Westby Rallies to Sixth in Utah
NEWS May 28, 2012
Photo by Brian J. Nelson
Press Release Courtesy of Team Hammer:
M4 Lucas Oil Suzuki's Dane Westby charged his way forward to a sixth-place result in Sunday's AMA Pro Daytona SportBike contest at Miller Motorsports Park.
Starting from the outside of the second row, Westby suffered a disappointing start, bogging off the line and seeing riders from the third and fourth row stream around him as the 16-lap affair got underway.
However, Westby kept his composure and systematically worked his way forward for yet another trademark climb up the order. Finishing the opening lap down in 12th position, the Oklahoman sliced his way up through the field aboard his GSX-R600.
On lap 13, Westby secured sixth and then successfully defended the spot to the checkered flag with two competitors chasing from close behind.
Westby salvaged a strong finish from his difficult early positioning and remains in championship contention as a result. He is now fourth in the points race with 109 points, just four points back of second.
"I got a stinker of a start," Westby said. "It bogged and a bunch of guys came past. I had to slide back through those guys to work up to a decent spot. I've been able to run a good pace in the races but I’ve got to work on my starts. Today's race was all about damage control and getting back up there and I was hoping for more than that."
By contrast SuzukiScoopFans SportbikeTrackGear.com Suzuki's Elena Myers enjoyed a blinder of a start in the AMA Pro SuperSport race.
Myers catapulted up from the fourth row and into third place on the race's opening lap. She leveraged her early positioning to hold on for a strong run, ultimately winning a hard-fought battle for seventh position after qualifying 13th.
The Daytona winner is well clear in third place in the SuperSport West Region title hunt on 85 points.
On Monday M4 Lucas Oil Suzuki's Chris Ulrich and Team Venezuela's Robertino Pietri will contest the weekend's sole AMA Pro Superbike race.
Pietri will open the 16-lapper from the third row, qualifying 12th best on Sunday with a fast lap of 1:52.290. Ulrich was 15th at 1:53.397 as he continues to acclimate to suspension component and set-up changes for this weekend.
The SportBike win went to GEICO Suzuki's Martin Cardenas. The Colombian's victory marked the 50th win for riders on Team Hammer-prepared machines in AMA Pro Road Racing.
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 50 AMA Pro National race wins; 116 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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