Saddlemen Riders Dominant at Mid-Ohio

Saddlemen racers JD Beach and Jake Gagne on the podium in LexingtonSaddlemen supported riders JD Beach (left) and Jake Gagne (right) each earned a 2nd and 3rd place finish in Lexington (Credit: AMA Pro Racing)

Rancho Dominguez, Calif. - July 16, 2013 - Saddlemen added a pair of SuperSport victories and seven total podium appearances to a growing list of accolades in Lexington, OH as AMA Pro Road Racing hit the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course for the Buckeye SuperBike Weekend.

AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike

Still relatively early in the season, the leaders of the Daytona SportBike class are busy building on their early success by adding podiums and stretching class leads. RoadRace Factory teammates Jake Gagne and JD Beach have been landing plenty of top-5 finishes, with the pair swapping 2nd and 3rd in the two races.

JD Beach and James Rispoli racing at LexingtonJD Beach (#95) finished 2nd and James Rispoli (#43) finished 5th, both career bests (Credit: AMA Pro Racing)

Gagne managed to take the lead briefly in Saturday’s race but relinquished it on his way to his fourth 2nd place finish of the season aboard his Saddlemen Performance Seat. Beach finished in 3rd as the top 3 were stretched out by several seconds apiece.

National Guard/Celtic Racing’s James Rispoli hit lucky number 7 once again, finishing 7th for the fifth time this season. Eyeball Moto’s Eric Stump rounded out the top-10, and Riders Discount Racing’s Joey Pascarella finished 13th.

Though the Daytona SportBike class has not seen many new faces on the podium this year, there have still been some exciting races that come down to the wire. Sunday’s DSB race was a perfect example as JD Beach missed out on the win by just 0.655 second. The 2nd place finish is a career-best for Beach, who has finished in the top-5 in every single race this season on his Saddlemen Performance Seat.

Hayden Gillim celebrating his first SuperSport victory of the season at LexingtonHayden Gillim notched his first SuperSport victory of the season on Sunday (Credit: AMA Pro Racing)

Jake Gagne finished 3rd for his sixth straight podium. Rispoli started off hot in Race 2 and even challenged Gagne for the number 3 spot, but settled for a career-best 5th place finish in DSB competition. Pascarella finished 11th and Stump finished 14th.

Gagne is all alone in 2nd place in the Daytona SportBike standings with Beach behind him in 3rd. Rispoli’s consistent performances have kept him in 5th place in the standings with four events and six races yet to go.

AMA Pro SuperSport

RoadRace Factory’s Tomas Puerta continued his hot streak Saturday with his second race win of the season on his Saddlemen-equipped R6, doing it this time by a healthy 3+ seconds. Puerta was followed across the line by fellow Saddlemen rider Hayden Gillim, who is slowly but surely proving that he belongs on the podium.

TOBC Racing’s Nick McFadden was coming off a surprising first time performance at Barber and showed that he could keep up with the pack, finishing 5th in Race 1. Corey Alexander finished 7th, but the National Guard/Celtic Racing rider was thrust into 1st place in the SuperSport East standings all the same.

Team 95’s Hayden Gillim followed his solid 2nd place in Race 1 with his first victory of the season on his Saddlemen Performance Chicane Seat. Gillim battled for the lead after a restart, eventually snagging the top spot on the final lap and winning by just 0.184 second. Corey Alexander was the next Saddlemen rider in with a 4th place finish.

JD Beach and James Rispoli racing at LexingtonTomas Puerta piloted his Saddlemen-equipped bike to a SuperSport victory Saturday (Credit: AMA Pro Racing)

Nick McFadden dueled for 6th place and emerged the winner of that battle. Tomas Puerta was at the front of the pack for much of the race but was forced to pit with a mechanical issue, officially finishing 23rd.

Gillim is just 9 points behind Alexander in the SuperSport East standings, and McFadden is in 7th despite only being able to race half of the events so far this season. Just one race remains for points opportunity in the East: New Jersey. The SuperSport West leader board remains intact with Puerta leading the way. They will get their next shot at points this weekend at Laguna Seca.

AMA Pro Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson Series

Saddlemen’s lone representative in the Harley-Davidson Series at Mid-Ohio was Eric Stump. The Eyeball Moto rider had a busy weekend, racing both the Daytona SuperBike class as well as the Harley-Davidson class. Stump finished 6th in Sunday’s race and after missing Barber is in 17th in the class standings.

Saddlemen riders have a short turnaround as AMA Pro Road Racing immediately heads to Monterey, CA for the Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix at the legendary Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. The July 19-21 event brings both AMA and MotoGP together at the same track for one of the biggest weekends of motorcycle racing each year.