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Jul 10, 2013

Previews Of This Coming Weekend's AMA Pro Daytona SportBike Races At Mid-Ohio (Updated)

GEICO Motorcycle AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike: Cameron Beaubier (6). Photo by Brian J. Nelson/AMA Pro Racing.
AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike Takes the Battle to Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course for GEICO Motorcycle AMA Pro Road Racing Round 4

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (July 10, 2013) - So far, 2013 has been a breakout season for Cameron Beaubier and this weekend's AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike doubleheader at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course will be another chance for his stock to rise even further - or perhaps his rivals will manage to beat the Californian at the twisty, 2.4-mile circuit that has been a mainstay on the GEICO Motorcycle AMA Pro Road Racing tour for decades. The Buckeye SuperBike Weekend presented by Dunlop Tire is scheduled to take place at Mid-Ohio this weekend, July 12-14, 2013 as round 4 on the 2013 GEICO Motorcycle AMA Pro Road Racing calendar.

Beaubier (No. 6 Yamaha Extended Service/Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha YZF-R6) has won four of the five GoPro Daytona SportBike races in 2013 and finished second in the other one, proving to be the class of the field so far as the season approaches the midpoint. After winning seven races last year, Beaubier looks to eclipse that mark and take on the all-time GoPro Daytona SportBike records.

Currently, Beaubier is tied for third with Danny Eslick at 12 GoPro Daytona SportBike wins and can claim sole ownership with one Mid-Ohio victory. Second all-time is Josh Herrin at 14 wins and with a perfect run Beaubier could catch him at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, the race following Mid-Ohio.

Martin Cardenas holds the all-time win record for the class at 24. That mark is mathematically impossible for Beaubier to reach this season, but the Yamaha pilot looks to make serious inroads in 2013.

Jake Gagne (No. 32 RoadRace Factory Yamaha YZF-R6) is also having a great year. Gagne is second in the points, has earned top-five finishes in every race highlighted by a victory at Road America and three second-place results. Gagne has established himself as a fantastic young pilot and has given Beaubier a strong challenge more times than his friendly rival would like.

Gagne's teammate JD Beach (No. 95 RoadRace Factory Yamaha YZF-R6) is also having a fine year, currently sitting third in the standings. Beach has been in the top five in each race in 2013 and has been very consistent so far. The rising star has taken a step forward in 2013 and shown he can put it all together to be a force in the races each time out. What he's looking to do now is to find a little more outright speed and push for that first class victory.

Trailing Beach by just two points is another strong young racer, Garrett Gerloff (No. 8 Yamaha Extended Service/Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha YZF-R6). After missing virtually all of his rookie 2012 season due to injury, Gerloff has come back strong in 2013. In most races, he has seen himself in vicious fights for position on the track and gained invaluable experience with some of the best riders in the class.

GoPro Daytona SportBike rookie James Rispoli (No. 43 National Guard/Celtic Racing Suzuki GSX-R600) has fared well in 2013, too, surprising some observers by quickly getting up to speed after the two-time AMA Pro Motorcycle-Superstore.com SuperSport champ graduated to the Daytona SportBike division this year. Rispoli broke a string of seventh-place finishes with his best-yet result of sixth in race two at Barber Motorsports Park, but perhaps just as importantly he has been able to run near the front in stretches like he did at Road America.

Not content to let Rispoli ease away as top class rookie, Jake Lewis (No. 85 Meen Motorsports Racing Yamaha YZF-R6) has also impressed. The Kentuckian's fortunes have been much less consistent, but he earned the podium at Road America and has shown that a change in class hasn't left him looking for answers. Lewis is certainly capable of a return trip to the podium this weekend in Ohio.

After an injury forced him to miss the season-opening DAYTONA 200, Dane Westby (No. 5 GEICO Motorcycle Road Racing Honda CBR600RR) has taken a couple of rounds finding his form again. Westby is racing a new brand of motorcycle this year but there's no better place than Mid-Ohio for the Oklahoman to rise to the top again. "The Wolverine" has won at Mid-Ohio in one race during each of the last two seasons. In 2011, he staged a shocking win with a charge from deep in the field. Last year, he outduelled Martin Cardenas for another sweet win.

Another veteran on the rise is Jason DiSalvo. DiSalvo (No. 40 Latus Motors Racing Triumph Daytona 675) earned a fine third at his home race at Barber on Saturday after his team made gains in testing between races. Mid-Ohio is another circuit that might favor the Triumph, so it would not be a surprise to see the New Yorker up front again this weekend.

DiSalvo has 14 career AMA Pro wins and one at Mid-Ohio - a Superstock win in 2004 earned at the end of a tough race.

The current battle for ninth in the points involves Ben Young (No. 86 Ben Young Racing Yamaha YZF-R6) and Bobby Fong (No. 50 D&D Cycles/Castrol/Triumph Daytona 675). Young has been consistent throughout the year, while Fong earned a podium result at Daytona but has had issues in other races.

Elena Myers (No. 21 Castrol/Triumph/Apex Manufacturing Triumph Daytona 675) missed the Barber races with an injury but expects to be back in action at Mid-Ohio.

Another subplot involves manufacturer's win totals. Currently, Suzuki holds the mark with 32 GoPro Daytona SportBike wins, but Yamaha trails by only one and has momentum with Beaubier and Gagne taking the 2013 wins.

TV Broadcast Schedule
This weekend's GEICO Motorcycle AMA Pro Road Racing action will be broadcast on CBS Sports Network as part of the CBS Sports Spectacular. The coverage will begin Saturday, July 13 at 1:30 p.m. ET/ 10:30 a.m. PT with the weekend Preview Show, followed by AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike Race 1 at 2:00 p.m. ET/ 11:00 a.m PT and then LIVE coverage of AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike Race 1 at 3:00 p.m. ET/ 12:00 noon PT. Televised coverage of the event will pick back up on Sunday, July 14 at 2:00 p.m. ET/ 11:00 a.m. PT with GoPro Daytona SportBike Race 2 and will conclude with a LIVE broadcast of National Guard SuperBike Race 2 at 3:00 p.m. ET/ 12:00 noon PT. Fans can find CBS Sports Network on their TV by using the channel finder at www.cbssportsnetwork.com/channel-finder

Live Streaming Schedule
In addition to the live broadcasts on CBS Sports Network, AMA Pro Live will be live streaming multiple channels of behind-the-scenes video of the weekend's activities alongside Live Timing & Scoring. AMA Pro Live puts fans in the director's chair, allowing them to choose from a variety of viewpoints including track cameras, paddock cameras and a press conference channel. Streaming will begin with coverage of the weekend's practice and qualifying sessions on Friday, July 12 at 11:00 a.m. ET/8:00 a.m. PT at www.amaprolive.com. High Definition streaming of National Guard SuperBike Final Qualifying will begin on Saturday, July 13 at 9:40 a.m. ET/6:40 a.m. PT.

Social Media Channels
All weekend long, stay connected with GEICO Motorcycle AMA Pro Road Racing on social media at twitter.com/AMAProSBK and www.facebook.com/AMAProRoadRacing

Tickets
Tickets for this weekend's Buckeye SuperBike Weekend presented by Dunlop Tire start at just $30 and are available for purchase on the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course website at www.midohio.com/Schedule/Buckeye-Superbike-Weekend-2013

About GEICO Motorcycle AMA Pro Road Racing:

GEICO Motorcycle AMA Pro Road Racing is the premier motorcycle road racing series in North America and is universally regarded as one of the most competitive road racing organizations in the world. The 2013 schedule consists of nine rounds of competition on the country's finest road courses. The Series is comprised of four production-based classes: AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike, AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike, AMA Pro Motorcycle-Superstore.com SuperSport and the AMA Pro Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson Series. Learn more about GEICO Motorcycle AMA Pro Road Racing at www.amaproracing.com/rr/

AMA Pro Racing is the premier professional motorcycle racing organization in North America, operating a full schedule of events and championships for a variety of motorcycle disciplines. Learn more about AMA Pro Racing at www.amaproracing.com




More, from a press release issued by Ben Young Racing:

Young Ready to Make A Splash at Mid-Ohio

Thornbury, ON – July 10, 2013 – Canadian AMA Pro GoPro Daytona Sportbike racer Ben Young will be looking to ‘Make a Splash’ at this weekend's Buckeye SuperBike Weekend presented by Dunlop Tire at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course as he will be supporting a Southwestern Ontario based non-profit organization looking to build a free-to-use special needs accessible Splash Pad in their community.

Although Young‘s last two races at Barber Motorsports Park were just shy of the top ten he had his sights on, he maintained his 9th place overall in the championship points standings. Young is fully recovered from a hairline fracture in his left foot that he experienced earlier in the season and is ready to make some waves once again.

This coming weekend the charming Canadian with the Scottish brogue will be lending his support to a non-profit organization called “Bring A Splash Pad to Wilmot” who is a finalist in the Kraft Celebration Tour. The Kraft Celebration Tour pairs communities across Canada in head-to-head match-ups. The community with the most votes will receive a $25,000 Community Award, a celebratory BBQ hosted by Kraft and an exciting on-site broadcast from Canadian sports channel TSN.

Young supported this project last month by donating a signed pair of racing boots for their Silent Auction that was held during the recent New Hamburg Full Throttle Motorcycle Charity ride in support of the Splash Pad initiative.

Young will be sporting decals on the sides of his Yamaha R6’s Canadian-made DUA Motorsports bodywork encouraging his fans across Canada, the US and the UK to VOTE for Wilmot Splash Pad on July 18th 2013 at www.kraftcelebrationtour.ca. Unlimited voting starts at noon (EST) and runs though to July 19th at noon (EST).

“I’m happy to support projects like Bring A Splash Pad to Wilmot especially when it’s for kids. With obesity rates on the rise across America and Canada a free-to-use special needs accessible facility like this can encourage physical activity early in their life.” said Young.

The 2013 GEICO Motorcycle AMA Pro Road Racing season continues this weekend - July 12-14 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio for the Buckeye Superbike Weekend presented by Dunlop Tire. Tickets start at $60. General parking is free and children 12 and under are also admitted free. Visit midohio.com anytime or call 800-MID-OHIO (643-6446) Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. to order tickets or for more information.

This season's GEICO Motorcycle AMA Pro Road Racing action is being broadcast on CBS Sports Network across the U.S. and Canada as part of the CBS Sports Spectacular.

Ben Young and the BYR team would like to thank; Tim Hortons – Sudbury, Scotbuild Developments, Fogi Racing Development, Arai Helmets, AXO, GP Tech LLC, Hindle Exhaust Systems, DUA Motorsports Bodywork, KICK Energy Drink, K&N Filters, Performance Cycleworx , Thornbury Home Hardware, BCL Motorsports Pit Kit, Vortex Racing, Motul Oils, Bickle Racing Tire Warmers, GB Racing and The North American International Motorcycle SUPERSHOW, Jerry Daggett, the fans and family.

To keep up-to-date on Ben Young throughout the year visit; www.fogi.us, www.facebook.com/BenYoungRacing and on Twitter @bcyoung86.




More, from a press release issued by GEICO Motorcycle Road Racing Team:

Westby hopes to recapture winning form this weekend at Mid-Ohio

LEXINGTON, Ohio (July 10) - If GEICO Motorcycle Honda's Dane Westby can repeat his 2012 results at this year's Buckeye SuperBike Weekend presented by Dunlop Tires, he'll be a happy man.

Westby finished first and second in the pair of GoPro Daytona SportBike races at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course a year ago, and he said he's feeling like he can be a contender again at this year's Ohio stop in the GEICO Motorcycle AMA Pro Road Racing Series.

"It's a special place for me because of the wins," Westby said. "This track may not have been our best friend in the past but when you get some good finishes like we did last year, it changes your mind."

Westby said Mid-Ohio tests a rider's ability to maintain his rhythm rather than challenging how well they can get on and off the brakes.

"I don't like the tracks that have a lot of stop-and-go," he said. "I like a track that flows and I feel like that's more of what a real racetrack is. This track is kind of old-school, which I guess makes me old-school."

He added that his powerful Honda should flourish on the 2.4-mile, 15-turn layout.

"With the way we are using the powerband on this bike, it really performs better on a track that flows," Westby said. "I think we're going to have something for the competition."

Westby said he knows there are going to places where he's not a quick as other bikes, but he added that's he's been creative in the past when it comes to finding the quick line around the course.

"We might have a little disadvantage on the back straight in Ohio," Westby said. "But I know I'll be able to strike back in the corners. I've come up with some interesting passes on this track in the past, going around guys in spots they might not expect.

"I'll have no problems trying that again this weekend."

Since missing the opening event of the season with an injury, Westby has climbed into seventh in the Daytona SportBike standings and is only one point out of sixth place.

"I think there's going to be some good racing," Westby said. "The track changes a lot from practice to race time in the afternoon. You really can't exploit the track until later in the day."

Practice for the Buckeye SuperBike Weekend gets under way at 11 a.m. EDT Friday. The first Daytona SportBike qualifying session is at 2 p.m.. On Saturday, the second qualifying session rolls off at 8:50 a.m. with the first race at 1 p.m. The second race of the weekend starts at 1 p.m. CBS Sports Network will broadcast the races starting at 1:30 p.m. EDT Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday.