AMA Daytona SportBike Series Race hard fought battle for Factory Aprilia Millennium Technologies Team
Davies ran with the leaders during qualifying. “Although he only qualified in the sixth position, he was only a few hundredths of a second out of the second position,” said Team Manager Chip Spalding. “Teammate Ben Thompson continued to struggle with his bike set-up and qualified in 22nd position.”
During the Sunday morning warm-up session, Davies posted the fastest time. Thompson also made progress over the course of the weekend, finishing the morning warm-up in 18th position.
The Daytona SportBike race took place immediately after the MotoGP race in Monterey, California. The start of the race went well for both riders. Davies was shuffled back to seventh in the first corner and Thompson make up a few positions.
Davies then fell into a four-way battle for third place. “Riders went into Laguna’s tight turn two, three-wide and sideways all the way to the apex,” said Spalding. “Eventually something had to happen and Jason DiSalvo fell down and took two other riders with him.”
That brought out a red flag and the race stopped. The re-start worked out well for the Factory Aprilia team. Davies took the lead after some very aggressive passes. He held on for five laps until Ben Bostrom slipped by with only two laps to go. Davies caught up and stayed with Bostrom on the last lap, but was not close enough in the final corner to make a final move and took second place.
Thompson moved up to fifteenth position but had to withdraw from the race due to mechanical issues. “We made some progress this weekend trying to find a setting I can work with,” he said. “The race was going well and we were moving forward but we had to pull out. We’re working on a solution and I am confident we will find it soon.”
“We have eight more chances to win this year and we are looking forward to each and every race,” said Team Owner Kevin Hunt. “This is the culmination of an effort that started with four bare Aprilia chassis eight days before Daytona. We didn’t know how it would turn out when we started, but we’ve put in our best efforts and no resource has been spared.”
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