GEICO Motorcycle Road Racing team switches to Honda with rider Westby
Published: January 07, 2013
The GEICO Motorcycle-backed team fielded by
Chris Ulrich Racing will run Honda motorcycles in the 2013 and 2014
GEICO Motorcycle AMA Pro Road Racing Series. As always, Team Hammer will
provide technical and logistical support.
Westby, who finished second in the 2012 AMA Pro Daytona SportBike
Championship with one race win and nine podium appearances, will ride
the GEICO Motorcycle-branded #5 Honda CBR600RR in 2013.
watched Dane develop from his early years in WERA and through his
transition into AMA Pro Racing," Ulrich said. "He's come a long way and
his progress really accelerated once he got on one of our Team
Hammer-prepared racebikes. He has become a podium regular and a fan
favorite and certainly has earned his place on the GEICO Motorcycle
for myself, I'm excited to race a Honda. Racing a Honda is something
every rider dreams of early in their career and I can remember being
excited to race a Honda RS125 as a kid.
is the elite of the motorcycle world, which is why we chose to race
Honda's CBR line of motorcycles and why we're proud to be bringing Honda
motorcycles back into the paddock. It's great for our race team,
increases the credibility of AMA Pro Road Racing and adds excitement for
motorcycle road racing fans in the United States. This new adventure is
going to be a big challenge but I have confidence in Team Hammer's
ability to build fast and reliable racebikes."
Team Hammer crew chief and General Manager Keith Perry: "It's an
exciting time for the team to race motorcycles from the world's
preeminent motorcycle manufacturer. We realize it's a big challenge but
it's something everyone on the team is excited about.
started my first real job at a Honda shop in 1969, at age 14. I then
went through all the Honda accreditation schools and became one the
first 100 Registered Honda Mechanics in the country, so most of my early
training was with Honda. My first road race was on a Honda CB750F in
1978 or 1979 and it's exciting to come full circle and go racing with
Honda motorcycles again."
who replaces 2012 Daytona SportBike champion Martin Cardenas, is up for
the challenge of becoming the team's premiere rider.
really honored to be riding the GEICO Motorcycle-sponsored Honda
CBR600RR in 2013," Westby said. "My crew and I have been growing
together and making things happen and now we've added to the mix with a
new motorcycle brand. I have a garage full of Hondas and I learned to
ride on a Honda. So I'm really proud to 'Ride Red' and I'm really
excited about the upcoming season."
is proud to partner with Chris Ulrich Racing to support and interact
with motorcycle enthusiasts throughout the United States," said Thomas
Garner, GEICO Motorcycle Director. "Being involved with Team Hammer and
AMA Pro Road Racing gives us a great opportunity to connect with our
customers on a personal level and to promote our family of products. We
have full confidence in Dane Westby and the team and are looking forward
to another very exciting season in 2013."
Chris Ulrich Racing, LLC: Chris Ulrich is a second-generation racer who
worked with his family's team from an early age, running a pit signal
board before he was old enough to race himself. He then progressed from
racing mini bikes to winning AMA Pro races while also co-riding to
multiple overall WERA National Endurance Championships, and founded
Chris Ulrich Racing LLC. For 2012, Chris Ulrich Racing signed a
multi-year title sponsorship deal with GEICO Motorcycle, and won the AMA
Pro Daytona SportBike Championship with rider Martin Cardenas, with
technical and logistical support from Team Hammer. The team is fielding
Dane Westby on a Honda CBR600RR in the 2013 AMA Pro Daytona SportBike
Championship, under the GEICO Motorcycle Road Racing banner. Chris
himself will continue to race in AMA Pro Superbike
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