Young 9th in Points after Barber Motorsports Park
NEWS June 26, 2013
Photo by Brian J Nelson
Courtesy of Ben Young Racing:
Birmingham, AL, (June 26, 2013) – Ben Young continues to impress with a personal-best qualifying effort of 12th in the Daytona Sportbike Class and two solid finishes of a 12th and 13th place this past weekend at Barber Motorsports Park. Young’s consistency has strengthened his position of 9th overall in points.
After some minor changes to his 'B' bike Young took to Barber Motorsports Park's 2.38-mile natural road course for the first practice session of the weekend putting his best lap of a 1:32.321 on the second last lap of the session.
“We knew we’d have some work to do to adapt the bike’s set up to the Alabama heat. Our current set up has been progressing well over the last two rounds but the temperatures have been a little cooler than it’s been here.” Said Young.
Young’s first qualifying session earned him a tentative 14th place on the grid however this was nowhere near the pace he knew he’d have to run to stay within the top ten.
Feeling more comfortable after some changes to the rear suspension of his of #86 Yamaha YZF-R6 Young returned to the historic Barber Motorsports Park circuit for the second of the two qualifying sessions. The changes resulted in a more stable ride allowing him to achieve a personal-best qualifying effort of 12th, placing him on the third row for the first time in his AMA Pro GoPro Daytona Sportbike career.
The Canadian pilot got a great start in the first of the two scheduled AMA Pro GoPro Daytona Sportbike races of the weekend and held the position until he crossed the start/finish line.
Reflecting on the race Young stated; “I got a good start but it took a few laps to get the tires to work well. When they finally did the guys in front just had too much on me and made it difficult to make up lost ground. It was a long and lonely race but I’m happy to finish 12th.”
Eager to make his way back in to the top ten in Sunday’s race Young’s enthusiasm may have got the better of him as he was penalized five-seconds for jumping the start resulting in a 13th place finish just behind fellow Canadian Kenny Riedmann.
“With my eagerness to get another good start, I ended up jump starting and receiving a five-second penalty – making the race even more challenging. We ran a hard compound front tire in this morning’s practice and it worked well but as soon as the heat kicked-in I lost all feel for it. I didn't feel as comfortable with the front for the remainder of the race. With the high temperatures of the weekend, correct tire choice was critical. I can't be to disheartened with 13th as it keeps us 9th in the overall points.” said Young.
The 2013 GEICO Motorcycle AMA Pro Road Racing season will resume on July 12-14 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio for the Buckeye Superbike Weekend presented by Dunlop Tire.
This season's GEICO Motorcycle AMA Pro Road Racing action is being broadcast on CBS Sports Network across the U.S. and Canada as part of the CBS Sports Spectacular.
Ben Young and the BYR team would like to thank; Tim Hortons – Sudbury, Scotbuild Developments, Fogi Racing Development, Arai Helmets, AXO, GP Tech LLC, Hindle Exhaust Systems, DUA Motorsports Bodywork, KICK Energy Drink, K&N Filters, Performance Cycleworx , Thornbury Home Hardware, BCL Motorsports Pit Kit, Vortex Racing, Motul Oils, Bickle Racing Tire Warmers, GB Racing and The North American International Motorcycle SUPERSHOW, Jerry Daggett, the fans and family.
To keep up-to-date on Ben Young throughout the year visit; www.fogi.us, www.facebook.com/BenYoungRacing and on Twitter @bcyoung86.
About Ben Young Racing (BYR) Team
Scottish-Canadian Pro road racer Ben Young is continuing his development aboard his #86 Yamaha R6 in the 2013 AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike Championship and as a test rider for GPTech throughout the USA.
Contact Scott Young at 1-705-888-2759 or firstname.lastname@example.org for information on how your company can get ahead of the competition, enhance brand visibility and engage a loyal audience through the BYR team and Ben Young’s AMA Pro Road Racing program.
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