GEICO rider Fillmore victorious again as extends lead in XR1200 Series
July 11, 2011
LEXINGTON, Ohio (July 10) -- GEICO rider Chris Fillmore rode his Richie Morris Racing Harley-Davidson to another big win Sunday at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. Fillmore has now won three times in six stops and was able to pad his lead in the AMA Vance & Hines XR1200 Series over second-place rider Steve Rapp.
"I'm so happy with where I'm right now," Fillmore said. "I got the win and to see Steve Rapp finish fourth is huge for the points situation. I got the extra points for pole and the most laps lead on top of winning so it's a great way to come out of Mid Ohio."
The points leader is pulling double duty this weekend by also competing in the National Guard American SuperBike series and points to the extra seat time for his success.
"More track time always helps no matter what you're on," Fillmore said. "Just knowing I could push and feel comfortable was huge. I didn't even realize I had so much of a lead until the last couple laps. I was just in the zone and road my race."
GEICO teammate Kyle Wyman finished third, his best finish of the season since winning the season opener in Daytona. Sunday's podium finish marks the first time he's been in the top five in the past five races and he hopes the positive uptick in his performance is a sign of positive changes for his GEICO Harley.
"To be back on the podium, where I feel I belong, is huge for my confidence," Wyman said. "I hope we can just continue to build on this in the coming events."
Fellow RMR rider Mike Corbino rounded out the team's success with a seventh-place finish. Coming off a career best finish at the last event, Corbino decided to stick with what's worked for him in the past.
"I went with the same game plan as Barber and it worked out nicely for me," Corbino said. "I got a wicked jump off the start and was able to make a few moves on the track. I finished seventh and ahead of the people I needed to for the championship so I'm very happy with my finish."
Fillmore's lead over Rapp is now 30 points. Wyman sits third and Corbino is seventh.
The next stop for the AMA Vance & Hines XR1200 Series takes place Aug. 12-14 at the Suzuki White Lightning AMA Pro SuperBike Nationals at Virginia International Raceway in Alton, Va.