Apr 9, 2001
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WSMC Champion Jeremy Toye entered two races during the CCS regional event at The Streets of Willow Springs on Sunday, April 8, and won both. Toye started from the back of the pack for the Unlimited Grand Prix race and within three laps had moved his Lee's Cycles' Yamaha YZF-R6 into fifth place on the tight circuit. A crash, in the final turn on lap four, left bikes and riders in harm's way, forcing the race to be stopped. Toye benefited when the re-start was gridded based on the running order from lap three, and Toye went on to win the winner's share of the $1000 cash purse. Second place went to Racer's Edge-sponsored Chad Rolland, followed by Lenny Beckman and Robert Campbell. <BR><BR>The crash that caused the red flag involved Jeff Whitmer and Clinton Whitehouse, and was set off when Whitmer straight-lined the esses, jumped a curb and T-boned Whitehouse, with both riders crashing hard. Afterwards, the two riders' crews got into a shouting match that threatened to become physical before CCS officials broke it up. In the thick of the argument was Yamaha Motor Corp. U.S. Regional District Manager Rocky Aiello, representing Whitmer's corner in the near-melee.<BR><BR>Toye returned for the Mediumweight Superbike race and finished off his Dunlop slicks with another win. Toye's tuner got into the action as well. After wrenching on Toye's bikes for the last two years, Evan Steel made his road racing debut on an ex-LaVaughn Montgomery-Daniel FZR400 and won the Lightweight Supersport Amateur and Lightweight Superbike Amateur races.<BR><BR>Zoran Vujasinovic won three races during the weekend on his 700cc MB Motorsports Suzuki SV650 Superbike. Using Michelin slicks, Vujasinovic--or the V-Man as he was quickly labeled by public address announcers--won in Saturday's Heavyweight Sportsman race before taking victories in Sunday's Lightweight Superbike and Super Twins races. Vujasinovic turned lap times that could have won most of the big-bike races not entered by Toye.<BR><BR>Saturday's wet Engine Ice 200-Mile Team Challenge was shortened due to terrible weather conditions, including included rain, lightning, high winds and hail. In the end, Steve Kopp's Yamapimp team topped the GTU class on a YZF-R6, while Stan Bates' West Coast Pipeline won in the GTO category on a Honda CBR900RR. <BR><BR><BR>