Stefano Mesa's Visor Flew Off but it Didn't Stop Him From Fighting His Way to the Podium; Austin Dehaven Delivers a Personal Best for the KneeDraggers.com/TripleCrown Industries Team at Homestead-Miami Speedway
NEWS September 23, 2012
Photo by Brian J Nelson
Press release for the Kneedraggers.com/Triplecrown Industries team
(September 23, 2012) - Friday was a stop and go day of wet, dry and everything in between. The Kneedraggers.com/Triplecrown team and Tommy Aquino were still able to finish in 7th in the AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike Class which will had him starting from the second row.
Aquino said, “There’s still a couple tweaks that we’re doing to the bike here and there but with a good start we can be in the mix again like we were in New Jersey. Racing in Spain introduces you to days of intermittent rain so I’m not that worried about the weather this weekend.”
Another rider that started on the second row was AMA Pro SuperSport rider Stefano Mesa. Mesa who considers the Homestead Miami Speedway his home track was at the top of the list during the first practice session and stayed in the top 5 through the first qualifying session. Mesa was only 3 tenths off of the leader. Stefano currently sits 3rd in the AMA Pro Racing SuperSport East Coast championship and is looking to improve his position this weekend at a track he’s familiar with.
David Gaviria made improvements in practice and qualifying as he worked his way up to the 12th place position. Austin Dehaven landed in 13th and Benny Solis 17th. Dehaven said he’s running at 90% as he recovers from recent foot surgery. Prior to each session Benny Solis was icing his wrist that he injured in a crash at New Jersey. Even though Dehaven and Solis are not at 100% they still managed to work their way up the list.
On Saturday Stefano Mesa and James Rispoli battled lap after lap as the lead changed multiple times throughout the race. With 3 laps to go, Mesa led Rispoli on to the main straight, when he went to remove a tear off, the visor came completely off. With limited vision Mesa continued to fight Rispoli to the finish line.
“I was doing my best to keep up with him (Rispoli) but I kept running wide because I was missing all my break markers, I couldn’t see anything.”
Mesa crossed the finish line in second place behind Rispoli, which helped to close the gap on the point’s leaders. Stefano will start the race on Sunday with 194 points, which is 12 points behind 2nd and 14 points away from leading the Supersport East Championship.
Austin Dehaven had an impressive run as he returned from surgery and delivered a personal AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike best, 9th place finish after starting in 13th. Tommy Aquino continued to deliver a consistent performance with a 7th place finish. David Gaviria was just outside of the top 10 when he crossed the finish line in 11th place after starting in 12th. Benny Solis and the team dealt with issues that they are looking to resolve on Sunday.
With more information then they had on Saturday the Kneedraggers.com/Triplecrown Industries team looks forward to a second day at the Homestead Miami Speedway.
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