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May 16, 2018

Kyle Ohnsorg Wins 14 Races, Breaks Track Record During CRA Season-Opener At Brainerd

Kyle Ohnsorg. Photo by Brad Knight, courtesy of CRA.

Ohnsorg Wins 14 Races, Sets New Track Record During CRA Round One

Brainerd, MN – Kyle Ohnsorg came out swinging in the first round of the 2018 Central Roadracing Association season at held on Brainerd International Raceway’s Donnybrooke Course, taking home 14 race wins and breaking his existing track record for good measure. He didn’t have it easy in every race, facing stiff competition numerous times in his quest to take back the Championship title from 2017 Champion, Fisk Brothers Racing’s Brian Hebeisen.

The main attraction for the May CRA weekend is the annual running of the Framstad Cup, named in honor of Don Framstad. The tortoise vs. hare style race always produces a unique and exciting atmosphere and the 2018 edition was no different, aside from the addition of a couple of very special guests: Don’s niece Celeste and her daughter Ava who made the trip to Brainerd to watch the race. After losing out by the narrowest of margins in the 2017 Framstad Cup, Scott Stall was looking to add the Framstad Cup to his long list of CRA victories but former winners Christian Schmidt & Justin Ebnet, along with Kyle Ohnsorg, Chris Spargo, Derek Gallion, Justin Miest and a host of other riders were all planning to bring the victory home themselves. The race started as it always does, one row at a time with 1-3 riders per row at previously determined intervals. Once on lap 4, the field started condensing and it started to become apparent that the race was going to go to Nate Minster, Derek Gallion, Christian Schmidt or Chris Spargo. On the last lap of the race Chris Spargo led into the entry of the final corner on his Honda RS125 when seemingly from out of nowhere, Bell Helmets rider Christian Schmidt charged up the inside on his Schmalenberg Racing Services Kawasaki ZX-10R and powered away to his second Framstad Cup. Christian’s second victory in this classic race showcased exactly what it is all about – the best riders in an all action brawl to the front in five laps on all manner of machinery with the final result in doubt until the winner crosses the finish line.

A new addition to the program for 2018 is the Michelin Cup race, open to any rider with Michelin covering the entry fees for all competitors running Michelin tires. The brainchild of Trackside Labs owner Brandon Punt and David Grey of Sportbike Tire Service, the Michelin Cup is a 12-lap race which was split into two separate 12-lap races due to the large number of entrants in the race (one for big bikes, one for small bikes). Both the GP0/GP1/GP2 and the GP3/GP4 races saw most of the field spread out after a few laps as Derek Gallion took overall victory in the GP0/GP1/GP2 race and Jake Schmotter brought home the overall win in the GP3/GP4 class. The race achieved many of its intended goals, to create a new and exciting race to get people talking about Michelin and to get their riders some more track time, with roughly 60% of all riders gridding up for the race running the French rubber.

Aside from the specialty races, the big draw for the weekend was undoubtedly the Unlimited class. Weather conditions throughout the entire weekend were almost perfect and expectations were high for a new track record to be set. During Saturday’s Unlimited Supersport race, Kyle Ohnsorg’s best lap was only 0.3 seconds away from the lap record, a mighty impressive feat when the fact that he was on Pirelli DOTs. Lining up for the Unlimited Superbike race, both Kyle Ohnsorg and Scott Stall firmly believed that Ohnsorg’s current lap record of 1:39.412 wasn’t going to be around for much longer. They were right. Ohnsorg and Stall were nose-to-tail right from the start, with Stall leading lap one on his Farrell Performance Kawasaki ZX-10R. Ohnsorg used this to good effect, tucking into Stall’s draft down Brainerd International Raceway’s ¾ mile long front straight on his Husman Race Engineering BMW S1000RR. As the two former CRA champions exited turn ten on lap two, the first timed lap, Ohnsorg dove up the inside of Stall and crossed the timing loop in the lead, setting a new lap record of 1:39.188 on his Pirelli slicks in the process. What followed was one of the closest Unlimited races in recent CRA history, with Stall and Ohnsorg passing each other multiple times per lap. With the battle heating up, the chances of the lap record falling became unlikely but the competition between the two front runners made that just a footnote. Ohnsorg led Stall into the final corner on the last lap but Stall threw it up the inside in a last-ditch effort to take the win. While Stall wasn’t carrying so much speed that he ran excessively wide on the corner exit, Ohnsorg was still able to square the corner off and get the power down to retake the lead in the short section of track between the exit of turn ten and the finish line to add the race win to his new lap record.

The Middleweight/Heavyweight Novice class was all about Justin Miest on his Husman Race Engineering Yamaha R6. Mike Husman brought Miest into the team this year to help them defend their 2017 Novice championship and it was clear when it was announced that he was a good choice. What was a bit of a surprise was that Miest appeared to be a seasoned-expert dressed as a novice with his gap to second place consistently between 30-40 seconds. His performances saw him pass most of the expert field while starting from the second wave of the race and it’s clear that he will be a force to be reckoned with throughout 2018, whether or not he bumps from novice to expert.

The Lightweight class was thrown into a minor tailspin for most of the weekend as undisputed Lightweight champ, John Champ, developing mechanical issues with his two Suzuki SV650s during Friday practice that ranged in seriousness from “well, that bike is done for the weekend” to “No. Way. I don’t know if that can be fixed by next weekend.” With a massive multi-team effort behind them, Champ racing was able to make one functioning engine out of the two troublesome powerplants and get everything finished with just seconds to spare before he needed to go on track for his last race of the day on Saturday. The crew’s efforts were recognized by many as Champ received many high-fives, fist-bumps and even an occasional gentle caress from his competitors when he rolled up to the pre-grid to enter the track for the warm up lap. Champ used that race as a systems check and pulled off before the end, which was unfortunate as the battle between himself and multi-race winner, Derek Gallion, could have been an entertaining one. Champ took up his normal position at the front during Sunday’s races and we are hoping that Brian Rogers, Anthony Marcinek and Bill Plucky can close the gap to Champ a bit during the June event.

The Featherweight class was expected to produce close racing as usual and it did not disappoint, even if the class was essentially owned by Kyle Ohnsorg and his brother Kurt. Saturday’s Featherweight Supersport Expert race was a lonely race for Kyle at the front as the expected challenge from MotoAmerica rider Nate Minster on his Spears Racing Yamaha R3 failed to materialize. Minster clearly felt the love from his many fans at Brainerd International Raceway and took the battle to Kyle in every Featherweight race on Sunday, unfortunately coming home empty-handed in the win column but challenging Kyle down to the line in each race. In the Novice class, Kurt Ohnsorg was stunningly fast, running away at the front and taking easy wins over Justin Miest and the others in each race. With a fleet of Yamaha R6s at the Ohnsorg’s disposal, one can only hope that we will see Kurt back on Middleweight machinery at some point in 2018 to perhaps slow down the big-bike freight train that is Justin Miest.

RACE RESULTS:

Unlimited SS Expert

1 Kyle Ohnsorg (BMW S1000RR)

2 Jake Schmotter (Yam YZF-R1)

3 Scott Stall (Kaw ZX-10R)

4 Christian Schmidt (Kaw ZX-10R)

5 Shane Keaveny (Kaw ZX-10R)

6 Aaron Anderson (Suz GSX-R750)


Unlimited SS Novice

1 PR Stafki (Yam YZF-R1)


Unlimited SB Expert

1 Kyle Ohnsorg (BMW S1000RR)

2 Scott Stall (Kaw ZX-10R)

3 Christian Schmidt (Kaw ZX-10R)

4 Jake Schmotter (Yam YZF-R1)

5 Shane Keaveny (Kaw ZX-10R)

6 Jesse Nelson (Yam YZF-R1)


Unlimited SB Novice

1 PR Stafki (Yam YZF-R1)


Unlimited GP Expert

1 Kyle Ohnsorg (BMW S1000RR)

2 Jake Schmotter (Yam YZF-R1)

3 Jesse Nelson (Yam YZF-R1)

4 Aaron Anderson (Suz GSX-R750)

5 Mark Dargis (Kaw ZX-10R)

6 Ryan Alvar (Yam YZF-R6)


Unlimited GP Novice

1 PR Stafki (Yam YZF-R1)


Middleweight SS Expert

1 Kyle Ohnsorg (Yam YZF-R6)

2 Brian Hebeisen (Yam YZF-R6)

3 Justin Ebnet (Hon CBR600RR)

4 Thomas Austin (Hon CBR600RR)

5 Jacob Hennen (Yam YZF-R6)

6 Clark Davis (Yam YZF-R6)


Middleweight SS Novice

1 Justin Miest (Yam YZF-R6)

2 Joel Nelson (Yam YZF-R6)

3 Mike Scherlin

4 Brandon Pierce (Kaw ZX-6R)

5 Stephen Peterson (Yam YZF-R6)

6 Forrest Allen (Kaw ZX-6R)


Middleweight SB Expert

1 Kyle Ohnsorg (Yam YZF-R6)

2 Thomas Austin (Hon CBR600RR)

3 Brian Hebeisen (Yam YZF-R6)

4 Justin Ebnet (Hon CBR600RR)

5 Kenneth Nielsen (Yam YZF-R6)

6 Barry Schmidt (Suz GSX-R600)


Middleweight SB Novice

1 Justin Miest (Yam YZF-R6)

2 Joel Nelson (Yam YZF-R6)

3 Mike Scherlin

4 Brandon Pierce (Kaw ZX-6R)

5 Nick Paidosh (Tri 675)

6 Eric Chambers (Suz GSX-R600)


Middleweight GP Expert

1 Kyle Ohnsorg (Yam YZF-R6)

2 Thomas Austin (Hon CBR600RR)

3 Jacob Hennen (Yam YZF-R6)

4 Brian Hebeisen (Yam YZF-R6)

5 Justin Ebnet (Hon CBR600RR)

6 Nathan Dotson (Yam YZF-R6)


Middleweight GP Novice

1 Justin Miest (Yam YZF-R6)

2 Joel Nelson (Yam YZF-R6)

3 Mike Scherlin

4 Nick Paidosh (Tri 675)


Lightweight SS Expert

1 Bill Plucky (Suz SV650)

2 Anthony Marcinek (Suz SV650)

3 Brian Rogers (Suz SV650)


Lightweight SS Novice

1 Thomas Conroy (Yam FZ-07)

2 Eli Vale Todich (Suz SV650)

3 Zack Johnson (Suz SV650)


Lightweight GP Expert

1 Derek Gallion (Yam YZF600R)

2 Jack Barton (Krä HKR-Evo2)

3 Anthony Marcinek (Suz SV650)

4 Brian Rogers (Suz SV650)


Lightweight GP Novice

1 Wayne Minnichsoffer (Hon CBR600F2)

2 Kyle Franz (Yam FZ-07)

3 Thomas Conroy (Yam FZ-07)

4 Zack Johnson (Suz SV650)


Formula 40 - F2

1 Shane Keaveny (Kaw ZX-10R)

2 Brett Donahue (Suz GSX-R750)

3 Kurt Schuschke (Tri 675)

4 Barry Schmidt (Suz GSX-R600)

5 Mark Dargis (Yam YZF-R6))

6 Karl Rehpohl (Kaw ZX-6R)


Formula 40 - F1

1 Derek Gallion (Yam YZF600R)

2 Josh Pangier (Yam FZR400)

3 Bill Plucky (Suz SV650)

4 Paul Jensen (Suz SV650)

5 Thomas Conroy (Yam FZ-07)

6 Wess Buren (Suz SV650)


Michelin Cup GP4 Expert

1 Jake Schmotter (Yam YZF-R1)

2 Brett Donahue (Suz GSX-R750)


Michelin Cup GP3 Expert

1 Kyle Ohnsorg (Yam YZF-R6)

2 Brian Hebeisen (Yam YZF-R6)

3 Jacob Hennen (Yam YZF-R6)

4 Justin Ebnet (Hon CBR600RR)

5 Clark Davis (Yam YZF-R6)

6 Mark Dargis (Yam YZF-R6)


Michelin Cup GP3 Novice

1 Thomas Austin (Hon CBR600RR)

2 Justin Miest (Yam YZF-R6)

3 Trenton Tyykila (Hon CBR600RR)

4 Scott Tyykila (Kaw ZX-6R)


Michelin Cup GP4 Novice

1 PR Stafki (Yam YZF-R1)


New Rider Race

1 PR Stafki (Yam YZF-R1)

2 Mike Sohrren (Yam YZF-R6)

3 Trenton Tyykila (Hon CBR600RR)

4 Paul Jensen (Yam FZ-07)

5 Jadrien Knowles

6 Nick Paidosh (Tri 675)


Michelin Cup GP2 Expert

1 Derek Gallion (Yam YZF600R)

2 Anthony Marcinek (Suz SV650)

3 Brian Rogers (Suz SV650)


Michelin Cup GP1 Expert

1 Jack Barton (Krä HKR-Evo2)


Michelin Cup GP2 Novice

1 Wayne Minnichsoffer (Hon CBR600F2)


Michelin Cup GP0 Expert

1 Brad Kreller (Yam YZF-R3)

2 Sean Stettnichs (Yam YZF-R3)

3 Dwayne Stroman (Yam YZF-R3)

4 William Miller (Yam YZF-R3)


Michelin Cup GP0 Novice

1 Jonathan Myers (Kaw EX250)

2 Si Klien (Yam YZF-R3)

3 Karyna Veisberg (Yam YZF-R3)


Heavyweight SB Expert

1 Kyle Ohnsorg (Yam YZF-R6)

2 Thomas Austin (Hon CBR600RR)

3 Aaron Anderson (Suz GSX-R750)

4 Brian Hebeisen (Yam YZF-R6)

5 Brett Donahue (Suz GSX-R750)

6 Jacob Hennen (Yam YZF-R6)


Heavyweight SB Novice

1 Justin Miest (Yam YZF-R6)

2 PR Stafki (Hon RC51)

3 Joel Nelson (Yam YZF-R6)

4 Kyle Franz (Duc 899)

5 Jeff Franz (Duc 899)


90s Cup Expert

1 Leif Nadeau (Yam YZF-R6)

2 Adam Harrison (Hon CBR600F3)

3 Brad Kreller (Hon CBR600F2)

4 James Michaelson (Hon CBR600F3)

5 Derek Gallion (Yam YZF600R)


90s Cup Novice

1 Wayne Minnichsoffer (Hon CBR600F2)


Lightweight SB Expert

1 Jon Champ (Suz SV650)

2 Josh Pangier (YZR FZR400)

3 Bill Plucky (Suz SV650)

4 Brad Kreller (Hon CBR600F2)

5 Paul Jensen (Yam FZ-07)

6 Brian Rogers (Suz SV650)


250GP Expert

1 Jack Barton (Krä HKR-Evo2)


Lightweight SB Novice

1 Wayne Minnichsoffer (Hon CBR600F2)

2 Thomas Conroy (Yam FZ-07)

3 Kyle Franz (Yam FZ-07)

4 Jeffrey Quam (Suz SV650)

5 Zack Johnson (Suz SV650)


Ultralight Cup Expert

1 Jack Barton (Krä HKR-Evo2)

2 Christopher Spargo (Hon RS125)

3 Barry Schmidt (KTM 450)

4 Brad Kreller (Yam YZF-R3)

5 Billy Lachmiller (Kaw EX300)


Ultralight Cup Novice

1 David Schaenzer (Kaw EX300)


Supertwins Novice

1 PR Stafki (Hon RC51)

2 Kyle Franz (Yam FZ-07)

3 Jeff Franz (Yam FZ-07)

4 Jeffrey Quam (Suz SV650)


Supertwins Expert

1 Bill Plucky (Suz SV650)

2 Anthony Marcinek (Suz SV650)

3 Aaron Anderson (Suz SV650)

4 Brian Rogers (Suz SV650)


Sportsman Middleweight Expert

1 Kenneth Nielsen (Yam YZF-R6)

2 Martin Holte (Hon CBR600RR)

3 Derek Gallion (Yam YZF600R)

4 Leif Nadeau (Yam YZF-R6)


Sportsman Lightweight Expert

1 Josh Pangier (Yam FZR400)

2 Jack Barton (Krä HKR-Evo2)

3 Adam Harrison (Hon CBR600F3)


Sportsman Middleweight Novice

1 Si Klien (Yam YZF-R6)


Sportsman Lightweight Novice

1 Wayne Minnichsoffer (Hon CBR600F2)


Ultralight Cup Expert

1 Jack Barton (Krä HKR-Evo2)

2 Barry Schmidt (KTM 450)

3 Christopher Spargo (Hon RS125)

4 Brad Kreller (Yam YZF-R3)

5 Billy Lachmiller (Kaw EX300)


Ultralight Cup Novice

1 Justin Miest (Kaw EX300)

2 David Schaenzer (Kaw EX300)

3 Gary Braun


Heavyweight GP Expert

1 Kyle Ohnsorg (Yam YZF-R6)

2 Aaron Anderson (Suz GSX-R750)

3 Brian Hebeisen (Yam YZF-R6)

4 Brett Donahue (Suz GSX-R750)

5 Mark Dargis (Yam YZF-R6)

6 David Stone (Yam YZF-R6)


Heavyweight GP Novice

1 Justin Miest (Yam YZF-R6)

2 PR Stafki (Hon RC51)

3 Joel Nelson (Yam YZF-R6)

4 Kyle Franz (Duc 899)

5 Jeff Franz (Duc 899)


90s Cup Expert

1 Derek Gallion (Yam YZF600R)

2 Leif Nadeau (Yam YZF-R6)

3 Brad Kreller (Hon CBR600F2)

4 Adam Harrison (Hon CBR600F3)

5 James Michaelson (Hon CBR600F3)


90s Cup Novice

1 Wayne Minnichsoffer (Hon CBR600F2)


Featherweight SS Expert

1 Kyle Ohnsorg (Yam YZF-R3)

2 Nate Minster (Yam YZF-R3)

3 Brian Hebeisen (Yam YZF-R3)

4 Brad Kreller (Yam YZF-R3)

5 Sean Stettnichs (Yam YZF-R3)

6 Dwayne Stroman (Yam YZF-R3)


Featherweight SS Novice

1 Kurt Ohnsorg (Yam YZF-R3)

2 Justin Miest (Kaw EX300)

3 Thomas Conroy (Yam YZF-R3)

4 Ewa Kalinsky (Yam YZF-R3)

5 Jonathan Myers (Kaw EX250)

6 Si Klien (Yam YZF-R3)


Heavyweight SS Expert

1 Kyle Ohnsorg (Yam YZF-R6)

2 Brian Hebeisen (Yam YZF-R6)

3 Brett Donahue (Suz GSX-R750)

4 Jacob Hennen (Yam YZF-R6)

5 Clark Davis (Yam YZF-R6)

6 Mark Dargis (Yam YZF-R6)


Heavyweight SS Novice

1 Justin Miest (Yam YZF-R6)

2 Stephen Peterson (Yam YZF-R6)

3 Forrest Allen (Kaw ZX-6R)


90s Cup Novice

1 Joel Nelson (Yam YZF-R6)

2 Wayne Minnichsoffer (Hon CBR600F2)


90s Cup Expert

1 Leif Nadeau (Yam YZF-R6)

2 Derek Gallion (Yam YZF600R)

3 Brad Kreller (Hon CBR600F2)

4 James Michaelson (Hon CBR600F3)

5 Adam Harrison (Hon CBR600F3)


Featherweight GP Expert

1 Kyle Ohnsorg (Yam YZF-R3)

2 Nate Minster (Yam YZF-R3)

3 Brad Kreller (Yam YZF-R3)

4 Dwayne Stroman (Yam YZF-R3)

5 Lawrence Lin (Yam YZF-R3)

6 William Miller (Yam YZF-R3)


Featherweight GP Novice

1 Kurt Ohnsorg (Yam YZF-R3)

2 Thomas Conroy (Yam YZF-R3)

3 Justin Miest (Kaw EX300)

4 William Nystrom (KTM RC390)

5 Jonathan Myers (Kaw EX250)

6 David Schaenzer (Kaw EX300)


Framstad Cup

1 Christian Schmidt (Kaw ZX-10R)

2 Christopher Spargo (Hon RS125)

3 Derek Gallion (Yam YZF600R)

4 Scott Stall (Kaw ZX-10R)

5 Brad Kreller (Hon CBR600F2)

6 Paul Jensen (Yam FZ-07)


Ultralight Cup Expert

1 Jack Barton (Krä HKR-Evo2)

2 Barry Schmidt (KTM 450)

3 Christopher Spargo (Hon RS125)

4 Billy Lachmiller (Kaw EX300)

5 Brad Kreller (Yam YZF-R3)


Ultralight Cup Novice

1 Justin Miest (Kaw EX300)


Featherweight SB Expert

1 Kyle Ohnsorg (Yam YZF-R3)

2 Nate Minster (Yam YZF-R3)

3 Brad Kreller (Yam YZF-R3)

4 Lawrence Lin (Yam YZF-R3)

5 Dwayne Stroman (Yam YZF-R3)

6 William Miller (Yam YZF-R3)


Featherweight SB Novice

1 Kurt Ohnsorg (Yam YZF-R3)

2 Thomas Conroy (Yam YZF-R3)

3 Justin Miest (Kaw EX300)

4 Ewa Kalinsky (Yam YZF-R3)

5 William Nystrom (KTM RC390)

6 Si Klien (Yam YZF-R3)


Trophy Dash GP2 Expert

1 Derek Gallion (Yam YZF600R)

2 Paul Jensen (Yam FZ-07)

3 Brian Rogers (Suz SV650)

4 Anthony Marcinek (Suz SV650)


Trophy Dash GP1 Expert

1 Jack Barton (Krä HKR-Evo2)

2 Christopher Spargo (Hon RS125)

3 Mike Knoll (Yam YZF-R3)


Trophy Dash GP2 Novice

1 Wayne Minnichsoffer (Hon CBR600F2)

2 Kyle Franz (Yam FZ-07)


Trophy Dash GP0 Expert

1 Nate Minster (Yam YZF-R3)

2 Brian Hebeisen (Yam YZF-R3)

3 Brad Kreller (Yam YZF-R3)

4 Sean Stettnichs (Yam YZF-R3)

5 Billy Lachmiller (Kaw EX300)

6 William Miller (Yam YZF-R3)


Trophy Dash GP0 Novice

1 Kurt Ohnsorg (Yam YZF-R3)

2 Justin Miest (Kaw EX300)


Trophy Dash GP4 Expert

1 Scott Stall (Kaw ZX-10R)

2 Christian Schmidt (Kaw ZX-10R)

3 Shane Keaveny (Kaw ZX-10R)

4 Aaron Anderson (Suz GSX-R750)

5 Tony Mahto (Yam YZF-R1)

6 Chase Sellers (Kaw ZX-10R)


Trophy Dash GP3 Expert

1 Kyle Ohnsorg (Yam YZF-R6)

2 Jacob Hennen (Yam YZF-R6)

3 Justin Ebnet (Hon CBR600RR)

4 Clark Davis (Yam YZF-R6)

5 Barry Schmidt (Suz GSX-R600)

6 Matt Cina (Yam YZF-R6)


Trophy Dash GP3 Novice

1 Justin Miest (Yam YZF-R6)

2 Joel Nelson (Yam YZF-R6)

3 Mike Scherlin

4 Trenton Tyykila (Hon CBR600RR)


Trophy Dash GP4 Novice

1 Stephen Peterson (BMW S1000RR)

2 Jeff Franz (Duc 899)