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Aug 14, 2013

Rob Christman Breaks Track Record, Wins MRA Race Of The Rockies GTO At High Plains Raceway

Christman Cracks Track Record in Round 5 at High Plains Raceway

Picture the perfect race weekend; 80 degree temperatures, blue skies, no wind. That is exactly how Round 5 of the Motorcycle Roadracing Association's weekend went at High Plains Raceway, August 10th and 11th. Perfect conditions leading to Rob Christman taking home his second, back to back win, in the overall Race of the Rockies premier class championship. Rob also managed to break the North course track record with a 1.13.116, a record previously held by AMA racer Jake Gagne with a 1:13.330 set this year during Round 1. It was an epic weekend for Christman, and a few of his other fellow competitors, as many of the class championships are still up for grabs!

In the Race of the Rockies class, Christman got the hole shot and was leading the first three laps when there was a red flag incident, due to a high side in turn 2, which sent the riders back to the pits. Christman had pulled a fairly substantial lead by the first three laps and he felt frustrated to have to try again to out race Tracy Schram who was not going to give up very easily. After the restart, Christman lead again for a few laps until Schram came up hard and passed him to take the front position. After following behind Schram for a couple of laps Christman felt he knew where he could overtake him, he passed, and never looked back. Rob finished strong but there is still some wiggle room in the championship allowing Dan Turner a possible shot at the overall. After the win, Christman made a point of thanking not only his sponsors but Dan Turner, one of his top rivals, for helping him to swap out engines Saturday night in order to run the Race of the Rockies race. “Dan is the most awesome guy in this whole club. I was having some overheating issues with my motor and without Dan I couldn’t have raced. I’m racing against him, I’m running faster than him, and he still wants to help me. Most people aren’t like that.” Both riders have an agreement that they share what they have; my trailer is your trailer and vice versa. It says a lot about the club and the men and women who race in it. That being said, Christman wants to thank his sponsors: G-Force Powersports, Roadrace Factory, Dunlop, Rex Coulthard, STM Suspension (Dave Rose), Tri City Cycle, Bell Powersports, and King GMC, with a special shout out to Danny “Ninja Tech” Anderson for all of his help with the bike. Rob also took home firsts in Formula 40 and Open Superbike giving him a good shot at an overall clubman championship as well.

Christman wasn’t the only winner this weekend, Shannon Moham took home an impressive 6 wins in Race of the Rockies, Heavyweight Endurance, Lightweight Endurance, Supertwins GTU, Lightweight GP, Heavyweight Superbike and a second in Modern Vintage GTU. Shannon leads the overall Clubman battle with Nik Lenski coming on strong and many others are vying for a spot in the top five. Unlike any recent season, this is the closest points race we’ve seen. With the new points structure, many racers have the opportunity to fight for championships despite a rough weekend or an unexpected get off. Close to half of the classes are undecided as far as clear leaders and the remaining classes have heated battles for top five overalls. The new 400cc and 500cc Production Cups, both filling up their respective grids, are going strong with Jason Madama leading the pack and Michael Davis and Jeremy Widmann biting at his heels. And our Ladies of the Rockies class has a full grid with nine women showing up and racing against unsurpassable Wyeth Jackson leading the championship with a commanding lead over Donna Turner solidly in second.

Overall this anniversary season has lived up to the expectations of a club that garners a rich and lengthy history in Colorado and the country. As the Motorcycle Roadracing Association, recipient of the Colorado Motorsports Hall of Fame 2013 Agajanian Award, strives to maintain that history with new champions like Rob Christman and consummate winners like World Superbike racer Shane Turpin and Daytona all-time record holder Ricky Orlando, that history and reputation are being well cared for. Come out and be a part of the history that created this incredible club and watch as the season comes to a climactic end…to see who will walk away with the number one plate, the club championship, and bragging rights for the rest of the year. Our next race is coming up quickly and will be held at High Plains Raceway in Byers, Colorado on August 24th and 25th. We all hope to see you there cheering for your favorites or racing against them!

The MRA is dedicated to promoting safe and competitive motorcycle roadracing events for enthusiasts in Colorado and the surrounding area. For more information, go to www.mra-racing.org or check us out on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/MotorcycleRoadracingAssociation

Race finishes for Round 5:

Law Tigers Novice GTU 1. Brad Morris (Yam YZF-R6) 2. Brooks Bryant (Hon CBR600RR) 3. Richard Liedtke (Hon CBR600RR) 4. Steve Mills (Yam YZF-R6) 5. Brian Dobrolowski (Tri Daytona 675R) Money$mart 250 Production Cup (Saturday) 1. David Kibler (Kaw 250R) 2. Matt Diehl (Kaw 250R) 3. David Absolon (Kaw 250R) 4. Mike Kionka (Kaw 250R) 5. Lars Lofgren (Kaw 250R) Money$mart 400 Production Cup (Saturday) 1. Michael Davis (Kaw 300R) 2. Rachel Gillie (Kaw 250R) 3. Holly Hendrickson (Kaw 250R) Money$mart 500 Production Cup (Saturday) 1. Jeremy Widmann (Hon CBR500R) 2. Jason Madama (Hon CBR500R) 3. Blair Harness (Hon CBR500R) 4. Chris Coonshead (Kaw 250R) 5. Samantha Coleman (Kaw 250R) Sol Performance/ Moto-Garage Formula 40 1. Rob Christman (Suz GSX-R1000) 2. Ricky Orlando (Kaw ZX-10R) 3. Patrick Lansu (Duc 749R) 4. Travis Graham (Suz GSX-R600) 5. Gregory Snyder (Suz GSX-R1000) Brighton Radiator and Muffler Middleweight Supersport 1. Nik Lenski (Yam YZF-R6) 2. Peter Tabor (Kaw ZX-6R) 3. Nyles Gourlie (Yam YZF-R6) 4. Joseph Washburn (Suz GSX-R600) 5. Michael Lakritz (Hon CBR600RR) Spencer Russell Youth Racing Lightweight Grandprix 1. Shannon Moham (Yam YZF-R6) 2. Christopher Weed (Yam TZ) 3. Ray Ray Gaimara (Suz SV650) 4. Jason Madama (Hon CBR500R) 5. Jeremy Widmann (Hon CBR500R) Apex Sports Heavyweight Supersport 1. Kelcey Walker (Yam YZF-R6) 2. Nik Lenski (Yam YZF-R6) 3. Peter Tabor (Kaw ZX-6R) 4. Jon Glaekfe (Pierobon X60R) 5. Nyles Gourlie (Yam YZF-R6) Rocky Mountain Kawasaki Novice GTO 1. Todd Larson (Suz GSX-R) 2. Brooks Bryant (Hon CBR600RR) 3. Ryan Smith (Suz GSX-R600) 4. Richard Liedtke (Hon CBR600RR) 5. Brad Morris (Yam YZF-R6) Northern Colorado Euro Open Supersport 1. Peter Tabor (Kaw ZX-10R) 2. Ricky Orlando (Kaw ZX-10R) 3. Aaron Hersh (Suz GSX-R1000) 4. Chris Terranami (BMW S1000RR) 5. Louis Ortiz Jr. (Suz GSXR1000) WyethHomes.com Solo Endurance Middleweight 1. Nyles Gourlie (Yam YZF-R6) 2. Rick Grosse (Kaw ZX-6R) 3. Michael Lakritz (Hon CBR600RR) 4. Joseph Washburn (Suz GSX-R600) 5. Chris Coonshead (Yam YZF-R6) Performance Cycle of Colorado Solo Endurance Lightweight 1. Shannon Moham (Yam YZF-R6) 2. Jeremy Widmann (Hon CBR500R) 3. David Absolon (Kaw 250R) 4. Blair Harness (Hon CBR500R) 5. Jim Soiland (Hon CBR250R) Abate of Colorado Solo Endurance Open 1. Tracy Schram (Kaw ZX-10R) 2. Mike Applegate (Suz GSX-R1000) 3. Ray Thornton (Hon CBR1000RR) 4. Doug Kahl (Suz GSX-R1000) 5. Aaron Hersh (Suz GSX-R1000) Kahl & Partners Solo Endurance Heavyweight 1. Shannon Moham (Yam YZF-R6) 2. Matt Diehl (Yam YZF-R6) 3. Jessie Martinez (Yam YZF-R6) 4. Michael Lakritz (Hon CBR600RR) 5. Arthur Chen (Yam YZF-R6) Vickery Motorsports Amateur GTU 1. Matt Diehl (Yam YZF-R6) 2. Joseph Washburn (Suz GSX-R600) 3. Brad Morris (Yam YZF-R6) 4. Richard Liedtke (Hon CBR600RR) 5. Brooks Bryant (Hon CBR600RR) Mile Hi Harley Davidson Supertwins GTO 1. Pat Lansu (Duc 749R) 2. John Glaefke (Pierbon X60R) 3. Casey Smith (Apr RSVR) 4. Chris Weed (Yam TZ) 5. Jeff Healy (Duc 848) Grand Prix Motorsports Middleweight Superbike 1. Nik Lenski (Yam YZR-R6) 2. Kelcey Walker (Yam YZR-R6) 3. Peter Tabor (Kaw ZX-6R) 4. Carl Sorensen (Tri Daytona 675R) 5. Nyles Gourlie (Yam YZR-R6) The Walnut Room Modern Vintage GTU 1. Rick Grosse (Kaw ZX-6R) 2. Shannon Moham (Yam YZR-R6) 3. Chris Weed (Yam TZ) 4. Chris Coonshead (Yam YZF-R6) 5. Frank DiRanna (Yam YZR-R6) High Plains Raceway Ladies of the Rockies 1. Wyeth Jackson (Kaw ZX-6R) 2. Donna Turner (Yam YZF-R6) 3. Samantha Coleman (Kaw ZX-6R) 4. Karen Stokes (Suz SV650) 5. Trina Dawson (Yam YZF-R6)

Colorado Powersports Open Superbike 1. Rob Christman (Suz GSX-R1000) 2. Tracy Schram (Kaw ZX-10R) 3. Dan Turner (Suz GSX-R1000) 4. Doug Kahl (Suz GSX-R1000) 5. Ray Thornton (Hon CBR1000RR) Boulder Motorsports Thunderbike 1. Pat Lansu (Ducati 749R) 2. Carl Sorensen (Tri Daytona 675R) 3. John Glaefke (Pierbon X60R) 4. Casey Smith (Apr RSVR) 5. Dennis Stowers (Tri Daytona 675R) Money$mart 250 Production Cup (Sunday) 1. David Kibler (Kaw 250R) 2. Matt Diehl (Kaw 250R) 3. Lars Lofgren (Kaw 250R) 4. Mike Kionka (Kaw 250R) 5. Brad Morris (Kaw 250R) Money$mart 400 Production Cup (Sunday) 1. Michael Davis (Kaw 300R) 2. Rachel Gillie (Kaw 250R) 3. Holly Hendrickson (Kaw 250R) Money$mart 500 Production Cup (Sunday) 1. Jason Madama (Hon CBR500R) 2. Jeremy Widmann (Hon CBR500R) 3. Blair Harness (Hon CBR500R) 4. Chris Coonshead (Kaw 250R) 5. Samantha Coleman (Kaw 250R) Vickery Motorsports Race of the Rockies GTU 1. Shannon Moham (Yam YZF-R6) 2. Nik Lenski (Yam YZR-R6) 3. John Glaefke (Pierbon X60R) 4. Carl Sorensen (Tri Daytona 675R) 5. Jessie Martinez (Yam YZF-R6) Fay Myers Motorcycle World Race of the Rockies GTO 1. Rob Christman (Suz GSX-R1000) 2. Tracy Schram (Kaw ZX-10R) 3. Dan Turner (Suz GSX-R1000) 4. Ricky Orlando (Kaw ZX-10R) 5. Peter Tabor (Kaw ZX-10R) Imperial Sportbikes Amateur GTO 1. Joseph Washburn (Suz GSX-R600) 2. Todd Larson (Suz GSX-R) 3. Matt Diehl (Yam YZR-R6) 4. Casey Smith (Apr RSVR) 5. Brad Morris (Yam YZF-R6) Factory Trained Auto Repair Supertwins GTU 1. Shannon Moham (Yam YZR-R6) 2. Chris Weed (Yam TZ) 3. Ray Ray Gaimara (Suz SV650) 4. Jeff Winter (Hon RSF 450X) 5. Matt Galloway (Suz SV650S) Un!nk Printworks Modern Vintage GTO 1. Erik Peat (Suz GSX-R1000) 2. Chris Coonshead (Yam YZF-R6) 3. Frank DiRanna (Yam YZF-R6) 4. Evan Cordonier (Hon CBR600RR) 5. Michael Puig (Hon CBR600F4) MadMoto Heavyweight Superbike 1. Shannon Moham (Yam YZR-R6) 2. Kelcey Walker (Yam YZR-R6) 3. Nik Lenski (Yam YZR-R6) 4. Rick Grosse (Kaw ZX-6R) 5. Jessie Martinez (Yam YZF-R6) Woody’s Wheel Works Colorado Class 1. Chris Weed (Yam TZ) 2. Jason Madama (Hon CBR500R) 3. Jeremy Widmann (Hon CBR500R) 4. Jeff Winter (Hon RSF 450X) 5. David Absolon (Kaw 250R)