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Oct 14, 2010

Josh Galster Plans To Return To AMA Pro In 2011 After Winning Five 2010 MRA Class Titles

Josh Galster in MRA action.
Josh Galster will be making a charge at the AMA Nationals next year after winning 5 Class Championships in the MRA.

With the last race weekend finished for the MRA series, Galster owned the Middleweight Supersport, Middleweight Superbike, Heavyweight Supersport, Heavyweight Superbike, and the Race of the Rockies GTU Championships. He also finished the year 3rd overall in the premier 1000cc, Race of the Rockies GTO. He managed all this on his 2007 Kawasaki ZX-6R backed by Slednecks and BAZI, with an EDR Performance-built motor with Bazzaz Performance electronics and a LeoVince Exhaust. He's had the best of tires with Dunlop and was protected all year with Arai helmets that were custom painted by Harris Custom Paint Designs. Grandprix Motorsports in Colorado backed Galster along with the California Superbike School.

Saturday was an amazing day out at High Plains Raceway with great racing and great weather. Josh Galster and Dalton Dimick battled back and forth in both Middleweight and Heavyweight Supersport and both were able to take a win, with the finishing margins less than 0.015 of a second. In the Middleweight Supersport race, Galster lost by only 0.005 of a second, basically losing because of the location of his transponder which was already on the fork tube. But even with the close finishes, Galster was able to win both championships.

Sunday was a completely different day with rains in the morning and a cold, windy day throughout. With the practice and qualifying sessions on rain tires, but with the rain stopping and the track drying out, it made for always changing conditions. In the Middleweight Superbike race the track was mostly dry, except for Turn 2 and Turn 3, where there were many puddles and a rider high-sided himself off the start by getting on the gas too hard through the puddles - out came the red flag. On the restart, Galster and Dimick again battled back and forth and it all came down to who got through the puddles the best before heading on the long back straight. Galster was able to come away with the win and take another championship. In the Race of the Rockies GTU race it was another battle, but this time Galster was on the wrong side of the battle. Galster was faster in the entrances of the corners and was making moves to take the lead, but Dimick was protecting the inside line where he came in hot and ran wide and Galster was on the outside to make the pass. They made contact and Galster was pushed off the track and into the dirt where he lost heaps of time but was able to finish in 2nd and take the premier 600cc championship in Race of the Rockies GTU class.

In the Heavyweight Superbike race Galster got the hole shot and rode to a large margin and took the win and another championship. Coming into the Race of the Rockies GTO race Galster was only 3 points back from 2nd in the championship, and he rode his 600cc bike in the premier 1000cc class for the the last race of his year. This would also be the last time Galster would be on his faithful 2007 ZX-6R and after the start he found himself 6th and was held up for two lap before he made the passes to slot into 4th. By that time the top 3 riders were off in the distance, but Galster charged to catch them but was not making in-roads so he decided to enjoy the race and comfortably finished in 4th place. With the 4th place finish in that race he solidified himself 3rd in the Championship. The Race of the Rockies GTO class is the class where the Number 1 plate is determined, and it is a great privilege for Galster to hold the Number 3 plate being on an underpowered Supersport bike going up against full-on 1000cc Superbikes.

A huge thanks to Slednecks, BAZI, EDR Performance, California Superbike School, Bazzaz Performance, Dunlop, Grandprix Motorsports, Arai, LeoVince, Attack Performance, Lockhart Phillips, and all his family, friends, and fans.