Monterey, CA (July 23, 2011) – David Gaviria and LTD Racing Y.E.S. Yamaha wrapped up the West Division of AMA Pro SuperSport at Laguna Seca on Saturday at the United States Grand Prix. Gaviria, who needed to finish ninth or better to take the crown, challenged early before finishing fourth in the race to take the title. Tomas Puerta earned second while Sam Nash had mechanical issues in the race. In Daytona SportBike, Huntley Nash and Raul Alzate qualified for tomorrow’s race, with Huntley earning 19th and Raul 20th.
Gaviria, Puerta, and other riders fought for second in the race, with Tomy eventually winning the spot by the narrowest of margins. Gaviria, who held second but eased up with a couple of laps to go, nearly took third place. He was awarded fourth after a photo finish.
"First of all, I want to thank all the guys on the team. They were wonderful during the year, and I really appreciate all the things they did for me,” said Gaviria after winning his title. “Things were very different this year; last year I was on my own, driving the car to each race, preparing my own bike, and I don't even know how to be a mechanic -- I had to walk all over the pits and ask everybody how to set up my bike! This year is so different, and I just want to say thanks to my team, my sponsors, and everyone who supported me. I tried my best to be in the top three today, but I was also thinking about the championship at the end. I made it, I'm here, I didn't crash, and it was very fun."
Puerta earned second place once again. “My plan was to push hard but I didn't feel the rear was okay to do it, and I didn't want to crash,” said Puerta. “I crashed here three years in a row and really wanted to be podium this time. The race was really close today. I was thinking, 'don't take David out for the championship!' On the last lap, I knew I could pass Corey (Alexander) in the Corkscrew and put my head down coming down the hill. I was on the inside, and the last thing I saw was Corey and David going into the last turn together. The next thing I knew, I was on the finish line."
Sam Nash’s last race of the year ended early with a mechanical issue. “It’s too bad but that’s the way it goes,” commented Nash. “I had a great time this year and I want to thank the team for everything.”
Huntley Nash said he was pleased with changes to his Yamaha R6 overnight and is looking forward to Sunday’s race. “We found a good direction today with some changes we made and I felt pretty good on the bike. With a few more minutes in the session, I would have been able to set a better time but I’m confident we will be able to push in tomorrow’s race,” said Nash.
Raul Alzate continued to come to grips with Laguna Seca and the new bike in his second weekend with the team. The Colombian’s best lap was 1:32.202.
LTD Racing’s Director of Competition Gary Medley said, “Congratulations to David and the mechanics for winning the West Division. They worked really hard all year. It was quite an accomplishment and it shows you that a champion can be someone that you might not have expected. David did a great job all year for us and is really a good rider to work with. We are really proud.”