Daytona SportBike Rider Josh Galster's Mid-Ohio Report
NEWS July 13, 2011
Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course was the location for the AMA Pro Road Racing Daytona Sportbike races this last weekend. Josh Galster was aboard his Grandprix Motorsports-backed, EDR-built Yamaha R6 where he finished 11th and 19th following an up-and-down weekend.
Friday morning greeted the riders with a wet track after a night of rain which washed the track clean and eliminated any grip. in the first Daytona Sportbike practice the track was very slick and all the riders were sliding both the front and rear, fighting for traction. three-quarters of the way through the 50-minute practice the times started to drop and rubber was finally being laid down on the track. Galster registered a 1:34.808 but still had work to do to get the bike to hold a line on the exit of the corners. after deliberating with Barry Wressel from KFG Racing, Josh and Sean made the necessary changes to the suspension prior to qualifying. in the qualifying session the bike handled much better and Galster was able to drop more time, ending the session 17th with a 1:33.332.
Saturday morning's practice/final qualifying session Josh needed to better his time to get further up the grid, so they made some tire compound changes, with different gearing to get some extra grip and drive out of the corners. unfortunately, neither of the changes worked out and Galster was not able to better his time at all and had to settle for an 18th position grid placement for the races. after the session was over, Sean and Josh went back to the prior settings and would start the race with something that they knew would work pretty well.
Race 1 Galster got an ok start and trailed a pack of three bikes for most of the race after getting by a few riders in the opening laps. with another rider coming up on Galster they both made their way through the pack of riders until eventually Galster couldn't quite hold the pace with the tires slightly falling off and was passed but stayed stationed to finish 11th and bettering his times by a second with a 1:32.091. "yeah, that was a fun race for sure. i tried to manage my tires with this heat and how abrasive the track is as best as i could, but towards the end of the race when i was pushing to stay with the guys and chase a few riders down, the traction got interesting and i couldn't quite keep with those guys." Galster said at the end of the race.
Race 2 was quite different from race 1 for Josh, starting with a red flag on the opening lap which added a couple more laps to the tires and fuel load. after adding a splash of fuel to the bike, the riders were back out on their warm-up lap again where Josh noticed his clutch not performing at it's optimum. Just before gridding up for the restart he was trying to adjust his clutch while rolling up to the starting grid. He wasn't able to get it properly adjusted so had to deal with what he had. needless to say, Galster did not get the best of starts and had to fight his way through quite a bit of traffic in the first couple laps. by that time the leading groups had pulled away and all Josh could do was put his head down and chase. and that is what he did. Galster threw down some consistent high 1:31's, with a best lap at 1:31.337, just under 2 seconds off the leaders' times. shortly after halfway, Galster saw his fuel light come on and he knew with 9 laps to go he would be hard pressed to make it to the end. he backed the pace down dramatically to conserve fuel, but on the second to last lap the bike could go no further and Galster had to retire from the race. Getting 19 laps completed he was still able to come away with a 19th-place finish.
The next stop for Josh Galster will be at the Red Bull USGP, AMA Pro race at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca July 22-24th. Be sure to tune in on SPEED TV for that.
All in all it was a great weekend and Josh Galster thanks all his friends and family that made it out to the track to watch and support along with the Klepper family, Sean Bratt, Barry Wressel, Keith Code, and his sponsors Grandprix Motorsports, EDR Performance, California Superbike School, Dunlop, Bazzaz Performance, Arai, LeoVince, KFG Racing, gpguns.com, Scorpion leathers, Attack Performance, EBC, GPR, and Lockhart Phillips.
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