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Jun 17, 2002

Toye Beats Graves In WSMC F1 At Willow Springs

Copyright 2002, Roadracing World Publishing, Inc.<BR><BR>Riding a Suzuki GSX-R1000 his mechanics built using a cylinder head ported by Kaz Yoshima, Jeremy Toye unseated reigning WSMC Champion and Willow Springs Emperor Chuck Graves in an epic Toyota Cup Unlimited Formula One duel on Sunday.<BR><BR>Yoshima also developed the suspension and chassis set-up for Toye's bike, prepared at Toye's San Diego high-performance shop, Lee's Cycles.<BR><BR>Graves, riding an ex-Damon-Buckmaster YZF-R7/R1 hybrid, had no answer for Toye and his overbore GSX-R1000 in a race run on a slippery track in hot conditions, although Graves did lead several times.<BR><BR>Vincent Haskovec was third on his AMA Superstock bike, fitted with slick tires, ahead of Jack Pfeifer on a Team Orthopedics Superstock GSX-R1000 and racing lawyer Stephen Hewitt on a YZF-R1.<BR><BR>Graves won the Performance Machine Open Superbike race on the same bike from Hewitt and Keith MacBeth, and used a YZF-R6 to beat Toye in 600cc Superstock action, with Jacob West third and Pfeifer fourth. <BR><BR>Pfeifer won in 600cc Modified Production, beating Robbie Dowie and WSMC Operations Manager Kenny Kopecky. Pfeifer also won the Skorpion Racing Open Modified Production race from class sponsor Tyler Paulson and Kopecky, and won the Open Superstock race from the front row, beating Chris Ulrich, who started on the last row of the grid. Ulrich caught and passed Pfeifer late in the six-lap race, then got kicked completely out of the seat in turn two, barely stayed on the track and finished second.<BR><BR>Haskovec came from the back of the grid to beat Toye in 750cc Superstock and L&L Motorsports 750cc Superbike but Toye beat Haskovec in 750cc Modified Production, which was the pair's first match-up of the day, a race which saw Haskovec start on the same tires he used in the Superbike race at Sears Point. Haskovec missed Saturday practice because he had to work.<BR><BR>Frank Aragaki held off Mark Watts to win the Bakersfield Yamaha 250cc GP race and Willard Ivins won the 125cc Grand Prix race with Sharyn Namnath second.<BR><BR>Andre Castanos won the Pro-Italia Aprilia Challenge race and also won the Wood-Ease Professional Hand Cleaner 550cc Superbike race, riding a Libasci Racing Aprilia RS250.<BR><BR>