LeoVince: High Hopes for AMA Road America
AMA Pro Racing
LeoVince riders have high hopes heading into the Road America round of AMA Road Racing. After two podiums and a near top four ride in AMA Superbike by young sensation JD Beach LeoVince was well represented during last weeks Big M Weekend at Miller Motorsports Park.
The Memorial Day Weekend event featured both World Superbike and AMA Pro Road Racing, and LeoVince racers scored solid finishes in both series.
In World Superbike, LeoVince rider Tom Sykes took home two top-ten finishes. He earned sixth in race one and ninth in race two aboard his Kawasaki Racing Team ZX-10R.
In the AMA Pro Daytona SportBike race, Cameron Beaubier a former Red Bull Cup talent, put LeoVince on the podium finishing third after running a strong, smart race. The young but seasoned rider beat many of the expected front-runners aboard his GP Bike Parts Racing Yamaha YZF-R6.
Travis Ohge shocked all again as he repeated the herculean effort he used to finish on the box at Infineon. Once again he rode from a mid-pack P13 start up to a P3 finish on the box. With this he earned a second consecutive podium in the AMA Pro SuperSport class. He rode his LeoVince Factory "R" equipped Yamaha YZF-R6 from a P13 start to a P3 finish on the box, giving him three top-five finishes in the past three races and placing him fourth overall in Supersport West points.
The hottest name in AMA Superbike is JD Beach. Starting in an impressive P7 in only his second AMA Pro Superbike race JD quickly moved through the pack dicing momentarily with National Guard Rider Roger Lee Hayden then quickly dispatching him to move solidly into fourth place. He continued to move forward on the race leaders only to low-side four laps from the finish on severely shagged tires.
Still, Beach proved he has the talent to run up front in an all-veteran field and made a valiant effort to finish on the box prior to his crash. His Cycle World/Attack Performance Kawasaki ZX-10R fitted with the new Factory "R" Corsa exhaust again had the highest trap speeds of any bike in the Superbike class running only 2 MPH slower than the Kawasaki Factory World Superbike Team.
Only three rounds into a nine-race season, LeoVince riders are already proving themselves formidable in what promises to be an exciting 2011 season. Round four will be a double-header at the classic Road America, June 3-5.