ROUND #1 – WERA NATIONAL CHALLENGE SERIES AND SPORTSMAN RACING RESULTS FROM ROEBLING ROAD!
Friday Qualifying for the 600cc Superstock National to run on Sunday saw Kollin Kozik on his Yamaha 600 .293 in front of Jimmy Merck on his Suzuki 600 .320 in front of Gavin Elstad on is Yamaha 600 .537 in front of Joseph Giannotto on his Yamaha 600. Sunday’ race was looking good!
Saturday the Pirelli/WERA Sportsman Series presented by Marietta Motorsports Riders took to the track and multiple winners included Kozik in both C and B Superbike on his Yamaha 600; Novice Michael Ferro on his Yamaha 600 took wins in both C and B Superbike.Andy White on his Kawasaki 1000 took 3 wins in F1, A Superbike and A Superstock while Novice Kevin Cesar on is BMW1000 took the F1, A Superbike and Integrity RV Senior Superbike Heavyweight wins. Robert Rosacker on his Suzuki SV650 took wins in both Lightweight Superstock and Superbike while Novices Jason Perry and Andrew Edwards on their Suzuki SV650 took the respective Novice wins. Young guns Ashton Yates on his Yamaha 125 took the win in F3 and John Jovi and his Moriwaki 250 took the E and D Superstock Expert wins while Gavin Elstad bested all the others in the 750 Superstock race on his Yamaha 600. Integrity RV Senior Superbike Mediumweight winner was Craig Huey Stewart on his 600 Yamaha. Daniel McAllister took two Novice wins in the C and B Superstock Classes. To see all the other winners on Saturday visit the web site at www.wera.com!
Sunday’s WERA National Challenge Series was under threat of rain from Mother Nature and riders cooperated in keeping things running smoothly. The Open Superstock battle was won by Andy White on his Kawasaki 1000 with Josh Paladeni on his Suzuki 1000 taking Novice honors. The 600 Superstock race saw 12 laps with Merck coming out on top on his Suzuki 600 and Derek Bell on his Yamaha 600 taking the Novice win. Merck went on to win the 750 Superstock race as well and Bell took the win in 600 Superbike. Bill Meister on his Ducati 1098 took the Heavyweight Superbike Expert win and Michael Sanders on his Triumph 675 took the Novice win. Dan McAllister on is 600 Honda took the Novice win in both the 750 Superstock and 750 Superbike Classes. Kozik claimed a victory on his Yamaha 600 in the 600 Superbike Class. Young gun Jackson Blackmon on his Moriwaki 250 took the F3 win. Tristan Avery took wins in both the Lightweight Superstock and F2 on his SV650 and Nick Schmitt followed suit in the Novice Lightweight Superstock and F2 Classes on his Suzuki 650. Mike O’Malley on his Suzuki 750 took the 750 Superbike Expert win and the day ended with a wet track and James Dellinger on a Suzuki 1000 taking 1st in the Michelin WERA Superbike race.
WERA Motorcycle Roadracing was founded in 1973 and remains the foremost place to develop talent in the sport of motorcycle Roadracing. The legacy of Pro riders on a National and World level is legendary. All events are run by WERA Motorcycle Roadracing and they go coast to coast offering entry level racing with the WERA Sportsman Series as well as a Pro-Am Series with the WERA National Challenge Series, WERA Motorcycle Roadracing also offer Vintage Racing and includes the only traveling Endurance Series in the US using the World Endurance platform for most of the rules.
For more information on WERA Motorcycle Roadracing please check out our web site at wera.com!
More, from a press release issued by Jason Duplantis Racing:
Jason Duplantis Racing Scores Two
Podium Finishes at Roebling WERA National.
Pooler, GA – Jason
Duplantis achieve a best result of 2nd place in the WERA Sportsman
Series 750 Superbike race at Roebling Road this weekend. He then followed it up
with a 3rd place finish in the 600 Superbike race. This is the first
podium finish of the year for Jason Duplantis Racing.
After suffering several issues in
launching the bike at the Championship Cup Series event the previous weekend,
Duplantis took his R6 Superbike to KWS Motorsports. KWS has been a longtime supporter
and KWS technician Michael Godin quickly sorted out the problem. Duplantis
tested the fix and declared himself ready for the WERA National at Roebling
The first race was the Expert 600
Superbike race. During the morning practice Jason practiced starts, and was
relieved that the bike was working as perfectly. Nerves got the best of
Duplantis and he had a large wheelie at the start. This put him 9th
going into turn 1. Duplantis put his head down and passed 6 riders over the
next 7 laps. In the end, Jason ran out of time and finished a lonely third
place with not enough laps to catch the leaders.
The next race of the weekend was the
Expert 750 Superbike event. This was Jason’s last race of the day/ weekend and
really wanted to push for another podium finish. Jason entered turn 1 in 7th
position. Within the first two laps he had moved into third position, but was
nearly 5 seconds behind first and second place. Always the fighter, Jason put
his head down and closed the gap on second place, with only one lap to go. He
then made a great pass in the final corner to secure 2nd place after
a well fought race.
Jason Duplantis – “What a fun day of racing! We made
some improvements with electronics to help with launching the bike, but I still
have lots of work to do. Coming through the field is a tough way to race. I’m
really proud of the 750 Superbike race, I could have easily settled for third
but I dug deep and finished strong. I want to thank Millennium
Technologies, KWS Motorsports, Velocity Powersports, Ballistic Performance
Components, my wife Emily, and all of the sponsors for their support. I will
continue to work on my race craft, and get better every weekend. I would like
to give a special thanks to Dr. Michael Sanders and Mike Moree, for their help
Jason Duplantis is proudly
Millennium Technologies, KWS
Motorsports, Velocity Powersports, Ballistic Performance Components, Arai
Americas, BG Oils, RPM Motorsports, Hazardous Racing, VP Fuels, Alex Rata Designs,
Worldwide Bearing, Doc Sanders Racing and Emily.
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More, from a press release issued by Jimmy Merck's publicist:
JIMMY MERCK TWO FOR TWO AT ROEBLING ROAD
Atlanta, Georgia’s Jimmy Merck enjoyed a great weekend of racing at Roebling Road in Faulkville, Georgia. The weekend marked WERA’s first National Event, with a combined racing schedule of Friday Practice, Saturday Regional action, and Sunday’s Nationals. The weather looked great Friday and Saturday, with a threat of rain on Sunday. With only two race entries for the weekend, and both on Sunday for the Nationals, the pressure was on.
Friday’s practice went smooth, with lap times in the 1:12 range. The final event of the day was 600 Superstock qualifying, where four riders were within .6 seconds of each other’s lap times, with Merck second .293 back. Saturday brought sunshine, with practice in the morning and regional sprints in the afternoon.
Sunday’s practice sessions were ridden in cloudy and a bit chillier temperatures with the threat of rain looming. Up first for Jimmy was 600 Superstock, where after a great start and consistent lap times, Jimmy came out on top with the win by just over 10 seconds.
Up next was 750 Superstock. Dunlops were sticky and the bike was on rails – Merck went on for the win by 19 seconds. All the hard work in the off-season is paying off!
Jimmy would like to thank Robert Ross with Mountain Motorsports in Marietta and welcome them on board! Jimmy is proud to work with Mark with Vesrah, Mountain Motorsports, Dunlop and Race Tire Services, Graves Exhaust, Livengood, Traxxion Dynamics, Silkolene Oils, Shoei Helmets, Chris with MPH, Vortex Sprockets, Pit Bull, Cycle Gear, his father Jimmy SR, and girlfriend Bobby.
More, from another press release issued by WERA Motorcycle Roadracing:
TO PRESS RELEASE!
When listing winners for the Sunday
WERA National Challenge Series at Roebling
Road on March 15th the Novice Open
Superstock winner was not listed properly – Congratulations to Corey Rachau on
his Suzuki 1000 for taking the win! All other results from that weekend can be
found on our web site at www.wera.com.
Motorcycle Roadracing was founded in 1973 and remains the foremost place to
develop talent in the sport of motorcycle Roadracing. The legacy of Pro riders on a National and
World level is legendary. All events are
run by WERA Motorcycle Roadracing and they go coast to coast offering entry
level racing with the WERA Sportsman Series as well as a Pro-Am Series with the
WERA National Challenge Series, WERA Motorcycle Roadracing also offer Vintage
Racing and includes the only traveling Endurance Series in the US using the
World Endurance platform for most of the rules.