Team RidersDiscount.com #20 Sam Gaige started off his 2011 racing season with great success during the Pirelli/WERA Sportsman Series event at Summit Point Raceway. Gaige took his Dunlop-shod Markbilt Yamaha YZF-R6 to three wins on Sunday with riding conditions that were constantly worsening as the day went on. The weather made it an especially challenging weekend for every racer and before the end of the day, Gaige too would succumb to the very green track surface and lost the front and crashed while in the lead during his last race of the weekend. Even after that, he was still able to complete the last race as the crash caused only cosmetic damage to his YZF-R6.
Sam Gaige – “I’ve been coming to Summit Point for fifteen years now and those were some interesting riding conditions. I had to break-in a new engine during the morning practices, so I really couldn’t get up to speed until it was time for the green flag. I got out there for each race with the goal of getting the hole shot and maintaining a steady gap for the lead. My Dunlop tires held up really well despite the cold weather and the only bad thing came from going out on cold tires that were new for the last race of the day and maybe pushing it a little too hard, too early. It was my first weekend out, so I can’t complain about the fall, it was a rookie mistake on my part. I’d like to thank RidersDiscount.com for the Alpinestars and Kushitani gear they provided for me because it’s all incredibly comfortable and held up very well in the crash, so I can’t complain about that! And I’m totally happy with my Markbilt-prepared YZF-R6. Mark builds incredibly strong engines and they carried me through to the finish in each race. I’d also like to give a big thanks to Mike Cerone for all of his support for 2011 which makes getting out there to race a lot easier!”
With the first weekend out of the way, Team RidersDiscount.com looks forward to Sam’s next event with WERA at Nelson Ledges at the end of April. Gaige enjoys the track for its fast turn and burn layout that demands an exact riding line to stay off the bumps. He’s had a great deal of success in the past and will be looking for more wins at another track he’s been visiting for many years.