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Nov 4, 2010

Mini Road Racing News From Bermuda, Southern California And Georgia

2 National Championships for Youth Program!!

Team Tuned Race Review - BMRC Season Finale:

Team Tuned Motorcycle Racing's Youth Development Program has completed its 4th season under the Bermuda Motorcycle Racing Club. At the end of the 2010 National Championship Series Team Tuned has achieved 2 National Championship Titles, 48 race victories and a total of 91 podium finishes!

In addition to the 2010 results Team Tuned has now achieved a total of 5 National Championships, 107 race victories with a total of 221 podium finish since it was established in 2007.

We would like to thank all of our sponsors for their dedication and support of our program: Capital G, Zurich, CellularONE, Bermuda Custom Mechanical, Autobahn Accessories, Tuff Dogs and Sub Zero.

Additionally we would like to thank those companies who supported our fund raising efforts during the 2010 season: Kymco Bermuda, Riddells Bay Golf Course, Autobahn Cycles, Liberty Theatre, Esso Crawl Hill Gas Station, Pitt & Company Ltd, Spicelands and Darby's Wate Service.

BMRC Round 13 at Bermuda Motorsports Park - Overview The final race event of the Bermuda Motorcycle Racing Club was held on October 31, 2010 at the Bermuda Motorsports Park in Southside, St. Davids. Bermuda's beautiful weather provided the perfect backdrop for the season finale as Team Tuned's riders prepared to finish their championships in top form.

Shae Darrell lined up first for the team within the GP80 Classification. Shae secured the GP70 Classification with 2 rounds remaining and was awarded for his achievement by being upgraded to an 80cc machine for the remaining to races in preparation for his 2011 campaign. In race one Shae led off the line into turn one followed closely by championship leader Wytiko Showers. The two distanced themselves from the remainder of the field and battled lap after lap for the lead. Shae suffered a mechanical fault and slipped backward through the field to finish in 4th place.

Although the mechanical fault was a slight set back Shae remained confident heading into the final 2 races of the season. In race 2 and 3 Shae led the pack into turn one and led every lap from start to finish to take his first 2 wins of the GP80 Classification in only his second race event in the class! This result has set a fierce message to the 2011 GP80 classification of Shae's intentions for his debut season in the class next season.

Bruce Degrilla Jr. and Cody Sousa-Saints represented the program in the GP125 Classification. Bruce entered the final race event with a slight point advantage over rival Andrew Decosta. Cody trailed Andrew in 3rd position overall in his rookie season within the Classification. All three riders looked set for a 3 way head to head battle in the final round of the championship! In race one Bruce got off the line and into the turn one first followed closely by his team mate Cody and rival Andrew. Although Bruce was able to put distance between himself the pack early on in the race Cody and Andrew engaged in an "edge of the seat" battle for second position. Lap after lap these two battled until Cody made a strong pass into the final section of the track and put distance between himself and Andrew. Bruce and Cody finished 1st and 2nd in race 1 and 2 of the event.

Race 3 so a change of events as Cody and Bruce engaged in a heated head to head battle. The team mate quickly put distance between themselves and the rest of the 125 field as they battled for the final taste of victory. The race win came down to the last lap as Cody took the lead on the penultimate lap. Bruce attempted to make it 3 in a row but his teammate had his own plans. Cody went on to secure his 1st win of the day making it a Team Tuned 1-2 for each of the 3 race heats!

Kewuan Gilbert was the sole representative in the BMRC Formula Classification. Kewuan joined the team under Cyril's direction during the 2010 season. Although Kewuan did not compete the whole season his results under Team Tuned's direction enabled him to achieve his best ever race career championship placement! Kewuan secured three podium finished in the final event of the day as he battled to secure the runner up sport in the Formula Classification! See a complete list of Team Tuned's race results below: Race Results

Race 1 * GP80 - Shae Darrell - 4th * GP 125 - Bruce Degrilla Jr. - 1st * GP125 - Cody Sousa-Saints - 2nd * Formula - Kewuan Gilbert - 2nd

Race 2 * GP80 - Shae Darrell - 1st * GP 125 - Bruce Degrilla Jr. - 1st * GP125 - Cody Sousa-Saints - 2nd * Formula - Kewuan Gilbert - 3rd

Race 3 * GP80 - Shae Darrell - 1st * GP 125 - Bruce Degrilla Jr. - 2nd * GP125 - Cody Sousa-Saints - 1st * Formula - Kewuan Gilbert - 2nd

Note: DNF: Did not Finish; DNS: Did Not Start

Pictures from the BMRC race event can be seen here: BMRC- Round 13

Final Championship Positions Shae Darrell - 2010 BMRC GP70 National Champion Bruce Degrilla Jr. - 2010 BMRC GP125 National Champion Cody Sousa-Saints - 2010 BMRC GP125 Third Place Kewuan Gilbert - 2010 BMRC Formula 2nd Place

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More, from a press release issued by M1GP:

Los Angeles, CA -- M1-Grand Prix (M1GP) Motorcycle Road Racing Association is requesting proposals from potential partners interested in obtaining the promotional rights to various race events available with M1GP's 2011 season which include:

-A scheduled eight round championship road race series -Specific race class or classes within the series -The 4th Annual 8 Hours at Grange - 8 HR Endurance Race - Grange Motor Circuit - Apple Valley, CA. -The 2nd Annual M1GP24 Hour Super Endurance Motorcycle Race - Willow Springs International Raceway - Rosamond, CA.

"Getting the greatest value for investment dollars is especially important in today's economic climate. Promotional partners who get involved with M1GP's grass-roots, entry level racing, will be tapping into an area which has proven to be an important developmental ground for top racers and everyday motorcycle enthusiasts throughout the world.

Some who now enjoy successful careers as professional racers who developed their skills from mini road racing include: John Hopkins, Josh Herrin, Ben Spies, Chris Ulrich, Elena Myers, Valentino Rossi, and many, many more. Despite the important and proven impact it has had, mini road racing is still an obscure sport in America and hasn't yet gained the traction and respect as it has in Europe and Asia, where the sport is supported by manufacturers and industry leaders," said M1GP promoter and race director Young Lee.

Although sponsoring individual racers is important, M1GP offers a unique opportunity for promotional partners to expose their brands and establish relationships through our sprint and endurance series which reaches our growing community of families, fans and racers (some who will be future stars). Brand exposure will be through presence at events, print, the web and other media.

One of M1GP's main goals is to work with manufacturers and brands who have the foresight to invest in the future of the sport and step up and help us raise the awareness of mini road racing. This is a great and unique opportunity for brands connected with motorcycles, extreme sports, kids, family, health, etc., to get exposure and create tremendous loyalty and good will."

Lee adds, "An additional point to be made for those who come on board as a promotional partner, is that they will be joining M1GP's active efforts to getting sportbike riders off the streets and to the track where they will ride to their full potential, and in a safe and responsible way. This can help prevent or reduce serious injuries, which then helps the image of motorcycling, which can help the entire motorcycle industry grow a strong, better-trained, healthy and loyal customer base."

Although partnerships are being sought for the 2011 season, multi-year and multi-event proposals will be accepted. Potential promotional partners must demonstrate that they can effectively manage and support the partnership both commercially and operationally. Your brand or company can make a difference!

For more information on the details and for submitting a proposal, please contact M1GP at

About M1-Grand Prix Motorcycle Road Racing Association

M1GP Motorcycle Road Racing Association was established in 2009 to continue to provide a quality series for mini-class road racers in Southern California after the former CMRRA (California Motorcycle Road Racing Association), ran for 16 years by Al Lyons.

Going into just its third season in 2011, M1GP has already established itself as a quality racing association which emphasizes safety, good sportsmanship, and the importance and benefits of riding and racing smaller displacement motorcycles (ranging from 50cc two strokes - 150cc four stroke sportbike chassis, and offers classes from 50cc to 549cc supermoto).

M1GP is an advocate of sensible riding on the streets, and sport riding and racing responsibly at the track for women, men and kids. It is looking to expand its free programs by continuing its GREEN FLAG program for young riders who may be in need of gear or financial support/aid, its free youth racing class (Terminator) and its ongoing partnership with Riders for Health.

For more information, please visit: ~

More, from a press release issued by Wayne Koester:

A new Mini Roadracing Club is born

After competing in CCS, WERA, and SEMRA, Cam Morehead has decided to start a new mini road racing club. The club will focus on teaching youth riders to safely compete and a place for the Veterans to throw a knee down on a budget.

Cam has successfully competed on a CRF50 all the way up to a GSXR1000. 2008 saw Cam host the popular Mini Roadracing Nationals in Shawano, WI.

The biggest expense on a typical race weekend is the actual traveling. With the economy in its current state, Cam saw a need for region focused racing. With the help of Middle Georgia Kart Track, this idea became a reality.

Phil Herrin, father of Josh Herrin, built a beautiful racing facility. The pits are grass with an asphalt drive, nice hot showers, and nice restrooms. The asphalt track can be raced counter clockwise or clockwise. There is an optional asphalt jump section and also an optional dirt jump section. The track was featured in Road Racing World in the July 2010 issue. Check the track out on the web at

CAMMRA, Cam's Mini Roadracing Association, is focused on racing close to home and affordability. CAMMRA has classes for kids and adults ranging from 50cc to the full size Super Moto bikes. The Premiere Class is the XR/CRF 100 class. There are only a few modifications allowed to the stock XR/CRF 100 to insure a close battle and keeping the budget low. You can practice at MGKT on Saturday for $40 and race on Sunday in multiple classes for $50. Check the website for class rules and the 2011 Race Schedule.

Cam Morehead M&M Racing 864-647-2946