Yamalube/Westby Racing and Dane Westby win in Alabama
NEWS June 22, 2014
Photo by Brian J Nelson
Courtesy of Yamalube/Westby Racing:
Birmingham, AL (June 22, 2014) - Dane Westby and Yamalube/Westby Racing earned victory at Barber Motorsports Park on Saturday, outlasting JD Beach and the rest of the AMA Pro Daytona SportBike field in the Alabama heat. The fantastic conquest served notice that the Oklahoman and his new Yamalube-sponsored team are up to the challenge of taking on the finest middleweight racers and teams in America by winning in just the team’s third AMA Pro event.
Westby took advantage in the chaos after an early race restart to take the lead. He then consolidated the position and withstood the assault of fellow Yamalube-sponsored pilot Beach throughout the middle portions of the race. Westby’s rival made a pass at Charlotte’s Web with four laps to go, but Dane quickly countered at Museum Turn to regain the lead.
Westby held the spot to win by 0.320 seconds. It was his third career AMA Pro Daytona SportBike victory but his first since founding his new team.
“I was able to take advantage of the red flag. I knew the guys were off track, off the line, and there was a little bit of confusion. You just have to keep going until they throw that flag and it ended up working in my favor,” said the Broaster Chicken-backed racer. “The last couple of laps, I saw one guy go flying past, and I knew they were going to try to do something, so I just tried to attack back as quick as I could.”
“It's so ridiculously hot -- the humidity,” said Westby. “I was dying in the truck before this race, but we come out and there's no one in front of you… that stuff just disappears. It's been almost 20 months since I stepped on a podium before last race, so I'd really like to thank the Yamalube team and my dad and Arai and Taichi and all my guys who helped me make this happen. It's been a long time coming.”
Everyone has functioned so well, and it feels like we’ve been together for years,” said Team Manager Chuck Giacchetto. “This is pretty much a home race for us, and I am really proud of the guys. It is really sweet to win a battle at the front. Dane seems like he is maturing even more every weekend, and he ran a great race today.”
It all happens again on Sunday at 1:10 PM local time on Sunday.
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