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Sep 1, 2010

Updated: More Previews Of This Coming Weekend's AMA Pro Road Races At New Jersey Motorsports Park

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - - This year's AMA Pro SuperSport competition has seen two divisional champions crowned and a number of other exciting things happen. Joey Pascarella took the West Division title on the strength of his three early season victories and J.D. Beach ran off seven wins in an eight race span to lock in the East Division crown. And along the way, Elena Myers made history with her well-earned victory earlier this year and also there were first-time AMA Pro wins for Huntley Nash and Cameron Beaubier in this exciting class for 16 to 21 year old Young Gun riders.

But, heading into the September 3-5 AMA Pro Racing SuperBike Weekend at the 2.25-mile New Jersey Motorsports Park, there is more to the story. Right behind the aforementioned riders is another group of key participants that have greatly contributed to the excitement that is the SuperSport class. Among these riders are Miles Thornton who currently sits fifth in the East Division standings on his Arai Held USA Yamaha. After missing the Daytona season opener, Miles has accumulated two fourth, two fifth and two tenth place finishes along with an eighth and seventeenth on his way to 107 points.

Another strong competitor who is pulling double duty as he rides in the SuperSport class and also the new Vance & Hines XR1200 class is Eric Stump. Eric has a couple of sixth place finishes as his highest result in SuperSport aboard his Markbilt Race Bikes Yamaha and he has also posted three other top ten results. With support from Larry Pegram, Eric is getting great advice and is one to watch. Eric also took a third place finish in the XR1200 class at Road America. Ryan Kerr is another rider with great potential. Riding his MJ USA 614 Paintcraft Kawasaki, Ryan has finished every race this year with a high finish of ninth at Road America.

Travis Wyman is one of the three Wyman brothers who are racing in various classes of AMA Pro Racing. Travis rides a Harv's Harley-Davidson AB-1 Motorsports Yamaha and is coming off his second fourth place finish of the season at VIR, matching his fourth place from earlier in the year at Road Atlanta. Travis' younger brother, Cody is riding a Harv's Harley-Davidson RevisionMusic.com Suzuki and has only competed in four races this year. Their oldest brother Kyle is racing in the Daytona SportBike class. This group of young but experienced riders is what's great about motorcycle racing as their hard working parents keep the boys and machines all pointed in the right direction week in and week out. The obvious talent of each Wyman brother will be on display or a long time in AMA Pro motorcycle racing

James Rispoli is another rider that participates in many different types of AMA Pro Racing disciplines. James runs his share of Flat Track races and like the Wymans, he also races in the SuperSport series to further his considerable skills.

James, out of Attica, NY didn't start the season until round two at Road Atlanta and after posting a seventh place finish; he took a solid third place result at Road America on his ANT-Racing.com Suzuki. James has added two fifth place finishes and a seventh before he encountered a run of bad luck in recent races. But James and another rider, Daniel Guevera on his Roadracingworld.com Suzuki are part of the next group of riders to star in SuperSport.

These riders have been just out of the headlines this year and it's not hard to see why. The lead group of riders, J.D. Beach and Cameron Beaubier from Rockwall Engineering Yamaha, the LTD Racing Yamaha team which featured Joey Pascarella (before he moved over to the DNA Energy Drink CNR Motorsports Yamaha team) along with LTD Racing's two time winner this year, Huntley Nash and his extremely quick teammate Tomas Puerta as well as Elena Myers, who, riding her Lucas Oil Roadracingworld.com Suzuki, made history with her dramatic and convincing victory at Infineon Raceway earlier this year created enough headlines to fill a large barrel of Sunoco 260 GTX racing fuel.

All in all, there will be plenty of action on and off the track this weekend, make sure you stop by and say hi to this great group of young riders that will be racing in this sport for many years to come. Every one of them has tremendous talent and a great story to tell...

Don't miss the SuperSport action this weekend, AMA Pro Racing have a full lineup of races including the National Guard SuperBIke, Daytona SportBike and the Vance & Hines XR1200 series. New Jersey Motorsports Park's Thunderbolt circuit will be the center of all the action. Both Saturday, September 4th and Sunday, September 5th will feature Pit Lane Fan Walks and Autograph sessions featuring all the riders and motorcycles from each class. And also, the popular Fan Laps will be benefitting Rett Syndrome Research Foundation Trust. $5.00 out of the $20.00 Fan Lap cost will be donated to this worthy cause spearheaded by Carrie Aquino, mother of AMA Pro racer Tommy Aquino. Check the NJMP website for further information or purchase the Fan Laps at the track at the Program Booth by the Media Center in the Paddock. Please visit www.njmp.com for further information.

Please visit www.amaproracing.com for the series information. The full AMA Pro Road Racing SPEED schedule can be found at ~www.speedtv.com/schedule/filter/program/948061~.

AMA Pro Racing is the premier professional motorcycle racing organization in North America, operating a full schedule of events and championships for a variety of motorcycle disciplines. Learn more about AMA Pro Racing at www.amaproracing.com.




More, from a press release issued by Penny Nicolai on behalf of Ryan Kerr:

RYAN KERR READY TO PULL OUT ALL THE STOPS

Heading to the Garden State for the final round of the AMA SuperSport East Series, Ryan Kerr is ready to pilot his Ryan Kerr Racing Kawasaki to a top finish at the AMA Superbike Weekend, Sept 3-5 at Thunderbolt Raceway, New Jersey Motorsports Park, in Millville, NJ.

"I'm ready to pull out all the stops for this one," says the young racer from Johnstown, Ohio. "We are sitting just one point out of 6th and 16 points out of 5th and there is nothing that I would like more than to finish in the top five. Unfortunately, we were unable to take part in the recent track day and New Jersey Motorsports Park, so once again this will be another new experience for our team."

In his first year of professional racing, Kerr has shown his two-wheeled skill and consistency by finishing every race and never crashing.

"Our goal this year was to be able to finish every race and we have done just that," says Kerr. "I had never been to or even seen any of the tracks, except for Mid-Ohio, so each race was a brand new challenge. It has definitely been an exciting first year and boy, have I learned a lot."

Off the track, Kerr holds down a full time job at a local motorcycle dealership and teaches at the Mid-Ohio Motorcycle School.

"I also try to go motocrossing and work out as much as possible," he says with a smile. "If you race motocross there are lots of places to ride and race, but road racing is not the same. Unless you race in other series like CCS or WERA or do track days, there is no real place to practice. So, I do the next best thing which is to keep my body in top shape and my mind in gear. You have to be on the top of your game every second you are racing. A single mistake can send you off course and that means you can easily get in trouble. We don't plan to let this happen this weekend. I plan to end the season on a high note."

Ryan Kerr Racing is sponsored by MJ USA, 614Paintworx, Leo Vince, Arai, Di-Digital Impressions, Woodcraft, KobieC.com, Kawasaki and MJ Motorgear, and Mid-Ohio School.




More, from a press release issued by Breeann Poland on behalf of CnR Motorsports:

The DNA Energy Drink/CnR Motorsports team is ready for Round 9 of the AMA Pro Road Racing series. Round 9 will be held at the New Jersey Motorsports Park in Millville, NJ from Sept 3rd- Sept 5th .

After a thrilling photo finish in his first ever AMA Pro win at VIR, Bobby Fong is looking for the double win this weekend on his #30 Ducati 848. "I am ready for this weekend. I really have the confidence now with my win from VIR on Saturday. I did well here last year, so hopefully this time I can back it up with two wins," says Fong.

Teammate Michael Beck also had his best results of the season at VIR with two 6th place finishes in the AMA Pro Daytona SportBike class. Now he's ready to put his #60 Ducati 848 in the top five. " Ever since joining the DNA Energy Drink/CnR Motorsports team I have regained confidence in myself and I feel like I can be up front battling for a top five or even a spot on the podium," says Beck.

The 2010 SuperSport West Champion, Joey Pascarella, is eager to finish the last two rounds of this season on a high note. "I got 2nd Saturday at VIR and then a DNF on Sunday. I want to finish this season back on top of the box, where I belong," explains Pascarella.

"Joey has already secured the SuperSport West Championship and now we just want him to focus on winning some races. Even though he isn't battling for points, we want him to be up front," says Robbie Roberson, Team Principal. "Bobby and Michael have really stepped up their game in the Daytona SportBike class the past few rounds and I know they will make us proud at NJMP this weekend."




More, from a press release issued by AMA Pro Racing:

AMA Pro Racing Vance & Hines XR1200 New Jersey Motorsports Park Preview
Can Points Leader Eslick Stay Perfect

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (September 1, 2010) - -With two races remaining in the inaugural season for the new AMA Pro Vance & Hines XR1200 Series, the question is whether points leader and winner of three out of three races, Danny Eslick, can go on to complete the perfect season. Along with winning every race, Danny has also qualified on the pole position at each race.

Eslick, the reigning AMA Pro Daytona SportBike champion and current points leader in that class again this year is on quite a roll. Riding for the RMR Bruce Rossmeyer Daytona Racing Team with important support from GEICO Powersports and Lucas Oil, Danny has won twice in Daytona SportBike in addition to his perfect record in the XR1200 series. The two disciplines couldn't be more different from the outside but to Danny, riding a motorcycle fast is just something he does, and he does it well, no matter what type of motorcycle he is riding. In the Vance & Hines XR1200 series, Danny is riding the legendary Harley-Davidson XR1200 with a series of special modifications that is provided in kit form from famed motorcycle accessories company Vance & Hines.

"I love riding the XR1200," said Eslick. "It is just plain fun. It is fast and slides around and gives great feedback, I'm having a ball and I like winning too."

A number of other riders have taken their best shots at Eslick and his teammate Jake Holden, riding another RMR Bruce Rossmeyer Daytona Racing GEICO Powersports Lucas Oil XR1200 has given Danny the most trouble on his way to one second place and two third place finishes. Jake and Danny put on an amazing demonstration of power and control at the very first race at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin, racing side by side around the four mile road course in the home state of Harley-Davidson.

Two young riders have taken commendable podium finishes this year. Eric Stump, riding the Absolutecycle.com Rapidemanage.com XR1200 finished third at Road America. Eric also races in the AMA Pro SuperSport class and is one the sports up and coming riders. Eric will be racing in both classes again this weekend at the Thunderbolt track at the New Jersey Motorsports Park. Joining Eric doing double duty is Travis Wyman. Travis also competes in SuperSport and in the Vance & Hines XR1200 class aboard the Harv's Harley-Davidson AB-1 Motorsports XR1200. Travis took his first podium result at the last XR1200 race at the Virginia International Raceway with a second place ahead of Holden.

Kyle Wyman will also be racing in the XR1200 class at NJMP. Kyle is the oldest of the three Wyman brothers and he is a regular competitor in the AMA Pro Daytona SportBike class. Kyle will be riding another RMR Bruce Rossmeyer Daytona Racing XR1200. Another rider racing in a couple of classes at NJMP will be Michael Corbino. Michael races in the SuperSport class and he will make his XR1200 series debut this weekend on the RMR Bruce Rossmeyer Daytona Racing XR1200.

Journalist Steve Atlas will be making his Vance & Hines XR1200 series debut also this weekend at the 2.25 mile NJMP Thunderbolt circuit. Steve will be aboard the HOG Racing/HOG Magazine Harley-Davidson XR1200 which, earlier this year, was rode to a second place finish at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course by Shawn Higbee.

Paul James has raced in each of the three XR1200 races so far this year and will be back again for the New Jersey round riding his James Gang-Hoban Brothers Racing XR1200 with support from Harley-Davidson of Appleton, Wisconsin. Paul currently sits seventh in points. Just ahead of Paul in the points is Joseph Rozynski who is riding another RMR Bruce Rossmeyer Daytona Racing XR1200 following his season best fourth place finish at VIR. Rounding out the ten bike entry is Mathew Heidel who is making his second consecutive start on his Shar Tuff Uniforms XR1200. Mathew took a fine sixth place finish in his last race.

Harley-Davidson owners can support their brethren as they ride the great looking and sounding XR1200s around the 14 turn Thunderbolt track at the palatial New Jersey Motorsports Park track. There will be plenty of AMA Pro Racing action as all of the major road racing classes compete this weekend. Join the many fans coming out to enjoy the Labor Day weekend. Meet and greet the AMA Pro riders on both Saturday and Sunday during the Pit Lane Fan Walk and Autograph sessions and also take a few laps of the track during the NJMP Fan Laps that his year, will benefit the Rett Syndrome Research Trust with $5.00 of the $20.00 Fan Lap Ticket price going to the Rett Syndrome Research Trust. Please visit www.njmp.com for further information.

Please visit www.amaproracing.com for the series information. The full AMA Pro Road Racing SPEED schedule can be found at ~www.speedtv.com/schedule/filter/program/948061~.

AMA Pro Racing is the premier professional motorcycle racing organization in North America, operating a full schedule of events and championships for a variety of motorcycle disciplines. Learn more about AMA Pro Racing at www.amaproracing.com.




More, from a press release issued by AMA Pro Racing:

AMA Pro Daytona SportBike Presented by AMSOIL New Jersey Motorsports Park Preview
Championship Battle Coming Down to the Wire!

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (September 1, 2010) - This year's AMA Pro Daytona SportBike Presented by AMSOIL season has been a back and fourth battle between three of the sports most talented and personable stars. Points leader and reigning Daytona SportBike Champion Danny Eslick is as fun and vibrant person as you'll ever meet. He gushes with enthusiasm and energy and rides as if every lap is the last lap of qualifying. Fun to watch and also to talk to, Danny is a pure racer through and through. And his three pole positions and two wins aboard his GEICO Powersports RMR Suzuki prove it.

In contrast to Eslick, Team Graves Yamaha rider Josh Herrin is quietly confident. When he speaks, one should listen because Josh says what he means and means what he says. His riding speaks for itself and after winning the season opening Daytona 200, Josh has gone on to post four more wins. He is confident in his abilities and rightly so, he is not only fast as his two pole positions prove, he is also very resilient as well. Josh has the ability to respond to pressure and challenges and just when you think he is down, very quietly puts himself right back on the top of the podium.

The third member of the championship battle is the very charismatic Colombian rider Martin Cardenas. Martin had the championship in his hands last year but lost it at the last possible moment due to injury. This year, Martin and his M4 Monster Energy Suzuki team have stamped their mark on the championship battle with a series high six wins. Martin is very thoughtful and when it comes to his racing, he races with a high degree of intelligence. His racecraft is very impressive, he exhibits patience in the races but when it is time to go, he goes. He can make his charge from the middle of the pack or run up front, but when it counts, he's always there and his six wins prove it.

Right behind these three are a number of riders that have featured heavily this season but with the exception of Bobby Fong who took his career first AMA Pro Racing win at the last race in Virginia, all have yet to post a race win in the ultra competitive Daytona SportBike series this year. Leading this group is Steve Rapp. Steve has won the Daytona 200 and has other wins in other AMA Pro classes but he is yet to win in Daytona SportBike. And it's not through lack of trying, Steve has four second place finishes and throw in another three third place results and you can see that Steve is knocking loudly on the race win door. Steve and his close knit Team Latus Motors Ducati racing team have quietly gone about the business of racing from the very first race of the year, a win just has to be on the cards!

Cory West is another rider that has been a big part of the mix week in and week out. At the last race in Virginia, Cory ran right up front on his Vesrah Suzuki and he has put together a very solid season with second and third place finishes at Road Atlanta earlier in the year.

Herrin's Team Graves Yamaha teammate Tommy Aquino is another rider who has been knocking on the door for a win. Tommy has taken the top qualifying spot three times this year and runs up front every weekend. He led again at the last race and one of these days he will grace the top step of the podium, he has too much talent not to.

P.J. Jacobson and his Celtic Racing Suzuki team are ready to break out too. He led the first lap and ran in the top five until an untimely fall ended his day in the first race at VIR and then rebounded nicely with a fourth place finish in the second race at VIR just two weeks ago.

Another important part of the upcoming AMA Pro Racing SuperBike Championship at New Jersey Motorsports Park is the effort being put into the weekend by Carrie Aquino, mother of the aforementioned Tommy Aquino. Any fans signing up for the NJMP Fan Laps activity will make an important contribution to the Rett Syndrome Research Trust and be eligible to win some neat prizes including a signed Ben Bostrom Shoei X-Twelve B-Boz TC-8 Replica Helmet as worn by Ben Bostrom. Of the $20.00 cost for the NJMP Fan Laps, $5.00 will be donated to the Rett Syndrome Research Trust. Please visit the New Jersey Motorsports Park website for further information (www.njmp.com) or stop by the NJMP Program Kiosk located in the racetrack paddock by the Media Center.

Practice and qualifying begin on Friday, September 3rd. Don't miss the weekend's doubleheader races in the three AMA Pro Road Racing categories and also on Sunday, the exciting Vance & Hines XR1200 race featuring the legendary Harley-Davidson XR1200 motorcycles. Fans are also invited to enjoy the Pit Lane Fan Walk and Autograph session on Saturday and Sunday. Please visit the New Jersey Motorsports Park website for the latest ticket and schedule information.

Please visit www.njmp.com for further information.

Please visit www.amaproracing.com for the series information. The full AMA Pro Road Racing SPEED schedule can be found at ~www.speedtv.com/schedule/filter/program/948061~.

AMA Pro Racing is the premier professional motorcycle racing organization in North America, operating a full schedule of events and championships for a variety of motorcycle disciplines. Learn more about AMA Pro Racing at www.amaproracing.com.




More, from a press release issued by AMA Pro Racing:

AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike New Jersey Motorsports Park Preview
Eleven Points Between Hayes and Hayden

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (September 1, 2010) - After 15 rounds of racing, from Daytona Beach to the last race in Virginia, only 11 points separate AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike points leader Josh Hayes and his Team Graves Yamaha team from his challenger Tommy Hayden aboard his Rockstar Makita Suzuki. At every turn, when one of these world class riders would look to have the upper hand, the other would just as quickly strike back and even things out. That was the case at the most recent race in Virginia when in race one of the traditional doubleheader weekend, Tommy Hayden took a well judged victory. But, the very next day Josh Hayes reasserted himself with a dominant win of his own to counter Hayden once again. Heading into this weekend's AMA Pro Racing SuperBike Weekend at New Jersey Motorsports Park it will be must-see racing as these two continue the fight for the overall AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike title.

The 2.5 mile, 14 turn Thunderbolt course will be the scene for the continuing battle between these two racers and their very capable teams. After Tommy Hayden took his career first AMA Pro SuperBike win at Auto Club Speedway back in March, he has added three more wins to his total. And once Josh Hayes started putting wins up on the board, he and Tommy have virtually traded victories, keeping the other in check as they both compiled valuable points towards the championship. It began at Road America when Hayes won on Saturday and Hayden won on Sunday. The pattern repeated itself again at the next race at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course and again at the latest race at VIR with Hayden winning first and then Hayes fighting back on Sunday.

Last year at NJMP, Josh Hayes took both race wins but in race one, it was Tommy Hayden who finished second so we can certainly expect these two to be right at the front this coming weekend. One factor that may come into play this year is a couple of other riders that have wins this year and may influence the outcome of the championship. Ben Bostrom won recently at Laguna Seca and featured prominently during the VIR races. His Pat Clark Motorsports team with valuable support from Palms Casino and the Las Vegas Motor Speedway have continued to develop their Yamaha motorcycles into regular front runners, joining Hayes' Yamaha in setting the pace. Hayden might have his Rockstar Makita Suzuki teammate, Blake Young back to support his efforts this coming weekend. Blake has been sidelined since a testing accident back in June. The plan is for Blake to test at NJMP and if he is declared fit enough to compete, he will rejoin the team and add one more element to the championship battle. Blake won his career first AMA SuperBike races earlier this year.

Jake Zemke and his National Guard Jordan Suzuki can also impact the proceedings at NJMP. Jake won the opening races of the season and remains in third place overall in the points. He will have to raise his game if he wants to stay in third with Ben Bostrom coming on so strongly. Another rider who posted a win this year is the popular Larry Pegram and his Foremost Insurance Ducati. Larry won at Auto Club Speedway and has posted four second place finishes as well.

But the real action will be at the front. Years ago, Josh Hayes and Tommy Hayden battled for the AMA Pro SuperStock championship and history is repeating itself once again as these two champions go head to head for the AMA Pro SuperBike title. The quality of the competition has never been better and the character and respect between the key participants is also outstanding which will most certainly provide some of the best racing seen in many a year in AMA Pro Road Racing.

The action starts on Friday, September 3rd with practice and first round qualifying. Saturday, September 4th will have final qualifying in SuperBike and then race one of two of the AMA Pro Racing SuperBike Championship Weekend doubleheader weekend. Race two will be on Sunday, September 5th. Don't miss the Pit Lane Fan Walk and Autograph session on both Saturday and Sunday, featuring all riders and teams. SPEED TV will be broadcasting the SuperBike race one on Saturday night, September 4th at 11:00 PM EDT and the second AMA Pro SuperBike race on Sunday, September 5th at 10:00 PM EDT. Please visit www.njmp.com for further information.

Please visit www.amaproracing.com for the series information. The full AMA Pro Road Racing SPEED schedule can be found at ~www.speedtv.com/schedule/filter/program/948061~.

AMA Pro Racing is the premier professional motorcycle racing organization in North America, operating a full schedule of events and championships for a variety of motorcycle disciplines. Learn more about AMA Pro Racing at www.amaproracing.com.