Supermoto Series Successful for Factory Aprilia Team at Music City Motorplex in Nashville, Tennessee

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Ben Carlson from the Factory Aprilia Rip-It Energy Racing Supermoto Team took his fifth win in the series at Nashville, Tennessee despite a hard crash. His teammate Darryl Atkins moved into third in the points chase.

Ben Carlson  at Budds Creek, Maryland, photo by Jenny Wyatt Ben Carlson Dominates in the Unlimited Class
Carlson and Atkins pushed the team to a dominate position in the Unlimited class at Music City Motorplex in their Aprilia SXV’s with K&N Engineering products. We use K&N Air and Oil Filters,” said Atkins. “Our bikes run better and we gain horsepower on the track.”
Darryl Atkins at Music City Motorplex Darryl Atkins at Music City Motroplex
Ben Carlson at Music City Motorplex
Ben Carlson at Music City Motorplex

The weekend began with some handling issues brought on by the extreme banking of the NASCAR short-track. On Friday Carlson and Atkins worked to improve suspension and tracking along the high banks. The two did not want to sacrifice handling in the critical dirt section.

On race day, it was hot and humid. The teams had to watch engine temperatures and tire conditions as the thermometer rose. Atkins and Carlson performed well in their heat races with Carlson topping his race and Atkins taking second place. “Ben definitely had a better set-up for the banking,” said Atkins. “Our side struggled a bit finding a suspension setting for the rear end of the bike. The track at Nashville is unlike any other we race on. My chassis settings are slightly different from Ben’s and I just couldn’t push as hard as he did.”

Carlson’s bike just kept sliding up the track. “It’s hard to make a bike work with the lean angles combined with the chassis-crushing banking,” said Carlson. “I love how fast we were going, and I guess my background in flattrack helped me ignore the walls on the banking.”

Carlson crashed in the Supermoto 450cc heat race when Micky Dymond’s machine took a fast right hand turn after the urbancross section of the track. “I was close to Micky in that race and his engine just let go,” said Carlson. “I had nowhere to run and rolled right into his oil and hit the ground hard.” Carlson hurt his hand and shoulder but rode through the pain in the restart to take third place in the 450.

The team focus in 2007 is the Unlimited Class. At the green flag, Carlson and Atkins were on the front row of the grid. Carlson put his head down and went as fast as he could to win the Unlimited class.

The team is headed back to its home base in Corona, California to refresh motorcycles and the team before the next round at Redmond, Oregon in late September. The Factory Aprilia Rip It Energy Team currently holds first place in the manufacturers division points chase.

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