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ERIC WOOD WINS HIS FIRST LOUDON CLASSIC!
Eric Wood has a lot of respect for America’s oldest motorcycle race. And over the last few years he has ridden his bike into victory lane at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, but never as a winner.
That changed today when the native of Ashburnham, Mass., survived a mid-race red flag and a bad restart to win the 89th annual Loudon Classic using VP Racing Fuels.
Wood started the race from pole but did not get a great start, entering turn one in 5th place. At the end of his first lap he had worked up to 2nd and had closed up on early leader Shane Narbonne. Shane got sideways off of turn two, allowing Wood to drive underneath him. At that point Wood put his head down and ran a string of fast lap times, not realizing that Narbonne had highsided behind him early in the race. By the time Wood looked up at the pit board he had opened up an 11 second lead.
On lap 12, multiple crashes caused a red flag and the riders were forced to re-grid and re-start. Wood's clutch had taken some abuse on the first start, and the rider did not have a good launch on the restart, sliding back as far as 7th. Wood was confident that he could work his way to the front and managed to re-take the lead three laps into the restart. He stretched the lead out to four seconds and then backed off and held that gap as he lapped riders late in the race.
“I’ve been watching this race since I’ve been able to walk,” said Wood, who finished second in last year’s Classic, a Middle Weight Grand Prix race. “I’ve watched a lot of great riders win here. This just means so much to finally get a win.”
Wood took home a winner’s purse of $1,000. He was followed across the Granite Stripe by Tyler Sweeney, Scott Greenwood, Cory Hildebrand and Jason Carter .
Posted by VP RACE FOOL on 22nd June, 2012 | Comments | Trackbacks
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