DeCouto takes trio of podiums
Motorcycle racer Paul DeCouto bounced back from a crash in his opening race to produce three podium displays at last weekend's Champions Cup Series (CCS) End of Summer Cycle Fest at Virginia International Raceway.
The 43-year old expert rider took the chequered flag in the Expert Formula 40 class, placed second in the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) Expert Unlimited Superbike 1000 and third in the AMA Expert Superbike to cap another impressive display on US soil.
DeCouto's weekend threatened to end early after he crashed his Cycle Care Limited GSXR 1000 while leading Saturday's opening race in wet conditions.
“My crash was due to a faulty rear tyre warmer failing to thoroughly heat my rear tyre causing it to lose grip,” he explained. “When I took the lead on the first lap I accelerated out of turn two and the bike did a 180 degree spin.”
The father of one was thrown from the bike travelling around 90 miles per hour.
“I slid across the pavement, over the rumble strip and onto the grass and continued to slid for quite a distance,” he explained. “Thanks to my Nolan helmet, that was destroyed on impact, I escaped with only minor injuries, I'm still sore.”
The reigning CCS southeast regional Expert Pirelli GTO and expert Unlimited Grand Prix Champion missed the next race before being declared fit by doctors to resume racing with his Cycle Care Limited GSXR 750 in the third race which he won by a considerable margin to end the day on a high note.
DeCouto managed to repair his damaged GSXR 1000 prior to the start of Sunday's races and grab two additional places on the podium to complete a remarkable turnaround.
“My Cycle Care GSXR 1000 slid and flipped a few times and sustained substantial damage,” he explained. “But I was able to round up enough spare parts and complete repairs.”