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Jul 30, 2014

Sutton Wins Six WMRRA Races At The Ridge Motorsports Park

Ryan Sutton (1). Photo courtesy of WMRRA.

Sutton Sweeps 6 Races in front of his Family at WMRRA 4th Round

Beautiful sunny weather blessed WMRRA’s 4th round of racing July 26-27 at the Ridge Motorsports Park in Shelton, WA. The 90 degree temperatures brought many racers and spectators out to experience a fantastic weekend of races. Ryan Sutton invited his whole family out for the show, including his mom, dad, wife, kids, along with extended family and friends, putting on quite a display of riding for all to enjoy!

Chromie, (Ryan’s nickname in the club because his first track day he showed up on a Kawasaki ZX-10R with chrome wheels) seemed to feed on the hot weather, riding like he was on fire. He won all six races he entered and swept the weekend in 600 SS, 600 SB, Formula Ultra both days, Open SS, and Open SB. His only disappointment of the weekend was not breaking his own track record from last year, even though he came within 0.3 second of doing so.

Sutton was all smiles when talking with sponsor and friend Barry Wressell from KFG Racing / GP Suspension and said, “I had so much fun this weekend. Having my whole family out made it feel like old times and was really cool!”

Sutton was seen several times giving his two kids rides in the pits on his little KLX110 on the back wheel, showing them how it’s done Sutton family style! Walking away after the successful weekend, KFG Racing’s Sutton extends his lead over EDR Performance’s Mark DeGross in the Overall Championship 707 points to 660 points, respectively.

WMRRA had a large SOTP (Sounds of The Past) weekend which was well attended. There were over 20 vintage entries, the largest vintage field the club has seen for about five years. Twelve bikes were entered in the Hinshaw's Motorcycle Store 160 Superbike Shoot-Out which includes a Le Mans-style start, thus making it very entertaining to watch . Neil Jensen took an early lead but was passed by eventual race winner Mick Hart on lap 2. Daric Cheshire and Mica Grohn rounded out the top 3.

In the Sounds of the Past vintage race, Mick Hart took Paul Brodie's beautiful 1919 Excelsior "clone" to a commanding win, turning 2:00 laps on a bike with an exposed valve train!!! Hart was chased closely by Vashon Island resident Marc Brown on his Honda CB350. Further back in the pack, Daric Cheshire crossed the line ahead of Mica Grohn in a very close battle for the 250 Vintage crown. Both riders were among a large crowd of OMRRA vintage racers that made the trek from Portland to take part in the WMRRA Sounds of the Past event.

Representatives for the Vintage Motorcycle Enthusiasts club (VME) were on hand with a display of 15 beautiful street and race bikes under the Cycle Gear of Tacoma tent. Top honors in the show and shine went to Ted King 1954 Velocette Mac, Steve Henderson 1965 Ducati 250 Diana, Ron Rumbolz ex-Les Cook 1965 Norton 750.

In 500 SuperSport, WMMRA’s youngest female racer ever participated in her first event. Fifteen-year-old Emily River earned a 3rd while her mom, Cherie River, took a second on their Skagit Powersports / Cycle Gear Ninja 250's. The two of them make up WMRRA’s first mother/daughter team and have been working hard to learn the whole road racing paradigm. Emily thanked Premium Rush owner Phil Melnyk for his mentoring and Cherie gave 2Fast Track Days Mark DeGross a big plug for his help with her on her lines, cutting 16 seconds off her best lap time. The two were kept from the top spot on the box by Lane Taylor on his Ninja 250 who took a solid win in the class.

Rising star David Kohlstaedt, a 10-year-old flat track racer who is transitioning to road racing, was able to chop another eight seconds off his best lap time at The Ridge last weekend, proving we have only begun to see the potential in this young racer. Keep an eye on him. He will be racing for WMRRA's #1 plate before we know it!

July 26-27, 2014 @ The Ridge - Results

Sounds of the Past 500

1. Marc Brown (Hon CB350)

2. Swiss Niederberger (BSA 500)

3. Richard Illman (Hon CB350)

Sounds of the Past 750

1. Mick Hart (Exc 2.0)

2. Jon Lacey (BSA Rocket 3)

3. Duncan Craick (See Weslake)

Sounds of the Past 250

1. Daric Cheshire (Hon CL175)

2. Mica Grohn (Hon CL175)

3. Andrew Simsak (CL175)

4. Neil Jensen (Hon CL175)

5. Arash Nadershahi (Hon CL160)

6. Tim Fowler (Hon CB160)

500 Supersport

1. Lane Taylor (Kaw 250R)

2. Cherie River (Kaw 250R)

3. Emily River (Kaw 250R)

650 Supersport Twins

1. Barry Carlson (Suz SV650)

2. Eric May (Suz SV650)

3. Adam Faussett (Kaw EX650)

4. Cliff Beebe (Suz SV650)

5. Dustin Walbon (Suz SV650)

6. Dan Cordon (Suz SV650)

Open Supersport

1. Ryan Sutton (Suz GSX-R1000)

2. Mark DeGross (Hon CBR1000RR)

3. Adam Robarts (Kaw ZX-10)

4. Jacob Rower (Apr RSV4)

5. Cody Cochran (Yam YZF-R1)

6. Brian Rose (Suz GSX-R1000)

Novice 2

1. Robert Stallman (Hon CBR1000RR)

2. Cameron Doyle (Yam YZF-R1)

3. Ryan Doherty (Yam YZF-R6)

4. Sean Cresap (Suz GSX-R750)

5. Dana Deeter (Suz GSX-R1000)

6. Andrew Fergus (Duc 999)

Novice 1

1. Eddie Oner (Tri Daytona 675R)

2. Justin Christenson (Yam YZF-R6)

3. Nick Biesold (Kaw ZX-6R)

4. Richard Coleman (Tri Daytona 675R)

5. Doug Lenz (Yam YZF-R6)

6. Christopher Oller (Yam YZF-R6)

Sounds of the Past Formula 160 Le Mans

1. Mick Hart (Hon CB. 175)

2. Daric Cheshire (Hon CL175)

3. Andrew Simsak (Hon CL175)

4. Mica Grohn (Hon CL175)

5. Neil Jensen (Hon CL175)

6. Joseph Wright (Hon Cb175)

750 Supersport

1. Wes Stults (Yam YZF-R6)

2. Mike Alton (Suz GSX-R750)

3. Paul Capps (Yam YZF-R6)

4. Chase Glidden (Yam YZF-R6)

5. Brian Rose (Suz GSX-R600)

6. Zac Smith (Suz GSX-R750)

600 Supersport

1. Ryan Sutton (Kaw ZX-6R)

2. Mark DeGross (Yam YZF-R6)

3. Chase Glidden (Yam YZF-R6)

4. Matt Darling (Hon CBR600RR)

5. Paul Capps (Yam YZF-R6)

6. Joseph S. Palmeri (Yam YZF-R6)

Lightweight Early Grand Prix

1. Phil Cook (Hon CBR600)

2. Jay Floyd (Kaw 250R)

3. Lane Taylor (Kaw 250R)

Open Single

1. Mick Hart (Hon RS125)

2. Tim O'Mahony (Hon RS125R)

3. Luke Luciano (KTM 450)

4. Joseph Wright (Hon RS125R)

Middleweight Grand Prix Twins

1. Barry Carlson (Suz SV650)

2. Adam Faussett (Kaw EX650)

3. Eric May (Suz SV650)

4. Cliff Beebe (Suz SV650)

5. Dan Cordon (Suz SV650)

6. Robert May (Suz SV650)

Clubman Qualifier

1. Matt Darling (Hon CBR600RR)

2. Dan Manheimer (Suz GSX-R750)

3. Lionel Morey (Kaw ZX6RR)

4. Jason Boyle (Yam YZF-R6)

5. Morgan Strobel (Suz GSX-R600)

6. John Niederegger (Suz GSX-R600)

Formula Ultra

1. Ryan Sutton (Kaw ZX-6R)

2. Mark DeGross (Hon CBR1000RR)

3. Adam Robarts (Kaw ZX-10)

4. Allister MacKinnon (Suz GSX-R1000)

5. Jacob Rower (Apr RSV4)

6. Brian Rose (Suz GSX-R1000)

Ultra Lightweight Superbike

1. Christopher Johnson (Kaw 250R)

2. Jay Floyd (Kaw 250R)

3. Sean Galt (Kaw 250R)

4. David Swezey (Kaw 250R)

5. Lane Taylor (Kaw 250R)

Novice 1

1. Eddie Oner (Tri Daytona 675R)

2. Brisa White (Tri Daytona 675R)

3. Richard Coleman (Tri Daytona 675R)

4. Nick Biesold (Kaw ZX-6R)

5. Justin Christenson (Yam YZF-R6)

6. Doug Lenz (Yam YZF-R6)

Novice 2

1. Robert Stallman (Hon CBR1000RR)

2. Cameron Doyle (Yam YZF-R1)

3. Sean Cresap (Suz GSX-R750)

4. Ryan Doherty (Yam YZF-R6)

5. Dana Deeter (Suz GSX-R1000)

6. Tyler Devoy (Suz GSX-R750)

Formula Ultra

1. Ryan Sutton (Kaw ZX-6R)

2. Mark DeGross (Hon CBR1000RR)

3. Allister MacKinnon (Suz GSX-R1000)

4. Jacob Rower (Apr RSV4)

5. Adam Robarts (Kaw ZX-10)

6. Cody Cochran (Yam YZF-R1)

600 TFS

1. Lionel Morey (Kaw ZX6RR)

2. Dan Cordon (Yam YZF-R6)

3. Morgan Strobel (Suz GSX-R600)

4. Jeremy Johnson (Yam YZF-R6)

5. Matthew Wichgers (Hon CBR600RR)

6. Sean Galt (Yam YZF-R6)

Open GP Twins

1. Michael Castro (Duc 1199)

2. Robert May (Suz SV650)

3. Dustin Walbon (Suz SV650)

4. David Marod (Duc 848 evo)

600 Superbike

1. Ryan Sutton (Kaw ZX-6R)

2. Mark DeGross (Yam YZF-R6)

3. Wes Stults (Yam YZF-R6)

4. Matt Darling (Hon CBR600RR)

5. Chase Glidden (Yam YZF-R6)

6. Paul Capps (Yam YZF-R6)

Lightweight Superbike

1. Cliff Beebe (Suz SV650)

2. Eric May (Suz SV650)

3. Robert May (Suz SV650)

4. Dustin Walbon (Suz SV650)

5. Maarten Vos (Suz SV650)

6. Rob Anderson (Suz SV650)

125 Grand Prix

1. Mick Hart (Hon RS125)

2. Joseph Wright (Hon RS125R)

750 Superbike

1. Allister MacKinnon (Suz GSX-R750)

2. Wes Stults (Suz GSX-R750)

3. Chase Glidden (Yam YZF-R6)

4. Matt Darling (Hon CBR600RR)

5. Mike Alton (Suz GSX-R750)

6. Joseph S. Palmeri (Yam YZF-R6)

250 Grand Prix

1. Luke Luciano (KTM 450)

2. Jax Hammond (Apr RS250)

Heavyweight Early Grand Prix

1. Zac Smith (Suz GSX-R750)

2. Brad Huhta (Hon CBR1000RR)

3. Matthew Wichgers (Hon CBR1000RR)

4. Greg Smith (Suz GSX-R1000)

5. Joe Malloy (Kaw ZX-10R)

Formula Thunder

1. Raymond Parsons (Duc 848 evo)

2. Robert May (Suz SV650)

3. Chris Burgess (Tri Daytona 675R)

4. Michael Tobin (MV F3)

5. Ken Botham (Suz SV650)

250 Cup

1. Christopher Johnson (Kaw 250R)

2. Jay Floyd (Kaw 250R)

3. Sean Galt (Kaw 250R)

4. David Swezey (Kaw 250R)

5. Lane Taylor (Kaw 250R)

Open Superbike

1. Ryan Sutton (Suz GSX-R1000)

2. Adam Robarts (Kaw ZX-10R)

3. Mark DeGross (Hon CBR1000RR)

4. Allister MacKinnon (Suz GSX-R1000)

5. Cody Cochran (Yam YZF-R1)

6. David Wanzer (Hon CBR1000RR)

500 Vintage

1. Ronald Bloker (Hon CB350)

2. Miles Andrist (Hon XL250)

3. Jim West (Hon CB350)

250 Vintage

1. Jason Bailly (Yam CT)

750 Vintage

1. Mick Hart (Hon CB 720)

2. Duncan Craick (See Weslake)

160 Vintage

1. Daric Cheshire (Hon CL175)

2. Mica Grohn (Hon CL175)

3. Andrew Simsak (CL 175)

4. Neil Jensen (Hon CL175)

5. Joseph Wright (Hon CL175)

6. Tim Fowler (Hon CL 175)