Aug 21, 2012
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Jorge Lorenzo on the podium at Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
Wyman and O'Hara Split AMA Pro Vance & Hines XR1200 Races at Indianapolis
XR1200 Showdown Heating Up for Final Three-Race Chase
Milwaukee Kyle Wyman (KLR Group/Spyke's H-D) and Bartels' H-D/Scrubblade rider Tyler O'Hara each posted wins in the doubleheader round of the AMA Pro Racing Vance & Hines XR1200 series last weekend at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway to open the five-race XR Showdown championship chase and set up a thrilling three-race climax to the 2012 season.
From the beginning of the weekend it appeared that MOB Racing's P.J. Jacobson, a 2010 XR1200 series race winner who was making his first appearance of the 2012 season in the class, would be the spoiler and the man to beat at Indy after posting a dominant qualifying time on Friday nearly 1.5 seconds quicker than the next fastest challenger. And midway through Saturday's Race 1, that was the story that was developing, after Jacobsen fought back against an early charge by O'Hara, who led the first two laps of the race, and had cleared the field by a sizable margin. Jacobsen eventually built a 4-second lead by lap five and appeared to be cruising to victory. But disaster struck the New York native, who races fulltime in the British Superbike series, when fluids leaking from his machine caused him to crash on lap six. After he went down, chaos broke out on the track, as several following riders subsequently crashed, causing a red flag stoppage of the race.
With track conditions too poor to restart the race, AMA Pro officials reverted to the order of the previous lap and provisionally awarded the victory to Jacobsen. However, after a post-race investigation revealed his motorcycle had been the cause of the fluid on the track, Jacobsen was relegated to last place in the running order, which elevated Wyman to the win, his fourth of the season. Benjamin Carlson (Suburban Motors Harley-Davidson) and XP Motorsports/Rossiter's Harley-Davidson's Michael Corbino rounded out the podium.
"P.J. had a few seconds on me and I saw him crash but just as I processed what had happened I went down. It happened that fast. I got up and raised my arms to signal the guys behind us but everyone was coming and it was just total chaos," Wyman said. "This was one crazy race. Usually, when goofy stuff happens it never seems to fall my way, but today it did and I couldn't be happier. The timing is perfect."
Sunday's Race 2 proved to be just a dramatic, with Jacobsen again breaking out to a large lead and again crashing out of it, this time on his own without mechanical incident. His misfortune opened the door for O'Hara, and the pre-Indy series points leader was more than happy to step through it, building a lead of more than four seconds before throttling back in the closing laps to come home in flying Superman style across the finish line with a 1.892-second lead over Wyman, who had his hands full battling Suburban Motors Harley-Davidson teammates Carlson and Bobby Fong, who finished third and fourth. The trio sliced and diced for the lead throughout the second half of the race, as they engaged in a series of daring out-braking and drafting maneuvers.
"[After] P.J. tucked the front and crashed, I just put my head down," O'Hara said. "I built up a nice gap and was just monitoring the gap through my pit board. I felt like yesterday I got a little bit unlucky that we were not able to restart the race after the red flag. I had some bad luck, and that's not a good way to start the chase. So now, my goal is to win every race here on out to stay in the hunt. It's going to be tough no matter what."
With just three rounds to go in the 2012 XR1200 Showdown, Wyman leads Carlson by nine points with O'Hara another six points back in third. The AMA Pro Racing Vance & Hines XR1200 Series continues September 8-9 at New JerseyMotorsportsPark in Millville, NJ.
Indianapolis Race 1 August 18 Result:
1. Kyle Wyman (KLR Group/Spyke's H-D), 5 laps
2. Benjamin Carlson (Suburban Motors H-D), +4.423 seconds
3. Michael Corbino (XP Motorsports/Rossiter's H-D), +4.878 seconds
4. Michael Barnes (KLR Group/Spyke's H-D), +4.901 seconds
5. Steve Crevier (MotoSport Plus Harley-Davidson), +5.536 seconds
6. Bobby Fong (Suburban Motors Harley-Davidson), +5.590 seconds
7. Michael Beck (Parts Unlimited, KWR), +8.345 seconds
8. Travis Wyman (Harv's H-D), +8.749 seconds
9. Shane Narbonne (Teterboro Rams LLC), +9.595 seconds
10. David Estok (Ruthless Racing/Deeley H-D Racing), +10.272 seconds
11. Barrett Long (Longevity Racing), +13.326 seconds
12. Tyler O'Hara (Bartels' H-D/Scrubblade), +15.764 seconds
13. Josh Chisum (Bartels' H-D/Scrubblade), +32.951 seconds
14. Paul Schwemmer (Peter Brady/Level 10 Contractors), +38.684 seconds
15. Charlie Long (Wrenches Northside Cycles), +41.752 seconds
16. Lee Kuhn (Jacox Harley-Davidson), +51.145 seconds
17. Paul James (Hoban Cycle/Woodstock H-D), +55.786 seconds
18. Brice Cooper (Hoban Cycle/Woodstock H-D), +56.995 seconds
19. Ray Delaney (Fury Offshore Racing Team), +1:04.854
20. Matthew Heidel (Down Home Harley-Davidson), +1:05.550
21. Richard Barnett (Motolist.com), +1:07.639
22. Aaron Borello (Air Ground Xpress), +1:13.458
23. Calvin Martinez (National Precious Metals), +1:24.645
24. PJ Jacobsen (MOB Racing/K-Tech/Orient Express) +1:24.646
25. Gerry Signorelli (Kuryakyn), DNF
26. Darren James (Ruthless Racing/Deeley H-D Racing), DNF
27. Nicholas Hansen (Suburban Motors H-D), DNF
28. Josh Guyer (Harley-Davidson of Bloomington), DNF
29. Peter Cline (Oxford Consulting Group), DNS
Indianapolis Race 2 August 19 Result:
1. Tyler O'Hara (Bartels' H-D/Scrubblade), 10 laps
2. Kyle Wyman (KLR Group/Spyke's H-D), +1.892 seconds
3. Benjamin Carlson (Suburban Motors H-D), +2.361 seconds
4. Bobby Fong (Suburban Motors Harley-Davidson), +2.431 seconds
5. Michael Barnes (KLR Group/Spyke's H-D), +9.301 seconds
6. Michael Corbino (XP Motorsports/Rossiter's H-D), +11.850 seconds
7. Steve Crevier (MotoSport Plus Harley-Davidson), +12.860
8. Travis Wyman (Harv's H-D), +12.870 seconds
9. Barrett Long (Longevity Racing), +21.098 seconds
10. Shane Narbonne (Teterboro Rams LLC), +21.114 seconds
11. David Estok (Ruthless Racing/Deeley H-D Racing), +21.492 seconds
12. Josh Chisum (Bartels' H-D/Scrubblade), +49.448 seconds
13. Nicholas Hansen (Suburban Motors H-D), +1:06.233
14. Josh Guyer (Harley-Davidson of Bloomington), +1:18.514
15. Lee Kuhn (Jacox Harley-Davidson), +1:19.070
16. Ray Delaney (Fury Offshore Racing Team), +1:56.519
17. Richard Barnett (Motolist.com), +1:56.594
18. Aaron Borello (Air Ground Xpress), +1:58.675
19. Calvin Martinez (National Precious Metals), +3:39.210
20. Michael Beck (Parts Unlimited, KWR), 8 laps
21. Gerry Signorelli (Kuryakyn), 6 laps
22. Brice Cooper (Hoban Cycle/Woodstock H-D), +52.710 seconds
23. PJ Jacobsen (MOB Racing/K-Tech/Orient Express), 5 laps
24. Matthew Heidel (Down Home Harley-Davidson), 1 lap
25. Darren James (Ruthless Racing/Deeley H-D Racing), DNS
26. Paul Schwemmer (Peter Brady/Level 10 Contractors), DNS, crash
27. Charlie Long (Wrenches Northside Cycles), DNS, crash
28. Paul James (Hoban Cycle/Woodstock H-D), DNS, crash
29. Peter Cline (Oxford Consulting Group), DNS
XR1200 Showdown Points Standings
1. Kyle Wyman, 1,055
2. Benjamin Carlson, 1,046
3. Tyler O'Hara, 1,040
4. Michael Corbino, 1,036
5. Michael Barnes, 1,034
6. Travis Wyman, 1,026
7. David Estok, 1,021
8. Josh Chisum, 1,017
9. Gerry Signorelli, 1,000
10. Darren James, 1,000
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More, from a press release issued by Rockstar:
ROCKSTAR ENERGY'S LORENZO PODIUMS WITH SECOND AT INDIANAPOLIS
LOS ANGELES, CA Yamaha Factory Racing rider Jorge Lorenzo was back on the podium on Sunday, taking second place in the Grand Prix of Indianapolis. The Championship leader had struggled all weekend to find an optimum set up, only making a step forward in yesterday's qualifying session. Rockstar Energy's Lorenzo, who was one of only two riders to take a gamble on the softer tires for the race, dropped a couple of places from the start then worked to get behind his team mate Ben Spies in second. After the Texan's unfortunate DNF he was promoted to second and began chasing down Pedrosa's lead. Lacking the pace to stay with the leader he settled for second, taking 20 valuable Championship points.
"We thought that the soft tire could finish the race well so we took a risk with it," said Rockstar Energy's Lorenzo. "At the beginning it wasn't so bad and I could follow Ben and Dani. Then Ben had his engine failure, which was lucky for my position, but I am so sorry for him. Dani was a little step forward today and had a tire advantage in the end. Anyway, second was the best we could do today which is very good for the Championship."
The next event for Rockstar Energy's Jorge Lorenzo is round twelve of the 2012 MotoGP Championship at the Grand Prix of Czech Republic in Brno on August 26th.
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More, from a press release issued by Bel-Ray:
Coming into the Indianapolis MotoGP event this weekend both Bel-Ray backed Power Electronics racers Aleix Espargaro and Randy DePuniet were tied in points for the top CRT racer in the series. Espargaro emerged from Indianapolis with the lead following an excellent 10th place finish. Despite shifting issues that caused him to find false neutrals in the gear box, Espargaro soldiers on for a fine result. He spoke following about the afternoon following the checkered flag. "I was very focused on having a good race, because I had a lot of fun riding this weekend. I got a good start and was feeling comfortable, but at the midway point of the race, I realized that the gearbox was starting to fail. Suddenly, the bike went into a false neutral. I was still able to catch Valentino and tried to follow him on every corner, but when I hit the false neutral again, I ran wide. I had to make up the time again every time. I stick with Hernandez after that, but it was hard to get past him with this issue. Despite everything, I was able to place tenth and got six points for my tally, so we have to be satisfied and look forward to next weekend."
An unfortunate mechanical issue forced teammate Randy DePuniet out of the race with a DNF. He was disappointed when he spoke after the event. "I started strong, but Aleix (Espargaro) and Yonny (Hernandez) soon got past me. I then stuck behind them to study their riding. The race started to heat up, but I didn't want to take any risks. Two laps before the clutch broke, I felt something strange; in the first corner I found it impossible to change gear and lost nearly a second there. On the same lap, on the chicane before the straight, I could tell that something had stopped working correctly and again lost two seconds. The next lap went ok, but after that the clutch gave up on me. I am disappointed, because once again we have lost a lot of points, but now we have to look at the positives and continue to work hard ahead of Brno to recover those points."
Indianapolis marked the first race for Jordi Torres as part of the Bel-Ray sponsored Mapfre Aspar team. He rewarded the team for their confidence and placed a strong 19th place in this highly competitive class. Nico Terol continued his move toward the top of the Moto2 class with a positive 13th place finish, matching his season's best result.
Terol spoke positively about the event. "I am very happy with the big step forward that we have taken this weekend. We were inside the top ten in every session and the pace was formidable. I can take plenty of positives from the weekend. In the race, I was fighting hard on the opening laps as part of an aggressive group, but I still felt comfortable. From lap ten onwards, I saw that the tires had taken a big dip in performance and that it was going to be hard to keep up the pace. It was tough for me, because I could see how my pace dropped off and couldn't do anything about it. I am still satisfied with myself in any case, because I could take some points away from here. The team did a great job and it is thanks to them that we are progressing and getting more solid in this class. I hope that we continue like this at Brno. We know that we can be up at the front -we just need to finish that way."
Torres was also positive with his results at Indianapolis. "At the start, I treated the race like just another practice session. It was an opportunity for me to continue to learn and adapt. I wanted to see how I could adapt to the tire wear and to a 26-lap battle. I got a pretty good start, but when I changed from first to second gear, I hit a false neutral and lost a lot of positions. I had to make another comeback, but I was riding alone and had to focus on replicating my practice pace. The slow comeback was positive and the important thing is that I have regained a feel for GP riding upon my return. I leave Indianapolis satisfied with our work and now I have a clearer idea about things. I hope that we continue to improve at Brno."
The newest member of the Mapfre Aspar team, Jonas Folger rewarded his new team with a fantastic third place finish in his first event. From a fifteenth place starting position, Folger charged through the field into ninth in the space of a single lap. Keeping sight of the leaders, Folger was able to take advantage when a competitor crashed on the final lap giving him the final step on the podium. He spoke about the great opportunity that he has been given by the team for the remainder of the series. "I feel very happy about this podium. The season had been difficult up to now and I have got a good result finally after joining a great team. I love being able to show that I can be competitive with a good bike and a good team. I want to thank them for this magnificent opportunity."
Teammate Hector Faubel suffered a crash in qualifying practice and spent the night in the hospital at Indianapolis for observation. Despite pain in his abdomen, lumbar and left elbow, the Spaniard will attempt to recover in time for the next GP.
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More, from a press release issued by Team Suzuki News Service:
Team Suzuki's Josh Waters will enter the final round of the 2012 Australian Superbike Championship with a 19.5-point advantage after scoring second position at Phillip Island's penultimate weekend of action, as his younger brother, Supersport Team Suzuki rider Brodie Waters, picked-up a double victory aboard the GSX-R600.
Fresh from a standout performance at the Suzuka 8 Hours in Japan, Josh Waters put forward a consistent effort aboard the GSX-R1000 and is now in the box seat to secure his second career Australian Superbike title.
After qualifying fourth in mixed conditions, Waters finished the opening 12-lap race in second, just 1.710 seconds in arrears of title rival Wayne Maxwell. He backed that result up in race two, which was reduced to 10 laps following an opening-lap incident that caused a race stoppage.
Said Waters: "The weekend was good for me, but obviously would have been better if we could have won the races. It was tough between myself and Wayne, but near the end my bike was moving around quite a bit so I decided to try and play it smart for the championship.
"I want to qualify and do well in both races at Queensland. I just need to try hard though. If I do that, then it should all be good and will hopefully go to plan for myself and Team Suzuki."
Team Suzuki team mate Ben Attard was sixth overall at Phillip Island after qualifying an impressive second, taking home sixth place in both races. Attard was involved in the battle for the podium in race two, but ultimately had to settle for sixth due to a 10-second jump-start penalty. In his first season aboard the GSX-R1000, Attard now sits sixth in the standings.
"I feel as though I rode ok and my lap times were good," Attard explained. "I jumped the start in that last race, but it was good to be in the mix for the podium during the race. The results aren't really showing it, but I'm definitely getting faster on the bike and the more dry track time I'm getting, the better I feel on the bike. Hopefully it amounts into some strong results soon."
Fellow Queenslander Robbie Bugden was fifth overall for Team Volvo Group Suzuki in a positive performance at the flowing 4.445-kilometre grand prix circuit. Bugden was a frustrating seventh in race one, but he too battled for the rostrum in the second race before crossing the line in fifth position. The four times New Zealand Superbike Champion also holds down that position in the series.
"I was a little disappointed after the first race because I felt I could have done better than seventh, but the top group was pretty strong," Bugden said. "The second race was a lot better and I was more happy with my pace. We were only four seconds off the leader, so that's a big improvement for me because Phillip Island has always been a bit of a bogey track. Hopefully we can finish the season strong back up here in Queensland."
Team Suzuki Supersport campaigner Brodie Waters (pictured) enjoyed a dream weekend at Phillip Island, picking up his first career double victory in the pair of 12-lap Supersport races. That result sees him climb to second in the championship, just half a point out of the series lead with one round remaining.
Waters rode his GSX-R600 to a thrilling 0.079sec victory in race one, before the second race was won by 0.130sec. After the Phillip Island round went according to plan, Waters is determined to continue the same form when the series reaches its finale at Queensland Raceway next month.
"It's definitely good to be heading into the last round only half a point off the championship lead," Waters said. "The weekend went my way and it was good to get my first double race win. That was a boost of confidence for me, but they were two really tight battles and we were pushing quite hard - I was the one who came out on top on the last lap.
"The wins came at the right time, so it gives me a good chance to see what I can do in this championship at the last round. It's going to be hard work at the final round, but I will try my best as always and hopefully get some wins for this championship."
The Australian Superbike Championship will conclude at Queensland Raceway on September 15-16th.
Superbike Round Results:
1. Wayne MAXWELL 51
2. Joshua WATERS (Team Suzuki) 40
3. Jamie STAUFFER 36
4. Glenn ALLERTON 34
5. Robert BUGDEN (Team Volvo Group Suzuki) 30
6. Ben ATTARD (Team Suzuki) 30
7. Scott CHARLTON (Suzuki) 30
8. John PHELAN 24
9. Ben HOOKE 21
10. Beau BEATON (Suzuki) 13
Superbike Championship Standings (after 6 of 7 rounds):
1. Joshua WATERS (Team Suzuki) 247.5
2. Wayne MAXWELL 228
3. Jamie STAUFFER 200.5
4. Glenn ALLERTON 198
5. Robert BUGDEN (Team Volvo Group Suzuki) 180
6. Ben ATTARD (Team Suzuki) 178.5
7. Scott CHARLTON (Suzuki) 159
8. Ben HENRY (Suzuki) 147.5
9. Brodie WATERS (Team Suzuki) 45
10. Chris TROUNSON 26
Supersport Round Results:
1. Brodie WATERS (Team Suzuki) 50
2. Josh HOOK 38
3. Mitchell CARR 38
4. Glenn SCOTT 34
5. Brendan CLARKE 31
6. Levi DAY 29
7. Adam SENIOR 26
8. James HOOGENBOEZEM 24
9. Chris QUINN 17
10. Mitch LEVY (Suzuki) 14
Supersport Championship Standings (after 4 of 5 rounds):
1. Mitchell CARR 141.5
2. Brodie WATERS (Team Suzuki) 141
3. Josh HOOK 137
4. Glenn SCOTT 123
5. Levi DAY 95
6. Chris QUINN 94.5
7. Adam SENIOR 86.5
8. Brendan CLARKE 55.5
9. Mitch LEVY (Suzuki) 53.5
10. Christan CASELLA 49.5