Josh Day Finishes Second In MotoAmerica Superstock 1000 Race 2 At VIR Aboard The #00 Yamalube/Westby Racing YZF-R1
Alton, VA - May 17, 2015 – After winning the pole, as well as Superstock 1000 Race 1 at Road Atlanta, Josh Day and the Yamalube/Westby team came into VIRginia International Raceway riding a wave of optimism and good fortune. And, by Sunday night that good fortune was still in play, although admittedly, it did take a slight dip earlier in the day.
Starting from the second row on the grid after qualifying second in the Superbike 1000 class and fifth overall, Josh was in position to get a good result in Race 1. Unfortunately, on lap 11, he and Jake Gagne both had separate tipovers in the same, and the race was red-flagged as a result. After waiting for the #00 Yamaha YZF-R1 to be returned to the pits on the crash truck, the Yamalube/Westby Racing crew went to work getting the bike ready for the restart. Unfortunately, they ran out of time and Josh was unable to make the grid.
Things went better for Josh and the team in Race 2. The #00 R1 was ready to go, and it performed flawlessly. Josh was able to exploit the power of the 2015 R1’s crossplane crankshaft engine, and he finished second in the race to end the weekend at VIR on an upswing.
“I’m really happy with where we ended up in Race 2,” Josh said. “But we need to keep working on closing the gap. And, I have no doubt we’ll get there. The new R1 is, by far, the best 1000cc bike I’ve ever ridden, and we’re still learning more and more every time I ride it. My mission in Race 2 was to finish strong and bring it home for the guys. It’s really great to work with the entire Yamalube/Westby Racing team, along with our other sponsor Broaster Chicken. Also, big thanks to RS Taichi, Sidi Boots, and Arai Helmets for keeping me safe when I had the tipover in Race 1.”
Yamalube/Westby Racing will be back in action for round four of the MotoAmerica series, which takes place at Road America in Elkhart Lake, WI, on May 29 through 31.