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Team Hammer Wraps up 2013 AMA Pro Season at Laguna Seca

NEWS September 30, 2013

Team Hammer Wraps up 2013 AMA Pro Season at Laguna Seca

Photo by Brian J Nelson

Courtesy of Team Hammer:

September 30, 2013 - Team Hammer concluded the 2013 GEICO Motorcycle AMA Pro Road Racing season today at Laguna Seca. Much like the season as a whole, the team showed determination and impressive speed on Sunday, even though luck wasn't always working in their favor.

GEICO Road Racing Honda's Dane Westby was unable to fully capitalize on his fourth-place grid position in Sunday's 20-lap Daytona SportBike contest. The Oklahoman missed the shift from first to second at the start and plummeted to the bottom of the top 10 as the race got underway.

Westby then fought his way forward aboard his CBR600RR, finally joining a tight pack of contenders contesting fifth. He eventually came home in seventh position despite earlier showing the pace to contend for a podium position.

The result did see Westby to move up from seventh to sixth in the final Daytona SportBike points standings.

M4 Hotbodies Racing's Benny Solis fought his way forward during the race. Starting from 16th, the Californian slashed his way up to 13th on the opening lap and improved to 12th at the checkered flag. Solis ended the 2013 Daytona SportBike season ranked 10th in points.

MPH Racing's Melissa Paris closed out her season with a 24th-place result in the 35-starter field aboard her Team Hammer Contract Services-prepared Honda CBR600RR. Paris was 17th in the final DSB standings.

Meanwhile, M4 Broaster Chicken Racing's Chris Ulrich got off to a terrific start in the AMA Superbike race. Despite still feeling the effects of his big Friday crash, Ulrich took advantage of a strong race pace on his CBR1000RR to tag along early with a pack of riders who ultimately fought for fourth position.

Unfortunately, Ulrich's race ended on lap four while running inside the top 10. He finished 14th in the 2013 AMA Superbike Championship order.

Ulrich said, "I was beat up going in and I had a poor warm-up but I rallied for the race. I was right there with that group fighting for a top five. I was just trying to hang on and I put the shifter in the ground through Turn Six and knocked the pin off. That was the end of my race.

"It's frustrating. It turns out that we didn't quite have the qualifying pace but we did have a solid race pace. You watch a lot of those guys' pace over the race distance and I was competitive. That was good -- we need to work on qualifying a little bit more.

"Going forward, we've got some time, so we're going to try some different stuff and do some testing and get the bike consistent and go from there."

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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