FOURTH PLACE WESTBY SOLID ONCE AGAIN FOR M4 SUZUKI
Published: May 05, 2012
Suzuki's Dane Westby collected another strong top-five finish to further
solidify his status as a serious AMA Pro Daytona SportBike title
contender on Saturday at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, CA.
recent efforts to improve his starts paid off, as he immediately
slotted his GSX-R600 with the lead group from his seventh position spot
on the second row.
Westby made a move to claim fourth and
promptly turned his attention to defending the position as the top three
had already broken free at the front.
The Oklahoma native was
unflappable under heavy pressure and quickly counterattacked an attempt
to steal fourth away from him two laps from the end.
place result combined with his earlier second, third, and fifth see
Westby currently ranked second in the Daytona SportBike title fight on
"I've been working on the start after Atlanta and it
went all right. I got off the line on the restart pretty well but I had
to follow the lines of the riders in front of me. The guys up front got
away so I ended up trying to hold onto fourth and protect the position.
On the second to last lap a move was made but I got him right back.
"It was a good result for the points. The goal is no zeroes and to keep finishing up front and getting faster."
Sportbike TrackGear.com M4 Suzuki's Elena Myers, who's still mending
from post-Daytona wrist surgery, took part in Saturday's AMA Pro
Myers qualified 14th among the 54-deep field
around the physically demanding circuit. In the race she moved up as
high as eighth before ultimately settling down in 13th at her home
circuit where she famously claimed a historic victory two years ago.
Venezuela's Robertino Pietri and M4 Suzuki's Chris Ulrich flew in
formation for much of the day's 22-lap AMA Pro Superbike contest. The
two qualified in 13th (Pietri) and 15th (Ulrich) and raced together deep
into the contest.
And advancing rider split the two black, red,
and white GSX-R1000s with 'Tino crossing the line in 11th and Ulrich
13th on the final lap.
Westby, Myers, Pietri, and Ulrich will be
back in action and looking to improve on their Saturday showings in
Sunday's second half of the Infineon Raceway AMA Pro doubleheader.
2012, Team Hammer, Inc. is competing in its 32nd consecutive racing
season and marks its sixth year of offering technical and logistical
support through its Contract Services Department. The team has earned 49
AMA Pro National race wins; 115 AMA Pro National podium finishes; 4 AMA
Pro Championships; 133 Overall National Endurance race wins; 13
National Endurance Championships and assorted other race wins and
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