Meen Yamaha Perseveres Through Circuit Of The Americas
The HelmetSounds.Com/ Western Service/ Meen Yamaha persevered through a challenging weekend at Circuit of The Americas, for the opening round of the 2017 MotoAmerica season.
With minimal practice and qualifying time, Josh Herrin started 13th in the combined Superbike/Superstock grid. For race one, Herrin had a great start, working his way into the tail end of the lead group. Herrin ran into some issues with brake fade and was unable to hit all his marks, resulting in a progressive loss of lap time, eventually settling into a seventh-place finish. For Superbike race two, Herrin once again worked his way towards the lead group. With the issues from race one resolved, Herrin was able to do consistent lap times and finished in a solid sixth place.
Currently developing last year’s Superstock electronics to adapt with the new Superbike’s horsepower, the Meen Team is still streamlining its Meen Machine to work seamlessly with Herrin. Overall the Meen R1 posted some of the fastest trap speeds of the weekend and the Meen Team is leaving COTA making some huge improvements to their Superbike program as they head into Road Atlanta this coming weekend.
“Taking everything into consideration, I am pleased with the end results of this weekend,” said team owner Ameen Sajjadi. “The team expected to have some growing pains our first year into Superbike. AT COTA, the bike never worked properly until race two, so in essence it is as if we just finished our first true test on the bike. I am grateful to have a sharp group of guys working on this project and it is only a matter of time before you see us more and more towards the front.”
The Meen Team’s Superstock 1000 rookie, Bryce Prince, qualified 16th on the grid. Learning to adapt his style to the new R1, Prince continues to make progress each time he throws his leg over the Meen Machine. Prince finished his first-ever MotoAmerica Superstock 1000 weekend in sixth place for race one and seventh for race two, in his respective class.
“I am very happy to have finished my first weekend with Meen Motorsports on the Yamaha R1,” said Prince. “It definitely was a tough weekend, taking longer than I’d like to get a good feel with the front of the bike. Yet, it was great that we were able to improve every day and came home with some good points in Superstock 1000. I’m confident with the direction we are going and look forward to racing again in Atlanta in a week’s time. I cannot thank my crew and team enough for all of their hard work.”
Caroline Olsen made her Meen Motorsports debut this past weekend, wild-carding in the Supersport 600 class at COTA. Finishing 10th in the Saturday’s Supersport race, Olsen will now return to the Superstock 600 class in Atlanta in round two of the MotoAmerica series this coming weekend.
“The weekend started a bit rough in Thursday’s practice,” said Olsen. “I was quite a bit off the pace I expected to run, but with great help from my team, Sean, Gary, Jason Pridmore and Mike from Öhlins we managed to get me more comfortable on the bike and pick up the pace for Friday’s qualifier. I’m very happy with a top 10 finish in Saturday’s race and I can hardly wait to ride at Road Atlanta this upcoming weekend.”
Meen Motorsports would like to thank their following sponsors, HelmetSounds.Com, Western Service Contract fueled by McGraw Powersports, Quicksilver Products, RiderzLaw, Attack Performance, Moto-D, TechSpec, Core Moto, Galespeed, ZeroGravity, Speedcell, FT ECU, EK Chains, Vortex.
Catch the Meen Team next at round two of the 2017 MotoAmerica Series in Road Atlanta in Braselton, Georgia, this weekend, April 28-30.