Rider Ben Thompson had some bad luck, but made up 27 positions in the race and finished 22nd. In qualifying Thompson was only able to turn a handful of laps due to some minor problems. The rider from Alaska had to start the race from the 49th position. Davis qualified in the 14th position. “This was a mixed blessing at the time,” said Team Manager Chip Spalding. “Since the team did not make the Superpole competition to decide the top ten qualifiers, it meant the team had more time to get caught up.”
Once the race started, both Thompson and Davis started working their way to the front. The race was going according to plan until the pace car came out for a lighting failure in the chicane. “Chaz and Ben had just pitted and the team elected to stay out,” said Spalding. “Unfortunately the race went from full course caution to a red flag situation when two riders fell down in the chicane.”
The last segment of the race was a ten-lap sprint to the finish. Davies was able to get a great start and moved immediately into the top ten. Thompson also moved up to the start but was hit by another rider and ran off in the horseshoe. Thompson was able to restart the race but lost some positions during a critical time.
“Twenty second place is not the finishing position we were looking for,” said Thompson. “We did make a lot of progress with the Aprilia RSV1000R and I’m very excited about our next race in Fontana, California.”
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