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Aug 8, 2012

OMRRA Race Results From Portland International Raceway

Eirik Nielsen (72) leads Jon Munns (1c) during OMRRA's Vintage Days at Portland International Raceway. Photo by Jane Erickson, courtesy of OMRRA

OMRRA's hosts Vintage Days at Portland International Raceway 

Vintage racers showed up in droves to Portland International Raceway to test machines time has not forgotten. The high speed circuit combined with blistering heat tested the vintage grids. Dave Roper, the first American to win an Isle of Man TT, brought his rich motorcycling experience to OMRRA. Roper suffered multiple mechanical DNF's but would rally and take the podium in Ultralightweight Superbike on Sunday. Portland-based Eirik Nielsen returned home from the AHRMA series to lead the vintage racers in wins on Saturday in the 250 Vintage and 500 Vintage series. Nielsen was pushed to the front by AHRMA champion Jon Munns who shadowed Nielsen in Saturday's races. 

Since the OMRRA weekend was a one-off race for Nielsen and Munns, current Bridge City Cycles Vintage Championship leader Cody Wood's position was not threatened by their finishing positions. Wood's third place finishes on Saturday helped him extend his lead over vintage regulars in the Vintage Championship. With Nielsen and Munns not contesting Sunday's races, Wood was able to collect two wins in 250 Vintage and 500 Vintage further extending his lead. Patrick Leyshock was absent for Saturday's races but with two 2nd place finishes in 250 Vintage and 500 Vintage on Sunday, Leyshock holds onto 2nd position in the vintage championship. Entering the weekend, Daric Cheshire was one point ahead of Scott Elder for third position in the championship. With double the vintage races on tap, Cheshire was able to extend his lead with Elder suffering mechanical difficulties throughout the weekend. Elder will need to bring his A-game and finish the remaining events to challenge Cheshire. 

In the 2-Fast Track Days Formula Ultra Championship, Alan Schmidt of Kamloops, B.C., came one step closer to securing his ninth consecutive #1 plate with OMRRA to become the winningest champion in club history. Schmidt demonstrated he has the field in check by easily winning both Formula Ultra races. The battle to watch has been for second in the Formula Ultra Championship with Kevin Pinkstaff (#21) and Sam Verderico (#2) going toe-to-toe all season. In both Saturday and Sunday's Formula Ultra race, Pinkstaff and Verderico fought for the 2nd position with multiple passes lap after lap. Ultimately, Pinkstaff edged out Verderico by less than a half a second in both Saturday's and Sunday's race. The 2nd place finishes by Pinkstaff extend his lead over Verderico in the Formula Ultra Championship chase by 11 points. 

Championship points leader Schmidt has an opportunity to clinch his ninth championship at the next round on September 15th and 16th. 

In KFG Racing/Pirelli-sponsored Clubman Championship news, Huntley Nash brought his AMA Daytona Sportbike team to Portland International Raceway to test a high speed circuit in preparation for NOLA later this year. Nash exhibited lap record speed as he towed the local boys around the track gaining valuable testing knowledge on Saturday. While able to cross the line first in Saturday's 600 Supersport and 750 Supersport races at record setting pace, Nash's Daytona Sportbike prepared machine was not compliant to OMRRA's supersport regulations and was disqualified. Due to Nash's disqualification, Ryan Sutton secured two victories in 600 Supersport and 750 Supersport. Nash returned on Sunday and officially scored two first place wins in 600 Superbike and 750 Superbike. 

 Nash's presence inspired OMRRA regulars Ryan Sutton and Andy DiBrino into personal bests with Sutton capturing a lap record in 600 Superbike. Sutton continues to lead the Clubman Championship by an ever-increasing margin over 2nd place Matt Presting. Andy DiBrino, who missed last round due to a broken hand, came back with a vengeance and placed 2nd in 600 Supersport, 750 Supersport and 750 Superbike. With DiBrino off of injured reserve and surging late in the season, his presence is likely to shake up the standings. Sam Verderico continues to score well with top five finishes and has put himself just two points behind Presting who is struggling to retain second place position in the Clubman Championship with mixed results. 

Devon McDonough returned home to PIR while on break from AMA Supersport competition this summer. McDonough had a mechanical issue which kept him from his usual pace but managed to bring his Yamaha R6 home in third in Saturday's 600 Supersport race. On Sunday, McDonough had the opportunity to test and race an RSRacecraft prepared Triumph 675R. With limited saddle time, McDonough was able to take a 3rd and 5th in 600 Superbike and 750 Superbike. 

In other KFG Racing/Pirelli Clubman Championship news, the Suzuki SV650 of Jason Harper continues to dominate the middleweight classes. Harper has chalked up 15 of 20 wins this year and hasn't finished worse than 2nd. Jason's consistency has vaulted him to fourth position in the Clubman Championship. This past weekend, Harper scored a hat trick with 3 wins in 650 GP Twins, 450 Superbike and Middleweight Supersport just missing out on taking the fourth win in Middleweight Superbike to Michael Caravatta on an two-stroke Aprilia 125RS. 

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. Our races can be seen and heard by anyone with an internet connection, courtesy of PIRLive.com. The race day schedule is posted just prior to the weekend at www.facebook.com/omrra.racing. For more information, visit www.facebook.com/omrra.racing.

Saturday, August 4th Race Results 

Formula Ultra - Saturday 1. Alan Schmidt (Suz GSX-R1000) 2. Kevin Pinkstaff (Kaw ZX-10R) 3. Sam Verderico (Suz GSX-R1000) 4. Jason Gasparinatos (Kaw ZX-10R) 5. Anthony Manciu (Hon CBR1000RR) 6. Thomas Stevens (Suz GSX-R1000) 

Open Supersport 1. Anthony Manciu (Hon CBR1000RR) 2. Michael Alton (Suz GSX-R750) 3. Kinzer "Speedy" Naylor (Kaw ZX-6R) 4. Mike McKim (Suz GSX-R750) 

750 Supersport 1. Ryan Sutton (Yam YZF-R6) 2. Andy DiBrino (Yam YZF-R6) 3. Sam Verderico (Suz GSX-R750) 4. Matt Presting (Yam YZF-R6) 5. Jason Doody (Yam YZF-R6) 6. Kris Aldeman (Yam YZF-R6) 

600 Supersport 1. Ryan Sutton (Yam YZF-R6) 2. Andy DiBrino (Yam YZF-R6) 3. Devon McDonough (Yam YZF-R6) 4. Brian Pinkstaff (Kaw ZX-6R) 5. Matt Presting (Yam YZF-R6) 6. Tim Hines, Jr. (Yam YZF-R6) 

Ninja 250 Cup (Daily) 4. Chris Page (Kaw EX250) 6. Andrew Pignataro (Kaw EX250) 1. Justin Pyle (Kaw EX250) 2. Peter Kahn (Kaw EX250) 3. Kelly Johnson (Kaw EX250) 5. Brady Williams (Kaw EX250) 

650 GP Twins 1. Jason Harper (Suz SV650) 2. Keith Dibrino (Suz SV650) 3. Brian Osborne (Suz SV650) 

Middleweight Supersport 1. Jason Harper (Suz SV650) 2. Keith DiBrino (Suz SV650) 3. Jeff Brooks (Suz SV650) 4. Brian Osborne (Suz SV650) 

250 Vintage (Daily) 1. Eirik Nielsen (Hon CB160) 2. John Munns (Hon CB160) 3. Ryan Shanahan (Hon CB160) 4. Cody Wood (Suz Super6) 5. Daric Cheshire (Hon CL175) 6. Mica Grohn (Hon CL175) 

500 Vintage (Daily) 1. Eirik Nielsen (Hon CB350) 2. John Munns (Hon CB350) 3. Cody Wood (Suz Super6) 4. Daric Cheshire (Hon CL175) 5. Mica Grohn (Hon CL175) 6. Simon-Pierre Smith (Aermacchi 350) 

Vintage Superbike 1. Joe Weir (Suz GS1000) 2. Darren Carpenter (Hon CB1000) 3. Jon Leonard (Hon CBR600 F3) 

Formula III 1. Michael Caravatta (Apr 125RS) 2. Shannon Lang (Hon RS125) 3. Jeremy Coffey (Hon RS125) 4. Rob Tatom (Hon RS125) 5. Nobi Iso (Hon RS125) 

Sunday, August 5th Race Results 

Formula Ultra Sunday 1. Alan Schmidt (Suz GSX-R1000) 2. Kevin Pinkstaff (Kaw ZX-10R) 3. Sam Verderico (Suz GSX-R1000) 4. Tony Porter (Suz GSX-R1000) 5. Devon McDonough (Tri 675R) 6. Anthony Manciu (Hon CBR1000RR) 

Open Superbike 1. Alan Schmidt (Suz GSX-R1000) 2. Tony Porter (Kaw ZX-10R) 3. Anthony Manciu (Hon CBR1000RR) 4. Jason Gasparinatos (Kaw ZX-10R) 5. Sam Verderico (Suz GSX-R1000) 

750 Superbike 1. Huntley Nash (Yam YZF-R6) 2. Andy Dibrino (Yam YZF-R6) 3. Devon McDonough (Tri 675R) 4. Chase McFarland (Buell 1125RS) 5. Kris Aldeman (Yam YZF-R6) 6. Wes Stults (Yam YZF-R6) 

600 Superbike 1. Huntley Nash (Yam YZF-R6) 2. Ryan Sutton (Yam YZF-R6) 3. Andy DiBrino (Yam YZF-R6) 4. Brian Pinkstaff (Kaw ZX-6R) 5. Devon McDonough (Yam YZF-R6) 6. Matt Presting (Yam YZF-R6) 

450 Superbike 1. Jason Harper (Suz SV650) 2. Jeff Brooks (Suz SV650) 3. Brad Pinkstaff (Suz SV650) 4. Joe Pethoud (KTM/Hon 520 hybrid) 

Middleweight Superbike 1. Michael Caravatta (Apr 125RS) 2. Jason Harper (Suz SV650) 3. Ronnie Saner (Suz SV650) 4. David James Moore (Kaw EX650R) 5. Brad Pinkstaff (Suz SV650) 6. Nobi Iso (Hon RS125) 

Lightweight Superbike 1. Joe Pethoud (KTM/Hon 520 hybrid) 2. Paul Sicurezza (Kaw EX500) 3. Chris Page (Kaw EX250) 4. Peter Kahn (Kaw EX250) 5. Matthew O'Rourke (Kaw EX250) 6. Brady Williams (Kaw EX250) 

Ultralightweight Superbike 1. Chris Page (Kaw EX250) 2. Andrew Pignataro (Kaw EX250) 3. Dave Roper (Aermacchi 350) 4. Justin Pyle (Kaw EX250) 5. Kelly Johnson (Kaw EX250) 6. Don Headrick (Kaw EX250) 

250 Vintage (Daily) 1. Cody Wood (Suz Super 6) 2. Patrick Leyshock (Yam DT1 250) 3. Mark Hunter (Hon CB160) 4. Mica Grohn (Hon CL175) 5. Scott Elder (Hon CB160) 6. Jared Kenyon (Hon CB175) 

500 Vintage (Daily) 1. Cody Wood (Suz Super 6) 2. Patrick Leyshock (Yam DT1 250) 3. Daric Cheshire (Hon CL175) 4. Mica Grohn (Hon CL175) 5. Simon-Pierre Smith (Aermacchi 250) 6. Dave Roper (Aermacchi 350) 

Novice 4 1. Austin Carroll (Hon CBR600RR) 2. Jason Wilson (Yam YZF-R6) 3. Nick Apperson (Suz GSX-R600) 

Novice 5 1. Matt Hunt (Suz GSX-R750) 2. David Wright (Suz GSX-R1000) 3. Chris Herrin (Suz GSX-R750) 

Overall Championship Standings 2Fast Track Days Formula Ultra Championship 1. Alan Schmidt 189 pts 2. Kevin Pinkstaff 150 pts 3. Sam Verderico 139 pts 4. Anthony Manciu 91 pts 5. Tony Porter 66 pts 

KFG Racing/Pirelli Clubman Championship 1. Ryan Sutton 216 pts 2. Matt Presting 172 pts 3. Sam Verderico 170 pts 4. Jason Harper 166 pts 5. Brian Pinkstaff 163 pts 

Bridge City Cycles Vintage Championship 1. Cody Wood 211 pts 2. Patrick Leyshock 130 pts 3. Daric Cheshire 100 pts 4. Scott Elder 88 pts 5. Eirik Nielsen 73 pts