By: Vesrah Suzuki
In AMA Pro Daytona SportBike Race Two at New Jersey Motorsports Park in Millville NJ Vesrah Suzuki riders had mixed fortunes. Cory West finished 6th after just getting passed at the line to take away a second top 5 finish for the weekend. Taylor Knapp suffered a crash and a DNF after a competitor had an issue directly in front of him. Cory ended the 2011 AMA Pro Racing Daytona SportBike season in 5th place while Taylor ended up 8th in the points.
Vesrah Suzuki AMA Pro SuperSport riders improved on their Saturday performances. Corey Alexander came back from his DNF in AMA Pro SuperSport Race One yesterday to claim a top 5 position today in Race Two. Stefano Mesa moved forward 2 positions from yesterday finishing up in 8th place.
Mark Junge – Team Owner Vesrah Suzuki
“The team made a lot of progress in its second year of AMA Pro Racing competition and I am proud of my riders and crew for what they have been able to accomplish. I have to thank all of the team sponsors for their support in 2011 and look forward to working together in 2012.”
Cory West – Vesrah Suzuki #57
“Today’s race was a little tougher than yesterdays. I struggled with my first lap performance and really had to play catch-up. By the time I got into a good rhythm the leaders had already pulled a pretty good gap. Lucky for me there was a red flag and I got another shot at it. I was a little closer to the leaders on the restart but I still found myself out of striking distance. I had a good fight for 5th position and just came up short and finished 6th. I’m a little disappointed that I couldn’t finish out the year with another trip to the podium, but it just wasn’t our day.”
“It’s been an amazing season though and I am happy with how competitive we’ve been weekend after weekend. The new Suzuki GSX-R 600 is an amazing bike and it certainly helped me get closer to the top step of the podium. I can’t thank my Vesrah Suzuki crew enough for the opportunity they have given me this year. Big thanks to Mark Junge, Tony Pogue, the rest of the team and all of the team sponsors. I’d also like to thank my personal sponsors Shoei, Pilot, Held, and Gaerne. I can’t wait to start it all over again next year at Daytona! See ya in 2012!!!!
Taylor Knapp – Vesrah Suzuki #44
“It’s been one crazy weekend. The Suzuki GSX-R 600 was working really good for me today – We found a rear shock setting at Laguna that I really liked a lot and it was working so good that we didn’t change a clicker all weekend. I got a decent start for the 10-lap run after the red flag and was riding really hard and just started passing people and really going forward. I got a really good run going onto the back straight when the rider in front of me had a mechanical issue and I ran right into the back of him causing me to crash. It felt like a Daytona replay all over again and I’m really disappointed that I couldn’t finish the race because everything was working so well. I can’t thank the Vesrah Suzuki crew enough for a good year – Mark Junge, James Lickwar, Tony Pogue, Don Dougherty, Chuck Desimio, Sean Goff, Mike Himmelsbach with Penske, and Pat Alexander from American Suzuki – I couldn’t have done it without them.”
Corey Alexander – Vesrah Suzuki #5
“This weekend didn't go exactly as I had hoped it would but it ultimately could have gone much worse so I'm thankful for that. My Vesrah Suzuki was very strong all weekend but we lacked what we needed to be able to run with the front 3 guys in either race. I'm happy to finish the year with another top five and I couldn't have done it without everyone’s support. I have to give a huge thanks to my mechanics Barry and Tim, we had a very up and down year together but we achieved some great things and I couldn't imagine getting my first win with anyone else working on my bikes. I also have to give a big thanks to Mark Junge at Vesrah Suzuki along with all of his guys for giving me a great opportunity to be on the best GSX-R 600's in the paddock and having faith in me all year. Most importantly I have to thank my Uncle Richie as for without him I wouldn't even be a part of this sport and around all of these great people. There are just too many people to thank; so many people have helped to get me where I am, so all that I can say is thanks everyone! I have high hopes for 2012, see you all next year.”
Stefano Mesa – Vesrah Suzuki #37
“My warm up session was really good - I went out with a completely different set up on bike and it felt better than yesterday but the times didn't look good so we did a little bit of changes for the race. The race was awesome but scary as I got a good start but in the first turn almost got run off of the track and it was a huge pack. Once things cleared I was 10th and really close to all off them and ran well moving forward until I got chatter and had to slow down. 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 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