The 72nd running of the historic Daytona 200 is in the books, and despite a promising second row start, previous Daytona 200 winner Joey Pascarella’s race didn’t go as planned. He and his Riders Discount Triumph Daytona 675R got off to a good start, but an unfortunate issue with the shifter forced him to return to the pits at the end of the opening lap.
“I was feeling good on the grid, and I was more than ready for things to get going,” said Pascarella after the race. “I had a good start, and things were going well through the first few turns, but that changed when I had to downshift for the Horseshoe. I downshifted once, went for the second, but it wouldn’t happen.”
Pascarella returned to the pits for repairs and was able to rejoin the field 4 laps down. “I wanted to get back out there and keep going even though I knew I was down 4 laps already. It was at least a good way to get more experience on the Triumph and blow off some steam.”
Despite this less than perfect start to the 2013 AMA Pro Daytona Sportbike season, Pascarella and Riders Discount Triumph are optimistic about the rest of the season.
“Looking back, Daytona wasn’t all bad for the team and myself,” Pascarella went on to say. “Even though the race didn’t go the way we wanted, we learned a lot and I feel like we got some bad luck out of the way early. I can’t thank the Riders Discount Triumph Team enough for supporting me and I’m really looking forward to bringing the new 2013 Triumph Daytona 675R out at Road America.”
Brian Gibson, Riders Discount Triumph team owner, had this to say about the weekend, “I am disappointed to say the least to have our first race end with one single bolt working its way out of our left rear set, but I am happy to say we left with Joey healthy, and with a strong motivation to redeem ourselves at the next round. I want to personally apologize to Joey for the mechanical and thank him again for staying out on the track representing our sponsors and showing what true grit and determination he has. We are going to take that single bolt and use it to build a solid foundation for the rest of the season. We will be back and I am positive that our fans will see the results the Riders Discount Triumph team is capable of.”
Bree Poland, team manager added, “We obviously didn’t get the outcome we wanted at Daytona, but this race is always a tricky one. We are naturally disappointed that we left the first round with no points, but that just makes us want to work even harder heading to Road America. Big thanks to all of you who came and supported us this past weekend!”
Joey Pascarella would like to thank his sponsors: Riders Discount, Triumph, Speed and Strength, K-Tech, Shoei, Akrapovic, Dunlop, Motion Pro, Zero Gravity, Vicci, Maxima, Saddlemen, Sidi, Forcefield Armour, Full Spectrum Power, Renthal, Andrew Swenson Designs, Hanshaw Engines, GB Covers, Brembo, Cap-It Tire Warmers, Spiegler, Attack Performance, Sharkskinz, Drippinwet, Pitbull, Fastbikes USA
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