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Aprilia RSV-1000R Shines in Daytona SportBike Race Two at New Jersey Motorsports Park
Rider Chaz Davies of the Factory Aprilia Millennium Technologies Team scored his second AMA podium of the year at the New Jersey Motorsports Park in Millville, New Jersey.
Aprilia RSV 1000R puts rider Chaz Davies on the podium during the final race of the season in New Jersey
During early qualifying at Daytona SportBike Race Two, Davies finished in the seventh position. Davies and the team continued to make improvements on their lap times and ended up in the fourth position on the starting grid. Rider Aaron Gobert did well during qualifying until he crashed. Gobert then started in seventeenth place on the grid.
New Jersey Motorsports Park in Millville, New Jersey hosted Daytona SportBike Race Two
The Factory Aprilia Millennium Technologies Team finished in the top five in seven races during the 2009 season and also had a pair of podium finishes
The start of the first day of the AMA race went well for both Davies and Gobert. Davies moved quickly into third position and into a four bike battle with his competitors. He left most of the riders behind and moved into second place for the podium.
Gobert struggled with a rear tire that spun on the rim and caused a massive vibration. He still managed to bring his No. 97 Aprilia home in fourteenth position.
“The team worked hard all year to develop the Aprilia RSV-1000R into a competitive bike,” said Chip Spalding, Team Manager. “We knew it was time to put it all on the line since this was the last chance for us to get a win this season.”
In day two of competition, Gobert tried to latch onto the lead group. “Aaron had a great run on the inside and passed several riders going into turn one,” said Spalding. “Unfortunately, Garret Carter lost control of his motorcycle and hit Aaron.”
Gobert saved the crash for a split second, but was hit by another rider. He went down violently and was transported to an area hospital. He was released from the hospital hours later with bruising, said Spalding.
Davies was not affected by the chaos behind him. On lap two he took the lead and never looked back. His top spot vanished on lap 11 after he lost traction on his front tire going into turn nine. Davies crashed out of the lead. He was not hurt but his Aprilia was not able to continue.
“We started nine months ago with a new team, new rules, new riders and new bikes that we had never raced at a professional level,” said Kevin Hunt, Team Owner. “We had our work cut out for us, but everybody stepped up and made it happen.”
Some things remained the same for the team, including the use of K&N products. “We use K&N on the Aprilia RSV-1000Rs and everything we build,” said Spalding. “K&N protects our engines from debris and gives us great filtration. K&N is dependable and performs on the track ever time we race.
The Factory Aprilia Millennium Technologies team finished in the top five in seven races and added a pair of podium finishes to its resume.
“It was a great season,” said Davies. “The only thing I could wish for is more time. I think if we could have started the season with the bike we have now we could have been in contention for a championship.”
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