Team Rotobox/Nexx Impresses Again at Barber Motorsports Park
NEWS June 25, 2012
Courtesy of Team RotoBoxx / Nexx USA:
(June 26, 2012) - Weighing heavy on our entire team's conscious, we made the trek across country to Barber to race in Rocco's honor.
Bryce Prince, competing in the GoPro Daytona SportBike class, put his Graves Motorsports supported Yamaha YZF-R6 into the top 20 in final qualifying while battling with suspension set-up. Prince knew he was capable of finishing further up the order, and he proved it in both races. Finishing in 16th and 17th respectively, Bryce is still far from satisfied with his results. The team will be headed back to California for our next round of WERA West racing where Bryce leads both of the B & C Superbike classes we compete in with our Rotobox carbon fiber wheels. Using the WERA weekend to experiment with more suspension settings, Bryce plans to win his WERA races and arrive at the next AMA Pro Road Racing round at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course with tested suspension options to be closer to the top ten right away.
Bryce Prince: "This weekend was difficult but we made a lot of progress with suspension set-ups. Finishing 16th and 17th in my two races is far from where I know I can compete. Top tens are where I know I can finish and I'm going to work hard with the team to find more comfortable settings and reach our goals. Buttonwillow with WERA will be an easy and fun weekend where I can try and break the track record I set last year. Then we're off to Mid-Ohio where I'm aiming for that top ten!"
Tyler Linders represents Team Rotobox/Nexx in the Motorcycle-Superstore.com Supersport class without his teammate Rocco. This was Tyler's first time riding at Barber so he had a lot to learn in the short practice and qualifying sessions Friday and Saturday morning. Suspension set-up was also a sticking point with Tyler's qualifying where he ended up on the outside of row three in 12th position. Linders did the best he could with the bike set up in race 1 fighting to get the bike to turn properly. After running wide heading through the Alabama Coaster (turns 7, 7a, 7b, 8, and 8a), Tyler lost time running through the grass but kept it upright and only lost 2 positions. He put his head down and regained the two positions shortly after and held 8th place till the checkered flag.
Race two saw a rocky start with two red flags in the opening laps as numerous riders went down. Linders had an issue with his electronics during the start of the race which put him literally at the back of the pack in 37th position on the grid for the restarts. Working feverishly during both red flags, the team successfully corrected the electronics problem and were able to get Tyler's bike to run close to its normal performance. Wasting no time, Tyler took over 20 positions in the first few laps. Linders was able to claw his way through the thick field of Supersport riders and cross the finish in 14th. Although not in the top ten where Tyler knew he could finish, 14th was a great achievement considering his starting position on the restart.
Tyler Linders: "I had a pretty good weekend at Barber Motorsports Park considering our circumstances. The facility at this track was amazing, it was definitely the nicest track I have seen. On Saturday I had a good battle, finishing 8th at a track I had never seen before this weekend. Sunday was a different story; we had electrical problems during the race. I started 37th and finished 14th. Overall I was happy with the weekend and I can't wait for the next round."
Tyler would like to thank his personal sponsors: Next Moto Champion, Hypercycle, Shareasale, Motul, Yamaha Champions Riding School, KATRA Racing, David Benkle, All 3 IT, Cycle Gear, Fastrack Riders, Cortech, C5, GPR STabilizers, BARF, Falco, & PSR.
Luke Huff (team owner): "I'm very proud of the ambition and tenacity of Bryce and Tyler this weekend at Barber. Both faced difficulties and made positive progress throughout the weekend. As we head back to California for a club racing round with WERA West, we're all keeping tabs on our third team member, Rocco Horvath, regarding his health condition. He's in good spirits and still dedicated to working hard toward his rehabilitation and focused on staying positive.
The team would like to thank their sponsors: Rotobox Wheels, Nexx Helmets, Graves Motorsports, Yamaha, NCompass International, Adopt-a-Pet.com, Motoyard.com, Dunlop, Tuned Industries, Dynojet, Catalyst Racing Composites, SBK Paint, Icon Screening, EF Signs, Cycle Pirates, Pit Bull, HT Moto, Zero Gravity, Racing Batteries, R. Tillery Powersports, Superbike Chassis, GOLDfren Brakes, Walter's Mercedes Benz, Lucky Team Management.
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