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Dream debut for DeCouto in NH

Paul DeCouto capped his debut at New Hampshire Motor Speedway with a maiden win in the Expert American Sportbike Racing Association (ASRA) Pro Superstock division.

The 43-year-old motorbike racing enthusiast took the chequered flag, crossing the finish line 10 seconds ahead of American Antonio Marchetti Jr after starting the eight-lap race from pole position.

The win enabled the Bermudian expert racer to open up a healthy 51-point lead at the top of the ASRA Pro Superstock championship points standings.

He also placed third in the Expert Unlimited Superbike and second in the Expert Formula 40 divisions competing with his modified Cycle Care Limited GSXR 1000 for added measure.

“It was an excellent weekend and I'm stoked with my first win in the Expert Pro Superstock,” an elated DeCouto told The Royal Gazette. “It was an excellent weekend and I got progressively faster throughout the weekend.”

DeCouto held a 14-point lead in the Expert ASRA Pro Superstock division going into the weekend's event in Loudon..

The 1.6 mile New Hampshire Motor Speedway racetrack is regarded as one of the toughest to adjust to in motor sports.

So to get a better feel of track conditions, DeCouto enlisted in the advanced racing school conducted by AMA pro rider and New Hampshire Motor Speedway track record holder Eric Wood. And the decision ultimately paid off as the father-of-one made his presence felt when racing got underway.

“New Hampshire Motor Speedway is super technical and very challenging, both mentally and physically,” DeCouto said. “There are no long straightaways so you are always off the seat, either on the gas under acceleration or hard on the brakes going into corners.”

The narrow track has 14 corners, elevation changes and runs counter clockwise.

“Because the track is also used for NASCAR there are uneven seams in the pavement, creating bumps that make the bike very unsettled in the fastest parts of the track,” DeCouto added. “When the bike becomes unsettled I have to loosen up my body and allow the suspension to do the work. As AMA pro rider Eric Wood told me ‘be part of the suspension, not part of the frame'.”

The reigning Champions Cup Series (CCS) southeast regional Expert Pirelli GTO and Expert Unlimited Grand Prix champion is enjoying another successful year of racing in the US where he has managed several podium displays.

Last month he slashed nearly three seconds off his previous fastest lap time (1:30) while competing at New Jersey Motorsports Park.

Paul DeCouto: Victory in the Expert American Sportbike Racing Association Pro Superstock division.

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Published August 19, 2013 at 6:19 pm (Updated August 19, 2013 at 6:19 pm)

Dream debut for DeCouto in NH

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