Michael Barnes Tops XR1200 Qualifying Rounds
Barnes clocked a 1:35.139 in qualifying while Rapp (who missed the morning's practice after missing Saturday entirely in Wisconsin) posted a 1:35.894 to earn the second spot on the grid.
Barnes said, "We made some changes after this morning. We knew we were quick but we also knew we had more in store and we had to be ready for Rapp again after what he did at Elkhart. We just did our homework on the bike and got it tuned a lot better than before. I just can't thank Spike's Harley-Davidson enough for coming on board and helping us out."
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Steve Rapp Takes Second Win In A Row
Airline pilot Steve Rapp flew to his second consecutive AMA Pro Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson Series victory with another brilliant, abbreviated weekend performance.
Just as he did at Road America, Rapp missed some early-weekend track time but the veteran runner showed no ill-effects as a result. The Suburban Harley-Davidson star again qualified on the front row and then raced his way into the lead early in the race, ultimately breaking free en route to the checkered flag.
Rapp faced a determined challenge from Spyke's Harley-Davidson's Michael Barnes during the race's opening half. He finally broke the pursuit of the defending class champ on lap 7 and ultimately worked up a 5.454-second margin of victory.
Rapp said, "The guys from Suburban Harley-Davidson -- from the first time I rode the bike, there's just something about it. The way we have it set up and the special things they've done for me as a rider, like handlebars and the seat and stuff like that, it just feels so good I feel like I can ride it a lot harder.
"I started the season with really nothing going on and Joe from Suburban Harley called me and said if I wanted to come out for Daytona we'd at least get one race in. I said 'that'd be great' and it's just kept getting better. If we can get the whole season in, that'd be great. It's been an unexpected welcome, for sure."
Barnes came home with a clear runner-up finish, another five seconds separating him from the battle that raged for the final spot on the podium.
Harv's Harley-Davidson's Travis Wyman came home a lonely fifth after running with the lead pack in the race's early stages.
Positions 6-14 finished the race in a relatively tight pack, headed by Mob Racing's Shane Narbonne. Longevity Racing's Barrett Long, H&S Distributors Nicholas Hansen, ChiliPepperRacing.com's Ricky Parker, and Racing For A Wish's Adam Raffe rounded out the contest's top ten.
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Triumph SuperBike Classic Harley-Davidson XR1200 Overview And Point Standings
2013 AMA Pro Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson Series Barber Image Gallery (Click for full size images)
AMA Pro Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson Results - Race Time: 17:32.398
|1||5||Steve Rapp||11 Laps||1:34.628||31|
|18||990||Dave Rhinehart||10 Laps||1:45.757||3|
Rider Point Standings - Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson ( Race 3 of 9 )
- Michael Barnes - 63
- Steve Rapp - 62
- Tyler O’Hara - 56
- Travis Wyman - 48
- Benjamin Carlson - 43
- Barrett Long - 36
- Shane Narbonne - 29
- Ricky Parker - 28
- Nicholas Hansen - 26
- Kyle Wyman - 25