A Healthy Westby is a Scary GoPro Daytona SportBike Lineup
NEWS May 14, 2013
Photo by Brian J Nelson
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (May 14, 2013) – It has been confirmed that GEICO Motorcycle Road Racing Honda rider Dane Westby, last season’s runner-up in the final GoPro Daytona SportBike point standings, has recently been medically cleared to participate in normal motorcycle training and racing activities after rupturing his spleen in a practice session at Daytona International Speedway earlier this year.
Coming into the season, Westby was widely considered a favorite to claim the 2013 GoPro Daytona SportBike Championship as the class saw defending champion Martin Cardenas returned to the National Guard SuperBike ranks in the offseason. After crashing in a practice session during Round 1 of GEICO Motorcycle AMA Pro Road Racing action at Daytona several weeks ago, Westby went down awkwardly and ruptured his spleen, causing him to be medically ineligible to compete in the historic DAYTONA 200. Now, roughly eight weeks later, Westby insists that he is healthy and hungry for success going into Road America.
“There is still so much time left,” said an undiscouraged Westby. “Missing out on the points at Daytona was just like I crashed out of a race, it happens. I’m just happy to be healthy and have the kind of support that my team has provided for me. I know I have the speed with my new bike and to have a team like GEICO Motorcycle Road Racing backing me is just phenomenal.”
Westby is not only an icon of the sport on the track, but the Tulsa, Oklahoma product has some brains as well, as he intends to spend all of next weekend testing and knocking some of the rust off at Barber Motorsports Park to prepare for the upcoming event at Road America the following week. When asked whether or not he would be gun-shy or nervous about reinjuring himself, Westby responded with; “I don’t have time to be gun-shy. I have too much on the line going into Road America and I know I can’t get too excited. I’m really going to focus on keeping myself on an even keel these next two weeks. This weekend of testing is simply for my team and I to get all of our ducks in a row and make sure we give ourselves the best chance at Road America.”
Westby will wear a pad that covers his entire spleen while he tests this weekend as well as when he competes at Road America. The 26-year-old will be ready for Cameron Beaubier, Garrett Gerloff, Bobby Fong and the rest of the strong GoPro Daytona SportBike lineup when the series heads to Elkhart Lake, Wis. on May 31-June 2 for the Subway SuperBike Doubleheader at Road America. For tickets and more information regarding the event, please visit http://www.roadamerica.com/.
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