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AW7R/Kenwood Suzuki St Eustache Report
Toronto, ONT- Disappointment for Alex Welsh and the AW7R/Kenwood Electronics Suzuki team as small mechanical issue halts encouraging progress at Autodrome St-Eustache.
Autodrome St-Eustache has been a track that Alex Welsh has enjoyed and gone well at in the past. Welsh had qualified in the 3rd position but was confident in his set up and strategy heading into Sundays 22 lap race. As the race got underway and after some early shuffling, Welsh’s Suzuki GSX-R 1000 eventually settled into third place as the top three were deadlocked early on. Approaching the midway mark of the race, Welsh made his move on the inside of the final corner moving himself into second position. From there, Welsh hounded the leader as the two stretched their lead over the third rider waiting to put his late race strategy into place. Unfortunately as lap 17 approached, Welsh’s motorcycle began misfiring and he quickly knew any chances for a win were over. As he searched through all available options to fix the bike from onboard, Welsh was unable to find a solution and eventually limped his bike across the finish line in third place 7.4 seconds behind the winner.
Alex Welsh – “I am just absolutely gutted. Everyone on my team worked so hard and I was so confident heading into that race. On Saturday we found a setting that really seemed to work here and we found another small improvement in Sunday mornings warm up so I knew we had a great chance to win the thing. Everything seemed to be going to plan- my bike was working great and I felt that I was riding at a very high level. I was just getting ready to make something happen when my bike died coming on the front straight away on lap 17. I tried flipping through some different maps and settings but I couldn’t fix it. It turned out to be a small electrical switch but I just feel so bad for all my guys because they worked so hard to give me a great bike. It was just one of those freak things in racing where you push the bike so hard that issues arise, there was no way to prevent it. I just want to thank Willie Vass and Mark Orchard for working so hard this weekend. I think we found something in the bike this weekend that I really seemed to like so I’m excited moving forward as we need to start stringing some wins together.”
The AW7R/Kenwood Electronics Suzuki team will take the next two weeks to regroup before the series rejoins for the 3rd round of the Mopar Canadian Superbike Championship at Atlantic Motorsport Park in Shubenacadie, Nova Scotia, July 26-28.
To view the race please follow the link: www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nsxpe29wWO0&feature=youtu.be
Alex Welsh is supported by: AW7R Inc, Kenwood Electronics Canada, Suzuki Canada, Parts Canada, Vass Performance, Z1 Cycletech, Motorex, Sunstar, Flexi-Glass, Bazzaz, Speedcell, Alpinestars, HJC Helmets, Drippinwet.com.