The following is a press release...After taking first and second last weekend at Summit Point, Team Zyvax had high expectations heading into VIR’s WERA Cycle Jam 4-Hour endurance race. Battling the oppressive heat and a mid-race crash, the team and their machines logged a hard fought class win and a decisive overall win.
Despite an early race high side and crash-truck ride to the paddock, Clinton Seller and Dane Westby on their Team Zyvax / Graves Motorsports supported Yamaha R6 mounted a massive comeback, finishing only ten laps down from the overall winner. The lightning fast and always ready Team Zyvax crew took less time to repair the bike than track workers took to load and transport the bike back to the pits! Undaunted by the eleven lap deficit accumulated after the crash, the Zyvax R6 riders were able to hunt down the rest of their class and win the mediumweight division. Before Seller’s unfortunate high side-inducing missed shift, the quick little R6 was leading the entire race.
The heat proved to be a major hurdle for the team. Though the track offered good grip in the morning, as the day got hotter the track got more and more slippery. Still healing from recent surgery on his injured thumb, team rider Ben Bostrom managed to ride for an hour long stint. Due to the heat Bostrom lost four pounds of body water while on the bike! During the race Bostrom made the most of the slippery track; “It was a lot of fun, it felt like a fire road. I was spinning the tire everywhere.” Guest rider Jason Disalvo covered Bostrom’s second stint. “The heat was incredible,” said Disalvo of the steamy race day. Team rider Chris Clark ran first and last giving him the most time to cool off between runs.
Clark, Bostrom and Disalvo muscled past the competition to take the Overall win aboard their powerful Team Zyvax / Graves Motorsports prepped Yamaha R1, finishing an impressive four laps ahead of second place. The Zyvax R1 team set the fastest lap of the race with a 1:27.4, over a second faster than the fastest lap time from last year. Both Zyvax / Graves teams were the only ones to go below 1 minute 30 second lap times, again proving Yamaha’s dominance over the competition.