Gaviria Earns the Podium for LTD Racing in New Jersey
NEWS September 4, 2011
Photo by Brian J. Nelson
Millville, NJ Sept 3, 2011 -- AMA Pro SuperSport West champ David Gaviria charged from the third row to third place in Saturday’s AMA Pro SuperSport race at Millville, New Jersey. The Colombian faced a tough qualifying after mechanical issues but the Gaviria once again proved his heart by battling his way to the podium. Tomy Puerta took sixth place. In Daytona SportBike, Huntley Nash earned 13th position while Raul Alzate was classified 23rd after a heartbreaking finish to his Saturday contest.
Gaviria was not able to get in a quick lap in Saturday morning’s qualifying due to bike issues but the talented racer got a good start and then won several individual battles to consolidate third place. Gaviria, winner at Daytona and Road America, said, “I had to concentrate a lot since I started from the third line. I knew there would be some tough battles and it wasn’t over until the end,” said David. “I almost crashed with a couple of laps to go so it was very exciting the whole race.”
David was awarded his number one plate on the podium.
Tomas Puerta rebounded to earn sixth in the race. “I did not really like the race,” said Puerta. “I was hoping to challenge more. I wanted to run with the top guys. I had a good start but the front tire got too hot after a couple of laps and I started tucking the front. After that, I could not push as hard as I wanted. We’ll go with the hard front tire tomorrow and use less engine braking,” said Tomy. “I don’t like being off the podium.”
Huntley Nash was hoping for more from his Daytona SportBike event. “The left-handers gave us big problems today. I was not happy with the result. I want to end the season on a high note. We’re struggling but I’m trying my best and riding hard. We’re trying a big change for the last race of the year,” said Nash, who will have post-season surgery on his ankle.
Raul Alzate tangled with the leader while being lapped on the race’s final time around the 2.2-mile circuit. “I saw the blue flags. I tried to do the correct thing and I moved over but I thought I would be passed on the straight. I was waiting on the leaders to pass me,” said the Colombian. “They caught me in turn one, though. The leader came around the outside and it ended badly. I’m upset that the race ended that way for him and for me,” Raul said. “I’m battling a shoulder injury and my goal today was to finish. I’ll try my best tomorrow.”
LTD Racing will close out the 2011 AMA Pro season on Sunday and is looking to add to their 2011 tally of three victories.
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