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Sep 12, 2012

The Final Round Of Press Releases From Last Weekend's Various Races

Jake Lewis on the podium at New Jersey Motorsports Park.

Jake Lewis displayed his fortitude by rebounding in Sundays Race 2 in the AMA Pro SuperSport class finishing on the podium in 3rd place during the American Red Cross Devils Showdown presented by Team Pro-Motion at New Jersey Motorsports Park in Millville NJ. Jake now lies in 2nd place in the 2012 AMA Pro SuperSport East championship, 20 points out of the lead.

In the AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike class Cory West came back from being taken out yesterday in Race 1, riding injured and putting in a determined ride to secure a 6th place finish. Joey Pascarella also improved from the day before bringing home a 13th place finish. Cory and Joey remain in 9th and 10th in the 2012 AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike championship.

In the National Guard Superbike Race 2 Taylor Knapp finished in 7th place on his Riders Discount K&L Supply Suzuki and Tim Bemisderfer got 15th place on his Vesrah Suzuki GSX-R1000 after running off of the track earlier in the race.

Jake Lewis Riders Discount Vesrah Suzuki #85
"What a huge day for the team and I! After a really difficult weekend and my worst race of the year yesterday we ended up with a podium today. The crew went back to the basics and made some huge changes to the bike, which made it more comfortable for me to ride. Even though we lost our points lead it was good to be back on the box. I can't thank the whole Riders Discount Vesrah Suzuki team enough for all their hard work and I'm already looking forward to the next round."

Breeann Poland Team Manager Riders Discount Vesrah Suzuki
"Jake being able to persevere and bring home a podium finish to keep his SuperSport East championship hopes alive today was awesome. Cory showed his determination by riding through the obvious pain he was in and finishing in 6th in Daytona SportBike. I have to thank the entire team for all of their hard work this weekend and hopefully we can carry this momentum on to the Big Kahuna Miami."

Cory West Riders Discount Vesrah Suzuki #57
"Today was a very tough day after yesterday's get off. I pushed as hard as I could to stay with the riders ahead of me and I managed to actually catch and pass them. The last lap was hectic but it was nice to come out on top of my battle for sixth. I'm glad to have scored some valuable points and now it's time to heal up so I can be fully fit for Homestead. Big thanks to the Riders Discount Vesrah Suzuki crew for their hard work and special thanks to Cortech, Shoei, Held, and Sidi for protecting me in my triple digit crash."

Joey Pascarella Riders Discount Vesrah Suzuki #52
"This weekend was a rough weekend for me. I just could not come to grips with the track and the bike. I am looking forward to having a better weekend at Miami."

Taylor Knapp Riders Discount K&L Supply #44
"The weekend at NJMP went well for me. I ended the weekend with 4th and 7th place finishes. We got off to a slow start on Sunday with a small low-side crash in morning warm up but luckily the bike wasn't that bad and my mechanic Thom got it back together in no time. Still two really solid finishes in a pretty tough crowd so I'm very happy and all I can do is keep pushing as hard as I can with what I have, try and minimize my mistakes and then learn two new tracks to finish the year off strong."

Riders Discount Vesrah Suzuki would like to thank their sponsors for the 2012 season: Vesrah, Riders Discount, MCJ Motorsports, American Suzuki, Nielsen Enterprises Suzuki, Parts Unlimited, Penske Racing Shocks, Traxxion Dynamics Fork Components, Yoshimura, Catalyst Racing Composites, Shoei, Cortech, Sidi, Held, Motion Pro, Sudco Int., Bazzaz, Factory Pro, Maxima Racing Oils, Spiegler Brake Lines, Adjustable-levers, Vicci, Vortex, DID Chain, Zero Gravity, GPR Stabilizers, Trek Bicycles, Suzuka Tire Warmers, K&N Filters, Full Spectrum Batteries, Oakley (Jake), Roclun (Jake), Progressive Trail Design (Cory), Jon Block Group (Joey), 509 sunglasses (Cory and team), Andrew Swenson Designs and Drippinwet.

More, from a press release issued by Dainese:

Following a month hiatus since the AMA hosted Moto GP at Laguna Seca including an incredible win by Dainese & AGV's James Rispoli, racing resumed this past weekend in New Jersey to kick off the final three rounds of the AMA Roadracing series with the American Red Cross Devils Showdown.

Millville, NJ- Qualifying strongly and starting SuperSport Race 1 from second position, James "The Rocket" Rispoli made quick work of his front row advantage and immediately locked into a race-long battle for the win with Factory Triumph Latus Motors Racing's Dustin Dominguez. The pair swapped positions dramatically throughout the race, unaware that Dominguez had received a 20-second penalty for passing Rispoli under a yellow flag. The heated battle raged on to the finish line with Rispoli earning the win. Using the month break to train riding supermoto, Dainese & Roadrace Factory's Thomas Puerta took home 2nd place after a great battle with SuzukiScoopFans M4 Suzuki's Elena Myers.

Race 2 again saw Rispoli go head to head with Dominguez for the lead position. Hampered by multiple red flags which ultimately determined the outcome of the race, the two riders put on a thrilling show until the race was stopped at 19 laps due to a crash. The Rocket was awarded 2nd place, while fellow Dainese rider Thomas Puerta earned 7th while caught up in traffic.

SuperBike Race 1 got off to a shaky start when the starting lights faulted. This didn't stop Dainese & AGV's Steve Rapp from getting a great start after qualifying strongly. Unfortunately, he crashed out of 2nd position after just two laps, opening the door for Dainese & Yoshimura Suzuki's Blake Young to roll through. Fighting from deep in the field Dainese & Jordan Suzuki's Ben Bostrom clawed his way up to 3rd position before battle ensued with Young. Both riders spent the month break working on their fitness, and it showed as the riders pushed hard for second place. Ultimately it was Ben Bostrom who crossed the finish line in 2nd place, with Blake Young only a bike-length behind in 3rd. Struggling to find a set-up that worked for him, Dainese & Graves Yamaha's Josh Herrin brought home a solid 5th place finish.

The action in race 2 did not disappoint as a great start by Ben Bostrom dissolved when Josh Herrin put on a hard pass that ran him off track and put him at the back of the field. Herrin took the advantage and ran a lonely race for a 2nd place finish. Bostrom spent the race picking off riders until he was within sight of the podium, crossing the paint in an impressive 5th place. Blake Young hung in the top 5 all race, highlighted by a battle with Dainese & Hero EBR's Geoff May. The riders made contact entering turn 1 and causing May to go down at over 150mph. Young finished the race in 4th, and May sustained no injures as his Dainese Team Suit took the full brunt of the crash.