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Young’s Progress Hindered by Heat and Electrical Gremlins at Barber


Coming off his best finish to-date in the AMA Pro Go Pro Daytona Sportbike class, a 16th place at Road America, Ben Young battled grueling high temperatures and an electrical gremlin this past weekend at Barber Motorsports Park in Alabama.

In Friday afternoon’s first practice session Young seemed to be adapting reasonably well to the increasingly slick track conditions posting a 17th fastest time with a 1:31.958. However, adapting to the heat and humidity proved to be an ongoing challenge.

The young rider commented on the unseasonably hot weather. “High heat and humidity really hit us hard. I couldn't drink water fast enough!”

Five minutes into the first qualifying session the Canadian-Scottish pilot found himself hanging off the side of his Yamaha YZF-R6 after the rear tire broke loose. The bike ghost rode itself for about 150 feet and gently fell on its side. Young got up and ran as fast as he could and quickly picked up his machine. He was able to ride it back to the pits where it was determined that no major damage had been done, just a few minor scrapes. Young returned to the track and managed to salvage 20th fastest.

During Saturday morning’s second and final AMA Pro Go Pro Daytona Sportbike qualifying session he improved his pace earning 18th fastest of the session.

In the first race of the double-header weekend Young, starting from 18th on the grid, got a good start and quickly moved up to 16th place running behind Fernando Amantini. Running confidently for the next few laps a series of minor errors allowed three riders to pass him resulting in a 19th place finish for FOGI Racing’s apprentice.

In the second race of the weekend Young struggled with his launch off the grid however he quickly regained composure and began to improve his pace. On the 8th lap Young started to have electronic problems with his motorcycle and slowly began to lose positions. Young retired from Race 2 on lap 15 of the 21 lap race.

“In the first race I made a few mistakes letting other riders get by me, no ones fault but my own.” said Young. “In race two the bike was running pretty good and I was feeling about the best I had all weekend but it seems the ECU went into safe mode ending our day early. I did have lots of fun riding and we'll be back stronger for the next round.” added Young.

Up next for the BYR/FOGI Racing team will be the Buckeye SuperBike Weekend presented by Dunlop Tire at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, Lexington, OH  - July 13 – 15.


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