GT2 Class Touring Sport Ducati Entry Takes Overall SunTrust Moto-GT Victory
NEWS June 6, 2009
Although a hard rain never fell during the event, off-and-on sprinkles and cool temperatures combined to make the race an adventure for all involved. In fact, Armando Ferrer crashed in Turn 8 while leading the race overall on the No. 69 TeamHurtByAccident.com Suzuki GSX-R600 and Jimmy Filice crashed the No. 64 TeamHurtByAccident.com Ducati PS1000LE in Turn 12 while leading the GT2 race inside of the last hour. Neither rider was seriously injured.
The race finished under full-course caution with Elleby and Shockley taking overall and GT2 class honors. It was the second class victory of the season for the No. 77 Ducati team, which has also finished no worse than second in class through four races of nine races this season. Even more impressive was the fact that the No. 77 won after starting from last place.
"It feels really good to win overall," Shockley said. "That's pretty exciting. I didn't really believe it would, and it probably wouldn't have if it hadn't finished under caution, but that's the way it went. For the second time in a row now, we had to start out with these mixed conditions. You just never know what to do, rains or drys. We decided to go with the drys.
"At first, the tires weren't scuffed in and I was basically in last place for about three laps and got them scuffed and then was able to start making my way forward. I guess at about 10 laps or so, I was able to see the leaders, so I got pretty excited then and really put my head down and tried to make some laps. Ryan just kept it to the end. He's a really good rider. He's been doing really well for us. It was our job to put the bike in a good position for him and he was able to carry it on."
Finishing second overall and first in the GT1 class were co-riders Paul James and Jeff Johnson on the No. 70 James Gang/Hoban Bros. Racing Buell 1125R. It was the team's first victory in SunTrust Moto-GT competition.
"To win at home, the home of Buell and during the Buell Homecoming, our primary sponsor, H-D/Buell of Appleton nearby, and Hoban Bros. Cycles nearby, and to have friends and family here, it's very special," James said. "This win means a lot to me and to our team. We've worked really hard. It was really sketchy. You couldn't tell where it was dry and where it was wet. I lost the front a few times, almost high sided a few times, I saw a bike high side and then ghost ride in front of me, it was pretty crazy. It's pretty fun to win."
Finishing second in GT1 was the No. 4 Scooter Superstore Aprilia RSV1000R of Tim Hunt, Cory Rech and Elleby, who was pulling double duty. The No. 41 Liberty Waves Racing Buell 1125R of Eric Pinson and Eric Haugo finished third in GT1. Jay Springsteen and Nick Cummings combined to bring the No. 9 Pair-A-Nines Kawasaki Ninja 650R home second in GT2 and Bob Fisher and John Linder completed the GT2 podium with a third-place ride on the No. 59 TeamHurtByAccident.com Ducati PS1000LE.
Next up for SunTrust Moto-GT is the fifth round of the nine-race championship at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course on Sunday, July 19.
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