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DOUBLE-O DANE: WESTBY SHOWCASES LICENSE TO WIN IN ALABAMA
Yamalube Rider Stays Gold With A Different Type Of Victory
Birmingham, AL (June 21, 2014) - Yamalube/Westby Racing's Dane Westby emerged victorious again on Sunday. The Tulsa, Oklahoma, native staged an unlikely charge through the pack to earn a second win of the weekend to sweep AMA Pro Daytona SportBike at Barber Motorsports Park. Dane moved from sixth to the front, picking off one rider at a time in the Turn 14, 15, and 16 section and setting the race's quick laps in the process. After the checkered flag, Westby found himself hoisting another trophy.
"Yesterday was a first for me when I led the race and won it that way. Today, I felt like these guys had a leg up on me," said Westby. "I wasn't quite as comfortable as I wanted to be early on. I was a little slow in some parts of the track but I was really good in the ?Alabama Rollercoaster,' as they call it. It was a real barnburner of a race, super hot out there and the conditions were tough. I put my head down and waited until my moment. I passed everyone back there in the back, just a block pass and then making it stick. I had some different lines where I could hold it until the end and earn the position. It was a really great race, and I am proud of what we were able to accomplish."
Westby topped fellow Yamalube-sponsored rider Jake Lewis and Jake Gagne. He dedicated this win to the National Down Syndrome Society.
Yamalube/Westby Racing's Chuck Giacchetto said, "We're one big family on this team, but today, we have to give it up to our rider. He's the one who made this one happen. Dane is such a unique racer with a different style than just about anyone else on and off the track. I'm actually pretty speechless. We need about 24 hours for these wins to sink in."
Westby and Yamalube/Westby Racing will next race at Laguna Seca, July 11-13.
Josh Hayes Uses His Sixth Sense, Wins Sixth Barber SuperBike Race In A Row Aboard His Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha YZF-R1; Teammate Cameron Beaubier Also On Podium
Birmingham, AL - June 22, 2014 - Tying the consecutive SuperBike wins record at Barber Motorsports Park wasn't even remotely on three-time AMA Pro SuperBike Champion Josh Hayes' mind during Sunday's SuperBike Race 2, but his dominant victory not only tied the record at Barber, but it also marked the third year in a row that Josh notched the double win at the 2.38-mile, 14-turn Alabama road course.
"It was a lot different race than how I expected it to play out," Josh commented after his record-tying win. "I was able to get a good start and work on stretching out a lead, so the last few laps were pretty smooth. My conditioning was important this weekend with the hot temperatures and high humidity, and I'm glad that I put in all those miles on my bicycle between race weekends because it really helps. My Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha crew always gives me a great R1 that performs flawlessly, so hats off to them."
Josh's SuperBike rookie teammate Cameron Beaubier came back from a tough Saturday to finish on the podium in Sunday's race, which made it two Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha riders on the podium.
Cameron said, "It feels great to get on the podium. I felt bad crashing two bikes yesterday, so I'm really happy with this third-place finish. I'm still in contention in the points standings, so we'll move on to (Mazda Raceway) Laguna Seca and try to improve."
With three rounds and five races left in the 2014 AMA Pro SuperBike season, Josh is leading the Championship by 29 points. Cameron is currently in fourth place, but just six points out of second place in the standings.
The next race weekend for the Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha SuperBike Team is July 11-13 at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, CA, as the stars of AMA Pro Racing compete on the world stage during the FIM World Superbike Championship's only U.S. stop.
IMPROVEMENT FOR ROBERTS ON SUNDAY AT BARBER MOTORSPORTS PARK
Team Hammer and Joe Roberts closed out a difficult AMA Pro Road Racing weekend at Barber Motorsports Park with a 16th-place result in Sunday's Daytona SportBike contest.
M4 SportbikeTrackGear.com Racing's Roberts was fighting an uphill battle from the start, after an issue during qualifying forced him to start the weekend's twin 19-lap DSB races from the 18th spot on the grid. He made impressive progress during Saturday's race aboard his CBR600RR only to crash out of a potential top-ten performance.
The 17-year-old Californian came back on Sunday and picked up a 16th-place result. He battled with two other riders for a place in the top 15 throughout the race but came up just 0.21 seconds short in the end.
The up-and-coming star summed up his frustrating return to the scene of last year's spectacular double-win AMA Pro debut: "Well, at least I didn't crash today. This weekend hasn't really gone well. We had a problem with the bike in qualifying and I only caught the last couple of minutes. So we qualified 18th.
"Saturday I caught a group fighting for a spot in the top ten but I came through Turn 12 and hit a seam and just crashed. And today, I got an okay start. I got to racing with a couple riders but that's not where I want to be, battling back there. It's a real bummer.
"We need track time to develop the bike and find out what's going on. When we only get maybe 30 laps, it's not good. The two-day schedule didn't help in that regard. I have to go back and do some more training, and get a little more flexible. The hand hurts still, it's not completely healed up and I tweaked my knee so that's hurting a little bit as well."
Roberts is optimistic that he and Team Hammer can turn their luck around when the AMA Pro Road Racing season resumes on July 11-13 at one of his favorite tracks -- Laguna Seca.
About Team Hammer: In 2014, Team Hammer, Inc. is competing in its 34th consecutive racing season, and is marking its eighth year of offering technical and logistical support through its Contract Services Department. Riders on Team Hammer-prepared racebikes have earned 59 AMA Pro National race wins; 135 AMA Pro National podium finishes; 5 AMA Pro Championships; 133 Overall National Endurance race wins; 13 National Endurance Championships and assorted other race wins and titles.