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Solis up to Speed on M4 Broaster Chicken Honda

NEWS March 14, 2013

Solis up to Speed on M4 Broaster Chicken Honda

Photo by Brian J Nelson

Courtesy of Team Hammer:

(March 14, 2013) - M4 Broaster Chicken Honda’s Benny Solis showed excellent form on opening day of the 2013 AMA Pro Road Racing season.

The talented team newcomer was second quick in the practice aboard his Honda CBR600RR, lapping at 1:54.006. The youngster from North Hollywood, California came back in the day's second Daytona SportBike session and dropped his time by more than a second with a quick lap of 1:52.939, good enough for eighth in a practice session held in high winds with plenty of crashes from other riders.

Solis avoided trouble and will now focus on Friday’s two qualifying sessions.

Meanwhile, Chris Ulrich took to the track on the hugely promising M4 Broaster Chicken Honda CBR1000RR Superbike on Thursday. After years of racing aboard another brand of motorcycle, Ulrich is relishing the opportunity ahead with the new program.

Despite having just one day of testing prior to Daytona, the Californian was tenth fastest in the opening free practice of the season. He further improved upon his practice time of 1:43.366 with a 1:42.806 during the afternoon's first qualifying session. That mark placed him 13th provisionally with tomorrow morning's second session remaining to decide the grid for the season opener.

"It's a big change -- we're figuring out what makes the Honda chassis tick,"
Ulrich said. "Rolling into Daytona with limited testing isn't ideal but it's the situation that we're in and we’re pleased with how it is going. We were tenth this morning and 13th in the afternoon and we did go quicker. We picked up some very good information and we're making wholesale changes for tomorrow to try to get the bike to do what I need. We were taking little chunks out of it until we figured something out with the front end that we need to do, and now I expect to make more progress tomorrow morning."

Commenting on the vast potential of the Honda CBR1000RR, Ulrich said, "It's a great platform to go racing with. It's so great to have a new challenge. It's refreshing and I'm excited. This is probably the highest spec Superbike that I've ever raced aboard. We have some engine management stuff to get sorted out too but we'll get it all figured out."

The squad will return to the famed high banks of Daytona on Friday with Solis set claim his grid position for Saturday's Daytona 200 and Ulrich competing in the Superbike season opener.

About Team Hammer: In 2013, Team Hammer, Inc. is competing in its 33rd consecutive racing season, and is marking its seventh year of offering technical and logistical support through its Contract Services Department.
Riders on Team Hammer-prepared racebikes have earned 54 AMA Pro National race wins; 130 AMA Pro National podium finishes; 5 AMA Pro Championships; 133 Overall National Endurance race wins; 13 National Endurance Championships and assorted other race wins and titles.

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