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May 4, 2011

Kelsey Wins Three CMRA Races In The Wet At Eagles Canyon Raceway

Danny Kelsey (34) in action in the wet at Eagles Canyon Raceway. Photo by Foto41.com/Barry Nichols, courtesy of CMRA

The Central Motorcycle Roadracing Association (CMRA) held its third event of the 2011 season at Eagles Canyon Raceway in Decatur, Texas, this past weekend, and 419 entrants, including 31 Mini endurance teams, signed up to have a go at the long and winding 2.5 mile, 11 turn course. The events of the weekend proved to be nothing less than wild, too, thanks mostly to the weather. The conditions for Saturday's Mini sprint races and 8-hour Mini endurance race were largely typical of Texas this time of year, with partly cloudy skies and temperatures in the lower 80 degree F range, although winds were quite gusty at times. All week long, however, the forecasters were calling for thunderstorms, and those storms finally blew into the area in the wee hours of Sunday morning, bringing with them threatening lightning, pouring rain, blustery winds and temperatures that plummeted into the upper 40 degree F range by the end of the day. The heavy weather especially the lightning created a situation that caused race control to combine races and compress the day's schedule. Racing was delayed until after the lunch hour, and no one present could immediately recall the last time that had happened at a CMRA race.

But before the weather turned sour on Sunday, 31 Mini endurance teams gridded up on Saturday to battle it out in the 8-hour Mini endurance race that featured a rich $2500 cash purse offered by Shogun/Brooks Gremmels. Every team wanted to pocket a chunk of that cash, but at the end of the day, it was Davis Rod and Cycle (Jesse Davis, Ryan Andrews, Steve Guynes, Derek Thomas), riding a rented Kawasaki EX250 who captured the overall win, the win in the Formula 4 class, and pocketed the most Shogun prize money. After 8 hours of racing, the team won the race by less than a lap over the EX250 of Anderson & Sons (Dirk Anderson, Shea Anderson, James Camacho, Jr., Darrell Ricks) and the EX250 of RMJ Racing (Brandon Altmeyer, Ryan Max Johnson, Keith Hertell, Mark Tuttle). The winners wouldn't have it easy, though, as they had to fight to get back into the lead after a collision with RMJ Racing in the first hour of racing that shuffled the two teams down in the order.

Sunday's sprint racing took place under some of the most miserable conditions imaginable for road racing. Some racers opted not to risk it in the slick conditions, and parked their bikes, but others gridded up to have a run at the track in the very slick conditions, with many getting caught out by the treacherous track. Still others were lucky by default - the CMRA's Overall #1 plate holder, Ty Howard, was out of the country on business, and couldn't have picked a better weekend to be absent from the race track. As one racer remarked while sitting on the soaking wet grid for a race late in the day, "This isn't really racing. The guy who doesn't fall down is the winner."

In the Expert ranks, Daniel Adams survived the elements and came home one of the biggest winners on the day, claiming wins in the Formula 2 Expert, Lightweight Twins Expert and Superbike D Expert classes on his Suzuki SV650. For Adams, it was a breakout day, as he beat his arch rival, resident CMRA fast guy, Darrell "DJ" Ricks, who has been unbeatable of late. After the races Adams said, "I had been watching the weather all week and I was ready for this. I told myself that this would be the weekend to make something happen. I like ECR, but I've never ridden in the rain here before. Man, I got to tell you, it was something else out there!" Danny Kelsey also had a good day in the Expert division, claiming wins in the Formula 1 Expert, Superbike A Expert and RaceworX Superstock A Expert races on his Honda CBR1000RR. At the end of the day Kelsey would say, "There was no way I was going to try and ride faster than I needed to win my races. Trying to go too fast on that track today would mean crashing. A lot of people tried that, and it didn't work."

In the Novice group, Jose Silva had a big day. Riding a Kawasaki ZX-6R, Silva managed to win six races, Lone Star Track Days Superstock B Novice, Moto Liberty Superstock C Novice, OnRoad OffRoad Suspension Superstock A Novice, Superbike B Novice, Formula 1 Novice and Ridesmart Motorcycle School Superbike C Novice. Silva's day wasn't perfect however, as he fell victim to the slick conditions in the Superbike A Novice race, crashing out. Also having a strong day in the Novice division was Ryan Max Johnson. On Saturday Johnson fell in the mini endurance race, bruising his ankle, but on Sunday it didn't seem to bother him much and he claimed wins in four races on his Suzuki SV650, Road & Track Suspension Formula 2 Novice, Ridesmart Motorcycle School Lightweight Twins Novice, OnRoad OffRoad Superstock D Novice and Fastline Motorcycle School Superbike D Novice.

The CMRA now heads to Hallett Motor Racing Circuit in Hallett, Oklahoma, on May 20 22, where the CMRA will host a full day of racer practice day on Friday, a 2-hour Mini endurance race and a 5-hour Big Bike endurance on Saturday, and a complete schedule of Mini and Big Bike sprint races on Sunday. For more information about the CMRA, including detailed schedules and race results, visit: www.cmraracing.com.

Results - CMRA Eagles Canyon Raceway Decatur, TX April 30-May 1

FORMULA 1 EXPERT: 1. Danny Kelsey (Hon CBR1000RR); 2. Eddie Thornton (Yam YZF-R6); 3. William Guthrie (BMW S1000RR); 4. James Caraballo (Kaw ZX-10R).

ROAD & TRACK SUSPENSION FORMULA 1 NOVICE: 1. Jose Silva (Kaw ZX-6R); 2. Anthony Hill (Yam YZF-R1); 3. Rune Medhus (Duc 1198S); 4. Peyton Inge (Kaw ZX-10R).

RACEWORX A SUPERSTOCK EXPERT: 1. Danny Kelsey (Hon CBR1000RR); 2. Eddie Thornton (Yam YZF-R6); 3. Brandt Dillon (Suz GSX-R1000); 4. John Deuser (Suz GSX-R750); 5. Harry Tomlinson (Suz GSX-R1000); 6. William Guthrie (BMW S1000RR).

ONROAD OFFROAD SUSPENSION A SUPERSTOCK NOVICE: 1. Jose Silva (Kaw ZX-6R); 2. Peyton Inge (Kaw ZX-10R); 3. Rune Medhus (Duc 1198S); 4. Tim Cox (Hon CBR1000RR); 5. Joe Rodriguez (Hon CBR1000RR); 6. Joseph B. Toner (Yam YZF-R1).

B SUPERSTOCK EXPERT: 1. Carlos Lescale (Yam YZF-R6); 2. Briar Baum (Yam YZF-R6); 3. Alan Phillips (Yam YZF-R6); 4. Conner Blevins (Kaw ZX-6R); 5. Thierry Bareille (Yam YZF-R6); 6. Rebecca Caudle (Kaw ZX-6R).

LONE STAR TRACK DAYS B SUPERSTOCK NOVICE: 1. Jose Silva (Kaw ZX-6R); 2. Peyton Inge (Kaw ZX-6R); 3. Hayden Schultz (Suz GSX-R600); 4. Sammy Olivarez (Yam YZF-R6); 5. Patrick Kelly (Apr RSV1000); 6. Craig Thomson (Yam YZF-R6).

SOUTH CENTRAL RACE CENTER C SUPERSTOCK EXPERT: 1. Briar Baum (Yam YZF-R6); 2. Alan Phillips (Yam YZF-R6); 3. Carlos Lescale (Yam YZF-R6); 4. Eddie Thornton (Yam YZF-R6); 5. Blake Cochran (Yam YZF-R6); 6. Alonzo Contreras (Yam YZF-R6).

MOTO LIBERTY C SUPERSTOCK NOVICE: 1. Jose Silva (Kaw ZX-6R); 2. Hayden Schultz (Suz GSX-R600); 3. Craig Thomson (Yam YZF-R6); 4. Robert Lingo (Yam YZF-R6); 5. Mark Windham (Suz GSX-R600); 6. Sammy Olivarez (Yam YZF-R6).

D SUPERSTOCK EXPERT: 1. Austin Gore (Suz SV650); 2. Shawn Adams (Suz SV650); 3. Eric Falt (Suz SV650); 4. Daniel Adams (Suz SV650); 5. Darrell Ricks (Suz SV650); 6. Andrew Sukach (Suz SV650).

ON ROAD OFF ROAD CYCLES D SUPERSTOCK NOVICE: 1. Ryan Max Johnson (Suz SV650); 2. Noah Reese (Suz SV650); 3. Juan De Hoyos (Suz SV650); 4. Justin Pool (Hon CB400F); 5. Josh Henke (Suz SV650); 6. Frank Rodriguez (Suz SV650).

RENT MY NINJA.COM E SUPERSTOCK: 1. Brandon Altmeyer (Kaw EX250); 2. Ryan Max Johnson (Kaw EX250); 3. Alan Phillips (Kaw EX250); 4. Austin Gore (Kaw EX250); 5. Dustin Dominguez (Kaw EX250); 6. Brad Schutz (Kaw EX250).

A SUPERBIKE EXPERT: 1. Danny Kelsey (Hon CBR1000RR); 2. William Guthrie (BMW S1000RR); 3. Craig Montgomery (KTM RC8).

A SUPERBIKE NOVICE: 1. Thomas Delaney (Hon CBR1000RR); 2. Anthony Hill (Yam YZF-R1); 3. Rune Medhus (Duc 1198S); 4. Jose Silva (Kaw ZX-6R).

B SUPERBIKE EXPERT: 1. Carlos Lescale (Yam YZF-R6); 2. Alan Phillips (Yam YZF-R6); 3. Alonzo Contreras (Yam YZF-R6); 4. Briar Baum (Yam YZF-R6); 5. Garet Tomlinson (Yam YZF-R6); 6. Conner Blevins (Kaw ZX-6R).

B SUPERBIKE NOVICE: 1. Jose Silva (Kaw ZX-6R); 2. Patrick Kelly (Apr RSV1000); 3. Mark Wall (Yam YZF-R6).

ISLAND RACING SERVICES C SUPERBIKE EXPERT: 1. Briar Baum (Yam YZF-R6); 2. Alan Phillips (Yam YZF-R6); 3. Carlos Lescale (Yam YZF-R6); 4. Alonzo Contreras (Yam YZF-R6); 5. Eddie Thornton (Yam YZF-R6); 6. Blake Cochran (Yam YZF-R6).

RIDESMART MOTORCYCLE SCHOOL C SUPERBIKE NOVICE: 1. Jose Silva (Kaw ZX-6R); 2. Peyton Inge (Kaw ZX-6R); 3. Hayden Schultz (Suz GSX-R600); 4. Mark Windham (Suz GSX-R600); 5. David Hildebrand (Suz GSX-R600); 6. Jacob Pearson (Yam YZF-R6).

D SUPERBIKE EXPERT: 1. Daniel Adams (Suz SV650); 2. Darrell Ricks (Suz SV650); 3. Austin Gore (Suz SV650); 4. Shawn Adams (Suz SV650); 5. Mark Kline (Hon CBR600F2); 6. Bill Erzal (Suz GSX-R600).

FASTLINE MOTORCYCLE SCHOOL D SUPERBIKE NOVICE: 1. Ryan Max Johnson (Suz SV650); 2. Noah Reese (Suz SV650); 3. Josh Henke (Suz SV650).

ROOKIE EXPERT: 1. Eddie Thornton (Yam YZF-R6); 2. Thierry Bareille (Yam YZF-R6).

FORMULA 2 EXPERT: 1. Daniel Adams (Suz SV650); 2. Darrell Ricks (Suz SV650); 3. Austin Gore (Suz SV650); 4. Bill Adams (Suz SV650); 5. Dustin Ducote (Hon CBR400RR); 6. Bill Syfan (Hon RS125).

ROAD & TRACK SUSPENSION FORMULA 2 NOVICE: 1. Ryan Max Johnson (Suz SV650); 2. Noah Reese (Suz SV650); 3. Vincent Petrella (Suz GSX-R600); 4. Josh Henke (Suz SV650); 5. Frank Rodriguez (Suz SV650).

125GP: 1. James Camacho Jr. (Hon RS125); 2. Wyatt Sperry (Hon RS125); 3. Eric Williams (Hon RS85).

FORMULA 40 HEAVYWEIGHT EXPERT: 1. John Deuser (Suz GSX-R750); 2. John Orchard (Yam YZF-R6); 3. Adrian Marquez (Suz GSX-R600).

FORMULA 40 HEAVYWEIGHT NOVICE: 1. Steve Ebeling (Suz GSX-R1000); 2. Robert Lingo (Yam YZF-R6); 3. Thomas Delaney (Hon CBR1000RR); 4. Rune Medhus (Duc 1198S); 5. Patrick Kelly (Apr RSV1000); 6. Tim Cox (Hon CBR1000RR).

FORMULA 40 LIGHTWEIGHT EXPERT: 1. Bill Adams (Suz SV650); 2. Steven Isenhower (Hon CBR600F3); 3. Eric Falt (Suz SV650); 4. Bill Syfan (Hon RS125); 5. Mark Kline (Hon CBR600F2); 6. Billy Pedro (Suz SV650).

FORMULA 40 LIGHTWEIGHT NOVICE: 1. Juan De Hoyos (Suz SV650); 2. Karl Hansen (Hon CBR600); 3. Frank Rodriguez (Suz SV650).

HEAVYWEIGHT TWINS EXPERT: 1. Craig Montgomery (KTM RC8); 2. Ryan Warren (Tri Day 675); 3. Ronnie Hay (Duc 1098).

RODRIGUEZ CABINETS HEAVYWEIGHT TWINS NOVICE: 1. Rune Medhus (Duc 1198S); 2. Patrick Kelly (Apr RSV1000).

LIGHTWEIGHT TWINS EXPERT: 1. Daniel Adams (Suz SV650); 2. Austin Gore (Suz SV650); 3. Shawn Adams (Suz SV650); 4. Bill Syfan (Hon RS125); 5. James Camacho Jr. (Hon RS125); 6. Darrell Ricks (Suz SV650).

RIDESMART LIGHTWEIGHT TWINS NOVICE: 1. Ryan Max Johnson (Suz SV650); 2. Noah Reese (Suz SV650); 3. Josh Henke (Suz SV650).

CLUBMAN: 1. Ryan Ambrose (Tri Bon 650); 2. Justin Pool (Hon CB400F); 3. Eric Williams (Hon RS85); 4. Jerrett Martin (Tri Bon 650); 5. Ryan Kilburn (Kaw EX250).

CLASSIC UNLIMITED: 1. Joe Rodriguez (Duc 748R); 2. Steven Isenhower (Hon CBR600F3); 3. Vincent Petrella (Suz GSX-R600); 4. Bill Erzal (Suz GSX-R600).

UNLIMITED MOTARD: 1. Randolph Del Greco (Apr SXV 5.5); 2. David Tipton (KTM 690).

K&N YAMAHA JUNIOR MOTARD: 1. Logan Roy (KTM 50).

ROAD & TRACK FORMULA 4: 1. Eric Williams (Hon RS85); 2. Ryan Max Johnson (Kaw EX250); 3. Brandon Altmeyer (Kaw EX250); 4. Dustin Dominguez (Kaw EX250); 5. Michael Edwards (Apr RS125); 6. Jeff Hughes (Kaw EX2500.

ONROAD OFFROAD SUSPENSION FORMULA 5: 1. Jay Newton (Hon NSF100); 2. Nick Doolan (Hon RS65); 3. Roger Albert (Hon CRF150); 4. Lee Henry (Hon CRF150); 5. Joy Size (Kaw KLX160); 6. Ryan Warren (KTM 65).

ONROAD OFF ROAD SUSPENSION FORMULA 6: 1. Jay Newton (Hon NSR100); 2. Roger Albert (Hon XR100); 3. Kacey White (Apr RS50); 4. Dylan Holman (Hon NSR50); 5. Cooper McDonald (Yam TTR110).

FORMULA 7: 1. Dylan Holman (Hon NSR50); 2. Kacey White (Apr RS50); 3. Cooper McDonald (Yam TTR110).

SHOGUN MOTORSPORTS 8-HOUR MINI ENDURANCE: 1. Davis Rod and Cycle (Jesse Davis/Ryan Andrews/Steve Guynes/Derek Thomas), Kaw EX250, Formula 4, 293 laps; 2. Anderson & Sons (Dirk Anderson/Shea Anderson/J.C. Camacho, Jr./DJ Ricks), Kaw EX250, Formula 4, 293 laps; 3. RMJ Racing (Brandon Altmeyer/Ryan Max Johnson/Keith Hertell/Mark Tuttle), Kaw EX250, Formula 4, 290 laps; 4. Howlie Boyz (Dean Thimjon/Jason Swan/Jim Swan), Kaw EX250, Formula 4, 286 laps; 5. RG&D Racing (Aaron Gore/Austin Gore/Dustin Dominguez/Clayton Schutz/Alan Phillips), Kaw EX250, Formula 4, 286 laps; 6. RyderHard Racing (Ken Ryder/Jane Ryder/Mark Niemi/Olay Bayramoglu), Kaw EX250, Formula 4, 280 laps.