Top SuperSport riders set to compete in GoPro Daytona SportBike race this weekend at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca
NEWS July 8, 2014
Photo by Brian J Nelson
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (July 8, 2014) – AMA Pro Road Racing’s SuperSport class is home to some of the fastest up-and-coming young riders around, and this weekend, five of those hotshots will showcase their talents in the GoPro Daytona SportBike race at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, Calif.
With no SuperSport race during Round 4 of the AMA Pro Racing, which is running in conjunction with the FIM Superbike World Championship, Geico Motorcycle U.S. Round , the series is inviting the top 15 competitors in the current point standings top compete within the GoPro Daytona SportBike race. Kaleb De Keyrel, Jason Aguilar, Miles Thornton, Andre Ochs and Erick Sanchez each took the opportunity to test their skills against GoPro Daytona SportBike competition.
De Keyrel made headlines a little over a year ago when he made his AMA Pro Road Racing debut at Barber Motorsports Park on his 16th birthday. The Minnesota product used that event and the entire second half of 2013 as a building block and a chance to gain as much experience as he could heading into 2014. Now De Keyrel is riding like a man on a mission every time he straps on his leathers, and he couldn’t be more thrilled for the opportunity that will present itself this weekend in Monterey.
“I’m excited to get out to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca and learn the track because I’ve never been there,” said De Keyrel. “This will be a really good experience for me to get out and race against the fastest R600 riders in DSB. I’ve actually competed against a lot of those guys already before. I grew up racing alongside Jake Lewis, Garrett Gerloff, Stefano Mesa and several other riders. I think it’s going to be really fun.”
In just his first full season, De Keyrel has gotten off to an incredible start to 2014 as he currently sits fifth in the SuperSport point standings. After starting the season with little fanfare and finishing 14th and 12th at Daytona International Speedway in March, De Keyrel hasn’t finished outside of the top five. His recent hot streak is highlighted by back-to-back third place showings at Barber last time out. Fans should not be surprised if De Keyrel, aboard his De Keyrel Racing Yamaha YZF-R6, gives the GoPro Daytona SportBike lineup fits this weekend in California.
A rider with just as much potential as De Keyrel is young Jason Aguilar. The 17-year-old sits sixth in the SuperSport standings and will compete aboard his Tuned Industries Yamaha YZF-R6 this weekend. Though it may be Aguilar’s first time competing in a GoPro Daytona SportBike race, he does hold the advantage of having previously ridden at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.
“I’m thrilled to be riding at Laguna,” said Aguilar. “It’s our closest race to home for me and it’s the only track on the schedule that I’ve previously gotten a chance to ride. It will be tough competing against the DSB guys, there’s no doubt about that. There is really solid competition up there and I’m really looking forward to it.”
Erick Sanchez currently sits ninth in the SuperSport points and will compete aboard his MotoSport.com/Meen Yamaha YZF-R6 at Laguna. Miles Thornton will ride his D&D Cycles/Castrol Triumph Daytona 675 and Andre Ochs, also riding a MotoSport.com/Meen Yamaha YZF-R6 will also test the waters of GoPro Daytona SportBike this weekend.
Sanchez is coming off his best finish of the season after taking fifth at Barber. The same can be said for Ochs, who was sixth in Race 2 in Alabama. Thornton’s best finish this year was a fourth place showing in Race 1 at Barber.
The GoPro Daytona SportBike entry list is stacked with high-powered teams and big-name competitors. There is a total of 33 confirmed entries for this weekend with the potential for even more to arrive as the event approaches.
GoPro Daytona SportBike qualifying is set to go off this Friday, July 11, at 12:55 p.m. PT (3:55 p.m. ET) and again on Saturday at 10:40 a.m. PT (1:40 p.m. ET) and the GoPro Daytona SportBike race is scheduled for Sunday at 1:25 p.m. PT (4:25 p.m. ET).
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