The Kneedraggers.com/Triple Crown Industries team and Tommy Aquino save the best for last with a Daytona Sportbike Podium at NOLA Motorsports Park
NEWS October 7, 2012
Photo by Brian J Nelson
Press release for the Kneedraggers.com/Triple Crown Team prepared by the Hasten Media Group.
In a thrilling battle where two riders were giving it everything they had, Tommy Aquino was able to make a last lap pass that put the team on the DSB box for the first time this year. NOLA Motorsports Park brought out some of the best racing we’ve seen all year from Aquino who made steady improvements as the weekend went on. In the Friday practice session he finished 12th but quickly improved to 5th in the qualifying sessions. From 5th place he worked his way up to 4th place in race 1 and a podium 3rd place finish in race 2.
Crew Chief Robert Ward: “In our DSB race on Saturday we were okay but lacking a little bit so we worked on it Saturday night and Tommy was able to get on the podium on Sunday. We are very excited about it; first DSB podium of the year and it’s nice to go out on a positive note. Gaviria had a pretty good weekend, he came to the team and we knew he was a SuperSport champion but didn’t know what to expect from him. Each time he gets on a bike he gets faster and faster, 7th place on Saturday was really good in this competitive class and that’s after his 5th place at Miami. We are starting to see more consistency out of Gaviria which is great. Austin was inside the top 10 on Saturday but ran into some bad luck on Sunday. In the SuperSport class we had some issues with Stefano’s crash and it was very unfortunate, Stefano is a great rider who’s made huge improvements this year. I’m hoping we get a chance to work with Stefano next year.”
Tommy Aquino: “Coming into it we knew we had a pretty good shot, from Miami we knew we had some rear grip issues to improve on. It was a new track that I’ve never been to and I learned a lot. Friday was okay, we were able to get quick pretty fast and qualified 5th, which wasn’t too bad, and we were able to hold onto it on Saturday. I tried to make a pass on JD in race 1 but all I did was crack my fairings, JD wasn’t having it. I was thinking that it was hard to get around JD so when Westby was in front of me on Sunday it wasn’t what I wanted to see because I think he’s the hardest guy on the paddock to get around. I kept getting closer and closer, came up on some lappers on the last lap, saw an opportunity and took it. I was really happy to get on the podium, happy for the team and myself. I really needed that podium going into the off season.”
David Gaviria: “On Sunday with 3 turns to go I touched Austin and I feel very sad for him, it was tight racing and I was sorry for that. Saturday was much better, I felt very comfortable on the bike, I could control it easier and was happy with 7th place.”
Austin Dehaven: “Saturday’s race went well, inside the top 10 and finished 9th. On Sunday I was passing for 6th and got together with another rider, which kicked me way back. When I look back at the season, I’ve gotten faster and been in the top 10 a number of times, which was my goal this year. “
Stefano Mesa: “This weekend didn’t go as planned, I started with a crash in my first practice and it threw me off a little bit. In qualifying I got down to 9th. When it came to the first race I had a bad crash and that ruined my chance for the championship. The team did a great job trying to fix the bike but the luck wasn’t with us this weekend. On Sunday I was just going to go for it, we made some changes but I was still having some issues so I decide to slow the pace down and finish the race. It was a great year for the whole team, we improved on the bike and my riding and I think we would do even better if we got the chance to do it again.”
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