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Fastest Lap at The Daytona 200 for Factory Aprilia Millennium Technologies Team
The Factory Aprilia Millennium Technologies Team finished in the top ten at the historic Daytona 200. This was the first event for the Aprilia squad.
Top Ten Finish in the Daytona 200 for the Factory Aprilia Millennium Technologies Team
The KWS motorsports team went to Daytona with a new program. There was a new bike, in a new class, a new set of rules and one new rider, Chaz Davies. Most of the crew was also new, but it worked out.
Aprilia RSV100R in the sprint to the finish at the Daytona 200
Rider Chaz Davies turned the fastest lap of the entire event on a motorcycle that had less than 50 practice laps and finished sixth on the track. “The weekend was fairly difficult trying to get the bike sorted in the limited time we had,” said Davies. “Our crew did a fantastic job. The bike handled awesome and I’m looking forward to the rest of the season.”
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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