Westby bags his limit as wolverine season opens in California
NEWS July 12, 2014
Photo by Brian J Nelson
Courtesy of Yamalube/Westby Racing:
Monterey, CA (July 13, 2014) - Dane Westby and Yamalube/Westby Racing will start Sunday’s AMA Pro Go Pro Daytona SportBike race from the second row after final qualifying on Saturday. The Oklahoman improved his pace in Saturday’s sole session to jump up to fourth with a string of laps that should make for a worthy race pace.
Never a great qualifier, "The Wolverine" usually saves his heroics for the races, and the goal is usually to earn a spot on the first two rows. Dane and the team were enthused after Saturday’s sole session as he set a best lap of 1:27.007.
With less than ten minutes to go, Westby briefly led the session and eventually was wedged between two other Yamalube-sponsored riders in JD Beach and Jake Lewis on the timesheets.
“I’m not really a qualifier, so I wanted more of a race situation,” said the four-time Daytona SportBike winner. “Danny (Eslick) and I were hooked up, and we ran around a little bit and, for sure, that helped me. The second row start is fine. We’re all right there together. I was pretty happy with the pace, and we were able to do 1:27 flats consistently. There were a couple of fast ones at the end. I was trying to build up to a good pace, and we feel really good about tomorrow.”
“This may have been our best qualifying session yet,” said Team Manager Chuck Giacchetto. “The team was very efficient, and Dane was able to get down to business and prepare for the race and learn some things. He did a good job of tying things together and finding the speed he needed. We feel good about it.”
The 20-lap AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike race begins at 1:25 local time of Sunday.
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