Sep 30, 2001
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Tom Montano won the Buell Pro Thunder race at Virginia International Raceway Sunday, consolidating his series points lead.<BR><BR>Dave Estok was leading when his bike momentarily stopped running while entering a corner 3 laps from the finish--Montano collided with Estok and went by. Estok's bike started running again shortly afterwards and he took off in pursuit, about six seconds behind Montano. But Estok's bike then quit for good and he was eventually credited with ninth place.<BR><BR>Mike Ciccotto finished second on a Buell at VIR, 17 seconds behind Montano, with Chris Normand third on a Suzuki SV650.<BR><BR>After the race, Normand was disqualified for his Suzuki SV650 weighing only 352 pounds, under the 380-pound weight limit. The disqualification promoted Thomas Fournier to third.<BR><BR>Results follow:<BR><BR>1. Tom Montano, Ducati<BR>2. Mike Ciccotto, Buell, -17.016<BR>3. Tom Fournier, Ducati, -1 lap<BR>5. Steve Keener, Suzuki, -1 lap<BR>6. Dr. Dave Kieffer, MD, Ducati, -1 lap<BR>7. Charles Walker, Ducati, -1 lap<BR>8. Josh Bryan, Buell, -1 lap<BR>9. Dave Estok, Buell, -2 laps<BR>10. Paul March, Ducati, -2 laps<BR>11. Deborah Venega, Ducati, -2 laps<BR>12. Mark Gardiner, MZ, -3 laps<BR>13. Tripp Nobles, Buell, -7 laps, DNF, crashed<BR><BR>