Mar 15, 2013
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GEICO Motorcycle AMA Pro Motorcycle-Superstore.com SuperSport Series
Daytona International Speedway
Daytona Beach, Florida
March 15, 2013
Provisional Race One Results (3.5-mile course, all on Dunlop tires):
1. Stefano Mesa (Yam YZF-R6), 10 laps
2. David Sadowski, Jr. (Yam YZF-R6), -0.026 second
3. Hayden Gillim (Yam YZF-R6), -0.123
4. Matthew Sadowski (Yam YZF-R6), -0.124
5. Tomas Puerta (Yam YZF-R6), -0.128
6. Sebastiao Ferreira (Yam YZF-R6), -0.274
7. Mark Miller, Jr. (Yam YZF-R6), -6.963 seconds
8. Cody Wyman (Suz GSX-R600), -12.005
9. Armando Ferrer (Yam YZF-R6), -12.119
10. Travis Ohge (Suz GSX-R600), -16.551
11. Wyatt Farris (Yam YZF-R6), -16.736
12. Devon McDonough (Yam YZF-R6), -20.318
13. Ronny Frias (Yam YZF-R6), -20.418
14. Corey Alexander (Suz GSX-R600), -21.845
15. Ricardo Valdez (Yam YZF-R6), -25.460
16. Conner Blevins (Kaw ZX-6R), -25.479
17. Ryan Matter (Yam YZF-R6), -32.192
18. Curtis Murray (Suz GSX-R600), -32.506
19. Derek Wagnon (Suz GSX-R600), -34.213
20. Ryan A. Jones (Suz GSX-R600), -37.696
21. Alex Shaw (Yam YZF-R6), -43.799
22. Neill Herbert (Yam YZF-R6), -53.617
23. Jeremy Simmons (Yam YZF-R6), -56.259
24. Erick Sanchez (Yam YZF-R6), -56.630
25. Daytona Anderson (Yam YZF-R6), -56.753
26. Michael Pond (Yam YZF-R6), -57.897
27. Caroline Olsen (Suz GSX-R600), -58.170
28. Roi Holster (Yam YZF-R6), -58.273
29. Jordan Imrie (Hon CBR600RR), -63.317
30. Chad Swain (Yam YZF-R6), -64.823
31. Patricia Fernandez (Yam YZF-R6), -83.449
32. Alex Guilbeault (Yam YZF-R6), -86.061
33. Jon Couch (Suz GSX-R600), -86.868
34. Miles Thornton (Yam YZF-R6), -88.703
35. Brett Probert (Suz GSX-R600), -94.910
36. JC Gibbs (Yam YZF-R6), -95.197
37. Shawn Hill (Yam YZF-R6), -100.791
38. Ryan Haddock (Yam YZF-R6), -102.768
39. Dean Dufrene (Suz GSX-R600), -102.875
40. Donny Wright (Suz GSX-R600), -104.793
41. Bryce Prince (Yam YZF-R6), -1 lap
42. Ryan Hobbs (Duc 848), -1 laps, 37.857 seconds
43. Kristofer Knopf (Yam YZF-R6), -2 laps
44. Carlos Gulfo (Yam YZF-R6), -3 laps
45. Travis Wyman (Suz GSX-R600), -5 laps, DNF, mechanical
46. Brandon Cleland (Tri Daytona 675R), -5 laps, 52.703 seconds, DNF
47. Stephan Bodedi (Yam YZF-R6), -6 laps, DNF, mechanical
48. Charles Weaver (Yam YZF-R6), -6 laps, 31.258 seconds, DNF
49. Jeff Tigert (Hon CBR600RR), -8 laps, DNF, crash
50. Max Flinders (Yam YZF-R6), -9 laps, DNF
51. Pat Mooney (Buell 1125R), -10 laps, DNS
52. JD Mosley (Yam YZF-R6), -10 laps, DNS
More, from a press release issued by Motorcycle-Superstore.com:
Mesa delivers in Daytona with victory in Motorcycle-Superstore.com SuperSport class
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (March 15) - Colombia's Stefano Mesa outpaced nearly 60 other competitors Saturday at Daytona International Speedway to win the season-opening race for the AMA Pro Motorcycle-Superstore.com SuperSport series.
"The bike felt awesome," Mesa said. "The team put together such a great bike for me."
Mesa dueled in the draft all race long aboard his Motosport.com Yamaha and was able to hold off a pack of six bikes, which were ultimately separated by .274 second at the finish line. Dave Sadowski Jr. was second on his Yamaha and Hayden Gillim was third riding the Team 95/RM Racing Yamaha.
"I was leading going into the last lap so I backed it down going into Turn 1," Mesa said. "Somebody passed me, which was what I wanted. When we got to the banking at the end I made my move. This win feels good; I hope have a lot more of them this year."
It was Sadowski who had passed Mesa and he said he felt like a sitting duck being out front on the last lap as the lead pack followed him into the back-stretch chicane. He knew someone would try to slingshot around him when they re-entered the superspeedway, which is exactly what happened.
"It was quite a wild race from my seat," Sadowski said. "I had a lot of moments there as it went along and I didn't think I was even going to make it up to the lead group. I was up on the banking at one point and it felt like they were slipping away.
"But I got up there and ended up in the lead on the last lap, where is where you don't want to be. I slowed up in the chicane because I knew I couldn't be in the lead and still have a good chance at getting the win."
Gillim won a photo finish for third with Matthew Sadowski with the final margin between the two bikes a mere one-thousandth of a second.
"I knew it was going to be a battle, that's Daytona," Gillim said. "I knew my bike was running fast, and I knew if I could get into the draft early I could hang with the leaders. When it came down to those last couple of laps, I knew I could at least get a podium and I was hoping I could get enough of a draft for the win.
"Everybody started slowing down on the backstretch to set up for the last part of the race. I decided to go for and ran up into second or third a little early and the move paid off for me."
Motorcycle Superstore Yamaha team rider Devon McDonough finished 12th in his season debut.
The AMA Pro Motorcycle-Superstore.com SuperSport series gets right back at it on Saturday morning with a second 10-lap event starting at 10 a.m. EDT from Daytona International Speedway. The race will be broadcast on SPEED TV.