Alexander uses crafty drafting to win SuperSport race in Wisconsin

NEWS June 3, 2013

Alexander uses crafty drafting to win SuperSport race in Wisconsin

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ELKHART LAKE, Wis. (June 1) - Corey Alexander held off a hard-charging Stefano Mesa to win Saturday's SuperSport race during the Subway SuperBike Doubleheader at Road America, part of the GEICO Motorcycle AMA Pro Road Racing Series.

Alexander and his National Guard/Celtic Racing Suzuki pulled away from the pack to beat Mesa's Yamaha by just a little more than a second. Jeffrey Tigert and his Baby Appleseed Yamaha finished third to round out the podium.

"It's been a while since my first win, so it feels good to be back up here," Alexander said. "My team gave me a bike that was good right off the bat. We had a good, clean race with some passing and battling."

Alexander kept one eye on the track and one behind him during his final trip around the course.

"I didn't know what to expect on that last lap," Alexander said. "I felt like I was a little faster than Stefano in some spots, then he'd just draft back by me. He passed me going into Turn 5, when I thought I had a little bit of a gap going into there.

"Going up the last hill, I knew I would hear him if he was in position to draft by me. Thankfully I didn't hear him on the final lap and thought he wasn't close enough to get past me."

Mesa's bike wasn't handling 100 percent to his liking, but he was still fast enough to hang with Alexander.

"We had a little trouble with the back coming around on us," Mesa said. "I tried to make a few passes on Corey but wasn't able to make it stick until the last lap. Hopefully I'll have a better day tomorrow."

Tigert got out of the gates first and led early on. He thought he'd bide his time before Alexander and Mesa had other ideas.

"I knew there would be a freight train; I knew the top guys would be around me," Tigert said. "Stefano went around me by Turn 5, which was OK. Then Corey came around me, which got me worried. I just tried to latch on to them. A couple of sections I would gain on them a little, then they were stronger in others.

"I knew I was in a cat and mouse situation with them and was hoping one of them would make a mistake. I didn't want to throw away a good finish with a mistake of my own."

Motorcycle Superstore rider Devon McDonough flirted with a Top 10 finish for most of the day but lost a couple of positions on the final lap after developing a mechanical issue on his Yamaha.

The SuperSport class will kick off again at 10:15 a.m. CDT on Sunday at Road America.


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