Aug 25, 2011
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THORNBURY, ON Thornbury, Ont.'s Ben Young will be looking to move into the top 10 in the point standings as the AMA Pro Motorcycle-Superstore.com SuperSport Series East wraps up at New Jersey Motorsports Park in Milville, N.J. September 2-4.
The 18-year-old Fogi Racing Development Team rider comes into the finale 12th in the rankings but just 10 points out of 10th spot. His best results of the year have been a pair of 10th place finishes, one at Barber Motorsports Park and the other in the previous event at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.
On both occasions he made spectacular charges from back in the pack on his Yamaha YZF-R6. A mechanical failure at Barber robbed him of another potential top 10 finish. Young is a rookie on the AMA Pro scene and this is his first year racing a 600cc SuperSport bike, making his performances so far especially impressive.
"I think we've shown what we're capable of when everything comes together," Young said. "Unfortunately we've had a number of technical challenges and of course everything is new to us this year with the series. But I think we've accumulated enough experience now that we can wrap up the season with a couple of good performances."
He does have the benefit of prior racing experience on the 12-turn, 2.2-mile New Jersey Motorsport Park circuit, having raced in USGPRU 250GP action there aboard a Yamaha TZ250.
"It will be nice to get to a track where I've raced before and don't have to spend time learning my way around," Young pointed out. "Hopefully my past experience at New Jersey will mean I'm a little more competitive off the bat. At every venue we've been to this year my lap times have dropped as I've gained track time, so going to a place I've raced before should be a big help for me."
Young will get two opportunities to race for points in New Jersey, with rounds for the SuperSport class on Saturday, Sept. 3 and Sunday, Sept. 4.
Young and the Fogi Racing Development Team are very appreciative of the sponsorship they've received through the 2011 racing season.
"It's tough to make a go of it in this sport nowadays unless you have some very dedicated people behind you," Young said. "I can't say enough about the support we've received from Lean Angle, Motul, Arai, EBC Brakes, K&N, TechSpec Gripsters, MICS (Medical Information Carrier System), Turn2 Sportbike School, Arlen Ness, Vortex, Goodridge, AirTrix Paint Store, BCL Motorsports, Renthal, Infinet Designs, GP Tech, The Awning Company, Scot-Build Developments and Armour Bodies. It was great to have them on board this season and we look forward to using their latest products in 2012."