Puerta Crowned AMA SuperSport Champion
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Tomas Puerta has been named the 2013 AMA Pro Motorcycle-Superstore.com SuperSport National Champion, officials from AMA Pro Racing announced today.
The Colombian standout clinched the Motorcycle-Superstore.com SuperSport West Division Championship to conclude last weekend’s GEICO Motorcycle AMA Pro Road Racing event at Miller Motorsports Park. Following a post-race statistical analysis and comparison with his East Division counterparts, it was determined that Puerta had outperformed all of the riders that are still in the chase for the East Division title and has therefore mathematically clinched the Motorcycle-Superstore.com SuperSport National Championship with two races remaining.
“I’m really excited about this championship,” Puerta said. “We worked really hard with the RoadRace Factory team all last year and this year to make it happen. My goal was to be consistent on all of the different tracks and it has been an awesome season. I’m just waiting to go New Jersey Motorsports Park to race in SuperSport one last time and then I plan to move to Daytona SportBike. We’ll see what happens after that.”
At the start of the 2013 season, it was announced that the Motorcycle-Superstore.com SuperSport National Champion would be determined by comparing the on-track performance of the 2013 East and West Champions anytime the two rising stars faced off during the year. The battle for the East Division Championship has been heated all year and will come down to next month’s event at New Jersey Motorsports Park, with five riders still in contention: Corey Alexander, Stefano Mesa, Hayden Gillim, Miles Thornton and Travis Wyman.
After comparing Puerta’s finishing position at each round with the results of each rider still gunning for the East crown, it was determined that Puerta finished in front of each rider sufficiently over the course of the season to guarantee his spot atop the charts and in the record books as the 2013 Motorcycle-Superstore.com SuperSport National Champion.
Puerta takes the reins from last year’s Motorcycle-Superstore.com SuperSport Champion James Rispoli, who joined the GoPro Daytona SportBike ranks for the 2013 season. Without an active, defending class Champion competing with the coveted No. 1 plate in SuperSport, Puerta has been granted a provision allowing him to compete aboard the No. 1 RoadRace Factory Yamaha YZF-R6 when the series returns to New Jersey Motorsports Park for the New Jersey Lottery Devil’s Showdown, scheduled for September 13 – 15, 2013.