PEGRAM FIGHTS OFF INJURY TO KEEP DUCATI IN THE TOP TEN A consistent weekend sees the veteran rider retain his position in the championship Braselton, GA (5 April 2009) -- Team Foremost Pegram Racing is leaving Road Atlanta after a ...
PEGRAM FIGHTS OFF INJURY TO KEEP DUCATI IN THE TOP TEN
A consistent weekend sees the veteran rider retain his position in the championship
Braselton, GA (5 April 2009) -- Team Foremost Pegram Racing is leaving Road Atlanta after a difficult but productive weekend, finishing the third round of the series seventh overall in the championship.
The weekend started out slowly for Pegram and the Foremost Insurance Ducati 1098 R. Friday's first qualifying went smoothly; and in an effort not to agitate injuries from the last race Pegram did only what he needed for advancement to Superpole. The Superpole session saw Pegram ride a smooth and steady lap on the Ducati, and despite the pain finished up sixth for a second row start.
Saturday's race proved a struggle for the team as six bikes battled for second position throughout the race. The Ducati 1098 R had the speed needed to make the podium, but Pegram's Fontana injuries made it difficult for him to move around on the bike. The veteran rider fought to the end, and stayed with the lead pack to retain seventh position at the checkered flag.
With the forecast predicting rain, the team entered Sunday's race with a goal of scoring points and retaining their championship position. Pegram pushed from the get-go to secure third place on the first lap; holding it until lap six when a cramp from the injury forced him back to sixth position in the track's third sector. As the race progressed, the rain never came but the injury continued to agitate Pegram. He fought the pain to finish the race a credible tenth position.
"I wasn't feeling well at all this weekend, with pain in my ankle and hip," commented Pegram. "Despite a hard time in race one I felt good going into race two. Early in the race I got a huge cramp around turn 9, and lost a few positions straight away. The cramp persisted, so from then on I was racing for points not the win. All things considered it was an ok finish, but not where I wanted to be today."
Team Foremost Pegram Racing now heads back to its Ohio shop, where they will rebuild the Ducati 1098 R Superbikes for a test at Infineon Raceway, and the next race at Barber Motorsports Park May 1-3.