NOT ACCORDING TO PLAN! Sonoma, Calif...Things definitely didn't go according to plan for the Crozier Roberson/DNA Energy Drink Motorsports Team this past weekend at the West Coast Monster Jam at Infineon Raceway in...
NOT ACCORDING TO PLAN!
Sonoma, Calif...Things definitely didn't go according to plan for the Crozier Roberson/DNA Energy Drink Motorsports Team this past weekend at the West Coast Monster Jam at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, Calif.
"Wow, what a weekend," said team manager and co-owner Mark Crozier. "We started out really strong with Joey Pascarella qualifying his DNA Energy Drink Ducati in second place in AMA Pro Supersport West. Bobby Fong grabbed a 4th place slot on AMA Pro Daytona SportBike and Michael Beck followed up with a 12th on the starting grid. But as things began to unfold, it became painfully clear that that was all the good fortune that Lady Luck had in store for us over the weekend."
Riding the DNA Energy Drink Ducati for the first time, Pascarella powered off the Supersport starting line determined to land on the podium. Running strong, he ran up front for some laps and then settled into second. All was looking good and then disaster struck. Holding down the number 2 slot, Pascarella high sided and brought out the red flag.
"Due to the number of laps completed, the red, flag ended the race and Joey had to take an 18th place finish." explains Crozier. "The crew immediately swung into action rebuilding Pascarella's DNA Energy Drink Ducati fore Sunday's race."
Looking for a good day, Pascarella once again thundered off the start and was going full bore when he once again high sided coming out of the last corner.
"Once again, the red flag came out," continues Crozier. "But this time we were a little luckier. The crew managed to get the bike repaired just in time for the restart and Joey was able to make it from dead last to 8th place. He did an incredible job as did the crew and despite all our problems, Joey retained a 45 point lead."
For Bobby Fong, it really didn't go much better.
"On Saturday Bobby got a bad start," says Crozier. "He managed to move up and was running in the lead pack until around lap 11 when he lost the front end and crashed giving him a DNF. Once again, the crew got to work rebuilding the bike. Things looked a little better on Sunday. Bobby got a great start and was once again running up with the leaders. Everyone had their fingers crossed, but it wasn't our day. Excessive tire wear forced him to slow down and he came across the finish line in 6th place."
For Michael Beck Saturday went a little better. Running an extremely smooth and consistent race, Beck ended up taking an 11th place finish in his first race on the DNA Energy Ducati. "While Saturday was smooth, Sunday was a different story," says Crozier. "While battling for 10th, a rider in front went down and Beck had nowhere to go but down. Once again, our crew wasn't about to give up. Springing into action, the got Beck's bike back into running order and he was able to restart. Putting his head down, Beck managed to move back up to 11th. Unfortunately, he high sided coming out of turn one and ended his day."
"If it could go wring, it did," sums up co-owner Robbie Roberson. "I definitely take my hat off to our crew. They did a phenomenal job. I know our riders are determined, but that is nothing compared to our crew. There wasn't a single moment that they contemplated giving up. It was all systems go from start to finish.'
"We have 16 days to get everything ready for the next round and threw is no doubt that we will be ready," says Crozier. Hopefully Lady Luck will give us a smile next time out."