BUELL RACERS VIE FOR MOTO-ST AND ASRA/CCS TITLES AT DAYTONA
Richie Morris Racing Enters Three Buell 1125R Teams in MOTO-ST 8 Hours
MILWAUKEE, Wis. (October 13, 2008) With national championships on the line, Buell motorcycle racers and teams from the United States and Canada are headed for Daytona International Speedway for the final round of the Sun Trust MOTO-ST Series on October 18 and the 25th Annual ASRA/CCS Race of Champions, Oct. 17-19.
SunTrust MOTO-ST 8 Hours at Daytona
This seventh and final round of the SunTrust MOTO-ST Series will also be the longest race of season, and will decide champions in three classes. The SunTrust MOTO-ST series is for production based four-stroke, twin-cylinder motorcycles ridden by teams of riders in longer-distance events which feature pit stops and fuel strategy. The 8 Hours at Daytona race is scheduled to start at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 18.
Three Richie Morris Racing teams will be entered aboard Buell 1125R motorcycles in the premier Buell Motorcycle Company SuperSport (SST) class. Shawn Higbee and Michael Barnes will ride the Bruce Rossmeyer's Daytona Racing No. 8 1125R. Steve Crevier and Dave Estok will team up on the Bruce Rossmeyer Daytona Racing No. 83 with help from Deeley H-D/Buell Canada/Ruthless Racing, and Dan Bilansky and Clint Brotz will share the Hal's Harley-Davidson/Buell/Brotz Motorsports No. 7 entry. The No.8 Bruce Rossmeyer's Daytona Racing team has won twice aboard the Buell 1125R in the 2008 MOTO-ST season and is currently in third place in the SST season standings with 174 points, 23 points behind the leading No.1 Aprilia USA/Lloyd Brothers Motorsports team, and just seven points behind the second-place No.75 Touring Sport Ducati squad.
"The No.1 team has a big lead in points, but anything can happen in a long race on a track as tough as Daytona," said team owner Richie Morris. "We'll certainly be in the battle for second place in the standings, and we hope we can end the MOTO-ST season with three Buell 1125R teams on the podium."
The race for the BMW GrandSport Twins (GST) class title is much tighter, with the James Gang/Hoban Brothers Racing/H-D/Buell of Appleton No.70 team in second place just two points behind the Touring Sport Ducati No.70 team and just 10 points ahead of the third-place RightsForBikers.com No.69 entry. James Gang Racing/Hoban Brothers riders Paul James, Jeff Johnson and Walt Sipp will race a Buell XB12R at Daytona.
"If we win the race, we win the championship," said Paul James. "It's that simple. We've been on the podium at every event this season, and that consistency has put us in position to win the class championship."
The RnR Repsol Racing No.14 Buell XB12R will be raced in the GST class at Daytona by Rick Beggs and Rachel Sasse. The team is in sixth place for the season. The No.66 M4 Avteq Racing Suzuki team leads the ST class standings.
ASRA Team Challenge
With three GT Lights class wins in the ASRA Team Challenge series this season, riders Paul James and Jeff Johnson have put the James Gang Racing/Hoban Brothers Buell XB12R in the class points lead going into the final round of the season. The James Gang team has 122 points to lead the second-place Shakka 4 Life team by 10 points. The 2-hour endurance race is scheduled to start at noon on Friday, Oct. 12.
ASRA Pro Thunderbike Series
Buell teams will be battling for a win in the final round of the ASRA Pro Thunderbike series at Daytona Speedway on Sunday, Oct. 19. First and second place in the season standings have already been settled, with Nate Kern taking the title on a BMW with 223 points and Deeley H-D/Buell Canada/Ruthless Racing rider David Estok locked in second on a Buell XB12R with 162 points. With Bison Racing/Eagle H-D/Buell rider Walt Sipp third with 115 points and Hal's H-D/Buell/Hal's Speed Shop rider Dan Bilansky fourth with 110 points, the Buell riders will be racing for third place on the season.
MotoSport.com Championship Cup Series (CCS)
It will be winner take all for a national title in MotoSport.com Championship Cup Series (CCS) sprint racing, which wraps up its season with the 25th Annual Race of Champions on Oct. 18-19 at Daytona. Amateur and Expert Buell racers will contend in Thunderbike, SuperTwins, Lightweight Superbike, Lightweight Grand Prix and other classes.
To learn more about Buell motorcycles, visit your local Buell dealer today and experience the pure streetfighter attitude, style and performance only found on board a Buell. For the Buell dealer nearest you, pull into www.buell.com.
More, about next weekend at Daytona, from a press release issued by Daytona International Speedway:
Local Team Old Pros Racing Readies For Saturday's 8 Hours At Daytona SunTrust MOTO-ST Series Finale
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Daytona International Speedway recently visited the shop of one of the local SunTrust MOTO-ST Series teams competing in Saturday's third annual 8 Hours At Daytona season finale Old Pros Racing.
Paul Schwemmer operates Old Pros Racing from his house located in Daytona Beach. The 50-year-old Schwemmer will ride the No. 37 Suzuki 1000 with 1989 Daytona 200 By Honda champion John Ashmead of Ponce Inlet and Peru's Roberto Vargas in the grueling motorcycle endurance race at historic Daytona International Speedway on Saturday, Oct. 18.
Schwemmer is a veteran racer of Daytona International Speedway and competed in his first race at DIS back in 1982 aboard a Kawasaki. He has raced in the previous two 8 Hours At Daytona. He rode a Suzuki in the inaugural 8 Hours back in 2006 and was aboard an Aprilia for 2007 event.
Along with his crew chief Larry Fernandez, Schwemmer says he spent close to 70 hours in his garage preparing for Saturday's 8 Hours At Daytona, a motorcycle endurance race that will start at 1 p.m. and finish under the lights at 9 p.m.
Schwemmer and his Old Pros Racing team are eighth in the SuperSport Twins class (SST) standings having been able to only compete in three of the season's races. In the upcoming 8 Hours At Daytona, they hope to move up a couple spots in the season-ending standings.
Tickets are available for this week's Fall Cycle Scene motorcycle races online at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or by calling 1-800-PITSHOP.