Saddlemen-sponsored riders were a triple threat during the AMA Pro Road Racing season opener at Daytona International Speedway. Saddlemen riders found the podium in the Daytona SportBike, SuperSport and Harley-Davidson classes.
“Clearly, good things come in threes,” says Saddlemen Director of Sales and Marketing, Ron Benfield. “Earning a podium finish in all three of the classes where Saddlemen has a presence gave us a fantastic start to the Road Racing season, and we’re happy to congratulate Tomas, Bobby and Corey on great racing.”
AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike
The opening weekend of AMA Pro Road Racing is always special because it marks one of the great traditions of the sport: the Daytona 200. Riders in the Daytona SportBike class must compete for 57 laps over the course of nearly 2 hours. The addition of pit strategy and the mental and physical endurance required to maintain focus makes the Daytona 200 the most grueling stop on the tour.
Bobby Fong finished 3rd in the legendary Daytona 200, getting the Daytona SportBike season off to a good start for Triple Crown/RMR. Fong put together a solid run and held onto his 3rd place position as the field stretched out throughout the race, finishing 38 seconds behind the winner.
Fellow Saddlemen riders Jake Gagne and JD Beach of RoadRace Factory finished 4th and 5th, respectively, in the Daytona 200, giving Saddlemen 3 of the top-5 finishers. Two-time SuperSport champ and SportBike newcomer James Rispoli finished 7th on his Saddlemen-equipped National Guard/Celtic Racing Suzuki.
AMA Pro Motorcycle-Superstore.com SuperSport
RoadRace Factory rider and newcomer to the Saddlemen family Tomas Puerta started off the 2013 season with a pair of solid performances. The defending SuperSport East champ landed in 5th for the first race in an incredibly close finish that saw the top five riders cross the line within a quarter of a second of the winner. Puerta followed up in Race 2 with a commanding victory, taking the checkers by more than a second and jumping out to an early points lead in the SuperSport West standings.
National Guard/Celtic Racing talent Corey Alexander rebounded from a tough 14th place finish in Race 1 to bring home a 3rd place finish in Race 2 of the SuperSport class. Alexander managed to ride his Saddlemen Performance Sport seat to the podium in a photo finish, as top-10 riders all finished within 2 seconds of the winner.
AMA Pro Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson Series
With the Daytona SportBike class only racing on Saturday, Bobby Fong took the opportunity to compete in Friday’s Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson opener. The Rossmeyers Harley-Davidson rider piloted his Saddlemen-equipped XR1200 to a 3rd place finish after a close battle through seven laps.