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Jul 29, 2013

Lancaster, Toye Win Multiple WERA National Races At Miller Motorsports Park

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Toye and Lancaster dominate WERA National Doubleheader at Miller.

July 28, 2013. Tooele Utah – Californian racers Jeremy Toye and Tucker Lancaster took a rout of victories this past weekend at the WERA National doubleheader running on the Miller Motorsports Park perimeter configuration.

Throughout the weekend Toye firmly stamped his authority on the circuit in securing four victories in the Formula One and A Superbike classes. Getting consistent holeshots into Miller's fast Sunset Bend and with lap times dipping into the low 1:53’s no one could come close to threatening his wins as he gapped the remainder of the field with sizeable margins.

Toye, riding his Lee’s Cycle Service prepared Kawasaki ZX-10R backed by and Pirelli, credited his machine with the victories. “Coming here on the Kawasaki for the second time - things have changed since last year," said Toye. "In 2012 we struggled quite a bit as the machine was brand new to us. I felt that I rode pretty well, but we just couldn’t make it happen. We came here this year with a brand new chassis set up and a new motor, and my first practice times were faster than last year’s race laps. I’m so happy with the bike this weekend.”

In the Middleweight classes, 16-year-old Tucker Lancaster from Lincoln, CA rode a series of commanding races in C Superstock, C Superbike and B Superbike classes aboard his EDR Performance prepared Yamaha YZF-R6. On Saturday his anticipated four-win day was spoiled in the form of a hard-charging Jimmy Merck on his Suzuki GSX-R750 taking a last-lap victory over Lancaster in the B Superstock event.

Reflecting on his weekends victories, Tucker said, “I’m really happy with the results this weekend – all my races went really good. I got some good starts and built a good comfort zone of the rest of the field.”

Tucker went on to thank his sponsors: Pirelli Tires, Pacific Track Time, EDR Performance, Jason Pridmore Star School, Cortech, Shoei, Regina Chain and Motorex Oils, “I couldn’t do it without these guys support and want to thank them all very much.”

Sunday’s action saw some intermittent rain showers which hampered some of the earlier races and led to a compressed schedule for the remaining events. A torrential downpour cut the first race of the day one lap short (Open A Superstock) and had riders making some frenzied last minute tire changes only to be rewarded with the storm passing as quickly as it had come.

Following the brief interlude, it was the competitors of the Senior Superbike class who took to the damp (but drying) track and UtahSBA regular Mike Bradshaw rode a strategic race to take the win on his BMW S1000R. “I drew on my old motocross experience for that one” he laughed after the race “all I could do is look for dry patches and use these to brake and turn. I was on slicks, but by the end of the race a dry line was appearing pretty much all the way round the track.”

It was in the lightweight classes that fans were treated to some tightly fought racing. Thirteen year old Palmer Kling from Martinez, GA secured five victories over the weekend in the Formula 2, Formula 3 and Lightweight Twins classes.

Unfortunately his Moriwaki MD250 expired on the last lap of the Kenny Anderson Formula 3 race while engaged in a thrilling battle with another Moriwaki ridden by local rider Brian Childree. Childree said after the race; “That race was a lot of fun – we had issues with the front end yesterday [Saturday] and got that sorted out today so my lap times dropped a bit. That kid [Kling] is fast and it’s a shame his race ended when it did – we were battling it out pretty good and had a lot of passing going on every lap.”

This weekend was a combined round of the Pirelli/WERA West Sportsman Series Presented by Lucas Oil and the Michelin/WERA National Challenge series. WERA Motorcycle Roadracing, Inc. is one of the oldest and largest national sanctioning bodies conducting motorcycle races at road courses across the United States.
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