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Feb 24, 2014

Celtic/HVMC Suzuki Will Run Alexander, Farris In 2014 AMA Pro Supersport Championship

Corey Alexander, the 2013 AMA Pro SuperSport East Champion, will race in the AMA Pro SuperSport Championship again in 2014. Photo by Brian J. Nelson.

Celtic Racing is pleased to announce that Corey Alexander will return to the team for the 2014 AMA Pro Racing season, alongside new teammate Wyatt Farris. Celtic Racing has renewed its partnership with Hudson Valley Motorcycles and will field a pair of Suzuki GSX-R 600 motorcycles with support from Suzuki. Orient Express and K-Tech Suspension will continue to provide technicians and valued trackside support for both riders, extending a relationship that has brought numerous wins, podiums, and championships. The Celtic/HVMC Suzuki team will compete in the SuperSport class with Corey Alexander riding the #5 Suzuki GSX-R 600 that he used to win the 2013 AMA SuperSport East championship, and finished second overall in 2013. Wyatt Farris will ride the #19 Celtic/HVMC Suzuki GSX-R 600 in his return to the SuperSport class where he finished third in the West championship and fifth overall last season. Together, Alexander and Farris provide Celtic/HVMC Suzuki with a formidable presence in the SuperSport class, and everyone anticipates great results over the course of the season.

Richie Alexander and Barry Gilsenan have worked together for the past several seasons while Alexander was one of the managers of Michael Jordan Motorsports. 2014 will see Alexander step forward to a more visible roll running the newly formed Celtic/HVMC Suzuki team. Alexander has extensive experience in AMA Pro Road Racing, and vast relationships across the industry which he will put to use in this new position. "There are so many pieces in play this season, I am glad we were able to get a program together for Corey and Wyatt, and I really appreciate the trust Barry has placed in me. We have a great team, loaded with potential - which should translate into race results!" stated Alexander.

Celtic/HVMC Suzuki welcomes returning sponsors to the team for 2014, as well as several new sponsors who have all pledged support for continued success. Sponsors for the team include: HVMC Racing, Suzuki, MJRS Freeman, Orient Express, Jon Block Group, Yoshimura R&D, Bazzaz, Gemini, K-Tech Suspension, Pitbull, Maxima Racing Oils, Galfer, Chicken Hawk, Motion Pro, Armour Bodies, Saddlemen, Star School, DesignStar3, Zero Gravity, Signs Ink, GB Racing, DID, and Vortex. The 2014 AMA Pro Road Racing SuperSport season begins with a return to Daytona International Speedway, March 14th through the 16th.

Corey Alexander is excited and enthusiastic about the 2014 season and stated "I'm extremely happy to be back with Celtic Racing for 2014. After wrapping up the 2013 Supersport East Championship, I'm tremendously anxious to head back to Daytona to start the fight for the 2014 SuperSport National Championship. We've made some crew changes and I've got Wyatt as a new teammate this year. It's a whole new adventure, and I'm very confident in the Celtic team and myself. I would like to thank Barry Gilsenan as well as my uncle, Richie Alexander, for putting the whole program together, I think it will be my best year of racing so far! I would also like to thank my personal sponsors for their continued support including: Hudson Valley Motorcycles, Spidi Leathers, XPD Boots, Arai Helmets, AMMO NYC, Oakley, and Defy All Odds Apparel." Please follow Corey Alexander on twitter and Instagram via @corey5alexander , keep track of him on Facebook at www.facebook.com/corey5alexander , and check out his webpage - www.corey23.com - as well.

Wyatt Farris may be a newcomer to the Celtic/HVMC Suzuki team, but he is no stranger to racing. Wyatt brings a wealth of experience and passion, and has expressed that he is "very excited to be riding for Celtic/HVMC Suzuki, they have a championship winning program and I'm looking forward to a great year. Having the Jon Block Group aboard again is huge, and I can't thank them enough for their confidence in our program. Between the Celtic Racing crew and the equipment we are on, our program is going to be very strong this year. I want to thank all of our team sponsors along with my personal ones: Jon Block Group, Cortech, Shoei, Above Category, and CT Racing. I can't wait to get the Celtic/HVMC Suzuki on the high banks at Daytona." You can keep up with Wyatt Farris via Instagram @wyatt_farris and twitter @wyattfarris9 or join him on Facebook at www.facebook.com/wyattfarrisracing .

New sponsors Jon Block Group added "Wyatt’s ongoing level of dedication to his road racing campaign continues to impress us. After assessing his fitness level during the 2013 season, we were pleasantly surprised to see his report card stamped “elite”. Going into 2014 Wyatt found ways to further improve his fitness, spending much of the off-season training with top cyclists, along with intense action sports training at the P3 Peak Performance Center in Santa Barbara, California. We look forward to Wyatt leveraging his superior fitness to achieve top-of-the-box performances on the track this year. Furthermore, we are pleased to see he will have world-class support from Celtic Racing to insure all the tools are in place to realize a championship."

MJRS Freeman has provided support for the Celtic team in the past, and also helped Corey Alexander participate in two World SuperSport rounds at the end of the 2013 season. Jon Freeman sees continued success for Corey and stated that "The Celtic team's long history of winning, combined with Corey Alexander's first place performance in last year's SuperSport East Championship provides all the ingredients for a repeat of performance in 2014. Corey's strong drive and persistence in pre-season testing continued to impress - his dedication, focus, and determination is nothing short of amazing."

CELTIC RACING

Celtic Racing was established in 2001 by Barry Gilsenan, and over the past 13 seasons has established itself as a premier privateer racing team. Celtic Racing has seen consecutive championship seasons in AMA Pro Racing SuperSport from 2012 to 2013. Development of riding talent began with two-stroke 125cc, and 250cc machines competing in professional and regional championship events. More recent Celtic Racing efforts have focused on AMA Pro Road Racing in the Daytona SportBike and SuperSport classes with Ducati, Honda, Suzuki, and Yamaha four stroke motorcycles. Gilsenan's talent for coaching racers of all ages and abilities has brought Celtic Racing worldwide attention and recognition, with many former Celtic Racing riders now competing on World Championship levels. For more information regarding Celtic/HVMC Suzuki please join us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/celticracing and follow @celticracing on twitter and Instagram - we appreciate all your support!

HUDSON VALLEY MOTORCYCLES

Hudson Valley Motorcycles has been serving New York's Hudson Valley and Westchester County as well as Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and New England with Ducati, Kawasaki, and Suzuki Motorcycle/ATV Sales, Parts, and Service since 1966. Established by Richard Alexander Sr, the dealership is a family run business with employees who have been part of the family for decades in some cases. With deep and long standing customer relationships around the region, Hudson Valley Motorcycles is known for outstanding customer service, in-depth product expertise, and the foremost service department for machines of all brands. Please visit www.hvmotorcycles.com, join them on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/HVMotorcycles or follow them via @hvmotorcycles .

ORIENT EXPRESS

Established in 1973, Orient Express is celebrating it's 40th year as a high performance motorcycle parts distributor and race shop. Orient Express offers engine and motorcycle building services, precision machine work, suspension servicing, and dyno tuning services. Orient Express has an extensive history of racing, including support of both professional and amateur race series and individuals. For more information regarding Orient Express, or to find out what Orient Express can do for your racing success, please call 800.645.6521 or 631.231.9552 (NY/International), visit http://www.orientexpress.com or join them on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/OrientExpressRacing .