BUELL DEALER TEAMS COMPETE IN AMA RACE AT ROAD AMERICA
Estok and Crevier Ride Buell XBRRs in AMA Formula Xtreme
ELKHART LAKE, Wis. (June 3, 2006) – Buell dealer teams competed in the AMA Formula Xtreme race at the AMA Superbike Championship event at the Road America course. Steve Crevier, riding a Buell XBRR for Deeley Harley-Davidson/Buell Canada, ran as high as seventh position before ultimately crashing out of the race. Classic H-D/Buell-Millville H-D/Buell-Fastbuells.com rider David Estok finished in 14th place on another Buell XBRR. The race was won by Yamaha USA factory rider Eric Bostrom on a Yamaha YZF-6R.
Estok was riding as a last-minute replacement for Mike Hale, who was injured in a crash during testing last week at Summit Point Raceway in West Virginia. Hale intended to ride at Road America, but a practice session on Thursday determined he was not ready for the race weekend. Estok, who won the ASRA Thunderbike Championship for the team in 2005, was asked to fill in for Hale. A rain storm eliminated Formula Xtreme practice on Friday, and Estok, who had to qualify with limited time to work on bike set-up, started in 20th position for the 10-lap race.
“We just missed on our set-up,” said Estok “We didn’t have much track time to get things sorted out.”
Crevier also had a disappointing qualifying session, and lined up for the race start in 16th position. Post qualifying adjustments made to his bike improved its performance, however, and Crevier moved up to eighth place after the first lap and was in seventh place on lap three when he was assessed a stop-and-go penalty by AMA race officials for jumping the race start. Crevier had indeed left his starting-line spot early, but pulled the bike back into position and was not moving forward when the race began. After stopping in the pits, Crevier dropped to 17th position, but moved back up to 12th on the next lap before crashing out unhurt in Turn 1 on lap seven to end his day.
“We are proud of the effort these Buell dealer teams and their riders put in today,” said Buell Chairman and Chief Technical Officer Erik Buell. “David Estok filled in admirably for Mike Hale, despite very little seat time. And I think Steve Crevier was headed for a great finish before the stop-and-go penalty, then he crashed while pushing hard trying to make up the lost time. The XBRR was reliable this weekend, so we’ve made progress in that regard. These teams are on the go.”
Both Buell dealer teams received support from Pirelli Tires, Sentry Insurance, Harley-Davidson Financial Services, Screamin’ Eagle SYN3 Synthetic Motorcycle Lubricant, and Harley-Davidson Visa.
The Buell XBRR is a limited-edition production racing motorcycle based on the Firebolt XB12R reworked at the factory for closed-course competition. It offers private racers a professional-level, race-ready, production-based platform.
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