WESTBY SECOND IN NEW ORLEANS DAYTONA SPORTBIKE RACE
Published: October 06, 2012
registered another standout performance across all three AMA Pro classes
in Saturday's maiden races at NOLA Motorsports Park.
Dane Westby notched up his tenth podium finish of the '12 Daytona
SportBike season following a race-long struggle for the position.
'The Wolverine' sliced way up from eighth on the opening lap to
second by lap five. From there he jostled with a pack, ultimately
holding strong in second on the final lap to secure a runner-up result.
The outstanding effort has Westby in strong position to lock down second
in the SportBike championship as he heads into Sunday's final holding a
17-point advantage over third. A win tomorrow combined with today's
second would also earn Dane the title of 'Big Kahuna' for the weekend
and the surfboard trophy that comes along with it.
"It was a pretty good race," Westby said. "I was trying to make
inroads on the leader but I just couldn't get it to work. I'll figure
something out for tomorrow. The bike was working really good. We made a
change this morning that gave me a lot more front-end confidence. To
hold some of those guys off, I had to make a change. We'll keep working
on that and keep on keepin' on, and try to get a surfboard tomorrow."
Team Venezuela's Robertino Pietri put forth a stirring effort in the
day's Superbike contest, coming home with a top-five result despite
being docked five seconds as a penalty for crossing a designated line
near the wall in Turn 16.
The Venezuelan charged up from eighth to fourth before being
penalized. Undeterred, he continued to push and made up the positions
before finally taking the checkered flag in fifth.
M4 Suzuki's Chris Ulrich, meanwhile, finished in 13th in the premier-class contest.
Elena Myers continued the theme, fighting her way forward from tenth in
the opening stages of the day's SuperSport race to work inside the top
five. Myers actually slotted into fourth position on lap 12 of a
scheduled 15, but the race was red flagged moments later. The race was
called complete and the results were taken from the previous lap,
leaving her fifth in the final order.
Team Hammer will look to match or better its triple top-five day in
tomorrow's final races of the 2012 AMA Pro Road Racing season.
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. Riders on Team
Hammer-prepared racebikes have earned 54 AMA Pro National race wins; 132
AMA Pro National podium finishes; 5 AMA Pro Championships; 133 Overall
National Endurance race wins; 13 National Endurance Championships and
assorted other race wins and titles.
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