Roberts wins SuperSport Race 1 at Miller Motorsports Park

NEWS August 3, 2013

Roberts wins SuperSport Race 1 at Miller Motorsports Park

Photo by Brian J Nelson

Courtesy of Geiger Media:

SALT LAKE CITY (Aug. 3, 2013) - From the start Joe Roberts had his hands full with several different riders, but in the end he had too much for the field, taking the win in the GEICO Motorcycle AMA Pro Road Racing's SuperSport race on Saturday at Miller Motorsports Park.

"It is pretty great to come out here and win at Miller," Roberts said. "The race went really good. I got an awesome start with the holeshot, but it was tough the whole time. It was a hard race. I had to push for sure."

Roberts, riding his No. 2 Honda CBR600RR, battled back and forth with Tomas Puerta early in the race and then with Wyatt Farris over the final laps before Farris finished second and Puerta third.

Roberts, just 16 years old, won for the fourth time in four starts this season. He will go for a sweep of the weekend and a fifth straight win on Sunday in SuperSport Race 2.

"It is going to be a good race tomorrow," Roberts said. "It is going to be hard because these guys are right there with me. I have made a good impression on everyone and shown them that I can do really well, so I am definitely going for the win."

Roberts had the pole for the race, but early on he was in a dogfight for the top spot with Hayden Gillim and Puerta. He swapped leads with Puerta on laps eight and nine before Puerta fell back to third, more than four seconds back of Roberts.

"Today I was a little nervous about the race because I am leading the championship race," Puerta said. "After Wyatt and Joe went by me, I was just trying to be there. I was just happy to bring the bike to the podium."

Puerta's drop allowed Farris to try his hand at getting by Roberts. Farris was able to grab the lead for a brief moment, but Roberts quickly moved back by him, and the two continued to battle it out for the win over the final laps of the 13-lap race.

"We have been working our butts off all year," said Farris, who got the first podium finish of his career. "We had a really good package all weekend and it felt really good. It was nice to get a good start, get up front, and battle with these guys."

Farris charged hard late, posting his best lap of the day (1:56.899) on the final circuit of the race, but it wasn't enough to get by Roberts, who posted a final lap of 1:56.827 to hold of his challenger.

"I thought I might be able to get him at the end, but he got a little gap on me and I didn't make it happen," Farris said. "Either way, it is good to get up here on the blocks and really just a huge weight lifted off my shoulders."

Puerta holds the championship lead by 53 points over Jeffrey Tigert, with Farris in fourth and Roberts now in fifth heading into Sunday's second and final race of the weekend at 3 p.m.

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