Mar 16, 2013
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Daytona 200: Winner Cameron Beaubier (6) takes the checkered flag at Daytona International Speedway.
The 72nd Daytona 200/GEICO Motorcycle AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike Series
Daytona International Speedway
Daytona Beach, Florida
March 16, 2013
Provisional Race Results (3.5-mile course, all on Dunlop tires):
1. Cameron Beaubier (Yam YZF-R6), 57 laps
2. Garrett Gerloff (Yam YZF-R6), -22.255 seconds
3. Bobby Fong (Yam YZF-R6), -38.143
4. Jake Gagne (Yam YZF-R6), -68.755
5. JD Beach (Yam YZF-R6), -77.608
6. Steve Rapp (Hon CBR600RR), -1 lap
7. James Rispoli (Suz GSX-R600), -1 lap, -1.145 seconds
8. Ben Young (Yam YZF-R6), -1 lap, 80.958
9. Elena Myers (Tri Daytona 675R), -2 laps
10. Melissa Paris (Hon CBR600RR), -2 laps, 42.412 seconds
11. Barrett Long (Duc 848EVO), -2 laps, 71.498
12. Scott Ryan (Yam YZF-R6), -2 laps, 108.446
13. Tristan Palmer (Kaw ZX-6R), -3 laps
14. Anthony Fania (Yam YZF-R6), -3 laps, 22.399 seconds
15. Fernando Amantini (Yam YZF-R6), -3 laps, 40.778
16. Luke Mossey (Yam YZF-R6), -3 laps, 42.484
17. Brian Kcraget (Suz GSX-R600), -3 laps, 66.950
18. Barry Burrell (Yam YZF-R6), -3 laps, 70.294
19. Luke Stapleford (Kaw ZX-6R), -3 laps, 71.736
20. Daniel Ortega (Yam YZF-R6), -5 laps
21. Shane Narbonne (Suz GSX-R600), -6 laps
22. John Ashmead (Kaw ZX-6R), -6 laps, 93.651
23. Joey Pascarella (Tri Daytona 675R), -10 laps
24. Huntley Nash (Yam YZF-R6), -13 laps, DNF
25. Daniel Guevara (Suz GSX-R600), -24 laps, DNF
26. Jake Zemke (Duc 848EVO), -26 laps, DNF, mechanical
27. Jake Lewis (Yam YZF-R6), -41 laps, DNF, mechanical
28. Jason DiSalvo (Tri Daytona 675R), -48 laps, DNF, mechanical
29. Benny Solis (Hon CBR600RR), -48 laps, DNF, mechanical
30. Kenny Riedmann (Tri Daytona 675R), -52 laps, DNF
31. Bostjan Skubic (Yam YZF-R6), -55 laps, DNF
More, from a press release issued by Geiger Media on behalf of GEICO Motorcycle Road Racing:
Rapp represents GEICO well with sixth-place finish in Daytona 200
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (March 16) -- Fill-in rider Steve Rapp rode the GEICO Motorcycle Honda to an admirable sixth-place result Saturday at the 72 annual Daytona 200. Rapp was a last-minute replacement for team rider Dane Westby, who bruised his spleen in a practice session crash Thursday afternoon.
"It was a solid ride and I'm fairly pleased with the result," Rapp said. "First race for Honda and we were the top finisher besides the Yamahas in the field, so that's a real good start for the team. It was fun to ride the bike. It's a nice motorcycle, for sure.
"I actually kept the same front tire on the bike the whole race and I didn't feel like it really started working until about lap 40. That's when I was able to pick up the pace a little and gain some positions."
Cameron Beaubier won the race, crushing second-place pro Garrett Gerloff by more than 22 seconds. Unlike a year ago when a large pack of riders streaked across the finish line at virtually the same time, Saturday's race got very stretched out with large gaps between the podium finishers. Only five riders finished on the lead lap despite circuit times of 1:50+ seconds. Rapp was lapped by Beaubier in the last 100 feet.
Rapp, the 2007 winner of this event, had just three sessions to acquaint himself with Westby's CBR600. The veteran rider was up to the task, methodically moving up from his 11th place starting position to his final sixth-place perch. He was actually passed by Beaubier with a few laps left but he quickly took the position back and successfully held him in check until the final stretch run when Beaubier rode the draft past him.
"I didn't even know he was lapping me," Rapp said. "My pit board said I was plus-3 so I knew someone was pretty close. He passed me but I was able to draft back around him. I was just riding hard, hitting my spots to protect my position.
"Once I found my confidence I was able to pretty much do what I wanted. It takes at least a little time to get on a bike you've never ridden before and ride to the limits. I was a little cautious early because I didn't want to wreck out. This race was obviously very important to GEICO and Honda and all the other sponsors so it was crucial to finish."
The next date on the GEICO Motorcycle AMA Pro series hasn't been solidified but is believed to be a return to Road America in Wisconsin.
More, from a press release issued by Yamaha:
Cameron Beaubier Wins Daytona 200 For Yamaha Extended Service/Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha
Daytona, FL March 16, 2012 – In dominating fashion, Cameron Beaubier won the 72nd running of the Daytona 200 aboard his #6 Yamaha Extended Service/Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha YZF-R6. Meanwhile, Garrett Gerloff, who is Cameron’s teammate in the AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike class, finished in a strong second place. The top-five finishers in the Daytona 200 were all Yamaha R6-mounted, and they lapped the rest of the field in a remarkable show of strength for the Yamaha brand.
During the race, Cameron, who earned the coveted Rolex Daytona Cosmograph wristwatch for winning the pole for the Daytona 200, continued his dominance of the 3.51-mile Daytona International Speedway road course. Cameron clicked off consistently fast lap after lap and took advantage of flawless pitstops by his Y.E.S./Monster Energy/Graves Yamaha crew to keep his advantage throughout the 57-lap event.
After the win, Cameron said, “What a day. My crew gave me an awesome R6, and our pitstops were just fantastic. The guys gave me a couple of seconds every time in the pits, and I was able to run quick laps the whole day long. It went great.”
“It was just awesome being in the front group, Garrett said. “I’m proud that our team went 1-2 in the race. It was a long race, and I’m really happy with the result. The team gave me amazing pitstops.”
For more news, results, and other team info, visit Yamaha’s Facebook page and follow the team on Twitter @YamahaMotorUSA
More, from a press release issued by Daytona International Speedway:
Yamaha’s Cameron Beaubier Dominates 72nd Daytona 200
Yoshimura Suzuki’s Martin Cardenas Brings Home First Daytona SuperBike Victory
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Graves Yamaha rider Cameron Beaubier delivered a dominating performance on Saturday at Daytona International Speedway leading 50 of the 57 laps to win the 72nd Daytona 200 AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike race.
Beaubier of Roseville, Calif., started on the pole and had two flawless pit stops to claim a 22.254-second margin of victory in America’s most historic motorcycle race.
“I’m pretty tired right now but I’m trying to soak in everything,” Beaubier said. “I rode as hard as I could in the first stint and then tried to be super consistent. I had one little mess up running wide in Turn 1 but after that I calmed down and kept clicking off lap times.”
Beaubier’s Graves Yamaha teammate Garrett Gerloff finished second and Richie Morris Racing’s Bobby Fong, also riding a Yamaha, rounded out the podium.
“That was definitely a tough race,” Gerloff said. “It was a lot more laps than I thought it would be. I wish I could have caught up to Cameron. He was on it.”
Two women riders placed in the top 10. Elena Myers finished ninth riding a Triumph, the best finish by a woman rider in the Daytona 200 history, and Melissa Paris finished 10th aboard a Honda for MPH Racing.
Paris previously owned the best finish of a woman rider in the Daytona 200 with an 18th-place finish in 2011.
“It was a crazy long race,” said Myers, who became the first woman to win a professional motorsports event at Daytona International Speedway last year. “The first 20 laps were like a sprint race. After that, I just got in my groove and tried to stay consistent and not do anything too crazy and keep it on two wheels.”
Paris enjoyed battling Myers for the same position on the track.
“She’s such a great competitor,” Paris said of Myers. “I like that she can race hard without racing dirty. She’s so talented. To ride around with her was great.”
National Guard SuperBike Race 2: Colombian Martin Cardenas, riding the No. 36 Yoshimura Suzuki GSX-R1000, won the second round of the AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike, his first Daytona SuperBike victory.
Cardenas was in a tight three-bike battle for the lead when both Graves Yamaha riders Josh Hayes and Josh Herrin ran into problems.
On Lap 11, Herrin suddenly dropped off the pace in Turn 1. He managed to return to the track but lost significant ground on the leaders.
“I made a mistake going into one and went into neutral,” said Herrin, who won Friday’s opening round of AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike. “I just tried to regroup after that and get some points.”
On Lap 12, Hayes, the three-time defending AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike champion, had the engine expire on his No. 1 Yamaha entering Turn 1 forcing him to drop out of the race and finish 15th.
It’s the second consecutive day Hayes did not finish the race and he leaves Daytona with only two championship points.
Cardenas was able to ride away for a dominating 11.453-second victory while Herrin edged Pegram for runner-up honors.
“If Hayes didn’t have a problem, I think he would’ve have finished first,” Cardenas said. “He was a little bit faster than me today. I’ll take it anyway.”
Motorcycle Superstore.com SuperSport: Tomas Puerta riding the No. 12 RoadRace Factory Racing Yamaha YZF-R6, claimed victory in the 10-lap Motorcycle Superstore.com SuperSport event.
Puerta was among 12 drivers in a furious battle in the closing laps of the race. The Colombian rider was able to pull away from the field exiting the chicane on the final lap.
“Today, I was going to be in the lead as much as I can,” said Puerta, who led a race-high six laps. “On the last lap, I put my head down and I just thought about what I was doing and I didn’t care where they went in the draft. I looked back after the horseshoe on the last lap. I saw that I had a little draft and I kept pushing all the way towards the finish line.”
Rounding out the podium was Charles Weaver on a Yamaha YZF-R6 and Corey Alexander on a Suzuki GSX-R600.
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More, from a press release issued by Team Hammer:
BEST AMA PRO RESULT YET FOR MELISSA PARIS IN 72ND DAYTONA 200
Team Hammer closed out the 2013 AMA Pro Road Racing season opener at Daytona International Speedway on a high note, registering top-ten results from Melissa Paris in the 72nd running of the Daytona 200 and Chris Ulrich in the AMA Pro Superbike class.
The unforgiving nature of Daytona International Speedway and the 57-lap Daytona 200 frequently results in heart-breaking openers. And while the team did not escape adversity altogether during a difficult weekend, the squad rallied to score strong results that can be both celebrated and built upon.
Paris maintained an impressive pace throughout the prestigious yet tricky 200-miler aboard her MPH Honda CBR600RR, which is prepared and crewed by Team Hammer. Even being forced to come in for a ride-through penalty due to a pit stop infraction couldn't prevent Paris from finishing in the top ten. Secure in ninth at the time, she rebounded to finish in tenth position.
The result was the best of her AMA Pro career. She said, "My goal was top ten so to make it happen even after a poor qualifying session was really nice. It's frustrating to lose a position due to that meatball flag but it is what it is.
"That's such a long race. Team Hammer did such an amazing job on these bikes. As far as I could tell, there was no one out there I couldn't draft by at will. The thing was so good and so easy to ride. It was fast but not hard to ride.
"It's my best Daytona SportBike result by a long way. I'm really pleased. I feel like we have a good jumping-off point. It feels like I’m getting my feet back underneath me and that's a great feeling. I can't wait for Road America."
Team Hammer owner John Ulrich commented on the penalty, stating, "The penalty that Melissa got was really unfortunate. Clearly, the penalty was excessive for the crime. Yes, an intern jumped over the wall and handed her a water bottle and yeah, on the way back he picked up a rear tire that had been taken off the bike and was lying there and took it with him. If that tire would have stayed in place, it wouldn't have had any impact whatsoever on Melissa leaving. What the guy did was wrong; he shouldn't have done it but it had no impact on the speed of that stop whatsoever. If they wanted to give us a 15-second penalty or a 20-second penalty -- whatever -- okay. But giving someone a ride-through for that, something that had no material effect on the speed of the stop, is completely excessive and it reeks of old-school AMA Pro."
The grueling contest was less kind to Benny Solis. After running in ninth in the race's opening stages, the Californian encountered electrical equipment issues and was forced to retire after nine laps.
M4 Broaster Chicken Racing's Ulrich successfully bounced back from yesterday's electronics-related difficulties to race to a top-ten position in Saturday's 15-lap AMA Superbike final.
Ulrich diced amongst a four-ride pack aboard his Honda CBR1000RR deep into the contest while posting impressive lap times en route to an eventual ninth-place finish.
He said, "It went a lot better today. Yesterday, what bit us was a slight change in the aftermarket engine management electronics -- the downshift parameter -- which made the bike inconsistent and unstable during braking. It showed when I ran off the track three times. It was a challenging race for sure. But today started off good when I ran P4 in the morning warm-up and we discovered a couple things with the chassis of the CBR1000RR that don't necessarily correlate to the bike we used to ride. We had to soften the back of the bike up a little bit to get it to transfer some weight and it improved grip a lot. We also fixed the electronics and it was good.
"We made a slight mistake midway through the race but for the most part, every lap was faster than my qualifying time and I also turned my fastest-ever lap around Daytona today. It bodes well for the future, since we’ve had this bike on track for a total of just four days. We're just scratching the surface and the CBR1000RR has a lot of potential. I'm really confident in the M4 crew’s ability to go forward with my Honda."
Team Hammer now faces an extended layoff before the next round on the 2013 AMA Pro Road Racing schedule, scheduled for May 31 June 2 at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin.
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:
GREAT RIDE BY NASH ENDS EARLY IN DAYTONA
Daytona, FL (March 16, 2012) Huntley Nash spent the day firmly inside the top ten in the 72nd Daytona 200, but unfortunately the engine didn’t last in his machine. Nash retired with 11 laps to go after putting in a highly professional performance in America’s oldest motorcycle race.
Huntley, who started eighth, ran a touch wide the first time the pack entered the turn one area, but the Georgian quickly settled in to a rhythm and spent much of the race in a battle with former Daytona 200 winner Steve Rapp.
Nash was able to continue his momentum from the week and had just completed his last stop when the engine let go. Huntley was unable to finish the race, but the weekend was successful as the young rider was consistently quick all week.
“I had to chase down DiSalvo and Solis and then I was stuck by myself for a while,” said Nash. “Eventually, I had a pretty good battle with Rapp but the engine started getting slower and slower. I would have liked to have made it the whole 200 miles. I did my fastest times in the race and we made a lot of progress as the weekend went on. The team worked hard and I’m really thankful to all the guys for everything. I’m looking forward to the rest of the season.”
More, from a press release issued by AMA Pro Racing:
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (March 16, 2013) - Cameron Beaubier won the 72nd DAYTONA 200 on Saturday as the 20-year-old dominated on board his Y.E.S Graves Yamaha YZF-R6 in the famous 200-mile race. Beaubier earned pole and led much of the race by a wide margin, putting his stamp on a GEICO Motorcycle AMA Pro Road Racing event that many racing legends have claimed for themselves over the years.
Beaubier was the fastest man in AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike over the three days, and managed to run a clean 57-lap race with two trouble-free pit stops. He lapped up to fifth place and won by 22.254 seconds in a race with no red flags. The 20-year-old set a high mark as he begins the 2013 AMA Pro season with a stellar race. He led pretty all but seven laps, taking the lead for the last on lap 21 and never looking back.
"I'm pretty tired right now, but I'm just trying to soak everything in," said Beaubier. "I rode as hard as I could the first stint and then be super-consistent. I had one little mess-up -- I ran wide in Turn 1 -- and then after that I just calmed down and kept clicking off laps. My Yamaha Extended Service Monster Energy Graves Yamaha ran awesome. They gave me two awesome pit stops, and I just rode as hard as I could. I can't thank them enough."
His teammate Garrett Gerloff led early in the race before finishing second, ahead of Bobby Fong of the RMR/Triple Crown team. Gerloff was able to make his way clear of Fong, but was unable to run down Beaubier.
Gerloff had a tough crash at Daytona last year and left with a broken leg, but the Texan leaves this year having earned second place. "(The race was) longer than I thought it would be, but it was awesome," said Gerloff. "It was awesome to be in the front group at the beginning and then Cameron started pulling away and we started pulling him back. Every once in a while we'd pass him and then he made a run for it and kind of got away. I tried to catch up but I just couldn't do it. Big thanks to my team for awesome pit stops and all the testing we do. That's why we're 1-2 on the podium. I think this is going to be an awesome year and I just want to keep it rolling."
Fong had a solid race but wanted more. As one of the contenders in the GoPro Daytona SportBike class, Fong has shown he can be as aggressive as any rider in the series. On Saturday, he lost Beaubier's draft. "I made a mistake in the beginning of the race -- the bike was hitting false neutrals, and I let Cameron get away. So I had to ride pretty much by myself the whole time. It was a long race but the training I did this off-season paid off. My bike worked great the whole time -- I was just out there circulating, trying to maintain my position. It's the best finish I've ever had at Daytona so thanks to everyone for helping me out."
RoadRace Factory teammates Jake Gagne and J.D. Beach finished fourth and fifth in the race. The young teammates outlasted a pack of challengers that included Jake Zemke, who retired from the race after leading five laps and battling in the top ten.
Steve Rapp, filling in for Dane Westby on the GEICO Honda, earned sixth place with a strong ride. Rapp rode well as a substitute rider, hopping on the bike for the first time Friday morning.
Young rider James Rispoli on the National Guard/Celtic Racing Suzuki had a strong race before losing a bit of steam at the end and taking seventh ahead of Ben Young (Ben Young Racing).
Two women finished inside the top 10, with Elena Myers (Sturgess Cycle Triumph) getting the nod over Melissa Paris (MPH Racing.) Paris looked to have the position locked up but a pit stop infraction meant she had to serve a ride-through penalty that reversed their order.
The 72nd running of DAYTONA 200 will be aired in a next-day delayed broadcast on SPEED, set to begin Sunday, March 17, 2013 at 1:30 p.m. ET/ 10:30 a.m. PT.
AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike
Any residual sense of inevitability hanging over the paddock as a result of Josh Hayes' all-conquering 2012 campaign was promptly shattered in the opening weekend of the 2013 AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike season. Hayes' improbable Friday DNF disaster was doubled up on Saturday, and the three-time defending champ now finds himself in an early hole in his pursuit of a fourth consecutive crown.
In contrast, Martin Cardenas celebrated a spectacular victory in his first weekend with the storied Yoshimura Suzuki squad, one-upping his Friday runner-up. He earned the win after pushing Hayes deep into the race before the Mississippian's Yamaha expired shortly after the two took the stripe for the 12th time in the 15-lapper.
Hayes leapt into the lead at the green light, but was again unable to shake his Monster Energy Graves Yamaha teammate, Josh Herrin, who again tucked right in behind on his #2 R1.
Cardenas too got away with the leading Yamahas but appeared to be just barely clinging on to the front, fading to just over a second behind by lap 5. In danger of losing the lead draft, the Colombian summoned a remarkable 1:36.835 lap from his #36 GSX-R1000 (the only '36 of the weekend) to close right back in on the escaping Yamaha pilots, apparently setting the stage for a race-long dogfight to the checkered flag.
The factory Suzuki man used that building momentum to fight his way up to the lead momentarily on lap 8, but Hayes and Herrin displaced him to third once again on the following lap.
However, Herrin bowed out of that battle on lap 10, running off in Turn 1. He re-entered the fray nearly ten seconds back -- still in the top three but joined by the chasing Larry Pegram on the Foremost Insurance Pegram Racing Yamaha YZF-R1.
Hayes managed to eke out a small bit of padding over the subsequent laps but his hard work proved for naught when smoke began to pour out from beneath his machine's fairing and he moved aside, allowing Cardenas to power into the lead and ultimately race home to the second AMA Pro SuperBike victory of his career.
The triumphant Cardenas said, "I didn't expect a win to come this soon in the season. If Hayes didn't have a problem I think he would have ended up first because he was a little bit faster than me today. I'll take it anyway -- anybody can have problems in each race.
"I'm very happy. I want to thank very much Yoshimura Suzuki for giving me the opportunity to ride for them. This team is awesome."
Some 11 seconds back, Herrin narrowly fended off Pegram to finish second and take an early one-point championship lead over Cardenas.
"I felt really good today compared to yesterday in the beginning of the race," Herrin said. "I felt really comfortable sitting behind him. He'd gap me coming out of the chicane but I'd be able to close back up to him every time going into Turn 1. Whenever Martin started dicing it up with us it got pretty crazy. It was fun, it went from just sitting there to having to think about it and be real smart.
"I just didn't pull up hard enough on the lever going into Turn 1 and went into neutral. I was lucky I was able to save it and regroup and hold off Larry to the end."
Pegram leaves Daytona with a pair of thirds, his first two trips to podium since the 2010 season.
Pegram said, "It was pretty uneventful today until the end; I had a lot of fun racing with Josh Herrin. I'm not looking forward to the (angry) Josh Hayes that will show up at Road America. We can say whatever we want, but he was the guy to beat in both races and had some bad luck. I'm sure when we show up at Road America he'll be fighting. But hey, we'll take it."
National Guard Jordan Suzuki's Roger Hayden bounced back from yesterday's DNF with fourth after edging new Jordan Suzuki teammate Danny Eslick to the stripe.
Cardenas' Yoshimura Suzuki teammate, Chris Clark, beat Team Moto Venezuela PC 4x4 Kawasaki's Robertino for sixth, while Chris Fillmore finished eighth after earlier running in a pack with Clark and Pietri. That pack also included M4 Broaster Chicken Racing's Chris Ulrich, who ultimately finished a bit further back in ninth, and Motosport.com Motul Fly Racing's David Anthony, who ran into troubles late and finished a lap down in 12th).
Spaniard Bernat Martinez rounded out the top ten on the Team TJA Valencia Suzuki GSX-R1000.
Triple champ Hayes leaves Daytona with just two points to his name, one for pole and one for leading the most laps today. Meanwhile, Herrin boasts 56 and Cardenas 55.
That deficit promises to make for an exciting campaign for fans and a new challenge for Hayes, who won last year's championship by a 154-point margin.
Saturday's AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike race will be aired on SPEED tomorrow, Sunday, March 16, 2013 at 9:00 p.m. ET/ 6:00 p.m. PT.
AMA Pro Motorcycle-Superstore.com SuperSport
Tomas Puerta won Saturday's AMA Pro Motorcycle-Superstore.com SuperSport Race Two at Daytona International Speedway. Puerta was strong all 10 laps and was able to earn a gap on the final time around the famed circuit, putting his stamp on a race that saw as many as 10 riders take part in the draft battles at the front. The RoadRace Factory pilot topped CJ Weaver on the Napa Auto-sponsored Yamaha. Corey Alexander on the National Guard/Celtic Racing Suzuki team took third.
Polesitter Puerta was disappointed with how the first Motorcycle-Superstore.com SuperSport race ended on Friday. After running near the front, the Colombian found himself shuffled back in the field when the last lap ended and took fifth. On Saturday, he seemed more determined to lead and for his efforts earned his second career AMA Pro Motorcycle-Superstore.com SuperSport victory. He put his head down in the final laps and earned a one-second gap as he turned his fastest lap the final time around.
"I made a mistake on the last lap yesterday," said Puerta. "I [took the wrong line] on the banking on the last lap and couldn't get back to the front. Today, the bike ran great and I can't thank my team enough. This race was much better. Today, I wanted to be in the lead as much as I could. I tried to put in a perfect lap and push to the finish line."
After a red flag on lap one, the race shaped up as the typical Daytona draft-fest. The top 12 finished within three seconds of Puerta.
Many riders, including Stefano Mesa, Jeffrey Tigert, and Hayden Gillim, took a turn at the front. One of the impressive riders was Sebastiao Ferreira from Brazil on his BP Racing machine that chased Puerta late.
20 year-old Weaver climbed from a 13th starting position to second place (and his first top-ten finish in the class.) "I crashed in the warm-up, but I kept moving forward in the race," said Weaver.
The battles behind the top two required photo finish equipment to determine which rider would take the remaining step on the podium, with eventual third-place finisher Alexander taking the spot.
Tigert was fourth on his CM Motorsports machine. Harv's H-D pilot Travis Wyman was fifth, followed by David Sadowski, Jr on his Yamaha. Friday winner Stefano Mesa was seventh on the MotoSport.com Yamaha.
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