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Jul 11, 2014

Lewis On Provisional AMA Pro Daytona SportBike Pole Position At Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca

Jake Lewis (85). Photo by Brian J. Nelson/AMA Pro Racing.

AMA Pro Road Racing

GoPro Daytona SportBike

Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca

Monterey, California

July 11, 2014

Provisional Qualifying Session One Results (all on Dunlop tires):

1. Jake Lewis (Yam YZF-R6), 1:27.452

2. Jason DiSalvo (Tri Daytona 675R), 1:27.458

3. Garrett Gerloff (Yam YZF-R6), 1:27.603

4. Danny Eslick (Tri Daytona 675R), 1:27.610

5. Jake Gagne (Yam YZF-R6), 1:27.765

6. JD Beach (Yam YZF-R6), 1:27.846

7. Dane Westby (Yam YZF-R6), 1:28.302

8. Jake Zemke (Hon CBR600RR), 1:28.319

9. Tomas Puerta (Yam YZF-R6), 1:28.578

10. Bobby Fong (Tri Daytona 675R), 1:28.770

11. Blake Young (Yam YZF-R6), 1:28.950

12. Benny Solis (Yam YZF-R6), 1:29.119

13. Bryce Prince (Yam YZF-R6), 1:29.151

14. Steve Rapp (Tri Daytona 675R), 1:29.532

15. Joe Roberts (Hon CBR600RR), 1:29.555

16. Elena Myers (Tri Daytona 675R), 1:29.718

17. Chad Lewin (Yam YZF-R6), 1:29.927

18. Kyle Wyman (Yam YZF-R6), 1:30.172

19. Tucker Lancaster (Yam YZF-R6), 1:30.367

20. Erick Sanchez (Yam YZF-R6), 1:30.683

21. Kaleb De Keyrel (Yam YZF-R6), 1:30.736

22. Jason Aguilar (Yam YZF-R6), 1:30.787

23. Ryan Matter (Yam YZF-R6), 1:31.253

24. Andre Ochs (Yam YZF-R6), 1:31.277

25. Michael Barnes (MV Agusta F3 675), 1:31.749

26. Miles Thornton (Tri Daytona 675R), 1:31.772

27. Stefano Mesa (Yam YZF-R6), 1:31.976

28. Sahar Zvik (Kaw ZX-6R), 1:32.776

29. Michael Gilbert (Yam YZF-R6), 1:32.819

30. Sean Dwyer (Yam YZF-R6), 1:33.879

31. Melissa Paris (Tri Daytona 675R), 1:34.056

32. Roi Holster (Yam YZF-R6), 1:34.094

33. Garrett Willis (Kaw ZX-6R), 1:34.309

34. Peter Kemling (Kaw ZX-6R), 1:34.400

35. Thomas G. Montano (Hon CBR600RR), 1:34.675

36. Michael Pond (Yam YZF-R6), 1:35.341

More, from a press release issued by Yamalube/Westby Racing:


Monterey, CA (July 11, 2014) – Yamalube/Westby Racing’s Dane Westby got back on track Friday at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. After winning the last two AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike races, “The Wolverine” had a low-key day as he lapped in preparation for the single AMA Pro DSB race this weekend. Dane was seventh quickest with more qualifying to go on Saturday.

His best timed lap was 1:28.302. “The track is good. You’ve got to pet the dragon the right way or it can bite you any second. It pays to be smart about everything. There are some tricky cambers, and the weather and the breezes off the ocean can be tough.”

Westby also said he was looking forward to the spilt qualifying on Saturday when fewer bikes would be on the track. “Everyone wants to run Laguna, and there are a lot of entries. There were a lot of guys out there. I was getting a little frustrated when I’d have a good lap and then get caught behind someone in the last corner, but that is how it goes,” he said.

Dane will take to the track once on Saturday with final qualifying beginning at 10:40 local time.

More, from a press release issued by Team Hammer:


Team Hammer and Joe Roberts opened the AMA Pro Daytona SportBike weekend in a positive fashion today at Laguna Seca while performing alongside the world's best production racers.

M4 Racing's Roberts came to the combined AMA Pro/World Superbike event in Monterey, California looking to put a disappointing round at Barber Motorsports Park behind him. He's off to a solid start in that aim, immediately showcasing a pace similar to the one he used to score a dramatic final-lap victory at the circuit in last year's AMA SuperSport contest.

The 17-year-old DSB rookie was 20th out of 36 riders in the morning's free session and then slashed his time by nearly three seconds (1:29.555 vs. 1:32.259) to gain five positions during provisional qualifying.

"It's gone a little better," Roberts said. "I did pretty much the same time as I did last year so that's encouraging. I'm starting to find my comfort with this bike a little more. I'm having some fun. I feel like for tomorrow's session there are a couple places where I know I can improve, so I'm sure I can be a little further up tomorrow.

"Barber was pretty much a disaster, but I've put that behind me. I love this track a lot and I'm confident due to the results I had here last year. Having raced here before I'm familiar with the lines I need to run and I have an idea what I want the bike to do here. I'm looking forward to seeing how this weekend plays out."

On Saturday Roberts will secure his grid position for Sunday' s 20-lap Daytona SportBike contest.

About Team Hammer: In 2014, Team Hammer, Inc. is competing in its 34th consecutive racing season, and is marking its eighth 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.