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Jun 15, 2016

McDonough Claims OMRRA Formula Ultra Victories At Portland International Raceway

AMA Pro Flat Track rider Sammy Halbert (431), seen here chasing Alex Taylor (91), collected four top-five finishes at Portland International Raceway. Photo by Bob Edwards.

McDonough Sweeps OMRRA’s Formula Ultra at Portland International Raceway

The forecast predicted rainy skies over Portland International Raceway (PIR) last weekend. To the delight of spectators and the paddock, the weekend’s weather offered little more than trace amounts of rain Saturday to fast and dry conditions Sunday. The presence of light sprinkles and looming gray skies caused the cancellation of the chicane configuration Saturday allowing racers to stretch the upper limits of speed on PIR’s famed long front straight. With clearer skies Sunday, the chicane configuration was restored and six racers netted class lap records. OMRRA also welcomed visiting AMA Pro Flat Track racers Kurt Hawk and Sammy Halbert. The cross-training Hawk and Halbert, piloting Ninja 250’s each reached the podium during the weekend. Halbert compiled four top 5 finishes and took second in Lightweight Supersport. Hawk and Hawk had a third place finish in 250 Ninja Cup and two top 5 finishes on the weekend.

In the KFG Racing Formula Ultra Championship, Devon McDonough of Damascus, OR continues to string together victories and distance himself from the competition as the season hit the halfway mark. McDonough easily managed both wins lighting the asphalt ablaze with 1:06 lap times both days. In Saturday’s race with McDonough cleared out front, the battle for second was hotly contested between Sam Verderico, Kevin Pinkstaff and Jeremy Coffey. Coffey returning from an off-track injury, sat in the cat bird seat most of the race as Verderico and Pinkstaff battled, On the final lap on the back stretch, Pinkstaff had a moment, causing a close- following Verderico to check-up, allowing Coffey to make double draft pass before the final series of turns to the checkers. Coffey would win the drag race, relegating Verderico to third and Pinkstaff one step off the podium. In Sunday’s contest, McDonough continued out front with Pinkstaff and Coffey locked into a battle marked by a series of passes throughout the race with Pinkstaff having the final word taking second with Coffey nipping at his exhaust in third.

Standings – Round 3 of 6:

1: Devon McDonough – 130 pts

2: Kevin Pinkstaff – 104 pts

3: Jeremy Coffey – 62 pts

4: Danny Lippis – 61 pts

5: Tony Porter – 41 pts

In the APEX Clubman Championship, rankings are based on the sum total of points acquired in a racer’s best two classes, ranging from Ninja 250’s to Open Superbikes where grid size matters due to points availability. Adam Faussett leads the championship by stringing together successful weekends with a win, a second place and two lap records. Middleweight battles continue to rage with Oliver Jervis leading the charge. Two wins in Formula 4 and Middleweight Superbike keep Jervis in striking distance of Faussett’s championship lead going into the second half of the season. Alex Taylor of Portland, OR is often in the mix on close finishes and this weekend was no different. Taylor, piloting a Yamaha R3 for the 2016 season, was edged out of the Ultralightweight Supersport victory by a mere .007 seconds behind another fresh Yamaha R3 piloted by veteran Andrew Pignataro. 2013 Clubman champion, Chris Page, held off Tullio Celano in a raucous battle of the singles during Lightweight Superbike contest. Page would set the record aboard his Honda 450 powered machine and go on to take critical points collecting second place finishes in both Formula 4 and Middleweight Superbike piloting an air-cooled Ducati. Eirik Nielsen,navigated two separate machines from vastly different eras to podiums finishes in 600 and 750 classes vaulting himself up to fifth in the chase. In the Open classes, Devon McDonough dominated, taking two wins and sits just outside the Top 5 in the Clubman Championship in sixth.

Standings – Round 3 of 6:

1: Adam Faussett – 136 pts

2: Oliver Jervis – 116 pts

3: Alex Taylor – 109 pts

4: Chris Page – 102 pts

5: Eirik Nielsen – 93 pts

In the Langlitz Leathers Vintage Championship, two-time champion, Mica Grohn of Portland, OR ran in a category all her own Saturday under the less-than-ideal conditions. In Sundays chicane races, Grohn was out gunned by Ryan Shanahan as he finished out front in both Vintage Lightweight races while Grohn swapped second and third finishes in close battles with Daric Cheshire. Cheshire’s results vault him into the top 5 Vintage Championship riders and within striking distance of Shane Furrer and Dean Willoughby. With the season at the halfway point, the clock is ticking for Grohn to make up the gap on Shanahan and repeat as champion.

Standings – Round 3 of 6:

1: Ryan Shanahan – 65 pts

2: Mica Grohn – 51 pts

3: Dean Willoughby – 30 pts

4: Shane Furrer – 29 pts

5: Daric Cheshire – 22.5 pts

Other notable weekend performances included six new lap records utilizing the chicane configuration at Portland International Raceway. Adam Faussett set records in Ultralightweight Superbike and Ultralightweight GP on his Kawisaki Ninja 300. Chris Page of Portland, OR reset the record in Lightweight Superbike with a Honda 450 single. Eirik Nielson crushed the chicane lap record for Vintage Superbike on his 1982 Yamaha FJ1200. Alex Marley broke the lap record in Open Classic Superbike and Brian Osborne championed a new best time in 600 Classic Superbike on his Ducati 749R. And finally, recent New Racer School graduate, Mark Wilson, took two wins to astride his Kawasaki ZX-10 in the large displacement Novice category with Chris Fleck finishing in the second spot both days. In Novice 1 (600’s), Aditya Tantry took the win in both track formations with Brian Bieger and Andrew Pfiffer repeating their 2nd and 3rd place podium finishes, respectively. OMRRA's next round is July 23-24 at Portland International Raceway.

The Oregon Motorcycle Road Racing Association (OMRRA) developed the two-race per weekend Formula Ultra Championship, the ‘your best two classes’ Clubman Championship and the two-race per day, Olympic-scored Vintage Championship, promoting safe, competitive road racing in all categories. OMRRA, incorporated in 1972 as a non-profit, volunteer run organization, has members ranging in age from 12 to over 70, racing motorcycles of many brands, sizes and ages. OMRRA operates at Portland International Raceway, a city park and world class track. For more information, visit www.omrra.com and join us at www.facebook.com/omrra.racing and subscribe to our YouTube channel and watch live racing!

June 11-12, 2016 @ Portland International Raceway - Results

Novice 1

1. Aditya Tantry (Yam YZF-R6)

2. Brian Bieger (Suz GSX-R600)

3. Andrew Pfiffer (Kaw ZX-6R)

4. R Teag Allison (Duc Hypermotard)

5. Patrick Cassidy (Yam YZF-R6)

6. Nicole Billard (Tri 675)

Novice 2

1. Mark R Wilson (Kaw ZX-10R)

2. Chris Fleck (Suz GSX-R750)

3. Jason Lunceford (Kaw ZX-10R)

4. Steve Wellman (Suz GSX-R1000)

5. Adolfo Valdovinos (Yam YZF-R1)

6. Daniel Silvis (Yam YZF-R1)

Middleweight Supersport

1. Jason Gasparinatos (Suz SV650)

2. Steve Suitor (Suz SV650)

3. Brian Moe (Suz SV650)

4. James Walsh III (Suz SV650)

5. Travis Johnson (Suz SV650)

6. Bob Edwards (Suz SV650)

Formula III

1. Michael Caravatta (Hon RS125)

2. Tullio Celano (Yam YZ450F-RR)

3. Chris Page (Hon 450x)

4. Shannon Lang (Hon RS125)

5. Collin Spittal (Hon RS125R)

250 Ninja Cup

1. Alex Taylor (Kaw 250)

2. Joe Pethoud (Kaw 250)

3. Adam Black (Kaw 250)

4. Kurt Hawk (Kaw 250)

5. Sammy Halbert (Kaw 250)

6. David Levy (Kaw 250)

Formula Ultra

1. Devon McDonough (Kaw ZX-10R)

2. Jeremy Coffey (Kaw ZX-10R)

3. Sam Verderico (Yam YZF-R1)

4. Kevin Pinkstaff (Kaw ZX-10R)

5. Danny Lippis (Suz GSX-R1000)

6. Keith Robert (Suz GSX-R1000)

Formula 4

1. Oliver Jervis (Suz SV650)

2. Chris Page (Duc 1000DS)

3. Jason Gasparinatos (Suz SV650)

4. Steve Suitor (Suz SV650)

5. Matt ORourke (Duc 992)

6. James Walsh III (Suz SV650)

600 Supersport

1. Tullio Celano (Yam YZF-R6)

2. Eirik Nielsen (Tri 675)

3. Cameron Templeton (Kaw ZX-6)

4. Cullen King (Yam YZF-R6)

5. Chris Jablonski (Yam YZF-R6)

6. Philip Melnyk (Yam YZF-R6)

Ultra Lightweight Supersport

1. Andrew Pignataro (Yam YZF-R3)

2. Alex Taylor (Yam YZF-R3)

3. Christopher Woods (Yam YZF-R3)

4. Adam Faussett (Kaw 300)

5. Austin McCabe (KTM RC390)

6. Kurt Hawk (Kaw 250)

Open Sportsman

1. Cullen King (Yam YZF-R6)

2. Tullio Celano (Yam YZF-R6)

3. Alex Marley (Suz GSX-R750)

4. Chris Fleck (Suz GSX-R750)

5. Dave Pearce (Suz GSX-R600)

6. Kevin Purdy (Yam YZF-R6)

250 Ninja Cup

1. Joe Pethoud (Kaw 250)

2. Alex Taylor (Kaw 250)

3. Kurt Hawk (Kaw 250)

4. Sammy Halbert (Kaw 250)

5. Adam Black (Kaw 250)

6. Michael Anderson (Kaw 250)

Open Supersport

1. Devon McDonough (Kaw ZX-10R)

2. Sam Verderico (Yam YZF-R1)

3. Jeremy Coffey (Kaw ZX-10R)

4. Joe Rocha (Suz GSX-R1000)

750 Supersport

1. Philip Melnyk (Yam YZF-R6)

2. Alex Marley (Suz GSX-R750)

3. Eirik Nielsen (CMR FJ1250)

4. Cameron Templeton (Kaw ZX-6)

5. Cullen King (Yam YZF-R6)

Ultra-Lightweight GP

1. Kelly Johnson (KTM RC390)

2. Adam Faussett (Kaw 300)

3. Alex Taylor (Yam YZF-R3)

4. Sammy Halbert (Kaw 250)

5. Austin McCabe (KTM RC390)

6. Andrew Pignataro (Yam YZF-R3)

Open Sportsman

1. Alex Lou (Yam YZF-R6)

2. Alex Marley (Suz GSX-R750)

3. Cullen King (Yam YZF-R6)

4. Tullio Celano (Yam YZF-R6)

5. Dave Pearce (Suz GSX-R600)

6. Mark R Wilson (Kaw ZX-10R)

Vintage Lightweight

1. Ryan Shanahan (Hon CB175)

2. Mica Grohn (Hon CL175)

3. Daric Cheshire (Hon CB175)

4. Shane Furrer (Hon CB175)

600 Superbike

1. Philip Melnyk (Yam YZF-R6)

2. Cullen King (Yam YZF-R6)

3. Chris Jablonski (Yam YZF-R6)

4. Alex Lou (Yam YZF-R6)

5. Tullio Celano (Yam YZF-R6)

6. Cameron Templeton (Kaw ZX-6)

Lightweight Supersport

1. Adam Faussett (Kaw 300)

2. Sammy Halbert (Kaw 250)

3. Alex Taylor (Yam YZF-R3)

4. Austin McCabe (KTM RC390)

5. Jon Munns^ (KTM RC390)

6. Christine Porter (KTM RC390)

Middleweight Sportsman

1. James Walsh III (Suz SV650)

2. Doug Harvey (Suz SV650)

3. David Wright (Suz SV500)

4. Travis Johnson (Suz SV650)

5. Randy Harris (Suz SV650)

6. Curt Johnson (Suz SV650)

Formula 40

1. Tony Porter (Yam YZF-R1)

2. Kevin Boisvert (Suz GSX-R1000)

3. Drat Diestler (Duc 1199S)

4. Monta Knudson (BMW S1000RR HP4)

Open Classic Superbike

1. Alex Marley (Suz GSX-R750)

2. Eirik Nielsen (CMR FJ1250)

3. Brian Osborne (Duc 749R)

600 Classic Superbike

1. Brian Osborne (Duc 749R)

2. Eirik Nielsen (Tri 675)

3. Adan Mendoza (Suz GSX-R600)

4. Yasar Ahmed (Yam YZF-R6)

5. Michael Anderson (Kaw ZX-6RR)

6. Alison Smith (Tri 675R)

Middleweight Superbike

1. Oliver Jervis (Suz SV650)

2. Chris Page (Duc 1000DS)

3. Jason Gasparinatos (Suz SV650)

4. Nobi Iso (Hon RS125)

5. Matt ORourke (Duc 992)

6. Doug Harvey (Suz SV650)

Vintage Lightweight

1. Ryan Shanahan (Hon CB175)

2. Daric Cheshire (Hon CB175)

3. Mica Grohn (Hon CL175)

4. Shane Furrer (Hon CB175)

5. Tucker Fransen (Can T'nT)

6. Jason Bailly (Yam CT)

Middleweight Classic Superbike

1. Steve Suitor (Suz SV650)

2. Michael Caravatta (Hon RS125)

3. Brian Moe (Suz SV650)

4. James Walsh III (Suz SV650)

5. Doug Harvey (Suz SV650)

6. Danny Houghton (Suz SV650)

Lightweight Superbike

1. Chris Page (Hon 450x)

2. Tullio Celano (Yam YZ450F-RR)

3. Drat Diestler (Hon KTM Hybrid)

4. David Wright (Suz SV500)

5. Kelly Johnson (KTM RC390)

6. Christopher Woods (Yam YZF-R3)

Formula Ultra

1. Devon McDonough (Kaw ZX-10R)

2. Kevin Pinkstaff (Kaw ZX-10R)

3. Jeremy Coffey^ (Kaw ZX-10R)

4. Sam Verderico (Yam YZF-R1)

5. Danny Lippis (Suz GSX-R1000)

6. Keith Robert (Suz GSX-R1000)

450 Superbike

1. Steve Suitor (Suz SV650)

2. Nobi Iso (Hon RS125)

3. Michael Caravatta (Apr 125)

4. Brian Moe (Suz SV650)

5. Doug Harvey (Suz SV650)

6. Danny Houghton (Suz SV650)

Ultra Lightweight Superbike

1. Kelly Johnson (KTM RC390)

2. Alex Taylor (Yam YZF-R3)

3. Adam Faussett (Kaw 300)

4. Christopher Woods (Yam YZF-R3)

5. Austin McCabe (KTM RC390)

6. Andrew Pignataro (Yam YZF-R3)

750 Superbike

1. Chris Jablonski (Yam YZF-R6)

2. Alex Marley (Suz GSX-R750)

3. Cullen King (Yam YZF-R6)

4. Philip Melnyk (Yam YZF-R6)

5. Alex Lou (Yam YZF-R6)

6. Cameron Templeton (Kaw ZX-6)

Novice 2

1. Mark R Wilson (Kaw ZX-10R)

2. Chris Fleck (Suz GSX-R750)

3. Jesse Howell (Yam YZF-R1)

4. Vladimir Kargin (Yam YZF-R1)

5. Steve Wellman (Suz GSX-R1000)

6. Jason Lunceford (Kaw ZX-10R)

Novice 1

1. Aditya Tantry (Yam YZF-R6)

2. Brian Bieger (Suz GSX-R600)

3. Andrew Pfiffer (Kaw ZX-6R)

4. Justin Boyd (Hon CBR600RR)

5. Thomas Ridder (Yam YZF-R6)

6. R Teag Allison (Duc Hypermotard)

Open Superbike

1. Devon McDonough (Kaw ZX-10R)

2. Kevin Pinkstaff (Kaw ZX-10R)

3. Jeremy Coffey (Kaw ZX-10R)

4. Sam Verderico (Yam YZF-R1)

5. Kevin Boisvert (Suz GSX-R1000)

6. Monta Knudson (BMW S1000RR HP4)