MotoSport.com / Meen Team wins again in Ohio, Championship goes down to New Jersey
NEWS July 23, 2014
Photo by Brian J Nelson
Courtesy of Meen Motorsports:
MORGAN HILL, Calif. (July 23, 2014) - Meen Motorsports endured through difficult conditions at Mid Ohio Sports car course. Yet Jake Lewis, coming fresh off of his first ever Daytona Sportbike victory at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, carried some momentum into the second to last round of the AMA Championship, capturing another first place podium finish.
Due to the rain, making dangerous track conditions, the AMA paddock was limited to only a few laps on Saturday, leaving the Meen Motorsports riders with little or no seat time. Rescheduling the weekend, each class was then programed for a two race sequence on Sunday. For race one the riders took to the track for a forty minute warm up followed by a grid and go style, shortened 14 lap race. All riders gridded by their points standing.
Running second in the Daytona Sportbike championship, Lewis was gridded on the front row for race one, alongside Danny Eslick and Jake Gange. Lewis rode his Yamaha YZF R6 first into the starting corner, immediately pulling a gap with current championship leader, Jake Gange. An exciting battle for first continued throughout the whole race until the #85 rider from Princeton Kentucky made a calculated pass on the last lap. With only a few corners to the finish line, Lewis captured his second and consecutive win in the competitive Daytona Sportbike class for the MotoSport.Com Meen Yamaha team.
Going into race two, for the Sunday double header, Lewis was tied in points for the lead in the championship. Shortly after the start of the race, a red flag restart led Lewis to once again battle for the lead spot. Lewis ended up finishing fourth, placing him second in Daytona Sportbike points and in prime position to contest the championship at the last AMA Pro Road Racing weekend in New Jersey.
Lewis says, "This weekend provided great racing and I had a lot of fun doing two races in one day. I was able to make a last lap pass for the win in race one after a long battle. In race two I had a small issue but was able to manage a fourth and get some valuable points. Overall I'm happy to come out of Ohio with good results being not one of my favorite tracks. Now I will work hard over the break and come ready to fight for the Championship in New Jersey for my MotoSport.com/ Meen Yamaha team. "
Rookie Daytona Sportbike rider Tucker Lancaster had his own list of challenges to overcome in Ohio. With limited seat time on a new track, he learned quickly and finished 17th in race one and 16th in race two. Lancaster goes into the last round second in the running for rookie of the year at a track he has a little more experience at.
Lancaster says, "Overall I feel like I had a good weekend at Mid-Ohio. Although we didn't get the results, I felt like it was one of my best weekends of the year. With the limited track time it was tough to learn the track but I was fortunate to have Jason Pridmore there helping me out and I was up to speed by race time. I am training hard for New Jersey and hoping for a good end to the season."
"It was a difficult weekend for all of us here at Mid-Ohio, fans and teams together. Sunday was jam packed with action and showed to have some of its own issues, but overall we are very happy with the results and are now going into the last round with Jake 7 points out of the championship. Tucker also rode well, considering he had to figure out the track and setup the bike with practically no track time," says Meen Motorsports team owner, Ameen Sajjadi.
The Meen Team's Superbike rider from Spain, Bernat Martinez, also had to learn the new track with limited seat time. Yet over coming these obstacles, while still getting accustomed to his new bike and team, Bernat rode his Proto-Tech /Blumac Yamaha R1 to a 13th place finish in race one and 11th in race two, improving his times drastically every time out on the track.
"Bernat has demonstrated he can learn new tracks fairly quickly, however this weekend we had unfortunately even less time to ride then most weekends. We are looking forward to the break and getting some much needed testing with the team," comments Sajjadi.
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