LEXINGTON, Ohio (July 13) - Dane Westby battled his way to a sixth-place finish on his GEICO Motorcycle Honda in the GoPro Daytona SportBike race on Saturday at the Buckeye SuperBike Weekend presented by Dunlop Tire, Saturday's stop in the GEICO Motorcycle AMA Pro Road Racing Series.
Westby started the race with eventual winner Cam Beaubier in his sights but got held up by some other bikes along the way.
"I got a better start than I had been getting," Westby said. "I was still the last guy off my row. Beaubier was right in front of me and cutting one guy at a time. I thought, 'Ok, I'll just stay with him.' "
With the leader pulling away, Westby settled into a battle with James Rispoli.
"Rispoli held me up for a few laps," Westby said. "Where I was strong, he was just strong enough to hold me. I probably should have been more aggressive.
"I feel like I can be more aggressive and not let those front guys go. We all ran fairly similar lap times, so I need to stay aggressive tomorrow."
Westby said the track surface at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, while tricky in a few places, was a lot of fun to ride.
"It was slick where the patches are, per usual," Westby said. "The non-patched sections were pretty darn good. You had to watch the off-camber section at the top of the hill because it was different every time, but it was a lot of fun to ride."
Beyond Sunday's final race of the weekend, Westby said he's looking at everything he does to help shave a few fractions of a second a lap off his times.
"I'm thinking about changing my training routine," Westby said. "I've probably got to lose some poundage on these front guys. I've been doing a lot of flat-track riding but probably need to introduce some more cardio to what I do to prepare."
There is still one more race in the Buckeye SuperBike Weekend presented by Dunlop Tire. Race 2 rolls off at 1 p.m. EDT on Sunday at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. The race will be broadcast on CBS Sports Network at 2 p.m.