Nash and LTD Racing Show Competitive Spirit at Road America, Earn Another Top-Ten Result
NEWS June 2, 2012
Photo Courtesy of LTD Racing
Courtesy of LTD Racing:
ELKHART LAKE, Wis. (June 2, 2012) – Huntley Nash had his best Daytona SportBike race yet on Saturday at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin. The 20-year old in his second season in DSB ran as high as third place and fought for seventh place, ultimately taking tenth. The former Road America SuperSport race winner has finished higher than tenth in DSB before, but in this race the promising racer showed more competitiveness in the class than he ever has.
Nash started the race after qualifying eighth but quickly moved up to fifth off the start and was in third place by the time he left turn one. Nash was charging forward when he found himself on the outside of another rider at turn five, which forced him to run wide and lose a few positions.
He regrouped to find himself tenth at the end of lap one, then began a charge to make up ground. Nash found himself in a battle for seventh against some highly competitive riders but was able to take the position on lap eight of 13. He held the position to the final lap where drafting and dicing meant that Hunt unfortunately lost out on some positions but was encouraged to finish this close to the leader.
“It’s the best SportBike race so far, over two and a half seconds faster than I’ve ever been here before and really close to the front,” said Nash. “I think I can do even better tomorrow. I made a few mistakes racing really hard with those guys so if I can clean that up, we’ll do even better. I got a good start and got by a few people on the brakes. I got on the outside of DiSalvo instead of the inside, got pushed out wide and onto the rumble strip and nearly crashed. I made up some ground and was passing a lot of those guys on the outside in the Carousel. I’d rather have finished seventh rather than tenth but I’ll take it,” he said. “Since the last laps in Utah, I had a breakthrough and I’m starting to really figure out the trick to ride this bike and this suspension. We haven’t touched one clicker from Miller. I know the bike can run up front, I just have to ride it.”
Huntley will compete in the 10-lap finale at the 4.05-mile track tomorrow.
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