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Sep 17, 2013

Even More From Last Weekend's Various Motorcycle Road Races (Updated)

GEICO Motorcycle AMA Pro Road Racing: Corey Alexander (5). Photo by Brian J. Nelson.
National Guard Celtic Racing's Alexander Captures SuperSport East Championship

Corey Alexander claimed his first AMA Pro Road Racing national championship Sunday after a fierce battle among the top five riders in the SuperSport race. Consistency was the hallmark of Alexander's 2013 season, with two wins and multiple podium finishes, the #5 National Guard Celtic Racing Suzuki GSX-R 600 was regularly seen at the front of the pack battling for the lead and valuable points. Alexander's championship comes on the heels of James Rispoli's 2012 championship - making back to back SuperSport titles for Celtic Racing! Everyone at Celtic Racing is extremely pleased with Corey's performance this season, and is very grateful for the tremendous support from our sponsors and fans around the country!

Friday afternoon's SuperSport qualifying saw Corey Alexander at the front of the pack before he would secure pole position with a fastest qualifying time of 1:24.592, nearly a quarter of a second faster than his closest competitor Tomas Puerta. Pole position included a valuable point towards the championship for Alexander, which brought his lead to ten points ahead of the first race at New Jersey. In SuperSport race one on Saturday, Alexander would battle for the lead with Gillim, Puerta, and Mesa, before a red flag stopped the race with just six laps to go. After the restart, a heated sprint race began with the four riders exchanging the lead and looking for passing opportunities at every corner. Hayden Gillim would eventually finish first, just 0.007" ahead of Alexander in second and Tomas Puerta in third.

With his SuperSport East lead narrowed to just four points after Saturday's second place finish, National Guard Celtic Racing's Corey Alexander would have to be up front for race two on Sunday. Corey was fastest in the Sunday morning warm up, despite a brief off track excursion. As on Saturday, Sunday's race was a battle among Tomas Puerta, Hayden Gillim, Stefano Mesa, and Corey Alexander. Passes for the lead among the group were frequent, with Alexander using every opportunity to shake things up and stay up front, earning a point for most laps led in the race on Sunday. Without a red flag to disrupt the race, Alexander would finish a strong third behind Puerta and Gillim, with Mesa bringing home fourth. For Alexander, a weekend with pole position and two podium finishes just made the championship even sweeter!

Corey Alexander stated enthusiastically that "this was just one of those weekends where you can't really sleep at night, even though you really need to. My boys had my National Guard Celtic Racing machine set up perfectly right off the truck and we were definitely setting the pace we needed to all weekend. In race one yesterday, I came up a little short, though finishing second wasn't the end of the world. Fortunately today we were lucky enough to finish third, and because Hayden finished second, it allowed us to win the championship by the smallest of margins. It's been a roller coaster of a year and I cannot thank everyone enough who stuck behind me thus far. It still hasn't really sunk in yet but I have to give a huge thanks to everyone, especially my crew Tim, Mike, and Barry for building me great bikes all year. Also, I have to give Barry Gilsenan, my team owner, a ton of thanks for really being behind me since the start of my roadracing career. It's really unbelievable that this all started the summer of 2007! Thanks to my Uncle Richie Alexander I'm here talking about winning my first professional championship. I know my work isn't done and I'm extremely excited for Laguna and my move into Daytona Sport Bike - it's time to start the process all over again. Thanks to my personal sponsors, Arai Helmets, Spidi Leathers, XPD Boots, Ammo NYC, MJRS Freeman Racing, Jason Pridmore's Star School, and Hudson Valley Motorcycles. Special thanks to my family and friends for coming to support this weekend - it was great to share this with you!"

Celtic Racing team principal Barry Gilsenan was very pleased to add another championship to the list of accolades the team has accumulated over the years. Gilsenan commented that "Corey has worked hard all year, and really stepped up his intensity level on the bike. The team did a great job and I am glad we could give him the equipment to win a championship on. Our sponsors have also played a key role in our success again this season - no question Corey earned their support and has helped to bring attention to the team and the sport."

National Guard Celtic Racing's James Rispoli had a good weekend at New Jersey Motorsports Park aboard his #43 Suzuki GSX-R 600 in Daytona Sport Bike, overcoming some difficulties to finish a reliable eighth place on Sunday in race two, after a healthy sixth place finish in Saturday's race one. Rispoli had speed all weekend, and spent a portion of both races battling for third place with the lead pack.

James Rispoli worked hard to secure sixth place on the grid ahead of this weekend's two races at New Jersey Motorsports Park, placing him on the inside of row two for the start of both Daytona Sport Bike races. Hard work and dedication helped him bring home two top ten finishes, and Rispoli felt his National Guard Suzuki GSX-R 600 had the speed to run with the leaders. Rispoli said that "It was actually a really good weekend, the team started to gel a bit more and we started to turn some things around and tried some new settings. We've been trying to break out of sixth and seventh place, which has been tough, so we have been working hard and trying new things which helped out a lot. Race one was really good, we were battling for the podium until the last three or four laps when we got caught out and I dropped back but it was great to be up front with the leaders having a blast and passing. Sunday morning I was 6/10th's faster in warm up than I had gone in qualifying which was great. Race two was even better, we got a really good start and we were battling for third before the red flag, and I was running P3 when I experienced a massive head shake which damaged a chassis component. I knew I needed to finish strong to get as many points as possible for the Rookie Of The Year standings, and with the eighth place finish I'm tied for fifth overall with Jake Lewis going to Laguna Seca, and we are tied for the Rookie lead as well. Thanks to AGV Helmets, Dainese Leathers, Monster Energy, Spider Grips, and Techmounts for all their support - see you at Laguna in two weeks!"

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

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: www.facebook.com/CelticRacing .

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 www.nationalguard.com to find out more.

ORIENT EXPRESS

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 www.orientexpress.com or join them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/OrientExpressRacing .




More, from a press release issued by Team Suzuki News Service:

Team Suzuki's Wayne Maxwell and Robbie Bugden sit first and second in the 2013 Australian Superbike Championship with just one round remaining, following the penultimate weekend of competition at Hidden Valley Raceway in the Northern Territory at the weekend.

Maxwell was fastest in regular qualifying and stormed to Superpole on Saturday afternoon with a blistering new circuit best lap of 1:06.997s aboard the GSX-R1000, while Bugden slotted his GSX-R1000 into second.

On Sunday Maxwell eased his way to a 1.697-second victory in the first 17-lap race of the weekend, while Bugden recovered from an early off-track excursion to finish a fighting fourth. The result marked Maxwell's fifth consecutive race win.

Race two was topped by Maxwell on track; however a 10-second jump-start penalty demoted him to third behind eventual round winner Jamie Stauffer and Bugden, who led the race in its mid-stages.

It was another pivotal weekend for Maxwell in his quest for a maiden Australian Superbike Championship, stretching out a 31-point advantage over Bugden with just two races remaining in the season.

"The conditions were very difficult and I'd never won here at Hidden Valley, so that was the main focus," said Maxwell. "I didn't want to take any big risks in terms of the championship though, so the plan was to play it smart and continue the season that we've had to date.

"To win five races in a row is my best ever; I'm very happy to do that with Suzuki and it was a very special weekend for me. My approach won't change for Phillip Island's final round. It is my home race and of course the main goal is the championship, but it'd be nice to finish the season on top as well."

Bugden was content with third overall on his Team Volvo Group Suzuki, boosting him to second in the series behind Maxwell following another consistent weekend.

"It was an up-and-down weekend," Bugden explained. "I made a mistake on Friday in practice, crashed out and missed that whole session, so we were on the backfoot after that. We had two pretty strong races though, even if I did run off in the first race.

"The showing was better in the second race and I was able to lead for a few laps, but unfortunately we didn't quite have the speed of Wayne this weekend. Still, we're second in the championship now and the aim is to firm-up a Suzuki 1-2 for the season."

The seventh and final round of the 2013 Australian Superbike Championship will be contested at the picturesque Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit in Victoria on October 5-6th.


Superbike Overall Round Results:

1. Jamie STAUFFER 45
2. Wayne MAXWELL (Team Suzuki) 44
3. Robert BUGDEN (Team Volvo Group Suzuki) 37
4. Josh HOOK 34
5. Glenn ALLERTON 33
6. Linden MAGEE 30
7. Beau BEATON (Racers Edge Performance Suzuki) 28
8. Phil LOVETT 24
9. Ben HENRY (Cube Racing Suzuki) 24
10. Cameron BOWMAN 20

Superbike championship Standings (after six of seven rounds):

1. Wayne MAXWELL (Team Suzuki) 224
2. Robert BUGDEN (Team Volvo Group Suzuki) 193
3. Glenn ALLERTON 189
4. Jamie STAUFFER 180
5. Josh HOOK 167
6. Glenn SCOTT 132
7. Linden MAGEE 129
8. Beau BEATON (Racers Edge Performance Suzuki) 127
9. Phil LOVETT 103
10. Ben HENRY (Cube Racing Suzuki) 89




More, from a press release issued by Ben Young Racing:

Young Has Tough Weekend at New Jersey Motorsport Park

MILLVILLE, N.J. - Canadian AMA Pro GoPro Daytona Sportbike competitor Ben Young was really looking forward to this past weekend's New Jersey Lottery Devil's Showdown at New Jersey Motorsports Park however a series of challenges prevented him from taking home the results he had set his sights on.

Heading into the second last round of the 2013 GEICO Motorcycle AMA Pro Road Racing season Young was just 7 points behind Benny Solis in the battle for 10th overall in the AMA Pro GoPro Daytona Sportbike championship points. Young was hungry for a solid weekend and to improve on his overall points.

During Friday’s practice session the BYR team made changes to the gearing and found the correct choice right away. Prior to the first qualifying session of the weekend the team also made some changes to the front end as they noticed the front tire showed signs of tearing. The privateer pilot of the #86 BYR Yamaha R6 felt confident in the changes and within the first ten minutes went faster right away dropping his lap times down to the 1:25s, which was a full two seconds faster than he ran last year at New Jersey Motorsports Park. However his elation would soon change to disappointment

“I was on my 5th flying lap and I had too much front brake while backing it in. The back end came up and bounced from side to side and the bike eventually spat me off and I landed on my left hip pretty good.” said Young

Young was running 6th fastest at the time before the crash prematurely ended the progress he had been making resulting in a provisional 15th spot on the grid.

Although Young was bruised his spirit was not broken. On the other hand his ‘A’ bike didn’t fair quite as well forcing the BYR team to use his ‘B’ bike for Saturdays’ second qualifying session of the weekend. Cold track and tire temperatures triggered numerous off track excursions in corner #3 for several top AMA Pro GoPro Daytona Sportbike competitors including Young. Needless to say few riders saw their times and grid placements improve for the first race of the New Jersey Lottery Devil's Showdown doubleheader.

Hoping that his luck had changed Young launched his #86 BYR Yamaha R6 off the line well yet rode cautiously during the opening laps due to the cool track temperatures. Running 14th Young, feeling more comfortable, put his head down to work his way forward. His march towards the top ten was short-lived as he felt as if the engine was starting to lose power. He reluctantly pulled into the pits resulting in a DNF for first race of the weekend.

After some investigation by the BYR team it was determined that Young’s engine was fine. Young explained: “It turned out we had a faulty master cylinder which started to apply the front brake causing the same sensation as if the engine was about to expire.”

Sunday’s late morning practice session provided more favorable temperatures for the Daytona Sportbike competitors. Young didn't push that hard during the session and was still able to comfortably run some solid lap times.

On the grid for the second race of the weekend Young was mentally preparing himself for the race ahead of him. RoadRace Factory team owner Danny Walker stopped by to offer a few words of inspiration which seemed to ignite a fire in Young.

The Thornbury Ontario based racer didn’t quite get the start he had planned on however he didn't mess around getting up to speed passing riders around the outside in corners 1, 2 and 3. He then got a good run out of the last corner passing Joey Pascarella down the front straight just before Pascarella’s motor expired.

He managed to stick on the tail on Dane Westby, Jake Zemke and Jason DiSalvo running in 11thplace. Young achieved a personal best of a 1:24.893 on the second lap which was 3 seconds faster than he managed to attain last year at the same track.

On the third lap, coming off the last corner flat-out in 5th gear onto the front straight, Young lost the front-end, ending what seemed to be an inspired ride and triggering a red flag.

“I did nothing different going through the last corner. I lost the front then slid and bounced along the grass. My AXO gear and Arai helmet worked wonders! They kept me safe allowing me to walk away with just a bruise. I’ll admit this was the toughest race weekend I can remember but I’m now looking forward to one of my favorite tracks, Laguna Seca!” confided Young.

The BYR team along with sponsor Geoff Maloney of GP Tech worked late Sunday night to get Young’s #86 BYR Yamaha R6 back together and ready for the last round of the 2013 GEICO Motorcycle AMA Pro Road Racing season at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in two weeks.

Ben Young and the BYR team would like to thank; Tim Hortons – Sudbury, Scotbuild Developments, Fogi Racing Development, Arai Helmets, AXO, GP Tech LLC, Hindle Exhaust Systems, DUA Motorsports Bodywork, KICK Energy Drink, K&N Filters, Performance Cycleworx , Thornbury Home Hardware, BCL Motorsports Pit Kit, Vortex Racing, Motul Oils, Bickle Racing Tire Warmers, GB Racing and The North American International Motorcycle SUPERSHOW, the fans and family.

To keep up-to-date on Ben Young throughout the year visit; www.fogi.us, www.facebook.com/BenYoungRacing and on Twitter @bcyoung86.




More, from a press release issued by Saddlemen:

Saddlemen’s Corey Alexander Takes SuperSport East Title at New Jersey

Rancho Dominguez, Calif. - Saddlemen celebrated a total of eight podium finishes, two race wins and the SuperSport East title at the eighth round of the AMA Pro Road Racing season at New Jersey Motorsports Park in Millville, NJ this weekend.

AMA Pro GoPro Daytona SportBike

RoadRace Factory’s Jake Gagne has pushed his Saddlemen-equipped Yamaha to the limit this season and managed to add yet another podium finish to his 2013 tally this weekend at the New Jersey Motorsports Park. The second-year Daytona SportBike rider found himself in a tight battle towards the end of Saturday’s race and managed to grab the third place spot at the front of the secondary pack. The podium was the eighth of the year for Gagne, who has spent nearly the entire season in second place in the standings. Unfortunately, Gagne’s season-long top-5 streak was snapped Sunday as a crash knocked him out of contention after just eight laps. Gagne keeps a firm grip on second place in the standings, and with just one race left on the schedule Gagne just needs to earn some points at Laguna Seca in order to finish the season in second.

RoadRace Factory teammate JD Beach has put together an impressive run of his own this season. The podium just was not in the cards for Beach in New Jersey as an incredible high-side save in Saturday morning practice prevented Beach from racing later that day. Despite suffering minor injuries Beach put in about four laps on Sunday before calling it quits. Beach intends to race in two weeks at the final round in Laguna Seca, and while it looks like Beach will finish the season in fourth, the right circumstances could push him into third.

National Guard/Celtic Racing’s James Rispoli has been turning heads all season as the rookie has consistently put in solid rides. Rispoli has not finished worse than eighth this year, with his best finish of fifth coming at Mid-Ohio. He continued his season-long top-10 streak at New Jersey, finishing sixth on Saturday and eighth on Sunday. Rispoli is tied for fifth in the DSB standings, and with the final round two weeks away will look to break into the top-5 at season’s end.

Riders Discount Triumph rider Jake Zemke piloted his Daytona 675 to a pair of impressive finishes. Zemke, who has only competed in a handful of races this year, finished eighth on Saturday and seventh on Sunday. Zemke’s Riders Discount teammate, Joey Pascarella, did not fare as well, dropping out of both races early on.

Saddlemen supported riders Eric Stump and Kyle Wyman have worked hard to improve this season and both turned in solid finishes in New Jersey. Stump finished ninth and eleventh while Wyman finished twelfth and thirteenth.

AMA Pro Motorcycle-Superstore.com SuperSport
With RoadRace Factory’s Tomas Puerta’s SuperSport West Championship locked up at Miller, the focus shifted to the much tighter SuperSport East race. National Guard/Celtic Racing’s Corey Alexander headed into New Jersey with a 9-point lead over fellow Saddlemen rider Hayden Gillim. That battle got even more exciting when Gillim edged out Alexander by 0.007-second in Race 1 to cut the lead to just 4 points. Puerta, who had not only locked up the West title but also the overall SuperSport title and 2014 #1 plate, finished third.

A pack of four racers, including Puerta, Alexander and Gillim, let the way in Sunday’s race. With everything on the line, the SuperSport East Championship was decided on the final lap. Alexander led most of the 18 laps, but Puerta took the lead on the final lap and Alexander fell to fourth place. Puerta ended up taking the win, with Gillim close behind in second. Alexander got a good drive into the final straight and made the season-saving pass into third just before the finish line. The second place finish for Gillim and third place for Alexander would have left the two tied in points, but Alexander was awarded the bonus point for leading the most laps.

The thrilling conclusion to the SuperSport season is certainly one to remember, as the East Championship came down to a last-second pass on the final lap of the season. Saddlemen celebrates a pair of race sweeps as well as a pair of class championships, as Corey Alexander claimed the SuperSport East title to go along with Puerta’s West title. Gillim finished second in SuperSport competition for the third straight year.

TOBC Racing’s Nick McFadden put in a thirteenth place finish on Saturday and dropped out of Sunday’s race, ending the season in ninth in the SuperSport East standings.

AMA Pro Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson Series
Saddlemen rider Eric Stump pulled double-duty at New Jersey, and after putting in a solid ride in Saturday’s Daytona SportBike race switched over to his Harley-Davidson XR1200 for the Vance & Hines Series race. Stump put in his season-best run and matched his career-best finish with third place. Stump is in eleventh place with one round left at Laguna Seca.

AMA Road Racing returns to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca to join up with the FIM Superbike World Championship, September 27-29. This will be the final round of racing for the National Guard SuperBike, GoPro Daytona SportBike and Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson Series. Learn more about Saddlemen Performance seats by visiting www.saddlemen.com. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for the latest product and racing updates.




More, from a press release issued by Yoshimura Racing:

YOSHIMURA SUZUKI FACTORY RACING CELEBRATES DOUBLE SUPERBIKE PODIUM AT NEW JERSEY MOTORSPORTS PARK

Yoshimura Suzuki’s Martin Cardenas brings it home on the box

MILLVILLE, NJ – Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing continues to rack up impressive podium finishes as the 2013 AMA Pro Superbike Championship season draws to a climactic close. This last two days’ double-header race weekend at New Jersey Motorsports Park in Millville, NJ, saw Yoshimura Suzuki’s Martin Cardenas race his Yoshimura Suzuki GSX-R1000 to two third-place finishes at the penultimate round of AMA Pro Superbike. So far this year, Cardenas has visited the podium at 11 out of 13 races.

Turning in a tremendous ride in Saturday’s Superbike race, Cardenas got a good start on his Yoshimura Suzuki GSX-R1000 and led the first several laps before a red flag was thrown when a rider’s bike leaked oil on the track. After a lengthy delay, the race was restarted and Cardenas battled for the win for the remainder of the race before finishing third. On Sunday, Cardenas again got a good launch and then fought long and hard for his second third-place finish of the weekend.

“This was a very long and tough race weekend,” said Cardenas. “On Sunday, I got a good start but I got passed by a couple of riders and they were a little faster than me. Then a few other riders tried to pass me and I fought back, but the leaders got away. I tried to close the gap as hard as I could and it started coming down, little by little. On the last lap, I tried to take over second but it didn’t work out, so I settled for third. Overall, the race was good and I’m very happy with the Yoshimura Suzuki GSX-R1000. The bike worked great this weekend and I look forward to finishing the season with a little bit better result at Laguna Seca.”

Yoshimura Suzuki teammate Chris Clark also turned in a solid performance in Saturday’s race. Prior to the red flag, Clark got a good start on his Yoshimura Suzuki GSX-R1000 and ran in the top 10 until the race was delayed. Afterward, Clark struggled some and finished 14th. On Sunday, Clark again got off the line with the top 10 and then went on to finish 13th.

“It was an interesting weekend,” said Clark. “I felt pretty confident coming into the race. We’ve been slowly chipping away at where we’ve been down. Yesterday, we got a really good start and then there was the fiasco with the oil. On the restart we didn’t have the right set-up to make the tire last. So this morning we made a change that was good for today and I got up to speed pretty quick. Unfortunately, I got a little arm pump but overall I was able to put in a pretty solid race. Now I’m looking forward to Laguna Seca and building on the progress we’ve made so far.”

The Yoshimura Suzuki Factory Racing team’s next event and the final race of the 2013 AMA Pro Superbike Championship series is at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, CA, the weekend of September 27 - 29, 2013.

Check out the New Jersey SBK “Behind The Scenes Race Report” at
youtu.be/sgMM8A4gZKg


New Jersey Superbike Results, Race 1:

1. Josh Herrin
2. Roger Hayden
3. Martin Cardenas
4. Josh Hayes
5. Chris Fillmore
6. Danny Eslick
7. Aaron Yates
8. Taylor Knapp
9. Geoff May
10. David Anthony

New Jersey Superbike Results, Race 2:

1. Josh Hayes
2. Josh Herrin
3. Martin Cardenas
4. Roger Hayden
5. Danny Eslick
6. Chris Fillmore
7. Geoff May
8. Larry Pegram
9. Taylor Knapp
10. David Anthony

2013 Superbike Standings:

1. Josh Herrin – 320
2. Josh Hayes – 298
3. Martin Cardenas – 297
4. Roger Hayden – 228
5. Danny Eslick – 213
6. Larry Pegram – 169
7. Chris Fillmore – 169
8. Geoff May – 161
9. Aaron Yates – 146
10. David Anthony – 146

About Yoshimura R&D of America: Yoshimura is “The Leader in Performance” and has been for more than 55 years. With unmatched skills, knowledge, and passion for racing, Yoshimura is on the forefront of the aftermarket exhaust industry. Yoshimura pipes are race bred and feature the same legendary performance, fit and quality that has been their trademark for more than five decades. To learn more about Yoshimura and view their wide variety of performance products, visit www.yoshimura-rd.com.

About Suzuki: Suzuki Motor of America, Inc. (SMAI) distributes Motorcycles, ATVs, Scooters, Outboard Motors and Automotive Parts and Accessories via an extensive dealer network throughout 49 states. SMAI’s supplier, Suzuki Motor Corporation (SMC), based in Hamamatsu, Japan, is a diversified worldwide manufacturer of Motorcycles, ATVs, Scooters, Automobiles and Outboard Motors. Founded in 1909 and incorporated in 1920, SMC has 147 distributors in 201 countries. For more information, visit www.suzuki.com




More, from a press release issued by Michael Jordan Motorsports Park:

MICHAEL JORDAN MOTORSPORTS’ NATIONAL GUARD CELTIC RACING SUZUKI CAPTURES AMA PRO SUPERSPORT EAST CHAMPIONSHIP

MJM Cards AMA Pro Superbike Podium at New Jersey Motorsports Park

MILLVILLE, NJ – The Michael Jordan Motorsports team congratulates National Guard Celtic Racing Suzuki’s Corey Alexander for winning the 2013 AMA Pro SuperSport East Championship this past double-header race weekend at New Jersey Motorsports Park in Millville, NJ. Representing MJM’s 600cc contingency in the SuperSport class, Alexander carded two podium finishes en route to winning the coveted title.

“I think these were probably the hardest races I’ve ever ridden,” said Alexander, who finished second on Saturday and third on Sunday. “The National Guard Celtic Racing Suzuki GSX-R600 was great the whole weekend and it’s been a real good bike for us all year, so I knew coming into New Jersey that we would be strong here. I’m excited to win the AMA Pro SuperSport East championship – that’s a lot of stress off my shoulders. The past few nights, it’s been tough to sleep so I’m real excited with the outcome of this weekend.”

In the AMA Pro National Guard Superbike class, the MJM team also had cause to celebrate. National Guard Jordan Suzuki’s Roger Hayden turned in a stellar performance and captured a podium finish, while MJM teammate Danny Eslick racked up a very respectable top-five result.

In Saturday’s race, National Guard Jordan Suzuki’s Hayden got a great start on his Jordan Suzuki GSX-R1000 and had slotted securely into second when a red flag was thrown due to oil on the track. After the race was restarted, Hayden put his head down and fought hard for the remaining laps before snapping up second place on the last lap. In Sunday’s race, Hayden again got a good start and battled for a podium position for the entirety of the race before finishing fourth.

“Saturday’s race was really good,” said Hayden. “We were a little bit quicker than on Sunday. The Jordan Suzuki GSX-R1000 was great all weekend but we had a little more speed on Saturday. The National Guard Jordan Suzuki team has been working really hard for me and I know that fourth place isn’t exactly what we want, but overall it was a good weekend and we were competitive in both races. Now I’m looking forward to Laguna, a track I’ve done well at, and finishing the season out strong.”

Meanwhile, Jordan Suzuki’s Eslick made the best of what could only be called a tough situation. In Saturday’s race he jumped the start and was penalized. Shortly thereafter, the red flag delayed the race. Despite all this, Eslick turned in a solid performance on his Jordan Suzuki GSX-R1000 and still pulled out a sixth-place finish. On Sunday, his race was less fraught and Eslick got up to a podium position before eventually finishing fifth.

“On Saturday at the start of the race, I was ready to go and the starter wasn’t quite ready,” said Eslick. “So I got a five-second penalty. Then there was the red flag and that changed everything. I got the short end of the stick on the red flag, but that’s racing. Then Sunday, I got off with the lead pack and was able to make a few moves and it was good to be racing with my teammate and the guys up front. Overall, we got the Jordan Suzuki GSX-R1000 up there and rolling pretty good this weekend.”

Also racing one of the 600cc classes, National Guard Celtic Racing Suzuki’s James Rispoli finished a solid sixth on Saturday and eighth on Sunday.

In the 2013 AMA Pro National Guard Superbike Championship series rider point standings, Hayden is fourth while Eslick sits in fifth. In AMA Pro Daytona SportBike, Rispoli is sixth and Alexander is the new AMA Pro SuperSport East Champion. The Michael Jordan Motorsports team’s next event and the final race of the 2013 AMA Pro National Guard Superbike Championship series is at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, CA, the weekend of September 27 - 29, 2013.

About Michael Jordan Motorsports: Legendary NBA star Michael Jordan formed Michael Jordan Motorsports in 2004 as a result of his passion for motorcycle racing. His mission is to bring a new level of excellence and style to the motorcycle racing industry. For more information on MJM, please visit www.23race.com, www.twitter.com/23race and www.facebook.com/23race.

About the 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.

Michael Jordan Motorsports is proud to partner with: Jordan Brand (a division of Nike), National Guard, Suzuki Motor of America, Inc., Hanes, Gatorade, Bazzaz, Vortex Racing Components, FMF Exhausts, Gemini Racing, K-Tech Suspension-Orient Express Racing, Maxima Racing Oils, K & N Air Filters, Chicken Hawk Racing Tire Warmers, Armour Bodies, DID Chains, Pro-Bolt, Oakley, Roclun International, STAR Motorcycle School, Motion Pro Tools, Zero Gravity Windscreens, Motorcycle Mechanics Institute, Designstar.com, with transportation provided by Eastside Trucking.




More, from a press release issued by Kyle Wyman Racing:

Wyman returns from injury, secures season-best finishes in New Jersey

MILLVILLE, N.J. -- Millennium Technologies rider Kyle Wyman rode to season-best finishes in the AMA Pro Daytona Sportbike series this past weekend at New Jersey Motorsports Park, scoring 12th and 13th place results in each race.

Wyman, coming back from a mid-June injury of the right wrist, put his Triumph Daytona 675R closer to the top ten during the penultimate round of the AMA Pro Road Racing series.

"To be where I'm at, this close to the top ten, is like a win for me," Wyman said. "It was a long three months off after breaking my wrist on a bicycle and it was frustrating to be sitting on the sidelines. I'm so happy to be back racing again and to have my season best finishes my first race back. We are getting the bike closer each time I ride it and I look forward to representing Millennium Technologies again in the final round at Laguna Seca."

Also competing in the Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson series at NJMP, Wyman finished an impressive 5th after starting in the back of the field due to a penalty imposed based on AMA Pro Racing testing regulations.

"I spent some time here at NJMP doing some testing, but was mainly here focused on marketing for the AMA Pro Racing event," Wyman said. "It was a great way to come back into the series - staying at the track every day definitely helped me get my mind back into the riding aspect after so much time, but also allowed me to work with the track and help bring more fans out to the races. I want to thank the track for allowing me to partner up with them."

The AMA Pro Racing series heads to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca for the final round of the championship September 27-29, 2013. Wyman will compete in both the AMA Pro Daytona Sportbike Championship as well as the AMA Pro Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson series.

"I've been waiting for too long to ride at Laguna," said Wyman. "It's the only track on the circuit that I've never ridden at, so I'm really looking forward to getting on the track because I've heard so many good things about it. Being on the world stage with the WSBK championship will be an added bonus."

Visit www.kylewymanracing.com for more information.




More, from a press release issued by Harley-Davidson:

Rapp Rolls to AMA Pro Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson Victory in New Jersey

Suburban Motors H-D Rider Takes Commanding Lead in XR Showdown

Milwaukee - Aerostar Global/Suburban Motors H-D rider Steve Rapp rolled to a commanding fifth win of the season in the AMA Pro Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson series at New Jersey Motorsports Park as he edged closer to claiming the 2013 series championship and $25,000 top prize with one race remaining in the four-race XR Showdown.

As he has done in most of his previous wins this year, Rapp started from pole position, opened a gap on the field from the drop of the green flag, and stretched his lead through to the checkered flag in metronomic fashion, never putting a wheel wrong as he led all 11 laps of the race.

But if Rapp’s victory was practically a foregone conclusion, the racing for second and third was anything but, as a train of up to seven riders battled for the remaining podium positions until the final lap. Multiple riders jockeyed for position in the lead pack as the laps wound down, but when the checkered flag flew, Tyler O’Hara (Eco Fuel Saver/Scrubblade) drafted past MOB Racing’s Eric Stump to take the second step of the podium by a 0.038-second margin, as Stump secured his best finishing position of the season. Brothers Travis Wyman (Harv’s H-D), who ran as high as second late in the race, and Kyle Wyman (Kyle Wyman Racing), who charged through the field from the last starting position on the grid, rounded out the top five a few tenths of a second behind.

“We made a few changes this morning and it was definitely an improvement over what I had been riding. We’re always making the bike better, just getting confident, knowing the limits of the tires and the bike. I’ve done well at this track before and that was a good confidence builder coming in,” said Rapp, who now holds a 22-point lead in the rider standings with one race remaining in the XR Showdown.

The 2013 AMA Pro Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson series concludes September 28-29 at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, Ca. with the final round of the XR Showdown.

New Jersey Motorsports Park Results

1. Steve Rapp (Aerostar Global/Suburban Motors H-D), 11 laps
2. Tyler O’Hara (Eco Fuel Saver/Scrubblade), +2.160 seconds
3. Eric Stump (MOB Racing), +2.198 seconds
4. Travis Wyman (Harv’s H-D), +2.505 seconds
5. Kyle Wyman (Kyle Wyman Racing), +2.548 seconds
6. Benjamin Carlson (Suburban Motors H-D), +3.470 seconds
7. Michael Barnes (Spyke’s H-D), +4.469 seconds
8. Shane Narbonne (Designstar3.com/Empire H-D), +17.292 seconds
9. Nicholas Hansen (Suburban Motors H-D), +22.000 seconds
10. David Estok (Thrashed Bike Racing), +22.033 seconds
11. Josh Chisum (Eco Fuel Saver/Scrubblade), +22.034 seconds
12. Barrett Long (Longevity Racing), +22.627 seconds
13. Paul James (Hoban Cycle/Spectro Oils) +55.061 seconds
14. Shelina Moreda (Spyke’s H-D), +57.804 seconds
15. Sam Rozynski (Sound-Waves.com), +59.048 seconds
16. Dave Rhinehart (Rhinehart Development), 10 laps

AMA Pro Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson Series Points (after 3rd of 4 rounds in XR Showdown)

1. Rapp, 1,077
2. T. Wyman, 1,055
3. O’Hara, 1,050
4. Barnes, 1,044
5. Narbonne, 1,041
6. Carlson, 1,033
7. Estok, 1,030
8. Hansen, 1,030
9. Chisum, 1,027
10. Long, 1,020

Company Information

Harley-Davidson Motor Company produces heavyweight custom, cruiser and touring motorcycles and offers a complete line of Harley-Davidson motorcycle parts, accessories, riding gear and apparel, and general merchandise. For more information, visit harley-davidson.com.




More, from a press release issued by K-Tech Suspension/Orient Express:

K-Tech Suspension Equipped Racers Enjoy Continued Success In AMA Pro Racing At New Jersey

K-Tech Suspension equipped racers swept the podium in the Vance & Hines XR1200 class, scored two podium spots in SuperSport along with the 2013 SuperSport East championship, a podium and three top ten finishes in Superbike, and two top ten finishes in Daytona Sport Bike this past weekend at New Jersey Motorsports Park! To say it was a busy weekend is an understatement!

Hearty congratulations to Corey Alexander for his 2013 AMA Pro Road Racing SuperSport East championship, and second place over all in the national standings. Alexander worked hard all season on his #5 National Guard Celtic Racing Suzuki GSX-R 600, equipped with K-Tech 20DDS fork cartridges and 35DDS Pro rear shock. Arriving at New Jersey Motorsports Park with a nine point lead over his rivals, Corey dominated practice and qualifying and secured pole position on the grid - good for another valuable point. Race one was a furious battle among the top four riders, with Alexander trading the lead several times. After a red flag paused the action, Alexander would resume the action and finish second, just 0.007" from the leader at the checkered flag. In Sunday's race two, Alexander earned a point for most laps led amidst continued close racing in the top four positions. Every corner saw a shuffling of the order, and in another tight finish, Alexander took third, which was enough to secure his 2013 SuperSport East championship by the slimmest of margins!

In the XR1200 class, Steve Rapp took his fifth win of the season on his Aerostar Global Suburban Harley Davidson XR1200, cementing his twenty-two point lead over Travis Wyman in the standings using K-Tech 35MTS dual rear shocks. Tyler O'Hara claimed second spot on the podium with a great ride on his Bartels' Eco Fuel Saver Scubblade JC Racing machine, finishing a tick more than two seconds behind Rapp at the checkered flag. Eric Stump finished third nipping at the heels of O'Hara in a close battle aboard his MOB Racing Eyeball Moto XR1200. O'Hara and Stump were both using K-Tech 25SSK IDS fork cartridges and 35MTS dual rear shocks. All three riders enjoyed the confidence and precision handling offered by their K-Tech Suspension components and we look forward to more great results!

Roger Hayden had a solid weekend with great results on his #54 National Guard Jordan Suzuki GSX-R 1000 in the Superbike class, having qualified fourth on the grid with his K-Tech 20DDS fork cartridge and 35DDS rear shock equipped machine. Saturday's race one was full of action with Hayden battling in the top five and finishing an excellent second behind Herrin. Jordan Suzuki teammate Danny Eslick finished sixth in Saturday's race on his #23 Jordan Suzuki GSX-R 1000, also equipped with K-Tech components. In Sunday's Superbike race, Roger carried on the fight from Saturday with the top four riders, but would have to settle for fourth place, with Eslick fifth behind him.

National Guard Celtic Racing's James Rispoli had a good weekend in Daytona Sport Bike, qualifying sixth and finding speed all weekend - enough to run up front and challenge for a podium position in both races. Rispoli would ride his #43 National Guard Celtic Racing Suzuki GSX-R 600 to finish sixth on Saturday, and eighth on Sunday. His 20DDS fork cartridges and 35DDS Pro rear shock are the same components found in every box K-Tech offers to its customers. Easy set up, with precision adjusters mean confidence right out of the package!

K-Tech Suspension engineers the finest in cutting edge suspension technology for motorcycles. The unique Direct Damping System (DDS) offers precision control, accurate adjustments, and incredible feel which serve to improve rider confidence and reduce lap times. The popular 20DDS pressurized front fork cartridges are available to fit all late model sport bikes, and feature a closed system design with 31mm control pistons, 20mm displacement pistons, and 8mm piston rods. Likewise, the aluminum bodied K-Tech 35DDS rear shock provides independent circuits for compression and rebound damping adjustments, and is easy to tune and setup with a unique bypass valve adjustment feature. Remote hydraulic spring preload adjustment, as well as adjustable shock length allow custom configurations for every rider.

For more information regarding K-Tech Suspension components, please contact Orient Express, the exclusive North American importer and distributor. Orient Express is pleased to be your source for high performance service, tuning, and parts since 1973. Visit www.orientexpress.com, call 800.645.6521, or email sales@orientexpress.com to explore what we can do to help your racing ambitions!




More, from a press release issued by Öhlins USA:

Comfortable Doesn’t Mean Lazy: Öhlins Riders Win Races, Lead AMA Championships

Hendersonville, North Carolina: This weekend, at the AMA Pro Road Racing Round 8, at New Jersey Motorsports Park, in Millville, New Jersey, Öhlins racers dominated the dominating with wins in both Superbike races, both Daytona Sportbike races, and both Supersport races, confirming that the Öhlins comfort of control is securely leading in AMA Pro Racing’s Superbike, Daytona Sportbike, and Supersport West classes.

Graves Yamaha took the wins in each Superbike class race, with the Joshes of Herrin and Hayes sharing the top step of the podium; Herrin winning Saturday, Hayes winning Sunday, Öhlins winning on both days. Martin Cardenas earned two third-place finishes on those podiums with his Yoshimura Suzuki Factory racing team, buffering his third-place standings in the 2013 Superbike championship behind Herrin and Hayes, and ensuring an Öhlins sweep of the top-three places for the season.

It was double wins for a single racer in the Daytona Sportbike doubleheader, with Cameron Beaubier conquering in Race One and Two on his YES/Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha. In Race One, three teams participated in the all-Yamaha, all-Öhlins podium, with Jake Lewis earning second on his Mean Motorsports Racing YZF-R6, followed by Jake Gagne on his RoadRace Factory YZF-R6. In DSB Race Two, behind Beaubier was his YES/Monster Energy/Graves/Yamaha teammate Garrett Gerloff, with the all-Öhlins podium rounded out by Bobby Fong on his D&D Cycles Triumph. Like in Superbike, it’s again turning into a certain sweep of the championship podium, with Beaubier, Gagne, and Gerloff owning those positions with one event remaining.

In Supersport action, it was a first-second trade from Race One to Race Two, with Hayden Gillim riding the Team 95 Yamaha to the first first, and the second second, trading with Thomas Puerta, who earn the second first and the first second, in this tightly contest and supremely entertaining middleweight class battle. If that’s not clear, Gillim won, then he finished second, and Thomas Puerta finished second and then he won, the later doing so on his RoadRace Factory Yamaha YZF-R6.

One event to go: the combined WSBK/AMA pro racing event at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, September 27-29. To watch this season-closing event you need to do it the old fashion way: in person. No TV.

Öhlins USA distributes and services the world’s leading performance suspension components for automobiles, motorcycles, and ATVs. Öhlins develops its trend-setting suspension components, steering dampers and oils, at the highest levels of racing from open-wheel car racing, to Moto GP, to off-road competition on two and four wheels. Öhlins USA also provides training for service centers and dealers. Öhlins USA can be contacted at: 828-692-4525; www.Ohlinsusa.com




More, from a press release issued by Jimmy Merck's publicist:

JIMMY MERCK EIGHT FOR EIGHT PODIUMS AT NOLA

Atlanta, Georgia’s Jimmy Merck enjoyed a righteous weekend of racing at NOLA Motorsports Park located in Avondale, LA during WERA’s Double-Header National Race event this past weekend. Onboard his Vesrah-sponsored GSXR 600, Jimmy entered eight sprint races resulting in some fantastic battles with eight podiums and four wins for the weekend. With lap times on the GSXR 600 broaching Formula One and Superbike times, it was game on!

Every race weekend has its minor challenges, and this one was no different. Thanks to Truck System Technologies, a suspect tire on the trailer was identified using their Tire Pressure Monitoring System, saving a blow out on the interstate. Chasing set-up on his GSXR 750 in practice on Friday, Jimmy was challenged with some front end chatter. After consulting with his crew chief John McGarity and the problem identified, the decision was made to park the 750 and run the 600 in all eight sprint races.

Saturday was met with great weather initially, and the potential of storms looming. Jimmy’s first race of the day, 600/C SuperStock, got rolling with favorable weather conditions. After some great battling, Jimmy came up a few seconds short for a second place finish. With the threat of storms imminent, WERA Officials called for everyone to take cover, and the races were re-scheduled for Sunday.

With seven sprint races on Sunday, Jimmy and his crew had to click like clockwork. Jimmy came out swinging in the first three sprint races – 750/B SuperBike, 600/C SuperBike, and 750/B SuperStock. He won all three, with lap times in the 45’s and a margin of victory as little as .027! Only four races to go!

600/C SuperStock and 750/B SuperBike were up next, and after some great braking duels, Jimmy secured second place in both races. 600/C SuperBike was up next, and after a rocket start and more great battles, Jimmy crossed the line .042 ahead of second for his fourth win of the day! The final race of the day, 750/B SuperStock, was again a great battle with lap times in the 45’s once again. At the line, Jimmy came up a bit short for another second place finish for the weekend – eight podiums in as many starts – and seven sprint races on the same bike in the same day!

After this fabulous day of racing, Jimmy and a few fellow WERA racers went to dinner to exchange stories and enjoy some camaraderie. “How cool is this sport and WERA – where else can you do battle during the day and exchange war stories with your competitors over dinner!” exclaimed Merck.

Jimmy would like to personally thank his sponsor Dan Covington of Truck System Technologies (TST) who offer top of the line tire pressure monitoring systems. Jimmy would additionally like to thank John McGarity for his trackside assistance!

Jimmy is proud to work with Mark with Vesrah, Vesrah Brakes, Nielsens Enterprises, Dunlop and Race Tire Services, 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, his father Jimmy SR, and girlfriend Bobby.




More, from a press release issued by Pilot Travel Centers Racing Team:

FOUR PODIUM FINISHES FOR REESE WACKER AT WERA NATIONAL CHALLENGE AT NOLA MOTORSPORTS PARK

Pilot Travel Centers Racing Team’s Reese Wacker #78 captured four podium finishes this past weekend during the WERA National Challenge Series at NOLA Motorsports Park in Avondale, LA, September 14-15, putting him in excellent position for the grand national finals in October for the championship.

Reese Wacker and the Pilot Travel Centers Racing team overcame many challenges during the weekend.

The weekend began with the A Superstock Race on Saturday. With a fast start off the line, Reese led the beginning of the race. However, midway through the race he struggled to compensate for issues he experienced with the bike causing him to run wide in the corners. With only a couple of laps remaining in the race, he was unable to retake the lead but held a podium finish with a second place. Saturday was shortened due to weather conditions pushing back his second race to Sunday.

On Sunday, for both the first Superbike race and the second A Superstock race, Reese started the race in first place. He again battled with bike issues, and finished both races with podium finishes. Taking advantage of the break in the racing action, the Pilot Travel Centers Racing Team was able to make some bike adjustments in hopes of fixing the issues with the bike. After the adjustments, Reese Wacker went back on the track for the final race of the weekend, the second Superbike race. He rode strong throughout the entire race. It was an intense race with him battling for the lead several times. On the last straightaway, he drafted for the finish and the win. This was a great way to finish the weekend for the team with the victory.

"This weekend, I didn't feel confident to push it too hard due to my bike setup." commented Wacker, "In the last race, I was able to push my bike harder after getting some of the issues sorted out. At the end of the day, I am happy for the win in the final race, and I am ready for the finals at Barber. Barber Motorsports Park is one of my favorite tracks and I have had great results there." Last year at the WERA Grand National Finals at Barber Motorsports Park, Reese Wacker won three national championships. The Pilot Travel Centers Racing team is looking forward to the finals this year to bring home more national championships for the team.

About Pilot Flying J

Pilot Flying J is committed to making life better for America’s drivers. Headquartered in Knoxville, Tennessee, Pilot Flying J has over 650 retail locations and is the largest operator of travel centers and travel plazas in North America. It is ranked by Forbes as the 6th largest private company in America. The Pilot Flying J network provides customers with access to over 60,000 parking spaces for trucks, over 4,400 showers and over 4,000 diesel lanes, of which over 3,000 offer DEF at the pump. Pilot Logistics Services is one of the largest independent energy logistics companies in North America, selling and distributing over 1.3 billion gallons of refined petroleum products and serving over 15,000 customers. Together, Pilot Flying J and Pilot Logistics Services employ over 25,000 people and generate sales of 9 billion gallons of petroleum annually. Visit www.pilotflyingj.com for more information.

About Smith Transport

Smith Transport is a Pennsylvania-based Company providing a complete line of Logistics Services to businesses located throughout the Continental United States and Canada. The Company is uniquely postured to provide a Totally Bundled and Customized Third Party Logistics Package or Individually Tailored Service Offerings to meet the precise needs of the Customer. Visit www.Smithtransport.com for more information.

The Pilot Travel Centers Racing #78 is pleased to work with the following partners: Pilot Flying J, Smith Transport, I65 Truck Accessories, Jack White Studios, Inc., Wacker Racing, Speed Machines Design, Next Moto Champion, JRI Shocks, Pilot Leathers, Motorex, ARAI Helmets, Vortex, Pit Bull, Chicken Hawk Racing, FMF, Dunlop, Sidi, Hazardous Racing.

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More, from a press release issued by Galfer USA:

Galfer USA Riders Take Wins, Title at New Jersey Motorsports Park

Oxnard, Calif. - September 17, 2013 - Round eight of the AMA Pro Road Racing season was held September 13-15 at New Jersey Motorsports Park. The event might have been called the Devil’s Showdown, but it felt like heaven for a number of Galfer USA Riders. SuperSport was especially exciting: Galfer USA racers swept the podium in both races, and Galfer rider Corey Alexander clinched the SuperSport East championship by a single point.

SuperBike

Jersey Motorsports Park was a great showcase for the talents of KTM/HMC Racing teammates Chris Fillmore and Taylor Knapp. They each had one of their best SuperBike rounds of the season, giving Galfer USA a total of four top-tens during the the double-header weekend.

Fillmore finished fifth in race one and sixth in race two on his KTM RC8R, marking his third top-five finish of the season. Knapp matched his previous best finish with eighth in race one, and he rode his KTM to ninth in race two.

Daytona SportBike

Galfer USA riders took six top-five finishes in the two Daytona SportBike races at New Jersey, including three podiums. Jake Lewis was the highest-finishing Galfer rider in race one, and his second place on the Meen Motorsports Racing Yamaha YZF-R6 is his best finish all season.

Jake Gagne was third in race one, his first podium in three races. Gagne, riding the RoadRace Factory R6, and Lewis were both poised for podium finishes in race two, but crashes ended their days early.

Bobby Fong upped his fourth place in race one to third in race two. It is the first time the D&D Cycles Triumph Daytona 675 rider has appeared on the podium since his third-place during round one at Daytona.

Other notable finishers were Dane Westby, who rode his GEICO Honda CBR600RR to a fifth and sixth, and James Rispoli, who was sixth and eighth on the Celtic Racing Suzuki GSX-R600. Westby and Rispoli have been incredibly consistent this year: neither of them has finished outside the top ten all season.

Jason DiSalvo finished seventh in race one on his Latus Motors Racing Triumph Daytona 675, but he upped the ante to take fifth in race two.

SuperSport

SuperSport was a battle on the track and in the points standings. Hayden Gillim started strong by winning race one on the Team 95 R6. Corey Alexander followed in second on the National Guard/Celtic Racing GSX-R600, and Tomas Puerta was third on his RoadRace Factory R6.

Race two featured the same names up front, but in a different order. Puerta won the race, followed by Gillim and Alexander. Puerta had already wrapped up the SuperSport West and Overall championships during round six, but the SuperSport East battle went to Alexander, who snagged the title at New Jersey by a mere one point over Gillim.

Stefano Mesa was a front-runner all weekend, too, and he was the fourth rider across the line in both races on his RSRacecraft Yamaha YZF-R6.


Harley-Davidson Series

In the Harley-Davidson Series, Michael Barnes rode his Spyke’s Harley-Davidson XR1200 to a finish of seventh. With just one race remaining in the season, Barnes is a narrow six points away from the third spot in the championship.

The Galfer USA riders have a short break before the final round of the AMA Pro Road Racing season. They return to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca September 27-29, where they will close out 2014 competition alongside the FIM Superbike World Championship.

To learn more about Galfer performance brakes for racing, street and off-road applications, visit www.GalferUSA.com.