RidersDiscount.com riders Taylor Knapp, Russell Holland, Brian Gibson & Chris Knight shared success in the WERA National event at Grattan Raceway. Taylor comes away with two wins and a second place, Russell finished second in the F1 race, Brian walks away with a win and a DNF finish and Chris pulled off a best of second place. RidersDiscount.com riders raced in almost every expert class on Sunday from F1 to both 600 classes.
#44 Knapp started his Sunday with a second place finish in A Superstock on his GSX-R1000 K7. The result could have been better had it not been for his clutch failing right after the start. Mechanical problems aside, the 21-year-old kept eventual race winner Jensen honest to the end. The 600 Superstock race would be his redemption – Taylor outgunned his main rival from the A Superstock race making a pass on the brakes into turn one and seat-hopping his ZX-6R over the Grattan Hump every lap. Taylor’s fun continued in the F1 race where his GSX-R1000 K9’s radiator was punctured by a rock and started spraying water on the front wheel. With the front sliding through every corner, Taylor held on to take the win over Jensen by 0.98 seconds.
WERA newcomer #83 Russell Holland found the Grattan layout fun but challenging in spite of the fact that it was one of the bumpiest circuit he’d ever ridden. The 25-year-old Australian came to the National event not to compete for wins, but rather, familiarize himself with the 2009 Yamaha YZF-R1 in preparation for his first AMA event at Mid-Ohio. Having only visited Road Atlanta and Barber in 2004, the RidersDiscount.com team thought it best for Russell to use the WERA National event to develop the YZF-R1 to his liking. Having never ridden the Yamaha before that weekend, Russell finished 4th in the F1 expert race and placed 2nd in A Superbike.
RidersDiscount.com’s Chris Knight finished ninth in the 750 Superbike race riding a 1999 Suzuki TL1000R and was only bested in the heavyweight twins class by RidersDiscount.com’s Brian Gibson riding a 2008 Triumph Daytona 675. Brian’s weekend could have gone better hadn’t it been for a mistake in turn 2 on the final lap during the 600 Superbike race where he tucked the front battling Eddie Kraft and ruined his chances of a second place finish.