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Sep 28, 2013

Beaubier Crashes But Holds Onto AMA Pro Daytona SportBike Pole Position At Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca

GEICO Motorcycle AMA ProGoPro Daytona SportBike racer Cameron Beaubier (6). Photo by Brian J. Nelson/AMA Pro Racing.
GEICO Motorcycle AMA Pro Road Racing
GoPro Daytona SportBike
Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca
Monterey, California
September 28, 2013
Provisional Combined Qualifying Results (all on Dunlop tires):

1. Cameron Beaubier (Yam YZF-R6), 1:26.516, crash*
2. Jake Lewis (Yam YZF-R6), 1:26.983
3. Garrett Gerloff (Yam YZF-R6), 1:27.216
4. Dane Westby (Hon CBR600RR), 1:27.418
5. JD Beach (Yam YZF-R6), 1:27.486
6. Bobby Fong (Tri Daytona 675R), 1:27.623
7. Jason DiSalvo (Tri Daytona 675R), 1:27.861
8. Joey Pascarella (Tri Daytona 675R), 1:28.283
9. Jake Zemke (Tri Daytona 675R), 1:28.295
10. James Rispoli (Suz GSX-R600), 1:28.570
11. Fernando Amantini (Yam YZF-R6), 1:28.715
12. Bryce Prince (Yam YZF-R6), 1:28.782
13. Tomas Puerta (Yam YZF-R6), 1:28.796
14. Corey Alexander (Suz GSX-R600), 1:28.948
15. Elena Myers (Tri Daytona 675R), 1:29.092
16. Benny Solis (Hon CBR600RR), 1:29.097
17. Jake Gagne (Yam YZF-R6), 1:29.340
18. Hayden Gillim (Yam YZF-R6), 1:29.355
19. Wyatt Farris (Yam YZF-R6), 1:29.595
20. Chad R. Lewin (Kaw ZX-6R), 1:29.827
21. Sebastiao Ferreira (Yam YZF-R6), 1:29.852, crash
22. Ben Young (Yam YZF-R6), 1:30.118
23. Charles "CJ" Weaver (Yam YZF-R6), 1:30.472
24. Dustin Dominguez (Kaw ZX-6R), 1:30.593
25. Bradley Adams (Kaw ZX-6R), 1:30.962
26. Brandon Cleland (Tri Daytona 675R), 1:30.971
27. Travis Wyman (Suz GSX-R600), 1:31.889
28. Melissa Paris (Hon CBR600RR), 1:32.033
29. Kenny Riedmann (Tri Daytona 675R), 1:32.049
30. Chris Duran (Yam YZF-R6), 1:32.117
31. Sahar Zvik (KAw ZX-6R), 1:32.405
32. Shane Narbonne (Suz GSX-R600), 1:33.084
33. Daniel Ortega (Yam YZF-R6), 1:33.175
34. Roi Holster (Yam YZF-R6), 1:33.196

109% of Fast Time: 1:34.302

35.Walt Sipp (Bue 1125R), 1:35.127
36. Shaun Summers (Yam YZF-R6), 1:35.698
37. Kyle Wyman (Tri Daytona 675R), 1:51.370

*new lap record

More, from a press release issued by Yamaha:

Everything Comes Up Crazy 8s For Daytona SportBike Champ Beaubier As He Goes 8 For 8 In Poles For Yamaha Extended Service/Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha

Monterey, CA - September 28, 2013 – In a string that started with a Rolex wristwatch for winning the pole for the Daytona 200, 2013 AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike Champion Cameron Beaubier completed a perfect record of eight poles out of eight events this season, with pole number eight coming today in final qualifying at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. Cameron has started from the pole in every DSB race this season, and he’ll do the same tomorrow.

Meanwhile, Cameron’s teammate Garrett Gerloff will also start on the front row tomorrow, after qualifying third today aboard his #8 Yamaha Extended Service/Graves/Yamaha YZF-R6.

Unfortunately for Cameron, though, his final qualifying session of 2013 was not without incident. The northern Californian--who lives just a few hours north of Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca-- tucked the front of his #6 R6 on the brakes going into turn three on the lap right after his fastest lap of the session. He lowsided the bike and injured his right knee and ankle in the tipover. “It was weird,” said Cameron as his sat quietly and iced down his leg. “As soon as I touched the brakes going into Turn 3, I lost the front. I didn’t even have any time to react. Before I knew it, I was on the ground. I’m not sure how I banged my knee, but I did tumble a lot going through the gravel. I wish we had footage to look at because I don’t really know how I hurt my knee and ankle. I definitely took a pretty good tumble, though.” When asked about his prognosis and plan for tomorrow’s race, Cameron said, “I may meet up with Dr. Bryan (his orthopedist) tonight to have the injuries evaluated. But, right now, my plan is to race tomorrow. That’s what I’m counting on.”

Garrett said, “I’m bummed for Cameron that he had a tipover and got hurt. Hopefully, he’ll be good to go for tomorrow. As for me, I qualified second yesterday, and I actually went faster today, but I’m starting third tomorrow. I’m disappointed, but I’m still on the outside of the front row, which isn’t a bad place to start. I’m hungry to get my first win of the season, so I’m looking forward to the race tomorrow morning.”

The final Daytona SportBike race of the 2013 season will go green early on Sunday morning at 9:30 AM PT from Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.

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:

Westby claims quality starting spot for season finale at Laguna Seca

MONTEREY, Calif. (Sept. 28) - Dane Westby nearly put his GEICO Motorcycle Honda on the front row of Sunday's GoPro Daytona SportBike race, but he's more than happy starting the GEICO Motorcycle AMA Pro Road Racing Series season finale at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca from the No. 4 position.

"We were real close," Westby said. "We would have been on a conventional front row in the last spot. We'll happily take it considering all the improvements we've been making. It's nice to see it all fall into place."

Westby's best lap was in one minute, 27.418 seconds and came after a late-session rear-tire change.

"The board showed P2 there for a while," Westby said. "I knew there was an extra second in that tire. I matched yesterday's qualifying time on a used tire, which showed we'd made some big leaps forward. I knew when we threw that new tire on there that there was definitely some time in it."

The ride was Westby's second-best qualifying effort of the season.

"The improvement on the new tire was about what I expected," Westby said. "It was nice to see some 1:27s on my gauges. I've got a predictive lap timer on the bike. I saw some 1:26s on there at one point. I wasn't able to string that lap together, but it's good to know a lap that good is in there."

Westby also has been impressed with the bike's performance over the long haul this weekend and expects to mix it up with the lead pack of riders on Sunday.

"I feel better about the race pace today than I did yesterday," Westby said. "Yesterday I clocked my best lap time following someone. Today I was able to improve and did it by myself. I was able to catch up to and pass some of my competition, which feels nice.

"I'll be on the inside of the second row, which is pretty good. I hope to get off to a good start and be up front right away. I don't plan to give an inch in that first corner tomorrow."

Sunday's race starts at 9:30 a.m. PDT from Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.

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


Team Hammer's GEICO Motorcycle AMA Pro Road Racing Series contenders made improvements on Saturday afternoon ahead of Sunday's AMA Pro Daytona SportBike and AMA Pro Superbike season finales at Laguna Seca.

GEICO Motorcycle Road Racing's Dane Westby made a significant leap forward with his Daytona SportBike machine overnight, slashing more than a half-second off his Friday best in Saturday's QP2. The Oklahoman improved from seventh to earn the fourth slot on the grid as a result of his stirring 1:27.418 lap.

M4 Hotbodies Racing's Benny Solis and MPH Racing's Melissa Paris also lowered their times on Saturday. Solis will start from 16thon the grid after lapping at 1:29.097 on Saturday while Paris qualified 28th at 1:32.033 on her Team Hammer Contract Services-prepared Honda CBR600RR.

Meanwhile, M4 Broaster Chicken Racing's Chris Ulrich came back after Friday's big crash to improve his qualifying time aboard his CBR1000RR Superbike. The Californian stopped the clocks at 1:27.725 -- fractionally quicker than his QP1 1:27.744 -- to retain his 12th place starting position for Sunday's 23-lap AMA Superbike contest.

Commenting on his physical condition and qualifying effort just one day removed from the violent crash, Ulrich said, "I'm not feeling as bad as I expected to feel today, but I'm not feeling great. I've got some problems with my left hand and left wrist and my elbow and hip.

"We did improve a little today. Some of that improvement came from a change in engine braking setting and some of that just came with riding the bike some more. We've still got a lot of room to improve and I'm going to look over some data tonight and see what we can do. The gap to the next guy ahead of me is quite big, which is a bit baffling to me. It is what it is -- we messed up the best engine that we had in the crash yesterday and that's not doing us any favors."

Looking ahead to tomorrow's race and beyond, Ulrich said, "The good thing is we've got the morning warm-up and a 23-lap race tomorrow. After that we get to rest, recover, regroup, and lay out the plan to get the bike developed to a higher spec and become more competitive. This isn't where we should be and this isn't where I'm used to being. It's been disappointing because I know we're all better than this."

On Sunday Team Hammer will conclude the 2013 GEICO Motorcycle AMA Pro Road Racing season with the Superbike and Sportbike finales.

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 59 AMA Pro National race wins; 135 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.
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