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DeCouto in five podium finishes

Expert motorcycle racer Paul DeCouto put Bermuda on the map competing on the Championship Cup Series (CCS) circuit in the US last weekend.

The 42-year-old rider produced five podium displays competing on two different bikes at the two-mile long Roebling Road Raceway in Savannah, Georgia.

DeCouto finished runner up in the Expert Formula 40 and Expert Unlimited Supersport races competing on his modified GSXR 1000. He also had a second-place finish competing on his GSXR 750 in the Expert Heavyweight Supersport race.

The Bermudian then capped a memorable weekend of racing in Georgia by placing third in the Expert Unlimited Grand Prix on his GSXR 1000 and narrowly missed out on another podium finish after placing fourth in the Expert Unlimited Superbike on the same bike.

“It was awesome, there was a lot competition and I learned a lot,” DeCouto said. “It’s nice when you can get out to a track that flows like that because it’s stop and go at a lot of the other tracks in the States whereas this one is nice and smooth and well designed.

“It is basically a flat track with a bunch of turns so we spent all of Friday making adjustments to the suspension and tuning it the way the bike handled.

“It makes a big difference when the bike is set and obviously every bike has to be set up for the person that’s riding it based on your weight and riding style and all of that. And the good thing is I have mechanical knowledge and work with the suspension guys to tune it for myself.

“The weather cooperated, it was nice and clear and the temperature was up so the tyres stuck very well. I use Dunlop tyres and find they are the best.”

DeCouto’s stellar performances on track did not go unnoticed by his peers and race organisers who have invited him back to Georgia for this weekend’s WERA Nationals.

“The experts and club invited back me out because I did so well in the last event,” he said. “I was only two seconds off the fastest guy’s (Jason Farrell) lap time. There was CCS lap record set for that track under that organisation (Asra Pro Racing) and I was just two seconds off that time.

“I had a 1.13 and this guy (Jason Farrell) had a 1.11, so I’m riding right on the ragged edge right now. I’m excited to be going back and hopefully I can shave some more time off my lap times this weekend.”

The Cycle Care co-owner departs for the US today.

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Published March 15, 2012 at 2:00 am (Updated March 15, 2012 at 9:43 am)

DeCouto in five podium finishes

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