Gaviria Solid Once Again for LTD Racing Y.E.S. Yamaha in Ohio
NEWS July 10, 2011
Photo by Brian J. Nelson
Lexington, OH (July 9, 2011) – David Gaviria earned fourth place for LTD Racing Y.E.S. Yamaha in Saturday’s AMA Pro SuperSport race at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. Teammate Tomas Puerta earned seventh in the race. Huntley Nash took 12th place in the Daytona SportBike event after a possible top-ten finish slipped away from him.
Gaviria, the West division points leader, came into the race looking to refine his setup for the next West race at Laguna Seca. The winner of two SuperSport races this year ran as high as third before consolidating fourth place. “It was a difficult race but I tried my best. In the beginning I was fourth, then I passed Tomas and got to third position. In the middle of the race, another rider caught me. I tried to handle him but he made a mistake and I was after him but then he was able to gap me. I preferred to stay calm and not crash. We’ll make a couple of small changes and see what happens tomorrow.”
Puerta had a tough event, one that saw him shoot out to the lead but then struggle throughout the 17-lap event. “I did not like this race at all. I had a good start and took the lead but then two riders caught and passed me. Then David passed me too but I settled down and held the gap. I rode really badly and then it seemed like everyone passed me after that. That’s it. I have to push really hard tomorrow because I don’t like finishing like this,” said the Colombian.
Huntley Nash earned a solid 12th in the Daytona SportBike race, but Nash was disappointed not to have earned another top ten. Nash had moved into 11th at the front of a pack of riders contesting the spot, but some slides from the front end of the bike meant he lost some positions. Nash gathered himself to move up one spot on the last lap to take 12th.
“I struggled with the front end today when I tried to push,” said Nash. “This has been our biggest issue all year and today wasn’t a good day for it. We won’t give up trying to fix it because we know we are close to getting the type of results we are looking for in the this class.”
“David did what he needed to do today,” said LTD Racing’s Director of Competition Gary Medley. “We wanted to set the bike up for Laguna and help build up his confidence after a recent crash or two. Tomy had a bad race today. He expects to win or get on the podium so seventh isn’t up to his expectations. He’ll come back tomorrow and try to turn it around. Huntley had a decent result but we all wanted a little more today so it is back to the drawing board tonight and see what we can come up with for tomorrow.”
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