Westby Second in Mid-Ohio Friday Qualifying

NEWS July 13, 2012

Westby Second in Mid-Ohio Friday Qualifying

Photo by Brian J Nelson

 Courtesy of Team Hammer:

(July 16, 2012) - M4 Broaster Chicken Suzuki's Dane Westby lived up to the lofty expectations that greeted him at Mid-Ohio on Friday, provisionally qualifying second fastest for the weekend's AMA Pro Daytona SportBike doubleheader.

Westby established himself as a solid pre-race favorite in Ohio due to both his recent on-track exploits and his memorable outing at the undulating circuit one year ago.

The Oklahoman registered his maiden SportBike victory at Mid-Ohio in
2011 with a stirring come-from-behind effort and is gunning for his first victory of the 2012 season this weekend. He's been close, notching up four podiums already this season, including back-to-back runner-up results at Barber Motorsports Park to lead into this weekend.

Westby opened the day with a second-ranked placement in the free practice at 1:30.855, and then backed that up by running second in qualifying at 1:29.172.

"We had a really good day, obviously," Westby said. "I made sure I was first out of the pits for practice and qualifying. I wanted to be first on the track, the fastest one out there, set down some laps, slay the dragon, and get out of there.

"The Superbike guys laid down some rubber. I heard the track was bad but when I got out there it was all right. I was able to go for it. I was pretty comfortable doing the times. I knew the times would be in the '29s for qualifying so I just tried to go out and hammer as good as I could.

"We'll get them tomorrow. The bike is working really well. We just had to make a few slight changes but everything is going really good."

Meanwhile, Suzuki SportbikeTrackGear.com's Elena Myers earned a place on the provisional SuperSport third row. Myers posted a 1:32.511 on Friday and will look to climb her way up the order on Saturday.

Similarly, M4 Broaster Chicken Suzuki's Chris Ulrich and Team Venezuela's Robertino Pietri are well poised to improve. Ulrich was 14th in Friday's first Superbike qualifying session at 1:28.494.
Pietri, meanwhile, suffered a late crash that brought out a red flag and concluded the day's QP. The Venezuelan ended the day ranked 16th at 1:29.081.

On Saturday Westby, Myers, Ulrich, Pietri will claim their final grid positions and go racing in the afternoon.

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. Riders on Team Hammer-prepared racebikes have earned 52 AMA Pro National race wins; 119 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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