Sep 26, 2012
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Gerry Signorelli (88) racing with Shane Narbonne (46) at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
SIGNORELLI ESCAPES SPECTACULAR CRASH WITH BROKEN FOOT
Gerry Signorelli Crashes Out of Miami Race During Solid Battle for 7th
It was a challenging weekend for the 4th round of the Vance & Hines XR1200 Top-10 Points Chase at Homestead-Miami Speedway. AMA Pro Racing rolled into town for the second to last round of the season September 21st-23rd. The Harley-Davidson XR1200's didn't see dry track until Sunday morning for Final Qualifying. Signorelli and the Kuryakyn Racing for a Wish Team put in a lot of time on the bike in the rain on Saturday, but Sunday was a new day with dry pavement. Lack of track time made it difficult to get as strong of a qualifying placement as the team has become accustomed to. Signorelli started from the third row in 10th. With a fantastic start he made his way up to 7th immediately and got locked into a battle with New Jersey Round winner, Shane Narbonne. It was a dramatic race as the Kuryakyn Racing for a Wish Team's XR1200's exhaust bracket broke early in the race. It dangled, dragged, and sparked throughout the race. Pushing hard and planning a move on Shane, Gerry crashed badly driving out of turn 11. Unfortunately the bike was thrashed and Signorelli struggled to get up. The final word on his condition will be announced in the coming days, but it has been confirmed that his foot is broken. He will hobble up towards New Orleans with the team rig today to prepare for the AMA Pro Racing Season Finale.
Gerry Signorelli - "This weekend tested us big time. With little dry track time and no race or testing here previously, I had to learn the track quickly and understand how best to setup our Kuryakyn Racing for a Wish XR1200. I enjoyed riding in the wet on Saturday, but Sunday was all dry. Even with little preparation, I was excited to go racing and hang it out there. I had a fun battle with Narbonne, but ultimately made a mistake towards the end of the race and highsided. It hurt a lot. My foot is broken and I'm waiting to hear back from my surgeon on our next step. I have to say a big thanks to my family for being at the race, the fun fans that came, and the corner workers that dragged my mangled bike off the track. I'm bummed right now, but thankful."
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The team invites all fans to make it to the last round at NOLA Motorsports Park on October 5th-7th. Or tune in on Speed2.com for race coverage of the entire 2012 XR1200 season. More information can be found at or . For more information about Signorelli, the Kuryakyn Racing for a Wish Team, and their charitable cause, find them at or as well as on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and other social media outlets.
Racing for a Wish markets sponsors' brands in the thrilling world of motorsports. Racing for a Wish is a motorcycle road racing program that donates to the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Colorado as it supports Gerry Signorelli's development towards becoming an internationally competitive racer. The team is currently racing in the full AMA XR1200 Pro Series.
More, from a press release issued by Motorcycle-Superstore.com:
Steve Rapp Scores Podium At Big Kahuna Homestead
Rain, Lightning And A Last Row Start Position Proves To Be The Perfect Combination For Motorcycle-Superstore.com AMA Pro SuperBike Pilot
Medford, OR (September 26, 2012) Round 11 of the GEICO Motorcycle AMA Pro Road Racing Championships in Homestead-Miami Speedway produced an exciting weekend of racing and a second-place podium finish for Steve Rapp and his Attack Performance/Motorcycle-Superstore.com/LeoVince SuperBike team.
The penultimate round of the National Guard AMA Pro SuperBike Series started out a bit rough for Rapp. A late arrival on Friday meant Steve could not participate in practice and qualifying rounds and his first look at the track would be on Saturday morning, confirming that his start position would now be from the last row in the final spot. Come race time, his luck didn't improve much as a mechanical gremlin ended his day on the first lap of the race.
Hope was on the horizon, though, for Rapp on Sunday, as was a lightning storm, a rain delayed event and another back row start. At this stage, most riders were scrambling to determine on which tires they would race as others were deciding if they would even participate under the wet conditions. "I came here to race," claimed Rapp. "It was a gamble that the track would eventually dry out throughout the 23 lap event, fortunately our team picked the correct tires. We basically passed the entire field, except for Josh Hayes, and brought the Attack Performance ZX-10R in for our best finish of the season. It was a pretty exciting race for us, especially under these conditions."
Rapp's last place to second place finish was amazing to watch as he picked off rider after rider eventually tracking down Geoff May, Josh Herrin and then Ben Bostrom for the second spot with only two laps remaining. "It was sketchy out there, you could see the lanes virtually drying up in front of you," said Rapp. "I'm glad we survived it and finally put our sponsors up on the podium. We have one race left, maybe we can reach that top step in NOLA."
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