Sonoma, CA (May 5, 2012) – LTD Racing teammates Huntley Nash and David Gaviria faced a number of challenges in this weekend’s AMA Pro Daytona SportBike race but the duo managed to fight hard at Infineon Raceway and show the racer’s spirit inside them.
Nash, after running inside the top ten in the Road Atlanta sessions and having his best weekend in the Daytona SportBike class last time out, knew he’d have a tougher time at one of his least favorite tracks. The Georgian persevered and was able to rally and earn a top 15 in Saturday’s race, improving two positions off his qualifying spot.
“I settled in and tried to get some laps and take advantage of the track time,” said Nash. “Every little bit counts when you’re a young rider learning. I was able to do my best lap towards the end and make up a spot. We got some points and some seat time. Our goal is to make some changes for the morning warm-up and try to keep going forward. I figured out a few things.”
David Gaviria’s weekend was one of the strangest on record. Last year’s SuperSport West champion ended up taking a provisional start after mechanical issues and a crash left him with very little track time in DSB practice and qualifying.
“It was like a nightmare,” said David of his bad luck. “It’s the first time I have had this kind of weekend before. Sometimes everything goes wrong and sometimes everything goes well. You have to be positive all the time. If you are not positive, it only gets worse.”
A first lap crash left David and the team scrambling during the red flag to get his machine repaired. David was able to rejoin the race then complete the 22 laps to finish the contest.
“I thought this cannot be happening. After the crash, I tried to see if anyone was hurt and then I picked my bike up and tried to get it back to the pits,” said Gaviria. “The bike was pretty bad but I made it back. The team did a good job reconstructing the bike. I appreciate the job all the guys did and I’m grateful to the Pegram Racing team for helping us. After the racing started, I was the last rider so I tried to learn the track, the braking zones. I felt I could go faster but I told myself I needed to relax and ride. I will try some changes in the morning.”
Huntley and David get one more shot at Infineon Raceway on Sunday.