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Sep 22, 2006

Updated: Qualifying Results From AMA Sports Road Race Grand Championships At Mid-Ohio

Chris Ulrich (18) was the fastest qualifier in Pro-Am Superbike 1000cc Friday during the AMA Sports Road Race Grand Championships at Mid-Ohio. Photo by David Swarts

Qualifying for the 10th AMA Sports Road Race Grand Championships was postponed Friday at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, in Lexington, Ohio, due to rain actually due to not enough rain.

Practice was delayed Friday morning when a light rain dampened the track, resulting in conditions that were deemed too slick for DOT-labeled tries and not wet enough for rain tires.

The track dried during an early lunch break, and practice resumed on a dry track Friday afternoon. Practice was then immediately followed by short, timed qualifying sessions for the Expert and Expert Pro-Am classes, but only eight of the 12 scheduled sessions got in before the rain returned, bringing a halt to on-track activities for the day.

"We didn't get enough rain," said Sean Clarke, Operations Manager for WERA Motorcycle Roadracing; WERA is handling operations at the Grand Championships. "There were three or four areas of the track where it was too slippery, where there was rubber built up, and there wasn't enough rain to wash the rubber away. And by the time it really started raining, we were running out of time to finish the day."

Clarke inspected the track, with AMA racer Chris Ulrich and former AMA racer and current race tuner Ed Sorbo, during the rain in a Mid-Ohio pace vehicle, while AMA Road Race Series Director Keith Kizer circulated the track in another Mid-Ohio pace vehicle with AMA racer Larry Pegram. At least one of the vehicles spun during the inspection; all of the parties also got out of the vehicles and felt the traction level by walking (and sliding) on different sections of pavement.

Ulrich (who races for Team Roadracingworld.com Suzuki) and Pegram (who races for Leo Vince/Pegram Racing Honda) both said they agreed with Clarke's decision and that the Street Bond-treated corners offered better traction in the wet than untreated sections of the track, where accelerating racebikes had laid down rubber by spinning the rear tire.

The remaining four qualifying sessions will be run Saturday morning.

AMA Sports Road Race Grand Championships Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course Lexington, Ohio September 22 Provisional Qualifying Results

(Listed in chronological order; bike make and model were not provided by AMA Sports timing and scoring, but we've listed that info when we have it from personal knowledge or other sources.)

1000cc SUPERBIKE EXPERT: 1. Douglas Duane (Suz GSX-R1000), 1:31.539 2. Scott Sheehan (Yam YZF-R1), 1:35.352 3. Danny Kelsey (Suz GSX-R, 1:35.784 4. Bill Drake (Suz GSX-R1000), 1:35.817 5. Tom Savoca (Hon CBR1000RR), 1:36.997 6. Robert Oliva (Hon CBR1000RR), 1:36.252 7. Jeremy Gordon (Suz GSX-R1000), 1:36.625 8. Jason Fry (Suz GSX-R1000), 1:36.875 9. Geoff Allen (Yam YZF-R1), 1:37.226 10. Bentley Squires (Suz GSX-R), 1:45.739

PRO-AM SUPERBIKE 1000cc: 1. Chris Ulrich (Suz GSX-R1000), 1:29.575 2. Ben Thompson (Suz GSX-R1000), 1:29.704 3. James Kerker (Hon CBR1000RR), 1:31.408 4. Brandon Parrish (Suz GSX-R1000), 1:31.469 5. Douglas Duane (Suz GSX-R1000), 1:32.303 6. Cory Burleson (Suz GSX-R750), 1:32.613 7. Chaz Davies (Yam YZF-R6), 1:32.708 8. Donny Kelley (Suz GSX-R1000), 1:33.162 9. Garrett Carter (Yam YZF-R6), 1:33.875 10. Shea Fouchek (Suz GSX-R600), 1:33.993 11. Dominic Jones (Suz GSX-R1000), 1:34.154 12. Scott Sheehan (Yam YZF-R1), 1:34.280 13. Robert Oliva (Hon CBR1000RR), 1:34.297 14. Jason Fry (Suz GSX-R1000), 1:36.109 15. Tom Savoca (Hon CBR1000RR, 1:36.264 16. Bentley Squires (Suz GSX-R), 1:42.983

600cc SUPERBIKE EXPERT: 1. David Grey (Kaw ZX-6RR), 1:33.050 2. Cory Burleson (Suz GSX-R600), 1:33.422 3. Chase Vivion (Yam YZF-R6), 1:33.767 4. William Stranahan (Yam YZF-R6), 1:33.965 5. Dan Sheehan (Kaw ZX-6RR), 1:34,547 6. Robert Gorst (Suz GSX-R600), 1:34.639 7. Brent Bennett (Yam YZF-R6), 1:34.669 8. Eddie Kraft (Yam YZF-R6), 1:34.678 9. David Hudson (Yam YZF-R6), 1:34.700 10. Ryan Patterson (Yam YZF-R6), 1:34.711 11. Danny Kelsey (Suz GSX-R), 1:34.848 12. Larry Myers (Kaw ZX-6RR), 1:35.312 13. Daryl Nolt (Hon CBR600RR), 1:35.444 14. Dustin Dominguez (Suz GSX-R600), 1:35.840 15. Robert Oliva (Kaw ZX-6R), 1:35.865 16. Jonathan Lawrence (Yam YZF-R6), 1:35.958 17. Jim Gibbs (Yam YZF-R6), 1:36.163 18. David Siminski (Kaw ZX-6RR), 1:36.584 19. Brett Woodard (Suz GSX-R600), 1:37.130 20. Matt LaPham (Yam YZF-R6), 1:37.308 21. Ben Lingel (Kaw ZX-6R), 1:37.723 22. Rhiannon Lucente (Yam YZF-R6), 1:38.095 23. Sam Snellenberger (Hon CBR600RR), 1:39.945 24. J. Michael Branson (Suz GSX-R600), 1:51.645

750cc SUPERBIKE EXPERT: 1. Cory Burleson (Suz GSX-R750), 1:32.545 2. David Grey (Kaw ZX-6RR), 1:32.909 3. Charlie Coleman (Suz GSXR-750), 1:33.021 4. William Stranahan (Yam YZF-R6), 1:33.434 5. Chase Vivion (Yam YZF-R6), 1:33.899 6. Eddie Kraft (Yam YZF-R6), 1:34.106 7. Ryan Patterson (Yam YZF-R6), 1:34.271 8. Danny Kelsey (Suz GSX-R600), 1:34.361 9. Larry Myers (Kaw ZX-6RR), 1:34.530 10. Robert Gorst (Suz GSX-R600, 1:34.730 11. Dan Sheehan (Kaw ZX-6RR), 1:35.053 12. David Siminski (Kaw ZX-6RR), 1:35.265 13. Matt LaPham (Yam YZF-R6), 1:35.727 14. Dustin Dominguez (Suz GSX-R600), 1:35.903 15. Jeffrey Agnes (Suz GSX-R750), 1:36.405 16. Jim Gibbs (Yam YZF-R6), 1:36.508 17. Rhiannon Lucente (Yam YZF-R6), 1:37.454 18. Roger Heemsbergen (Suz GSX-R750), 1:37.999 19. Tom Savoca (Suz GSX-R750), 1:38.490 20. Joseph Ball, 1:42.657 21. Pat Bushell (Suz GSX-R750), 1:44.231

USGPRU 125cc: 1. Patrick P.J. Jacobsen (Hon RS125), 1:36.303 2. Tommy Aquino (Hon RS125), 1:36.765 3. Cameron Beaubier (Hon RS125), 1:37.759 4. Kris Turner (Hon RS125), 1:38.766 5. Miles Thornton (Hon RS125), 1:39.460 6. Scott Smallwood (Hon RS125), 1:39.575 7. John Hjelm (Hon RS125), 1:39.597 8. Derek Wagnon (Hon RS125), 1:39.831 9. Charles Welsh (Hon RS125), 1:41.377 10. David Celento (Hon RS125), 1:41.815 11. Robert Taylor (Hon RS125), 1:42.199 12. Glen Pison (Hon RS125), 1:42.299 13. Kent Mofitt (Hon RS125), 1:42.315 14. Merle Eschman, IV (Hon RS125), 1:42.956 15. Stuart Aitken-Cade (Hon RS125), 1:43.079 16. Tyler Odom (Hon RS125), 1:43.488 17. Frankie Lee Gillim, III (Hon RS125), 1:43.623 18. John Klaras (Hon RS125), 1:43.763 19. Debra Kuick (Hon RS125), 1:43.771 20. Richard Kjar (Hon RS125), 1:43.877 21. Ryan O'Donnell (Hon RS125), 1:46.290 22. Mark White (Hon RS125), 1:46.489 23. Mark Dennis (Hon RS125), 1:47.492 24. James Rispoli (Hon RS125), 1:49.433 25. Rebecca Henn (Hon RS125), 1:49.857 26. Marcus Matthews (Hon RS125), 1:50.005 27. Joseph Melchionda (Hon RS125), 1:50.275 28. Lajos Silberstein (Hon RS125), 1:51.346 29. Jeffrey Syar (Hon RS125), 1:52.229 30. Alessandro Acquisri (Yam TZ125), 1:53.904 31. Steven Belknap (Hon RS125), 1:53.946 32. Scott Thompson (Hon RS125), 1:56.214

FORMULA 1000cc EXPERT: 1. Charlie Coleman (Suz GSX-R1000), 1:32.166 2. Douglas Duane (Suz GSX-R1000), 1:32.989 3. Bill Drake (Suz GSX-R1000), 1:33.810 4. Danny Kelsey (Suz GSX-R), 1:34.440 5. Scott Sheehan (Yam YZF-R1), 1:34.452 6. Tom Savoca (Hon CBR1000RR), 1:35.040 7. Geoff Allen (Yam YZF-R1), 1:37.109 8. Robert Oliva (Hon CBR1000RR), 1:37.224 9. Jason Fry (Suz GSX-R1000), 1:38.201 10. Pat Bushell (Suz GSX-R750), 1:42.711 11. Bentley Squires (Suz GSX-R), 1:43.057

PRO-AM SUPERSPORT 600cc: 1. Chaz Davies (Yam YZF-R6), 1:31.383 2. Ben Thompson (Suz GSX-R600), 1:32.175 3. Tyler McDonald (Yam YZF-R6), 1:32.459 4. Garrett Carter (Yam YZF-R6), 1:32.521 5. Brandon Parrish (Suz GSX-R600), 1:33.145 6. Shea Fouchek (Suz GSX-R600), 1:33.206 7. David Grey (Kaw ZX-6RR), 1:33.504 8. James Kerker (Hon CBR600RR), 1:34.105 9. Donny Kelley (Suz GSX-R600), 1:34.178 10. Cory Burleson (Suz GSX-R600), 1:34.423 11. Ryan Patterson (Yam YZF-R6), 1:34.717 12. Dan Sheehan (Kaw ZX-6RR), 1:34.863 13. Daryl Nolt (Hon CBR600RR), 1:35.398 14. Matt LaPham (Yam YZF-R6), 1:35.430 15. Robert Oliva (Kaw ZX-6R), 1:35.970 16. Mark Schnettler (Hon CBR600RR), 1:36.130 17. David Hudson (Yam YZF-R6), 1:36.205 18. Mike Selpe (Suz GSX-R600), 1:36.553 19. Ben Lingel (Kaw ZX-6R), 1:36.569 20. Rhiannon Lucente (Yam YZF-R6), 1:38.089 21. Robert Terando (Duc 749), 1:41.257 DQ. Chase Vivion (Yam YZF-R6), 1:33.209 DQ. David Siminski (Kaw ZX-6RR), 1:36.385 DQ. Jonathan Lawrence (Yam YZF-R6), 1:36.606

600cc SUPERSTOCK EXPERT: 1. Brent Bennett (Yam YZF-R6), 1:33.155 2. David Grey (Kaw ZX-6), 1:33.171 3. Chase Vivion (Yam YZF-R6), 1:33.181 4. William Stranahan (Yam YZF-R6), 1:33.272 5. Cory Burleson (Suz GSX-R600), 1:33.320 6. Danny Kelsey (Suz GSX-R600), 1:33.520 7. Ryan Patterson (Yam YZF-R6), 1:33.804 8. Dan Sheehan (Kaw ZX-6RR), 1:33.999 9. David Hudson (Yam YZF-R6), 1:34.117 10. Robert Gorst (Suz GSX-R600), 1:34.336 11. Dustin Dominguez (Suz GSX-R600), 1:34.837 12. Larry Myers (Kaw ZX-6RR), 1:34.957 13. Daryl Nolt (Hon CBR600RR), 1:35.580 14. Robert Oliva (Kaw ZX-6R), 1:35.700 15. Matt LaPham (Yam YZF-R6), 1:35.767 16. Mike Selpe (Suz GSX-R600), 1:36.005 17. David Siminski (Kaw ZX-6RR), 1:36.292 18. Rhiannon Lucente (Yam YZF-R6), 1:36.455 19. Eddie Kraft (Yam YZF-R6), 1:36.728 20. Ben Lingel (Kaw ZX-6R), 1:36.745 21. Brett Woodard (Suz GSX-R600), 1:37.613 22. Sam Snellenberger (Hon CBR600RR), 1:38.966 23. J. Michael Branson (Suz GSX-R600), 1:49.344 DQ. Jonathan Lawrence (Yam YZF-R6), 1:35.795 DQ. Jim Gibbs (Yam YZF-R6), 1:36.695