Joe Roberts and Team Hammer go Four for Four with another Win in AMA Pro SuperSport
NEWS August 3, 2013
Photo by Brian J Nelson
Courtesy of Team Hammer:
Tooele, Utah (August 3, 2013) - Team Hammer enjoyed another victorious day on Saturday at Tooele, Utah's Miller Motorsports Park, as the sensational Joe Roberts collected his fourth AMA Pro SuperSport win in as many attempts.
Following a successful if painful Friday, the 16-year-old phenom came out swinging on Saturday. Showing no ill effects following the FP1 incident in which he ran over his lower leg and tweaked his right foot and knee while making a remarkable save, Roberts got right down to business in Saturday's qualifying session. He lowered his times dramatically to earn his second pole position of the season by over half-a-second aboard his California Superbike School Roadracingworld.com Honda CBR600RR with a quick time of 1:56.566.
Roberts then battled at the front throughout the exciting 13-lap SuperSport race, leading the most laps and quickly moving to strike back when passed. Following a tense final few laps, Roberts secured his advantage with a courageous around-the-outside repass in Turn One, then took his fourth consecutive AMA Pro SuperSport win by a margin of 0.795-second. As a result, the up-and-coming racer remains perfect in AMA Pro competition.
"It's pretty great to come out here and win at Miller," Roberts said. "The race went really good. I got an awesome start and got the holeshot. It was tough the whole time -- I was looking behind and I kept seeing a couple guys behind me. It was a hard race and I had to push for sure, but my California Superbike School Roadracingworld.com Honda CBR600RR was great. And I had my coach, Keith Code, here with me and he's been working with me all weekend and it's been great."
On Sunday, Roberts has a chance to close out his abbreviated rookie AMA Pro season in perfect fashion by going five-for-five in his debut professional year of racing Stateside.
Roberts said, "It's going to be another great race tomorrow. It's going to be hard because a couple guys were right with me the whole way. I think I've made a pretty good impression so far and shown that I can do well, and I'll definitely be going for the win tomorrow."
Meanwhile, GEICO Road Racing Honda's Dane Westby picked up a hard-earned seventh position in the day's Daytona SportBike contest. "The Wolverine" qualified ninth in the day's sweltering conditions and then clawed his way forward, winning a race-long scrap for the position with a pair of rivals.
MPH's Melissa Paris finished a close 16th in the SportBike race after qualifying 18th aboard her Team Hammer Contract Services-prepared Honda CBR600RR. Paris came up just 0.086-second short of finishing 15th after being nosed at the checkered flag.
Saturday was a day to forget for the M4 Lucas Oil Racing duo of Benny Solis and Chris Ulrich. Their days ended early as Solis encountered mechanical issues late in Saturday's SportBike race, and Ulrich retired from the subsequent Superbike race when his bike overheated.
Team Hammer will looking to add to its trophy haul on Sunday as the Miller Motorsports Park weekend concludes with the second half of the weekend's doubleheaders in SuperSport, Daytona SportBike, and Superbike.
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 58 AMA Pro National race wins; 134 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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