Daytona Beach, FL (March 11, 2011) — David Gaviria won his first ever AMA Pro SuperSport race on Sunday, leading an LTD Racing sweep of the Daytona AMA Pro SuperSport races. Gaviria, who finished third on Friday, passed teammate Tomas Puerta just before the finish line to win an exciting ten-lap AMA Pro Motorcycle-SuperStore.com race. Huntley Nash took 12th place in a grueling Daytona 200, and Sam Nash earned his best-ever result in SuperSport.
The first race of the day held the fans at Daytona International Speedway captive. The margin of victory was just 0.048 between the two riders backed by Yamaha Extended Service. Puerta led on the final lap after putting a move on Gaviria in the International Horseshoe to take the lead. When Stefano Mesa crashed out of third entering the chicane on he last lap, the battle at the front was left to the LTD Racing teammates. Puerta tried to pull away, but Gaviria drafted by decisively to take his first win.
Gaviria officially led eight of the ten laps at the stripe.
“I didn’t expect it, but I am really, really excited to have won this race,” said Gaviria. “To win at the first event is a great result and very promising for the season. I tried my best in the infield but I couldn’t hold Tomas off, then I tried my hardest on the banking. Maybe I was a little lucky, but I am really pleased with how the weekend has gone for me and the team.”
Tomy nearly took the double win at Daytona but came up just short. “I really didn’t like finishing second,” said Puerta, the East division points leader. “It was a great weekend for the team and we won both SuperSport races, so we’re happy. Congratulations to David, he ran a great race. I tried to do the same thing I did yesterday and make a break early, but I couldn’t get away from the other riders. I knew early that the race was going to come down to the end. On the last lap, I tried to make a move on David on the infield and I had hoped I could make it to the line first but it wasn’t meant to be. It’s good to finish second but I am a little disappointed I could not win again today. I would like to thank the team and our sponsors including Yamaha Extended Service.”
Sam Nash took a strong sixth in the race on his spring break from law school. Nash fought in a four-rider pack and was able to earn his best-ever result. “It was a super-fun race. There was a lot of back-and-forth between a few riders fighting for fourth place. I made a draft pass at the end of the race right before the finish line and took 6th place over Elena Meyers. It was my personal best finish and a dream come true — a great spring break. I’d like to thank all the mechanics and the team for working hard for us all weekend.”
Huntley Nash earned 12th in the three-times red-flagged Daytona 200. Nash improved his pace dramatically during the race and showed lots of promise in his first race since the jump to the Daytona SportBike class. “I wanted to come out of here healthy with a good result and having learned more about the bike and the class,” said Nash, who won three races last season. “I feel good about today and we found two seconds in the race. Of course, we needed a different setup at that point and I couldn’t push any harder. With all the red flags, the race was a strange one but I’m glad to get it done and now we’re ready to go test and get ready for Infineon.”