Fillmore Finishes 8th at Daytona AMA Pro SuperBike Race - Day 2

NEWS March 16, 2013

Fillmore Finishes 8th at Daytona AMA Pro SuperBike Race - Day 2

Photo by Brian J Nelson

Courtesy of HMC/KTM USA:

Daytona Beach, FL (March 16, 2013) - Factory KTM/HMC Superbike Team rider Chris Fillmore improved his result at day two of the first round of the AMA Pro SuperBike Series held at Daytona Speedway when he crossed the finish line in 8th place. His teammate, Taylor Knapp, was not as fortunate and suffered a mechanical halfway through the race which caused him to not finish.

Fillmore started the race in 11th place and passed Aaron Yates on the second lap to takeover 10th position. He clicked off consistent lap times through the remainder of the race and was able to gain two positions after Josh Hayes and David Anthony withdrew from the race with mechanical issues. When the checkered flag flew, he was positioned in 8th place to beat his 10th place result from the day before.

“Today went really well for us,” stated Fillmore. “Last night we were able to make a few minor changes to our set-up that helped a lot for today’s race. I felt more comfortable on the bike and was happy with my result.”

Knapp had a rough day from the start after he suffered a crash in the morning qualifying session. “It was really cold out in the morning and the tires on my bike where not good for the cold surface and I just lost control. The bike I was riding was my race bike from the day before and the team was not able to repair it in time so I had to ride my back-up bike for the race,” commented Knapp.

Knapp was late to the start for the warm-up lap after struggling to start his back-up bike and was forced to start in dead last. He quickly moved up two positions on the second lap but soon after began to suffer from a clutch issue which eventually caused him to DNF. He was credited with 17th overall.

“I am bummed about not finishing this race,” commented Knapp. “But I am lucky I wasn’t injured earlier today and I am happy that my teammate was able to get a good result. Daytona is known for being really rough on bikes. There were six of us who didn’t finish today and that is not typical for a normal Superbike race. I am really looking forward to the next round at Road America where I think we can shoot closer to a top five.”

Next Event: Road America – May 31 – June 1, 2013

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

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