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Aug 27, 2013

Christman Wins Again During Round Six Of MRA Series, At High Plains Raceway

Rob Christman (19) Takes Home the Three-peat in the MRA’s Round 6 at High Plains Raceway

Rob Christman has been on a mission throughout this 40th Anniversary season of the Motorcycle Roadracing Association. Christman, who has taken home his third consecutive win in the Race of the Rockies Overall Championship, has said that he has been dedicated and working hard to make this an amazing season; something that he has been proving since it began. Christman started out the season with a first place in the premier class only to fall to a disappointing 5th in Round 2 at High Plains Raceway. Round 3 found him back in the top rankings with a 2nd place finish behind Number 1 plate holder Dan Turner, at Pueblo Motorsports Park . Since Round 4, however, Christman has led the pack, taking home three straight wins in the hotly contested featured class.

The Round 6 race, on the full course at High Plains Raceway, started out with Christman taking the holeshot into Turn 1. Christman was followed by Dan Turner and Ricky Orlando for a few laps until he pulled a substantial gap and walked away from the pack.

Meanwhile, Tracy Schram, who had taken a spill in an earlier class and was on a borrowed bike for the Race of the Rockies, had to start at the back of the grid. Schram battled through the field to finish an impressive 3rd place behind Christman and Turner.

Though the race was not as tightly contested as some this season, Christman rode a fantastic race and has almost clinched the overall MRA Championship with one round to go.

But the Motorcycle Roadracing Association isn’t just the Race of the Rockies class and many of the other classes have close battles and no clear favorites. With the changed points structure that began this season, Round 7 will be the final testing ground to stake a claim on the remaining MRA Championships up for grabs.

At the head of the pack is Shannon Moham who took home an unbelievable 7 first-place finishes in this round. Moham typically races around eight different classes each round and, after checking his results, only four of his last 48 races have not ended in a top-three podium finish. Moham's Round 6 finishes included first place in the Heavyweight Superbike, Supertwins GTU, Race of the Rockies GTU, Modern Vintage GTU, Solo Heavyweight Endurance, Solo Lightweight Endurance and Lightweight Grand Prix classes. Moham is surely on track to bring home yet another Clubman Overall Points Championship, and considering we race with some 200 men and women each round, Moham has taken this sport to the highest level, a level which we all strive to achieve in our own way.

Others fighting for class Championships include Nik Lenski and Pete Tabor, both fighting for the title in Middleweight Supersport, Middleweight Superbike, Heavyweight Supersport and Heavyweight Superbike. Lenski and Tabor are only separated by two points in Middleweight Supersport with Tabor in the lead but Lenski beat Tabor in this round so the Championship is still up in the air.

Formula 40 is close with Ricky Orlando leading Rob Christman by only ten points separating first and second. And Supertwins GTU is tied for second with Ray Ray Gaimara and Chris Weed battling hard…Weed beat out Gaimara in this round so the last round will be the determiner.

And this is just how we like to see it in racing, waiting until the last round to see who will walk away with the class titles. Nyles Gourlie said it best this past weekend, on Sunday celebrating his birthday: “There’s nowhere else I’d rather be than here at the track, hanging out with friends, drinking beer (after the track is cold), and racing motorcycles.”

And I agree that there is nowhere else I’d rather be on a beautiful Colorado summer weekend than at the track racing against my friends. If you’re interested in being a part of the final round of MRA's 40th-Anniversary season, come out to Pikes Peak International Speedway, September 14th- 15th, in Fountain, Colorado for the final round of an amazing season!

As always, the MRA is dedicated to promoting safe and competitive motorcycle road racing 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 6:

Law Tigers Novice GTU 1. Ryan Smith (Suz GSX-R600) 2. Brad Morris (Yam YZF-R6) 3. Richard Liedtke (Hon CBR600RR) 4. Steve Mills (Yam YZF-R6) 5. Brian Dobrolowski (Triumph 675) Money$mart 250 Production Cup (Saturday) 1. David Kibler (Kaw 250 Ninja) 2. David Absolon (Kaw 250 Ninja) 3. Matt Diehl (Kaw 250 Ninja) 4. Mike Kionka (Kaw 250 Ninja) 5. Brad Morris (Kaw 250 Ninja) Money$mart 400 Production Cup (Saturday) 1. Michael Davis (Kaw 300 Ninja) 2. Rachel Gillie (Kaw 250 Ninja) 3. Jay Russell (Kaw 250 Ninja) 4. Holly Hendrickson (Kaw 250 Ninja) Money$mart 500 Production Cup (Saturday) 1. Jason Madama (Hon CBR500R) 2. Jeremy Widmann (Hon CBR500R) 3. Blair Harness (Hon CBR500R) 4. Tony Baker (Suz GS 500) 5. Kenneth Yee (Kaw 250 Ninja) Sol Performance/ Moto-Garage Formula 40 1. Rob Christman (Suz GSX-R1000) 2. Ricky Orlando (Kaw ZX10R) 3. Travis Graham (Suz GSX-R1000) 4. Patrick Lansu (Duc 749R) 5. Jim Wilson (Suz GSX-R1000) Brighton Radiator and Muffler Middleweight Supersport 1. Nik Lenski (Yam YZF-R6) 2. Kelsey Walker (YZF-R6) Peter Tabor (Kaw ZX-6R) 3. Shannon Moham (Yam YZF-R6) 4. Nyles Gourlie (Yam YZF-R6) 5. Joseph Washburn (Suz GSX-R600) Spencer Russell Youth Racing Lightweight Grandprix 1. Shannon Moham (Yam YZF-R6) 2. Ray Ray Gaimara (Suz SV650) 3. Christopher Weed (Yam TZ) 4. Jason Madama (Hon CBR500R) 5. Tony Baker (Suz GS 500) Apex Sports Heavyweight Supersport 1. Nik Lenski (Yam YZF-R6) 2. Kelcey Walker (Yam YZF-R6) 3. Jon Glaekfe (Pierobon X60R) 4. Nyles Gourlie (Yam YZF-R6) 5. Frank DiRanna (Yam YZF-R6) Rocky Mountain Kawasaki Novice GTO 1. Ryan Smith (Suz GSX-R600) 2. Brad Morris (Yam YZF-R6) 3. Richard Liedtke (Hon CBR600RR) 4. Arthur Chen (Yam YZF-R6) 5. Aaron Tritt Peter Tabor (Kaw ZX-10R) Northern Colorado Euro Open Supersport 1. Ricky Orlando (Kaw ZX-10R) 2. Peter Tabor (Kaw ZX-10R) 3. Louis Ortiz Jr. (Suz GSXR1000) 4. Aaron Hersh (Suz GSX-R1000) 5. Kelcey Walker (Yam YZF-R6) WyethHomes.com Solo Endurance Middleweight 1. Dave Mobley (Yam YZF-R6) 2. Jon Glaefke (Pierobon X60R) 3. Rick Grosse (Kaw ZX-6R) 4. Chris Coonshead (Yam YZF-R6) 5. Nyles Gourlie (Yam YZF-R6) Performance Cycle of Colorado Solo Endurance Lightweight 1. Shannon Moham (Yam YZF-R6) 2. Ray Ray Gaimara (Suz SV650) 3. Shannon Anderson 4. Jeremy Widmann (Hon CBR500R) 5. David Absolon (Kaw 250 Ninja) Abate of Colorado Solo Endurance Open 1. Tracy Schram (Kaw ZX-10R) 2. Ray Thornton (Hon CBR1000) 3. Travis Graham (Suz GSX-R1000) 4. Chris Terranami (BMW S1000R) 5. Zach Ritchey (Suz GSX-R1000) Kahl & Partners Solo Endurance Heavyweight 1. Shannon Moham (Yam YZF-R6) 2. Matt Diehl (Yam YZF-R6) 3. Cal Neske 4. Michael Lakritz (Hon CBR600RR) 5. Rick Grosse (Kaw ZX6R) Vickery Motorsports Amateur GTU 1. Matt Diehl (Yam YZF-R6) 2. Joseph Washburn (Suz GSX-R600) 3. Brad Morris (Yam YZF-R6) 4. Arthur Chen (Yam YZF-R6) 5. Richard Liedtke (Hon CBR600RR Mile Hi Harley Davidson Supertwins GTO 1. Pat Lansu (Ducati Panigale) 2. Jim Brewer (Duc 1098R) 3. Jon Glaefke (Pierobon X60R) 4. Casey Smith (Aprilia RSVR) 5. Chris Weed (Yam TZ) Grand Prix Motorsports Middleweight Superbike 1. Nik Lenski (Yam YZR-R6) 2. Shannon Moham (Yam YZR-R6) 3. Peter Tabor (Kaw ZX-6R) 4. Carl Sorensen (Triumph Daytona) 5. David Mobley (Yam YZF-R6) The Walnut Room Modern Vintage GTU 1. Shannon Moham (Yam YZR-R6) 2. Chris Coonshead (Yam YZF-R6) 3. Frank DiRanna (Yam YZR-R6) 4. Joe Clark (Yam YZF-R6) 5. Chris Weed (Yam TZ) 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. Shannon Anderson 5. Trina Dawson (Yam YZF-R6) Colorado Powersports Open Superbike 1. Rob Christman (Suz GSX-R1000) 2. Dan Turner (Suz GSX-R1000) 3. Ricky Orlando (Kaw ZX-10R) 4. Ray Thornton (Hon CBR1000) 5. Travis Graham (Suz GSX-R1000) Boulder Motorsports Thunderbike 1. Pat Lansu (Ducati 749R) 2. Carl Sorensen (Triumph Daytona) 3. Jon Glaefke (Pierobon X60R) 4. Casey Smith (Aprilia RSVR) 5. Chris Sorensen (Triumph Daytona) Money$mart 250 Production Cup (Sunday) 1. David Kibler (Kaw 250 Ninja) 2. David Absolon (Kaw 250 Ninja) 3. Matt Diehl (Kaw 250 Ninja) 4. Mike Kionka (Kaw 250 Ninja) 5. Chris Coonshead (Kaw 250 Ninja) Money$mart 400 Production Cup (Sunday) 1. Michael Davis (Kaw 300 Ninja) 2. David Hayward (Kaw 250 Ninja) 3. Rachel Gillie (Kaw 250 Ninja) 4. Jay Russell (Kaw 250 Ninja) Money$mart 500 Production Cup (Sunday) 1. Blair Harness (Hon CBR500R) 2. Jeremy Widmann (Hon CBR500R) 3. Jason Madama (Hon CBR500R) 4. Tony Baker (Suz GS 500) 5. Kenneth Yee (Kaw 250 Ninja) Vickery Motorsports Race of the Rockies GTU 1. Shannon Moham (Yam YZF-R6) 2. Nik Lenski (Yam YZR-R6) 3. Carl Sorensen (Triumph Daytona) 4. Jon Glaefke (Pierobon X60R) 5. Jessie Martinez (Yam YZR-R6) Fay Myers Motorcycle World Race of the Rockies GTO 1. Rob Christman (Suz GSX-R1000) 2. Dan Turner (Suz GSX-R1000) 3. Tracy Schram (Suz GSX-R1000) 4. Ricky Orlando (Kaw ZX-10R) 5. Ray Thornton (Hon CBR1000) Imperial Sportbikes Amateur GTO 1. Joseph Washburn (Suz GSX-R600) 2. Matt Diehl (Yam YZR-R6) 3. Ryan Smith (Suz GSX-R) 4. Brad Morris (Yam YZF-R6) 5. Casey Smith (Aprilia RSVR) Factory Trained Auto Repair Supertwins GTU 1. Shannon Moham (Yam YZR-R6) 2. Chris Weed (Yam TZ) 3. Ray Ray Gaimara (Suz SV650) 4. Shannon Anderson 5. Matt Diehl (Kaw 250 Ninja) Un!nk Printworks Modern Vintage GTO 1. Erik Peat (Suz GSX-R1000) 2. Chris Coonshead (Yam YZF-R6) 3. Aaron Hersh (Yam YZF-R6) 4. Frank DiRanna (Yam YZF-R6) 5. Luke Miller (Kaw ZX6R) MadMoto Heavyweight Superbike 1. Shannon Moham (Yam YZR-R6) 2. Nik Lenski (Yam YZR-R6) 3. Jessie Martinez (Yam YZF-R6) 4. Rick Grosse (Kaw ZX-6R) 5. Matt Diehl (Yam YZF-R6) Woody’s Wheel Works Colorado Class 1. Jason Madama (Hon CBR500R) 2. Chris Weed (Yam TZ) 3. Tony Baker (Suz GS 500) 4. Jeff Winter (Hon RSF 450X) 5. David Absolon (Kaw 250 Ninja)