Fontana SBK: Pegram Podium & Crash
Pegram Ducati Report
The Suzuki SuperBike Challenge, the second stop of the AMA Pro National Guard American SuperBike series, was held at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, CA.
Strong Southern California winds delayed the start of Saturday’s second round of AMA Pro National Guard races at the Suzuki SuperBike Challenge at the Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, CA. Shortly after 2:00 p.m. Larry Pegram took to the track along with the rest of the American Superbike riders. The 2010 SuperBike series has continued to be highly competetive, filled with strong competitors.
Pegram rode smart and fast, holding the third position for a majority of the race before eventually overtaking point-leader Jake Zemke with two laps to go. Pegram held the lead and rode his Foremost Insurance Pegram Ducati 1198R past the checkered flag.
"My Foremost Ducati (motorcycle) was so good," said an emotional Pegram, shortly after the race ended. "I need to take my hat off to my crew. We’re a small, family-run team and my crew works so hard to beat these factory teams."
Superbike Race 2: Sunday brought a tough end to an otherwise high-spirited weekend for Larry Pegram and the Foremost Insurance Pegram Ducati team. After a strong start and leading the race, Pegram crashed and went down in the ninth lap of the race. Although the accident caused no inhibiting injuries this crash removed Pegram from podium contention.
Pegram was able to get back on his Ducati 1198R and pilot it back into pit row, where his crew worked quickly to put him and his bike back on the track to complete the two remaining laps he needed for point standings.
"Weekends like this are exactly why Foremost is proud to be involved with Larry Pegram, his family and this team," said Randy Slotten, Marketing Director, Foremost Insurance Group. "Saturday’s win was absolutely thrilling and what we hope for every race, but seeing Larry and his crew pull together on Sunday is what makes Foremost proud to be involved with such a first-class operation."
Jake Zemke on the Michael Jordan Suzuki leads the 2010 AMA SBK Championship with 106 points. Tommy Hayden on the Rockstar Makita Suzuki sits second with 95 points. Larry Pegram on the Ducati Superbike holds-on to third place with 70 points.
The Foremost Insurance Pegram Ducati team now heads north for testing at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, CA before round three of the AMA Pro National Guard American SuperBike series at Georgia’s Road America Raceway in April.