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May 7, 2013

Lampe Takes CCS Unlimited GP, Melka Wins Five Races At Homestead-Miami Speedway

CCS Florida at Homestead-Miami Speedway: Unlimited Grand Prix winner Jeff Lampe (center), runner-up Sean Dwyer (left) and third-place finisher Bruno Silva (right). Photo by Lisa Theobald, courtesy of CCS Florida.

Melka Wins Most, Lampe Takes the Shootout 

 Jeff Lampe won the CCS Unlimited Grand Prix race on his Kissimmee Motorsports Kawasaki ZX-10R after a third place start behind Bruno Silva’s Prieto Performance Kawasaki ZX-10R and Sean Dwyer's Westside Performance/KWS Motorsports Suzuki GSX-R1000 May 5 at Homestead-Miami Speedway, in Homestead, Florida. 

Lampe maneuvered his way to second place and held his position until after the halfway mark, when a mishap with his kill switch pushed him into high gear and past the leader with just two laps to go. Lampe opened a small gap on second place to take the victory in the last laps of the race. Dwyer, Silva, Nico Ferreira, and Gustavo Sanchez rounded off the top five. 

“I got a good start and was sitting right behind Bruno and I felt comfortable,” said Lampe. “And, coming down the back straight, I made a stupid move. I reached down to turn my fan switch on because my bike was running a little hot, and when I did, my arm hit the kill switch and shut [the bike] off. So, I had to turn it back on. Then I was kind of in panic mode, because I went from going with a smile saying, ’The straight could be mine,’ to 'Oh, this is going to be a long one.’ So, I just put my head down and rode hard and caught up to Sean and Silva in Turn Eight. Sean came out of the corner and all he had to do was a big wheelie coming out, and I tell you he hung on to it and was doing everything to go forward but it gave me that little bit to get the run on and get past him. 

“Hats off to our crew,” Lampe exclaimed. “We come here to race the Shootout. It makes us work hard all day long for this race. And that’s what I was doing. I was trying to make the bike better and better and better. Because any time we win a race earlier in the day and we think our stuff’s good enough for the shootout, we’re always behind the eight ball. We kept working hard. We found some setup changes we thought would work in the Shootout. And, it did. So, my hat’s off to them. All I do is ride the bike.” 

He further explained, “This weekend’s been tough for our Kissimmee Motorsports Team. Normally we have pretty nice weekends with no troubles. But, Felipe MacLean had some motor problems, then a weird crash. This morning I had some engine problems. And we had to do some switches. My crew, Jesse McDonald, Steve, the guys over here, Dave Weaver helped a lot this weekend and the guys from K-Tech. John with CTR really got this bike working. I’ve got to really say thanks to these guys because without these guys it wouldn’t be possible to get out there.” He also thanked Dunlop Tires, Racing Connection, CTR, Yntegra Group, and CCS. 

On the podium, Dwyer stated, “Once I cleared him, I tried to put my head down, but made up a little bit of time. It was just too late. In the last lap, Lampe isn’t going to make a big mistake with a lead like that. Congrats to these guys! They both rode awesome. Jeff is killing it. And, Bruno’s got a shootout win coming.” 

Earlier in the day, Dwyer won the Unlimited Supersport and Unlimited Superbike races. Silva started the day by winning GTO race, and later crashed, injuring his shoulder. After the Shootout, he stated, “It was an amazing battle. I’m really happy to put this bike on the podium because it was hard. I want to thank, first of all, God, because my brother Fernando is OK. He crashed really hard earlier. Thanks to Prieto Performance for all the support. They put the bike together really quickly. Thanks to Eric Gray of GMD Computrack Fort Lauderdale, because he always does the best set up for me. Thanks to my family for all the support. I’m really happy!” 

Greg Melka was the winningest Expert of the weekend with a grand total of five first-place finishes. Melka rode his Pro Flow Tech Yamaha YZF-R6 to victory in the GTU, Middleweight Supersport, Middleweight Superbike, Heavyweight Superbike, and Middleweight Grand Prix. He also finished second in Heavyweight Supersport. 

Amateur Clint Russell was the winningest racer of the day again with a grand total of eight first-place finishes on his Champion Motorcycles-prepped Suzuki GSX-R600 and SV650. Russell won the Amateur GT Lights, Ultralight Superbike, Middleweight Supersport, Lightweight Grand Prix, Heavyweight Supersport, Lightweight Superbike, Lightweight Supersport, and Middleweight Grand Prix. He also finished second in the GTU, Middleweight Superbike, and Lightweight Supersport classes. 

The next round of CCS Florida races is scheduled for May 26-27th in Jupiter, Florida. 

RESULTS 

GTO EXPERT: 1. Bruno Silva (Kaw ZX-10R); 2. Sean Dwyer (Suz GSX-R1000); 3. Rodolfo Ramirez (Kaw ZX-10R); 4. Nico Ferreira (Kaw ZX-10R); 5. Gustavo Sanchez (Kaw ZX-10R); 6. Jones Conception (Duc 1199).

GTO AMATEUR: 1. Alby Radulic (Suz GSX-R1000); 2. Dean Palacios (Hon CBR1000RR); 3. Lazaro Barco (GSX-R1000); 4. Vaughn Ali (Yam YZF-R1); 5. Kevin Farrell (Duc 848EVO); 6. Marc Allen (BMW S1000RR).

GT LIGHTS EXPERT: 1. Rodolfo Ramirez (Suz SV650); 2. Charlie Mavros (Duc 1000); 3. Mitchell Lachowitz (Duc 1000); 4. Carl Cohen (Duc 1000); 5. Bruno Silva (Suz SV650); 6. Gino Angella (Duc 1100).

GT LIGHTS AMATEUR: 1. Clint Russell (Suz SV650); 2. Kevin Farrell (Duc 1000); 3. Jorge Acosta (Suz SV650); 4. Kyle Russell (Suz SV650); 5. Alexisi Cespedes (Suz SV650); 6. Scott Donn (Duc 1000).

GTU EXPERT: 1. Greg Melka (Yam YZF-R6); 2. Stephan Bodedi (Yam YZF-R6); 3. Gui Berg (Duc 848EVO); 4. Alan Slaney (Tri Daytona 675); 5. Lee Farmer (Duc 848EVO); 6. Mauricio Roque (Yam YZF-R6).

GTU AMATEUR: 1. Joseph Resta (Hon CBR600RR); 2. Clint Russell (Suz GSX-R600); 3. Yusel Cespedes (Yam YZF-R6); 4. Brian Oyon-Grover (Suz GSX-R600); 5. Michael Schulze (Yam YZF-R6); 6. Ryan Cabrera (Suz GSX-R600).

UNLIMITED SUPERSPORT EXPERT: 1. Sean Dwyer (Suz GSX-R1000); 2. Rodolfo Ramirez (Kaw ZX-10R); 3. Bruno Silva (Kaw ZX-10R); 4. Nico Ferreira (Kaw ZX-10R); 5. Sunil Sardarsingh (Suz GSX-R1000); 6. Istvan Paulik (Suz GSX-R1000).

UNLIMITED SUPERSPORT AMATEUR: 1. Dean Palacios (Hon CBR600RR); 2. Gregory Wong (Suz GSX-R1000); 3. Garrett Funkhouser (Suz GSX-R1000); 4. Vaughn Ali (Yam YZF-R1); 5. Jeremy Krasny (BMW S1000RR); 6. Alby Radulic (Suz GSX-R1000).

125 GRAND PRIX: 1. Adrian Del Alcazar (Hon RS125); 2. Vladden Roman (Mor MD250H); 3. Tembo Da Cruz (Hon RS125); 4. Morten Frederiksen (Hon RS125); 5. Lucas Silva (Mor MD250H).

ULTRALIGHT SUPERBIKE EXPERT: 1. Rodolfo Ramirez (Suz SV650); 2. Charlie Mavros (Duc 800); 3. Mark Tenn (Duc 800).

ULTRALIGHT SUPERBIKE AMATEUR: 1. Clint Russell (Suz SV650); 2. Jorge Acosta (Suz SV650); 3. Alexisis Cespedes (Suz SV650); 4. Kyle Russell (Suz SV650).

ULTRALIGHT THUNDERBIKE: 1. Walter Ferreyra (Kaw 250R); 2. Miguel Chirino (Kaw 250R); 3. Kyle Edwards (Kaw 250R); 4. Frank de la Renta (Kaw 250R); 5. Andres Jaramillo (Kaw 250R); 6. Till Koerber (Kaw 250R).

MIDDLEWEIGHT SUPERSPORT EXPERT: 1. Greg Melka (Yam YZF-R6); 2. Kristoffer Sarmiento (Suz GSX-R600); 3. Mark Gage (Suz GSX-R600); 4. Patricia Fernandez (Yam YZF-R6); 5. Brett Probert (Suz GSX-R600); 6. Kat Zimpel (Yam YZF-R6).

UNLIMITED GRAND PRIX AMATEUR: 1. Alby Radulic (Suz GSX-R1000); 2. Dean Palacios (Hon CBR600RR); 3. John Delargy (Apr RSV4); 4. Lazaro Barco (Suz GSX-R1000); 5. Jesus Garcia (Suz GSX-R1000).

MIDDLEWEIGHT SUPERSPORT AMATEUR: 1. Clint Russell (Suz GSX-R600); 2. Yusel Cespedes (Yam YZF-R6); 3. Michael Schulze (Yam YZF-R6); 4. Jose Restrepo (Yam YZF-R6); 5. Jason Dai (Yam YZF-R6); 6. Stuart Harper (Suz GSX-R600).

LIGHTWEIGHT GRAND PRIX EXPERT: 1. Rodolfo Ramirez (Suz SV650); 2. Charlie Mavros (Duc 1000); 3. Mitchell Lachowitz (Duc 1000); 4. Carl Cohen (Duc 1000); 5. Jiri Kolar (Duc 1000); 6. Gino Angella (Duc 1000).

LIGHTWEIGHT GRAND PRIX AMATEUR: 1. Clint Russell (Suz SV650); 2. Jorge Acosta (Suz SV650); 3. Kevin Farrell (Suz SV650); 4. Kyle Russell (Suz SV650); 5. Lucas Silva (Mor MD250H); 6. Scott Donn (Duc 1000).

HEAVYWEIGHT SUPERSPORT EXPERT: 1. Stephan Bodedi (Yam YZF-R6); 2. Greg Melka (Yam YZF-R6); 3. Robert Picinich (Suz GSX-R750); 4. Bobby Johnson (Hon CBR600RR); 5. Matthew Mitchell (Yam YZF-R6); 6. Kristoffer Sarmiento (Suz GSX-R600).

HEAVYWEIGHT SUPERSPORT AMATEUR: 1. Clint Russell (Suz GSX-R600); 2. Kevin Farrell (Duc 848EVO); 3. Richard Tabar (Duc 848EVO).

UNLIMITED SUPERBIKE EXPERT: 1. Sean Dwyer (Suz GSX-R1000); 2. Jeff Lampe (Kaw ZX-10R); 3. Gustavo Sanchez (Kaw ZX-10R); 4. Sunil Sardarsingh (Suz GSX-R1000); 5. Istvan Paulik (Apr RSV4); 6. Joshua Paladeni (Yam YZF-R1).

UNLIMITED SUPERBIKE AMATEUR: 1. Alby Radulic (Suz GSX-R1000); 2. Dean Palacios (Hon CBR1000RR); 3. Gregory Wong (Suz GSX-R1000); 4. John Delargy (Apr RSV4); 5. Jesus Garcia (Suz GSX-R1000); 6. Vaughn Ali (Yam YZF-R1).

SUPERTWINS EXPERT: 1. Jones Conception (Duc 1199); 2. Ken Wilson (Duc 1199); 3. Mitchell Lachowitz (Duc 1000).

SUPERTWINS AMATEUR: 1. Allan McHenry (Bue 1125R)

FORMULA 40 EXPERT: 1. Sunil Sardarsingh (Suz GSX-R1000); 2. Robert Picinich (Suz GSX-R750); 3. Ken Wilson (Duc 1199); 4. Jose Fernandez (Hon CBR1000RR); 5. Jon Foy (Yam YZF-R6); 6. Jose Soso (Kaw ZX-10R).

FORMULA 40 AMATEUR: 1. Gregory Wong (Suz GSX-R1000); 2. John Delargy (Apr RSV4); 3. Vaughn Ali (Yam YZF-R1); 4. Marc Allen (BMW S1000RR); 5. Lazaro Barco (Suz GSX-R1000); 6. Marcelo Paladini (Hon CBR1000RR).

MIDDLEWEIGHT FORMULA 40 EXPERT: 1. Lee Farmer (Duc 848EVO); 2. Mauricio Roque (Yam YZF-R6); 3. Mark Gage (Suz GSX-R600); 4. Bob Damerau (Yam YZF-R6); 5. Jon Foy (Yam YZF-R6); 6. Edward Alvarado (Suz GSX-R600).

MIDDLEWEIGHT FORMULA 40 AMATEUR: 1. Kevin Farrell (Duc 848EVO); 2. Julio Vallette (Yam YZF-R6); 3. Drew Blahnick (Yam YZF-R6); 4. Paul Guy (Kaw ZX-6R); 5. Andres Cuellar (Suz GSX-R600); 6. Timothy Peterman (Yam YZF-R6).

LIGHTWEIGHT FORMULA 40 EXPERT: 1. Mark Tenn (Duc 748); 2. Mitchell Lachowitz (Duc 1000); 3. Philippe Touya (Duc 1000); 4. Thomas Eubank (Duc 1000); 5. Jeff Puleo (Bim 1000); 6. Gary Grant (Duc 1000).

LIGHTWEIGHT FORMULA 40 AMATEUR: 1. Dan Dolan (Duc 1000).

LIGHTWEIGHT SUPERBIKE EXPERT: 1. Rodolfo Ramirez (Suz SV650); 2. Charlie Mavros (Duc 1000); 3. Carl Cohen (Duc 1000); 4. Philippe Touya (Duc 1000); 5. Thomas Eubank (Duc 1000); 6. Robert Cole (Bim 1100).

LIGHTWEIGHT SUPERBIKE AMATEUR: 1. Clint Russell (Suz SV650); 2. Kevin Farrell (Duc 1000); 3. Alexisia Cespedes (Suz SV650); 4. Kyle Russell (Suz SV650); 5. Dan Dolan (Duc 1000).

GT ULTRALIGHT: 1. Walter Ferreyra (Kaw 250R); 2. Kyle Edwards (Kaw 250R); 3. Frank de la Renta (Kaw 250R); 4. Andres Jaramillo (Kaw 250R); 5. Vaughn Ali (Kaw 250R); 6. Dawn Thompson (Kaw 250R).

MIDDLEWEIGHT SUPERBIKE EXPERT: 1. Greg Melka (Yam YZF-R6); 2. Stephan Bodedi (Yam YZF-R6); 3. Lee Farmer (Duc 848EVO); 4. Bobby Johnson (Hon CBR600RR); 5. Bob Damerau (Yam YZF-R6); 6. Mark Gage (Suz GSX-R600).

MIDDLEWEIGHT SUPERBIKE AMATEUR: 1. Joseph Resta (Hon CBR600RR); 2. Clint Russell (SUZ GSX-R600); 3. Yusel Cespedes (Yam YZF-R6); 4. Jose Restrepo (Yam YZF-R6); 5. Michael Schulze (Yam YZF-R6); 6. Ryan Cabrera (Suz GSX-R600).

THUNDERBIKE EXPERT: 1. Gino Angella (Duc 749); 2. Mark Tenn (Duc 749): 3. Philippe Touya (Duc 1000); 4. Robert Cole (Bim 1000); 5. Jeff Puleo (Bim 1000).

THUNDERBIKE AMATEUR: 1. Vladden Roman (Mor MD250H); 2. Justin Bick (Duc 748).

LIGHTWEIGHT SUPERSPORT EXPERT: 1. Charlie Mavros (Duc 1000); 2. Thomas Eubank (Duc 1000).

LIGHTWEIGHT SUPERSPORT AMATEUR: 1. Clint Russell (Suz SV650); 2. Kyle Russell (Suz SV650).

HEAVYWEIGHT SUPERBIKE EXPERT: 1. Greg Melka (Yam YZF-R6); 2. Lee Farmer (Duc 848EVO); 3. Robert Picinich (Suz GSX-R600); 4. Bobby Johnson (CBR600RR); 5. Patricia Fernandez (Yam YZF-R6); 6. Mark Gage (Suz GSX-R600).

HEAVYWEIGHT SUPERBIKE AMATEUR: 1. Joseph Resta (Hon CBR600RR); 2. Jason Dai (Yam YZF-R6).

BRIDGESTONE CUP: 1. Michael Schulze (Yam YZF-R6); 2. Jon Foy (Kaw ZX-6R); 3. Marcelo Paladini (Hon CBR1000RR); 4. Paul Guy (Kaw ZX-6R); 5. German Vacca (Duc 848EVO); 6. Razvan Dulu (Yam YZF-R6).

MIDDLEWEIGHT GRAND PRIX EXPERT: 1. Greg Melka (Yam YZF-R6); 2. Lee Farmer (Duc 848EVO); 3. Bobby Johnson (CBR600RR); 4. Mark Gage (Suz GSX-R600); 5. Kristoffer Sarmiento (Suz GSX-R600).

MIDDLEWEIGHT GRAND PRIX AMATEUR: 1. Clint Russell (Suz GSX-R600); 2. Joseph Resta (Hon CBR600RR); 3. Yusel Cespedes (Yam YZF-R6); 4. Jason Dai (Yam YZF-R6); 5. Julio Vallette (Yam YZF-R6).

UNLIMITED GRAND PRIX EXPERT: 1. Jeff Lampe (Kaw ZX-10R); 2. Sean Dwyer (Suz GSX-R1000); 3. Bruno Silva (Kaw ZX-10R); 4. Nico Ferreira (Kaw ZX-10R); 5. Gustavo Sanchez (Kaw ZX-10R); 6. Istvan Paulik (Apr RSV4); 7. Jon Foy (Kaw ZX-10R); 8. Jones Conception (Duc 1199); 9. Rodolfo Ramirez (Kaw ZX-10R).