The Horns Came Out as the KneeDraggers.com/Triple Crown Industries Team and Tommy Aquino Delivered the Team's Best Ever Result in the AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike Class at the New Jersey Motorsports Park American Red Cross Devils Showdown
NEWS September 10, 2012
Photo by Brian J Nelson
Press release for the Kneedraggers.com/Triplecrown Industries team prepared by the Hasten Media Group.
(September 11, 2012) - Fighting for a podium finish Tommy Aquino, backed by the Kneedraggers.com/Triplecrown Industries crew battled with points leaders Martin Cardenas and Dane Westby in the AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike race 2 during the American Redcross Devils Showdown held at New Jersey Motorsports Park this past weekend. In the restart after the red flag, Aquino put himself in the 3rd spot and the gloves came off. The battle for the lead was contested around every corner as the lap times seemed to be shrinking each time they crossed the start finish line. The front 3 of Cardenas, Fong and Aquino weren't the only ones who were getting faster, Dane Westby led a charge and caught up to the front group. The racing action never stopped and Tommy Aquino crossed the finish line in 4th place to produce the best finish the Kneedraggers.com/Triplecrown Industries team has ever had in the DSB class. Aquino wasn't the only one to produce a "best" result for the day, DSB rider David Gaviria delivered his best result of the season with a 9th place finish. Going into this round Stefano Mesa was 23 points behind 2nd place in the East Coast AMA Pro SuperSport Championship but with consistent results in race 1 and 2 at New Jersey, closed that gap from 23 to 19 points and well within reach. Benny Solis made the smart decision to sit out and heel his wrist that was dislocated in Saturday's morning practice session.
Benny Solis #20
"I woke up this morning and my wrist was extremely stiff from the crash I had Saturday morning. I thought it would be better because I kept ice on for most of the day. I rode on Sunday and was comfortable on the bike but the left handers and transitions were painful which caused me to run wide in turns and I was 4 seconds off the pace which is ridiculous. My wrist popped out of socket and went back in, and luckily I didn't have any fractures but there was a good amount of swelling and serious sprain. We decided that it doesn't make sense to race with an injured wrist and we felt it was better to leave everything how it is. We know we have a good set up and we can use these next 11 days to let my wrist and hand recover for Homestead. I like that track a lot, I rode there last year and this year and I really enjoyed it.
Dave Brite, Team Owner
"I was not happy to hear about Benny's wrist but I think we made the right call in waiting for Homestead and allowing him time to heal. I was happy with the way Tommy ran up front with Cardenas, Westby and Fong, of course I wanted to be on the box but a 4th place finish is the best this team has had in the DSB class and we learned so much from this weekend. Tommy did a really good job, it's only his second weekend on the bike and we are still getting it all worked out, he was a big help in getting the bike set up and everything seemed to be working great. Mesa had a rough weekend with being sick, not feeling well, and then a crash but he always seems to find a way to deliver solid results and he was able to close the gap a little on the points leaders. Gaviria also had a good weekend with his best finish of the year. I'm happy with the overall results and look forward to fighting up front again at Homestead."
Tommy Aquino, #124
"We got 4th, I really wanted a podium but I can't tell you how impressed I am with the way this crew was able to put in new electronics and get that bike running up front, it was a rocket and pretty incredible when you think that we were putting new stuff in on Thursday. I was really happy with how this weekend went, still trying to find the fine line between rear grip and the ability to turn the bike which just takes time. I think we will be in a good spot in Miami and I can't wait to run with the Kneedraggers.com/Triplecrown crew down there in about a week."
David Gaviria #175
"The warm up was difficult for me because we made some changes from yesterday so we could improve today but I made a mistake in turn 6, I high sided and crashed. The Kneedraggers.com/Triplecrown crew was able to get it back together and I got to go back out. Towards the end I was feeling very good but I wasn't pushing very hard. When the race started I was pushing hard, right away and the bike was hard to control, the red flag came out and my mechanic Glen was able to fix a couple issues with the suspension. The second start was even better, I got with a good group and was able to keep up with them. Towards the end of the race I was able to catch up to Michael Beck and pass him, I was very happy with the result, best of the year so far and the relationship with my mechanic, we are really starting to work well together, he's doing a great job."
Stefano Mesa #124
"I wasn't myself the first day, first practice we were lost, my head wasn't in it. We had 20 minutes for qualifying, I finished 16th, in second qualifying it rained, we didn't get a lot of laps and I high sided my A bike and hurt my knees a bit. I got a good start in the first race and finished 5th, I was pretty happy with that. Second race, in the restart I went up to second but I had no grip in my tires, Gerloff came by me and I had to stay with him, I didn't want to see that red flag because I was waiting to the last couple laps to make my move. I was happy with 6th, we made up some ground with points this weekend, now I'm 19 points behind 2nd and still have a shot to move up with 4 races left in the season. I am really looking forward to Miami."
Austin Dehaven is looking forward to making his return to racing in Miami as well as Benny Solis.
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