LTD Racing's Nash and Gaviria Strong in Qualifying for the DAYTONA 200

NEWS March 17, 2012

LTD Racing's Nash and Gaviria Strong in Qualifying for the DAYTONA 200

Courtesy of LTD Racing

Courtesy of LTD Racing:

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (March 16, 2012) - Huntley Nash and David Gaviria qualified for the 71st Daytona 200 on Friday, with Nash earning a remarkable 10th and Gaviria earning 17th out of a packed field of 46 riders.

Both young LTD Racing competitors showed they can run at a quick pace, with Nash earning 7th in the afternoon session, although some riders were able to post their best times in the morning qualifying. Nash was excited to show his speed after his injury-plagued 2011 season. His best lap was 1:51.489 “I was seventh in the session but tenth overall because some people went quicker in the morning,” said Nash. “We might make a couple of small changes but we’re on the right track with the bike. I just need to stay with the groove. I did both of my fastest laps alone. I can do mid-1:51s, a solid race pace, and I’ll really focus and try to stay with the front pack. On the start, I want to get with the main group until the first pit stops. That’s my plan. I still have my starts down.”

David Gaviria was slightly disappointed not to be higher up the grid but showed he can turn similar lap times as the fast boys. His best was 1:52.381. “It wasn’t so good for me. I don’t have anything to complain about the bike,” said David, in his first AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike race this weekend. “I stopped with three or four minutes to go and tried to get in a group or something but I couldn’t make it. I was up to tenth or 12th at the beginning of the session but at the end I was 17th. The times are pretty close and I feel good about that. I am going to make my best effort and it is a long race, so you have to have a lot of smart thinking. This is my first endurance race. I have to learn about it and then practice the things I learn this year. We will practice the pit stops but it is kind of weird for me.”

“Both the boys have done what they need to do in order to set themselves up to have a good race on Saturday,” said LTD Racing’s Gary Medley. “They have been smart and worked with the crew to improve the bike setup over the two days. Huntley’s raced the 200 once and David never has, so we lack a little experience but we have good racers who will give a great effort and the crew is excited about our chances. We’re looking forward to the race.”

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