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Knapp and Fillmore Finish 9th and 10th in Friday's Daytona AMA Pro SuperBike Race

NEWS March 15, 2013

Knapp and Fillmore Finish 9th and 10th in Friday's Daytona AMA Pro SuperBike Race

Photo by Brian J Nelson

Courtesy of KTM North America:

Daytona Beach, FL – Factory KTM/HMC Superbike Team riders Taylor Knapp and Chris Fillmore finished 9th and 10th respectively at the opening round of the AMA Pro SuperBike Series held at Daytona Raceway after a 15 lap drag race to the finish.

Knapp and Fillmore were sitting in 11th and 12th place respectively in the opening laps of the race. On the fifth lap, Knapp, in his debut race on the KTM, made a pass on Aaron Yates to move into the top ten. Fillmore quickly followed to move up a position on the next lap. The two KTM riders then began a battle against each other that would last for the remaining laps. Throughout the next nine laps, the KTM riders swapped positions four times crossing the finish line side by on multiple occasions. On the final lap, Yates came back into the battle and all three riders went into the last corner three wide.

When the checkered flag flew it was Knapp who inched out Fillmore to take 9th place while Fillmore held off Yates to finish inside the top ten.

“I am happy that Knapp and I both were able to consistently click off quicker lap times as the race continued. We have had a few issues this week during the qualifying sessions so it has been a good day to know that myself and my teammate were both able to finish the race strong and earn two top ten finishes for the team,” stated Filllmore after the race.

His teammate, Knapp, stated, “It was great to get the first race under our belt. I am happy that Chris and I rode well today and that there were no issues. This is a tough track and we are really looking forward to some of the curvier tracks later in the circuit. We still have one more day left, so we will work hard and hopefully improve tomorrow.”

Both riders will line up again tomorrow afternoon for the final race of the weekend – Day 2 of Daytona Speedway AMA Pro SuperBike.

Overall Results –
1. Josh Herrin
2. Martin Cardenas
3. Larry Pegram
4. Danny Eslick
5. Chris Clark
6. Robertino Pietri
7. Geoff May
8. David Anthony
9. Taylor Knapp – KTM
10. Chris Fillmore – KTM
11. Aaron Yates
12. Bernat Martinez
13. Reese Wacker
14. Chris Ulrich
15. Trent Gibson
16. Rodolfo Ramirez
17. Josh Hayes
18. Roger Hayden
19. Cory West
20. Dustin Dominguez

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