge that I need to put my Vesrah Suzuki GSX-R 600 on the podium. I would like to thank my Crew Chief James Lickwar and mechanic Don Dougherty as well as Mark Junge.”
Corey Alexander – Vesrah Suzuki #5
“Today was a pretty rough day for me. Fortunately after having some trouble in final qualifying yesterday's time held up and I started on the outside of row 1. Sadly enough I jumped the start and I was docked 5 seconds putting me a little behind. I'm happy to end today with a top ten but I definitely look forward to having another shot at putting my Vesrah Suzuki up front tomorrow. Thanks to my mechanics Barry and Tim for their extra hard work this weekend and Mark Junge for building great bikes.”
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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