Brandon Robinson & the TJ Burnett Farms Kawasaki team take 3rd-place finish in round 5 at the Sacramento Mile
NEWS August 1, 2013
Photo by Dave Hoenig
Courtesy of TJ Burnett Farms:
Warren, OR. – August 1, 2013 – Round 5 of the 2013 AMA Pro Flat Track presented by J&P Cycles Grand National Championship season is in the record books, and the TJ Burnett Farms Kawasaki team with rider Brandon Robinson pulled-out all the stops to bring home a 3rd-place finish at the Cal Expo Fairgrounds-hosted event in the first mile event of the season on July 27.
After a rough result in round 4 at the Hagerstown Speedway on July 6, which saw Brandon crash out of the main and as a result losing the points lead with a 17th-place finish, the team did a magnificent job of regrouping and coming back to grab the last spot on the podium at Sacramento.
“We started off strong in practice early in the day (5th-place out of the 32 bikes entered),” stated Brandon, “and we fast-qualified in the first qualifying session, but then the bike broke starting off in the second qualifying session, and fortunately we still ended up in with a 4th-place overall effort.”
During the qualifying break, the team went to work before the first heat race to make sure everything else was in line, and then Brandon went to work in his heat race, the first of the evening, lining up alongside fast-qualifier Mikey Martin on the Bonneville Triumph. Brandon and the #44 TJ Burnett Farms Kawasaki won the first heat after not having any laps on the back-up bike, and made the Dash for Cash, where a 2nd-place finish behind Howerton Motorsports Bryan Smith's Kawasaki got them four valuable points towards climbing back to the top of the leader board.
With a front-row start to get the 25-lap National main going, it was time again for the Pennsylvania resident to go back to work. “Everyone took off quick, and after a pretty good start I was able to hang with Bryan for the first couple of laps, but then everyone got bunched up and I started spinning up the tire, so I decided to settle down and let the tire come back to me,” continued Robinson. “We were able to hang with the lead four of Bryan, Brad Baker, Sammy Halbert and Jared Mees, so I just hung in there until towards the end when things started to heat up, and then it was time to go with just a few laps remaining, and we were able to hang in there and get a good draft at the end to get us a 3rd-place finish.”