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Aug 3, 2013

AMA Pro Motorcycle-Superstore.com SuperSport 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 Motorcycle-Superstore.com SuperSport Miller Motorsports Park Tooele, Utah August 3, 2013 Provisional Race One Results (all on Dunlop tires):

1. Joe Roberts (Hon CBR600RR), 13 laps 2. Wyatt Farris (Yam YZF-R6), -0.796 second 3. Tomas Puerta (Yam YZF-R6), -4.060 seconds 4. Sebastiao Ferreira (Yam YZF-R6), -9.078 5. Stefano Mesa (Yam YZF-R6), -9.647 6. Miles Thornton (Yam YZF-R6), -10.024 7. Hayden Gillim (Yam YZF-R6), -13.766 8. Jeffrey Tigert (Yam YZF-R6), -15.232 9. Brandon Cleland (Tri Daytona 675R), -17.033 10. Ryan Matter (Yam YZF-R6), -17.874 11. Andrew DiBrino (Yam YZF-R6), -23.826 12. Royce McLean (Yam YZF-R6), -24.706 13. Charles Weaver (Yam YZF-R6), -24.874 14. Conner Blevins (Kaw ZX-6R), -25.703 15. Alexander Hartl (Yam YZF-R6), -46.962 16. Javelin Broderick (Yam YZF-R6), -47.815 17. Daytona Anderson (Yam YZF-R6), -54.677 18. Neill Herbert (Yam YZF-R6), -56.977 19. Ryan Max Johnson (Yam YZF-R6), -59.373 20. Chad Swain (Yam YZF-R6), -66.508 21. Jeremy Simmons (Yam YZF-R6), -73.943 22. Timothy Hines (Yam YZF-R6), -78.644 23. Matheus Perrira (Yam YZF-R6), -81.304 24. Jordan Imrie (Hon CBR600RR), -82.014 25. Patricia Fernandez (Yam YZF-R6), -93.489 26. Nobi Iso (MV Agusta F3 675), -95.947 27. Andre Ochs (Yam YZF-R6), -113.179 28. John Crump (Bue 1125R), -1 lap 29. Donald Ellsworth (Kaw ZX-6R), -1 lap, 21.181 seconds 30. Kelly Barnett (Yam YZF-R6), -1 lap, 36.509 31. Jon Foy (Kaw ZX-6R), -1 lap, 53.111 32. Erick Sanchez (Yam YZF-R6), -5 laps, DNF, retired 33. Mark Windham (Yam YZF-R6), -7 laps, DNF, crash 34. Corey Alexander (Suz GSX-R600), -10 laps, DNF, retired 35. Michael Pond (Yam YZF-R6), -11 laps, DNF, mechanical 36. Devon McDonough (Yam YZF-R6), -12 laps, DNF, crash

Provisional Championship Point Standings (after 6 of 8 races):

1. Puerta, 164 points 2. Tigert, 111 3. Ferreira, 99 4. Farris, 91 5. Roberts, 85 6. Weaver, 69 7. Matter, 59 8. David Sadowski, Jr., 56 9. Travis Ohge, 55 10. DiBrino, 32

More, from a press release issued by Motorcycle-Superstore.com:

Roberts wins Motorcycle-Superstore.com SuperSport at Miller Motorsports Park

SALT LAKE CITY (Aug. 3) - From the start Joe Roberts had his hands full with several different riders, but in the end he had too much for the field, taking the win in the GEICO Motorcycle AMA Pro Road Racing's Motorcycle-Superstore.com SuperSport race on Saturday at Miller Motorsports Park. "It is pretty great to come out here and win at Miller," Roberts said. "The race went really good. I got an awesome start with the holeshot, but it was tough the whole time. It was a hard race. I had to push for sure." Roberts, riding his No. 2 Honda CBR600RR, battled back and forth with Tomas Puerta early in the race and then with Wyatt Farris over the final laps before Farris finished second and Puerta third. Roberts, just 16 years old, won for the fourth time in four starts this season. He will go for a sweep of the weekend and a fifth straight win on Sunday in Motorcycle-Superstore.com SuperSport Race 2. "It is going to be a good race tomorrow," Roberts said. "It is going to be hard because these guys are right there with me. I have made a good impression on everyone and shown them that I can do really well, so I am definitely going for the win." Roberts had the pole for the race, but early on he was in a dogfight for the top spot with Hayden Gillim and Puerta. He swapped leads with Puerta on laps eight and nine before Puerta fell back to third, more than four seconds back of Roberts. "Today I was a little nervous about the race because I am leading the championship race," Puerta said. "After Wyatt and Joe went by me, I was just trying to be there. I was just happy to bring the bike to the podium." Puerta's drop allowed Farris to try his hand at getting by Roberts. Farris was able to grab the lead for a brief moment, but Roberts quickly moved back by him, and the two continued to battle it out for the win over the final laps of the 13-lap race. "We have been working our butts off all year," said Farris, who got the first podium finish of his career. "We had a really good package all weekend and it felt really good. It was nice to get a good start, get up front, and battle with these guys." Farris charged hard late, posting his best lap of the day (1:56.899) on the final circuit of the race, but it wasn't enough to get by Roberts, who posted a final lap of 1:56.827 to hold of his challenger. "I thought I might be able to get him at the end, but he got a little gap on me and I didn't make it happen," Farris said. "Either way, it is good to get up here on the blocks and really just a huge weight lifted off my shoulders." Puerta holds the championship lead by 53 points over Jeffrey Tigert, with Farris in fourth and Roberts now in fifth heading into Sunday's second and final race of the weekend at 3 p.m.

More, from a press release issued by Team Hammer PR:

JOE ROBERTS AND TEAM HAMMER GO FOUR FOR FOUR WITH ANOTHER WIN IN AMA PRO SUPERSPORT

Team Hammer enjoyed another victorious day on Saturday at Tooele, Utah's Miller Motorsports Park, as the sensational Joe Roberts collected his fourth AMA Pro SuperSport win in as many attempts.

Following a successful if painful Friday, the 16-year-old phenom came out swinging on Saturday. Showing no ill effects following the FP1 incident in which he ran over his lower leg and tweaked his right foot and knee while making a remarkable save, Roberts got right down to business in Saturday's qualifying session. He lowered his times dramatically to earn his second pole position of the season by over half-a-second aboard his California Superbike School Roadracingworld.com Honda CBR600RR with a quick time of 1:56.566.

Roberts then battled at the front throughout the exciting 13-lap SuperSport race, leading the most laps and quickly moving to strike back when passed. Following a tense final few laps, Roberts secured his advantage with a courageous around-the-outside repass in Turn One, then took his fourth consecutive AMA Pro SuperSport win by a margin of 0.795-second. As a result, the up-and-coming racer remains perfect in AMA Pro competition.

"It's pretty great to come out here and win at Miller," Roberts said. "The race went really good. I got an awesome start and got the holeshot. It was tough the whole time -- I was looking behind and I kept seeing a couple guys behind me. It was a hard race and I had to push for sure, but my California Superbike School Roadracingworld.com Honda CBR600RR was great. And I had my coach, Keith Code, here with me and he's been working with me all weekend and it's been great."

On Sunday, Roberts has a chance to close out his abbreviated rookie AMA Pro season in perfect fashion by going five-for-five in his debut professional year of racing Stateside.

Roberts said, "It's going to be another great race tomorrow. It's going to be hard because a couple guys were right with me the whole way. I think I've made a pretty good impression so far and shown that I can do well, and I'll definitely be going for the win tomorrow."

Meanwhile, GEICO Road Racing Honda's Dane Westby picked up a hard-earned seventh position in the day's Daytona SportBike contest. "The Wolverine" qualified ninth in the day's sweltering conditions and then clawed his way forward, winning a race-long scrap for the position with a pair of rivals.

MPH's Melissa Paris finished a close 16th in the SportBike race after qualifying 18th aboard her Team Hammer Contract Services-prepared Honda CBR600RR. Paris came up just 0.086-second short of finishing 15th after being nosed at the checkered flag.

Saturday was a day to forget for the M4 Lucas Oil Racing duo of Benny Solis and Chris Ulrich. Their days ended early as Solis encountered mechanical issues late in Saturday's SportBike race, and Ulrich retired from the subsequent Superbike race when his bike overheated.

Team Hammer will looking to add to its trophy haul on Sunday as the Miller Motorsports Park weekend concludes with the second half of the weekend's doubleheaders in SuperSport, Daytona SportBike, and Superbike. 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 58 AMA Pro National race wins; 134 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.