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Jul 14, 2010

Iso, Lenz, Lewis, Winter Win USGPRU Races At Thunderhill

Willows, CA. - July 11, 2010 - The Pilot 125GP race started with Jake Lewis on pole. Nobi Iso, Peter Lenz and Debra Barton filled out the rest of the front row. Lewis led the field through turn one on his Veloce Racing Aprilia with teammate Iso in tow. Barton, who was impressive all weekend, suffered a crash in turn six when another racer collided with her. With the Aprilias out in front, Lenz had his hands full with Andre Ochs and Lex Hartl, in a knock-down, drag-out battle for the final podium spot. With two laps to go, Hartl started to fade back leaving Ochs to continue pressuring Lenz for third. Lenz powered forward and held on for third place. Meanwhile, at the front, Iso was looking comfortable following Lewis, who was looking for his fifth straight win of the year. Lewis even set a new 125GP track record with a 1:55.275. On the white flag lap, the crafty veteran Iso closed the small gap to Lewis. Iso exited the final turn in perfect position, and drafted past his teammate at the checkered flag for the win.

Peter Lenz won a fantastic battle with Andrea Ochs in the REV'IT! Moriwaki MD250H Powered by HONDA race. Lenz led the pack early on, until Ochs passed on lap 4. On the last lap, Lenz re-passed Ochs coming down the hill in the back section of the track. With one final Herculean effort, Ochs dove into turn 14 underneath Lenz. But Lenz came out of the final turn in the lead, and held it down the front straight to claim victory.

In the Rising Sun Cycles / GPTech Moto3 race, Jake Lewis was looking to return to his winning ways. Yet again, he led the field at the start. Nobi Iso, was determined to repeat his earlier performance and on lap 2, threw down the fastest lap of this race. However, Lewis rode consistently fast out front, and managed his sizable lead over Iso and claimed the win. Lex Hartl ran a solid race for third while being chased by Michael Aquino on his Yamaha TZ250, powered by a 450 four-stroke.

Vince Rolleri was the pre-race favorite in the Moto Liberty/RS Taichi 250GP race as he has won every race he has entered this season. Rolleri stormed off to the front in usual fashion while Kevin Winter and Andre Benguerel battled for second. Rolleri looked set to continuing his perfect season, when the fickle finger of fate stepped in and the race announcer said, "Rolleri has this one in the bag". Rolleri's TZ250 suffered a mechanical failure, and he was forced to abandon the race. With a few laps to go, Winter was leading his hard fought battle with Benguerel and was able hold on for his first win of the season.

The USGPRU would like to thank the AFM for hosting an excellent weekend of racing, particularly Shawn, Barbara, Paddy and Mary for all of their hard work and hospitality!

Pilot 125GP results:
1. Nobi Iso (Apr)
2. Jake Lewis, (Apr)
3. Peter Lenz, (Hon)
4. Andre Ochs, (Hon)
5. Lex Hartl, (Hon)
6. Joe Roberts, (Hon)
7. Gerry Signorelli, (Hon)
8. Tucker Lancaster, (Hon)
9. Andrew Artola, (Hon)
10. Phillip Krenn, (Hon)
11. Kevin Murray, (M.C.E.)
12. John Freidle, (Hon)
13. Debra Baron, (Hon) (DNF)

REV'IT! Moriwaki MD250H:
1. Peter Lenz, (Mor)
2. Andre Ochs, (Mor)
3. Lex Hartl, (Mor) (DNS)

Rising Sun Cycles/GPTech Moto3:
1. Jake Lewis, (Apr)
2. Nobi Iso, (Apr)
3. Lex Hartl, (Hon)
4. Michael Aquino, (Yam)
5. Andre Ochs, (Hon)
6. Gerry Signorelli, (Hon) (DNF)
7. Peter Lenz, (Hon) (DNF)
8. Tucker Lancaster, (Hon) (DNF)

Moto Liberty/RS Taichi 250GP
1. Kevin Winter, (Yam)
2. Andrea Benguerel, (Hon)
3. Vincent Rolleri, (Yam) (DNF)
4. Erik Kolstoe, (Yam) (DNS)
5. Phillip Krenn, (Hon) (DNS)


About USGPRU
The USGPRU is the officially recognized Motorcycle 125 Grand Prix National Championship ®, 250 Grand Prix National Championship TM series, and Moriwaki MD250H youth racing series. The USGPRU emulates true World MotoGP racing experience and serves to attract young riders to gain experience in a professional environment and provide a path to world-class motorcycle racing. The USGPRU structures events with extended length grand prix racing exclusive to the GP machines, timed qualifying and strong contingency and sponsor support. For additional details, visit www.USGPRU.net