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Jun 18, 2001

Harwell's Success Continues On Sunday In 2001 WERA Cycle Jam At VIR

Arclight Suzuki's Scott Harwell was again the winningest rider at the WERA Cycle Jam Sunday, June 17 at Virginia International Raceway. Harwell used Metzeler DOT-labeled tires to take wins in both Open Superstock, on a GSX-R1000, and Heavyweight Twins, on a TL1000R. Harwell came up two bikelengths short of a hat-trick win in the 750cc Superstock race.

Full Spectrum Racing's John Jacobi took the 750cc Superstock class win on Metzeler tires ahead of Harwell, Brian Stokes, Glenn Szarek riding a TL1000R, and Ken Snyder. Jacobi was the only rider to mount a new rear tire during the second of two red-flag breaks during the 750cc event. Szarek highsided out of the first attempted start of the 750cc Superstock final. Szarek was run over by Team Xtreme's Jamie Lane who was closely following Szarek at the exit of turn two and had nowhere to go. Lane was unable to make the re-start. Quentin Mise also crashed in the incident as he took evasive action to avoid Szarek but was able to line up on the grid for the next attempt to start the race.

Szarek re-started the race on his Vesrah Suzuki teammate Mark Junge's GSX-R600. When the race was red-flagged a second time for a crash involving Shogun Motorsports' Ty Howard, Szarek switched to his Suzuki V-Twin.

Howard highsided trying to pass another rider in turn four and broke his left wrist. Howard expects to be out of action for two months as his wrist will require surgery.

Szarek's luck nearly ran out completely later Sunday in the Heavyweight Twins race. Szarek highsided in the same spot where he had in the 750 race. Harwell, who was tucked in right behind Szarek, nearly hit a wall when he ran off the track to miss Szarek, and the race was red-flagged so that Szarek could receive medical attention.

Although Szarek was quickly loaded into an ambulance and transported away from the track before re-gaining consciousness, the VIR paramedics who attended to Szarek later said that he re-gained consciousness during the ride to the hospital. Aside from a concussion, Szarek escaped injury.

Szarek crashed three times Sunday and a total of four times during the weekend.

Harwell won the re-started Heavyweight Twins race by six seconds over Bill St. John and Tapeworks' Russell Masecar.

Szarek's teammate Junge did not like losing to Harwell in the Open Superstock race, and Junge took it out on the 600cc Superstock field. Junge won the 10-lap race by six seconds. New track record holder Paul Harrell came from the 12th row and second wave of the grid on his Yamaha YZF-R6 to finish second ahead of Stokes and Larry Denning. Harrell missed an chance to lower his lap record when the race program ran behind schedule and Harrell had to leave the track to catch a plane back to California.

Jason Peters won his fourth consecutive WERA 125cc Grand Prix race, beating Brian Kcraget and his teammate Tyler Schmidt, but Peters was not able to beat Jason DiSalvo in Formula Two again on Sunday. DiSalvo's tuner John Mowatt raised the needle position in the kit carbs of DiSalvo's Honda RS250 to make the bike rideable, and DiSalvo ran away with the Formula Two win by 10 seconds over Ben Walters, Jr. and Peters. DiSalvo opted to sit out the Formula One race rather than risk any incidents before his wild card ride in the up-coming Assen 250cc Grand Prix.

Shogun Motorsports' Joe Prussiano ended the day with a win in Formula One on his Yamaha YZF-R1 over Douglas Duane and Curry Justice. Duane, riding a GSX-R750, took a win in 750cc Superbike earlier in the day.