Y.E.S. LTD Racing’s Tomy Puerta earned second place in Sunday’s AMA Pro SuperSport race, continuing his string of first-or-second finishes in the 2011 season. The East SuperSport points leader led early and then consolidated second place to match his result from Saturday. David Gaviria crashed out while running up front in SuperSport, while Sam Nash earned a top ten finish. Huntley Nash took 16th place in the Daytona SportBike class.
Puerta now leads the overall AMA Pro SuperSport points chase by virtue of his win and three second places this year. He led the first six laps of the race as well. “I had a good start and put my head down to see if I could make a gap. I looked back and Gaviria and Benny were there. I just was trying to be stable on the times, then I made a mistake and Benny passed me,” said the Colombian. “I tried to keep up with him, but I didn’t have enough. I tried to stay in his draft, and I almost crashed about five times. I just wanted to be on the podium and keep it on two wheels today to fight for the championship. That is the most important goal for us.”
Gaviria crashed in the final turn while closely trailing Puerta in the opening laps. “I highsided,” said Gaviria. “Tomy and I were riding close and we were both pushing hard to go fast. I made a mistake and it cost us today but I am looking forward to the next races.”
Sam Nash earned a fine top ten finish and ran as high as seventh as the part-time competitor showed his speed. “I’m pretty happy with the race,” said Nash. “Any time you can get a top ten, it’s a good result. I thought I could do a little better but someone ran me wide at one of the turns and I lost some ground. It was great to race and thanks to the team for all their hard work.”
Huntley Nash had a tough weekend and showed a lot of determination in his bid to shine in the ultra-competitive Daytona SportBike class. “The weekend didn’t go like we wanted but we tried hard and learned some things,” said Nash. “We haven’t raced in two months before this and what we really need is some seat time to get our setup the way we need to get it. The good news is we’re going to Utah soon.”