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July 29, 2012

M4 Suzuki's Dane Westby demonstrated his determination on Sunday at Laguna Seca by picking himself up off the ground and continuing on to collect three hard-earned points.

Westby, who started from the middle of the second row after qualifying for the 20-lap Daytona SportBike contest, was caught out during the opening lap shuffle and crashed as the pack was jockeying for position.

The fall foiled the Oklahoman's aspirations of extending his sterling run of four consecutive finishes of either first or second place. However, Westby registered a gritty effort aboard his M4 Suzuki GSX-R600 to secure whatever points he could.

'The Wolverine' remains ranked second in the 2012 DSB points chase with 250 points.

Westby said, "I didn't get that great of a start," said Westby. "Some of the riders came up the inside so I grabbed an extra downshift trying to get the drive out. I flipped myself to the moon, which was a repeat of a few years ago at the same spot. I survived and didn't get run over, so I guess that's the positive in it.”

Westby's Superbike contending teammate, Chris Ulrich, also saw a streak snapped on Sunday as his run of three straight top tens came to an end on Sunday -- although only just.

The Californian raced forward from his fifteenth-placed grid slotting to ultimately climb to eleventh position by time he took the checkered flag aboard his GSX-R1000.

Ulrich is also ranked eleventh in the premier class points standings but made up ground on the two men directly in front of him with another steady performance.

Team M4 Suzuki will return to action when the AMA Pro Road Racing series resumes at New Jersey Motorsports Park on September 7-9.

In 2012, Team Hammer, Inc. is competing in its 32nd consecutive racing season and marks its sixth year of offering technical and logistical support through its Contract Services Department. Riders on Team Hammer prepared racebikes have earned 53 AMA Pro National race wins; 123 AMA Pro National podium finishes; 4 AMA Pro Championships; 133 Overall National Endurance race wins; 13 National Endurance Championships and assorted other race wins and titles.

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