Oct 5, 2012
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Triumph Big Kahuna New Orleans/GEICO Motorcycle AMA Pro Road Racing
AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike
NOLA Motorsports Park
October 5, 2012
Provisional Qualifying Session One Results (all on Dunlop tires):
1. Cameron Beaubier (Yam YZF-R6), 1:42.958
2. Bobby Fong (Yam YZF-R6), 1:43.083
3. Jake Gagne (Yam YZF-R6), 1:43.190
4. Martin Cardenas (Suz GSX-R600), 1:44.067
5. Tommy Aquino (Yam YZF-R6), 1:44.159
6. JD Beach (Yam YZF-R6), 1:44.228
7. Dane Westby (Suz GSX-R600), 1:44.255
8. Jake Zemke (Duc 848EVO), 1:44.458
9. Michael Beck (Yam YZF-R6), 1:44.601
10. Jason DiSalvo (Tri Daytona 675R), 1:44.610
11. Austin Dehaven (Yam YZF-R6), 1:45.053
12. Cory West (Suz GSX-R600), 1:45.103
13. David Gaviria (Yam YZF-R6), 1:45.240
14. Joey Pascarella (Suz GSX-R600), 1:45.472
15. Tommy Hayden (Yam YZF-R6), 1:45.545
16. Benny Solis (Yam YZF-R6), 1:45.718
17. Josh Galster (Yam YZF-R6), 1:45.794
18. Kenny Riedmann (Tri Daytona 675R), 1:46.308
19. Shane Narbonne (Yam YZF-R6), 1:46.364
20. Kris Turner (Tri Daytona 675R), 1:46.785
21. Derek Wagnon (Duc 848EVO), 1:46.819
22. Ben Young (Yam YZF-R6), 1:46.929
23. Bryce Prince (Yam YZF-R6), 1:46.996
24. Huntley Nash (Yam YZF-R6), 1:47.400
25. Fernando Amantini (Kaw ZX-6R), 1:47.454
26. Nicollas Ferreira (Yam YZF-R6), 1:47.643
27. Chris Peris (Yam YZF-R6), 1:47.995
28. Danny Kelsey (Yam YZF-R6), 1:48.347
29. Scott Ryan (Yam YZF-R6), 1:48.717
30. Michael Barnes (Yam YZF-R6), 1:49.022
31. Melissa Paris (Suz GSX-R600), 1:49.461
32. Jeff Wrobel (Yam YZF-R6), 1:49.990
33. Garrett Willis (Yam YZF-R6), no time recorded
34. Walt Sipp (Bue 1125R), no time recorded
More, from a press release issued by LTD Racing:
LEARNING DAY FOR NASH IN NEW ORLEANS
New Orleans, LA (October 5, 2012) LTD Racing's Huntley Nash worked on improving his lap times at the opening day of practice and qualifying at Nola Motorsports Park. The promising 20 year-old had never ridden at the new circuit before and concentrated on
familiarizing himself with the track's layout after not attending the test at the circuit earlier this year.
Nash, a SuperSport race winner learning the ropes in the ultra-competitive DSB class, trimmed his morning lap time of 1:49.560 to 1:47.400, even though he ran out of time in his bid to further improve after a tire change at the end of the session.
"It was a tough day coming here for the first time and trying to put the track together," said Nash. "I certainly would have liked to have posted better times, but we'll work on it and improve. I got one lap on the new tire at the end and would have liked to have gotten some more but we ran out of time."
Nash will race the first of two 18-lap contests tomorrow at 2 PM local time.
More, from a press release issued by Team Hammer:
SECOND ROW START FOR WESTBY IN NEW ORLEANS
Dane Westby's quest to secure second position in the AMA Pro Daytona SportBike Championship at the 2012 season finale at NOLA Motorsports Park got off to a solid start on Friday.
Westby, who enters the first AMA Pro race at the new track with a 22-point advantage over third with only the weekend's doubleheader remaining, was seventh fastest in provisional qualifying on Friday with a best time of 1:44.255.
The Oklahoman currently boasts nine podium results this season, including a spectacular victory at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. Another consistent, front-running weekend would allow Westby to complete his outstanding campaign as the season's SportBike championship runner-up.
Meanwhile, Team Venezuela's Robertino Pietri led the way for the squad in AMA Pro Superbike. Pietri and M4 Suzuki's Chris Ulrich come into New Orleans riding the momentum of their best outing of the season scored last time out at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Pietri, who finished sixth in the most recent race, was seventh quickest and on the provisional second row on Friday with a fast time of 1:41.806.
Ulrich, who notched up a sixth and an eighth in Miami, encountered his fair share of drama on the opening day of AMA Pro competition at NOLA Motorsports Park. Ulrich suffered a huge crash in the free practice, which saw his bike ripped in two with the front forks completely separated from the rest of the bike. The Californian escaped unscathed and came back to log the 13th best qualifying time at 1:43.565.
"I'm a little sore, but luckily nothing is too messed up. It was a big crash -- based on the data from my other bike, you're going about 100 mph right there," said Ulrich. "I had just done my fastest lap of the session and was on a good lap again. I turned it into Turn 10 and then the front pushed and I was on my head. It happened really fast and it did a lot of damage to the bike. The bike flipped and barrel rolled after it hit the soft dirt. The crash broke the actual fork tubes and ripped some other parts off. The crew will rebuild it tonight and we'll see if it's bent.
"A pretty good escape considering. I came back and went faster in qualifying but I was making a few mistakes. I've got some room to improve. No doubt, you have a 100-mph crash and it takes the wind out of your sails a little bit, but we still improved the next session. We looked at the data tonight and I know where I'm leaving time on the table and we'll try to improve that tomorrow."
Suzuki SportBikeTrackTime.com's Elena Myers finished the day in the top 10 in SuperSport qualifying. Myers, who is currently third in the SuperSport West Region points race, was ninth at 1:46.716.
Team Hammer's riders will come back Saturday at NOLA Motorsports Park to claim their final grid positions and compete in the penultimate races of their respective classes.
In 2012, Team Hammer, Inc. is competing in its 32nd consecutive racing season and marks its sixth year of offering technical and logistical support through its Contract Services Department. Riders on Team Hammer-prepared racebikes have earned 54 AMA Pro National race wins; 129 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.