FILLMORE EARNS 5TH AND 6TH AT NEW JERSEY MOTORSPORTS PARK
Millville, NJ – KTM/HMC Factory Superbike rider Chris Fillmore had a successful weekend at the eighth round of the AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike race series held at New Jersey Motorsports Park taking home a 5th place result in race one and a 6th place result in race two. His teammate, Taylor Knapp, finished 8th and 9th on the weekend.
Fillmore started from the second row going into Saturday’s main event. He commented, “I got a killer start and was in sitting in 3rd place on the first lap. I was hanging with those guys for the first couple laps before I crashed on a long left-hand corner. Miraculously, I was okay and was able to restart my bike and get back in the race but I was way back sitting last in the pack.”
A few laps later, the race was red-flagged after oil from one rider’s bike fell on the track. “I felt like I had a second chance when they restarted the race with approximately 13 laps to go,” stated Fillmore. Although he had to start from the back line, he launched off to another great start and moved his way into 8th on the first lap of the restart. From there he put together solid laps and picked off riders to eventually move up to 6th place. A rider ahead of him was docked for jumping the start which bumped Fillmore to 5th overall for the day. His teammate, Knapp, also put in a great ride and earned 8th overall for the day.
“I was pumped to qualify on row two,” stated Knapp. “Unfortunately, the restart didn’t help me as I got a bad jump and wasn’t able to move up front as quickly as I would have liked. Luckily, I came out on top of the battle for 8th position and was able to make the most of my poor start.”
On day two, Fillmore started the race in 7th position and spent the first half of the laps battling with Geoff May. “I was able to make a pass on him down a long straight and never looked back. I pulled a little gap, and shortly after, I remember seeing the tail end of Danny Eslick ahead of me. That gave me the drive to push harder and I was able to significantly close the gap on him but just needed a few more laps in order to make the pass.”
Fillmore moved within a second of Eslick before the checkered flag flew turning in another great performance on his KTM 1190 RC8 R. Fillmore was able to finish 6th overall while Knapp was able to earn another top ten position finishing Sunday’s race in 9th place.
“I feel like I am improving each race,” stated Knapp. “It’s good to finish consistently in the top ten now but I am really looking to earn a top five result. We only have one race left, so I am hoping to put my best performance together for that event.”
Next Event: Monterey, CA – September 27-29, 2013