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Big weekend improvements by Josh Galster at Infineon

NEWS May 7, 2012

Big weekend improvements by Josh Galster at Infineon

Photo by Brian J. Nelson

Team Press Release Courtesy of Josh Galster, rider for Team Gearzy:

(May 9, 2012) - Round 3 of the AMA Pro Road Racing series was held at Infineon Raceway in the picturesque Sonoma Valley. Infineon is always a fan favorite, with great racing and a variety of views to be seen from different vantage points around the track. In this beautiful setting, Josh Galster battled to finish 20th and 15th.

Team Gearzy brought the whole team of riders and crew to Infineon Raceway. Galster, one of four Gearzy riders for the weekend, raced in the AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike class while the other 3 riders competed in the AMA Pro SuperSport class.

It was a slow start to the weekend for Galster with quite a bit of testing of different chassis set-ups, but by Race 1 he was able to get up to race pace. Zach Gordon and Ryan Parker, along with Jon Cornwell and Barry Wressel, all worked their magic during practice and qualifying to make improvements to get Galster a bit more situated on the bike.

With a tough field to overcome, Galster wasn’t able to get the speed or positioning he would have liked, but in Race 1 he improved his times dramatically over his practice and qualifying times. He started to feel more comfortable on the bike with the technical and demanding features of the track and toward the end of the race when other riders were starting to fall off their pace, Josh was able to put in some of his better times and catch a few of the riders that had gotten away at the start. He wasn’t quite close enough at the end to move up the field though and finished in 20th position.

Red flags due to crashes with debris on the track stopped the races early both Saturday and Sunday. Sunday’s Race 2 had multiple incidences on different parts of the track during the first lap that took out several riders. Most were able to utilize the time during cleanup to make repairs and join the restart in their original positions.
Once the race got underway, Galster got into a rhythm and started gaining positions. After a grueling race, Josh was able to finish 15th and again improve on his time, with his fastest time of the weekend a 1:42.505.

Josh had this to say at the end of the weekend, “I had a great weekend and we were able to test several things out and get some more data to take to future races. Infineon is always a physically demanding track, but I enjoy the elevation changes and technical aspects of the track. I’m looking forward to racing at Miller Motorsports in Salt Lake in a couple weeks, see you guys there.”

Galster would like to especially thank his crew: Zach Gordon and Ryan Parker; Jon Cornwell; Barry Wressel; Keith Code; Eric Dorn; and Billy Busch, and the Gearzy crew. In addition, Gearzy, ADD Crusher, EDR Performance, Grandprix Motorsports, Perfect Motors Brazil, California Superbike School, Arai, KFG Racing,, Slednecks, Dunlop, GPR, and Vortex.


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