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Johnstown, Ohio (Oct. 5, 2011) - AMA Pro Racing Grand National Flat Track Series Rookie of the Year, Brad Baker, put in another solid ride at the Calistoga, CA Half-Mile National. Baker immediately made his presence known in timed qualifying by setting fastest lap at 24.493 seconds – 73.490 mile per hour average around the tacky half-mile oval. Baker remained on top of the time charts throughout both qualifying sessions to claim the pole position for heat number one.
“Qualifying first tonight is a big boost for the team. This is the third time this year that Brad has been fastest in timed qualifying. We struggled in our last two races in Knoxville, Iowa and Brainerd, Minn. so setting fast time is a big boost for the team. We are looking forward to finishing the night as strong as we have started” stated team lead tech David Gamble.
Baker continued to run up front as he earned a direct transfer to the main event from his heat race, finishing third behind championship contender Sammy Halbert and Matt Weidman. “The track changed a little bit between timed qualifying and the heat race. Sammy and Matt went right to the top of the track on the first lap and put a small gap on me. It took me a lap or two to figure it out, but once I moved up top I was able to keep up their pace and actually reel them in a little. I just ran out of laps, but I am happy for the direct transfer to the main” said Brad Baker after his heat race.
On lap six of the main event, Baker found himself in eighth place fighting for position in a tight pack of riders. He methodically made his way past riders Johnny Lewis, Matt Weidman and multi-time national champion, Kenny Coolbeth. At the checkered flag Baker was in fifth spot only inches behind Australian National Champion, Luke Gough.“We’ve made a lot of progress tonight, so I am really happy” said Baker after the main event. “The track had a lot of grip and it was really fun to ride. I have had some really good, solid finishes on the Ducati so far and I am really looking forward to Pomona, Calif. in two weeks. I really think that I can make the last race our first win.”
“I really want to thank the promoter, Bob Bellino and his crew. They have brought us back to California for three races this year. The first two were sellout crowds with really enthusiastic fans. I can’t wait to go to Pomona, Calif. in two weeks for our last race of the season. Brad and the Ducati really like the deep, loose dirt tracks so with any luck it should be a good track for us to finish what I feel has been a really successful season” added team co-owner David Lloyd.
Lloyd Brothers Motorsports, Inc. is sponsored by:
TeamHurtByAccident.com, ENI USA, Motion Pro, Nicky Hayden, Daniel Kalal, Penske Racing Shocks, Arai Helmets, MotoConcepts, M4 Exhausts, VMC Racing Frames, RaceImage.net, Vortex, Flat Trak Fotos, Mad Hatter, Mr. Sign, Yuasa Batteries, K & N, Fox Performance, Saddlemen, D’s Leathers, Wagner-Lewis Clutches, Tucker Rocky, Diamond Chain, A&A Racing.
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