Thursday, March 22, 2012

AMA Flat Track: Weirbach Racing's Ryan Wells Daytona Pro Singles Round 2 Winner Race Report

Weirbach Racing/Ryan Wells Daytona Report
Press release and photos courtesy of Weirbach Racing
On Thursday March 15th, Daytona International Speedway kicked off the 2012 AMA Pro Flat Track season.  This would be my first pro race. 
Hopping on the Weirbach Racing 450, I entered the short track for the first time ever and I immediately realized that all the rumors of the track being super slippery were very, very true.
After the 1st practice I qualified 13th. Without being able too see any times we were not sure where to make the changes so we left everything the same and in the last session I qualified 33rd.  Qualifying 33rd was missing the main show by one spot and I was very disappointed.
I wasn't really sure what the problems were because when I came off the track for the last time I was very confident in how I felt out there.  After missing the show I was not really sure how Friday was going to go.
Ryan Wells #94B is shown on his Weirbach Racing/General Engineering-sponsored Honda CRF450R during a practice session at the 2012 season-opening Daytona Short Track in the AMA Pro Pro Singles Series.  AMA Pro Flat Track photo by Dave Hoenig.
On Friday March 16th, I showed up to the track knowing today was a new day.  Being more motivated then ever, I ended all the qualifying sessions sitting 8th overall.
I was more than happy with these results.  I was sitting front row in my heat race and I felt very confident.  I won my very first pro heat race and my time was good enough to put me on the pole for the main event.
When we pulled up to the line for the main event, I chose the second spot on the line.  When the light went green I got the hole shot and immediately tried checking out and that's exactly what I did.
I ended up winning round 2 in Daytona by a full straightaway.  Winning day two put me in 2nd place in overall points which I am very happy with considering what the team went through on day one.

Special thanks to all our great sponsors --

Weirbach Racing, General Engineering, Barnett, Spectro, Dyno Jet, K & N,
Saddlemen,, White Lightning Retrievers, PMP Sprockets,
Motion Pro, Spider Grips, Engine Ice, Cheney Engineering, G2 Ergonomics,
Works Connection, All Balls Racing, Firecoat Custom Powderworks, CP Pistons
& Carrillo Rods, Web Cams, Foudree's Graphics, Sunoco, Pro Wheel, Durelle
Racing, Supertrapp, T N T Honda, Pingel Products, Regina Chain, Factory
Backing, Hinson, MotoBatt, Pit Posse, Jet-Hot, Bell Helmets, Chicken Hawk
Racing, Boughner Suspension, Vortex, Precision Power Services.

Ryan Wells - 94B

3rd-place finisher Hayden Gillim #69C, winner Ryan Wells #94B and 2nd-place finisher Mikey LaBelle #20T are shown on the podium after round 2 of the 2012 AMA Pro Pro Singles Series at the Daytona Short Track on March 16.  AMA Pro Flat Track photo by Dave Hoenig.

Here is a quick update from the AMA Pro Racing web site press release for the
Daytona short track held this past Thursday and Friday during bike week. 

Thanks to everyone for all their support.

The Pro Singles main truly was a runaway with no drama at the end.  16-year-old Ryan Wells made his second Pro race a huge success as he pulled his Weirbach Racing/General Engineering-backed Honda to a nearly three-second win as he lead all 16 laps.

While Wells was running away, there was some good racing going on behind him.  LaBelle Racing's Mike LaBelle worked his way up to a solid second, leaving Hayden Gillim (Bell Helmets/Teknic) and fast qualifier Jason Isennock (Foard Racing/Doghouse Customs) well behind.

Gillim's third place finish gives him the points lead in the Pro Singles Championship with 35 points over the two class winners, Ryan Wells and Gerit Callies.  Washington's Hunter Taylor is also tied with all three for second with 24 points.

Dick Weirbach
2011 AMA Pro Singles Championship Team

Weirbach Racing
11350 Dahlonega Road
Ottumwa, Iowa 52501

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