DAINESE AND AGV RIDERS TRIUMPH SUPERBIKE CLASSIC
27 June 2012 | News
Following a three week break after back to back race weekends, AMA Pro Roadracing heads to Barber Motorsports Park for the Triumph Superbike Classic where Dainese and AGV riders continue to heat up the battle for the leads in the championships.
Leeds, AL-Breaking in his new custom Dainese race suit under the hot Alabama sun, Celtic Racing's James “The Rocket” Rispoli started third from a grid of forty riders. Reeling off consistently quick times in SuperSport Race 1, Rispoli maintained third position for most of the 17 laps to take 3rd on the podium and collect more points in his quest for a second championship.
Any drama that may have lacked in the first SuperSport race of the weekend was made up for in Race 2 as the on-track action was halted by two red flags and a photo finish. Running a tight race from the second restart with his rival Jake Lewis, James Rispoli shook off the sweltering heat and heavy pressure. Battling greasy grip from his tires in the final laps, Rispoli came away with the checkered flag after a final push by Lewis to draft him across the line. Not far off their pace, Dainese and Roadrace Factory's Thomas Puerta put the full perforation of his Stripes suit to use bringing home a fantastic 3rd place finish in front of his visiting father.
After a hard crash in practice late Friday deployed Dainese and Yoshimura Suzuki rider Blake Young's D-Air Racing suit, he was able to line up on the grid for SuperBike Race 1 healthy and ready to battle. From the drop of the flag the field spread out quickly and settled into a rhythm after an early crash from Jordan Suzuki and Dainese rider Ben Bostrom relegated the uninjured racer to watch from the pits. Graves Yamaha and Dainese's Josh Herrin locked onto the coattails of his teammate Josh Hayes to capture a 2nd place finish while Blake Young struggled with rear grip crossing the line in 3rd. Off the pace of the race leaders and still nursing a healing wrist, Dainese and AGV rider Attack Kawasaki's Steve Rapp finished 9th.
Off to a late start following the earlier red flags in the second SuperSport race, SuperBike Race 2 held its own drama. A bad start from Blake Young saw him claw his way forward from 7th position. Riding like a man possessed, he fought his way back to a battle for 2nd place with fellow Dainese racer Josh Herrin. When Herrin ran off track, Blake took full advantage to try and put distance between them knowing Herrin would battle back. In a fight to the finish, Young refused to relinquish 2nd place. Herrin finished just over 2 seconds behind him. Further back in the field, Ben Bostromand Steve Rapp crossed the line in 6th and 7th, respectively.
As the summer heat continues, expect conditions to create interesting challenges for the teams and riders when AMA Pro Roadracing commences at Mid-Ohio in two weeks.