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Sep 18, 2013

The Final Round Of Press Releases From This Past Weekend's Various Motorcycle Road Races (Updated)

The International Gold Cup at Oliver’s Mount, Scarborough: Dean Harrison (12). Photo by Glynne Lewis, courtesy of Team RC Express Racing with MSS Performance.
Harrison ends road racing season with Scarborough success
Team RC Express Racing’s Dean Harrison ensured his 2013 UK road racing season ended on a high at the weekend when he took a brace of wins at the International Gold Cup meeting at Oliver’s Mount, Scarborough. The Bradford rider took victories in both the Supersport and Superbike races and it was success in the latter that saw him pick up the prestigious Darran Lindsay Trophy.

With Saturday seeing good, sunny conditions, Dean took a close second to Guy Martin in the opening leg of the Superbikes, the duo breaking the outright lap record on more than one occasion as they pushed each other to the maximum but a heavy rain shower before Sunday’s second leg meant tyre choice was crucial. Dean and the team opted for intermediates and it proved to be a master stroke as he left the field firmly trailing in his wake, eventually taking the victory by a commanding 27 seconds! First and second meant he was the overall winner over the two legs and deservedly won the Darran Lindsay Trophy.

The circuit was still damp for Sunday’s feature Gold Cup race and at the end of the opening lap, Dean slotted into third behind John McGuinness and Michael Dunlop. However, Bruce Anstey had fallen at Mere Hairpin on the previous lap and with some debris still on the circuit, Dean slid off on the second lap with race leader McGuinness doing the same a lap later, thus ruling out any chance of another Superbike race win.

Undeterred, Dean bounced back in fine style in the Supersport race and immediately grabbed the holeshot to lead the field at the end of the first lap. Increasing his lead by a second a lap, Dean’s lead on the Ian Bell R6 Yamaha was almost five seconds at half race distance and he was able to cross the line 6.7s clear of Guy Martin. The win more than made up for Saturday’s corresponding race when Dean was one of a number of riders to be knocked off at the first corner by an over-enthusiastic rider coming through from near the back of the grid.

In what was a mixed weekend for many of the competitors, Dean also added a brace of second place finishes in the two Supertwins races to his account to finish second overall behind Ivan Lintin in the Lee Pullan Trophy.

Dean Harrison: “It’s been an up and down weekend and whilst I’m obviously disappointed with how the main Gold Cup race went, I’m well pleased with the two race wins on Sunday. It was a bit slippy out there but the tyre choices we made were spot-on and the Metzeler’s did a great job, in both the wet and dry. I had a great battle with Guy in the first Superbike race, only losing ground in the closing stages, so I was determined to turn the tables on Sunday and I just got my head down from the start. I never saw anyone and it’s nice to win the Darran Lindsay Trophy in the process.”

“The 600 was flying all the weekend but I couldn’t believe what happened in Saturday’s race and for one rider to wipe out so many other riders was a bit ridiculous to say the least. I banged my ankle a bit but we did the business on Sunday so a big thanks to all the team again this weekend.”

Ben Constable, Team Co-owner: “The weekend’s had its ups and downs but we’re delighted that Dean was able to take two more road race wins. The Superbike race on Saturday was an excellent race and Dean pushed Guy harder than anyone else, a fact that could be seen in the pair of them lapping comfortably inside the outright lap record. Most riders opted for slicks in Sunday’s race but we felt the track wasn’t dry enough for that and inters were definitely the way to go. Dean dominated the race and we’ve come away with the biggest trophy available!”

“It made up for the disappointment of the Gold Cup race with the 600cc win doing the same after Dean got knocked off on Saturday by a rash move by another rider. The DNFs suffered this weekend were through no fault of our own and when everything went to plan, Dean scored some excellent results so, overall, we’re well pleased with how the Gold Cup meeting’s gone.”

The team’s next outing is scheduled to be the annual Stars at Darley meeting at Darley Moor on Sunday October 13th.




More, from a press release issued by Ivan Linton's publicist:

Lintin wraps up road racing season with more Trophy success

Bardney's Ivan Lintin wrapped up his 2013 road racing season in superb style at Oliver's Mount, Scarborough at the weekend with two stunning victories in the Supertwins races seeing him win the highly prestigious Lee Pullan Trophy.

Riding the 650cc Tigcraft Kawasaki, Lintin was in imperious form all weekend and opened his account in Saturday's opening 8-lap race after grabbing the lead from Dean Harrison on the first lap. With perfect, sunny conditions all around the 2.43-mile venue, Ivan lapped consistently quicker than his rival to pull away for a comfortable 10.3s win. Sunday's second leg saw more challenging conditions with rain showers making the circuit damp and slippy all the way round and with the race cut to four laps, a good start was going to be crucial. Indeed, Ivan made no mistakes to lead the field by 0.3s at the end of the first lap and with both rider and machine working in perfect harmony, he ran out victor once more, this time by 6.9s.

Lintin was also in fine form on board the 600cc Taylor Lindsey Racing Honda in the two Supersport 600cc races. Riding the machine around Oliver's Mount for the first time, Ivan soon got dialled in and Saturday's opening 8-lap leg saw him enjoy a ferocious scrap with Lee Johnston, James Cowton and Bruce Anstey. Positions changed hands regularly although Ivan had to settle for fifth and it was a similar result in Sunday's wet race with Ivan battling on this occasion with Cowton, Ian Lougher and William Dunlop, just 1.8s separating the quartet at the chequered flag.

Speaking afterwards, a delighted Ivan said; "Obviously, the highlight of the weekend was winning the two Supertwins races and the Lee Pullan Trophy and we've got the Tigcraft Kawasaki working really well around Scarborough now and it went perfectly in the two races, working equally well in the wet and dry. I was also delighted with how the Taylor Lindsey Racing Honda went first time out at Scarborough. I had a few set-up issues during practice as it took a while to get the bike fine tuned for the circuit but I was really happy with the progress we made in the dry and also in the tricky conditions on Sunday."

"I should have had third in Sunday's race but my visor misted up a bit and when I went round the outside to pass Ian Lougher, he ran me out to the grass, which allowed James Cowton through. All in all though, it was a brilliant end to my 2013 road racing season, a year that's seen me achieve some great results and personal best laps, including my first International road race win at the Ulster GP, so a massive thank you to all of my sponsors and everyone who's helped me during the year."




More, from a press release issued by Gino Rea Racing:

Gino Rea battles in top 20 with broken hand at Misano GP

Gino Rea experienced a tough weekend at the Misano Grand Prix, battling with a recently broken hand which proved more difficult than imagined. The Londoner fought through pain all weekend and had his bike not stopped in the final minutes of qualifying, Gino would have qualified inside the top 20. With 7 minutes remaining Rea had moved into 17th position but soon got bumped down when he was forced to retire form the session, leaving him in 21st for the grid.

Gino made a good start to the race moving up into 17th position within the opening laps. Riding with strong painkillers, Rea was hesitant and lost some positions but soon began to get into a rhythm and improved his lap times. Battling in the top 20, Gino was confident that he could progress and make more positions up until he hit a false neutral, making him run off the circuit and drop back to 23rd. From then on, the gap was too big to narrow and Rea’s hand started to get worse, losing strength lap by lap.

Gino adds: "A tough weekend for me. I had a good start to the race and improved up to 17th. I was battling in a group but hit false neutral & went straight on at turn 1. I went back to 23rd and soon lost a lot of strength in my broken hand and I couldn't stop the bike anywhere. My left hand was compensating for it and it cut open the skin on my palm and I ended up 22nd. I'm happy with our potential this weekend considering my injury, it was so difficult to minimise the use of my right hand at such a physical circuit.

"Now I'm looking forward to recovering my hand and moving onto Aragon. Huge thanks to all of my team for their hard work, I hope we can have a stronger result at Aragon."

The next MotoGP race takes place on 29th September at Aragon, Spain.




More, from a press release issued by John McGuinness' publicist:

McGuinness denied Gold Cup glory

John McGuinness’ hopes of victory in the International Gold Cup at Oliver’s Mount, Scarborough were dashed on Sunday when he slid off on oil on the third lap whilst leading.

The Morecambe ace was looking to get his name back on the trophy he last won in 1999 and a brilliant start to the race on the HM Plant/Padgetts Honda saw John grab the holeshot and promptly pull away from the rest of the field. Both rider and the 1000cc Superstock machine were working in tandem perfectly and their gap over Michael Dunlop at the end of the first lap was a commanding two seconds.

The damp conditions were making it tricky for everyone but John still held a more than healthy advantage over Dunlop as they went into lap three. However, team-mate Bruce Anstey had crashed at Mere Hairpin on the opening lap, with third placed Dean Harrison doing the same a lap later and on the third lap it was John’s turn, with oil having been dropped on the course. Fortunately, uninjured in the spill, it brought John’s race to a premature end.

Speaking afterwards, a disappointed John said; “I really wanted to get my name back on the Gold Cup and was on a bit of a mission so for the race to end like it did is hugely disappointing. I got a brilliant start and both the bike and the tyres were working superbly and whilst the track was certainly a bit slippy, I felt really comfortable. I had a nice gap over the rest of the field and was controlling the gap but when I exited Mere on the third lap, the rear just spun round on me and before I knew it, I was on my backside looking back down the track as the other riders came round the corner!”

“I did nothing wrong and did exactly as I’d done the previous two laps in terms of my line and when I fed on the power and I later found out that there was a bit of oil down. It’s a real shame for the race to end in this fashion as I felt confident a great result was on the cards but it wasn’t meant to be. It wasn’t the result I was looking for but it’s always nice to come and ride at Oliver’s Mount and I’ll just have to make sure I come back next year and put things right!”

John now heads straight to Le Mans, France where he’ll link up with the Honda TT Legends team for the final round of the World Endurance Championship.




More, from a press release issued by KMR Kawasaki powered by Vauxhall (Northern Ireland dealers):

Mixed end to 2013 road racing season for KMR Kawasaki
The KMR Kawasaki team had a mixed end to their 2013 road racing season at Oliver's Mount, Scarborough at the weekend with James Cowton securing a rostrum position in the Supertwins class on Saturday but suffering a spill in Sunday's corresponding race.

With regular team members Jamie Hamilton and Connor Behan sitting out the meeting, it was left to Driffield's Cowton to fly the flag for the team and he got the weekend off to a great start in Saturday's 8-lap Supertwins race, the first leg of the Lee Pullan Trophy. Whilst Ivan Lintin ran away with the victory, James battled with Dean Harrison throughout although he had to settle for third at the chequered flag, just 1.4s adrift of his rival.

Whilst Saturday saw good, sunny conditions, the same couldn't be said for Sunday with the Yorkshire venue subjected to cool, damp weather for the second 8-lap Supertwins race. Having taken a brilliant third in the feature Gold Cup race earlier in the day on his own 600cc Honda, Cowton was in confident mood in his final outing of the year on the KMR Kawasaki and led Lintin and Harrison at the end of the opening lap. However, the circuit was still damp and slippy and the 21-year old slid off on the second lap fortunately without injury.

Speaking afterwards, team manager Ryan Farquhar commented; "It's been a mixed few weekends for us at the end of what's been a highly successful season for KMR Kawasaki with some good results offset by a few spills and it was a similar outcome this weekend. James did a great job in Saturday's dry race, posting some extremely competitive lap times and pushing Dean Harrison all the way and we were hopeful of bettering that result on Sunday. The conditions were very tricky and James, like many others during the course of the day, got caught out fortunately without any injury to himself or much damage to the bike. It's been a long, old season so I'm glad it's all over now but, like I say, it's been highly successful so everyone connected to the team can be proud of their efforts, least of all the riders themselves. We'll go away now and regroup over the winter and make plans for the 2014 season."




More, from a press release issued by LeoVince USA:

LeoVince USA and Dion Device Riders Battle for Points at New Jersey

Richmond, Calif. - Drama abounded during round eight of the AMA Pro Road Racing season, held September 13-15 at New Jersey Motorsports Park, and both LeoVince USA and Dion Device riders were right in the thick of the action. Wins, crashes, penalties and exceptionally close points battles were the order of the weekend.

SuperBike

The SuperBike races were dramatic ones for Dion Device riders Josh Hayes and Josh Herrin. In race one, they both had mechanical issues on their Monster Energy Graves Yamaha YZF-R1s and had to pit to switch bikes. They were facing a massive game of catch-up until a red flag came out.

On the race one restart, Herrin quickly jumped into the lead, but Hayes was able to get past with two laps to go. Hayes crossed the line in first, but was credited with fourth because of a five-second penalty for jumping the start. Herrin was awarded the win, which extended his points lead in the championship.

In race two, Hayes got out front and never looked back, taking his 40th career SuperBike victory by more than three seconds. Herrin followed in second place after a battle with two other riders. Herrin came out of the weekend with a strong 22-point lead in the championship.

Other Dion Device riders who fared well in New Jersey include Geoff May, who earned two top tens (ninth and seventh) on his Team Hero EBR 1190RS, and Larry Pegram, who scored a best finish of eighth in race two with his Pegram Racing R1.

Daytona SportBike

It was an unusual weekend for RoadRace Factory riders Jake Gagne and JD Beach. The riders, whose R6 race bikes are equipped with LeoVince exhausts and Dion Device brake lever protectors, both suffered some bad luck during the weekend. Gagne got off to a great start by finishing third in race one, but a crash in race two was not the follow-up he had hoped for.

Beach’s excitement started Saturday morning, when he made an incredible highside save. Unfortunately, he suffered minor injuries in the incident and did not start race one. Beach made a valiant effort to compete in race two, but had to retire early. Heading into the final round of the season, Gagne is holding down a comfortable second in points, while Beach is sitting in fourth.

SuperSport

LeoVince USA riders took four podiums in SuperSport. Hayden Gillim started things right by winning race one on his Team 95 R6, and he was able to come back for a second-place finish in race two. Unfortunately for Gillim, it was not quite enough for the SuperSport East championship: he lost the title by a slim one point, finishing second for the season.

Tomas Puerta, who already wrapped up the SuperSport West and Overall championships at round six, was third in race one. He finished his season on a high note by taking the win in race two on his RoadRace Factory R6, which carries both a LeoVince exhaust and the Dion Device.

Sebastiao Ferreira was seventh in both races on his BP Racing R6, giving him a total of four finishes in that spot this season. Dion Device rider Devon McDonough was ninth in race one on his RSRacecraft R6, his second top-ten appearance this season.

The LeoVince USA and Dion Device riders have just one round remaining in the 2014 AMA Pro Road Racing season. They return to Laguna Seca the weekend of September 27-29 for the season finale, which will run in conjunction with the FIM Superbike World Championship.

For more information about sponsored teams and the LeoVince line of performance products, visit the LeoVince USA website at www.leovinceusa.com. To keep up with the latest product and racing news from LeoVince, be sure to like them on facebook at www.facebook.com/leovinceusa.




More, from a press release issued by Red Bull/RoadRace Factory:

The Devil's Showdown from New Jersey Motorsports Park in Millville, NJ was the scene of the latest round of the AMA Pro Road Racing Series and also the place where fortunes were mixed for the team. On one hand, we had the most incredible weekend with Tomas, and watching him receive his Number 1 plates for his West Series and Overall SuperSport Championships. On the other hand, we had our first DNS and DNFs of the season.

Race Report

GoPro Daytona SportBike - The Devil Wins This Round

The penultimate round of GoPro Daytona SportBike was to be a battle for the ages with Jake a solid 2nd in points and JD running neck and neck with Garrett Gerloff for 3rd. By the time the riders took to the track on Friday, the stage was set for a fantastic showdown. After the first practice session, Jake and JD were a little behind the factory mounted riders but that was nothing that the team couldn't overcome. Qualifying 1 was Friday afternoon and both Jake and JD had found some extra speed. The problem was that the other guys had, too. When the session was over, Jake and JD sat in P5 and P7 respectively.

Dawn broke on a chilly Saturday morning, the smell of fresh wet concrete from the night's shower was heavy and the humidity was somewhere north of 70%. Q2 was approaching and the team worked most of the night adjusting, mounting, dismounting, readjusting, and remounting fast bits for their riders. The boys suited up and took to the track to try and improve their starting positions. It wasn't to be. The greasy track surface and low temps blocked most attempts to go faster than Friday afternoon only Jake would advance one spot. Come race time, Jake would start on the front row in P4. JD wouldn't improve past 7th after his heroic save of a high-side. It was an amazing save that you have to see to believe.

Race one took to the grid and JD had made the call to go to medical and get checked out. As a result, Race 1 would be his and the team's first DNS of the Season. It was a hard call but the safe and right one to make. Jake was left solo to fly the RoadRace Factory colors. As soon as the lights went out, Jake was flying those colors with distinction. In what would be one of the most competitive races of the season, Jake was in a 4 battle for 3rd with Dane Westby, James Rispoli and Bobby Fong. Corner to corner it was anyone's guess as to who would cross the line in the last podium position. At one point, each of the four riders were leading the group, but at the checkers, Jake managed to hold off Bobby Fong to take the 3rd.

For Race 2, the situation would be different. Jake was joined on the grid by JD who, battered and bruised, was ready to battle on. Lights out and the pack roared through the first few laps before a red flag brought them all back in. Adjustments were made and the guys gridded back up and the race was restarted with Jake and JD up front and showing the factory boys the way around NJMP. However, a few laps into the restarted race, JD suffered a mechanical failure that forced him to retire. Jake would suffer a worse fate. Jake was once again embroiled in a 5 rider battle when he crashed out of the race. Although he walked away from the incident, it was later confirmed that he had broken his collar bone.

NJMP turned out to be the worst finish for the team this season, but considering all the things that had happened, we are lucky that both Jake and JD are safe and capable of returning for Laguna in 2 weeks time.


Jake Gagne - 2nd in Series Points

"Definitely not the weekend we were hoping for. Struggled to get a comfortable bike underneath me but managed a decent 3rd Saturday. Crashed out of 2nd on Sunday with a broken and dislocated right shoulder but we'll be back and stronger than ever! Check out the wing"

JD Beach - 4th in Series Points

"In the morning qualifying session it was a little cold but I was trying to put down a good lap time and I got into Turn 6 normal but by about mid turn I tried to pick up the gas and I picked it up just a little too hard and the thing slid and tried to buck me off.

I ended up hitting my chest real hard and had to go get a CT Scan and some x-rays and stuff because it got real swollen up. Nothing is broken, nothing is bad with my spleen or my liver so I tried to race again in race 2. But we just had some bad luck and I'm hoping we have a good weekend at Laguna."

Motorcycle SuperStore SuperSport

There aren't too many things in this sport that are as big as winning a championship, so when you win two championships it's a special occasion. Tomas Puerta knew coming into this round that he would be presented the #1 plates from the AMA for his West Series and Overall SuperSport Series Championships. The only thing left to do this weekend was to win races and play spoiler to East Series to the three main title contenders; Corey Alexander, former teammate Hayden Gilliam and Stefano Mesa.

NJMP is a track that Tomas knows but has struggled at in the past. His determination to win was evident during practice and both qualifying sessions as he was at or near the top 3 all weekend long. When the riders would line up for Race 1, Tomas was sitting in P2 and looking set to have a great race with no pressure. As the lights went out and the riders made the long stretch to T1 at a blazing pace, Tomas was still in P2 behind Hayden. As the race went on, it was evident that neither Hayden, Corey, Stefano or Tomas were going to back off and let this East Series contest be decided easily. The group stayed tight with each rider taking a turn at the front until a red flag brought them all back in and added to the drama of a 6 lap sprint to the finish.

The restart was almost a carbon copy of the first one. The same group of 4 riders were dicing it up and pulling away from the herd. In an incredible last minute effort, Hayden pipped Corey at the line and Tomas crossed in P3 with Stefano in his wake. On the podium, Mr. Dave Atlas the AMA Managing Partner, presented Tomas with those beautiful Number 1 plates. The excitement and importance of the moment was not lost on Tomas as he thanked everyone for helping him accomplish his goals.

In racing, there is no time to sit and reflect, especially on a double header weekend. Race 2 still had to be run and a championship was in the balance. The riders all lined up on a picture perfect Sunday afternoon and awaited the start. Lights off, riders away and a repeat of Race 1. The 4 main protagonists were out doing their thing and again pulling away from the rest of the field. This time, there would be no stops. And as the laps were being counted down, it was anyone's race, another fantastic battle that was decided on the last few corners. Tomas had a great drive coming down the line and beat Hayden for the win while Corey made it across in 3rd only a fraction of a second ahead of Stefano.

As this was the last SuperSport race of the season, it's fitting to see the Champ on top of the box. Congratulations to Tomas Puerta for an incredible 2013 season.


Tomy Puerta - West Series and Overall SuperSport Champion

"It was a really good weekend for us. A bit more relaxed because points didn't count as much as before. So I'm really happy to bring both West Coast and Overall Championships home.

In race 2, I set up my mind to win the last race of SuperSport I'm gonna race so I gave 100% for the race. 18 laps, 4 riders in the pack. It was a really fun race, I just put my head down and go for the win. I'm really happy for the team and thanks to everyone for their support this season."


Wrap it Up - Danny Walker

"This weekend at New Jersey, we came in with pretty high expectations. We felt like we were a little behind at Miller. So we came in with high hopes.

The team did a spectacular job this weekend. JD made a monster of a save, that's gonna be the save of saves. We had our first DNS ever in the team's history and our first mechanical of the season with JD's clutch. You know the team proved they had heart and soul as everyone jumped into to repair the clutch and get him back in the race, so I'm really proud of the guys for that. Jake was pushing as hard as he could and unfortunately threw himself on the ground. He was going faster than he had all weekend up to that point so that was a real positive aspect.

I couldn't be happier for Tomas and what he's accomplished and to end on the top of the podium is a real special thing. He's a great kid and we're looking forward to seeing what he can do on the DSB bike at Laguna.

It was a rough weekend for us in DSB but I'm not feeling too down about it because I know we can finish strong at Laguna. We showed again that we are a cohesive team and that's what's important to me and I'm feeling good going into Laguna."




More, from a press release issued by Riders Discount Triumph:

Top Tens for Zemke And Bad Luck For Pascarella In New Jersey

The New Jersey Devil’s Lottery Showdown is in the books, and Riders Discount Triumph is back on the road after a weekend of mixed results in the AMA Daytona Sportbike class. Veteran rider and new team member Jake Zemke took to the track aboard the 2013 Triumph Daytona 675R for only the second time of the season and managed to bring home two top ten finishes, while Joey Pascarella experienced a bout of bad luck and ended both races early.

The weekend started off well for both Zemke and Pascarella, with the pair consistently improving their pace throughout practice and into qualifying. By the end of these sessions, Pascarella had earned the 9th spot on the grid and Zemke would be starting from 11th. Things went a little differently in race one, however. Zemke got off to a solid start that had him running in 8th place after a few laps and ran a lonely race from then on. He maintained this position until the checkered flag. Pascarella had worse fortunes and unfortunately ended his race early with a crash in the second lap.

Sunday began with both riders looking to improve upon their performances from the first race. This showed in the morning warmup, where Zemke put in his fastest lap of the weekend. He led a trio of Triumph Daytona 675R’s that included DiSalvo and Pascarella. Race two saw Zemke get off to an even better start than the day before, and had him in the mix running a much less lonely race. He was able to fight as far up as 6th before finishing the race in 7th. Pascarella’s second race also got off to a better start, but it was unfortunately not going to last. An engine failure brought things to a halt before he could get going in earnest.

Jake Zemke - “The Riders Discount team did a great job of giving me a better motorcycle each time we went out on track this weekend. In only our second race on the 2013 Triumph Daytona 675R, we were able to come away with two top 10 finishes. Sunday's race was much better and had us in the battle for 4-7th position. Our setup allowed us to run with those guys, but unfortunately as the race wore on we were also fighting rear grip issues that prevented us from moving up the order. We are really looking forward to the next race at Laguna Seca in two weeks to build on our performance from this weekend.”

Joey Pascarella - "This weekend was a learning experience for the Riders Discount crew and myself. We got the 2013 Triumph 675R working better than it has been all season, and I found a lot out about the bike. I feel like we would have had a good pace in the races but unfortunately we didn't have the best of luck. In race one I got a bad start and knew I had to make up for it by passing fast and latching onto the group, but in doing so I got a little ahead of myself and crashed on the second lap. Going into race two I was feeling really good and wanted to make up for Saturday's crash. My start was much better and I was right where I needed to be until the engine failed going down the straight in lap one. I wasn't happy, but I had to let it go. This is racing, and things can happen that no one has control of. We all learned a ton this weekend and, despite the bad luck, I think we can still carry the positive momentum into Laguna in two weeks time. My crew worked their butts off and I can’t thank them enough for all the hard work.”

Joey Pascarella would like to thank his sponsors: Riders Discount, Triumph, Speed and Strength, Shoei, Akrapovic, Dunlop, Motion Pro, Zero Gravity, Vicci, Maxima, Saddlemen, Sidi, Forcefield Armour, Renthal, Andrew Swenson Designs, Hanshaw Engines, GB Covers, Brembo, Cap-It Tire Warmers, Spiegler, Attack Performance, Utopia, Sharkskinz, Drippinwet, Pitbull, Fastbikes USA.

Jake Zemke would like to thank his sponsors: Riders Discount, Triumph, Shoei, TPL Racing, Akrapovic, Dunlop, Motion Pro, Zero Gravity, Maxima, Saddlemen, Renthal, Andrew Swenson Design, Hanshaw Engines, GB Covers, Brembo, Speigler, Sharkskin, Troy Lee Design, Alpinestars, Z Gallerie, DVS

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Triumph Motorcycles (www.TriumphMotorcycles.com) is the British motorcycle marquee that produces a wide range of sport, cruiser, adventure and touring motorcycles. From the storied Bonneville to the class-leading Speed Triple and Daytona 675R, Triumph offers a blend of design, character and performance that result in truly distinctive motorcycles. First established in 1902 and now located in Hinckley, Leicestershire, England, Triumph has always set the pace for category-winning machines. The company is solely owned by Bloor Holdings Ltd. and its North American operations are based in Atlanta.




More, from a press release issued by Team 95:

Team 95 (Hayden Gillim) New Jersey MotorSports Park Recap

After a long break and a weekend to forget at Miller MotorSports Park it was time to go racing at New Jersey MotoSports Park for Hayden Gillim and Team 95. Miller wasn’t a points paying race for the East Coast SuperSport series but for the overall. Hayden has some horrible luck with crashes and bike problems so he was glad to get out of Utah. Having such a long break before heading to Millville, NJ it gave Team 95 and Hayden plenty of time to get bikes and him ready, and that they did.

Coming into NJMP Hayden was trailing Corey Alexander by 9 points for the Championship. It was going to come down to the last lap, last turn, of the last race. Hayden gave it all he had all weekend to finish 1 point behind Corey. The weekend of racing was exciting and fun for him and to watch.

Team 95
Hayden Gillim (1st and 2nd)

“Wow I can’t believe the season is already over. It was a fun and exciting year to say the least. First over all I have to give it up to Corey for riding so well this year and battling hard until the last race. Also I need to thank all my sponsors who came onboard this year to make my program possible. My family, friends, and crew that spent so much time and effort to get me to all the races this year and having the best bike I could have.”

“The racing at New Jersey was so much fun. Losing the championship by 1 point defiantly isn’t what we were looking for. You can spend all day thinking of things we could have done different to get those couple extra points. The last two races couldn’t have been better though. The battles went every lap and made the racing so much fun and getting another win this year was awesome. I gave it all I had every lap so I feel good and don’t feel like I left anything out on the track.”

“It was just an awesome year but very hard and stressful. I’m looking forward to 2014 with the hopes of getting on a team so I can focus 100% on just my racing and being able to have my family at the races and not worrying about cleaning bikes and changing tires.”

Hayden would just like to once again thank everyone that made 2013 possible and all the help he got. He is hoping his results were good enough to make some teams happy and to get on a ride to really show what he can do in 2014.




More, from a press release issued by BP Racing:

Brazilian Sebastiao Ferreira fights hard for SuperSport West Championship points

Millville, NJ. (Sept 18, 2013) – BP Racing’s Brazilian rider Sebastiao Ferreira took an outstanding 7th place finish in each of his races that was both hard fought and well earned in the Geico AMA Motorcyle-Superstore.com SuperSport class at New Jersey Motorsports Park. In addition BP Racing’s American SuperSport rider CJ Weaver took home an 11th and an 8th place finish. These finishes earned a 4th and 6th place in the final points for Ferreira and Weaver respectively.

Team Owner Mike Hammett commented “Coming into this round we felt like we had to play it conservative due to not riding at the track last year and being so close in the west points race for top 3.” Team Manager Ken Chewey noted “We started by struggling with gearing and finally after qualifying and race 1 we found a better setup for race 2 which proved worthy in the morning warm up Sunday.”

“The weekend started off great, and I felt really good on the track, like I could have the chance to give everyone a good run. I didn’t qualify where I wanted but battled it out in race 1. In race 2 was running in a strong 6th with Wyatt Farris with Miles Thornton in my sights and I told myself I can catch them, unfortunately grip started to drop off and I couldn’t push as hard as I would have liked. I am very pleased with the bike and the team, and I have been so lucky that team owner Mike Hammett and my crew chief Ken Chewey have been able to give me a chance this season at some of the best results I have ever had.” comments Sebastiao Ferreira.

CJ Weaver states “This weekend started off a little rough. There were some issues with my bike from free practice 1. After taking the bike back to the garage Mike Hammett and Ken Chewey and my Dad figured out the motor was done. Mike Hammett let me borrow Sebastiao’s back-up bike and I was able to go out there and give it my all. I would like to thank BP Racing/Redzone racing for all the support they have given me this season and look forward to working with them in the future. I am pleased with the progress I have made this season and how much I have learned.”

BP Racing would like to thank Mach 1, Optimal Racing, Life in Christ, Moto D, Ricondi Leathers, Shoei Helmets, EDR Performance, Ktech Suspension, Leo Vince Exhaust, Galfer Brakes, Vortex, Ignited Soul Apparel, Zero Gravity, Pacific Track Time, Drastikk Graphics, Outer Circle Motorsports, Redzone Racing, Motorex, Deion Device, Orient Express, DrippinWet.com.

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More, from a press release issued by Bridgestone:

San Marino MotoGP™ debrief with Shinji Aoki

Wednesday 18 September 2013

Bridgestone slick compounds available: Front: Medium & Hard. Rear: Soft, Medium & Hard (Asymmetric)
Bridgestone wet tyre compounds available: Hard (Main), Soft (Alternative)

Jorge Lorenzo claimed his third consecutive MotoGP™ victory at Misano after the Yamaha Factory Racing star won the San Marino Grand Prix ahead of the Repsol Honda duo of Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa who finished in second and third place respectively.

Dry weather was present for all three days of the race weekend, with Sunday experiencing slightly cooler conditions which kept track temperatures to a mild 31°C for the race. The lower race day temperatures and reports of poor tarmac grip levels from the riders resulted in most of the grid choosing softer rear slick options front and rear for the race, with only seven of the twenty-four starters selecting the harder front slick option. A MotoGP™ group test took place on Monday at Misano, with Bridgestone supplying an experimental rear slick for evaluation by the works riders.

Q&A with Shinji Aoki – Manager, Bridgestone Motorsport Tyre Development Department

What is your assessment of tyre performance at the San Marino Grand Prix?

“Overall I am happy with how our tyres performed at Misano. This is not the most severe of circuits in terms of its severity on tyres, but the low grip and high abrasion level of the tarmac, combined with the bumpy surface makes this circuit especially sensitive to bike setup to ensure the maximum performance is extracted from the tyres. With all these factors considered, we had to devise a tyre allocation that could provide enough grip and stability while ensuring good wear resistance. Although the ambient temperatures on Sunday were cooler than earlier on the race weekend, thankfully the weather was dry and consistent for all three days which gave the teams and riders ample time to work on bike setup. Our tyre allocation for the race worked well and it is always pleasing to see a new Circuit Best Lap record being set and the overall race time was also six seconds quicker than the old record, so it appears most teams were able to find a setup to get the most out of the tyres on the less than ideal track surface.”

Many riders complained about the condition of the tarmac at Misano this year. As a tyre supplier, how do you compensate for this with the tyres?

“It is true that many riders said that the condition of the Misano surface was worse this year than in previous races here. In some situations if the asphalt is slippery you would provide softer rubber compounds as they provide more grip. However, Misano is not only slippery and bumpy, yet also quite abrasive so we cannot use rubber compounds that are too soft as excessive tyre degradation could then become a problem. Also, the faster parts of the track, such as the section from Curvone through to turn 14 require a lot of tyre stability, which also suggests the use of harder compounds. To get the balance right, for the front tyre we waited until just before the race weekend before locking in our front slick compound allocation. This worked quite well as it gave us a clearer indication of what the ambient temperature would be and what compounds would work best. Our rear tyre allocation was also chosen to give the best balance of performance and durability, although the lower than anticipated grip level of the circuit and cooler temperatures on Sunday meant no riders selected the harder rear slick options for the race.”

Bridgestone brought a new experimental rear slick to Misano for the post-race test. Can you explain some of the technology and what the benefit this new development brings?

“The experimental rear slick we brought was a new specification of hard compound rear slick which we developed to improve the grip on the edge of the tyre. In order to enhance the edge grip of the hard rear slick, we tried a new structure at the edge portion of the tyre. The feedback from this experimental slick was very positive and we will now analyse the data we acquired from the test, after which we will liaise with Dorna, FIM and the teams about where and when we can introduce this new rear slick option.”




More, from a press release issued by Meen Motorsports:

Meen Motorsports’ Jake Lewis on the box at Jersey Motorsports Park

Continuing an impressive Daytona Sportbike rookie year, Jake Lewis brought home a second place podium finish for the Meen Motorsports team, capturing his best AMA Road Racing career result to date at the New Jersey Lottery Devil’s Showdown in Millville, New Jersey.

Seventeen year old Lewis started the weekend by turning in an impressive qualifying performance, landing himself on the front row in position 3. On Saturday he took the top spot at the start of the race, leading the competitive Daytona Sportbike pack 8 out of the 23 laps. Vastly establishing a major gap from the rest of the group during the race, Lewis and Yamaha Extended Service Monster Energy Graves Yamaha’s Cameron Beaubier battled it out until the last lap, Lewis challenging the 2013 Daytona Sportbike champion for the win on more than one occasion. Lewis finished second, thirty seconds in front of the 3rd place finisher. Pushing the limits on Sunday, Lewis set out to top his previous day’s performance, once again running in the front from the beginning of the race. Unwilling to settle for anything other than a first place, Lewis unfortunately crashed out of second and is now tied for fifth place in the Daytona Sportbike championship points, with National Guard Celtic Racing Suzuki’s James Rispolli, for rookie of the year.

“This past weekend was one of the best race weekends for me so far. I was personally really happy with my riding. It felt good to lead my first Daytona Sportbike race and run up front all weekend, getting the top result I did on Saturday. It was regrettable that I crashed out of race two, after leading the first half, but the team and I will regroup to finish the season strong at Laguna,” comments Lewis.

Meen Motorsports’ team owner Ameen Sajjadi states, “Our goals with Jake this year, although challenging, were ones we believed we could achieve due to the natural talent he showed when he won his AMA Supersport East championship. As the season comes to an end it has been great to see his confidence and his skills develop in such a competitive class. Now after not only getting on the podium, but seeing him challenge for the win, the team knows what its going to take to fight for a Daytona Sportbike championship with Jake next year.”

Overcoming a challenging weekend, Meen Motorsports rider Wyatt Farris ended his first full AMA Supersport season, earning a 5th place in the overall championship and a 3rd place in the west coast division series. Fresh to the New Jersey Motorsports park track, like many other tracks this year, Farris had a minor low side incident while learning the road race course in Friday’s practice, making him miss the first qualifying later that afternoon. Subjected to cold weather with limited seat time in qualifying two, Farris placed a tough fifth row set-up for the weekend. Getting a prominent start in race one, Farris initially made good headway yet was forced to retire early due to a shot clutch, which happened during his aggressive launch. On Sunday Farris made a notable comeback, picking off riders going from 20th to a solid 6th place finish.

“After a difficult weekend I am happy to have brought home a 3rd in the west coast championship and 5th overall. I cannot thank the Meen Motorsports team, as well as my sponsors, enough for making this year happen and I am looking forward to the future,” states Farris.

“I am very proud of Wyatt’s performance this year. His progression from Daytona to New Jersey was consistently positive and a great start for the local San Francisco Bay Area club champion in his first full AMA Pro Road Racing reason. I would like to thank Jon Block Group Sports for all their support and their personal involvement in Wyatt’s season this year. Without them the team would have not been able to unlock Wyatt’s outstanding potential. Jon Block Group Sports has without a doubt a good eye for spotting Bay Area talent,” notes Sajjadi


The Meen Motorsports team will be heading next to Mazda Laguna Seca Raceway in Monterey, California, September 27-29, 2013 for the final event of the season for the AMA Pro Road Racing series.

Meen Motorsports would like to thank the following team sponsors for 2013, Yamaha, Graves Motorsports, South Valley Orthopedics and Sports Medicine, San Jose Ear And Sinus, Hawaiian Ola, San Jose Yamaha, Yamaha Generators, Yamalube, Radiomedics, G Squared, DID, Mot Y Designs, Galfer, Vortex, Sharkskinz, Zero Gravity, Apex Mfg, Roclun Int’l (Lewis) and Jon Block Group Sports (Farris).

Meen Motorsports is a professional motorcycle racing team established in 2012 formally known as GP Bike Parts Racing (2011). If interested in being a partner/sponsor of Meen Motorsports please contact ameen@meenmotorsports.com. For more about the team please visit, www.meenmotorsports.com. Become a Facebook Fan, search Meen Motorsports. Follow the team on Twitter and Vine @meenmotorsports, as well as on Instagram @meenmoto.