Infineon Raceway under a hot sun for the Dainese and AGV racers
19 May 2009 | News
The hot weather and the difficult conditions at the Infineon Raceway made the fifth round of the AMA Superbike 2009 very challenging for the Dainese and AGV racers.
Jordan Suzuki #23 Aaron Yates after the 6th position in the Superpole and the impressive first position at the Final Qualifying, took the 4th position at the Saturday AMA Superbike Race, while a technical issue forced him to stop his race on Sunday.
National Guard #54 Geoff May finished 6th on Sunday after the 5th position in the Superpole and Roadracingworld.com #18 Chris Ulrich reaffirmed his confidence with a top ten finish on Saturday, placing 8th in the Ama Superbike.
Rockstar Makita #79 Blake Young couldn't make it for Infineon. The Winsconian was still recovering from the surgery he had to undergo due to the crash at Barber that left him with the top portion of his pinkie finger removed. Blake was at Infineon hoping to race until the very last morning check with the doctor that discouraged him to race.
In order to allow Blake to continue his impressive season, the Dainese Technology Center (D-TEC) created a pair of custom gloves that will help him to race again despite the injury.
Team Bazzaz #15 Steve Rapp had a great weekend at Infineon. After some changes at the beginning of the season, Steve is now finding his way with the Yamaha. On Saturday he led the race for 5 laps and finished with a podium: his first for the 2009 season. On Sunday he finished in 6th position.
Roadracingworld.com Suzuki #5 Russell Wikle continues his great season with a 3rd place qualifying and race finish in the Supersport class. Not only was he impressive in his own class, but also in Daytona Sportbike, where he finished 15th and 17th for the weekend. Roadracingworld.com Suzuki "Brave" #32 Santiago Villa was able to reach the top 20 in both races despite his broken wrist.
Garrett Willis finished 5th in both Supersport races and he's now 4th in the Supersport West Championship point standings. Brad Puetz, sponsored racer from the D-Store Orange County, got a great top 20 in both AMA Superbike races
There was one very important motorcycle fan that came to Infineon to support his team: Michael Jordan.
Michael, after enjoying the qualifications on Friday, jumped on a bike and went for a ride in the beautiful countryside of Sonoma protected with an AGV helmet. The helmet was one of the many helmets from the National Guard Jordan Suzuki Racing Experience: the 2-up program sponsored by Dainese and AGV. This program provides an exclusive on-track experience for members of the media and other selected guests at each round of the AMA National Guard Pro Racing Superbike Series. All riders are protected "head-to-toe" with Dainese leathers, gloves, boots and AGV helmets confirming the safety mission for both Dainese-AGV and National Guard.