Better Lap Times for Team Hammer in Laguna Seca Qualifying
NEWS September 29, 2013
Photo by Brian J Nelson
Courtesy of Team Hammer:
September 28, 2013 - Team Hammer's GEICO Motorcycle AMA Pro Road Racing Series contenders made improvements on Saturday afternoon ahead of Sunday's AMA Pro Daytona SportBike and AMA Pro Superbike season finales at Laguna Seca.
GEICO Motorcycle Road Racing's Dane Westby made a significant leap forward with his Daytona SportBike machine overnight, slashing more than a half-second off his Friday best in Saturday's QP2. The Oklahoman improved from seventh to earn the fourth slot on the grid as a result of his stirring 1:27.418 lap.
M4 Hotbodies Racing's Benny Solis and MPH Racing's Melissa Paris also lowered their times on Saturday. Solis will start from 16thon the grid after lapping at 1:29.097 on Saturday while Paris qualified 28th at 1:32.033 on her Team Hammer Contract Services-prepared Honda CBR600RR.
Meanwhile, M4 Broaster Chicken Racing's Chris Ulrich came back after Friday's big crash to improve his qualifying time aboard his CBR1000RR Superbike. The Californian stopped the clocks at 1:27.725 -- fractionally quicker than his QP1 1:27.744 -- to retain his 12th place starting position for Sunday's 23-lap AMA Superbike contest.
Commenting on his physical condition and qualifying effort just one day removed from the violent crash, Ulrich said, "I'm not feeling as bad as I expected to feel today, but I'm not feeling great. I've got some problems with my left hand and left wrist and my elbow and hip.
"We did improve a little today. Some of that improvement came from a change in engine braking setting and some of that just came with riding the bike some more. We've still got a lot of room to improve and I'm going to look over some data tonight and see what we can do. The gap to the next guy ahead of me is quite big, which is a bit baffling to me. It is what it is -- we messed up the best engine that we had in the crash yesterday and that's not doing us any favors."
Looking ahead to tomorrow's race and beyond, Ulrich said, "The good thing is we've got the morning warm-up and a 23-lap race tomorrow. After that we get to rest, recover, regroup, and lay out the plan to get the bike developed to a higher spec and become more competitive. This isn't where we should be and this isn't where I'm used to being. It's been disappointing because I know we're all better than this."
On Sunday Team Hammer will conclude the 2013 GEICO Motorcycle AMA Pro Road Racing season with the Superbike and Sportbike finales.
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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