FOURTH PLACE WESTBY SOLID ONCE AGAIN FOR M4 SUZUKI
NEWS May 6, 2012
Team M4 Suzuki's Dane Westby collected another strong top-five finish to further solidify his status as a serious AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike title contender on Saturday at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, CA.
Westby's recent efforts to improve his starts paid off, as he immediately slotted his GSX-R600 with the lead group from his seventh position spot on the second row.
Westby made a move to claim fourth and promptly turned his attention to defending the position as the top three had already broken free at the front.
The Oklahoma native was unflappable under heavy pressure and quickly counterattacked an attempt to steal fourth away from him two laps from the end.
The fourth place result combined with his earlier second, third, and fifth see Westby currently ranked second in the Daytona SportBike title fight on 80 points.
"I've been working on the start after Atlanta and it went all right. I got off the line on the restart pretty well but I had to follow the lines of the riders in front of me. The guys up front got away so I ended up trying to hold onto fourth and protect the position. On the second to last lap a move was made but I got him right back.
"It was a good result for the points. The goal is no zeroes and to keep finishing up front and getting faster."
SuzukiScoopFans SportbikeTrackGear.com M4 Suzuki's Elena Myers, who's still mending from post-Daytona wrist surgery, took part in Saturday's AMA Pro SuperSport race.
Myers qualified 14th among the 54-deep field around the physically demanding circuit. In the race she moved up as high as eighth before ultimately settling down in 13th at her home circuit where she famously claimed a historic victory two years ago.
Team Venezuela's Robertino Pietri and M4 Suzuki's Chris Ulrich flew in formation for much of the day's 22-lap AMA Pro Superbike contest. The two qualified in 13th (Pietri) and 15th (Ulrich) and raced together deep into the contest.
And advancing rider split the two black, red, and white GSX-R1000s with 'Tino crossing the line in 11th and Ultich 13th on the final lap.
Westby, Myers, Pietri, and Ulrich will be back in action and looking to improve on their Saturday showings in Sunday's second half of the Infineon Raceway AMA Pro doubleheader.
In 2012, Team Hammer, Inc. is competing in its 32nd consecutive racing season and marks its sixth year of offering technical and logistical support through its Contract Services Department. The team has earned 49 AMA Pro National race wins; 115 AMA Pro National podium finishes; 4 AMA Pro Championships; 133 Overall National Endurance race wins; 13 National Endurance Championships and assorted other race wins and titles.
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