Fillmore Finishs 10th / 8th in Weekend's Daytona AMA Pro SuperBike Race
SuperBike - Daytona Beach, FL
Factory KTM/HMC Superbike Team riders Taylor Knapp and Chris Fillmore finished 9th and 10th respectively at the opening round of the AMA Pro SuperBike Series held at Daytona Raceway after a 15 lap drag race to the finish.
Knapp and Fillmore were sitting in 11th and 12th place respectively in the opening laps of the race. On the fifth lap, Knapp, in his debut race on the KTM, made a pass on Aaron Yates to move into the top ten. Fillmore quickly followed to move up a position on the next lap. The two KTM riders then began a battle against each other that would last for the remaining laps. Throughout the next nine laps, the KTM riders swapped positions four times crossing the finish line side by on multiple occasions. On the final lap, Yates came back into the battle and all three riders went into the last corner three wide.
When the checkered flag flew it was Knapp who inched out Fillmore to take 9th place while Fillmore held off Yates to finish inside the top ten.
“I am happy that Knapp and I both were able to consistently click off quicker lap times as the race continued. We have had a few issues this week during the qualifying sessions so it has been a good day to know that myself and my teammate were both able to finish the race strong and earn two top ten finishes for the team,” stated Filllmore after the race.
His teammate, Knapp, stated, “It was great to get the first race under our belt. I am happy that Chris and I rode well today and that there were no issues. This is a tough track and we are really looking forward to some of the curvier tracks later in the circuit. We still have one more day left, so we will work hard and hopefully improve tomorrow.”
1. Josh Herrin
2. Martin Cardenas
3. Larry Pegram
4. Danny Eslick
5. Chris Clark
6. Robertino Pietri
7. Geoff May
8. David Anthony
9. Taylor Knapp
10. Chris Fillmore
11. Aaron Yates
12. Bernat Martinez
13. Reese Wacker
14. Chris Ulrich
15. Trent Gibson
16. Rodolfo Ramirez
17. Josh Hayes
18. Roger Hayden
19. Cory West
20. Dustin Dominguez
Factory KTM/HMC Superbike Team rider Chris Fillmore improved his result at day two of the first round of the AMA Pro SuperBike Series held at Daytona Speedway when he crossed the finish line in 8th place. His teammate, Taylor Knapp, was not as fortunate and suffered a mechanical halfway through the race which caused him to not finish.
Fillmore started the race in 11th place and passed Aaron Yates on the second lap to takeover 10th position. He clicked off consistent lap times through the remainder of the race and was able to gain two positions after Josh Hayes and David Anthony withdrew from the race with mechanical issues. When the checkered flag flew, he was positioned in 8th place to beat his 10th place result from the day before.
“Today went really well for us,” stated Fillmore. “Last night we were able to make a few minor changes to our set-up that helped a lot for today’s race. I felt more comfortable on the bike and was happy with my result.”
Knapp had a rough day from the start after he suffered a crash in the morning qualifying session. “It was really cold out in the morning and the tires on my bike where not good for the cold surface and I just lost control. The bike I was riding was my race bike from the day before and the team was not able to repair it in time so I had to ride my back-up bike for the race,” commented Knapp.
Knapp was late to the start for the warm-up lap after struggling to start his back-up bike and was forced to start in dead last. He quickly moved up two positions on the second lap but soon after began to suffer from a clutch issue which eventually caused him to DNF. He was credited with 17th overall.
“I am bummed about not finishing this race,” commented Knapp. “But I am lucky I wasn’t injured earlier today and I am happy that my teammate was able to get a good result. Daytona is known for being really rough on bikes. There were six of us who didn’t finish today and that is not typical for a normal Superbike race. I am really looking forward to the next round at Road America where I think we can shoot closer to a top five.”
1. Martin Cardenas
2. Josh Herrin
3. Larry Pegram
4. Roger Hayden
5. Danny Eslick
6. Chris Clark
7. Robertino Pietri
8. Chris Fillmore
9. Chris Ulrich
10. Bernat Martinez
11. Reese Wacker
12. Trent Gibson
13. Rodolfo Ramirez
14. David Anthony
15. Josh Hayes
16. Geoff May
17. Taylor Knapp
18. Cory West
19. Aaron Yates
20. Dustin Dominguez
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