Friday, June 17, 2011

Team �?hlins Young Guns Qualify for MX Mains First Try at High Point

2011-06-15 20:46
Hendersonville, North Carolina: On a fantastic day of learning and luck, at the AMA Lucas Oil Motocross Championship round at High Point Raceway, in Mount Morris, Pennsylvania, two of Team �hlins three rookie riders qualified for the mains, with AJ Catanzaro earning the 36 spot on the grid and Garret Toth locking in position 39, in a field of 88 riders hoping to qualify for the 40 available gate positions of the Mains.

The plan then was for each rider to move up throughout Moto #1, gaining improved positions for the start of Moto #2, and increasing chances of a points-paying finish. Each rider made measure of the plan, with Toth (#687) incredibly catapulting to a 24th-place finish, making up 15 positions from where he’d qualified. Catanzaro (330) nearly equaled that impressive performance by finishing 27th, a cool nine spots up from his gate position for Moto #1.

The Moto #2 main was a completely different show of trials and triumphs, with a sudden, tenacious and sopping cloud burst flooding the course between the two Motos. In the Moto 2 mud-bath Toth quickly moved up to 15th before falling and rejoining the race in last place. Yup, last. Despite the mud and mayhem, Toth wound his way through the field and captured an incredible 27th. Catanzaro fell also, maybe more than once or twice, and finished in 28th, directly behind his teammate. For their two finishes in the Mains, Toth is credited with 26th overall and Catanzaro with 28th. Nice job.

Stacey Berger, �hlins USA Off Road Manager, said, “All and all it was a great event for us. We were joined by other technicians from �hlins Racing AB in Sweden, showing how serious we are about this effort. Our riders had some things to work through and they did a great job. When around 15-minutes before the second Moto the bottom fell out of the sky, the conditions became miserable at best. Even so, we learned a lot for testing the day after the event, stopping at Tomahawk MX Park, just outside Martinsburg, West Virginia on Monday. We’re ready for the next Motos this weekend.”

�hlins USA distributes and services the world’s leading performance suspension for automobiles, motorcycles, ATVs, and snowmobiles. �hlins develops its proprietary and innovative suspension components at the highest levels of racing from open-wheel car racing, to Moto GP, to off-road competition on two and four wheels. �hlins USA also provides training for service centers and dealers.

Source: MindSpring

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