Kneedraggers.com/Triplecrown riders Stefano Mesa and David Gaviria look to return to top spots as the two Columbian riders prepare to battle in the bayou at the Big Kahuna New Orleans.
NEWS October 3, 2012
Photo by Brian J Nelson
Press release for the Kneedraggers.com/Triplecrown team prepared by the Hasten Media Group.
(October 4, 2012) - Whether it’s the cool climate from being located 5,000 feet above sea level or being born into a culture where everyone rides a motorcycle, there’s something about Medellin, Columbia that produces exceptional talent for motorcycle racing.
Columbians David Gaviria and Stefano Mesa returned to top spots at the Big Kahuna Homestead Miami. AMA GoPro Daytona SportBike rider David Gaviria followed fellow countryman Martin Cardenas who finished 4th, to score his first top 5 finish of the season. Gaviria who’s made steady improvements ever since he joined the Kneedraggers.com/Triplecrown team back at Mid-Ohio finished inside the top 10 at New Jersey and now inside the top 5 at Miami. Gaviria’s positive momentum could not have come at a better time as he looks to complete the 2012 season with a strong finish.
David Gaviria: “Each race has gotten better, we have learned so much, I get more and more comfortable with the bike each time. My crew chief and I are really starting to understand each other. I look forward to New Orleans, it’s a new track for everyone and we hope to continue to make improvements.”
AMA Pro SuperSport rider Stefano Mesa who we’ve seen on the podium at Daytona, twice at Road America and Mid-Ohio this season, improved his stats with another podium finish at Homestead Miami. Mesa currently sits 3rd in the Supersport East class where he trails 2nd place by only 9 points and 1st place by only 17 points. In a sport where anything can happen, Stefano Mesa still has a shot at winning the 2012 Supersport East championship.
In an effort to produce his best finish of the year Benny Solis spent time at the Chuckwalla raceway this past weekend where he made significant improvements that he feels will give him an advantage in New Orleans.
Benny Solis: “We’re always looking for ways to improve and this past weekend we tested a couple different set ups to see what would give us our best shot at New Orleans. Chuckwalla is not as big but similar to NOLA because it’s an open, flowing track. I like what we learned there and I’m looking forward to seeing how this set up works this weekend.”
Along with David Gaviria, Austin Dehaven continues to make each race better than his last on the Kneedraggers.com/Triplecrown Industries R6. At Mid-Ohio Dehaven delivered his first top 10 finish of the season but a motocross training accident paused his run at the top spots when he had to miss Laguna and New Jersey as his foot healed from surgery. When he returned to racing at Homestead Miami he picked up right where he left off with a 9th place finish in race 1 and a 8th place finish in race 2. If the past predicts the future, fans should expect to see Dehaven continue along this path to a 7th place or better finish at the Big Kahuna New Orleans.
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