Saddlemen Riders Solid at U.S. Grand Prix

Jake Gagne led Saddlemen racers with a 3rd place finish, despite dropping to the bottom of the top-10 following a red-flag restart.Jake Gagne descends the famous corkscrew at Laguna Seca (Credit: RoadRace Factory/GeoCrash Photography)

Rancho Dominguez, Calif. - July 23, 2013 - The Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca brings together two of the largest motorcycle racing series on the planet, and Saddlemen supported riders made the most of it with three podium appearances and seven top-10 finishes.

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The Daytona SportBike class has seen Saddlemen riders consistently taking top spots throughout the season, and the 6th round of AMA Pro Road Racing was no different. Once again RoadRace Factory’s Jake Gagne led Saddlemen racers with a 3rd place finish, despite dropping to the bottom of the top-10 following a red-flag restart. Jake fought his way through the crowd for his seventh straight podium finish aboard his Saddlemen Performance Seat.

Saddlemen racer JD Beach continued his season-long streak of top-5 finishes and James Rispoli finished 8thJD Beach (#95, left) and James Rispoli (#43, center) put together solid finishes (Credit: AMA Pro Racing)

Gagne’s teammate, JD Beach, went on the record last week saying that Laguna Seca is one of his least favorite tracks, but all the same Beach continued his season-long streak of top-5 finishes with a 5th place. The teammates hold on to their 2nd and 3rd place positions in the points standings with three rounds left to go.

National Guard/Celtic Racing’s James Rispoli finished 8th and Riders Discount Racing Triumph’s Joey Pascarella rounded out the top-10 aboard their Saddlemen Performance Chicane seats. Rispoli retains his 5th place spot in the standings and is poised for a solid first season in Daytona SportBike.

Tomas Puerta started from the pole-position, but the 16-lap race proved to be anything but routine for PuertaTomas Puerta qualified in pole-position and finished 2nd at the U.S. Grand Prix (Credit: RoadRace Factory/GeoCrash Photography)

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Saddlemen supported riders Hayden Gillim, Nick McFadden and Caroline Olsen did not compete at the Grand Prix for a variety of reasons, but Saddlemen was still well represented in the SuperSport class by Tomas Puerta and Corey Alexander.

RoadRace Factory’s Tomas Puerta started from the pole-position, but the 16-lap race proved to be anything but routine for Puerta and the other SuperSport competitors. Puerta dueled for the lead throughout the race and into the final lap, but fell short by just 0.117-second in a thrilling finish. Puerta extended his lead in the SuperSport West standings with the first opportunity for points since Road America.

Corey Alexander finished just 0.177-second behind Puerta for 3rd place at Laguna SecaCorey Alexander (right) joined Puerta (left) on the podium with a 3rd place finish (Credit: AMA Pro Racing)

National Guard/Celtic Racing rider Corey Alexander finished just 0.177-second behind Puerta for 3rd place at Laguna Seca. A non-points race for the SuperSport East rider, Alexander is putting together a solid season and has a 9-point lead with just one round and two races left to go.

Round 6 of the AMA Pro Road Racing series takes riders and fans alike to Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, UT, August 2-4. Follow Saddlemen Performance Seats, the Official Seat of AMA Pro Racing on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for the latest news from Saddlemen.