Vesrah Suzuki Closer to the Front in Race 2 at Mid-Ohio
NEWS July 13, 2011
Photo by Brian J. Nelson
Vesrah Suzuki’s Cory West moved up 1 position finishing 6th in the AMA Pro Racing Daytona Sportbike Race 2 at Mid Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, OH. Taylor Knapp brought his Suzuki GSX-R 600 home in 9th. Cory drops to 5th place in the 2011 Daytona Sportbike championship by 1 point and Taylor remains in 8th place.
Corey Alexander also advanced 1 position over yesterday finishing in 4th position in the AMA Pro Motorcycle-Superstore.com SuperSport race 2. As this was not a West Coast Supersport round, Corey remains in 3rd place in his championship heading to the next West Coast points round at Laguna Seca.
Mark Junge – Team Owner Vesrah Suzuki
“We picked up positions today over yesterday but what is more significant is that we were much closer to the front groups. Both Cory and Corey cut the gap to the leaders by 75% which tells me that we are getting the set-up required for Mid-Ohio figured out.”
Cory West – Vesrah Suzuki #57
“I got a much better start in today’s race and actually got away with the leaders. We got my bike working a lot better and my pace was pretty close to the leaders. I held onto the group through the first half of the race and started to get close enough to make a move and then I got bumped by a rider behind me. It kind of threw my rhythm off and that’s pretty much where I lost touch. I finished the race in 6th and was much closer to the lead pack today so I’m content. Mid-Ohio has been very tough for us this year and last year, but I think we finally found a good set-up for next year. I want to thank my crew chief, Tony Pogue, and my mechanic, Sean Goff, for all of their hard work this weekend and the rest of the Vesrah Suzuki crew for toughing it out and finding a good balance for my Suzuki GSX-R 600.”
Taylor Knapp – Vesrah Suzuki #44
“I got off the line pretty good for the restart of race 2 and was close to the front but I could feel that something just wasn’t right with the bike set-up. We gambled pretty big going into the race and it just didn’t work the way we hoped for today. I feel bad because my crew put so much time and effort into making the bike better and I have to give them a huge thanks for working so hard. I am confident that they will put their heads together and come up with something great for Laguna Seca.”
Corey Alexander – Vesrah Suzuki #5
“Today went better than yesterday for sure. Though we were only a position closer to the front overall we were closer to the front group, which was a good feeling. I had the opportunity to get on the podium but I made a few mistakes. My mechanics Barry and Tim set up my Vesrah Suzuki GSX-R 600 better than I could ask for. I look forward to Laguna and continuing my chase for a podium finish. Thanks to everyone supporting me and the team!”
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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