Dustin “Double Duty” Meador Notches Two More Double Top-10 Finishes Aboard The #300 Yamalube/Westby Racing YZF-R1, In Virginia2016-05-17 10:00
When youâ€™re one of the team technicians and the fill-in rider at Yamalube Westby Racing, the nickname â€œDouble Dutyâ€ is not just a clever moniker, itâ€™s also an apt description of your team responsibilities. And, for Dustin â€œDouble Dutyâ€ Meador, the nickname also doubly applies to his knack for recording consistent top-10 finishes in the 2016 MotoAmerica AMA/FIM North American Roadracing Championship, which he did again this past weekend at VIRginia International Raceway in Danville, VA.
For the second road racing event in a row, Dustin filled in for lead rider Josh Day, whose fractured thumb is healing well, but was not quite ready for him to return to racing the #00 Yamalube/Westby Racing Yamaha YZF-R1 Superstock 1000 machine.
Coming off his two top-10 results in the rain at New Jersey Motorsports Park, Dustin was challenged by the tricky, 14-turn, 14-turn, 2.25-mile VIR natural road course, and near-perfect weather conditions that made for fast laps and a much more frenetic race pace than New Jersey presented. But, the talented technician/racer acquitted himself well, qualifying 10th in class, in Saturday afternoonâ€™s Superpole qualifying, and then following that up by running smooth, consistent laps to finish in 7th position in Sundayâ€™s Superstock 1000 Race 1 and notching a solid 8th-place result in Superstock 1000 Race 2 later in the day on Sunday.
â€œThis has been quite an adventure for me,â€ Dustin said. â€œI got to race the bike in the rain at New Jersey a couple weeks ago, and then, here at VIR in the dry, and on a very technical track. So, I learned a lot about the bike, thatâ€™s for sure. Thereâ€™s no time to rest on this track. I feel a little bit fatigued after doing the two races today. But, I had a lot of fun, and I got to race with a couple of guys out there. The R1 is amazing to ride. It does everything well.â€
The Yamalube/Westby Racing team will be back in action in three weeks as the MotoAmerica Championship travels to Road America in Elkhart Lake, WI, on June 3 - 5.
Lead rider Josh Day will climb back aboard the #00 Yamalube/Westby Racing R1 at Road America, and resume his duties. When Dustin was asked how he feels about handing the bike back to Josh after his two-round adventure, he said, â€œWeâ€™re here to win races, and Josh is the man to win races for us. Weâ€™re all excited to get him back on the bike. Weâ€™re looking forward to seeing Josh and that gold, double-zero R1 up front again where it belongs.â€
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