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Aug 3, 2013

AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike Race One Results From Miller Motorsports Park

GEICO Motorcycle AMA Pro Road Racing at Miller Motorsports Park. Photo by Brian J. Nelson.
Miller Motorsports Park National/GEICO Motorcycle AMA Pro Road Racing
AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike
Miller Motorsports Park
Tooele, Utah
August 3, 2013
Provisional Race One Results (all on Dunlop tires):

1. Cameron Beaubier (Yam YZF-R6), 16 laps
2. Garrett Gerloff (Yam YZF-R6), -0.175 second
3. JD Beach (Yam YZF-R6), -0.727
4. Jake Lewis (Yam YZF-R6), -1.158 seconds
5. Jake Gagne (Yam YZF-R6), -14.956
6. James Rispoli (Suz GSX-R600), -17.632
7. Dane Westby (Hon CBR600RR), -20.536
8. Bobby Fong (Tri Daytona 675R), -20.650
9. Jason DiSalvo (Tri Daytona 675R), -33.145
10. Fernando Amantini (Yam YZF-R6), -42.068
11. Jake Zemke (Tri Daytona 675R), -52.164
12. Ben Young (Yam YZF-R6), -66.656
13. Bryce Prince (Yam YZF-R6), -66.814
14. Joey Pascarella (Tri Daytona 675R), -73.722
15. Elena Myers (Tri Daytona 675R), -76.736
16. Melissa Paris (Hon CBR600RR), -76.822
17. Gerry Signorelli (Tri Daytona 675R), -98.334
18. Kelcey Walker (Yam YZF-R6), -1 lap
19. Benny Solis (Hon CBR600RR), -2 laps, DNF, mechanical
20. Chad R. Lewin (Kaw ZX-6R), -3 laps, DNF, crash
21. Kenny Riedmann (Tri Daytona 675R), -4 laps, DNF, crash

Championship Point Standings (after 9 of 13 races):

1. Beaubier, 278 points
2. Gagne, 207
3. TIE, Gerloff/Beach, 175
5. TIE, Lewis/Rispoli, 129
7. Westby, 119
8. DiSalvo, 102
9. Fong, 93
10. Solis, 73
11. Pascarella, 69
12. Young, 68
13. Riedmann, 62
14. Amantini, 61
15. Myers, 57
16. Paris, 44
17. Scott Ryan, 41
18. Barrett Long, 39
19. Eric Stump, 18
20. Dan Ortega, 16

More, from a press release issued by Yamaha:

Yamaha Extended Service/Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha Teammates Beaubier & Gerloff Battle At The Front & Go One-Two In DSB Race 1 At Miller Motorsports Park

Tooele, UT - August 3, 2013 – Y.E.S./Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha riders Cameron Beaubier and Garrett Gerloff are close teammates, but they’ve never been closer than they were on the Miller Motorsports Park race course today in AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike Race 1. The two battled closely and cleanly all race long, and each rider took turns at the point.

Ultimately, it was Cameron who took the win, which was his eighth victory in nine races this season and his six win in a row. Garrett hung tight with Cameron, and the newly minted 18 year old--his birthday was this past Thursday--actually recorded the fastest lap of any rider on the track, in his final circulation around the 3.05-mile, 15-turn road course.

Garrett also led 10 out of the 16 laps in the race, which earned him a bonus point in the Championship. However, Cameron used his wily racecraft, took the lead late in the race, and rode a defensive line to take the checkered flag first aboard his #6 Y.E.S./Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha YZF-R6.

The top-five finishers in today’s race were all aboard Yamaha R6s in a dominant showing for the crossed-tuning-forks brand.

“It was really cool racing with JD (Beach) and Garrett,” Cameron said. “We made some changes (to the bike) this morning, and we thought it would be good for the race, but I wasn’t doing the laptimes I’d hoped for. Still, it was a great race, and it’s obvious that the Yamaha is the bike to have in Daytona SportBike with the top five of us all riding R6s.”

Garrett said, ”I feel great. I got an awesome start, and I was really glad to get in the lead. It was a fun race, and I can’t wait till the race tomorrow. Our Y.E.S./Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha R6s are the best bikes out there, and hats off to my crew for giving me a great bike today.”

Daytona SportBike Race 2 from Miller Motorsports Park is scheduled for tomorrow at 1 PM MT.

For more news, results, and other team info, be sure to check out Yamaha’s Facebook page and follow us on Twitter @YamahaMotorUSA.

More, from a press release issued by GEICO Motorcycle Road Racing:

GEICO's Westby leads Honda riders,
looking to improve on Sunday
SALT LAKE CITY (Aug. 3) - It wasn't the finish that GEICO Motorcycle Honda rider Dane Westby was looking for, but he was able to move up two spots from qualifying and finish seventh in the GEICO Motorcycle AMA Pro Road Racing Series' GoPro Daytona SportBike race on Saturday at Miller Motorsports Park.

Westby started ninth and wasted little time in moving up the field. After getting a really good start, "the Wolverine" settled in and went after his competition.

"We had the launch-control thing that we tried last night. Unfortunately there was some malfunction with it and couldn't use it today," Westby said. "I was distracted but somehow got a great start.

"We got pulled on the straightaway after the initial start and were pretty far back going into the first corner, but there was some mayhem there and I was able to make that all back up."

Westby got that fast start but was quickly stuck behind Triumph riders Jason DiSalvo and Bobby Fong as the field went into the first corner.

"I got stuck behind the two Triumphs and then kind of battled it out and was able to get by," Westby said. "That was pretty much my race. I was in front of them and behind the next guy all by myself for the rest of the race. Fong was going back and forth, and then we almost had a little battle there on the last lap but he couldn't quite stick a wheel in there."

Westby quickly got past DiSalvo and Fong on the second lap and kept both riders in check over the final 14 laps of the 16-lap event on the 3.048-mile course.

"I was really trying to make a gap there," Westby said of his battle with Fong. "We have a history of battling and letting those guys go. We have come to an understanding that one of us has to get out front and go, so I was trying to make that happen."

Westby was consistent lap after lap, posting his best circuit of 1:55.553 late in the race, but by that time the top six, including race winner Cameron Beaubier, had pulled away from the rest of the 21-bike field.

Westby was the top-finishing Honda rider aboard his No. 5 CBR600RR. He will have a chance to improve on his race finish when the GoPro Daytona SportBikes race for the second time this weekend, at 1 p.m. on Sunday.

"We are going to make sure the launch control is going and hope for that start," Westby said about Sunday's race. "I got caught behind those two Triumphs. Maybe if I had been a little farther up I could have taken advantage of it. I'm just going to try to stick it in there and be safe."