Puerta Back on the Podium for LTD Racing Y.E.S. Yamaha in Ohio
NEWS July 10, 2011
Photo by Brian J. Nelson
Lexington, OH (July 10, 2011) -- Tomas Puerta returned to the podium in Sunday’s AMA Pro SuperSport race at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, earning third place in the 17-lap event. David Gaviria looked to have a podium position in his grasp, too, but crashed out of the race before the halfway point. Huntley Nash earned 13th in Sunday’s Daytona SportBike race.
Puerta had struggled on Saturday after getting a good start in the race. On Sunday, he took the holeshot once again but quickly dropped to second. Puerta rallied, challenging in close quarters the entire race, and he finished just 1.809 seconds behind the winner. Puerta was glad to have turned his weekend around. “Today’s race was more like it,” said the Colombian. “The team improved the bike for today, and I rode much better. It was important for us to have a good race and turn things around. Our goal is to improve a little more and get another win soon.”
Gaviria crashed in some stray dirt on the racing line caused by another rider who ran off-track on lap 6.
Nash fought hard to earn 13th in Daytona SportBike. “It wasn’t a great race, but it was a tough one,” said Nash. “It was hot, and there were quite a few riders out there looking to earn some spots. Our goal is to get in the top ten, so today wasn’t up to our standards. We’re looking forward to going to Laguna Seca. I won there last year in SuperSport, so we know what works there.”
“It was good to get Tomy back on the box again today,” said LTD Racing’s Gary Medley. “David crashed, but it wasn’t his fault. Another rider had just run his knee through the dirt in that corner. Huntley is trying hard to improve, and we have a feeling it will pay off at Laguna.”
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