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Top 5 Finishes for Vesrah Suzuki in AMA Pro Daytona Sportbike Race One at NJMP

After qualifying on the second row, both Vesrah Suzuki Daytona SportBike riders Cory West and Taylor Knapp were able to bring home top 5 finishes in Race One at New Jersey Motorsports Park in Millville, NJ. Cory just missed the podium in 4thplace and Taylor followed him home in 5th.

In AMA Pro SuperSport things did not end up as well for the Vesrah Suzuki team. After qualifying on the front row, Corey Alexander crashed in a highspeed portion of the track and did not finish the race. Stefano Mesa qualified on the second row but issues with a stalled rider on the first lap dropped him back and he was able to fight his way back up to 10thplace at the finish.

Mark Junge – Team Owner Vesrah Suzuki
“All 4 of my riders rode great today and the crew is doing an excellent job. I am looking forward to tomorrow and seeing how we can finish up this season.”

Cory West – Vesrah Suzuki #57
“We definitely made big progress in the final qualifying session this morning and ended up with a second row start. I got a good launch in the race but I got pinched off down in turn 1 and had to fight my way to the front. About halfway through the race I caught the lead pack and just tried to figure out where I was going to make my moves. I had a podium in sight on the last lap but just couldn’t close the gap on the leading three riders. I was happy to finish 4ththough, and to be top finishing Suzuki. We’ll do our homework tonight to try and squeeze a few more tenths out of the lap time so we can land on the box tomorrow. Big thanks to my Crew Chief, Tony Pogue, and mechanic, Sean Goff for their hard work this weekend and to the rest of the Vesrah Suzuki crew.”

Taylor Knapp – Vesrah Suzuki #44
“Race 1 went really well as we had a good qualifying position both Friday and Saturday and just got bumped off the front row. I got a good start in the race and just filed in with the leaders and the pace did not seem that fast but it was hard to make a pass. My Suzuki GSX-R 600 felt so fast into turn 1 and that was a strong point for me. I was able to make a pass on the last lap to end up 5th. For tomorrow if I just get out front with a clear track I think we can race for the win. I cannot thank the Vesrah Suzuki team enough as the bike worked really good today.

”Corey Alexander – Vesrah Suzuki #5
“This weekend has been up and down for us so far. We had a rough start but we made some changes that put us up on the front row fortunately. Today’s race started off well but as the race continued things started to go downhill and I ended up crashing. We're going to go back out tomorrow with some changes and try to put my Vesrah Suzuki GSX-R 600 on the podium. I have to give a huge thanks to my mechanics for working hard. Tomorrow will be better for sure.”

Stefano Mesa – Vesrah Suzuki #37
“My weekend started very good with the first session and finishing 7th- I was having a little bit of trouble with the suspension set up on my Vesrah Suzuki. My first qualifying was okay as we got the bike set up and ran in 6th and I was really happy with the only problem being that we were tearing up the front tire. Final qualifying was not so good as I went out and had a lot of trouble so we went back to my old settings and finished 7th.”
“The race was not good at all as I started in 7th but had a little bit of trouble with a stalled rider on the start and my first lap I went through start finish in 18thplace and from there worked back up to 10th. I know I can do much better and am looking forward to tomorrow. I have to thank Mark and Vesrah Suzuki for the opportunity to ride for them, my crew James & Don for all of their hard work and my Mom and Dad for making this happen for me along with my personal sponsors - Bell Helmets, Leo Men’s Underwear, Addict by Bosi, Motoprimo & Studio 299.

”Vesrah Suzuki wants to thank all of their sponsors for their support for the 2011 season –Vesrah, American Suzuki, Rockstar Energy Drink, Nielsen Enterprises Suzuki, Penske Racing Shocks, Traxxion Dynamics Fork Components, Yoshimura, Catalyst Racing Composites, Sudco Int., Bazzaz, Factory Pro, Maxima Racing Oils, Vortex, DID Chain, GPR Stabilizers, Trek Bicycles, GP Tech, Active, Pilot, Suzuka Tire Warmers, Pit Bull & Road Rage Designs

  • Posted on   05/08/12 at 06:19:28 PM   by Andrew  | 
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