Young Back on Track at Miller Motorsport Park
NEWS August 8, 2013
Photo by Stephen Clark
Courtesy of Ben Young Racing:
TOOELE, UTAH (Aug. 8, 2013) – Canada’s Ben Young was back on track this past weekend at Miller Motorsports Park earning a 12th and 14th place finish. Young had to miss Round 5 of the AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike Championship at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca due to the privateer team’s modest budget.
Young seemed eager and primed to establish himself as a top-10 contender at Miller after a challenging weekend last July at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio where he took home an 18th and a 16th place finish.
The Thornbury-based pilot of the #86 BYR Yamaha R6 got a good start in Saturday’s AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike race and held his position for the first lap. Young tried his best to hang with Benny Solis and Jake Zemke but didn't have enough power to stick with them. After a huge moment on the 3rd lap, Young lost a significant amount of time that he knew he’d have to make up quickly.
After settling down and getting back into a rhythm Young began to battle with a group of three riders including himself, fellow Canadian Kenny Riedmann and Bryce Prince.
“I had a good ride with Kenny showing him a wheel a lot. Kenny crashed out when Bryce was in front of me and I passed him with two laps to go up the inside in corner #5.” said Young.
Young held his position right to the line to finish 12th in the first race of the weekend.
After a good morning warm up on Sunday Young knew he had a good set up for the second AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike race of the weekend.
Running a race-pace better than the day before Young was feeling confident and charged hard to continue his progress. However the group in front of him pulled away, leaving a gap of a full second on him. Young battled with Riedmann throughout the race and finished 14th just behind him. Riedmann was assessed a five-second jump start penalty placing him just behind Young in the official results.
“I managed to close the gap on Kenny. I came really close to passing him on the last lap but I just couldn't make a pass stick. My 14th place finish moved us to 11th in the points, just seven points out of tenth in the championship standings.” said Young
Young’s last appearance in the AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike class at Miller Motorsports Park back in 2012 saw him cross the line in 21st place. This past weekend’s results of a 12th and 14th place finish shows his continued dedication, persistence and progress.
Up next for the BYR Team is a rare appearance at a Canadian track as Young will take to the newly renovated Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (formerly Mosport International Raceway) for the Mopar Canadian Superbike Championship doubleheader in Bowmanville, Ont. August 9-11.
Running out of the Hindle Exhaust paddock Young will compete in the Hindle Exhaust Pro Sport Bike class against Canada’s top Sportbike riders.
Young’s presence at the Mopar Canadian Superbike Championship doubleheader Canadian Tire Motorsport Park is to help promote his Canadian-based sponsors; Hindle Exhaust, Tim Hortons – Sudbury, Scotbuild Developments, Fogi Racing Development, DUA Motorsports Bodywork, Thornbury Home Hardware, BCL Motorsports Pit Kit, Thornbury Home Hardware, BCL Motorsports Pit Kit and The North American International Motorcycle SUPERSHOW.
Ben Young would also like to thank his international supporters; Arai Helmets, AXO, GP Tech LLC, KICK Energy Drink, K&N Filters, Performance Cycleworx, Vortex Racing, Motul Oils, GB Racing, Jerry Daggett, the fans and family.
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