Progress for Ulrich at Road America
NEWS June 3, 2013
Photo by Brian J Nelson
Courtesy of Team Hammer:
June 3, 2013 - M4 Broaster Chicken Racing's Chris Ulrich closed out the AMA Pro Road Racing weekend at Road America with a hugely encouraging performance aboard his Honda CBR1000RR.
After a frustrating lead-up to Sunday's 12-lap AMA Pro Superbike race, Ulrich and his crew rolled the dice on a major chassis set-up change and came up golden.
Ulrich's previously unruly machine was transformed into a weapon he could effectively wield, allowing him to dice for position. The Californian made good use of the improved racebike, racing up from 16th to finish 12th, just a half-second removed from a top-ten result with the promise of further positive developments ahead.
Chris said, "You always want to be a little further up, but it seems like this whole weekend we've been behind. We had the electronics problem on Friday which was a significant problem and we worked on that. That's getting minutely better. But we discovered a pretty big thing about how the CBR1000RR chassis reacts to certain changes.
"For today's race we threw a Hail Mary. We changed the offset from the morning. I wasn't that confident before the race but we all sat there and wondered what would happen if we went up a couple rates on the springs on both ends. We did, we lengthened the wheelbase considerably, and changed the gearing. We ended up a little short on the gearing, which was the only negative of that whole thing. But the positives were all the sudden it was a transformed bike. The thing was stiffer, it was agile yet it was supportive. It was fun ride.
"I got done with the race and I told my guys, 'We've got a baseline now -- I can ride this now.'"
For the second consecutive race, Dane Westby led the charge for Team Hammer in Daytona SportBike. The Oklahoman again underlined his return to competitiveness following his Daytona injury, engaging in a three-way dogfight for fifth. In the end, Westby finished in the middle of that pack, earning sixth on his GEICO Motorcycle Road Racing Honda CBR600RR.
M4 Broaster Chicken Racing's Benny Solis opened the SportBike race in a positive fashion, running eighth and looking to move up. Unfortunately, he ran off the course and dropped to 18th early in the contest and spent the remainder of his day making his way back up the order, ultimately finishing 14th.
MPH Racing's Melissa Paris came home two places back of Solis in 16th aboard her Team Hammer Contract Services Honda CBR600RR.
Team Hammer will next travel to Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, AL for the third stop on the 2013 AMA Pro Road Racing calendar on June 21-23.
Ulrich in particular is looking forward to getting to Alabama and building on his positive Sunday afternoon in Wisconsin: "It's a great track for me. My fitness is good and I'm looking forward to Barber and going forward. I'm so pleased that we found something in the bike this weekend and I feel like I'm actually riding the bike and the bike is not dictating me. I'm really happy. I've to thank my crew for coming along on this adventure and I’m pleased with the progress we've made."
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