HelmetSounds.Com/Western Service/Meen Yamaha Leaves Road America With Consistent Results
Yamaha-backed team captures four top-five finishes at challenging Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, racetrack.
Josh Herrin’s weekend at Road America was a mixed bag of results as the Meen Team still worked through Superbike set-up issues. Herrin qualified P6 on the grid. In Race 1, Herrin was able to latch on to the lead group early, eventually finishing fourth and matching his best result of the season thus far. The Meen Yamaha had an unfortunate series of mechanical issues during Race 2. Herrin was once again running in fourth place, just over a second ahead of fifth-place Monster Energy Yamaha rider Josh Hayes, when the Meen Yamaha R1 expired going into Turn 1 with two laps to go.
“Road America was a tough weekend,” Herrin said. “We never found a good setup, and I had to ride through a lot of problems in both races. On Saturday, we were able to get a good result but we were too far from the lead group. On Sunday, I thought we were going to have another good result but the engine let go with two laps to go while running in fourth. I am going to continue to work hard during this two-week break and will be prepared for our next race in Utah. Thank you to all of the team sponsors and my personal sponsors for their continued support. See you in Utah!”
Coming to Road America with a podium already under his belt, Bryce Prince worked through wet and dry conditions to dial in his Superstock 1000 Meen Yamaha R1. Prince finished fifth in Race 1. In Race 2, Prince was in third-place contention when the red flag came out, placing him a lap prior, when he was in fourth.
“Road America was a good weekend for us,” Prince commented. “The weekend started out poor as I was feeling sick still, so I wasn’t able to qualify as well as I wanted. In Race 1, we were able to battle through the field from 14th to get 10th overall and another top-five finish in Superstock 1000. On Sunday, I was determined to get better results, and we made quite a few changes to the bike. The changes paid off and we dropped a lot of time in Sunday’s race.
“We were in a six-way battle for second place and I had caught the group and was working my way through. I was up to third with two laps remaining and a red flag came out ending the race prematurely. We were docked back to fourth place, which isn’t the podium we had worked for but I’m very happy with our huge progress with setup on the bike. I’m very excited to be going to Utah, and all the West Coast tracks that I know well.”
Meen Team’s Superstock 600 rider Caroline Olsen had her career best finish at Road America. On board her new 2017 Yamaha R6, Olsen captured 10th in Race 1. Stepping up her pace in Race 2, Olsen battled all the way to the finish line while consistently dropping her lap times, placing fifth place in her respective class.
“The fact that I had such a great weekend at this particular track, the racetrack that almost ended my career back in 2013, felt amazing!” Olsen said. “Along with my career-best fifth-place finish, we take a lot of other positives from this weekend, particularly some much-needed confidence and renewed motivation as I prepare for Round 5 at Utah Motorsports Campus.”