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Jun 12, 2013

Dwyer, Merck, Rispoli, Rojas Won WERA Sportsman Races At Road Atlanta

Pirelli WERA Sportsman Series: James Rispoli (43), Giovanni Rojas (5) and Curtis Murray (180) in action at Road Atlanta. Photo by Lee Fields, courtesy of WERA.

James Rispoli, Jimmy Merck, Giovanni Rojas took two wins each, and Sean Dwyer won the headline A Superbike race at the Pirelli WERA Sportsman Sprints on Saturday, June 8, 2013, at Road Atlanta. Day three of WERA's Cycle Jam 2013 was favored with a perfect sunny day, temperatures in the low 80's, and good conditions for fast lap times. Large grids had several well known and fierce competitors lining up to fight for the top spots.

Reigning AMA Supersport Champion James Rispoli swept the Middleweight Superbike grids, winning C Superbike and B Superbike with his Dunlop-shod, National Guard/Celtic Racing Suzuki GSX-R600.

Rispoli said, "There were a lot of young fast kids there this weekend. It was good to see the WERA paddock full at this event. It was tough starting from the back of the grids, but we end up getting done. We were testing the bike for the next AMA that's coming up at Barber, and getting some seat time in to get comfortable with it. Overall it was a good weekend with good results. I'd like to thank my sponsors for the continued support of my racing efforts: National Guard, Celtic Racing, MJM Motorsports, Hudson Valley Racing, Dunlop, AGV, Dianese, Monster Energy, and FMF exhaust."

Local WERA fast guy Jimmy Merck in turn swept the middleweight superstock wins, grabbing the top spots in both B Superstock and C Superstock on his Dunlop-shod Vesrah Suzuki GSX-R600 early on in the race schedule.

Merck said, "The competition level was supremely high this weekend, and the racing was top notch. I rode as hard as I possibly could, and I was at 100% of my ability. I was extremely happy with the effort I put in, and it was a great day. My sponsors, Dunlop, Vesrah Brakes, Nielsen Enterprises, Graves Exhaust, Livengood, Traxxion Dynamics, Penske, Maxima Oils, Shoei Helmets, Pilot Leathers, Chris with MPH, DID Chains, Bazzaz, Spiegler Brake Lines, Vortex Sprockets, Pit Bull, Cycle Gear. I also want to thank Dan Covington of Truck System Technologies (TST) who came out to the track both Saturday and Sunday and is a gracious sponsor of our sport."

Twelve year WERA vetran Giovanni Rojas rocked the box with five podiums total. Rojas pulled down the wins in Heavyweight Twins Superbike and Heavyweight Twins Superstock with his Bridgestone-shod, Augusta Triumph Ducati prepped Triumph Daytona 675R. He then went on to take three additional top spots, finishing second in B Superbike, third in C Superstock and C Superbike.

Rojas shared this, "It was a great weekend for me. I had a couple of rough starts, but I ran really well and I'm very happy with the all the results. There was a lot of well known fast guys, some new fast riders, good local talent, and some guys I didn't expect to be as fast as they were. It was really good competition, and really fun racing. It was a big team effort, and I couldn't have done it alone. My sponsors are very supportive and I'd like to thank Augusta Triumph Ducati, Bridgestone, Arai, Pit Bull, and a big thank you to James Brown and Ellen Lewis for their support as well."

Sean Dwyer rode his Dunlop-shod KWS GSX-R1000 to a .745 seconds margin of victory over Francois Dumas in Saturday's premier A Superbike race. The best was definitely saved for the last race of the day as the 24 bike grid lined up to do battle. The green flag dropped and the race leaders immediately began vying for position. Dwyer had his hands full with Francois Dumas and his BMW S1000RR. Cassidy Heiser, Bobby Stocker, and James Dellinger got into the tug-of-war for third. Dwyer and Dumas went at it hard and their pursuit of each other pulled them 2.5 seconds ahead of the other leaders. Heiser got the best of Stoker and Dellinger, pulling into third on his GSX-R1000. Stoker gave chase with his GSX-R1000, and the fight for third was back on. Dumas put down the fastest lap of the race running a 1:30.836, but that was not enough to best Dwyer. Dwyer put his head down and tore it up, gapping Dumas and taking the checkers handily. Heiser hammered down on Stoker and edged him by .5 seconds for third, with James Dellinger, Andy White, Johnny Rock Page, Reese Wacker, Scott Carpenter, and Jon Couch rounded out the rest of the top ten.

Dwyer said,"I knew I was going to have to work for it, there was a lot of fast guys on hand this weekend. I really feel like I'm on a roll now. Thermos Man made a change on my bike at the last round, and now it feels awesome. This was only my second time at Road Atlanta, and I really like the track. I was stoked on my riding and my results - this weekend was great! I want to thank my sponsors, KWS, Millennium Technologies, Dunlop, Thermosman, Motul, LeoVince, Ballistic Batteries, Zero Gravity, VP Fuels, and Woodcraft."

On behalf of our racers, WERA would like thank our 2013 Sponsors including: Lucas Oil, Pirelli, Michelin, Integrity RV, and Marietta Motorsports. Please remember to support the products and services of the companies who support you!

For a complete list of results and standings, please visit the website: www.wera.com. The next Pirelli WERA Sportsman Sprints will be a special event at Mid-Ohio, Lexington, OH, on July 19-21, 2013, followed by a regular round on July 20-21, 2013, at Roebling Road, Bloomingdale, GA.

SPORTSMAN SERIES RESULTS:

A SUPERSTOCK EXPERT 1. David Anthony (Suz GSX-R1000) 2. Francois Dumas (BMW S1000RR) 3. Bobby Stoker (Suz GSX-R1000) 4. James Dellinger (Suz GSX-R1000) 5. Luis Zendejas (Suz GSX-R1000) 6. Chris Steele (Kaw ZX-10R)

A SUPERSTOCK NOVICE 1. Andrew Fahsholtz (Yam YZF-R1) 2. Robert Woodworth (Hon CBR600RR) 3. Chris King (Suz GSX-R750) 4. L. Jason Buckner (Apr RSV1000) 5. Peter Nicolosi (Kaw ZX-10R) 6. Jesse James (Hon CBR1000RR)

HEAVYWEIGHT TWINS SUPERBIKE EXPERT 1. Giovanni Rojas (Tri Daytona 675) 2. Joel Spalding (Duc 1199) 3. Aaron Borello (KTM 1190) 4. Alistair C. Douglas (KTM 1190) 5. Alex Rata (Tri Daytona 675) 6. Brian Mullins (Buell 1125)

HEAVYWEIGHT TWINS SUPERBIKE NOVICE 1. Caleb N. Farrell (Duc 848) 2. Stephen Tsotsoros (Buell 1125) 3. Jacob Smith (Tri Daytona 675) 4. Byron K. Dumas (Duc 1198) 5. Micah Hand (Tri Daytona 675) 6. Michael L. Sanders (Tri Daytona 675) V6 HEAVYWEIGHT 1. Ray M. Hickman (Suz GSX-R750) 2. Peter Readey (Tri 955)

V7 MEDIUMWEIGHT 1. Shane Hoeckel (Yam 400) 2. Quentin Mise (Yam 400) 3. Randy Woodward (Hon 600) 4. Douglas D. Berrong (Duc 700)

W SUPERSTOCK EXPERT 1. Kat Zimpel (Yam YZF-R6)

W SUPERSTOCK NOVICE 1. Sherry Ravenscroft (Yam YZF-R6) 2. Jessica Butel (Yam YZF-R6)

C SUPERSTOCK EXPERT 1. Jimmy Merck (Suz GSX-R600) 2. Tucker Lancaster (Yam YZF-R6) 3. Giovanni Rojas (Tri Daytona 675) 4. Ian F. Tetrick (Kaw ZX-6R) 5. Joseph Gianotto (Hon CBR600RR) 6. Curtis Murray (Suz GSX-R600)

C SUPERSTOCK NOVICE 1. Robert Woodworth (Yam YZF-R6) 2. Craig Miller (Hon CBR600RR) 3. Anne Roberts (Yam YZF-R6) 4. Ryan Dickerson (Yam YZF-R6) 5. Caleb N. Farrell (Duc 848) 6. Gillis Glidewell (Yam 599)

FORMULA 2 EXPERT 1. C. Brian Kcraget (Suz SV650) 2. Ray Hofman (Suz SV650) 3. Palmer Kling (Suz SV650) 4. David Stauffer (Suz SV650) 5. Darrell Emerson (Suz SV650) 6. Steve Brunton (Suz SV650)

FORMULA 2 NOVICE 1. Darren Crooks (Suz SV650) 2. C. Jordan Strange (Suz SV650) 3. Charles F. Huffstetter (Yam 490) 4. Matthew Wallace (Hon RS125) 5. Jesse Gray (Buell 1203) 6. Stephen Greene (Suz SV650)

INTEGRITY RV SENIOR SUPERBIKE HEAVYWEIGHT EXPERT 1. Billy Ethridge (Suz GSX-R1000) 2. Chris Steele (Kaw ZX-10R) 3. Scott Carpenter (Suz GSX-R1000) 4. Johnny Rock Page (Suz GSX-R1000) 5. Jon Couch (Suz GSX-R1000) 6. David Brooks (Suz GSX-R100)

INTEGRITY RV SENIOR SUPERBIKE HEAVYWEIGHT NOVICE 1. L. Jason Buckner (Apr RSV1000) 2. Chris King (Suz GSX-R750) 3. Byron K. Dumas (Duc 1198) 4. Stephen Tsotsoros (Buell 1125) 5. Ronald B. Gaither (Suz GSX-R750) 6. Peter Nicolosi (Kaw ZX-10R)

INTEGRITY RV SENIOR SUPERBIKE MEDIUMWEIGHT EXPERT 1. Steve Brunton (Suz GSX-R600) 2. Major L. Long (Yam YZF-R6) 3. Travis Boatwright (Yam YZF-R6) 4. Michel Perussault (Suz GSX-R600) 5. Randy Woodward (Hon CBR600RR) 6. Ken Smedley (Suz GSX-R600)

INTEGRITY RV SENIOR SUPERBIKE MEDIUMWEIGHT NOVICE 1. Scott Parker (Yam YZF-R6) 2. Craig Stewart (Suz GSX-R600) 3. Kirk McConnell (Yam YZF-R6) 4. Dean Woodruff (Yam YZF-R6)

B SUPERSTOCK EXPERT 1. Jimmy Merck (Suz GSX-R600) 2. Tim Hunt (Suz GSX-R600) 3. Nick McFadden (Suz GSX-R600) 4. Joseph Gianotto (Hon CBR600RR) 5. Patrick Jernigan (Suz GSX-R750) 6. Eric Swahn (Kaw ZX-6R)

B SUPERSTOCK NOVICE 1. Robert Woodworth (Hon CBR600RR) 2. Anne Roberts (Yam YZF-R6) 3. Matt Burdett (Suz GSX-R750) 4. Lester C. Helm (Suz GSX-R750) 5. Brian Ray (Suz GSX-R600) 6. Justin Miller (Hon CBR600RR)

C SUPERBIKE EXPERT 1. James Rispoli (Suz GSX-R600) 2. Curtis Murray (Suz GSX-R600) 3. Giovanni Rojas (Tri Daytona 675) 4. Major L. Long Jr (Yam YZF-R6) 5. Christian Crosslin (Suz GSX-R600) 6. Eric Swahn (Kaw ZX-6R)

C SUPERBIKE NOVICE 1. Robert Woodworth (Yam YZF-R6) 2. Anne Roberts (Yam YZF-R6) 3. Caleb N. Farrell (Duc 848) 4. Ryan Dickerson (Yam YZF-R6) 5. Gillis Glidewell (Yam 599) 6. Brian Ray (Suz GSX-R600)

HEAVYWEIGHT TWINS SUPERSTOCK EXPERT 1. Giovanni Rojas (Tri Daytona 675) 2. Joel Spalding (Duc 1199) 3. Aaron Borello (KTM 1190) 4. Alistair C. Douglas (KTM 1190) 5. Brian Mullins (Buell 1125) 6. Chad Lintner (Duc 848)

HEAVYWEIGHT TWINS SUPERSTOCK NOVICE 1. Jacob Smith (Tri Daytona 675) 2. Micah Hand (Tri Daytona 675) 3. Michael L. Sanders (Tri Daytona 675)

CLUBMAN EXPERT 1. Michael Bailey (KTM 510) 2. Mitchell Bruce (Suz DRZ450)

CLUBMAN NOVICE 1. Draik Beauchamp (Kaw 250R) 2. Dante Witter (Kaw 250R) 3. Dale Seeley (Kaw 250R) 4. Meredith Aderholdt (Kaw 250R)

FORMULA 3 1. Caleb Smith (Mor MD250H) 2. Matthew Wallace (Hon RS125) 3. Nicholas Swensgard (Mor MD250H)

D SUPERBIKE EXPERT 1. Caleb Smith (Mor MD250H) 2. Michael Bailey (KTM 510) 3. Mitchell Bruce (Suz DRZ450) D SUPERBIKE NOVICE 1. Charles F. Huffstetter (Yam 490) 2. Richie Means (Yam 400)

LIGHTWEIGHT TWINS SUPERSTOCK EXPERT 1. C. Brian Kcraget (Suz SV650) 2. Chris Parrish (Suz SV650) 3. Russell P. Masecar (Suz SV650) 4. Darrell Emerson (Suz SV650) 5. James B. Young (Suz SV650) 6. Travis Richards (Suz SV650)

LIGHTWEIGHT TWINS SUPERSTOCK NOVICE 1. Darren Crooks (Suz SV650) 2. C. Jordan Strange (Suz SV650) 3. William Coats (Suz SV650) 4. Stephen Greene (Suz SV650) 5. Matt Charles (Suz SV650) 6. Joe Barton (Suz SV650)

E SUPERSTOCK EXPERT 1. Jesse Horton (Kaw 250R) 2. Ray Hofman (Kaw 250R) 3. Dairoku Suzuki (Kaw 250R) 4. Peter Hupperich (Kaw 250R) 5. Randy Woodward (Kaw 250R) 6. Reagan Payne (Kaw 250R)

E SUPERSTOCK NOVICE 1. Joshua Jovi (Kaw 250R) 2. Dante Witter (Kaw 250R) 3. Draik Beauchamp (Kaw 250R) 4. Steve Cappelli (Kaw 250R) 5. Dale Seeley (Kaw 250R) 6. Will Lee (Kaw 250R)

B SUPERBIKE EXPERT 1. James Rispoli (Suz GSX-R600) 2. Giovanni Rojas (Tri Daytona 675) 3. Cassidy Heiser (Suz GSX-R750) 4. Christian Crosslin (Suz GSX-R600) 5. Joe Melendez (Suz GSX-R600) 6. Patrick Jernigan (Suz GSX-R750) B SUPERBIKE NOVICE 1. Craig Miller (Hon CBR600RR) 2. Robert Woodworth (Hon CBR600RR) 3. Chris King (Suz GSX-R750) 4. Ryan Dickerson (Yam YZF-R6) 5. Matt Burdett (Suz GSX-R750) 6. Lester C. Helm (Suz GSX-R750)

V7 HEAVYWEIGHT 1. Ray M. Hickman (Suz 750) 2. Randy Woodward (Hon 600) 3. Shane Hoeckel (Yam 400) 4. Quentin Mise (Yam 400)

D SUPERSTOCK EXPERT 1. Michael Bailey (KTM 510) 2. Kurt Kesler (Kaw EX500)

D SUPERSTOCK NOVICE 1. Joshua Jovi (Kaw 250R) 2. Richie Means (Yam 400)

LIGHTWEIGHT TWINS SUPERBIKE EXPERT 1. C. Brian Kcraget (Suz SV650) 2. Ray Hoffman (Suz SV650) 3. Palmer Kling (Suz SV650) 4. David Stauffer (Suz SV650) 5. James B. Young (Suz SV650) 6. Steve Brunton (Suz SV650)

LIGHTWEIGHT TWINS SUPERBIKE NOVICE 1. Darren Crooks (Suz SV650) 2. C. Jordan Strange (Suz SV650) 3. Jesse Gray (Buell 1203) 4. Matt Charles (Suz SV650) 5. Joe Barton (Suz SV650)

A SUPERBIKE EXPERT 1. Sean Dwyer (Suz GSX-R1000) 2. Francois Dumas (BMW S1000RR) 3. Brandon Young (Suz GSX-R1000) 4. Ted Phillips (Suz GSX-R1000) 5. Aaron Murphy (Suz GSX-R1000) 6. Dewayne Davis (Kaw ZX-10R)

A SUPERBIKE NOVICE 1. Andrew Fahsholtz (Yam YZF-R1) 2. Robert Woodworth (Yam YZF-R6) 3. L. Jason Buckner (Apr RSV1000) 4. Stephen Tsotsoros (Buell 1125) 5. Matt Burdett (Suz GSX-R750) 6. Jesse James (Hon CBR1000RR)

More, from a press release issued by KWS Motorsports:

KWS Motorsports Riders continue success at WERA Cycle Jam

Round 3 of the WERA National series brought us to Road Atlanta for a long weekend of racing. Thursday practice was hindered with continuous rain and only allowed a few laps around the track in the afternoon. Luie Zendajas and Sean Dywer used the Friday WERA Endurance race to get up to speed and be ready 2 days of racing to follow. The beautiful weather stayed with us for Saturday's 6 lap Sportsman races.

First up was the A Superstock race which was the start of many front running battles for the podium spots. James Dellinger finished in fourth place with Luie right on his tail to finish in the fifth spot. KWS Veteran Rider Scott Carpenter came in tenth. Sean pulled out of the race after he heard a noise on his bike, later to find out an exhaust spring broke and allowed one of the headers to come out of place. With the track conditions improving and the heat climbing, the riders headed out for the F1 race. Dwyer put his head down to make up for the A Superstock race was able to move into second place with Luie right on his tail this time at the checkered flag. Scott rounded out the top ten. In the Senior Superbike race Scott finally reached the podium with a third place. The last race of the day was A Superbike which continued to see great racing all the way to the checkered flag. Sean took his first win of the Weekend with James in fifth and Scott coming in ninth. Luie had decided to sit out the last race to conserve himself for the nationals on Sunday.

Sundays WERA National races started with another day of great weather, but it was going to be close at the end of the day with a storm front a few hours away. The racing was even better than the previous day with faster times and more riders battling for podium positions. The first race of the afternoon was the 8 lap Open Superstock. With better grid positions based on points virtually all of the fast guys were on the first few rows which made which saw very close racing for the half of the race until the leaders were able to stretch out a lead. Sean was again on the podium with a second place with Luie just missing out in fourth place. James was able to hang on to an eighth position.

Just as race nine got underway, we got our first bit of rain for the day. There was a small delay in the racing to allow the track to dry out, but all of the races were then shortened to try and get them all in before the real weather arrived. So just as we were getting ready to got out for the now eight lap Open Superbike race, it started raining again. Which in turn created a mad scramble in the pits to set the bikes up for a now rain race. Then, just as earlier in the day, the rain stopped and we then had another mad scramble to go back to our dry setup's. THe race got underway with dark clouds getting closer and the temperature dropping. The threat of an on coming downpour seemed to encourage the riders to push themselves even harder as the racing was even closer till the end than the previous races for the weekend. Sean and Luie crossed the finish line in second and third place respectively with James again landing an eighth place position. The rain finally started coming down just as the riders were coming up for the podium presentation.

Luie Zendejas - "This past weekends Road Atlanta Cycle Jam were a big success for us. My Crew chief Mike Godin did an incredible job as always building me a super fast reliable KWS Motorsports GSX-R 1000. It was working perfect from day one and was able to just concentrate on getting to pace, and showed results in a podium finish in the WERA Superbike race. Miller is the next stop and the whole team goes pretty good there so it should be a good show! A big thanks to Icebox Cryotherapy for getting us treated during the weekend, it really helped with body recovery after a long day at the track. And all my Sponsors Dunlop tires, Ridersdiscount.com, Knight's Armaments, KWS Motorsports, Millennium Technologies, Ballistic Batteries, Storm Endurance, and Arai helmets."

Sean Dwyer - "What a killer weekend. Road Atlanta seems to produce close racing, and I really enjoy the track. Thermosman has my chassis absolutely on rails and that has my confidence going for sure. We battled at the front all weekend and had some great battles with some pretty epic passes, racing with some real fast guys. I'm pumped to be leading the points in WERA Superbike and only one point back in A Superstock at this point because the rest of the tracks are ones we go pretty well at. Big thanks to Godin and KWS for giving us killer horsepower, Eric and Dani, Dunlop Tires for giving us the best tires for all the different conditions, Millennium Technologies, Ballistic Batteries, Motul, Leo Vince, Zero Gravity, Pit Bull.

KWS Motorsports (www.kwsmotorsports.com) is proudly sponsored by: Millennium Technologies, Ballistic Performance Components, Pit Bull, Leo Vince Exhaust, Motion Pro, VP Race Fuels, Bazzaz Performance, Yoyodyne, Worldwide Bearing, K&N Filters, Cox Radiator Guards, Zero Gravity Windscreens, Spider Grips, CP-Carrillo, Web Camshafts, and Motul Lubricants.

Luie Zendejas (www.luiezendejasracing.com) is proudly sponsored by: KWS Motorsports, Riders Discount, Millennium Technologies, Ballistic Performance Components, Thermosman Suspension, Knights Armaments, Dark Horse Foundation, Infinite Labs, Five Ten, Storm Endurance Sports Bicycle Shop, Andrew Swenson Designs, Drippin' Wet, Pit Bull, Dunlop Tires, VP Racing Fuels, Leo Vince Exhaust, Bazzaz Performance, Arai Helmets, Alpinestars, Oakley, Ice Box Cryotherapy, Web Cams, CP-Carrillo, Motion Pro, K&N Filters, Cox Radiator Guards, Zero Gravity Windscreens, Worldwide Bearings, Spiegler Brake Lines, Spider Grips,and Motul Lubricants.

Sean Dwyer is proudly sponsored by: KWS Motorsports, Riders Discount, Millennium Technologies, Ballistic Performance Components, Thermosman Suspension, Andrew Swenson Designs, Drippin' Wet, Pit Bull, Dunlop Tires, VP Racing Fuels, Leo Vince Exhaust, Bazzaz Performance, Arai Helmets, Alpinestars, Oakley, Web Camshafts, CP-Carrillo, Motion Pro, K&N Filters, Cox Radiator Guards,Zero Gravity Windscreens, Worldwide Bearings, Spiegler Brake Lines, Spider Grips, and Motul Lubricants.

For Information: http://www.kwsmotorsports.com