AMA Laguna Seca Report Michael Beck

October 2, 2008
Courtesy of Shift Racing
AMA Roadracer Michael Beck earned top ten finishes in both the Formula Xtreme and Supersport classes at Laguna Seca.
AMA Roadracer Michael Beck earned top ten finishes in both the Formula Xtreme and Supersport classes at Laguna Seca.

* Check out the latest race report from AMA Roadracer, Michael Beck.

With beautiful weather and great action anticipated in what was called the end of an era for AMA Supersport and AMA Formula Xtreme, Beck Racing was prepared to finish the season with a bang and string of good races.

Michael put in two great runs at Mazda Raceway in Monterey, taking his Beck Racing, Graves Motorsports-backed, and Premiere Home Entertainment-sponsored Yamaha R6 to top-ten finishes in both Supersport and Formula Xtreme and claiming a strong 9th place finish in the AMA Supersport Championship standings.

From the first session to the last, Michael had times that were promising of top finishes in both classes. On Saturday during Formula Xtreme qualifying, Beck earned a second row spot which was a perfect start to the racing weekend. Later in the day Beck spent the entire race battling with purpose-built FX bikes on his significantly less modified Supersport machine. When the checkered flag flew, Michael found himself in 7th position, just a mere three bike lengths behind 6th place.

“It’s always fun to go out and race in this class”, said Beck. “These guys have bikes that are faster than mine and have some real good suspension. I think racing with them and beating some of them is just a testament to how good this R6 really is in stock form. My dad and Noam (owner of Driven Performance), did a great job and I am excited about tomorrow.”

During Sunday’s Supersport race, Beck battled with four other riders all the way to the end to claim a stellar 10th place finish, just .2 seconds out of 9th.

“It was a hard fought race to the end”, stated an excited Beck. “But we gave it all we had. The Graves-backed Premiere Home Entertainment-sponsored R6 performed great today, I just hoped for a little better finish. I have to say thanks again to my Dad and Noam for all their hard work this weekend. I think we gave it all we had and came away with two solid top-ten results. I just want to thank everyone who helped me this year to go racing and run in this series. My parents, Graves Motorsports, Yamaha, Premiere Home Entertainment, Dunlop, Driven Performance, Shift, Puma, Shoei, and just everyone. I’m hoping to be able to come back again next year with even better results”.

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