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Attack Performance faces uphill challenge after Laguna Seca struggles

Attack Performance faces uphill challenge after Laguna Seca struggles

Steve Rapp and the Attack Performance suffered a difficult weekend at last weekend’s Laguna Seca race, after the failing to qualify for the race with their ambitious CRT project.

Team owner Richard Stanboli had taken on the mountainous task of building an in-house frame run with a Kawasaki engine to compete in the CRT category as a wildcard at the U.S. Grand Prix. A shakedown test had been planned the weekend before at a local Californian circuit, yet had to be cancelled due to last minute vendor problems.

This meant that Rapp and the Attack Performance team only got their first outing on the four-month-old project during the first practice session at Laguna Seca. And despite taking large strides in every session with regards to lap times, they unfortunately could not make the 107 per cent marker off the top time needed to qualify for the event. The team will however be back at Indianapolis in just over two weeks time, and Stanboli is confident his team will fair better there.

Stanboli commented: "I was disappointed that we could not make the show. We were let down by a couple of vendors and that put us behind our very tight development schedule. We had no choice but to cancel an important first test with Bridgestone and hoped for the best. Preparation is the key to success and there is no room for hope in racing. We went to Laguna blind and that will not happen again. We will be ready for Indy."

He also remained rather philosophical about the whole thing, quoting a phrase from Henry Ford: "Failure is only the opportunity to begin again more intelligently."

Check out the interview with Steve Rapp after his first outing on track in the Friday before the Laguna Race on

MotoGP, 2012

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