Impressive First Day for LTD Racing's Nash and Gaviria at DAYTONA
NEWS March 16, 2012
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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (March 15, 2012) - LTD Racing’s Huntley Nash and David Gaviria prepared for the 71st Daytona 200 with two practice sessions on Thursday, and both riders were able to put forth competitive performances. Nash, after an injury-plagued 2011, showed great form as the Georgian is finally healthy. Gaviria, the reigning AMA Pro Motorcycle-Superstore.com SuperSport West champ, showed his mettle in his first day in the AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike class.
Nash was tenth in the afternoon practice and ran higher in the order during the session. “I’m pumped. The bike feels really good and I haven’t felt this good on a bike since 2010 when I won some races,” said Nash. “I had my skirt flapping all last year but I wasn’t able to do what I wanted. I feel we’re pretty good right now but with some more bike and rider improvements we can have a great Daytona 200. I think all the road miles and training may help us out in a long race like this. Thanks go out to the team for sticking with me.”
Gaviria earned 14th in the afternoon. The Colombian won a race at Daytona last year and has jumped up a class for 2012. “This class is very difficult and there are a lot of competitive riders. I tried my best and in the last session, I felt it got a lot better. We’re still spinning a lot of the banking but we’ll make some changes and do our best. Last year I was really excited when I won and I did not expect that. I feel I need to learn a lot about the other riders and improve step by step but I will improve for sure.”
“The boys are good,” said LTD Racing’s Gary Medley. “Huntley’s up there. The training he did this offseason paid off and he’s not hurt anymore. David should be up there tomorrow, too. We have a couple of changes to do on his bike to help him. The first day of a new class is hard with all these devils out there fighting for tenths. The top 15 is usually within about a second or so. It’s tough. The crew did a good job today and we’re confident.”
Friday will see qualifying for the Daytona 200, which will be held Saturday afternoon.
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