In addition to his normal duties racing for Vesrah Suzuki GSX-R600 in Daytona SportBike, Taylor Knapp will return to the American SuperBike class riding an Erik Buell Racing 1190RS for the last AMA Pro Road Racing event this season. Taylor, who has plenty of experience riding another one of Erik’s bikes in the 2009 Daytona SportBike class, is looking forward to racing in the AMA’s premier class. It all came together in less than a week’s time while Taylor was returning from Europe. There, he’s been riding a Kawasaki ZX-10R for CN Racing in BSB’s Metzeler Superstock 1000 Championship class. This weekend, Taylor will be in two team garages which will give the Michigan native more time on the track which could prove advantageous in getting each bike set up for his needs. Team RidersDiscount.com and CN Trading look forward to an exciting weekend of racing for Taylor.
Taylor Knapp – “I can’t wait, I’m really pumped now that I get double the track time! The EBR 1190RS is better than the machine I raced in 2009 and I’m really excited to get back into the SuperBike class here at New Jersey Motorsports Park. I have to give a big thanks to American Suzuki and Mark Junge of Vesrah Suzuki for their support all year and for allowing me to compete in the big bike class. I’m looking forward to a great weekend on the two different bikes, it’s gonna be a blast!”
Erik Buell – “It’s a new bike, number 72 right off the assembly line that’s been converted [into a racer] in about three days. The bike actually belongs to a team out of New Jersey who knows Taylor and they figured that he could ride it first. It’s really an effort of well-known race enthusiasts who know how to run a team. We just scrambled to get the stuff together and organized so we could make sure everyone could pull this off in a week. I’m excited to see Taylor on it and I appreciate everyone coming together to do this.”
Brian Gibson – “We’ve always been a fan of Taylor and when we heard he was looking to get back into the American SuperBike class we wanted to do everything we could to help him out. Now we’ve got a new bike to work with over the weekend at New Jersey Motorsports Park and we’re ready for it. I’m very happy to see Taylor in our garage again. I’d also like to give a special thanks to Mark Junge and Vesrah Suzuki for giving us, and especially, Taylor – the opportunity to get back into the SuperBike class this weekend!”
Look for the #44 in American SuperBike on the CN Trading / Team RidersDiscount.com ERB 1190RS and in Daytona SportBike riding the Vesrah Suzuki GSX-R600. For updates on Taylor’s progress this weekend, check out our Facebook page.
Taylor Knapp would like to thank his sponsors: RidersDiscount.com, Vesrah, CN Trading, Alpinestars Apparel, Arai Helmets, Ray C’s Extreme Store and BTP