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May 18, 2012

Updated: Previews Of Various Upcoming Races And Events

Brandon Cretu in action.

SGA/KATRA Racing recruits top female road racing talent from around the world to compete in this weekends WERA Nationals Miller Motorsports Park 6 hour endurance race.

SGA/KATRA team co-owner and Poland native Kat Zimpel has finally out done herself. Zimpel has constructed what some consider to be the most talented group of International female riders on the planet for this weekends WERA national 6 hour endurance race. Nadieh Schoots from the Netherlands rode as a Wildcard in the British Superstock 600cc class, Krystyna Kubran took home two WERA West Championships in 2010, Melissa Paris was the first female ever to qualify for a World Supersport event and team owner Kat Zimpel has taken home first place CCS trophies from Daytona.

Fresh off a 16 hour plane ride, Nadieh Schoots said:

"To me being a part of this all women's team feels very special. I'm so grateful for the opportunity to race for SGA/KATRA, as no one with the team has actually seen me ride before. I hope we can get some good results, and persuade more women all over the world to start racing - because we really can be just as fast as the guys!"

Two time WERA West Champion, California State Champion and mechanical engineer Krystyna Kubran said:

"I am thrilled & honored to have been invited to join SGA/KATRA in the WERA National Endurance Series opener at Miller Motorsports Park! After having done several endurance races on my own, for fun, I'm looking forward competing on a team with top notch equipment! I hear the R6s were built by Graves Motorsports and I've always wanted to ride one of those!! Kat has found some fabulous women to ride, and I think we have the equipment for a legitimate shot at a great finish! I'm looking forward to riding alongside AMA Pro Melissa Paris, meeting and riding with an international standout, Nadieh Schoots, and learning a thing or two from CCS standout, and multi Champion, Kat! I'm excited to see what we can do!"

AMA Pro Racing Daytona Sportbike class #13, Melissa Paris said: "I'm really excited to be teaming up with such an amazing group of ladies for this 6 hour race. I know the SGA/KATRA racing equipment will be top notch & I'm honored to have been asked to be a part of this effort."

SGA/KATRA team co-owner Charlie Grannon said: "Kat and I have been working together for a while to establish a platform that provides opportunities for riders of different skill levels, ages and nationalities either through the AMA or WERA racing programs. Hopefully this is the start of a women's team's presence in the WERA endurance paddock. I am very excited to see where it goes."

When asked for comments on this up coming weekend SGA/KATRA team co-owner, Kat Zimpel said: "What an incredible team we have this year, I feel so thankful and lucky to have this group of girls come together from all over the world. With Charlie and the SGA team backing us on our Graves Yamaha we look forward to an incredible race. We also have Tim Hunt and the Apex Race Service team helping us during pit stops and they are the best at what they do. I'm not sure where we will end up after 6 hours but I am 100% certain that this team is going to have an amazing time on and off the track this weekend and I can't wait!"

More, from a press release issued by Thrashed Bike Racing:

Thrashed Bike Racing's Buell 1125RR #222 prepared to continue championship effort in CCS/ASRA Team Challenge event at Blackhawk Farms Raceway in Beloit, Wi. 19May2012

Team Rider Walt Sipp commented "I'm really looking forward to getting back on the big bike for Blackhawk. That's where it all started for me so it's fun to go back. Last year we were just off the podium while riding a stock 1125. We're definitely looking to better that this year. The competition is always tough and this round will be even tougher with all the fast locals, but we're ready and I know the team will give me a fast bike.

Walt would like to thank personal sponsors, Bison Racing, KBC, Arlen Ness, Sidi, EBC, Vortex, Zero Gravity, EC3D, Crossfit Matters and www.waltsipp.com

Team principal Tim Ivanoff said "It's going to be tough to go to the home track of so many of the top competitors but the team is determined to give it's best effort. We have had some highs and lows since the last Team Challenge event at Carolina Motorsports Park and are looking forward to another tough challenge. We really appreciate our sponsors who help us get to the track each race weekend. Arrow Aviation Co LLC, Erik Buell Racing LLC, Avcal Decals, Dunlop, Vortex, and EBC have provided great support to keep the team on the track!"

Interested parties may contact Tim Ivanoff at tim@arrowaviationco.com

More, from a press release issued by Lithium Motorsports:

Lithium Motorsports Heads to Brainerd, MN for the CRA Season Opener this weekend, May 18-20.

Lithium Motorsports riders Rob Oliva, Brandon Punt, Kris Skellenger and Scott Stall travel to Central Minnesota's Brainerd International Raceway this weekend for the first round of the Central Roadracing Association's 2012 season with one goal in mind: Number 1 plates in novice and Expert.

Scott Stall will be putting in a major effort to take the overall championship this year on his Lithium Motorsports/Midwest Suzuki prepped Suzuki GSX-R600 and Yamaha R1. Stall has shown his speed on a 600 in recent years and looks to continue the form he had in 2011, which culminated with an overall win in the CRA's 5-hour Endurance Race, into 2012. Team owner, and mentor, Rob Oliva will be returning to the track after a one year hiatus looking to mix it up in the Unlimited classes on his Suzuki GSX-R1000 while offering trackside support to all riders. Kris Skellenger has made the move from Honda to Suzuki for 2012 and will be taking the fight to the other Middleweight & Heavyweight riders on his Suzuki GSX-R600.

In the Novice ranks, Brandon Punt intends to continue the winning form he showcased at Heartland Park and Road America already this season as he goes in search of the #1 novice crown.

All riders will be competing on Suzuki motorcycles with Continental Race Attack tires, and support from Silkolene, SBS brake pads, Woodcraft, Auto Zone, and Drippin Wet.

The team heads north to tackle Brainerd International Raceway's intimidating Turn 1 with practice on Friday and races on Saturday and Sunday. The team wishes all of the competitors good luck and a safe season opener!

More, from a press release issued by Driven PR on behalf of Zero Motorcycles:

ZERO MOTORCYCLES TO HOST NATIONAL DEMO DAY THIS SATURDAY, MAY 19

-- Riders Invited to Demo 100+ Miles Range Electric Motorcycles --

WHAT: Zero Motorcycles, the global leader in electric motorcycle manufacturing, is launching a new awareness program appropriately titled Ride a Zero Motorcycle - Join the Silent Revolution Demo Day. The National Demo Day program is set for Saturday, May 19, 2012 and Zero dealers across the country will be participating.

The program is designed to encourage both new and experienced motorcycle enthusiasts to visit a local Zero dealer to learn more about the motorcycle industry's fastest growing segment electric motorcycles. Dealers will be offering free demonstration rides for qualified, licensed motorcycle riders, along with providing product overviews of Zero Motorcycles' entire ground breaking line. In an industry first, the 2012 Zero Motorcycles offer 100+ miles range on a single charge, in addition to new top speeds of 88+ mph.

In addition to dealer staff many dealerships will also have Zero factory representatives on hand to answer questions and to garner feedback

WHEN: One day only, Saturday, May 19, 2012

WHERE: For a list of participating dealers visit www.zeromotorcycles.com

More, from a press release issued by the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation:

Please join us on Sunday, May 20, for the Middle Tennessee Ride for Kids® to support the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation®. The event leaves from:

Jim Warren Park 705 Boyd Mill Ave. Franklin, TN 37064

Registration opens at 8 a.m. and closes at 9:45 a.m. The escorted ride starts at 10 a.m. sharp, rain or shine!

The ride will loop back to the start point. After a light lunch, participants will enjoy a Celebration of Life program that features interviews with young brain tumor survivors"”the Ride for Kids® "stars" of the day. Award presentations to top fundraisers will follow.

If you're unable to attend, send your registration form and donations to PBTF, 302 Ridgefield Ct., Asheville, NC 28806. Mark your form "Not Attending" to credit your event and receive your premiums by mail.

About the PBTF Ride for Kids® The national Ride for Kids® program and the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation® (PBTF) promote childhood brain tumor research and provide family support through free literature about brain tumors, educational newsletters, online conferences and college scholarships. Thank you to our presenting sponsor, Honda Riders Club of America, and our national insurance sponsor, GEICO. For more information, go to www.rideforkids.org or call 800-253-6530.

More, from another press release issued by Pediatric Brain Tumor Association:

Please join us on Sunday, May 20, for the Louisiana Ride for Kids® to support the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation®. The event leaves from:

Rapides Parish Coliseum Exhibition Hall 5600 Coliseum Blvd. Alexandria, LA 71301

Registration opens at 8 a.m. and closes at 9:45 a.m. The escorted ride starts at 10 a.m. sharp, rain or shine!

The ride will loop back to the start point. After a light lunch, participants will enjoy a Celebration of Life program that features interviews with young brain tumor survivors"”the Ride for Kids® "stars" of the day. Award presentations to top fundraisers will follow.

If you're unable to attend, send your registration form and donations to PBTF, 302 Ridgefield Ct., Asheville, NC 28806. Mark your form "Not Attending" to credit your event and receive your premiums by mail.

About the PBTF Ride for Kids® The national Ride for Kids® program and the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation® (PBTF) promote childhood brain tumor research and provide family support through free literature about brain tumors, educational newsletters, online conferences and college scholarships. Thank you to our presenting sponsor, Honda Riders Club of America, and our national insurance sponsor, GEICO. For more information, go to www.rideforkids.org or call 800-253-6530.

More, from a press release issued by Richard Barnett:

Richard Barnett Moves Up to 2012 AMA Pro Vance & Hines XR1200 Series with MotoList.com Support

RED LODGE, Montana - Longtime WSMC, WERA and AFM racer Richard Barnett is excited to announce that he will be contesting a MotoList.com-backed Harley-Davidson XR1200 in the highly competitive AMA Pro Vance & Hines XR1200 Series for 2012.

"This is a dream come true for me," says Barnett. "We have a steep learning curve in front of us, but with Vance & Hines and Ohlins support, we hope to be fighting toward the front of the pack before too long. I can't say enough about how impressed I am with what AMA Pro Racing and Vance & Hines have done with these bikes. I can't wait to get on track at Miller Motorsports Park later this month."

The MotoList.com team, with founders Barnett and Jay Pilster, will be competing in several rounds of the AMA Pro Vance & Hines XR1200 Series for 2012, and will begin next year's season in Daytona Beach.

More, from a press release issued by Brandon Cretu:

Even More Sponsors Sign On To Support American Brandon Cretu's Isle Of Man TT Race Effort

The ever improving American TT competitor, Brandon Cretu, has signed with more invaluable sponsors for his 2012 Isle of Man campaign. Continental Tire, Ohlins USA, Superbike Chassis LLC, and Delicious Racewear have all signed on with Cretu. With the Isle of Man less than two weeks away time is ticking, Cretu and his sponsors are eager to get racing!

Continental Tires is a long time sponsor of Cretu's in the USA so it was only fitting for them to come on board with him at the TT. Cretu will campaign aboard their race spec DOT Race Attack line of performance tires. The Race Attack line combines superior grip with extended longevity, the perfect combination for a race like the TT which snakes through 37+ miles of countryside and towns on the Isle of Man.

"Brandon has been a welcome addition to the Continental family since he started testing our product in 2009 and officially started riding for us back in 2010. We are really excited to see our brand at the Isle of Man TT this year and know that Brandon will represent us well. We wish him a fun, safe, and successful TT this year!" said Continental USA's Greg Reich.

Cretu has also signed with Ohlins USA and their race support/suspension tuning guru Lenny Albin of Superbike Chassis LLC. His HEL Performance/RevZilla.com CBR1000rr will be fully kitted with Ohlins suspension front and rear custom built and valved specifically for the TT by Lenny Albin. It will feature the Ohlins 30mm cartridge in the front forks and the Ohlins TTX shock for the rear suspension duties.

"I am pumped to have Ohlins on board this year and to have Lenny Albin working with me again. I worked with Lenny at the TT last year and after last year's success I know he can build a proper suspension package to ensure I can achieve my best results. Now with a top quality product like Ohlins on my bike and Lenny building it I have no excuses when it comes to suspension! We install the suspension next week and I can't wait to put it to the test!" says Cretu.

UK based clothing company Delicious Racewear has also agreed to support Cretu and his privateer team effort for the 2012 TT. They will provide the team with polo shirts and hoodies fully done up with sponsor logos. Check out their offerings at www.deliciousracewear.com.

Fans are encouraged to follow the teams 2012 Isle of Man TT campaign on Cretu's website, www.brandoncreturacing.com, as well as his blog which is sponsored by RevZilla.com, www.fasterTT.com.