Team 95 (Hayden Gillim) and Red Bull RoadRace Factory (JD Beach) Barber Recap
NEWS June 25, 2013
Photo by Brian J Nelson
Courtesy of Team 95:
June 25, 2013 - Racing was once again underway at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, AL after a short break from the last event at Road America in Wisconsin. It was a very hot and humid weekend that lead to some amazing racing. Hayden had his best weekend so far this season with a 4th and a 2nd in the SuperSport class. JD wasn’t too far behind him picking up a 5th and 3rd in the Daytona SportBike class.
Team 95 (Hayden Gillim) and Red Bull/RoadRace Factory (JD Beach) left the weekend on a high note and are looking forward to the next round at Mid-Ohio.
Hayden finally had some good luck come his way over the weekend and was able to start turning his season around. Barber is on Hayden’s favorite list so Team 95 was looking for some good finishes over the weekend. The weather played a big part in the race plan over the weekend but with the right people in the pits the questions as to whether they could actually turn their season around never went unanswered.
Hayden Gillim (4th and 2nd)
“After having such a hard weekend in Road America it was nice to have a quick turnaround to Barber. I just wanted to get back on my R6 and redeem myself. Barber is a track that I have ridden at many times over the years and I really enjoy it. Our crew for the weekend grew by one member with Rick Mathey coming in to help my dad (Frankie) and Jon Heinen, they all get along real well so it was good to have the knowledge of Rick as well.”
“During the break between the races I really picked my training up with the heat rolling in and could tell it helped my racing. My whole crew had the bike working great as soon as the track went green for the first practice. We kept improving the bike and to come away with a 4th and a 2nd is great. In the first race I picked my speed up a lot and the bike wasn’t working like I wanted it to by the end of the race. When the bike is like that, I tend to really start over riding the bike which leads to mistakes and fatigue. With the punishing heat and humidity along with Barber being such a difficult track that, near the end of the race I started to develop the dreaded "arm pump" where a rider physically cannot hold onto the bike. Going into Race 2 we had the bike working better for the faster race pace that I found myself riding at from the day before. What a difference that made! I got an awesome start and was able to lead the first 5 laps before Joe (Roberts) was able to get by and put a couple real quick laps down and make a bit of a gap. From there on the battle for second was between Tomas (Puerta) and me. It was a great battle and a lot of fun. He was able to get by me on the last lap but I kept pushing and was able to pass him back at the line and beat him by .004. It’s great to have a weekend like that going into another round like Mid-Ohio. I love the track at Mid-Ohio and have had some great races there. I just have to thank my crew for working so hard all weekend.”
Red Bull/RoadRace Factory
JD Beach (5th and 3rd)
JD had another great weekend, once again finishing very strong. The Daytona SportBike class is packed full of great battles and he was right in the thick of things. JD was nervous coming into the weekend, as Barber has been a difficult track for him in the past. He and his crew made the best of it and gained a lot of knowledge throughout the entire weekend.
“After such a great weekend in Road America I just wanted to really keep the ball rolling and have some more strong finishes. I’ve been able to finish on the podium before in race one, but then I wasn't able to back it up for the next race, so I really wanted to show that I could do that this weekend. Barber is a difficult track for me to get going at the start of the weekend so I knew I was going to have my work cut out for me.”
“Both races I had some fantastic battles. In Race 1, Dane (Westby) and Garrett (Gerloff) kept my race very busy. We had a race long battle, with Dane barely edging me out and myself beating Garrett by .003 at the line. While going over data after the race with Scott (Jensen) we knew we had the pace to run at the front. Overnight Scott and Danny (Anderson) worked their magic on the bike and had it working great Sunday. We had a great battle once again, but this time it was between Garrett and the clock. He jumped the start so he received the mandatory 5 second penalty, but during the race he had a bit of a gap on me. I was running 4th and trying to run him down and we both kept putting fast lap after fast lap in. Even though I was within 5 seconds I wanted to pass him to really get 3rd. With 3 laps to go my chances where almost blown when we came up on a pack of lappers and I lost 2 seconds. On the last lap I had to go all out and was able to get 3rd by .2. After all the hard work Scott and Danny put in over the hot weekend it felt really great. I can’t wait to get back on the bike at Mid-Ohio.”
After such a great weekend at Barber there’s no time to rest before Mid-Ohio. There’s always training to be done and bikes to be worked on. Both JD and Hayden are excited for Mid-Ohio and can’t wait for the weekend to come. Thank you so much for your support!