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Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Young on a mission at Barber

From the Fogi Racing Development Team

BIRMINGHAM, AL -- Collingwood, ON’s Ben Young produced a tremendous ride through the field to finish 10th in last Sunday’s AMA Pro Motorcyclesuperstore.com SuperSport race at Barber Motorsport Park in Birmingham, AL, capping off a stressful weekend that saw Young and his team overcome a number of challenges.

After placing a superb ninth in wet practice Young carried that form over to qualifying, putting the Fogi Racing Development Yamaha YZF-R6 11th on the grid for the pair of SuperSport races. However, a rules infringement put the teenager at the back of the 37-bike grid, leaving him with a lot of work to do on Saturday and Sunday.

“We were disappointed with the outcome,” Young admitted after qualifying, “but the rules are there to be adhered to.”

Undaunted, Young put on a charge in Saturday’s opening 17-lap race around the challenging 2.3-mile Barber Motorsport Park circuit, climbing all the way up to 14th within four laps before a connecting rod bearing let go in the engine.

The Fogi Development Team undertook a frantic engine change before Sunday’s second race and after a strong performance in the morning warm-up hopes were high that Young could reproduce his form of the previous day.

Despite battling temperatures in the 100-degree Fahrenheit range Young recovered from a poor start to methodically work his way through the pack over the course of the 17-lap race and crack the top 10 in the final results.

“I just got my head down and rode smart and worked my way through the field,” Young said. “I had such a great time riding with riders I have never ridden with before and my team built me a great bike. Huge thanks to Rocky Stargel, James Hillis, my dad, and all my sponsors. I wouldn’t have been able to do it without them.”

With the weekend ending on such a high the Fogi Racing Development Team is looking forward to the next AMA Pro Motorcyclesuperstore.com SuperSport round at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, OH July 8-10.

Young and Fogi Racing Development Team would like to thank,  Lean Angle, Motul, Arai, EBC Brakes, K&N, TechSpec Gripsters, MICS (Medical Information Carrier System), Turn2 Sportbike School, Arlen Ness, Vortex, Goodridge, AirTrix Paint Store, BCL Motorsports, Renthal, Infinet Designs, GP Tech, The Awning Company, Scot-Build Developments and Armour Bodies.

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