Team 95 (Hayden Gillim) and Red Bull RoadRace Factory (JD Beach) Mid-Ohio Recap
NEWS July 16, 2013
Photo by Brian J Nelson
Courtesy of Team 95:
LEXINGTON, Ohio (July 16, 2013) - After a great weekend of racing at Barber Motorsports Park a couple weeks ago, JD Beach and Hayden Gillim were back in action at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, OH. Hayden was able to end the weekend with incredible results, coming home with 2nd on Saturday and winning the SuperSport class on Sunday! JD had his best weekend ever in the Daytona SportBike class with 3rd on day one which he improved to finish 2nd on Sunday. Next weekend JD and Hayden will be heading to Laguna Seca deep in the heart of wine country in the rolling hills of Northern California. JD will be racing once again in the Daytona SportBike division while Hayden will have a break in his SuperSport class and is going out to visit his sponsors and watch the incredibly close racing.
Hayden had a great weekend at Barber and was looking forward to getting things started at Mid-Ohio. Mid-Ohio is one of Hayden’s favorite tracks and he always seems to really get things going there. With the same crew behind the wall as he had at Barber Motorsports Park, Hayden knew that his bike was going to be the best it could be and could really challenge for the win.
Team 95 - Hayden Gillim (2nd and 1st)
“Wow what a weekend we had at Mid-Ohio! After such an up and down season, with few races to go, it was nice to be back on top of my game. Getting my first win of the year feels great. I can’t thank my crew and team enough. We all have been working so hard and to finally get that “W” feels so good. After such a great weekend we are working really hard to try and get enough money together to go to Miller Motorsports Park in Utah.”
“Mid-Ohio is just one of those tracks that has always just clicked for me. I have ridden there a lot as an amateur and raced the Rookies Cup there. It’s just one of those tracks that I expect myself to do well at. Going into the weekend I really expected myself to do well. I needed a weekend to really turn my season around and I think this did it. My crew worked so hard to have my bike as perfect as possible as soon as we spun our first lap on Friday. Both races where a lot of fun and we had some great battles. Both races came down to the last few laps to be decided, so it was exciting for everyone. It’s great that everyone is really picking it up, it’s only going to make us all faster. I’m going out to Laguna next weekend to watch the MotoGP and see some sponsors then hoping to get the funds together to make the trip out to Miller.”
Red Bull/RoadRace Factory - JD Beach (3th and 2nd)
After having a great weekend at Barber, JD was really looking forward to arriving at Mid-Ohio. It’s a track he really likes and has done well there in the past. His crew knew he could have a great weekend and worked very hard to get the bike the best it could be.
“With each race we keep getting stronger and stronger. Scott (Jensen) and Danny (Anderson) always work so hard to give me the best bike possible every weekend. After a lot of talking with Scott we really felt like the bike was going to be great for the weekend. I just needed to do my part and be fast as soon as we got on the track for the first session on Friday.”
“We ended up 3rd after the first session but because of a little bad planning in qualifying we ended up 7th. I knew I just needed to get a good start and I could run up front. In the first race I got off the line good and was sitting 2nd. Jake (Gagne) was leading until Cameron (Beaubier) got by both of us and we were able to gap 4th. It was a three way battle until the last few laps and we all got spaced out. We learned a lot for the second race however and were ready to improve. The second race was shorted to 15 laps after an hour delay because of oil on the track. AMA Pro Racing did the best they could to make it safe but it just took a lot of time. I was able to get into the lead before the end of the first lap and lead 5 of the laps. It felt really great to lead a race again. Looking out of my Bell Helmet and not seeing another bike ahead of me is the best sight in the world! Cameron got by me, but I was able to stick I right to his back wheel waiting for that perfect opportunity to pass him back. After I made a very slight mistake I was still able to bring it home in 2nd and pick up my best SportBike finish of my career.”
With just a few days between the Mid-Ohio and Laguna Seca roungs, there isn’t a lot of time to make many changes in our program. JD will be heading out West on Wednesday and Hayden is already on his way. While Hayden won’t be racing this round because it isn’t a points paying round in his division, he is hoping to be able to race Miller Motorsports Park in a few weeks. JD is really looking forward to Laguna, it’s a very difficult track for him but he is looking forward to the challenge.