Youngster Roberts scores again in Motorcycle-Superstore.com SuperSport
NEWS July 20, 2013
Photo by Brian J Nelson
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MONTEREY, Calif. (July 20) - Joe Roberts is fast becoming a terror on the AMA Pro Motorcycle-Superstore.com SuperSport series.
Roberts, 16, scored his third victory in the class Saturday, storming to a win during the Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.
"It's been like a dream come true coming back to Laguna and winning," Roberts said. "I've always wanted to come here and ride, to come here and win."
Roberts, aboard his California Superbike School/RoadRacingWorld.com Honda, held off points leader Tomas Puerta and Corey Alexander to score the victory.
"It was a really, really good race," Roberts said. "I thought I'd be able to pull away and do something like I did at Barber, but these guys were really quick this weekend. It was a hard race, for sure. I put my head down."
Roberts held the lead during the 16-lap race but made a mistake in Laguna Seca's Turn 1 on Lap 9 to allow Puerta and Alexander to slip past. But Roberts didn't give up, slicing back through the top two to retake the lead.
"I made a little mistake in Turn 1 and ran wide, and Corey Alexander and Tomas Puerta went by me," Roberts said. "I had to make some aggressive passes to get back to the front, but I did it right away. It was a lot of fun."
On the final lap, Roberts was ready for the move Puerta made.
"It was crazy on the last lap because I knew Puerta was going to try and make a move on the last corner," Roberts said, "so as soon as I saw his bike, I knew he was going to run wide because I broke really late. So if I broke really late, he broke even later. Then I just got the drive and went by him."
Puerta, who finished .117-second behind Roberts, started from the pole on his RoadRace Factory Yamaha.
"It was a really fun race," Puerta said. "We were almost there on the last lap. I was trying to pass, and it didn't work. I was trying to keep my head up and hopefully hit our window."
Alexander figured the dicing up front would give him an opening on the last lap, but he came across the finish line in third place on his National Guard Celtic Racing Suzuki.
"They rode an amazing race and there was a lot of passing going on," Alexander said. "I was kind of banking on something happening in the last turn, and I thought I'd get a good enough drive off the turn to pass on the straightaway."
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