Consistent Finishes for the Vesrah Suzuki Team at Mid-Ohio
NEWS July 10, 2011
Vesrah Suzuki’s Cory West and Taylor Knapp finished 7th and 8th in the AMA Pro Racing Daytona Sportbike Race 1 at Mid Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, OH after qualifying in 7th and 9th place respectively. Cory remains in 4th place in the 2011 Daytona Sportbike championship and Taylor is now in 8th place.
Corey Alexander qualified in 5th position for the AMA Pro Motorcycle-Superstore.com SuperSport race 1. After a bad start Corey was able to push through to regain 5th place by the end of the race.
Mark Junge – Team Owner Vesrah Suzuki
“With this only being the second time for the team to race at Mid-Ohio, we’re still learning what set-up is required for this track. We are making progress and will be making changes tonight to try and push further to the front tomorrow”
Cory West – Vesrah Suzuki #57
“My start was good but I got held up in a few spots and didn’t quite get away with the top 5 guys. I pushed hard early and tried to close the gap but couldn’t make it happen. From the halfway point to the finish, I ran a lonely 7th place. I’m disappointed that I couldn’t run in the lead pack today, but we’ll try to come up with a fix for tomorrow.”
Taylor Knapp – Vesrah Suzuki #44
“Unfortunately we started from row 3 because we had a little problem in qualifying which made things tough for the first laps of the race. Once I settled in everything was working well and I could see that I was slowly catching the lead pack. About halfway through the race I had a tire go off mainly due to the abrasive surface and the heat. I was trying to just stay consistent and finish up the race when another rider made contact with me and went down. When I saved the bike from crashing it ran me wide and onto the pit entrance so I had to ride through pit lane at 50mph. I had a big enough gap on the rider behind me that it did not effect my finishing position but it was frustrating. We learned a lot today so the bike will only be better tomorrow.”
Corey Alexander – Vesrah Suzuki #5
“Today's race went decent starting from the inside of the second row of the grid. I struggled on the first lap and got pushed back. I had a lot of work to do to make it up to where I finished. I learned quite a bit today so I have confidence going into tomorrow that we can put my Vesrah Suzuki up front. My mechanics Barry and Tim have been working really hard all weekend so I look forward to giving them better results and I appreciate their help.”
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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