Rossville, IN – July 22, 2006 – It’s official: Doug Gust of Team Yoshimura Suzuki is now the leader in WPSA points standings. Having survived eight grueling rounds, Gust has gotten a toe-hold on the SuperQuad Pro 450 Championship with a one point lead over Dustin Wimmer.
At Rossville, Doug was still a little banged up from last week’s crash. Gust bucked it up though for two days of all out physical punishment. His recipe for success included back-to-back wins in both qualifying heats on Saturday and a second place finish behind teammate Jeremiah Jones in the main event. Sunday started with another set of qualifying wins and a first place finish in the main. “It was a great weekend for Team Yoshimura Suzuki,” Gust humbly commented. “These LT-R450’s were going great for both of us. The Yoshimura guys had these things dialed in just right and we just rode them as fast as we could.”
But that wasn’t the only news from the fast blue-grooved track in Rossville. Teammate Jeremiah Jones, who has had six consecutive visits to the podium, snagged his third win in six races in Saturday’s main event, driving the entire race with nothing but the track in front of him. Coming out of the hole shot in first, Jones pulled out to a comfortable lead, and didn’t relinquish it for the rest of the race. Doug Gust was the only one to even come close to Jeremiah’s dust, but even he fell about 4 seconds back by the time the checkered flag flew.
Jones, who is third in overall points standings, felt incredible about his win on Saturday. “I guess I just ran away with it. I got the hole shot and I just turned it loose… Doug and I had an easy ride.”
On Sunday’s main event, Doug Gust came out unscathed from a start melee that caught Jeremiah and a bunch of other riders. In typical JJ style, Jeremiah worked his way through the crowd to seventh, but another tie up held him back and he finished ninth. Gust took the lead early and just marched around the track unchallenged securing another first place podium spot for the team.
With one final weekend of racing to go in this series, the two-day showdown in Englishtown, NJ promises to be a “can’t miss” battle for first place. Team Yoshimura Suzuki is more than a little optimistic that it’s going to put a lot of blue Suzuki shirts up on that final podium.