Sep 11, 2013
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From a press release
issued by Honda East of Toledo:
Eddie Kraft (48). Photo by Kyle Hunter, courtesy of Honda East of Toledo.
HONDA EAST'S EDDIE KRAFT WINS SIX RACES AND CLINCHES WERA CHAMPIONSHIPS AT PIRC
Maumee, OH Honda East Yamaha Suzuki of Toledo's rider Eddie Kraft won six races at WERA's double-header finale this past weekend at Pittsburgh International Race Complex, in Wampum, PA. Eddie turned the fastest lap of the weekend and was able to clinch four WERA North Central Championships - 600 Superstock, 600 Superbike, 750 Superstock and 750 Superbike, aboard his Pirelli-fitted, Honda East-backed Yamaha R6.
"Thank you to Honda East for all they've done to support us this season", Kraft states. "It's been a lot of work and a lot of fun all at the same time. The group of friends we've had helping us both at and away from the track this year, along with the new friends we've made along the way, really make this addicting habit of racing hard to break."
Honda East's Sales Manager Gabe Miller commented, "Congratulations to Eddie and the entire Witchkraft Racing team on a great season. We're very thankful to have their continued track presence for our dealership, as well as the continued referrals for bikes, ATVs, snowmobiles, generators, OEM parts and more. We wish them the best of luck down at the WERA Grand National Finals next month!"
As a family owned and operated Ohio motorcycle dealer, Honda East's philosophy is to treat each customer like a family member, every visit. Our award-winning sales staff will strive to meet and exceed your expectations, whether you are purchasing a new vehicle, calling with a question, picking up a part, or just looking in our shop. Located in Northwest Ohio, Honda East is the #1 ranked dealership in both Ohio and Michigan; offering a full line of sport bikes, cruisers, dirt bikes, ATVs, scooters, watercraft and snowmobiles not only by Honda, but Yamaha, Suzuki, Kawasaki, Aprilia, Sea-Doo, Ski-Doo, Can-Am, Kymco, Bombardier, Polaris and Artic Cat. Honda East prides themselves on the best out the door deal, period. No games, no hassles.
The team would also like to thank Pirelli Tires, SportbikeTrackGear.com, Animal Aid Foundation, Hanshaw Engines, Oakley, Pit Bull, Dynojet, Sharkskinz, Motul, NGK, Worldwide Bearings, Shoei Helmets, Chicken Hawk, GoPro, Motion Pro, Full Spectrum Batteries, Ohlins, Knox Armour, RS Taichi, M.C. Designs, Spider Grips, XT Racing and Andrew Swenson Designs.
For more information on Honda East, visit hondaeast.com. For information and news on the racing team, please visit witchkraftracing.com.
More, from a press release issued by KMR Kawasaki powered by Vauxhall (Northern Ireland dealers):
Hamilton secures second Irish Road Race Championship
KMR Kawasaki's Jamie Hamilton bounced back from a terrifying 150mph crash at Killalane on Sunday to secure his second Irish Road Race Championship of 2013. The 22-year old crashed heavily in the Superbike race but dusted himself down to make it on to the grid for the Supersport race and fifth place ensured he was able to add that particular title to the Supertwins one won earlier in the season.
The Ballyclare rider crashed when he ran into the back of Derek Sheils but, fortunately, escaped relatively unscathed although he was naturally extremely second hand after such a high-speed spill. The bike was also totalled in the smash. Undeterred, Hamilton borrowed a set of leathers off former racer John Burrows in an attempt to hold onto his lead in the Supersport class. Despite being very stiff and sore, Hamilton finished in fifth place which was enough for him to take the crown ahead of Derek McGee.
Team-mate Connor Behan ended his Irish road race season on a high too with the Northwich rider winning the Junior Support race on the ER6 650cc Kawasaki. He narrowly missed out on the title to Mark Hanna, finishing the season in second overall, and with sixth in the Senior Support race, he took third overall in that Championship.
Speaking afterwards, a delighted, and relieved, team manager Ryan Farquhar commented; "To end the season with two Irish road race Championships for Jamie and a second and third overall for Connor is an excellent achievement. Jamie showed great character and resolve after the spill, which he was very lucky to walk away from, and got the job done in the Supersport class to add to his Supertwins success. He was in a fair bit of pain but got the fifth place he needed before wisely sitting out the rest of the day."
"It was nice to see Connor end the season with another win and he can be very proud of his efforts and achievements in his first year of road racing. We've just got the Gold Cup meeting to get through now although, sadly, it looks like Jamie will be giving it a miss in light of his injuries and damaged machinery. We'll still be there with James Cowton though and will be looking to end the season with some more good results."
The International Gold Cup at Oliver's Mount, Scarborough takes place this weekend, September 21-22.