The Factory Aprilia Millennium Technologies Team Scores a Fourth Place Finish at Barber Motorsports Park.
Leeds, AL – May, 2009 – The Factory Aprilia Millennium Technologies scored it’s best finishes of the year in Sunday’s Daytona SportBike race with a sixth place result from Ben Thompson and a fourth place finish from Chaz Davies, only .027 of a second off the podium.
The team continued its trend of ever improving results with the Aprilia RSV1000R in qualifying. Team rider Chaz Davies impressed many with a blazing lap in Superpole to qualify in the third position. Ben Thompson kept the momentum going from Atlanta and qualified in his best starting position of the year so far in the fourteenth position.
Professional motorcycle racing is an extremely difficult endeavor and everybody has bad days sometime. Saturday’s Daytona SportBike Race One was the LeoVince sponsored Factory Aprilia team’s bad day. Chaz Davies, who ran as high as second place at one point in the race, but crashed out of third when a rider in front of him drug dirt on the track with his knee. In brilliant display of determination, Davies picked up his injured RSV1000R continued the race to finish in the twenty-eighth position. Davies also turned the fastest lap of the race. Thompson and crew took a gamble with set-up that didn’t pay off. Despite running in the top ten early on, Thompson faded back to nineteenth with no rear grip.
Sunday’s Race Two almost didn’t happen with the tornados in the area and thunderstorms battering the track for most of the day. Fortunately the northern Alabama track got a break in the weather and the AMA did a great job of getting three great races off for the soaked, but enthusiastic fans.
Race Two started with a wet, but drying track. Both Factory Aprilia Millennium Technologies riders started the race with rain tires and hoped that the track didn’t dry out too fast. Davies and Thompson both got great starts. Davies immediately jumped into the second spot and battled for the lead. Thompson put his head down early and raced his way through the field well into the top ten. As the track started to dry both riders struggled with rear grip. The last half of the race both Pit Bull sponsored Aprilia riders battled with the Danny Eslick and Michael Barnes for sixth place, in a multi-lap, four way battle. On the last lap third place rider Chris Paris and fourth place rider Dane Westby made contact and crashed leaving Chaz and Danny to fight for the last spot on the podium. Despite a heroic effort by Davies, he could not make up the power advantage enjoyed by Eslick’s 1125cc bike and lost the drag race to the finish line by twenty-seven thousandths of a second or about four inches at that speed. Thompson finished less than two seconds behind his teammate in the sixth position. This is both Thompson and Davies best finish of the year.
Chaz Davies – “The team took advantage of the short three week break between rounds and made some huge improvements to the Aprilia RSV1000R. We had at least a podium finishing bike both days and we just didn’t get the right circumstances to make that happen. Despite my frustration at not getting on the podium, I am very happy with the progression of the team. I want to thank Rocky Stargel and Jimmy Le for all their hard work this weekend and Michael Godin for all his work at the shop. “
Ben Thompson – “The weekend was very difficult at the start but we made some tremendous gains on Sunday morning and I think we finally have a baseline set up with this bike that is going to allow me to finally ride the Aprilia like I know I can. I want to thank my crew, Michael Godin and Marty Ashmore for all their hard work and I am looking forward for going to Infineon next week and moving forward.”
Kevin Hunt (Team Owner) – “It was a good weekend and the team did a great job. To be this competitive, this early, with a new program like this is a testament to the riders, the crew, and the structure the AMA has put together. ”
The Factory Aprilia Millennium Technologies Team is proudly sponsored by:
Aprilia USA, Millennium Technologies, KWS Motorsports, Pit Bull, LeoVince Exhaust, Motion Pro, Bazzaz Performance, Sebimoto Bodywork, Yoyodyne, Slednecks, EK Chains, Motul, Performance Friction Brakes, Worldwide Bearing, K&N Filters, Zero Gravity Windscreens, Suzuka Tire Warmers, Stomp Grip, Hel Brake Lines, Spider Grips, ETI FuelCel and ASV Inventions.
For Information: http://www.kwsapriliaracing.com
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