Climbing aboard the golden-hued Yamalube/Westby Racing Yamaha YZF-R1 when, on Thursday, it was determined that rider Josh Day would be unable to compete at New Jersey Motorsports Park due to the fractured thumb that he suffered a Road Atlanta in Round 2 of the 2016 MotoAmerica AMA/FIM North Americans Roadracing Championship, team technician Dustin Meador displayed his considerable racing talents by negotiating the tricky track conditions on a rainy weekend at New Jersey Motorsports Park.
After qualifying 13th in MotoAmerica’s Superstock 1000 class on Saturday, Dustin successfully completed both of Sunday’s Superbike races, and he improved his finishing position in both feature events, ultimately recording two top-ten results.
In Superbike Race 1, Dustin finished eighth in class and ahead of Superbike rider and former World Champion Toni Elias. And then, in Superbike Race 2, the Tulsa native and long-time Westby employee finished ninth in class and just behind Superbike rider Roger Hayden.
Dustin raced smoothly in both Superbike races and avoided the drama that befell several of his competitors who were caught out by the heavily falling rain and slippery track conditions.
“It was so fun riding the Yamalube/Westby Racing Yamaha R1 at New Jersey,” Dustin said. “The bike does everything well, and it made my job a lot easier, that’s for sure. My initial goal was to qualify, then to finish both races. So, getting eight- and ninth-place finishes in the two races was definitely the icing on the cake for me. I was proud to represent the team as their rider this past weekend. It’s unfortunate that Josh couldn’t give it a go, but we’re all family at Yamalube/Westby Racing, and I’m always ready to help the family in any way I can, just like everyone else on the team. Personally, it was a dream come true for me to be able to race the #00 R1, even though MotoAmerica required that we add a #3 to the iconic number. #300 was fine with me!”
The Yamalube/Westby Racing team will be back in action in two weeks as the MotoAmerica Championship will be at VIRginia international Raceway for the Yamaha Superbike Challenge of Virginia on May 13 – May 15.
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