A challenging weekend at Laguna Seca produces a top-6 AMA Pro SuperSport finish and a top-7 AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike finish for the Kneedraggers.com/Triplecrown Industries team
NEWS August 1, 2012
Photo by Brian J Nelson
Press release for Kneedraggers.com/Triplecrown Industries prepared by the Hasten Media Group
(August, 1, 2012) - In Monterey, California this past weekend the Kneedraggers.com/Triplecrown Industries team and the GEICO Motorcycle AMA Pro Road Racing paddock experienced motorcycle racing in the best and worst conditions. A heavy fog wreaked havoc on the morning practice and qualifying sessions but as the fog lifted fans and riders soaked up the California sun and the world famous event known as Laguna Seca. The Kneedraggers.com/Triplecrown Industires team set the tone on Friday when Stefano Mesa finished the first session at the top of the list with a 1:30.939. Mesa was on track to set a new lap record until a crash in the Corkscrew altered his plans. In the Daytona Sportbike class, Tommy Aquino who was filling in for the injured Austin Dehaven, qualified 7th. Dehaven's surgeon, Dr. Thomas Brian was on hand for the event and said "Austin's surgery went well, his foot is in great shape and with a little rehab he should be back to normal in no time." Benny Solis also fell victim to the treacherous Corkscrew which put him in 17th place to start the race. David Gaviria ended up one row behind Benny qualifying in the 20th position.
"Qualifying did not go as well as expected but I think we will see some improvements when it comes to the race." said team owner David Brite. Lucky for the Kneedraggers.com/Triplecrown Industries team, Brite was right. David Gaviria who started back on the 7th row was able to move up 8 sports for a 12th place finish on Sunday. Benny Solis topped Gaviria's effort during the race when he moved up 10 spot from starting in 17th to crossing the finish line in 7th which tied for his best finish of the season. Stefano Mesa also made big improvements when he went from starting in 10th place to finishing in 6th place just outside the top five. The only unforeseen error was the electronics issues that Tommy Aquino's bike had on Sunday. Aquino still managed to finish inside the top 20.
Team Owner, Dave Brite:
"I was really happy with the way the team performed and the way the guys rode this weekend, I just wasn't happy with some of the bad luck that came our way.
Tommy Aquino impressed a lot of people when him and Robert Ward were able to get the bike dialed in with very limited seat time and it was painful to watch him drop back as the electronics started to go out during the race. Benny did a great job recovering from his crash which had him start from 17th, he worked his way up to 7th place on his back up bike which he hasn't thrown a leg over in months. Mesa came across the line in 6th which was our best finish of the weekend and Gaviria who beat his personal best lap time at Laguna, continues to make improvements with this team."
Stefano Mesa, GEICO Motorcycle AMA Pro SuperSport
"First practice was good, I was feeling confident and getting faster each lap. James Rispoli and I started riding around together, we had some really fast laps. We got into a group of riders going into the Corkscrew and I tried to pass around the outside of them but it didn't work out, I crashed there but was okay. The team put the bike back together and we qualified 10th. I had a good battle with Corey Alexander and really wanted to work my way up to a podium spot but it just didn't work out this weekend. I think New Jersey will be better for us, I'm looking forward to closing the points gap on Lewis and Dominguez."
Tommy Aquino, GEICO Motorcycle AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike
"This was the first weekend with the Kneedraggers.com/Triplecrown Industries team and first time on their bike. I was very impressed with how professional everyone was and how quickly we found the bike set up to run with the front pack. It took us less than an hour to figure it out which says a lot for how these guys operate. Without the electronics issue that we ran into, we could have won on that bike. I'm really glad that we have a second race together at New Jersey, with a little luck you will see us running up front."
Benny Solis, GEICO Motorcycle AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike
"In the first practice I felt good, but we had a stiff spring on the front that wasn't working so well so we softened it up for qualifying. The first lap out there I was feeling really good and told myself to just go for it so I started pushing hard but high sided coming down the Corkscrew. Since I didn't record any times for qualifying they had to use my warm up lap which put me in 17th place on the grid. I started from the 6th row and was pretty happy with my 7th place finish."
David Gaviria, GEICO Motorcycle AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike
"I didn't get as close to the front as I wanted but I did beat my personal best at this track which I was happy about. Each race with this team helps me to get closer to the front and I want to take a good shot at putting it on the box before the season's over."
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