Braselton, GA (April 23, 2012) – LTD Racing’s Huntley Nash earned two top ten results at Road Atlanta in what was his best weekend yet in the Daytona SportBike class. The AMA Pro SuperSport race winner finished eighth on Sunday to go along with his seventh place on Saturday and ninth in qualifying, showing more promise for the 19-year old.
“I had a good weekend at Daytona before we had a mechanical issue in the race, so I assumed I’d be in the same type of position at Road Atlanta – fighting with a good group of riders closer to the front,” said Nash. “It felt good to be able to be competitive and I’m happy with it.”
“I was consistently in the top ten and only a second or so off pole. I was glad to be near the front. Last year I wasn’t near the top ten. It was a new opportunity for me and I wasn’t able to take full advantage due to an injury that didn’t get fixed until the end of the year,” he continued.
Nash broke his ankle in a training accident last winter and raced the season with a metal rod that limited his mobility. The injury, combined with jumping up to DSB, made it hard to duplicate his 2010 form that saw him win three races, lead 58 laps, and take four lap leader bonus points in SuperSport. “I could only move it 20 degrees as opposed to 60 degrees, so when I got the metal taken out I got a lot of the motion back. I could ride the bike better and train harder,” said Nash. “We’re already looking way better.”
Sunday saw Huntley start well to get away near the front and he had some good battles inside the top ten. “It was a good race. I was at the tail of the lead pack and racing with some good guys like Jake Gagne and Cory West. At the very end, I had some arm pump so I had to nurse it so I possibly could have done a little better. I think we can be at the front once I fix that.”
Nash hopes to continue progressing through the next AMA Pro rounds. “The last time I had a good year, I carried the momentum I got from Road Atlanta and Infineon and then built on that to get some wins, so I’m hoping to qualify on the first and second row at Infineon Raceway and then be competitive in the races and top this one,” he said.
Nash’s teammate David Gaviria had improved on his 20th qualifying position and ran in 12th on Sunday before a mechanical issue ended his race early.
Sam Nash raced SuperSport for LTD Racing at Road Atlanta as part of his limited schedule. The law school student skipped class on Friday and finished 23rd and 22nd out of the 43 entries.
Huntley, David, and LTD Racing will return at Infineon Raceway May 4-6.