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LTD Racing Y.E.S. Yamaha's David Gaviria Wins Elkhart Lake AMA SuperSport Race

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At the halfway point Gaviria lead was nearly 3.5 seconds.
At the halfway point Gaviria lead was nearly 3.5 seconds.
The K&N backed team LTD Racing Y.E.S. Yamaha and David Gaviria extended their championship points lead with a dominating flag-to-flag victory in the AMA Pro SuperSport race at Road America. The 26-year-old Gaviria controlled the race from the drop of the green flag by immediately stretching his lead over the field on the four-mile, fourteen-turn racing circuit at Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin. His lead peaked at the halfway point of the 10-lap race at 3.5 seconds. When the checkered waved at the end of the 40.5-mile contest, Gaviria still maintained a 1.4 second margin.
Team LTD Racing's David Gaviria grabbed the lead of the 10-lap Road America race and never looked back.
Team LTD Racing's David Gaviria grabbed the lead of the 10-lap Road America race and never looked back.


"It was very difficult for me," Gaviria said. "I was thinking about that before the race, because being in the lead of the race is pretty difficult, because you don't know if you are fast or you are slow, so I tried to do my best out there, and it worked. At the end of the race I was just taking care of myself," said Gaviria, "to relax and ride smooth but quick."
Although Tomas Puerta earned the pole position, he experienced a mechanical problem while leading the race.
Although Tomas Puerta earned the pole position, he experienced a mechanical problem while leading the race.


The win was Gaviria's second of the year and it gave him a 26-point lead in the West Division SuperSport points chase after five rounds. Unlike his first win of the season at Daytona earlier this year, when he snatched the win on the last lap, Gaviria and his Yamaha R6 officially led all ten laps of the race.

Teammate, Huntley Nash, improved his starting position by four spots, earning a13th place finish in the highly competitive Daytona SportBike race. However, hard luck befell the other two LTD riders on Saturday as pole-sitter, Tomas Puerta, suffered a mechanical issue while leading the SuperSport race and, Sam Nash, had a late crash that dashed a top ten finish in the same event.
Huntley Nash earned a 13th place finish in the highly competitive Daytona SportBike race.
Huntley Nash earned a 13th place finish in the highly competitive Daytona SportBike race.


"It was alright," said Huntley Nash. "13th is better than last weekend, so all we can do is keep moving forward. The beginning was kinda fun, but in the second half of the race, I really didn't have anyone to battle with. We are still working on our front-end setup and hoping for some more improvement tomorrow."
LTD Racing's Director of Competition, Gary Medley, said he feels Nash took a huge step forward with his performance at Road America.
LTD Racing's Director of Competition, Gary Medley, said he feels Nash took a huge step forward with his performance at Road America.


Puerta won the pole but then had bike issues on the first lap. "I'm disappointed for the team and me but we get another chance tomorrow," commented Puerta.

Sam Nash had his top ten finish drift away as the law student crashed in the final laps. "I lost the front on the next to last lap," said Nash. "It was an easy crash, but then it hit the gravel, and that did some damage."

LTD Racing's Director of Competition, Gary Medley, remarked, "It's good to win and David did well. It was an excellent job as usual from him. He could be a champion this year. We had a huge step with Huntley. He keeps improving and it shows his maturity. We'll keep working on it in this direction. It was a tough break for Tomy (Puerta), after winning the pole and being so fast this weekend, but he has another chance tomorrow."

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