Monday, June 20, 2011

�?hlins Equipped Racers Bolster Points Leads at Barber in all Sportbike Classes

2011-06-20 14:48
Hendersonville, North Carolina: In the AMA Pro SuperBike Championship, the Battle between the top two racers in the series, Josh Hayes and Blake Young, each using �hlins suspension components, heated up at the superhot and broiling races at Barber Motorsports Park, with Young riding his Yoshimura Suzuki GSX-R1000 to a win and beating Hayes on his Graves Yamaha YZF-R1 in each race of the double-header, though Hayes? bike with Triple Tuning Forks earned the pole point. �hlins USA congratulates these riders for an ongoing awesome show with a championship split of merely two points between their first and second places after nine races, a cool 50 points from the nearest other competitor of theirs or of �hlins.

A special shout out goes to Steve Rapp, Chris Peris, and Larry Pegram, each piloting BMWs and the first two mentioned riding them for ?underfunded? teams, in the glacier-melting sun at Barber. On his Iron Horse BMW ESP S1000RR, Peris stunned the paddock with a third-fastest, front-row qualifying position, the best ever for a BMW in AMA Pro Racing since your daddy graduated from high school. Rapp rode his San Diego BMW/Locust Powered by Lee?s Cycle S1000RR to a fourth place finish on Sunday, equaling his best finishing position this season but bettering it on the clock. Rapp?s fourth on Sunday and Pegram Racing?s Pegram?s sixth on Saturday were the first finishes for BMW?s this year where the bikes crossed the finish line at less than 20+ seconds from the winner, the two recording best weekend finishes within eight seconds of the SuperBike race winners.

The climate was the same in the AMA Pro Daytona SportBike class where �hlins suspension did the damping for the winning bikes in both of those Barber races, with GEICO Powersports RMR Suzuki?s Danny Eslick earning the pole and then setting an unmatched pace in Race 1. Team M4 Suzuki?s Dane Westby had his best finish of the season, taking a hard-earned and close-placed second in the sweltering heat and steaming humidity of central Alabama. In Daytona SportBike Race2, on Sunday, the battle for the win came down to Eslick and Josh Herrin, with the later nipping the earlier by a scant 0.022 seconds at the line. With eight races run and seven, to maybe nine, remaining, the top three riders in Daytona SportBike are �hlins equipped. By the end of the weekend at Barber, Eslick had surged to a tiny three point lead over Herrin, and Jason DiSalvo sits nearby in third, down a paltry 17 points from second on his Team Latus Motors Racing Ducati.

AMA Pro SuperSport saw Benny Solis riding his Erion Honda CBR600RR to a win in Race 1 and a second-place finish in Race 2, putting him into the point lead for the AMA Pro SuperSport West championship. With this weekend?s win Solis has the most recorded in the class, at three.

Source: MindSpring

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