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Slednecks Teammates, Misti Hurst and Josh Galster Enjoy Successful AMA Supersport Finishes at Both Barber and Fontana. April 28, 2008- Fontana, California, Slednecks Teammates Misti Hurst and Josh Galster, both coaches with the California ...

Slednecks Teammates, Misti Hurst and Josh Galster Enjoy Successful AMA Supersport Finishes at Both Barber and Fontana.

April 28, 2008- Fontana, California, Slednecks Teammates Misti Hurst and Josh Galster, both coaches with the California Superbike School, raced their Kawasaki ZX6's to excellent finishes this weekend, with a 23rd and 18th finish respectfully.

Hurst, the only female rider on the grid for the past three AMA rounds, overcame several challenges over the weekend in order to qualify in 29th position. On Friday morning she crashed going into the tight turn 3 after losing the front, and on Friday afternoon, her team, headed this weekend by EDR Performance's Eric Dorn, replaced a blown shock with a completely new Ohlins.

The short 20-minute Saturday morning practice was spent trying to relearn and re-set up the bike on the unfamiliar track. Having only ridden at Fontana once before the race weekend, she faced a high learning curve to figure out the difficult circuit, get her suspension sorted, and get her times down enough to qualify. "I started the weekend running high 36's which I knew wasn't going to cut it. We worked pretty hard to get down to a 1:33.5 in qualifying." Said Hurst. "Eric was awesome help and made excellent choices in regards to the Dunlop tires we chose to run. My Kawasaki ran great and was very fast!"

During the race, Hurst got a good start after a red flag forced a re-start of the race. She worked her way up from 29th place to a solid 21st and was reeling in the guy in front of her when she tucked the front into turn 5 with only 2 laps remaining. "I was pretty frustrated at myself," she said, "I was doing so well!" Hurst finished with a 23rd place and is currently 35th overall in the Supersport Championship with 9 points.

One weekend earlier, Hurst raced the AMA Supersport at Barber Motorsports and moved up an impressive 11 spots from her 41st place qualifying position to finish an excellent 30th, despite the fact that it was also the first time she had ever raced at that track.

Teammate Josh Galster, a great candidate for the Rookie of the Year this season, finished an impressive 18th at California Speedway this weekend. Working his times down from low 1:33's to a 1:31.15 he qualified 22nd and was able to move up four positions in the race.

"I got a good start right off the bat, better than I normally get and was able to stay nice and consistent." said Galster. Skipping out of Thursday's promoter practice to save money, Josh spent Friday and Saturday practice working on his drives coming out of the corners and in getting the Kawasaki dialed in. "A huge thanks to Eric Dorn from EDR Performance for helping us out over the weekend, and to everyone else that supported us in the pits and in the stands." He said.

The weekend earlier at Barber Motorsports Park, Galster moved up an incredible 9 places from his qualifying position of 30th to finish 21st. He had his work cut out for him during the race, his first ever at the Barber circuit, after running of the track in turn one right off the start. "I went into turn one a little bit hot and ran slightly wide," He said, "Suddenly I was off the track in the grass. I could have finished top 20 I'm sure if I hadn't done that!"

Misti and Josh would like to thank all their sponsors for their support throughout the season, including but not limited to: Slednecks, Kawasaki, California Superbike School, EDR Performance, AGV Sport, and Etechphoto.com

See the Slednecks Racing Team, Misti Hurst and Josh Galster during the next round of the AMA Supersport at Infinneon Raceway May 16-18.

-credit: www.slednecks.com

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Drivers Misti Hurst , Josh Galster