Robertino Pietri Take Sixth Overall in the AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike Season Opener
NEWS March 16, 2013
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Courtesy of Concepts Unlimited on behalf of TeamMotoVenezuela PC4x4 Store by Prieto Performance:
Daytona Beach, Fla. - Rounds 1 and 2 of the 2013 AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike season opener, March 14-16 at Daytona International Speedway proved to be good for well-known two-wheeled road racer Robertino Pietri.
Deftly piloting his TeamMotoVenezuela PC4x4 Store by Prieto Performance ZX10R, Pietri took 6th overall on Friday and 7th overall on Saturday.
“We are extremely pleased with the results this weekend,” says Pietri who hails from Venezuela. “This was my best finish at Daytona in the Superbike class. To be able to run in the top 10 and be able to mix it up with the big factory bikes says a lot. My crew did an awesome job and I am extremely proud of the entire team.”
Running in the first practice, Pietri crashed.
“Luckily for me it was a slow crash, but it still did some damage to the bike,” explains Pietri. “We went to our second bike which was no problem since both bikes were built identically. We made a lot of improvements before the first race and found the right balance. We knew we would be good to go for the race.
Powering off the Grid in 11th, it didn’t take Pietri long to move up. He ran a very consistent and smooth race and it obviously proved that his many hours of training definitely paid off.
Friday’s race was also very special to this standout racer as it was 30 years to the day that his father Roberto Pietri raced at Daytona.
“My family is very important to me,” says Pietri. “They are behind my racing career 100% and without them I would not be able to compete. “My dad was so proud of me this weekend and that makes it much more special. Unfortunately, my dad was not able to be here, but my mom and sister were on hand to cheer me on.”
On Saturday, Pietri got a bad start and ended up at the back of the field. “I made a mistake in the first lap,” he said. “And the next thing I knew, I was dead last. I knew I had to put my head down and concentrate and that is what I did.”
Showing the style and skill that he is known for, Pietri managed to power his way from last to 7th place before the race ended. With his 6th and 7th place finishes, Pietri now sits in 6th place overall in the AMA Pro National Guard Superbike standings.
I really have to thank my entire crew. They are the ones that made this weekend’s top finishes possible. I couldn’t have done it without them. Erick Grey built us two phenomenal machines and our crew chief James Lickwar, our project manager Sean Prieto and the rest of the crew had them running in top form.
Next, Pietri is off to Almeria, Spain for pre-testing on March 25, 26 and 27 for the Spanish CEV Championship where he will ride for Team Laglisse.
In addition to PC4x4 Store, Pietri is sponsored by Gobierno Boliivariano de Venezuela, Ministerio Popular Para el Deporte, Bell Helmets, TCX Boots, Dainese Leathers and Five Gloves.
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