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May 28, 2014

Sutton Wins Four WMRRA Races At The Ridge Motorsports Park

Ryan Sutton (1) won four WMRRA races last weekend at The Ridge Motorsports Park. Photo by Jason Tanaka, courtesy of WMRRA.

Sutton Wins 4 in WMRRA’s 2nd Round

The Northwest rain held off for Saturday’s portion of WMRRA’s 2nd round at the Ridge Motorsports Park in Shelton, WA, which brought a large number of racers out to take on the challenging track. The standout contender of the weekend was Ryan “Chromie” Sutton who won 4 races in 600SS, 600SB, OpenSS, and Sunday’s Formula Ultra bout on his KFG Racing/GP Suspension sponsored Kawasaki 636 and Suzuki GSX-R1000. The lap record holder also put down the fast lap of the weekend, albeit over a second off his September flier he set last year. Sutton showed great composure in his racecraft, stalking riders until the last lap as well as controlling races from the front, which is in contrast to years past of him racing from flag to flag with his hair lit on fire style. Its quite obvious from all who attended the races that Ryan has his focus on something bigger than just winning races; keeping the coveted overall #1 plate that he proudly wears on his bikes from last years domination. After a frustrating 1st round where he found himself 26 points down to 2012 Overall Champion Mark DeGross, he gained valuable ground back with some very strong blows to DeGross’ lead. 

“I really had my sights set on winning all 6 races this weekend and taking the championship lead, but a few set backs kept me from it and I’m not one bit happy about it,” Sutton vented to friends at the awards ceremonies. 

DeGross took advantage of opportunities and slipped a few jabs in over the course of the weekend himself, winning Saturday’s Formula Ultra race (Sutton was leading and fell back to 5th, fighting a nearly flat rear tire) and taking a commanding win in Sundays OpenSB race held in a downpour on his 2Fast Track Days CBR1000RR. Sutton closed the gap down to 13 points on DeGross by the end of the weekend, leaving round 3 of WMRRA’s schedule to be a pivotal event for the overall championship.

In some of the lighter weight classes, 10-year-old David Kohlstaedt battled with 12-year-old Dominic Cameron in both 125GP and 250GP classes. Sean Galt won both of those races, but the excitement was around which of the young guns would take 2nd in each of the heats. They traded 2nd place finishes with David taking the 250GP and Dominic taking the 125GP silver medals home. All of the WMRRA family was silent with anticipation during the awards ceremonies as these two up and comers rattled off their podium speeches like a new politician, reading from prepared notes being sure not to miss a sponsor they were grateful for. Everyone present clapped and cheered with jubilation after they had finished, knowing they were witnessing the maturation of future champions.

In other fights over the weekend, Speeddealer Motors/Big Mama Racing’s Chase Glidden pulled out another win in 750SB making him 2 for 2 this year in that class. KFG Racing/GP Suspension rider Sam Verderico earned his maiden win of the year in 750SS to get his mojo flowing for the season. Lightweight superbike had a very good knock down drag out fight that included a family fued, where father Bob May came out victorious on his Bob May Insurance SV650 over son Eric May on his SV650!

May 24-25, 2014 Results

Clubman Qualifier

1. Blake Jarvis (Suz GSX-R600)

2. Steve Kidd (Suz GSX-R600)

3. Matt Darling (Hon CBR-600RR)

4. Christopher Larabee (Kaw ZX-6R)

5. Morgan Strobel (Suz GSX-R600)

6. Chris Mann (Suz GSX-R 750)

Middleweight Grand Prix Twins

1. Barry Carlson (Suz SV650)

2. Paul Gienau (Suz SV650)

3. Joshua Melanson (HRC NSF250R)

4. Eric May (Suz SV650)

5. Krister Fast (Suz SV650)

6. Jason Gasparinatos (Kaw EX300)

Open Supersport

1. Ryan Sutton (Suz GSX-R1000)

2. Mark DeGross (Hon CBR1000RR)

3. Adam Robarts (HonCBR1000RR)

4. Sam Verderico (Suz GSX-R1000)

5. Brian Pinkstaff (Kaw ZX-10R)

6. Jared Barnes (Suz GSX-R750)

Novice 1

1. Bryan Vrana (Suz GSX-R600)

2. Doug Lenz (Yam YZF-R6)

3. Justin Christenson (Yam YZF-R6)

4. Eddie Oner (Tri Daytona 675R)

5. Erich Freeman (Yam YZF-R6)

6. Brisa White (Kaw EX650)

Novice 2

1. Derick Clary (Kaw ZX-10R)

2. Sean Cresap (Suz GSX-R750)

3. Ryan Doherty (Yam YZF-R6)

4. Tyler Devoy (Suz GSX-R750)

5. Jeff Lane (BMW S1000RR)

6. Andrew Fergus (Duc 999)

750 Supersport

1. Sam Verderico (Suz GSX-R750)

2. Jonathan Wood (Yam YZF-R6)

3. Jared Barnes (Suz GSX-R750)

4. Chase Glidden (Yam YZF-R6)

5. Keith Robert (Yam YZF-R6)

6. Andrew Rogers (Yam YZF-R6)

Lightweight Early Grand Prix

1. Philip Melnyk (Kaw 250R)

Open Single

1. Joshua Melanson (HRC NSF250R)

2. Tim O'Mahony (Hon RS125GP)

3. Mick Hart (Hon RS125)

4. Greg Canright (KTM 560SMR)

5. Joseph Wright (Hon RS125GP)

6. David Kohlstaedt (Hon RS125)

650 Supersport Twins

1. Barry Carlson (Suz SV650)

2. Eric May (Suz SV650)

3. Paul Gienau (Suz SV650)

4. Rob Anderson (Suz SV650)

5. Chris Klein (Suz SV650)

6. Robert May (Suz SV650)

600 Supersport

1. Ryan Sutton (Kaw ZX-636R)

2. Mark DeGross (Yam YZF-R6)

3. Chase Glidden (Yam YZF-R6)

4. Chris Sarbora (Yam YZF-R6)

5. Brian Rose (Suz GSXR600)

6. Andrew Rogers (Yam YZF-R6)

500 Supersport

1. Philip Melnyk (Kaw 250R)

2. Cherie River (Kaw 250R)

Formula Ultra

1. Mark DeGross (Hon CBR1000RR)

2. Adam Robarts (Hon CBR1000RR)

3. Sam Verderico (Suz GSX-R1000)

4. Brian Pinkstaff (Kaw ZX-10R)

5. Ryan Sutton (Suz GSX-R1000)

6. Allister MacKinnon (Suz GSX-R1000)

Ultra Lightweight Superbike

1. Joshua Melanson (HRC NSF250R)

2. Philip Melnyk (Kaw 250R)

3. Sean Galt (Kaw 250R)

Novice 2

1. Derick Clary (Kaw ZX-10R)

2. Andrew Fergus (Duc 999)

3. Cameron Doyle (Yam YZF-R1)

4. Micah Smith (Suz GSX-R750)

5. Dana Deeter (Suz GSX-R1000)

6. Sean Cresap (Suz GSX-R750)

Novice 1

1. Bryan Vrana (Suz GSX-R 600)

2. Eddie Oner (Yam YZF-R6)

3. Erich Freeman (Yam YZF-R6)

4. Brisa White (Kaw EX650)

5. James Adams (Kaw ZX-6R)

6. James Akagi (Yam YZF-R6)

Formula Ultra

1. Ryan Sutton (Suz GSX-R1000)

2. Adam Robarts (Hon CBR1000RR)

3. Kevin Pinkstaff (Kaw ZX-10R)

4. Mark DeGross (Hon CBR1000RR)

5. Allister MacKinnon (Suz GSX-R1000)

6. Brian Pinkstaff (Kaw ZX-10R)

600 TFS

1. Jared Barnes (Suz GSX-R600)

2. Thad Langford (Suz GSX-R600)

3. Blake Jarvis (Suz GSX-R 00)

4. Matthew Wichgers (Hon CBR600RR)

5. Jeremy Johnson (Yam YZF-R6)

6. Greg Smith (Yam YZF-R6)

Open GP Twins

1. Raymond Parsons (Duc 848 evo)

2. Jason Gasparinatos (Kaw EX300)

160 Vintage

1. Tim O'Mahony (Hon CL175)

2. Mica Grohn (Hon CL175)

3. Tim Fowler (Hon CB160)

4. Neil Jensen (Hon CL175)

5. Arash Nadershahi (Hon CL160)

500 Vintage

1. Brett Andrist (Hon XL250)

750 Vintage

1. Mick Hart (Hon CB500)

2. Duncan Craick (See Weslake)

3. Paul Brodie (Exc )

4. Joseph Wright (Tri 140TE)

600 Superbike

1. Ryan Sutton (Kaw ZX-636R)

2. Mark DeGross (Yam YZF-R6)

3. Chase Glidden (Yam YZF-R6)

4. Jonathan Wood (Yam YZF-R6)

5. Matt Darling (Hon CBR600RR)

6. Rich Kim (Hon CBR600RR)

Lightweight Superbike

1. Robert May (Suz SV650)

2. Maarten Vos (Suz SV650)

3. Krister Fast (Suz SV650)

4. Eric May (Suz SV650)

125 Grand Prix

1. Sean Galt (Mor MD250H)

2. Dominic Cameron (Suz RM85)

750 Superbike

1. Chase Glidden (Yam YZF-R6)

2. Allister MacKinnon (Suz GSX-R750)

3. Mike Alton (Suz GSXR750)

4. Micah Kudo (Yam YZF-R6)

5. Sam Verderico (Suz GSX-R750)

6. Matt Darling (Hon CBR600RR)

250 Grand Prix

1. Sean Galt (Mor MD250H)

2. David Kohlstaedt (Hon RS125)

3. Dominic Cameron (Suz RM85)

Formula Thunder

1. Raymond Parsons (Duc 848 evo)

2. Robert May (Suz SV650)

3. Krister Fast (Suz SV650)

4. Chris Burgess (Tri Daytona 675R)

Heavyweight Early Grand Prix

1. Brad Huhta (Hon CBR1000RR)

2. Jared Barnes (Suz GSX-R750)

3. Donny Schultz (Suz GSX-R750)

4. Joe Malloy (Kaw ZX-10R)

250 Cup

1. Philip Melnyk (Kaw 250R)

2. Dominic Cameron (Kaw 250R)

Open Superbike

1. Mark DeGross (Hon CBR1000RR)

2. Adam Robarts (Hon CBR1000RR)

3. Ryan Sutton (Suz GSX-R1000)

4. Allister MacKinnon (Suz GSX-R1000)

5. David Wanzer (Hon CBR1000RR)

6. Donny Schultz (Suz GSX-R750)

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