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Aug 25, 2011

Canadian Ben Young Looking To Crack Top 10 During AMA Pro SuperSport Season Finale At NJMP

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."