San Jose BMW Team Wins Inaugural 8 Hours At Daytona
McBRIDE, BARNES AND TROTTIER TAKE BMW GRAND SPORT TWINS (GST) CLASS WIN In BMW Grand Sport Twins (GST) action in the 8 Hours At Daytona, Matt McBride, Pat Barnes and Robert Trottier put together a dominating performance, riding the No. 96 DucatiToronto.com Ducati Multistrada to a 25-lap victory over the No. 70 James Gang Racing Buell XB12. The No. 19 Ducati finished 14th overall, 21 laps behind the overall winner, and held the class lead for all but four laps in the inaugural SunTrust MOTO-ST Series event at the "World Center of Racing." The team avoided major difficulty and McBride, one of the top riders in the Canadian Superbike series, rode the No. 19 across the stripe to take the victory. "After the first two stints that we did, after the first hour, we had a lap lead on them so we had a little bit of a cushion," McBride said. "But in this racing, that little bit of a cushion doesn't really help. It can do away pretty quickly. We had our head down the whole time. We stuck to the same game plan. We put our heads down every time we went out and tried to do consistent
laps and we kept it to the end." "It was a really good day," Barnes said. "Endurance racing has kind of fallen out for a while and it's come back with the (Sport) Twins. I think there's a great future with the Twins in racing. Today, they can last and go. Everybody has fun and we went fast." "Pat Barnes was actually the creator of the team," Trottier added. "He called me and I came on board second and then we got a hold of Matt. This bike that we rode is actually a sprint bike for the Canadian Thunder Series that Ducati Toronto built. So I basically threw it together in a week and a half to get it ready for endurance racing. I didn't realize how much work it takes to prepare for endurance bike and how different they are from a sprint race bike." The No. 42 Team Daffy Ducati PS1000LE of Adam Faussett, Aaron Barry and Jason Routhier crossed the finish line second in class but failed the post-race Dyno test and was disqualified. That moved the No. 70 James Gang Racing Buell XB12 of Paul James, John Fox and Greg Avello into second place in the BMW GST class. The No. 70 Buell was also the only other bike to lead the BMW GST class, running at the head of the class field for laps 13-16. TEAM HURTBYACCIDENT.COM SCORES SPORT TWINS CLASS VICTORY AT DAYTONA In what turned out to be the tightest and most exciting class battle of the inaugural MOTO-ST Series 8 Hours At Daytona, a speedy late-race pit stop by Team HurtByAccident.com enabled rider Steven Breckenridge to cruise to victory on the No. 16 Jostens/Czaia & Gallagher, PA Suzuki SV650, alongside Floridians Nicole Hoffman and Mark Crozier. Breckenridge rode the final stint of the race, dueling Robert Wilkey's No. 17 Kawasaki Team Green Kawasaki EX650 well into the seventh-hour of the eight-hour enduro. Wilkey, running second at the time, brought the No. 17 machine down pit road on lap 209 of the 228-lap event for a late splash of fuel, handing controls to teammate Derick Keys. One lap later, Breckenridge brought his No. 16 bike down pit road for fuel, hurrying back to the track to maintain the lead. Unfortunately for Keys, he was forced back down pit road just one lap into his stint with apparent issues on the No. 17 bike, enabling Breckenridge to enjoy a 24.205-second cushion once the checkered flag flew. Keys finished second alongside co-riders Wilkey and Matt Lapham. In total, the ST class saw 30 lead changes among four bikes, a testament to the close competition on the track. "This was just amazing," said Breckenridge. "The history of this place, the competition on the track, everything. I watch the Rolex Series endurance races on SPEED and see the SunTrust car at the front of the pack. Now, to ride at Daytona in the SunTrust series and win, this was great." All three riders on the No. 16 battled for the lead throughout the race, one that saw the lead change hands virtually every lap for eight hours. The No. 16 bike led a race-high 87 laps. Hoffman, one of two female riders in the field, is a NASCAR employee and is certainly relishing her victory at the 'World Center of Racing.' "This was a coming home for me," said Hoffman. "All of my friends and family were here. It was wonderful. The crew did a great job, our pit stops were fast, and I can't say enough about Mark and Steve. They were outstanding throughout the whole race." "It was such a great battle between us and the (No.) 17 guys for about two-and-a-half hours," added Crozier, from Palm Coast, Fla. "We saw this as sort of a tortoise and the hare situation. We might've been lacking a little bit in horsepower, but we know that if our stops were good and we raced smart and clean, we'd be there at the end."