Westby and Solis Successful in New Jersey AMA Pro Daytona SportBike

NEWS September 14, 2013

Westby and Solis Successful in New Jersey AMA Pro Daytona SportBike

Photo by Brian J Nelson

Courtesy of Team Hammer:

(September 14, 2013) - Saturday was a day of marked improvement for Team Hammer at New Jersey Motorsports Park. Following a somewhat difficult return to action Friday following an extended layoff, the squad's contenders took big strides forward and registered promising results in their respective races.

GEICO Road Racing Honda's Dane Westby featured heavily in Saturday's exciting Daytona SportBike contest, battling back and forth in a four-rider pack contending for a podium finish. The Oklahoman displayed a number of the deft overtaking maneuvers he's well known for, storming into third on multiple occasions.

Westby, who started from the third row, ultimately collected fifth place at the flag, his third top-five result of the 2013 AMA Pro season.

He was joined in the SportBike top 10 by M4 Hotbodies Racing's Benny Solis. Like Westby, Solis charged forward in the race aboard his Honda CBR600RR after qualifying in 16th position. The North Hollywood resident missed out on ninth by just 0.023 after waging a spirited race-long scrap for the position.

Solis said, "Today was a much better day. The result was a 10th but it was much better than practice and qualifying. I had a fun race, a good battle to the very end. I learned some stuff for sure, and picked up my lap time. Now we're moving forward and the goal is to continue to move forward tomorrow."

MPH's Melissa Paris too moved forward when it mattered the most. After qualifying 22nd, Paris scooped up a 16th-place result aboard her Team Hammer Contract Services-prepared Honda CBR600RR.

M4 Broaster Chicken Racing's Chris Ulrich made the most of a second chance in Saturday's AMA Superbike race. After encountering an electronics issue at the race's originally start, he bounced back to contend for a spot just outside the top 10 following a red flag and restart. In the end, the Californian came home a close 13th aboard his CBR1000RR Superbike.

Ulrich explained what happened, stating, "The launch control has been acting a little bit funny. I've been trying to get the hang of it -- I had it working pretty well early in the season but we've been changing specs as we work on the electronics all the time. I'm still trying to get it going.

"I didn't have a bad race. I was in the hunt for the top 10 most of the way and made some good moves. We have some areas we must improve, and we're working hard. We're not quite there, but we'll get through this weekend and see what we've got for Laguna. After that we've got a lot of development work to do over the off-season. We've got a hard winter ahead of us, but I have a lot of faith in my guys.

"Tomorrow we'll be shooting for the top 10. If we can do it, we can do it."

Team Hammer will look to continue their forward march in Sunday's second half to the New Jersey Motorsports Park doubleheader.

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 59 AMA Pro National race wins; 135 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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