David Anthony Ends Wet Elkhart Lake Weekend With Sixth

David Anthony Road America

M4 SportbikeTrackGear.com Suzuki’s David Anthony battled through mixed conditions and mixed results at Road America to conclude the fourth round of the 2015 MotoAmerica AMA/FIM North American Road Racing Championship on an up note.

Following a sunny weekend of racing at Virginia International Raceway, the rainstorms that had defined the opening two rounds of the ’15 season returned as the series visited Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin. The rain caught out the Australian in Friday’s Supersport qualifying session, as the wet conditions came before he registered an ideal lap time around the four-mile long venue. His best lap from that session (2:22.495, 7th) would have to do, however, as further rain on Saturday morning eliminated any hope of improving upon his provisional grid position. That left Anthony with work to do aboard his Suzuki GSX-R600, twice starting the weekend’s twin Supersport contests from the third row.

Saturday’s contest was also waged in the wet. He sliced up multiple positions in the early going, but crashed out of contention while pushing to make up ground. Anthony bounced back on Sunday to score a solid sixth-place result.

“We missed the boat in qualifying on Friday,” he admitted. “Qualifying was dry then wet and we didn’t get a quick one in and ended up on Row 3. In Saturday’s race, we started off a bit slow. I was making progress and moved up to fourth, but apparently I was pushing a bit too hard and threw it down the road.

“It was a dry one today, but again, we didn’t have the best start. I got stuck behind a few guys early on and once I got around them, the lead group already had a gap and that was pretty much it. There are some fast bikes out here and at a track like this, once you lose the draft it’s pretty much impossible to catch back up.”

Anthony is looking forward to coming out swinging when the series picks back up on June 12-14 at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Alabama. “Barber should be a good one for the M4 SportbikeTrackGear.com GSXR-600. That track is all about handling and our bike handles with the best of them. I’m looking forward to it.”

This year marks Team Hammer’s 35th consecutive season of operating as a professional road racing team. During that time, racebikes built and fielded by Team Hammer have won 59 AMA Pro National races, have finished on AMA Pro National podiums 137 times and have won five AMA Pro National Championships, (the most recent in 2012), as well as two FIM South American championships. The team has also won 133 endurance races overall (including seven 24-hour races) and won 13 Overall WERA National Endurance Championships with Suzuki motorcycles, and holds the U.S. record for mileage covered in a 24-hour race. The team also competed in the televised 1990s Formula USA National Championship, famously running “Methanol Monster” GSX-R1100 Superbikes fueled by methanol, and won the F-USA Championship four times.

David Anthony Road America

M4 SportbikeTrackGear.com Suzuki’s David Anthony battled through mixed conditions and mixed results at Road America to conclude the fourth round of the 2015 MotoAmerica AMA/FIM North American Road Racing Championship on an up note.

Following a sunny weekend of racing at Virginia International Raceway, the rainstorms that had defined the opening two rounds of the ’15 season returned as the series visited Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin. The rain caught out the Australian in Friday’s Supersport qualifying session, as the wet conditions came before he registered an ideal lap time around the four-mile long venue. His best lap from that session (2:22.495, 7th) would have to do, however, as further rain on Saturday morning eliminated any hope of improving upon his provisional grid position. That left Anthony with work to do aboard his Suzuki GSX-R600, twice starting the weekend’s twin Supersport contests from the third row.

Saturday’s contest was also waged in the wet. He sliced up multiple positions in the early going, but crashed out of contention while pushing to make up ground. Anthony bounced back on Sunday to score a solid sixth-place result.

“We missed the boat in qualifying on Friday,” he admitted. “Qualifying was dry then wet and we didn’t get a quick one in and ended up on Row 3. In Saturday’s race, we started off a bit slow. I was making progress and moved up to fourth, but apparently I was pushing a bit too hard and threw it down the road.

“It was a dry one today, but again, we didn’t have the best start. I got stuck behind a few guys early on and once I got around them, the lead group already had a gap and that was pretty much it. There are some fast bikes out here and at a track like this, once you lose the draft it’s pretty much impossible to catch back up.”

Anthony is looking forward to coming out swinging when the series picks back up on June 12-14 at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Alabama. “Barber should be a good one for the M4 SportbikeTrackGear.com GSXR-600. That track is all about handling and our bike handles with the best of them. I’m looking forward to it.”

This year marks Team Hammer’s 35th consecutive season of operating as a professional road racing team. During that time, racebikes built and fielded by Team Hammer have won 59 AMA Pro National races, have finished on AMA Pro National podiums 137 times and have won five AMA Pro National Championships, (the most recent in 2012), as well as two FIM South American championships. The team has also won 133 endurance races overall (including seven 24-hour races) and won 13 Overall WERA National Endurance Championships with Suzuki motorcycles, and holds the U.S. record for mileage covered in a 24-hour race. The team also competed in the televised 1990s Formula USA National Championship, famously running “Methanol Monster” GSX-R1100 Superbikes fueled by methanol, and won the F-USA Championship four times.