Conner Blevins pushes past injuries to finish both AMA Pro SuperSport races at Barber Motorsports Park
NEWS June 24, 2014
Photo by Brian J Nelson
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (June 24, 2014) - Conner Blevins arrived at Barber Motorsports Park with a sore hand, a large hematoma on his leg and a sprained left ankle that he suffered just five days earlier at a CMRA regional event, but he pushed through the pain to gather valuable AMA Pro SuperSport championship points. Conner rode his Kawasaki ZX-6R to a 14th place on Saturday after an off-track excursion, and fought to an 11th place finish in Sunday’s 15-lap race.
Race One – Saturday
After qualifying 10th on Saturday morning, Conner slotted into eighth place at the start of Saturday afternoon’s race, but a miscue on lap three caused him to run off track and deep into the gravel trap in Turn 5 (Charlotte’s Web). “I was feeling really good until the third lap,” said Conner. “I went to pass a guy and got sideways and ran off the track in turn five. By the time I got out of the gravel and back on the track I was way back in the pack and tried to work my way back up. I ended up 15th, but I kept charging. We’re going to try different gearing and a few little changes and hopefully that’ll be good. At least my start was pretty good, I just gotta not run off, I guess!”
Race Two – Sunday
Conner launched from his 10th place starting position and was in ninth place after the first lap. An encounter with another rider on lap two caused him to check up and he slipped to tenth, where he ran for the better part of the race. He was passed on the last lap and pushed to 11th place at the finish. “Off the start I felt pretty good, and the bike felt great,” Conner said. “I got into some riders and almost got in the same situation that I crashed last weekend. After that I made a couple of mistakes and let a couple of people by.”
Conner Blevins’ next event of the 2014 AMA Pro SuperSport championship series is at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio on July 19-20, 2014.
For the 2014 season, Conner is proud to be sponsored by Excel Machine Racing, Kawasaki USA, Dunlop Tires, Speedmob, Arai Helmets, Ajax Kawasaki, HT Moto, Lone Star Track Days, Moto Liberty, Ohlins Suspension and Bazzaz.
For more information, contact Conner Blevins at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit Conner on Facebook at www.facebook.com/conner.blevins.
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