Photography by Larry Lawrence
RoadRace Factory Yamaha’s Tomas Puerta emerged from a five-rider battle to pull away in the end to score the victory in Saturday’s Motorcycle-SuperStore.com SuperSport race at Mid-Ohio.
Puerta nailed a great start and led a five-rider breakaway with Travis Wyman, Hayden Gillim, Stefano Mesa and Miles Thornton in tow. For a lap or two it was a six-rider freight train when Nick McFadden moved up to join the lead pack.
Puerta and Wyman traded the lead mid-race and then on lap nine Puerta got back in front and led it the rest of the way. In the closing laps he opened up a gap and had 3.213 seconds on Gillim at the flag. Thornton held off Wyman for third, a couple of second behind Gillim.
Puerta is a SuperSport West rider so he gained no points with the win. Mesa suffered a DNF and lost the SuperSport East lead to Corey Alexander, who finished seventh.
Supersport results from Mid-Ohio – Saturday, July 13, 2013
1 12 Tomas Puerta Medellin, Colombia Yamaha YZF-R6 17 Laps
2 69 Hayden Gillim Philpot, KY Yamaha YZF-R6 +03.213
3 72 Miles Thornton West Point, GA Yamaha YZF-R6 +05.690,
4 24 Travis Wyman Macedon, NY Suzuki GSX-R600 +06.324
5 118 Nick McFadden Owensboror, KY Suzuki GSX-R600 +20.096
6 9 Wyatt Farris Calistoga, CA Yamaha YZF-R6 +24.204
7 5 Corey Alexander Carmel, NY Suzuki GSX-R600 +24.273
8 33 Conner Blevins Noble, OK Kawasaki ZX-6R +27.647
9 51 Kaleb De Keyrel White Bear Lake, MN Yamaha YZF-R6 +51.465
10 64 Erick Sanchez Mexico City, Mexico Yamaha YZF-R6 +51.641