Italian Aprilia Team Takes Close Victory In DAYTONA USA 300 SunTrust MOTO-ST Series Race
The SunTrust MOTO-ST Series season-opening DAYTONA USA 300 came down to the final laps on Sunday at Daytona International Speedway. The Italian team of Federico Aliverti and Giancarlo DeMatteis, riding aboard the No. 6 Aprilia Tuono, held off the RoadRacingWorld.com No. 18 Suzuki of Chris Ulrich and Lee Acree to win the 500-kilometer, 106-lap race. The margin of victory was 20.2 seconds. "Daytona is a very big name in Europe," Aliverti said. "In Europe everybody will know we won at Daytona because Daytona is a big name. It is a historic name. All the magazines in Italy will write about this race." The No. 46 San Jose BMW R1200 team, which captured the inaugural 8 Hours At Daytona in October at DIS, appeared to be on their way to winning the DAYTONA USA 300 before a mechanical problem took them out on Lap 93 giving the lead to Ulrich and the No. 18 Suzuki. "Our BMW was perfect," said Brian Parriott, who co-rode the No. 46 bike with Nate Kern. "We had the race won. All I had to do was cruise around. It really is a bummer." The No. 6 Aprilia with Aliverti at the helm then overtook Ulrich on Lap 97 and cruised to the victory. The Pair-A-Nines team with AMA Hall of Famers Jimmy Filice and Jay Springsteen took the ST class victory and a 10th-place overall finish. "It's unbelievable," Filice said. "I have five 250 victories here. I've won in three different decades here so Daytona is a special place for me. To team up with one of my best friends here and do the job that we did, I couldn't ask for anything else." Taking the GST class was locally sponsored team Richie Morris Racing and Dan Bilansky and Shawn Higbee. "It was a terrific win today," Bilansky said. "The Daytona Harley-Davidson/Richie Morris Racing Buell was on its A-game. We had our fair share of bobbles but nothing major. When we had a little bobble or a slow pit stop, things still went smoothly, people kept their calm and got it fixed." In earlier action on Sunday, M4 EMGO Suzuki's Geoff May, who won Saturday's ASRA Superstock race, captured two Championship Cup Series races - the Unlimited SuperSport and Middleweight SuperSport. Daytona 200 Week By Honda continues. For tickets and information, visit www.racetickets.com or call 1-800-PITSHOP. Sunday's results: Unlimited SuperSport AM: 1. Christopher Mannino (Suzuki 1000), 2. Brian Sexton (Suzuki 998), 3. Maximilian Broniseusley (Kawasaki 1000) Unlimited SuperSport EX: 1. Geoff May (Suzuki 1000), 2. Chris Ulrich (Suzuki 1000), 3. David Loikits (Suzuki 1000) Middleweight SuperSport EX: 1. Geoff May (Suzuki 600), 2. Jeff Wood (Suzuki 600), 3. Corey West (Yamaha 600) Middleweight SuperSport AM: 1. Robert Dougherty (Suzuki 500), 2. Larry Karpinsky, Jr. (Yamaha 600), 3. Ryan Meade (Suzuki 600) Lightweight SuperSport EX: 1. Kyle Keese (Ducati 1000), 2. Steve Green (Suzuki 650), 3. Chris Parrise (Suzuki 650) Lightweight SuperSport AM: 1. Chris Sullivan (Ducati 1000), 2. Alexander Lazo (Suzuki 650), 3. Leonard Roy (Suzuki 650) Heavyweight SuperSport EX: 1. Michael Barnes (Suzuki 600), 2. Seane Narbonne (Suzuki 750), 3. Greg Melka (Yamaha 600) Heavyweight SuperSport AM: 1. Robert Dougherty (Suzuki 750), 2. Larry Karpinsky Jr. (Yamaha 600), 3. Ryan Meade (Suzuki 600) ThunderBike EX: 1. Brian Parriott (BMW 1200), 2. Nate Kern (BMW 1200), 3. Rick Breen (Suzuki 650) ThunderBike AM: 1. Stephen Walker (BMW 1200), 2. Chris Sullivan (Ducati 1000), 3. Marcus Miller (Ducati 748) Unlimited SuperBike EX: 1. Martin Cardewas (Kawasaki 1000), 2. Chris Ulrich (Suzuki 1000), 3. Santiago Villa (Yamaha 1000) Unlimited SuperBike AM: 1. Christopher Mannino (Suzuki 1000), 2. Brian Sexton (Suzuki 998), 3. Maximilian Broniseusley (Kawasaki 1000) Ultra Light Superbike: 1. Charles Burnett (Honda 650), 2. Andrew Millier (MZ 660), 3. Paul Conley (APR 250) 125 Grand Prix: 1. Steve Wenner (Honda 125), 2. Morton Frederiksen (Honda 125) Late Saturday's Results Middleweight SuperBike Expert: 1. Corey West (Yamaha 600), 2. Eric Wood (Yamaha 600), 3. Scott Greenwood (Yamaha 600) Middleweight GP Amateur: 1. Larry Karpinsky Jr. (Yamaha 600), 2. Jacguel Gonzalas Garcia (Honda 600), 3. Greg Bordeleau (Honda 600) DAYTONA USA 300 SunTrust MOTO-ST Series Post-Race Quotes ST class winners Pair-A-Nines Kawasaki and riders Jay Springsteen and Jimmy Filice Jimmy Filice "It's unbelievable. I have five 250 victories here. I've won in three different decades here so Daytona is a special place for me. To team up with one of my best friends here and do the job that we did, I couldn't ask for anything else. Jay started off riding the bike. We lost the lead there for a little bit and then I got on the bike. Our teammate crashed going into the first corner and I just kept the pace up really good. We were really doing some good lap time. We got over a lap lead and just kind of rolled on after that. Jay Springsteen "It's great. I worked on the pit crew when we were here in October. I was excited. I had never felt like that before. It's been a long time since I felt that feeling you get just working on the pit crew after my breaking my back. This is really my first race back after that. I broke 11 ribs and my seventh vertebrae. I've got 12 screws and two steel rods holding me together. I'm a little stiff right now but I'm so excited right now." Overall Second Place RoadRacingWorld.com and riders Chris Ulrich and Lee Acree Chris Ulrich THIS WAS A LAST-MINUTE EFFORT. ARE YOU STILL SATISFIED WITH A 2ND PLACE WIN? "100% satisfied. What can you do? Those guys showed up with some top-notch machinery and we just kind of threw this deal together to get second and get on the podium again only 15-20 seconds off. It's fine. You know, it looked pretty bleak at the start. I really didn't know what we were up against. I knew those bikes would be quick - I didn't know how quick. They got some advantages over our Suzuki V-twin but, you know, we just have to go back to the drawing board and pump that thing up a little bit and come back swinging." GST class winners Richie Morris Racing Buell XB12 and riders Dan Bilansky and Shawn Higbee Dan Bilansky "It was a terrific win today. The Daytona Harley-Davidson/Richie Morris Racing Buell was on its A-game. We had our fair share of bobbles but nothing major. When we had a little bobble or a slow pit stop, things still went smoothly, people kept their calm and got it fixed. That's what good teams are supposed to do. When you come across something that isn't right, they fix it right away and they stay calm and things go smoothly and they did that. They made the right call at the end to have Shawn pit with just two laps left, and he stuck out there with just two laps left and brought home the win. It's been a real great experience. Shawn's a great teammate. He dialed in the chassis this weekend before I even got out. Today was the first time I was on the bike and it was spot-on - just the way I'd want it to be. So, a lot of credit to him. He started wrenching on it and tuning on the suspension since Tuesday. So, I would like to say "thank you" again to Daytona Harley-Davidson and Richie Racing." Shawn Higbee "It's a fantastic win for us. We came down here and we looked at the competition. We felt confident and we felt that we had a very good shot at winning. You know, racing's such a tough game - especially endurance racing. There's so much that can go wrong and with so little preparation time for us that was a big concern. Making it to the finish;
that was our number one priority."