Oct 7, 2012
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The race ended with a checkered flag and then a red flag due to a crash on the final lap. This resulted in several of the riders being listed as finishing one lap down.
Tyler O'Hara made avoidable contact with Michael Barnes on the final lap of the race and was demoted in the finishing order as a penalty.
Triumph Big Kahuna New Orleans/GEICO Motorcycle AMA Pro Road Racing
AMA Pro Vance & Hines XR1200 Series
NOLA Motorsports Park
October 7, 2012
Provisional Race Results (all on Harley-Davidson XR1200s and Dunlop tires):
1. Michael Barnes, 9 laps
2. Shane Narbonne, -5.761 seconds
3. Benjamin Carlson, -6.680
4. Michael Corbino, -1 lap, crash
5. David Estok, -1 lap, 9.055 seconds
6. Josh Chisum, -1 lap, 12.746
7. Eric Haugo, -1 lap, 17.606
8. Brice Cooper, -1 lap, 32.807
9. Paul James, -1 lap, 33.504
10. Chris Hamilton, -1 lap, 37.365
11. Tyler O'Hara, -1 lap, 37.366
12. Travis Wyman, -4 laps, DNF, crash
13. Ray Delaney, -5 laps, DNF, crash
14. Darren James, -8 laps, crash
15. Jake Holden, -9 laps, DNF
Championship Point Standings (after 13 of 13 races):
1. Barnes, 1121 points, $25,000
2. Carlson, 1103 points, $10,000
3. O'Hara, 1098 points, $7500
4. Corbino, 1082 points, $4000
5. Travis Wyman, 1071 points, $3500
6. Estok, 1065 points, $3000
7. Kyle Wyman, 1071 points, $2500
8. Chisum, 1057 points, $2000
9. Gerry Signorelli, 1018 points, $1500
10. James, 1000 points, $1000
More, from a press release issued by Geiger Media on behalf of KLR Group:
Barnes wins a stunner; captures first championship after 25 years of racing
NEW ORLEANS (Oct. 7) -- After 25 years of competing on the GEICO Motorcycle AMA Road Racing circuit, 44-year-old veteran rider Michael Barnes is finally a champion after capturing the AMA Pro Vance & Hines XR1200 Series title with a breathtaking win Sunday in the season-ending Big Kahuna New Orleans.
"It's been a long time coming," Barnes said. "My thanks to Kyle Wyman for giving me a bike that was equal to his and offering this chance to live my dream. Also to Gaston Kearby and the KLR Group for their financial support. To finally have a championship after all these years just reenergizes me. I love this sport and I can't wait to run with the No. 1 plate next year."
Barnes entered this race as the class leader following a victory two weeks ago in Miami aboard his KLR Group/Spyke's Harley-Davidson. But his margin was only two points over Tyler O'Hara, a four-time winner this year.
As expected, Barnes and O'Hara jumped to the front right away and stayed in one another's shadow for the entire race, changing the lead a few times to add to the drama. It all came down to the last lap and Barnes had the slenderest of leads as they zipped through the 16-turn course.
Coming onto the final straightaway, O'Hara used the draft to pull alongside Barnes and it appeared there would be a drag race to the stripe. Then suddenly, O'Hara inexplicably reached out and pulled on Barnes' throttle arm, causing the KLR Group Harley to slow. Barnes threw his hands up in protest as he crossed the finish line just behind O'Hara and before they could complete the cool-down lap, AMA officials had disqualified O'Hara, handing the win and the title to O'Hara.
"He tried an old dirt-tracker move and this time it didn't work," Barnes said. "It kind of robbed me of a chance to celebrate on the cool-down lap and do a big ol' burnout for the fans because we didn't know what would happen. I felt confident the AMA would penalize him but until we got to the podium and they told us he was out we didn't really know for sure. I guess that was the only move he felt he had left.
"A lot of people over the years have helped make this happen and I could go on for hours thanking everyone. The bottom line is the people that I care about the most know what they mean to me. I love my new home here at Kyle Wyman Racing and I hope we can come back and do this again next year."