Team Gearzy Rider Josh Galster's Good Weekend at Road Atlanta
NEWS April 24, 2012
Photo Courtesy of Josh Galster
Courtesy of Josh Galster:
The first of the Big Kahuna Triple Crown races, sponsored by M1 Powersports, was held at Road Atlanta in Braselton, GA, April 20-22. The weekend was Round 2 of the 11-round series for Josh Galster in the AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike class.
Galster was excited to return to Road Atlanta because the last time he was there in 2008 for his rookie season in AMA Pro it didn't turn out so great, but he was anxious to ride well this round. Galster came out of the 2-race weekend with two top-20 finishes, and he said "it felt great to rider there again and come out of the weekend on a positive note!"
The forecast for the weekend was looking for it to be wet but it turned out that there was just some mist and precipitation on Friday morning. When the sun finally came out the track was alright, although the paint was still wet, the race surface was dry. Once Galster got familiar with the track again he finished out the session in the mid 1:36's and was starting to feel more comfortable although there were still some set-up issues to address. Before the 1st Qualifying session the team made some changes to the front suspension to make the bike stay off the bottom during heavy braking and with the steep elevation of the track. They also made some changes in gearing and braking and finished the session 25th and in the low 1:34's.
For Saturday's race Josh got a decent start. A unique characteristic of Road Atlanta is the series of "S" turns, the "esses", from Turn 2 through Turn 5. There the track quickly funnels down into a single-file line and off the start it really spreads the field out. Galster had a few guys in front of him that he had to get by before tagging along with the faster riders, but he got caught up and saw the faster guys just stretch a gap. He eventually made the passes but was pushing a little too hard, made a few mistakes, and was slowed up battling for position. By the end of the race he had finished 20th and was able to drop my times into the mid 33's.
As Galster had all weekend, he consulted with Jon Cornwell, Zach Gordon, and Ryan Parker to see what adjustments could be made to the bike to get it to steer more easily through the quick transitions. The changes made quite a big difference and in Sunday morning's practice and had his fastest times of the weekend through the "esses" and the weather conditions weren't nearly as nice as they had been during the race. With 20-30 mph winds for Race 2 it made for some challenging conditions but Josh was still able to drop time and got into the low 1:33's and finish 19th. All in all, it was a really good weekend because Galster and the Team made some improvements to the bike are moving forward in the right direction.
Round 3 of the Daytona SportBike class is at Infineon Raceway May 4-6, and you can watch the race on SPEED TV or follow along with the Live Timing at www.amaproracing.com. If you make it out to the track for the races, come by the pit and say Hi!
Josh Galster would like to especially thank Jon Cornwell, Zach Gordon, Ryan Parker, his dad, and Keith Code for all their help over the weekend, along with the Team Gearzy crew. Also, thanks to his sponsors Gearzy, ADD Crusher, EDR Performance, Grandprix Motorsports, Perfect Racing Brazil, California Superbike School, Arai, KFG Racing, gpguns.com, Slednecks, Dunlop, GPR, and Vortex.
Sponsors: Gearzy, ADD Crusher, EDR Performance, Grandprix Motorsports, Perfect Motors Brazil, California Superbike School, Arai helmets, KFG Racing, gpguns.com, Slednecks, Dunlop, GPR Stabilizers, Vortex
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