Limited Track Time for AMA Pro Racers at Laguna Seca on Saturday
NEWS July 28, 2012
Photo by Brian J Nelson
Courtesy of Team Hammer:
(July 28, 2012) - M4 Suzuki’s Dane Westby didn’t get much track time on Saturday at Laguna Seca, but the Daytona SportBike standout is hopeful he can continue his recent hot streak. Westby has vaulted to second in series points after finishing first or second in each of the last four races, but weather issues, track clean-up problems, and a red flag meant he and the rest of the field had only a few laps to qualify at the USGP.
“Well, it was regretful because we only had one out lap and three fliers. I always need more time at Laguna Seca so I was disappointed,” said Westby, who went one second faster than he’d ever gone before at Laguna Seca on Friday. “I didn’t get up to speed as quick as I’d like today but it was what it was. Before the red flag I was jittery because I knew we only had 15 minutes and I needed to get up to speed fast and I wanted to improve my time. After the red flag, I just got de-stressed because it was just about impossible to go any faster; you just wanted to do some good laps and we did. I should be good for the race and I’m looking forward to it but a little uncertain.”
Dane will start in fifth place for the 20-lap race.
Elena Myers had a solid race on her Suzuki SportBikeTrackGear.com GSX-R600 on Saturday. Myers earned a strong seventh in the 16-lap race as she improved here race pace to around a half-second quicker than her qualifying time.
In Superbike, Chris Ulrich was able to avoid a pile-up in the first qualifying session and was well into the top 10 for most of the session before losing a few positions in the closing minutes. After a very short final qualifying session the veteran ended up qualifying 15th for tomorrow’s race.
In 2012, Team Hammer, Inc. is competing in its 32nd consecutive racing season and marks its sixth year of offering technical and logistical support through its Contract Services Department. Riders on Team Hammer-prepared racebikes have earned 53 AMA Pro National race wins; 122 AMA Pro National podium finishes; 4 AMA Pro Championships; 133 Overall National Endurance race wins; 13 National Endurance Championships and assorted other race wins and titles.
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