LEWIS CLOSES THE GAP FOR TEAM HAMMER IN SONOMA
Published: August 13, 2017
Team Hammer backed up a victorious Saturday with two additional podium finishes on Sunday as it wrapped up MotoAmerica Round 7 at Sonoma Raceway in strong form.
M4 ECSTAR Suzuki's Jake Lewis battled to the checkered flag in his mission to score a Superstock 1000 double victory at the undulating Northern California venue. The Kentuckian made a late-race move up into second, and then hounded the race leader. Despite clocking the fastest lap in class, Lewis ultimately came up 0.188 seconds short of the win in the end.
In addition to his STK1000 runner-up, Lewis also earned top-five Superbike points by finishing fifth on the combined order aboard his GSX-R1000.
Lewis continues to rank second in Superstock 1000 championship fight. He now boasts 235 points on the strength of three wins, two runner-ups, and 11 total podiums.
"Honestly, I'm so frustrated because I really wanted that one," Lewis said. "I wasn't super aggressive early, but at the same time I was being patient and saving my tire because the extra soft goes off quite a bit there at the end. I was struggling quite a bit throughout the race because my set-up wasn't quite as good as it was yesterday. A couple times I about crashed.
"I stuffed my way into second, and by the time I caught the leader, we ran into some lappers. He protected the inside on the last corner like a real racer should, and I wasn't able to have a go at him. Second place was all I was able to do. I'm disappointed because I want to win this championship, but a first and a second is a good weekend for me. I really want to thank the whole M4 ECSTAR Suzuki team."
His M4 ECSTAR Suzuki teammate, Valentin Debise, also came through with another trophy-winning Sunday performance. The Frenchman repeated his third-place Supersport result from the day before, although he admitted he was hoping for more in the rematch.
Desbise, who sits third in the Supersport standings with eighth podiums to his credit, said, "I feel great to stay on the bike and be on the podium. Unfortunately, today I wasn't able to stay up in contention for the win. I tried to ride a little differently in an attempt to go faster, but that was my mistake. I didn't choose the right way to ride my bike. It's a good learning experience for me, and I'll come back here faster and stronger next year. I really appreciate all the work my M4 ECSTAR Suzuki crew does for me, and I'm really excited to go into the next round in Pittsburgh with them behind me."
M4 medAge Suzuki's Nick McFadden improved two spots on his Saturday Superstock 600 finish with a sixth-place ride on Sunday (11th overall). Fellow STK600 contender Brandon Cleland came home 12th in class (17th overall) aboard his M4 ECSTAR Suzuki GSX-R600.
M4 Rickdiculous Racing Suzuki's Daytona Anderson was unable to start Sunday's race due to illness.
Team Hammer will be back in action on August 25-27 as MotoAmerica makes its debut at Pittsburgh International Race Complex for Round 8.
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