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Nov 29, 2012

CMRA Recognizes Its 2012 Endurance Champions

Village Idiots (#1) 2012 Championship Endurance Team (from left): Chris Headley, Blake Cochran, John Orchard and Brandon Cleland. Photo by Brandon Bones/Studio 819, courtesy of CMRA.

CMRA Congratulates Its 2012 Endurance Champions and Village Idiots, the New Overall Big Bike Endurance Champions

The Central Motorcycle Roadracing Association (CMRA) would like to thank its competitors, sponsors, and spectators for making 2012 such an exciting season for the Texas-based club. Endurance grids were large, with an average of 25 teams per race for both Big Bike Endurance and Mini Endurance. The Village Idiots team of: John Orchard, Chris Headley, Blake Cochran, and Brandon Cleland, rode their Dunlop-shod Yamaha YZF-R6 to the Overall Big Bike Endurance championship, as well as bringing home the individual Big Bike Endurance class championship in C Superbike Endurance.

Team owner John Orchard had this to say, "The team has been at this for 12 years, and we've always been the underdog being on an R6 against the liter bikes. This year, as with others, our emphasis was on prep work, being consistent every time we raced, and just going the distance. It's very gratifying to put it on the podium and finally end up on top at the end of the season. We're friends first, and our team has always been self-funded, so we really appreciate the support from our friends and our sponsors. It's kind of the core of who we are. I'd really like to thank Dunlop for stepping up our support this year, as I feel their product is what really made a difference for us. Our other sponsors that I'd also like to thank: Jimmy Cambora from RaceworX, Woodcraft, Scorpion helmets, M4, Totally Graphic Designs, Moto Liberty, Lone Star Track Days, and Whoopie Cycles for working with us."

In Mini Endurance, the RyderHard Racing team of: Jane Ryder, Ken Ryder, Shawn Diamond, Tom Anderson, and Jay Newton, riding a Kawasaki EX250, would take both the Overall Mini Endurance win and the Formula 4 individual Endurance class win. Team crew chief Ken Ryder had this to say, "For us, we knew we had a really good rhythm with all our teammates. We devised a plan to use our teammates to their strengths, and it really helped out with our lap time consistency. We worked really well together, we just put our heads down and rode, and we are very happy with our overall results. Our competitors were awesome, and we'd like to thank our CMRA family for their help and being such good competition and pushing us all year. We'd also like to thank our sponsors: Grapevine Kawasaki Polaris, Hypercycle of Van Nuys, CA, LeoVince, Lockhart Phillips, Lone Star Track Days, Maxima Racing Oils, South Central Race Center, and Vortex for all their help and support this season."

Nancy Selleck, CMRA Administrator, had this to add,"......"The CMRA is known for our endurance series and this year's teams did not disappoint. We are proud of our long running teams and excited by the new teams that showed up this year. We are looking forward to see which new teams will form next year to join in the fun."

For a complete list of results and standings, please visit the website: The 2012 CMRA awards banquet will be held on January 12, 2013, in Edom, Texas, with the Open Membership Meeting at 2:30 p.m. followed by Happy Hour beginning at 4:30 pm. The 2013 CMRA season will begin on February 15-17, at MSR Houston, Angleton TX. Details for the weekend will be announced when finalized. Thank you again to the competitors and sponsors for making this a fantastic season of great racing action and looking forward to seeing you all in February!

Overall Big Bike Endurance Champions Village Idiots (John Orchard/Chris Headley/Blake Cochran/Brandon Cleland), Yam YZF-R6

Big Bike Endurance Champions for 2012 by class:

A Superbike Endurance NORDCO Racing (Todd Larson/Brandon Young/Michael Rochester), Yam YZF-R1

C SuperbikeEndurance Village Idiots (John Orchard/Chris Headley/Blake Cochran/Brandon Cleland), Yam YZF-R6

Fastline Motorcycle School - Formula 2 Endurance Team EDS (Michael Humphries/Alan Phillips/Shane Zelm/Scott Eichhorn/Darrell Ricks), Suz SV650

Modern Classic Endurance Broke Backmarkers (Jim Dugger/Mark Sneed/Carl Price/Jim Webster), Hon CBR600RR

Mini Endurance Champions for 2012 by class:

Overall Mini Endurance Champions RyderHard Racing (Jane Ryder/Ken Ryder/Shawn Diamond/Jay Newton/Thomas Anderson), Kaw EX250

Formula 4 Endurance RyderHard Racing (Jane Ryder/Ken Ryder/Shawn Diamond/Jay Newton/Thomas Anderson), Kaw EX250

Formula 5 Endurance OnRoad OffRoad Racing (Barry Hobbs/Roger Albert), Hon CBR150

Formula 6 Endurance Perpetual Motion (Lindsey Leard/Michael Gilliland/Andy Gilliland), Yam TTR125

Formula 7 Endurance Underground NSF (Wyatt Sperry/Johnnie Phelan/Dustin Sperry/John Black), Kaw KLX110