Autolite RIM Racing/Mike Morgan Mid-Ohio Report
NEWS July 13, 2011
Carrying momentum from the previous round at Road America Autolite RIM Racing’s Mike Morgan was looking forward to round 6 at Mid Ohio Sports Car Course. Mike did not disappoint with a solid finish in the first AMA Pro Racing Daytona Sportbike class race on Saturday. But Sunday’s race was short lived.
"I really need to get some better qualifying positions. It makes it really hard to get up to the guys I’m racing with and on Sunday it bit me. In race 1 I got a terrible start and had to make my way through a few riders to get into a comfortable rhythm. On the first lap I was able to get by several riders and was in the top 20 right away. The bike was handling great and the changes we made before the race worked. I was able to hang with some faster riders and we made a break from the rest of the pack. This also allowed the group to catch some other riders that were out front running by themselves. As the laps wound down I was running with another rider and waiting to make my move for 15th. He made a mistake and I was able to easily make the pass. But on the last lap a slower rider hindered my braking off the back straight and the rider I just passed made an aggressive move up the inside on both of us and retook 15th. I was not able to retake the position before the finish and had to settle for 16th. Race 2 was very short after being taken out in turn 1. I had a great start and was able to get by a few people when all of a sudden I was sliding on the ground. The other rider was injured and I checked on him until the ambulance arrived. The team worked really hard to make the repairs needed to restart the race but we ran out of time. So I have to thank them for all the hard work this weekend! And my great gear from Nexx helmets, TCX boots, Held gloves, and Pilot leathers kept me safe in both crashes, crashed in Sunday morning practice, and I walked away with no harm.
RIM Racing is sponsored by Autolite spark plugs, Fram oil filters, Motul oil, Barnett clutches, Yoshimura R&D, EBC brake pads, D.I.D chains, World Wide Bearings, Kenwood, NEXX helmets, Race Tech suspension, Superior Body Works, TCX boots, SRP Graphics, Vortex components, Zola acai drinks, Advanced Auto Parts, Bazzaz electronics, Pilot leathers, Held gloves, Hotbodies, Lockhart Phillips
Catch Autolite RIM Racing at New Jersey for round 8 of the AMA Pro Daytona Sportbike series.
For more on Autolite and RIM Racing’s Mike Morgan please visit www.mikemorganracing.com
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