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Jul 30, 2014

McDonough Wins OMRRA Formula Ultra Races, Sets Lap Record At Portland International Raceway

Devon McDonough (63). Photo by Jane Erickson/jmephotography.org, courtesy of OMRRA.

OMRRA entered the second half of the season with sizzling hot temps July 27 at Portland International Raceway. The chase for the overall championship has been largely fought between two young guns, Andy DiBrino and Motorcycle Superstore’s Devon McDonough. In the previous round, as the Pirelli laced McDonough flirted with the lap record while claiming wins in Formula Ultra, DiBrino was struck with mechanical woes. The pattern would continue in Round 4, as McDonough swept the weekend with a pair of wins in Formula Ultra, and further stamped his authority by setting a new motorcycle lap record of 1:06.093 on his way to winning Open Superbike to close the weekend. Meanwhile, DiBrino suffered a mechanical DNF in Saturday’s Formula Ultra race, but returned to achieve a fourth place in Sunday’s Formula Ultra race on a back-up bike. Californian veteran Lenny Hale, who has served as a mentor to young McDonough, finished as runner-up in both Formula Ultra races, which saw the top four riders set a blistering pace in the 1:06 range. By the time the dust had settled, McDonough had claimed a formidable 42 point lead in the OMRRA Overall Championship with DiBrino slid to third place behind the consistent Sam Verderico. An exuberant McDonough gave his thoughts after breaking the lap record, ”It was a tough start to the weekend but the KFG / GP Suspension team just kept at it and gave me a great bike to ride!”

In the EDR Performance Clubman Championship, Andy DiBrino was able to take grab a fistful of points by sweeping the 600 Supersport and 600 Superbike classes. McDonough pressured DiBrino heavily to finish second in the 600 Supersport race, but suffered misfortune of his own by scoring a DNS in the 600 Superbike race. The 750 classes were nearly a repeat of 600 action, except for the addition of Sam Verderico on his GSX-R750 to take on the Yamaha R6’s of DiBrino and McDonough. DiBrino came out on top in 750 Supersport, after a tight battle that saw Verderico finish runner-up followed by McDonough. In 750 Superbike, Verderico emerged as the victor despite pressure from DiBrino, while McDonough was unable to match their pace on his way to a third place finish.

Despite a string of bad luck in Formula Ultra, DiBrino vaults himself back to the lead in the OMRRA Clubman Championship by a single point over Suzuki SV650 racer Peter Khan who had stiff competition in the Middleweight races over the weekend. In Middleweight Supersport, Michael Caravatta took the decisive win after capturing the lead on the second lap. Carravatta never looked back with Peter Kahn and Josh Melanson trailing in 2nd and 3rd place respectively. The GP Twins race showcased the return of Matt O’Rourke from an early season injury. O’Rourked shot out to the lead and held off a last lap attack from Ronnie Saner with local stalwart Bennie Goodson rounding out the podium. Sunday started off with a barnstormer of the Middleweight GP race. A five bike freight train was locked fender to subframe in a hammer and tongs 24 lap sprint race. Kahn came out on top having taken the lead on the last lap after stalking the pack much of the race. Joshua Melanson claimed second place after Derrick Edwards drifted wide in turn 3. In 450 Superbike, Michael Caravatta charged to the lead with Kahn getting the better of Patrick Leyshock in the opening laps and holding off a late race charge. Middleweight Superbike rounded out the category with Caravatta taking the top spot and Leyshock and Kahn switching places on the podium. In the Middleweight Sportsman race (aka Lightweight Classic Superbike) Derek Stotz took his first first with a commanding lead followed by veteran Brad Pinkstaff and Mike Gray.

The Langlitz Leathers Vintage Championship offered great opportunities to local racers unable to travel this weekend. Entries were light due to a vintage showcase event in region over the weekend. This allowed locals to accumulate valuable championship points. Ryan Shanahan took full advantage of the opportunity and climbed to the top of the Lightweight Vintage championship with a pair of wins. Damon Velocitas and Andy Hudock rounded out the podium for the class. Jared Kenyon picked up the pace in Middleweight Vintage, keeping his Rickman-framed Montesa 250 ahead of Doug Willett's Yamaha SR500. Kenyon continues to develop his machine and his lap times are showing remarkable results. When OMRRA hosts our yearly vintage event on August 16-17 look for Kenyon to dice it up at the front. OMRRA's Vintage Day is a double-points weekend for vintage racers. Current championship leader Mica Grohn has the potential to unseat Eirik Neilsen for the #1 spot in Middleweight Vintage and with less than five points behind Shanahan take over the top of the Lightweight Vintage leader board. August’s vintage event is a celebration of yesteryear’s machinery. Expect bigger grids with racers from far and wide, LeMans-style starts and heated competition. Be sure to join us, August 16-17 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.omrra.com

Saturday, July 26th Race Results

Novice 2

1. Nathan Aldrich (Suz GSX-R600)

2. Chad May (Suz GSX-R600)

3. Tullio Celano (Yam YZF-R6)

4. Robert Wortman (Hon CBR600RR)

5. Gordon Lawrence (Yam YZF-R6)

Ninja 250 Cup

1. Matt O’Rourke (Kaw EX250)

2. Kelly Johnson (Kaw EX250)

3. Philip Melnyk (Kaw EX250R)

4. Austin McCabe (Kaw EX250)

5. Brent Hoffman (Kaw EX250)

6. Alex Taylor (Kaw EX250R)

Formula Ultra

1. Devon McDonough (Suz GSX-R1000)

2. Lenny Hale (Suz GSX-R1000)

3. Sam Verderico (Suz GSX-R1000)

4. Kevin Pinkstaff (Kaw ZX-10R)

5. Brian Pinkstaff(Kaw ZX-10R)

6. Chris Ray (Suz GSX-R1000)

600 Supersport

1. Andy DiBrino (Yam YZF-R6)

2. Devon McDonough (Yam YZF-R6)

3. Skyler Benoit (Yam YZF-R6)

4. Michael Mcbrady (Kaw ZX-6R)

5. Chris Jablonski (Yam YZF-R6)

6. Tim Griffin (Yam YZF-R6)

Middleweight Supersport

1. Michael Caravatta (Apr 125RS)

2. Peter Kahn (Suz SV650)

3. Joshua Melanson (HRC NSF250R)

4. Derek Stotz (Suz SV650)

5. Mike Gray (Suz SV650)

6. Nobi Iso (Hon RS125)

Formula 40

1. Stuart Johnson (Yam YZF-R1)

2. Joe Rocha (Kaw ZX-10R)

3. G. Brian Tallant (Hon CBR1000RR)

4. Drat Diestler ( Duc 1199S)

5. Patrick Sanford (Yam YZF-600)

6. Lance Monagon (Hon CBR1000RR)

Ninja 250 Cup

1. Kelly Johnson (Kaw EX250)

2. Matt Orourke (Kaw EX250)

3. Philip Melnyk (Kaw EX250)

4. Austin McCabe (Kaw EX250)

5. Joe Pethoud (Kaw EX250)

6. Alex Taylor (Kaw EX250R)

750 Supersport

1. Andy DiBrino (Yam YZF-R6)

2. Sam Verderico (Kaw ZX-6R)

3. Devon McDonough (Yam YZF-R6)

4. Michael Mcbrady (Kaw ZX-6R)

5. Chris Jablonski (Yam YZF-R6)

6. Scott Decker (Suz GSX-R600)

GP Twins

1. Matt Orourke (Duc 992)

2. Ronnie Saner (Duc 1000)

3. Bennie Goodson (Suz SV650)

4. Peter Kahn (Suz SV650)

5. Derrick Edwards (Suz SV650)

6. Joshua Melanson (HRC NSF250R)

Open Sportsman

1. G. Brian Tallant (Hon CBR1000RR)

2. Tim Griffin (Yam YZF-600)

3. Tim Brodovsky (Suz GSX-R600)

4. Patrick Sanford (Yam YZF-600)

5. Steve Naito (Yam YZF-R6)

6. Tom Young (Tri Daytona 675)

Open Supersport

1. Sam Verderico (Suz GSX-R1000)

2. Brian Pinkstaff (Kaw ZX-10R)

3. Steve Suitor (Suz GSX-R1000)


Sunday, July 27th Race Results

Ultra-Lightweight GP

1. Austin McCabe (Kaw EX250)

2. Patty Gardner (Kaw EX250R)

3. Alex Taylor (Kaw EX250R)

4. Brent Hoffman (Kaw EX250)

5. Ryan Dalling (Kaw EX250)

6. Richard Kenney (Kaw EX250)

Middleweight GP

1. Peter Kahn (Suz SV650)

2. Joshua Melanson (HRC NSF250R)

3. Derrick Edwards (Suz SV650)

4. Bennie Goodson (Suz SV650)

5. Brad Pinkstaff (Suz SV650)

6. Derek Stotz (Suz SV650)

Open Sportsman

1. G. Brian Tallant (Hon CBR1000RR)

2. Tim Brodovsky (Suz GSX-R600)

3. Tim Griffin (Yam YZF-R6)

4. Steve Naito (Yam YZF-R6)

5. Patrick Sanford (Yam YZF-600)

6. James Moody (Hon CBR900RR)

Lightweight Vintage

1. Ryan Shanahan (Hon CB175)

2. Damon Velocitas (Suz TS185)

3. Andy Hudock (Hon CB160)

600 Superbike

1. Andy DiBrino (Yam YZF-R6)

2. Michael Mcbrady (Kaw ZX-6R)

3. Scott Decker (Suz GSX-R600)

4. Chris Jablonski (Yam YZF-R6)

5. Patrick Sanford (Yam YZF-600)

6. Steve Naito (Yam YZF-R6)

450 Superbike

1. Michael Caravatta (Apr 125RS)

2. Peter Kahn (Suz SV650)

3. Patrick Leyshock (Suz GS1000)

4. Joshua Melanson (HRC NSF250R)

5. Andrew Pignataro (KTM hybrid)

6. Derek Stotz (Suz SV650)

Middleweight Superbike

1. Michael Caravatta (Apr 125RS)

2. Patrick Leyshock (Suz GS1000)

3. Peter Kahn (Suz SV650)

4. Joshua Melanson (HRC NSF250R)

5. Nobi Iso (Hon RS125)

6. Adam Faussett (Kaw EX650)

Middleweight Classic Superbike

1. Shannon Lang (Yam YZF-R6)

2. Kelly Johnson (Yam YZF-600)

3. Bennie Goodson (Suz SV650)

4. Jason Iverson (Yam YZF-R6)

5. Star Herrmann (Suz SV650)

Ultra Lightweight Supersport

1. Jason Gasparinatos (Kaw EX300)

2. Philip Melnyk (Kaw EX250)

3. Matt Orourke (Kaw EX250)

4. Kelly Johnson (Kaw EX250)

5. Austin McCabe (Kaw EX250)

6. Alex Taylor (Kaw 250R)

Formula Ultra

1. Devon McDonough (Suz GSX-R1000)

2. Lenny Hale (Suz GSX-R1000)

3. Sam Verderico (Suz GSX-R1000)

4. Andy DiBrino (Suz GSX-R1000)

5. Kevin Pinkstaff (Kaw ZX-10R)

6. Chris Ray (Suz GSX-R1000)

Lightweight Vintage

1. Ryan Shanahan (Hon CB 175)

2. Damon Velocitas (Suz TS185)

3. Andy Hudock (Hon CB160)

Lightweight Classic Superbike

1. Derek Stotz (Suz SV650)

2. Brad Pinkstaff (Suz SV650)

3. Mike Gray (Suz SV650)

4. Maurice Miller (Suz SV650)

5. Doug Harvey (Kaw EX650)

6. Nick Murphy (Suz SV650)

Lightweight Superbike

1. Andrew Pignataro (KTM hybrid)

2. Jason Gasparinatos (Kaw EX300)

3. Kelly Johnson (Yam YZF-600)

4. Austin McCabe (Kaw EX250)

5. Philip Melnyk (Kaw EX250)

6. Alex Taylor (Kaw EX250R)

750 Superbike

1. Sam Verderico (Kaw ZX-6R)

2. Andy DiBrino (Yam YZF-R6)

3. Devon McDonough (Yam YZF-R6)

4. Michael Mcbrady (Kaw ZX-6R)

5. Scott Decker (Suz GSX-R600)

6. Gene Brown (Suz GSX-R750)

Ultra Lightweight Supersport

1. Kelly Johnson (Kaw EX250)

2. Matt Orourke (Kaw EX250)

3. Jason Gasparinatos (Kaw EX300)

4. Philip Melnyk (Kaw EX250)

5. Austin McCabe (Kaw EX250)

6. Alex Taylor (Kaw EX250R)

Novice 2

1. Tullio Celano (Yam YZF-R6)

2. Jeremy Talley (Kaw ZX-6R)

3. Robert Wortman (Hon CBR600RR)

4. Gordon Lawrence (Yam YZF-R6)

Open Superbike

1. Devon McDonough (Suz GSX-R1000)

2. Lenny Hale (Suz GSX-R1000)

3. Kevin Pinkstaff (Kaw ZX-10R)

4. Sam Verderico (Suz GSX-R1000)

5. Brian Pinkstaff (Kaw ZX-10R)

6. Andy DiBrino (Suz GSX-R1000)

KFG Racing Pirelli Formula Ultra Championship

Devon McDonough – 160 points

Sam Verderico – 118 points

Andy DiBrino – 113 points

Lenny Hale – 71 points

Kevin Pinkstaff – 66 Points

EDR Performance Clubman Championship

Andy DiBrino – 149 points

Peter Kahn – 148 points

Kelly Johnson – 143 points

Michael Carravata – 128 points

Devon McDonough – 128 points

Langlitz Leathers Vintage Championship

Mica Grohn – 79.5 points

Eirik Nielsen – 74.5 points

Ryan Shanahan – 50 points

Jon Munns – 30.5 points

Jared Kenyon – 27.5 points