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Nov 13, 2012

Desert Rats Racing Wins CMRA Four-Hour Season Finale Endurance Race At Texas World Speedway

The Central Motorcycle Roadracing Association (CMRA) held the final round of Big Bike Endurance, Mini Sprints, and Mini Endurance this past Saturday, November 9, at Texas World Speedway in College Station, Texas. Both the 2.9-mile and 1.8-mile short courses were utilized on Saturday, bringing the 2012 Endurance and Mini Sprints season to a close. Temperatures in the upper 60's, 25-30 mph gusting winds, and partly cloudy skies made racing conditions tricky, keeping the track temperature cool and bringing debris onto the track as well. Big Bike open practice ran on the 2.9-mile course while the Mini sprints and 2-Hour Mini Endurance ran on the 1.8-mile short course, and Big Bike Endurance ran later in the day on the 2.9-mile course.

The 2-Hour Mini Endurance had a combined grid of 24 teams, with the classes of Formula 4, Formula 5, Formula 6, and Formula 7 Endurance. The Davis Rod and Cycle team, consisting of Jesse Davis, Ryan Andrews, and Brandon Altmeyer, riding a Kawasaki EX250, set the fastest lap of the race, running a 1:22.399. The team went on to take both the win in Formula 4 and the overall endurance win. The Cycle Rod & Davis team; Ryan Andrews and Brandon Altmeyer on a Kawasaki EX250, took second in both Formula 4 and the overall. Rounding out the top three overall was the RyderHard Racing team of Jane Ryder, Ken Ryder, Shawn Diamond, Jay Newton, and Thomas Anderson with a Kawasaki EX250. They also took third in Formula 4.

The 4-Hour Big Bike Endurance had the largest showing of the year, with a combined grid of 36 teams, with classes A Superbike, C Superbike, Fastline Motorcycle School Formula 2, and Modern Classic Endurance. The Desert Rats Racing team of Derek Thomas, Stephen Guynes, Rick Hogge, and Greg Wanless, on a Yamaha YZF-R1, took the early lead, holding off the two top point leader teams, Village Idiots and NORDCO Racing. Competition was fierce, with the top 10 teams already turning laptimes at the 1:53 mark and below by the third lap of the race. A red flag was brought out at around the 7 minute mark in the race due to two bikes coming together in Turn 1, and lasted 38 minutes. After the restart, the Desert Rats Racing team kept the pressure on, setting the fastest lap of the race: 1:48.290, and holding onto the race lead. The Village Idiots team; John Orchard, Chris Headley, Blake Cochran, and Brandon Cleland on a Yamaha YZF-R6, were in hot pursuit with the 212Decals.com team and NORDCO Racing hot on their heels. As the afternoon progressed, the temperatures dropped and the wind picked up. Despite that, the lap times remained fast, and the 212Decals.com team of Dirk Anderson, William Guthrie, Brandt Dillon, Landon Talley, and Allan Campbell on a Suzuki GSX-R1000 edged NORDCO Racing. When the checkers dropped at 5:00 pm, Desert Rats Racing would take the win in A Superbike and the overall win - their first win this season. Village Idiots would take the win in C Superbike and second overall. 212Decals.com Racing would take second in A Superbike and third overall.

Derek Thomas, team owner of Desert Rats Racing had this to say, "We're a little bit of an older group and just came out this season to have fun. Going into this weekend, we were looking to put in a good showing. Conditions were dicey with the wind and the track conditions, and we watched a lot of people go down in practice on Friday. We use a round robin starting order, it was Steve's turn to start, and we couldn't have planned it better. He immediately got down into the 1:48's and ran a very good pace despite the weather and him being a little sick. The red flag helped out the teams with smaller tanks a lot - we ended up only having to make three stops after that. We pitted at the end of the third rider stint, and Steve got back on the bike with 35 minutes to go. Our pit stops were good, we all ran very well, and I couldn't be more pleased with the results. I'd like to thank Jim Cambora at RaceworX for the suspension, Vesrah brakes, Whoopies Cycles and Dunlop tires, Stadium Yamaha, Cycle Concepts, and Davis Rod & Cycle. We won a championship in 2006, and it was great to be back on the top of the box again. We're really looking forward to 2013."

For a complete list of results and standings, please visit the website: www.CMRAracing.com. 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 to the competitors and sponsors for making this a fantastic season of great racing action and looking forward to seeing you all in February!

CMRA MINI SPRINTS

ROAD & TRACK SUSPENSION - FORMULA 4 1. Jay Newton (Kaw EX250) 2. Brandon Altmeyer (Kaw EX250) 3. William Renville (Kaw EX250) 4. Wyatt Sperry (Hon RS80) 5. Jim Whitten (Hon CBR250R) 6. Ken Ryder (Kaw EX250)

ONROAD OFFROAD SUSPENSION SOLO 30 - FORMULA 5 1. Taylor Myers (Hon RS65) 2. Nick Doolan (Hon RS65) 3. Tim Johnson (Kaw KLX160) 4. Michael DeSimone (Hon CBR150)

SOLO 30 - FORMULA 6 1. Lindsey Leard (Yam TTR125)

SOLO 30 - FORMULA 7 1. Gabriel Martinez-Abrego (Kaw KLX110) 2. Tarah Lyttle (SSR 107)

TEXAS TORNADO BOOT CAMP - E SUPERSTOCK 1. Brandon Altmeyer (Kaw EX250) 2. Jay Newton (Kaw EX250) 3. William Renville (Kaw EX250) 4. Alan Phillips (Kaw EX250) 5. Jim Whitten (Hon CBR250R) 6. Ken Ryder (Kaw EX250)

K&N MOTORCYCLES - JUNIOR MOTARD 1. Hayden Giarratano (Piranha ZTX90) 2. Shaine Giarratano (Orion OPBS-X3R) 3. Trey Walker (Yam TTR110) 4. Daniel Phillips (Kaw KLX110) 5. Logan Roy (KTM 50) 6. Dovie Smith (Hon XR70) 7. Brandon Anderson (Yam TTR90)

CMRA 2-HOUR MINI ENDURANCE

OVERALL 1. Davis Rod and Cycle (Jesse Davis/Ryan Andrews/Brandon Altmeyer), Kaw EX250, F4, 84 laps 2. Cycle Rod & Davis (Brandon Altmeyer/Ryan Andrews), Kaw EX250, F4, 83 laps 3. RyderHard Racing (Jane Ryder/Ken Ryder/Shawn Diamond/Jay Newton/Thomas Anderson), Kaw EX250, F4, 82 laps 4. Green Machine (David Tiede/Ulug Bayramoglu/William Guthrie/Alan Phillips/Austin Gore), Kaw EX250, F4, 81 laps 5. Greenlawn Racing (Rich Wu/Michael Thurber/Ron Mears/Tristan Klinetobe), Kaw EX250, F4, 80 laps 6. TDK Racing (Kevin Johnson/Steven Skobel/Tim Johnson), Hon CBR250R, F4, 78 laps

FORMULA 4 ENDURANCE 1. Davis Rod and Cycle (Jesse Davis/Ryan Andrews/Brandon Altmeyer), Kaw EX250, 84 laps 2. Cycle Rod & Davis (Brandon Altmeyer/Ryan Andrews), Kaw EX250, 83 laps 3. RyderHard Racing (Jane Ryder/Ken Ryder/Shawn Diamond/Jay Newton/Thomas Anderson), Kaw EX250, 82 laps 4. Green Machine (David Tiede/Ulug Bayramoglu/William Guthrie/Alan Phillips/Austin Gore), Kaw EX250, 81 laps 5. Greenlawn Racing (Rich Wu/Michael Thurber/Ron Mears/Tristan Klinetobe), Kaw EX250, 80 laps 6. TDK Racing (Kevin Johnson/Steven Skobel/Tim Johnson), Hon CBR250R, 78 laps

FORMULA 5 ENDURANCE 1. OnRoad OffRoad Racing (Barry Hobbs/Roger Albert), Hon CBR150, 72 laps 2. SMRC (Taylor Myers/Nick Doolan) Hon RS65, 63 laps

FORMULA 7 ENDURANCE 1. Underground NSF (Wyatt Sperry/Johnnie Phelan/Dustin Sperry/John Black), Hon NSF100, 17 laps

CMRA 4-HOUR BIG BIKE ENDURANCE OVERALL 1. Desert Rats Racing (Derek Thomas/Stephen Guynes/Rick Hogge/Greg Wanless), A Superbike, Yam YZF-R1, 105 laps 2. Village Idiots (John Orchard/Chris Headley/Blake Cochran/Brandon Cleland), Yam YZF-R6, C Superbike, 105 laps 3. 212Decals.com (Dirk Anderson/William Guthrie/Brandt Dillon/Landon Talley/Allan Campbell), A Superbike, Suz GSX-R1000, 104 laps 4. NORDCO Racing (Todd Larson/Brandon Young/Michael Rochester), A Superbike, Yam YZF-R1, 102 laps 5. ST II (Chris Fields/Kenny Smith), C Superbike, Yam YZF-R6, 102 laps 6. Lone Star Track Days (Mark Niemi/Andy Galindo/Eric Williams/Hunter Morgan/Gabe McClendon), C Superbike, Kaw ZX-6R, 102 laps

A SUPERBIKE ENDURANCE 1. Desert Rats Racing (Derek Thomas/Stephen Guynes/Rick Hogge/Greg Wanless), Yam YZF-R1, 105 laps 2. 212Decals.com (Dirk Anderson/William Guthrie/Brandt Dillon/Landon Talley/Allan Campbell), Suz GSX-R1000, 104 laps 3. NORDCO Racing (Todd Larson/Brandon Young/Michael Rochester), Yam YZF-R1, 102 laps 4. TPM Racing (Jason Pettice/John McGraw/Matthew Taylor/Kevin Taylor), Hon CBR1000RR, 96 laps 5. WTF Racing (Howard Spurgeon/David Napier/Dean Sims/Kirk Cudd), Suz GSX-R750, 94 laps 6. Pick-Up Game (Thomas Cocker/Matt Vastine/Ryan Max Johnson/Dean Dufrene), Suz GSX-R750, 84 laps

C SUPERBIKE ENDURANCE 1. Village Idiots (John Orchard/Chris Headley/Blake Cochran/Brandon Cleland), Yam YZF-R6, 105 laps 2. ST II (Chris Fields/Kenny Smith), Yam YZF-R6, 102 laps 3. Lone Star Track Days (Mark Niemi/Andy Galindo/Eric Williams/Hunter Morgan/Gabe McClendon), Kaw ZX-6R, 102 laps 4. GMAN Racing (Garet Tomlinson/Harry Tomlinson/Michael Guillot), Yam YZF-R6, 101 laps 5. CS Carey Racing (Chris Carey/Sam Carey/Matt Hall), Yam YZF-R6, 101 laps 6. Puertorican Express (James Caraballo/Jose Silva), Kaw ZX-6R, 99 laps

FASTLINE MOTORCYCLE SCHOOL FORMULA 2 ENDURANCE 1. Faltless Racing (Eric Falt/Bill Erzal/Ted Phillips/Robert Bradlaw/David Branyon), Suz SV650, 101 laps 2. Team EDS (Michael Humphries/Alan Phillips/Shane Zelm/Scott Eichhorn/Darrell Ricks), Suz SV650, 99 laps 3. Hellcat Racing (Aaron Gore/Tad Murley/Ulug Bayramoglu/David Tiede/Blaine Johnson), Suz SV650, 98 laps 4. Double D Express (Danny Dominguez/Britten Geary/Keith Cornman/Josh Norton), Suz SV650, 96 laps 5. Gbaby Racing (Jim Doyle/Nicole Ayres/Rebecca Caudle/Alexandra Howard/Suzanne Mears), Suz SV650, 94 laps 6. EDS III (Scott Eichhorn/Steve Wilson/Dean Webster/Darrell Ricks) Suz SV650, 93 laps

MODERN CLASSIC ENDURANCE 1. Broke Backmarkers (Jim Dugger/Mark Sneed/Carl Price/Jim Webster/Andy Gilliland), Hon CBR600RR, 94 laps 2. Chaos Racing 5 (Bill Klindworth/Nick Chapman/Larry Wise/Patt Hagens/Daisy DeSimone), Hon CBR600RR, 79 laps