Steady Progress For Chris Ulrich And M4 SportbikeTrackGear.com Racing At Mid-Ohio
NEWS July 12, 2013
Photo by Brian J Nelson
Courtesy of Team Hammer:
LEXINGTON, Ohio, (July 12, 2013) - Team Hammer opened the GEICO Motorcycle AMA Pro Road Racing weekend at Mid-Ohio with a promising opening day in both the AMA Pro Superbike and Daytona SportBike categories.
M4 SportbikeTrackGear.com Racing's Chris Ulrich continued to build upon the recent progress he and his crew had made with the squad's Honda CBR1000RR Superbike on an idyllic Friday at the undulating circuit. The Californian lopped nearly two seconds off his free practice time in qualifying to post a best effort of 1:28.657, good enough for 12th and just a few 10ths away from a spot in the provisional top 10.
Ulrich said, "Today is positive -- it's probably the best Friday we've had all year. Six 10ths would put us several positions up so we're sniffing the second row. We want to be closer and our goal here is to be closer than we were at Barber and Road America.
"It's all positive things -- we're chugging along here. It's still not the best situation in terms of electronics but we're making strides with the chassis and learning things every day. We're also learning every day with the electronics and we're working to improve our situation. We came with another configuration on the engine braking here and we're looking to clean that up. We're doing what we can and the big positive is that we're the closest we've been on a Friday all year and that's a good thing."
Dane Westby entered the Mid-Ohio weekend with history on his side. The Oklahoman has charged to victory at the circuit the last two times the AMA Pro series has visited the venue and he's hoping to make that three in a row this weekend.
Westby got off to a convincing start in the morning practice, guiding his GEICO Motorcycle Road Racing Honda CBR600RR to the second-fastest lap of the free session. But despite upping his pace as the track came in the afternoon, Westby found himself caught out as the conditions changed more than he was expected and he was relegated to ninth provisionally with a qualifying best of 1:31.088.
Westby was followed immediately on the time charts by M4 Broaster Chicken Racing's Benny Solis, who made it two Team Hammer pilots in the Friday top-10. The teenager ranked 10th on the day at 1:31.324.
Broaster Chicken/MPH Racing's Melissa Paris got her weekend off to a nice start as well, ending the day in 17th at 1:33.781 aboard her Team Hammer Contract Services-prepared Honda CBR600RR.
On Saturday morning the Team Hammer riders will claim their final grid positions before turning their attention to the weekend's opening races in the afternoon.
About Team Hammer: In 2013, Team Hammer, Inc. is competing in its 33rd consecutive racing season, and is marking its seventh year of offering technical and logistical support through its Contract Services Department. Riders on Team Hammer-prepared racebikes have earned 56 AMA Pro National race wins; 132 AMA Pro National podium finishes; 5 AMA Pro Championships; 133 Overall National Endurance race wins; 13 National Endurance Championships and assorted other race wins and titles.
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