Jun 20, 2013
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From a press release
issued by Celtic Racing/Orient Express
Celtic Racing Arrives At Barber After Two Wins At Last Round Of Races
Celtic Racing is excited to return to Barber Motorsports Park outside of Birmingham, Alabama for the third round of the 2013 AMA Pro Road Racing season this weekend. The team experienced great success and a difficult injury at Road America with Corey Alexander winning both SuperSport races, James Rispoli taking two seventh place finishes in Daytona Sport Bike, and Caroline Olsen being injured at the beginning of Sunday's SuperSport race two.
Corey Alexander has been training and preparing for Barber since Road America wrapped up several weeks ago. Corey's two wins on his #5 National Guard Celtic Racing Suzuki GSX-R 600 were his first two victories of the season, and his first double win weekend in AMA Pro Road Racing. Corey stated enthusiastically "After coming off of two wins last race at Road America I'm very excited to keep the momentum going aboard my National Guard Celtic Racing Suzuki GSX-R 600. Thankfully we went testing last month at Barber and I am confident with what we learned that we will come out swinging. I'm very excited to ride, I know my guys have been working hard back at the shop and the bikes will be just as good as they were at Road America. Thanks to everyone who congratulated me after my wins, hopefully we can get a few more!"
James Rispoli worked hard at Road America and battled with the lead group in Daytona Sport Bike on his #43 National Guard Celtic Racing Suzuki GSX-R 600 in Sunday's race two. James had a great 2012 weekend at Barber, winning SuperSport race two on Sunday and finishing third in race one on Saturday, a track he definitely understands and enjoys. James said "Coming into Barber I feel great. I have put in a lot of work and have been training in intense heat to be ready for the hot Alabama atmosphere. After Road America we had a small test and I felt we made huge strides improving the motorcycle and adapting to the new bike. I am ready to fight for podiums this weekend!"
Celtic Orient Express Racing's Caroline Olsen suffered a broken shoulder at Road America, and after surgery in California by Dr. Arthur Ting, has just begun rehabilitation and therapy. Her determination, strength, and guts are simply incredible, and everyone appreciates all the get well wishes she has received since the accident. Caroline stated "My progress after the nasty crash at Road America is good. I received great news from Dr. Ting on Tuesday, and that gives me great hope that I can be back on my bike for the Laguna Seca round in a month! I wish I could be at Barber this weekend, we had a good test there a couple of weeks ago and I believe I could have taken my progress a huge step further. Thanks to everyone for supporting me the last couple of weeks, a special thanks to Barry Gilsenan and Jason Pridmore who have taken such good care of me. I'm very lucky to have such amazing people around me."
CBS Sports Network will broadcast both Daytona Sport Bike races from Barber. Please check your local listings or visit for more information. We do not have any information regarding broadcast of the SuperSport races at this time.
Celtic Racing is proud to partner with: Army National Guard, Michael Jordan Motorsports, Orient Express Racing, Hudson Valley Motorcycles, American Suzuki, Armour Bodies, Bazzaz, Chicken Hawk Racing, DesignStar3, D.I.D. Chain, FMF Exhaust, Full Spectrum Power, Galfer, GB Racing, K-Tech Suspension, Maxima Racing Oils, Motion Pro, Pit Bull Products, Saddlemen, Signs Ink, Star Motorcycle School, Vortex Racing, and Zero Gravity.
Celtic Racing was established in 2001 by Barry Gilsenan, and over the past 12 seasons has established itself as a premier privateer racing team. 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. Please join Celtic Racing on Facebook:
ARMY NATIONAL GUARD
The National Guard is the oldest military branch. Today, Citizen-Soldiers hold civilian jobs or attend college while training part time, staying ready to defend America in the event of an emergency. The National Guard serves both state and federal governments. During local emergencies, Guard units assist residents endangered by storms, floods, fires and other disasters. Guard companies deployed overseas may see combat, but are often found building schools and hospitals, training local peacekeepers or teaching local farmers more efficient techniques and better uses of their land. Please visit to find out more.
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 or join them on Facebook at