When you’re one of the team technicians and the fill-in rider at Yamalube Westby Racing, the nickname “Double Duty” is not just a clever moniker, it’s also an apt description of your team responsibilities. And, for Dustin “Double Duty” Meador, the nickname also doubly applies to his knack for recording consistent top-10 finishes in the 2016 MotoAmerica AMA/FIM North American Roadracing Championship, which he did again this past weekend at VIRginia International Raceway in Danville, VA.
For the second road racing event in a row, Dustin filled in for lead rider Josh Day, whose fractured thumb is healing well, but was not quite ready for him to return to racing the #00 Yamalube/Westby Racing Yamaha YZF-R1 Superstock 1000 machine.
Coming off his two top-10 results in the rain at New Jersey Motorsports Park, Dustin was challenged by the tricky, 14-turn, 14-turn, 2.25-mile VIR natural road course, and near-perfect weather conditions that made for fast laps and a much more frenetic race pace than New Jersey presented. But, the talented technician/racer acquitted himself well, qualifying 10th in class, in Saturday afternoon’s Superpole qualifying, and then following that up by running smooth, consistent laps to finish in 7th position in Sunday’s Superstock 1000 Race 1 and notching a solid 8th-place result in Superstock 1000 Race 2 later in the day on Sunday.
“This has been quite an adventure for me,” Dustin said. “I got to race the bike in the rain at New Jersey a couple weeks ago, and then, here at VIR in the dry, and on a very technical track. So, I learned a lot about the bike, that’s for sure. There’s no time to rest on this track. I feel a little bit fatigued after doing the two races today. But, I had a lot of fun, and I got to race with a couple of guys out there. The R1 is amazing to ride. It does everything well.”
The Yamalube/Westby Racing team will be back in action in three weeks as the MotoAmerica Championship travels to Road America in Elkhart Lake, WI, on June 3 – 5.
Lead rider Josh Day will climb back aboard the #00 Yamalube/Westby Racing R1 at Road America, and resume his duties. When Dustin was asked how he feels about handing the bike back to Josh after his two-round adventure, he said, “We’re here to win races, and Josh is the man to win races for us. We’re all excited to get him back on the bike. We’re looking forward to seeing Josh and that gold, double-zero R1 up front again where it belongs.”
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