Michael Beck Scores Championship Point In World Superbike Series May 11 At Monza

Substituting for injured GMT-94 Yamaha rider David Checa, Michael Beck scored his first world championship point in his first weekend of international competition. Michael Beck persevered to finish a weekend high of 15th in World Superbike Race 2 at Monza despite a nearly 30-kph top speed disadvantage and working from a bike setup of the 20 kg-heavier Checa. Equally impressive for the young Californian was that Beck had never traveled outside the U.S. before, had no experience with the historic Monza track, had never worked with his non-English speaking French team and was new to the Pirelli control tires.

Michael Beck:
"This place is FAST! The track map looks deceptively easy with all the long straights and very few corners. The corners are so long and so fast that if you don't get a good drive it affects your speed at the other end of the straight.

"Everyone seems happy that I scored a point, but I know I could do better with more top speed and a bike more suited to my size and riding style. Coming to Europe for the first time and seeing my name on the screen with Bayliss, Haga, Biaggi, etc. just makes me want to come back and prove what I can do. I also want to thank Murph at Hardcard, Christophe Guyot and the whole GMT-94 Yamaha team for the opportunity and all their hard work this weekend."

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