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Jul 14, 2013

AMA Pro SuperSport Race Two Results From Mid-Ohio

Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. Photo by David Swarts, copyright Roadracing World Publishing, Inc.

Buckeye SuperBike Weekend/GEICO Motorcycle AMA Pro Road Racing AMA Pro SuperSport Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course Lexington, Ohio July 14, 2013 Revised Provisional Race Two Results (all on Dunlop tires):

1. Hayden Gillim (Yam YZF-R6), 17 laps 2. Travis Wyman (Suz GSX-R600), -0.431 second 3. Miles Thornton (Yam YZF-R6), -2.471 seconds 4. Corey Alexander (Suz GSX-R600), -3.420 5. Stefano Mesa (Yam YZF-R6), -3.565 6. Nick McFadden (Suz GSX-R600), -19.752 7. Conner Blevins (Kaw ZX-6R), -20.717 8. Devon McDonough (Yam YZF-R6), -36.326 9. Kaleb De Keyrel (Yam YZF-R6), -36.563 10. Brandon Cleland (Tri Daytona 675R), -39.639 11. Wyatt Farris (Yam YZF-R6), -43.690 12. Curtis Murray (Suz GSX-R600), -46.773 13. Max Flinders (Yam YZF-R6), -62.674 14. Jeremy Simmons (Yam YZF-R6), -66.780 15. Cody Wyman (Suz GSX-R600), -78.245 16. Daytona Anderson (Yam YZF-R6), -78.408 17. Rick Lind (Yam YZF-R6), -78.573 18. Felipe MacLean (Yam YZF-R6), -83.063 (includes 5-second penalty for start infraction) 19. Brandon Schweitzer (Suz GSX-R600), -83.733 20. Patricia Fernandez (Yam YZF-R6), -9 laps, DNF, mechanical 21. Tomas Puerta (Yam YZF-R6), -9 laps, DNF, mechanical 22. Frank Babuska (Suz GSX-R600), -14 laps, DNF 23. Ryan Haddock (Yam YZF-R6), -15 laps, DNF, crash 24. Erick Sanchez (Yam YZF-R6), DNS

Supersport East Championship Point Standings (after 8 of 10 races):

1. Alexander, 151 points 2. Gillim, 142 3. Mesa, 137 4. Thornton, 110 5. Travis Wyman, 109 6. Blevins, 80 7. McFadden, 52 8. McDonough, 50 9. De Keyrel, 38 10. Mark Miller, Jr., 30

More, from a press release issued by Geiger Media on behalf of

Gillim scores;'s McDonough has season-best finish

LEXINGTON, Ohio (July 14) - After finishing second in SuperSport on Saturday, Hayden Gillim was not going to be denied on Sunday during the Buckeye SuperBike Weekend at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. 

"I wanted to be aggressive from the very start of the race," Gillim said. "Yesterday I got a good start, got in line, and just sat there. I didn't really try to make passes until the end of the race. Today I was dicing it up from the very first lap. 

"We didn't make any changes to the bike; I just needed to work on some lines around the track," Gillim said. "I was really getting killed out of the Keyhole (turn). I still wasn't on par with everyone else but I was better." 

Gillim held off a hard-charging Travis Wyman in the closing laps of the race, which is part of the GEICO AMA Pro Road Racing Series, but Gillim said had Wyman not been there, he probably would have still been riding aggressively on his Team 95/RM Racing Yamaha all the way to the checkers. "I kind of wore myself out pushing so hard early in the race," Gillim said. "I had to get behind Travis for a while until I got my strength back. After that we really started going at it. I didn't even know he had a penalty. I was still racing for the win." 

Wyman was initially penalized 20 seconds when it was ruled that he had passed in a yellow flag zone. Following a review of the pass by AMA officials, Wyman was deemed to make a clean pass on his Harv's Harley-Davidson Suzuki and awarded his spot on the podium an hour after the completion of the race. Miles Thornton finished third. rider Devon McDonough finished a season-best eighth on Sunday. "It means a lot to me and my team to get our first podium of the year," Wyman said. "Second is really good for us." 

McDonough went into the weekend trying to rebound from a difficult race at Barber Motorsports Park. He said with every completed lap during the weekend at Mid-Ohio, his confidence and aggressiveness grew. "A lot of the secret to success at this track is track knowledge," McDonough said. "I was going out, riding and learning something every single lap. Every single session my fastest lap was my last lap. It felt good to come out at the end of the event with an eighth-place finish. 

"Going fast in morning practice today really helped me a lot. I was more aggressive during warm-ups and it set the pace." 

Thornton also had an aggressive mindset going into the race, but he said in hindsight that he might have been a little too much so. "I pushed really hard at the beginning today. I wanted to be real aggressive," Thornton said. "We were all running about the same pace, so three or four laps in I started burning up my tires. "The last four or five laps, I really wanted to keep it on two wheels. I didn't drop off that bad, but I could have had a little more if I would have saved some tire for the end." 

Up next for the SuperSport series is the July 19-21 Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, Calif.