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Mar 7, 2001

Monday's AHRMA Racing Highlights From Daytona

AHRMA filled the air of Daytona International Speedway with the sights, sounds, and smells of racing days gone by with a full program of Vintage racing Monday.

The schedule started with Pre-1940 machines like Ralph Auer's 1939 BMW 500. Auer got out front early in the four-lap race, but Alex McLean powered past Auer and into the lead on lap two, and went on to win the race by a healthy margin thanks to the top speed advantage of his Norton 500.

The new AHRMA Derbi Cup made its debut at Daytona, with Motorcyclist Editor Mitch Boehm winning.

John Cronshaw won the Super Mono 2 race on his Manx Norton 500 by over 40 seconds. Cronshaw came from the second wave to take the overall win in front of the Skorpian Cup class won by T. Bruce Brown.

In 250cc GP, Jonathan White got out in front with his Ducati 250 and won by over 30 seconds. Behind White, David Fabian took the Formula 125 win on a 1977 Honda.

Richard Merhar won the Formula 250 race convincingly after challenger Chuck Davis encountered problems on lap five of six. George Taylor took second on a Yamaha 250. Auer improved on his earlier finish by winning the Class C – Foot-shift category on his BMW. Art Farley won the Class C – Hand-shift class on his 1937 Indian.

Jerry Wood turned the fastest laps in the BEARS race, but lost the contest when Steve Maney exloited his power advantage late in the race. Jay Richardson won the 350 GP race on an AJS owned by Gordan Cooper.

Jim Struke and Stewart Aitken-Cade battled back and forth in Sound Of Singles – Two Stroke, both on RS125 Hondas. Struke was in the right position coming out of the Chicane on the last lap and won by the narrowest of margins. Wally Schleper took an uncontested Aprilia Cup win.

In Battle Of The Twins- Two Stroke, Christopher Spargo took full advantage of his more modern Yamaha TZ250 to win over Tony Smith and David Fabian.

Defending 500 Premier Champion Pat Mooney took a flag-to-flag victory, besting a field that included a Barber Motorcycle Museum MV Agusta Triple ridden to fourth place by Chuck Huneycutt.

Jerry Wood beat Gary Cotterell in a thrilling Super Mono race.

The day ended with the biggest names on the biggest machines takimg to the track in Formula 750. M3 Racing's Adam Popp won the class at Daytona for the second year in a row on a Honda 750 with Yvon Duhamel second and Gary Nixon third.

PRE-1940: 1. Alex McLean (Nor 500); 2. Ralph Auer (BMW 500); 3. Will Bertsch (BMW 500); 4. Will Harding (Ind 750); 5. Art Farley (Ind 750); 6. Art Delor (Ind 750).

200 GRAND PRIX: 1. Dennis Poneleit (Hon 175); 2. Edward Sensenig (Duc 200); 3. Mike Kirby (Bri 175); 4. Carl Anderson (Yam 175); 5. Jim Killy (Bul 175); 6. Mike Parker (Hon 200).

DERBI CUP: Mitch Boehm (Der 75); 2. Samara Talkin (Der 75); 3. David Pierce (Der 75).

SUPER MONO 2: 1. John Cronshaw (Nor 499); 2. Dan Elders (Hon 500); 3. Norman Lastovica (BBM 500); 4. Chuck Campbell (Yam 595); 5. Stoney Turner Yam 585); 6. Colin Fraser (Yam YZ419).

SKORPIAN (All Skorpion 660s): 1. T. Bruce Brown; 2. Kevin Brown; 3. Craig Hunley; 4. Alex McLean; 5. Paul Conley; 6. Neville Hall-Reace.

250 GRAND PRIX: 1. Jonathan White (Duc 250); 2. John Stephens (Duc 250); 3. Chuck Davis (BSA 250); 4. Charles Sexton (Bul 250); 5. Shimpei Yamazaki (Yam 250); 6. Dennis Poneleit (Hon 175).

FORMULA 125: 1. David Fabian (Hon 125); 2. Leon Cortes (Hon 125); 3. Steve Brown (Hon 125); 4.Greg Steinbeck (Hon 125); 5. Terry Gates (Hon 125); 6. Larry Poons (Hon 125).

FORMULA 250: 1. Richard Merhar (Yam 250); 2. George Taylor (Yam 250); 3. Chuck Davis (Dri 350); 4. Harry Barlow (Yam 250); 5. Les Trotter (Suz 247); 6. Matthew Hinkson (Yam 250).

CLASS C FOOT-SHIFT: 1. Ralph Auer (BMW 500); 2. Carleton Palmer II (Vin 500); 3. Alex McLean (Nor 500); 4. John Renwick (Vin 499); 5. Willi Bertsch (BMW 500); 6. Fred Mork (Nor 500).

CLASS C HAND-SHIFT: 1. Art Farley (Ind 750); 2. Art Delor (Ind 750); 3. A. "Moon" Mullins (H-D 750); 4. Yoshohiro Ohira (Ind 750); 5. Thomas Heid (H-D750); 6. "Doc" Batsleer (Ind 750).

BEARS: 1. Steve Maney (Nor 750); 2. Jerry Wood (Rik 750); 3. Glenn Campbell (BMW 750); 4. Dan Hankle (Nor 750); 5. Robert Goodpaster (Nor 750); 6. Craig Murray (Tri 750).

350 GRAND PRIX: 1. Jay Richardson (See 350); 2. Erik Green (AJS 350); 3. Les Trotter (Suz 247); 4. Gary Smith (Hon 350); 5. Charles Sexton (Bul 250); 6. Steve Mahanes (Duc 350).

SOUND OF SINGLES- TWO STROKE: 1. Jim Struke (Hon RS125); 2. Stewart Aitken-Cade (Hon RS125); 3. Larry Cohee (Yam TZ125); 4. Bob Demetrius (Hon RS125); 5. Melissa Shimmin (Hon RS125); 6. Alicia Struke (Hon RS125).

APRILIA CUP: 1. Wally Schleper (Apr RS250).

BATTLE OF THE TWINS – TWO STROKE: 1. Christopher Spargo (Yam TZ250); 2. Tony Smith (Yam 347); 3. David Fabian (Yam 350); 4. George Taylor (Yam 250); 5. Paul Gaskin (Rin 350); 6. Thierry Binoche (Yam 350).

500 PREMIER: 1. Pat Mooney (Nor 500); 2. John Cronshaw (Nor 499); 3. Josef Brenner (BSA 500); 4. Chuck Huneycutt (MV 500); 5. Jay Richardson (Man 499); 6. Jonathan White (Nor 500).

SUPER MONO: 1. Jerry Wood (Duc 570); 2. Gary Cotterell (BMW 720); 3. Mike Hodges (BMW 680); 4. Neville Hall-Reace (Sko 680); 5. Clive Chitty (BMW 690); 6. Kevin Brown (Sko 660).

FORMULA 750: 1. Adam Popp (Hon 750); 2. Yvon Duhamel (H-D 750); 3. Gary Nixon (Hon 750); 4. Chris Marshall (Duc 750); 5. Norbert Prokschi (BSA 749); 6. Keith Campbell (H-D 750).