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Mar 14, 2013

AMA Pro Daytona SportBike Field Closes In On Beaubier During Second Practice At Daytona (Updated)

GEICO Motorcycle AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike Series
Daytona International Speedway
Daytona Beach, Florida
March 14, 2013
Free Practice Two Results (3.5-mile course, all on Dunlop tires):

1. Cameron Beaubier (Yam YZF-R6), 1:50.799
2. Jake Gagne (Yam YZF-R6), 1:51.652
3. J.D. Beach (Yam YZF-R6), 1:51.744
4. Bobby Fong (Yam YZF-R6), 1:51.781
5. Jason DiSalvo (Tri Daytona 675R), 1:52.193
6. Garrett Gerloff (Yam YZF-R6), 1:52.328
7. Jake Zemke (Duc 848EVO), 1:52.822
8. Benny Solis (Hon CBR600RR), 1:52.939
9. Jake Lewis (Yam YZF-R6), 1:52.954
10. James Rispoli (Suz GSX-R600), 1:53.221
11. Huntley Nash (Yam YZF-R6), 1:53.382
12. Joey Pascarella (Tri Daytona 675R), 1:54.025
13. Bostjan Skubic (Yam YZF-R6), 1:54.771
14. Elena Myers (Tri Daytona 675R), 1:55.079
15. Melissa Paris (Hon CBR600RR), 1:55.282
16. Ben Young (Yam YZF-R6), 1:55.293
17. Shane Narbonne (Suz GSX-R600), 1:55.390
18. Barrett Long (Duc 848EVO), 1:56.062
19. Fernando Amantini (Yam YZF-R6), 1:56.423
20. Scotty Ryan (Yam YZF-R6), 1:56.516, crash
21. Kenny Riedmann (Tri Daytona 675R), 1:56.556
22. Luke Stapleford (Kaw ZX-6R), 1:56.759
23. Anthony Fania (Yam YZF-R6), 1:57.275, crash
24. Brian Kcraget (Suz GSX-R600), 1:57.808, crash
25. Daniel Ortega (Yam YZF-R6), 1:58.052
26. Tristan Palmer (Kaw ZX-6R), 1:59.238
27. Daniel Guevara (Yam YZF-R6), 2:00.870
28. John Ashmead (Kaw ZX-6R), 2:04.436, crash
29. Barry Burrell (Yam YZF-R6), 2:10.490
30. Dane Westby (Hon CBR600RR), no time recorded

More, from a press release issued by Team Hammer:


M4 Broaster Chicken Honda’s Benny Solis showed excellent form on opening day of the 2013 AMA Pro Road Racing season.

The talented team newcomer was second quick in the practice aboard his Honda CBR600RR, lapping at 1:54.006. The youngster from North Hollywood, California came back in the day's second Daytona SportBike session and dropped his time by more than a second with a quick lap of 1:52.939, good enough for eighth in a practice session held in high winds with plenty of crashes from other riders.

Solis avoided trouble and will now focus on Friday’s two qualifying sessions.

Meanwhile, Chris Ulrich took to the track on the hugely promising M4 Broaster Chicken Honda CBR1000RR Superbike on Thursday. After years of racing aboard another brand of motorcycle, Ulrich is relishing the opportunity ahead with the new program.

Despite having just one day of testing prior to Daytona, the Californian was tenth fastest in the opening free practice of the season. He further improved upon his practice time of 1:43.366 with a 1:42.806 during the afternoon's first qualifying session. That mark placed him 13th provisionally with tomorrow morning's second session remaining to decide the grid for the season opener.

"It's a big change -- we're figuring out what makes the Honda chassis tick," Ulrich said. "Rolling into Daytona with limited testing isn't ideal but it's the situation that we're in and we’re pleased with how it is going. We were tenth this morning and 13th in the afternoon and we did go quicker. We picked up some very good information and we're making wholesale changes for tomorrow to try to get the bike to do what I need. We were taking little chunks out of it until we figured something out with the front end that we need to do, and now I expect to make more progress tomorrow morning."

Commenting on the vast potential of the Honda CBR1000RR, Ulrich said, "It's a great platform to go racing with. It's so great to have a new challenge. It's refreshing and I'm excited. This is probably the highest spec Superbike that I've ever raced aboard. We have some engine management stuff to get sorted out too but we'll get it all figured out."

The squad will return to the famed high banks of Daytona on Friday with Solis set claim his grid position for Saturday's Daytona 200 and Ulrich competing in the Superbike season opener.

About Team Hammer: In 2013, Team Hammer, Inc. is competing in its 33rd consecutive racing season, and is marking its seventh 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; 130 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.

More, from a press release issued by LTD Racing:


Daytona, FL (March 14, 2013) -- LTD Racing and Huntley Nash opened the 2013 AMA Pro season on Thursday at Daytona with an excellent day for the young rider. Nash was 6th and 11th in the practice sessions for the historic race.

Nash, making his third Daytona 200 start this weekend, found himself in competitive form on the long course used for Saturday’s race. Huntley’s goal, to run with the lead pack in the race, came one step closer when he found the speed to run inside the top ten in the morning, showcasing the skill he has developed in his time on the AMA Pro tour.

The former SuperSport race winner was pleased to show good form in the afternoon, too. “On one lap, I had a draft but we were slow through the infield and the next lap I was able to go fast through the infield, so my ideal time was pretty solid at 1:52.875. That’s a good start and what I’m really looking forward to is getting to go for 57 laps. The previous 200-mile races, something has always happened but we’re working hard to have a positive weekend to start the year.”

Nash has been training with multi-time Daytona champ Scott Russell in Atlanta, reviewing races and taking in a little advice from Mr. Daytona. “I’ve been training hard and really ready to get back on the track with the team and see what we can do. The team has worked hard and I gave them some extra work when I had a crash at Jennings a few days ago, but everyone pitched in and we had a good day. I’m excited for this chance in the Daytona 200.”

Nash will qualify for the Daytona 200 in two sessions on Friday.
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