Nov 22, 2001
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Copyright 2001, Roadracing World Publishing, Inc.<BR><BR>By David Swarts<BR><BR>SB Motorsports' Alan Schwen won the Washington Motorcycle Road Racing Association's overall 2001 Championship on Suzuki SV650s by winning three of the four WMRRA class Championships that he competed in during the season. Schwen won the WMRRA's 450cc Superbike, 650cc Supersport Twins and Middleweight Grand Prix titles and finished fourth in the Formula Thunder class riding a Supersport-spec SV650 and a 94-horsepower SV650 Superbike.<BR><BR>"Winning the overall Championship was really a highlight for me," Schwen said. "It came down to a last-race-day battle with John Dugan, the current overall #1 guy. He races the 750cc and Open classes on a GSX-R750 and GSX-R1000. He borrowed a SV650 to run my classes to keep me from winning the #1 plate but still couldn't manage to keep us from winning it. It was close, we won by 8 points I believe."<BR><BR>Schwen also co-rode with Karl Schenk and Jake Holden to the WMRRA Overall Endurance Championship by taking two overall wins and a second place in the 3-round series on a Dunlop-equipped Honda CBR929RR. <BR><BR>Schwen's 2001 Championship season was sponsored by SB Motorsports, South Sound Honda, Alpinestars, Arai, Ricci Motorsports/Bardahl, Joe Rocket, Dunlop, MVR, Zlock Racing, Race Bodies, J Rock Painting and Wasco.<BR>