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Feb 17, 2014

Mesa Wins CCS Florida Unlimited GP Shootout At Homestead-Miami Speedway

Stefano Mesa (37) takes an early lead in the CCS Unlimited Grand Prix Expert race over Bruno Silva (1) and Felipe MacLean (349) at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Photo by Lisa Theobald, courtesy of CCS Florida.

Stefano Mesa won the Unlimited Grand Prix race during CCS Florida’s opening round February 16 at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Riding his DMS Racing Kawasaki ZX-10R, Mesa nabbed the holeshot from the second row and led the race from start to finish. Dwyer finished second on his Suzuki GSX-R1000, and Felipe MacLean finished third on his Kawasaki ZX-10R. Bruno Silva, riding another Kawasaki ZX-10R, and Scott Harwell, riding a Suzuki GSX-R1000, finished fourth and fifth, respectively.

“The bike’s amazing,”  Mesa exclaimed. “The DMS crew worked so hard to be here today. We’ve had a lot of trouble this weekend with the suspension, but Thermosman (Suspension) and my mechanic, Paco, worked really hard to get it where it’s at right now. We got to a point where I could ride pretty fast. We got to a good pace, and we got good lap times. I got a good launch with the ZX-10. I got the holeshot, and I just put my head down because I knew Sean was behind me.”  

On the podium, Mesa was given a new set of Dunlop tires from Race Tire Service for winning the Unlimited Grand Prix race on Dunlops.

Mesa started the day by winning the GTO race. Dwyer took the holeshot and led the first lap of the race, but a red-flag incident sent the riders back to the grid for a restart. MacLean nabbed the holeshot at the restart with

Mesa, Silva, Dwyer, and Harwell close behind. But  Mesa maneuvered his way to the front by lap two and opened a gap on the rest of the field. Dwyer, pulled out of the race after six laps. Mesa crossed the finish line without further challenge with MacLean and Silva finishing second and third, respectively.

Mesa finished second in Unlimited Superbike to Dwyer, who had swapped his Kawasaki for his "old faithful" Suzuki GSX-R1000. MacLean led the first five laps of the race on his Kawasaki, but on the final lap, Dwyer used traffic to his advantage, getting out front and taking the victory.

“Stefano’s going to be tough,” Dwyer stated on the podium. “When I saw he was going to be on the DMS bike I was like, ‘Alright, these guys keep putting different riders on that thing. They got a good one. It’s a Florida boy who’s going to kick my butt. That’s pretty cool.’ I’ve seen Stefano coming up. The kid rides awesome. I’m stoked to see him get this opportunity and make the most of it."

The season-opening event presented many new Expert competitors and many great race battles with the most race winners in a long while. Of these, Charlie Mavros was the winningest racer of the event with four first-place finishes. Mavros won the Lightweight Grand Prix, Lightweight Formula 40, Lightweight Superbike, and Thunderbike classes.

Dwyer is donating his winnings to Kids Cancer Foundation in Royal Palm Beach,  Florida (http://www.kidscancersf.org/), in an effort to help raise awareness for their cause. 

Mesa will also be competing on the DMS Racing Kawasaki ZX-10R in AMA Pro Racing’s Superbike class this season.

RESULTS:

GTO EXPERT: 1. Stefano Mesa (Kaw ZX-10R); 2. Felipe MacLean (Kaw ZX-10R); 3. Bruno Silva (Kaw ZX-10R); 4.Scott Harwell (Suz GSX-R1000); 5. Barrett Long (Duc 1199); 6. Frank Babuska, Jr. (Suz GSX-R1000).

GTO AMATEUR: 1. Carlos Sanchez (Kaw ZX-10R); 2. Dihego Santana (Kaw (ZX-10R); 3. Lisandro Garcia (Kaw ZX-10R); 4. Thomas McPartland (Kaw ZX-10R); 5. Marc Allen (BMW S1000RR); 6. Rafael Carrillo (Kaw ZX-10R).

GT LIGHTS EXPERT: 1. Carl Cohen (Duc 1000); 2. Jeff Puleo (Bim 1000); 3. Lucas Silva (Suz SV650); 4. Mitchell Lachowitz (Duc 1000); 5. Gino Angella (Duc 1100); 6. Robert Cole (Duc 1100).

GT LIGHTS AMATEUR: 1. Jorge Acosta (Suz SV650); 2. Scott Billings (Duc 1000); 3. Garrett Benson (Suz SV650); 4. Jose Contreras (Duc 1000); 5. Victor Valle (Duc 900); 6. Nicholas Kosan (Hon CBR500R).

GTU EXPERT: 1. Armando Ferrer (Yam YZF-R6); 2. Fernando Silva (Yam YZF-R6); 3. Hayden Gillim (Suz GSX-R600); 4. Greg Melka (Yam YZF-R6); 5. Sebastian Ferreira (Yam YZF-R6); 6. Joseph Resta (Yam YZF-F6).

GTU AMATEUR: 1. Ryan Cabrera (Suz GSX-R600); 2. Jose Restrepo (Yam YZF-R6); 3. Christopher Kosan (Suz GSX-R600); 4. Alberto Zeno (Suz GSX-R600); 5. Chase Mollak (Kaw ZX-6R); 6. Michael Schulze (Hon CBR600RR).

PREMIER VINTAGE: 1. Robert Picinich (Hon 650); 2. Paul Tenn (Yam 600); 3. Brian Tenn (Suz 1000); 4. Charles Easterling (Yam 400); 5. Michael Perry (Yam 350).

UNLIMITED SUPERSPORT EXPERT: 1. Bruno Silva (Kaw ZX-10R); 2. Barrett Long (Duc 1199); 3. Frank Babuska, Jr. (Suz GSX-R1000); 4. Jones Concepcion (Duc 1199); 5. Carlos Ortiz (BMW S1000RR); 6. Robert Picinich (Suz GSX-R750).

UNLIMITED SUPERSPORT AMATEUR: 1. Carlos Sanchez (Kaw ZX-10R); 2. Thomas McPartland (Kaw ZX-10R); 3. Diego Gallo (Kaw ZX-10R); 4. Lisandro Garcia (Kaw ZX-10R); 5. Ken Zapen (Suz GSX-R1000).

MOTO 3: 1. Vladden Roman (Hon RS250); 2. Morten Frederiksen (Hon RS125); 3. John Long (Yam RS125); 4. Federico Cortes (Hon RS125).

ULTRALIGHT SUPERBIKE EXPERT: 1. Santiago Villa (Suz SV650); 2. Robert Picinich (Hon 650); 3. Charlie Mavros (Duc 800).

ULTRALIGHT SUPERBIKE AMATEUR: 1. Jorge Acosta (Suz SV650); 2. Garrett Benson (Suz SV650); 3. Brian Tenn (Suz SV650); 4. Paul Tenn (Suz SV650); 5. Nicholas Kosan (Hon CBR500R); 6. Jason Cushman (Suz SV650).

ULTRALIGHT THUNDERBIKE: 1. Walter Ferreyra (Kaw 250R); 2. Miguel Chirino (Kaw 250R); 3. Boelo Lussenburg, Jr. (Kaw 250R); 4. Sabrina La Paz (Kaw 250R); 5. Mauricio Mijares (Kaw 250R); 6. Carlos Lorenzo (Kaw 250R).

MIDDLEWEIGHT SUPERSPORT EXPERT: 1. Hayden Gillim (Suz GSX-R600); 2. Greg Melka (Yam YZF-R6); 3. Fernando Silva (Yam YZF-R6); 4. Sebastian Ferreira (Yam YZF-R6); 5. Joseph Resta (Yam YZF-R6); 6. Frank Babuska, Jr. (Suz GSX-R600).

UNLIMITED GRAND PRIX AMATEUR: 1. Carlos Sanchez (Kaw ZX-10R); 2. Dihego Santana (Kaw ZX-1010R); 3. Diego Gallo (Kaw ZX-10R); 4. Lisandro Garcia (Kaw ZX-10R); 5. Rafael Carrillo (Kaw ZX-10R); 6. Lazaro Barco (Suz GSX-R1000).

MIDDLEWEIGHT SUPERSPORT AMATEUR: 1. Ryan Cabrera (Suz GSX-R600); 2. Christopher Kosan (Suz GSX-R600); 3. Alberto Zeno (Suz GSX-R600); 4. Chase Mollak (Kaw ZX-6R); 5. Kevin Heil (Suz GSX-R600); 6. Razvan Dutu (Yam YZF-R6).

LIGHTWEIGHT GRAND PRIX EXPERT: 1. Charlie Mavros (Duc 1000); 2. Jeff Puleo (Bim 1000); 3. Carl Cohen (Duc 1000); 4. Mitchell Lachowitz (Duc 1000); 5. Santiago Villa (Suz SV650); 6. Robert Cole (Bim 1100).

LIGHTWEIGHT GRAND PRIX AMATEUR: 1. Jorge Acosta (Suz SV650); 2. Scott Billings (Duc 1000); 3. Jose Contreras (Duc 1000); 4. Nicholas Kosan (Hon CBR500R); 5. Jason Cushman (Suz SV650).

HEAVYWEIGHT SUPERSPORT EXPERT: 1. Fernando Silva (Yam YZF-R6); 2. Greg Melka (Yam YZF-R6); 3. Mauricio Roque (Yam YZF-R6); 4. Alan Slaney (Tri 675); 5. Robert Picinich (Suz GSX-R750); 6. Santiago Villa (Kaw ZX-6R).

HEAVYWEIGHT SUPERSPORT AMATEUR: 1. Ryan Cabrera (Suz GSX-R600); 2. Chase Mollak (Kaw ZX-6R); 3. Paul Guy (Kaw ZX-6R); 4. Jorge Benzant (Yam YZF-R6); 5. Michael Goodman (Suz GSX-R750); 6. Richard Tabar (Duc 848).

UNLIMITED SUPERBIKE EXPERT: 1. Sean Dwyer (Suz GSX-R1000); 2. Stefano Mesa (Kaw ZX-10R); 3. Felipe MacLean (Kaw ZX-10R); 4. Bruno Silva (Kaw ZX-10R); 5.Scott Harwell (Suz GSX-R1000); 6. Frank Babuska, Jr. (Suz GSX-R1000).

UNLIMITED SUPERBIKE AMATEUR: 1. Diego Gallo (Kaw ZX-10R); 2. Dihego Santana (Kaw ZX-10R); 3. Carlos Sanchez (Kaw ZX-10R); 4. Lisandro Garcia (Kaw ZX-10R); 5. Rafael Carrillo (Kaw ZX-10R); 6. Marc Allen (BMW S1000RR).

SUPERTWINS EXPERT: 1. Jones Concepcion (Duc 1199); 2. Barrett Long (Duc 1199); 3. Gui Berg (Duc 848); 4. Roberto Heurtematte (Duc 1198); 5.Pedro Valiente (Duc 848).

SUPERTWINS AMATEUR: 1. Jeremy Fielder (Duc 1199); 2. Angel Blasini (Duc 848); 3. Marco Martinez (Suz SV650).

FORMULA 40 EXPERT: 1. Sunil Sardarsingh (Suz GSX-R1000); 2. Robert Picinich (Suz GSX-R750); 3. John Delargy (Apr RSV4); 4. Jon Couch (Suz GSX-R1000); 5. Jose Fernandez (Hon CBR1000RR); 6. Carlos Fabian (Suz GSX-R1000).

FORMULA 40 AMATEUR: 1. Thomas McPartland (Kaw ZX-10R); 2. Marc Allen (BMW S1000RR); 3. Lazaro Barco (Suz GSX-R1000); 4. Rafael Carrillo (Kaw ZX-10R); 5. Jonathan Thomas (Suz GSX-R1000); 6. James Wallace (Suz GSX-R1000).

MIDDLEWEIGHT FORMULA 40 EXPERT: 1. Mauricio Roque (Yam YZF-R6); 2. Tim Hunt (Yam YZF-R6); 3. Bob Damerau (Yam YZF-R6); 4. Julio Vallette (Yam YZF-R6); 5. German Vacca (Yam YZF-R6); 6. Edward Alvarado (Yam YZF-R6).

MIDDLEWEIGHT FORMULA 40 AMATEUR: 1. Kevin Heil (Suz GSX-R600); 2. Drew Blahnick (Yam YZF-R6); 3. Paul Guy (Kaw ZX-6R); 4. Scott Wall (Hon CBR600RR);5. Jack Wrubleski (Kaw ZX-6R); 6. Timothy Peterman (Yam YZF-R6).

LIGHTWEIGHT FORMULA 40 EXPERT: 1. Charlie Mavros (Duc 749); 2. John Costa (Duc 748); 3. Gino Angella (Duc 748); 4. Mitchell Lachowitz (Duc 1000); 5. Edwin Delossantos (Duc 1100); 6. Robert Cole (Bim 1100).

LIGHTWEIGHT FORMULA 40 AMATEUR: 1.ScottBillings (Duc 1000); 2. Jose Contreras (Duc 1000); Jane Eubank (Duc 1000); 4. Marco Martinez (Suz SV650).

LIGHTWEIGHT SUPERBIKE EXPERT: 1. Charlie Mavros (Duc 1000); 2. Jeff Puleo (Bim 1000); 3. Carl Cohen (Duc 1000); 4. Mitchell Lachowitz (Duc 1000); 5. Robert Cole (Bim 1100); 6. Boelo Lussenburg, Sr. (Duc 1000).

LIGHTWEIGHT SUPERBIKE AMATEUR: 1.ScottBillings (Duc 1000); 2. Jorge Acosta (Suz SV650); 3. Jose Contreras (Duc 1000).

GT ULTRALIGHT: 1. Walter Ferreyra (Kaw 250R); 2. Miguel Chirino (Kaw 250R); 3. Lucas Silva (Kaw 250R); 4. Sabrina La Paz (Kaw 250R); 5. Boelo Lussenburg, Jr. (Kaw 250R); 6. Kyle Andersen (Kaw 250R).

MIDDLEWEIGHT SUPERBIKE EXPERT: 1. Hayden Gillim (Suz GSX-R600); 2. Armando Ferrer (Yam YZF-R6); 3. Fernando Silva (Yam YZF-R6); 4. Greg Melka (Yam YZF-R6); 5. Gui Berg (Duc 848); 6. Sebastian Ferreira (Yam YZF-R6).

MIDDLEWEIGHT SUPERBIKE AMATEUR: 1. Jose Restrepo (Yam YZF-R6); 2. Chase Mollak (Kaw ZX-6R); 3. Ryan Cabrera (Suz GSX-R600); 4. Christopher Kosan (Suz GSX-R600); 5. Alberto Zeno (Suz GSX-R600); 6. Patrick Loiselle (Kaw ZX-6R).

THUNDERBIKE EXPERT: 1. John Costa (Duc 748); 2. Jeff Puleo (Bim 1000); 3. Gino Angella (Duc 748); 4. Charlie Mavros (Duc 749); 5. Robert Cole (Bim 1100); 6. Gary Grant (Duc 1000).

THUNDERBIKE AMATEUR: 1. Ernesto Soto (Duc 749).

LIGHTWEIGHT SUPERSPORT EXPERT: 1. Charlie Mavros (Duc 1000); 2.SantiagoVilla (Suz SV650); 3. Thomas Eubank (Duc 1100).

LIGHTWEIGHT SUPERSPORT AMATEUR: 1. Garrett Benson (Suz SV650); 2. Jane Eubank (Duc 800); 3. Jose Contreras (Duc 1000).

HEAVYWEIGHT SUPERBIKE EXPERT: 1. Armando Ferrer (Yam YZF-R6); 2. J. Seth Starnes (Duc 848); 3. Clint Russell (Suz GSX-R600); 4. Greg Melka (Yam YZF-R6); 5. Mauricio Roque (Yam YZF-R6); 6. Joseph Resta (Yam YZF-R6)

HEAVYWEIGHT SUPERBIKE AMATEUR: 1. Darwin Rodriguez (Yam YZF-R6); 2. Jeremy Krasny (Suz GSX-R600); 3. Daniel Paine (Suz GSX-R750); 4. Francisco Blasini (Duc 1098); 5. Johnny Parisi (Hon CBR1000RR).

BRIDGESTONE CUP: 1. Michael Schulze (Hon CBR600RR); 2. Jeff Sanchez (Yam YZF-R6); 3. Paul Guy (Kaw ZX-6R); 4. German Vacca (Yam YZF-R6); 5. Jeremy Krasny (Suz GSX-R600); 6. Mark Jones (Hon CBR600RR).

MIDDLEWEIGHT GRAND PRIX EXPERT: 1. Hayden Gillim (Suz GSX-R600); 2. Armando Ferrer (Yam YZF-R6); 3. Greg Melka (Yam YZF-R6); 4. Clint Russell (Suz GSX-R600); 5. Mauricio Roque (Yam YZF-R6); 6. Fernando Silva (Yam YZF-R6).

MIDDLEWEIGHT GRAND PRIX AMATEUR: 1. Christopher Kosan (Suz GSX-R600); 2. Alberto Zeno (Suz GSX-R600); 3. Patrick Loiselle (Kaw ZX-6R); 4. Jack Wrubleski (Kaw ZX-6R); 5. Michael King (Kaw ZX-6R); 6. Alex Arango (Yam YZF-R6).

UNLIMITED GRAND PRIX EXPERT: 1. Stefano Mesa (Kaw ZX-10R); 2. Sean Dwyer (Suz GSX-R1000); 3. Felipe MacLean (Kaw ZX-10R); 4. Bruno Silva (Kaw ZX-10R); 5.Scott Harwell (Suz GSX-R1000); 6. Barrett Long (Duc 1199); 7. Frank Babuska, Jr. (Suz GSX-R1000); 8. Carlos Ortiz (BMW S1000R); 9. Camilo Correa (Suz GSX-R1000); 10. Jones Concepcion (Duc 848).