Strong Finishes for the Riders Discount Vesrah Suzuki Team During the U.S. Grand Prix Weekend at Laguna Seca
NEWS July 31, 2012
Photo by Brian J Nelson
Courtesy of Riders Discount Vesrah Suzuki:
(July 31, 2012) - The Riders Discount Vesrah Suzuki team dealt with adversity at the U.S. Grand Prix at Laguna Seca in Monterey CA July 27-29 caused by a severe lack of time on the track with weather issues canceling or shortening morning practice and qualifying sessions. In his first time at the Laguna Seca circuit, Jake Lewis was able to quickly learn the circuit, qualifying in 6th position, and ran in a podium position in the AMA Pro SuperSport class for over 80% of the race. Jake was drafted at the line, finishing in 4th position by a gap of .001.
In the GoPro AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike class, Cory West qualified in 10th with Joey Pascarella right behind him in 11th and right next to him on the starting grid. In the race both Cory and Joey improved their positions running much of the race in the same manner as qualifying with Joey running right with Cory just outside of the top 5. Cory finished the GoPro Daytona SportBike race in 6th place with Joey slipping back one spot to finish in 8th place. The teammates also continue to be right next to each other in the season point standings with Cory in 9th and Joey in 10th.
Bostjan Skubic on the #57 Riders Discount Vesrah Suzuki GSX-R 1000 was able to qualify in 19th for the AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike class and moved up one spot to 18th at the end of the race.
Breeann Poland – Team Manager Riders Discount Vesrah Suzuki
“Time on the track is at a premium at this event every year and this year was even less than normal due to the early morning weather conditions. All of our riders did great this weekend and I have to thank our crew for all of their efforts especially with setting up and tearing down the Hot Pits almost every time we went out on track ”
Cory West – Riders Discount Vesrah Suzuki #57
“It was a difficult weekend to improve bike setup with such limited track time. I got off to a good start in the race but the pack got separated on lap one with a few riders crashing in front of me. I had a good battle in the second group but the conditions were a lot cooler and the grip was not as good. With the tricky conditions there were a lot of crashes and scary moments but I'm happy to bring home a solid 6th place finish. We're building some momentum and catching some riders in the points, so I'm looking forward to a nice summer break and then finishing out the year strong! Thanks to Boyd, Bubba, and the whole Riders Discount Vesrah Suzuki crew for a good weekend.”
Joey Pascarella – Riders Discount Vesrah Suzuki #52
“Every race I get more comfortable with the bike and we get a little stronger. I had a lot of fun in the race and hopefully during the upcoming break we will find some more speed for Jersey”
Jake Lewis – Riders Discount Vesrah Suzuki #85
“The weekend went pretty well for me being my first time at Laguna Seca. I learned the track pretty quick with limited track time and had a lot of fun. I was only .001 off the podium so that was a good result. I would have liked to put it on the box for my whole Riders Discount Vesrah Suzuki team but came up just a little short. I'm looking forward to having a month off to prepare myself for the last three rounds of the year to fight for the championship!”
Riders Discount Vesrah Suzuki would like to thank their sponsors for the 2012 season: Vesrah, Riders Discount, MCJ Motorsports, American Suzuki, Nielsen Enterprises Suzuki, Parts Unlimited, Penske Racing Shocks, Traxxion Dynamics Fork Components, Yoshimura, Catalyst Racing Composites, Shoei, Cortech, Sidi, Held, Motion Pro, Sudco Int., Bazzaz, Factory Pro, Maxima Racing Oils, Spiegler Brake Lines, Adjustable-levers, Vicci, Vortex, DID Chain, Zero Gravity, GPR Stabilizers, Trek Bicycles, Suzuka Tire Warmers, K&N Filters, Full Spectrum Batteries, Oakley (Jake), Roclun (Jake), Progressive Trail Design (Cory), Jon Block Group (Joey), 509 sunglasses (Cory and team), Andrew Swenson Designs and Drippinwet.
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