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Sep 8, 2001

Himmelsbach And Wood Clinch Formula USA National Championships At Portland

<BR>Blackmans Cycles Aprilia's Michael Himmelsbach took his fourth win out of five F-USA National Road Race Series Unlimited GP rounds Saturday at Portland International Raceway and clinched his first four-stroke National Championship. Himmelsbach got a good start, pulled out a comfortable lead on his Pirelli-DOT-equipped RSV1000R, and won the race by four seconds over Edge Motorsports teammate of Michael Fitzpatrick and Greg Leffler, both on Suzuki GSX-R750s.<BR><BR>Penguin Racing School/Bitwrench Incorporated's Jeff Wood needed one single point to clinch the GPRA/F-USA 250cc Grand Prix National Road Race Series Championship at Portland. So Wood decided to leave his Yamaha TZ250 at home and run his Aprilia Challenge Cup RS250 in Saturday's 250cc Grand Prix at Portland to take seventh place, more than enough for 26-year-old Wood to capture his first National Championship.<BR><BR>Bridgestone/Speed Tune's Ed Sorbo won the GPRA/F-USA 250cc Grand Prix race at Portland thanks in part to a 10 mph top speed advantage his Yamaha TZ250 had over the next-fastest machine. Patrick Dowd finished second in the race just in front of Kory Gill, Michael Ellsworth, and Roadracing World Editor John Ulrich.<BR><BR>Results From Saturday's Formula USA National Road Race Series:<BR>Unlimited Grand Prix:<BR>1. Michael Himmelsbach, Aprilia RSV1000R<BR>2. Michael Fitzpatrick, Suzuki GSX-R750<BR>3. Greg Leffler, Suzuki GSX-R750<BR>4. Karl Schenk, Yamaha YZF-R1<BR>5. Dan Wilson, Suzuki GSX-R750<BR><BR>250cc Grand Prix:<BR>1. Ed Sorbo, Yamaha TZ250<BR>2. Patrick Dowd, Yamaha TZ250<BR>3. Kory Gill, Yamaha TZ250<BR>4. Michael Ellsworth, Yamaha TZ250<BR>5. John Ulrich, Yamaha TZ250<BR>6. Stephen Dahlstrom, Yamaha TZ250<BR>7. Jeff Wood, Aprilia RS250<BR>8. Kurt Husted, Yamaha TZ250<BR>9. Dan Fischer, Aprilia RS250<BR>10. David Matthews, Yamaha TZ250<BR><BR>125cc Grand Prix:<BR>1. Quentin Wilson, Honda RS125<BR>2. Stewart Aitken-Cade, Honda RS125<BR>3. Kevin Smith, Honda RS125<BR>4. Jerry Berkey, Honda RS125<BR>5. Leslie Green, Honda RS125<BR>6. Jonah Miller, Aprilia RS125R<BR>7. Karl Gaines, Honda RS125<BR><BR>Amateur 600cc Supersport:<BR>1. Paulo Mariano, Suzuki GSX-R600<BR>2. Ricky Fraiser, Yamaha YZF-R6<BR>3. Kevin Thomas, Yamaha YZF-R6<BR>4. Tony Tinsley, Suzuki GSX-R600<BR>