The optimistic BYR Team pilot took to the historic yet challenging Mid-Ohio track for the first time
Canadian AMA Pro GoPro Daytona Sportbike racer Ben Young had high hopes to Make a Splash at this past weekend’s Buckeye SuperBike Weekend presented by Dunlop Tire at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course however a variety challenges prevented him from cracking the top 10, resulting in an 18th place finish on Saturday and a 16th on Sunday.
The optimistic BYR Team pilot took to the historic yet challenging Mid-Ohio track for the first time during Friday’s practice session. Struggling with the overall handling of the bike an adjustment to the rear shock was in order.
The fine-tuning of Young’s #86 Yamaha R6’s rear suspension enabled him to drop a second and a half off of his times from the day before putting him 13th on the grid. The 13th place starting position may not have been the luckiest spot for the young Canadian as he ended up tangling with fellow rider resulting in a big crash in the closing laps.
Young initially had a good launch off the line in Saturday’s race but wasn’t able to capitalize on it as he’s done during previous rounds this year and fell back to16th. Pushing hard to try and improve on his position, Young’s ambition may have got the better of him around lap 4 as he ran off the back straight and was about 130 ft. away from the track. The resilient rider turned it around and pushed to get the points and ended up 18th in the first of the two races of the weekend.
On Sunday, Young had a good morning warm-up and made further adjustments; including adding some additional preload to the front end. The pilot of #86 Yamaha R6’s ended the practice session 13th fastest.
During the pre-race parade laps at lunch a bike deposited oil on the track triggering a 30 minute delay to the start of the second AMA Pro GoPro Daytona Sportbike race of the weekend.
The shortened race eventually got underway with Young getting a better start than he had in the previous day’s race. Hot temperatures and slick track conditions presented an additional challenge for Young during the opening laps.
Stabilizing track temperatures, and proper tire choice seemed to finally find some common ground beneath Young’s Yamaha R6 allowing him to feel more confidant on his machine. He quickly began to close-in on Elena Myers during the last couple of laps of the 6-lap shortened race, which saw Young cross the Start/Finish line in 16th
“Another lap or two I think I would have been able to make the pass for 15th. This was a tough weekend for us. We had high hopes for another top-ten finish but sometimes it just doesn’t go your way. We’ve accumulated more points and learned a few more things about our current setup.” said Young.
Ben Young and the BYR team would like to thank; Tim Hortons – Sudbury, Scotbuild Developments, Fogi Racing Development, Arai Helmets, AXO, GP Tech LLC, Hindle Exhaust Systems, DUA Motorsports Bodywork, KICK Energy Drink, K&N Filters, Performance Cycleworx , Thornbury Home Hardware, BCL Motorsports Pit Kit, Vortex Racing, Motul Oils, Bickle Racing Tire Warmers, GB Racing and The North American International Motorcycle SUPERSHOW, Jerry Daggett, the fans and family.
To keep up-to-date on Ben Young throughout the year visit; www.fogi.us, www.facebook.com/BenYoungRacing and on Twitter @bcyoung86.
source: Scott Young