Another Charge for Westby at Road Americ
NEWS June 3, 2012
Photo by Brian J. Nelson
Courtesy of Team M4 Suzuki:
(June 3, 2012) - M4 Suzuki's Dane Westby made another charge up the order to finish the AMA Pro Road Racing weekend at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin with a sixth-place in Sunday's Daytona SportBike race. That was enough for Westby to retain third in the 2012 AMA Pro Daytona SportBike Championship standings with 142 points.
Westby got a less-than-ideal start and was well outside the top 10 on the first of 13 laps. "The Wolverine" again sliced his way forward aboard his GSX-R600 racebike but couldn't repeat Saturday's podium challenge because he was too far back to catch the lead group at the high-speed circuit.
"I got a bad start," Westby admitted. "I was about five seconds back and ran the same times as the guys at the front but wasn't able to win. It's kind of sad because I thought we were good enough to win it, it's just that I got another bad start. I was able to dispatch a few guys, though, and make some inroads."
Elena Myers ran her SuzukiScoopFans SportbikeTrackGear.com Suzuki GSX-R600 off the track to avoid hitting a sideways competitor on the first lap of the SuperSport race, then battled her way from 12th to seventh, finishing just a new 10ths out of sixth. Myers remains third in the West Region SuperSport point standings with 113.
M4 Suzuki's Chris Ulrich continued the day's theme of losing and then gaining positions during the race. The Californian ran off the track and found himself back in 14th early in the day's premier AMA Pro Superbike class final, but he finished the race in 12th, turning his fastest laps of the weekend and just missing out on 11th.
The AMA Pro Road Racing series will next head to Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Alabama on June 22-24.
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 52 AMA Pro National race wins; 118 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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