Solis Signs Deal with Team Hammer, Joins Westby as Honda Front-Runners
NEWS February 7, 2013
Photo by Brian J Nelson
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (February 7, 2013) – Recent history will bring to light Benny Solis’s previous success on Honda branded motorcycles. For the 2013 AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike season, the California product will ride an M4 Honda CBR600RR after signing a deal with Team Hammer, Inc.
In 2011, and at just 18-years-old, Solis put together a remarkable season in AMA Pro Motorcycle-Superstore.com SuperSport competition on a Honda CBR600RR, accounting for eight top-five finishes and four victories on his way to a second place finish in the overall point standings.
In 2012, Solis graduated to the AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike ranks and switched motorcycles in the process as he rode a Yamaha-YZF-R6 for the duration of the year. After missing the podium all year and finishing 18th in the point standings, Solis looks to rebound in 2013 and get back to the winning ways he’s grown accustomed to, supported by a new team and mounted on a new motorcycle.
“Right now I’m in a position where I have more confidence than ever,” said Solis. “My first season in AMA Pro Racing was in 2011 where I excelled on a Honda. Even though last year was a step back for us, I’m confident in our experienced team to get back to where we should be in 2013. I also couldn’t be more excited that AMA Pro Racing brought the Honda back in to the mix, it’s a great machine that gets overlooked sometimes.”
Another rider who recently made the switch to ride a Honda in 2013 is veteran Dane Westby. The Oklahoma native looks to make a run at the title on his GEICO Motorcycle-branded #5 Honda CBR600RR this season. Many consider it to be Westby’s year to capture his first ever AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike Championship and his resume is a prime indication that the hype surrounding him is for good reason.
“I think our new Honda is going to be well-equipped to handle the heavy competition this season,” said Westby. “Honda is something I have a personal connection with because my dad used to race on one. I’m really excited to ride for my team this season, Daytona couldn’t come fast enough.”
Last year, Westby rode a Suzuki GSX-R600 and finished second in the AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike Championship point standings, collecting ten podiums and a lone victory at Mid-Ohio. In 2011, he finished seventh in the standings riding the same bike. In 2010, however, he finished fifth in the AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike standings on a Yamaha YZF-R6. Not only do these statistics prove Westby is due for another big year, but they also reveal the instant success he’s had after switching machines in between seasons.
Expect both Westby and Solis to impress in 2013 on their Honda CBR600RR’s. Westby is a battle-tested rider who knows what it takes to succeed at this level and has proved that he is one of the sports finest competitors. While Solis is only entering his second season at the AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike level, the ceiling looks to be very high for the young contender.
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