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Sep 8, 2010

Updated With A Reader Complaint: Cusumano, Sherstan Star At Round Six Of USBA Masters Of The Mountain Series At MMP

Matt Cusumano (194) on his Boulder Motorsports Ducati leads John Hopperstad (98) in the King of the Mountain GTO race at Miller Motorsports Park (MMP). Photo by, courtesy of UtahSBA


Via e-mail:

In the last two months you have put incorrect information about me on your web-site. I am refering to the motorcycle I ride in the UtahSBA. In this months issue you have me listed as riding a Duc 999 in the Twins GTO, Twins GTU and Formula 5. The bike I am riding is a 2003 Duc 749, NOT A 999. The 749 is also legal in all classes as to where the 999 is not. With your information on your web site being incorrect, I only hope that I do not have people trying to protest the positions I have earned. I will now be taking my 749 title with me to the final round incase your typo has other riders wanting to protest.

I would like to not see this problem in the future. This is the second time this year an error has been made and I was questioned by many racers because of it. I do not appreciate my integrity being questioned because of a typo or because someone submitted incorrect information. I would appreciate if this did not happen again since I feel that I am being robbed of my accomplishments as a racer. Thank for your time in making sure this does not continue to happen.

Sean K. Black 

Las Vegas, Nevada

Editorial Note: Mr. Black is complaining about the press release seen below, which was posted as issued by Dana Wilson on behalf of UtahSBA. For an explanation of what a press release is, go here: 


From a press release issued by Dana Wilson on behalf of UtahSBA:

Cusumano wins open races, Sherstan takes middleweight at Masters of the Mountains Round 6

Matt Cusumano took his Boulder Motorsports Ducati 1098R to wins in Open Superbike and the premier King of the Mountain GTO, making up for some bad luck in Round 5. "After last month's problems in the KOM GTO race which resulted in no points, it was important to make an inspired showing and win every race I entered," said Cusumano. "I qualified on pole, but Hopperstad got out in front with an incredible launch. I wasn't able to pass him until the exit of Black Rock where he seemed to run a bit wide and I took an inside line and get by him without any drama. I pulled a 5 second lead while John and Jeff Stern battled it out for second. Once Jeff got by John, he put in some flying laps in the 1:30 range and whittled my lead down to 3 seconds. I saw on the pit board he was gaining on me so I put my head down. It was enough to get my lead back up to 5 seconds by the time I saw the white flag and hold on for the win." "It was a great weekend which wouldn't have been possible without the support of Moto-Forza in Escondito, my Father Chuck and my brother Charlie at Cusumano Real Estate Group in Burbank California, Brian & J.P. from Boulder Motorsports for building me incredibly powerful and reliable bikes. My most sincere thanks is always reserved for my wife Kay who works tirelessly behind the scenes." Canada's Jesse Sherstan was in top form winning three-for-three in the middleweight classes, with wins in Middleweight Superstock, Middleweight Superbike and the premier middleweight race King of the Mountain GTU. "I was a little disappointed to not go as fast as I did last round chasing Jimmy (Wood), but he was on record pace that weekend," said Sherstan. "In KOM GTU Dave Lewis qualified a few tenths ahead of me and was on pole, but I was able to get the hole shot and gap the field. Dave fell in Blackrock and the race was red-flagged. On the restart, I got the holeshot again and never saw a wheel." "This is a long time coming and it's been building all year. I've been getting my confidence back after a season where it felt like I crashed every time out on the track. Also taking the confidence of running up front with guys like Jimmy and giving them a good race, and building on that. The bike's running real well and I'm comfortable on it, so it feels like I can lay the hammer down where I want, when I want. I got the hole shot and won all three races by 8 to 10 seconds, so the straight was cruise control "¦ I didn't want to do anything stupid." "I wrapped up the Middleweight Superbike championship and stretched out my lead in Middleweight Superstock, and I've got a 10-point lead on (Jeff) Stern in KOM GTU, so I've got one more round to ride well and stay on the bike. I'd like to thank my dad who builds and tunes all my bikes, and Kory at Intermountain Racer's Supply. Kory has been a big, big help all year." Round 6 also saw the return of 2009 number 1 plateholder, Shane Turpin after devastating injuries suffered in a pre-season motocross training accident. Known for taking wins in six or seven classes in a single weekend in previous years, Turpin ran a comparatively modest 2-race schedule with wins in Twins GTU and a second to Sherstan in Middleweight Superbike. For Masters of the Mountains Round 7 (Oct 9-10) on Miller's Full Course, all reciprocity licensing fees will be waived. Contingency and purses are up for grabs. Come race the best racing facility in North America, Miller Motorsports Park. The seven-race Plaza Cycle Masters of the Mountains series, developed by Miller Motorsports Park, organized by the Utah Sportbike Association (USBA) and sanctioned by the American Motorcyclist Association (AMA), was created to encourage and develop fun and competitive road racing at the club and regional levels. In its fifth year, the series has quickly turned into a premier event drawing top-level talent from around the nation. For more information, visit

Plaza Cycle Masters of the Mountains - Round 6 results

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Middleweight Superstock 1. Jesse Sherstan (Yam YZF-R6) 2. Scott Decker (Suz GSX-R600) 3. Oleg Pianykh (Yam YZF-R6) 4. Clint Gibson (Kaw ZX-6R) 5. Jarret Scarberry (Yam YZF-R6) 6. Shane Kelsey (Suz GSX-R600) Open Superstock 1. Clint Warner (Suz GSX-R1000) 2. Eric Jones (Hon CBR1000RR) 3. Spencer Steed (Hon CBR1000RR) 4. Patrick Lantsu (Duc 1098R) 5. Tommy Richardson (Suz GSX-R1000) Heavyweight Superstock 1. Scott Decker (Suz GSX-R600) 2. Oleg Pianykh (Yam YZF-R6) 3. Clint Gibson (Suz GSX-R1000) 4. Jarret Scarberry (Yam YZF-R6) 5. Shane Kelsey (Suz GSX-R600) 6. David Peterson (Suz GSX-R750) Sportsman 1. David Purcell (Hon CBR1000RR) 2. Rob Kaufman (Yam YZF-R1) 3. Thomas Berry (Kaw EX500) 4. Mike Carr (Tri Daytona 675) 5. Mike Housley (Suz GSX-R600) 6. Robert Newhook (Suz GSX-R1000) Endurance GTU 1. Dustin Ohara (Suz GSX-R600) 2. Mark Bigelow (Yam YZF-R6) 3. Gary Poole (Suz GSX-R600) 4. Jared Green (Suz GSX-R600) 5. Raymond Clark (Suz GSX-R600) Endurance GTO 1. Paul Parrott (Hon CBR1000RR) 2. Mike Carr (Tri Daytona 675) 3. Shane White (Suz GSX-R1000) 4. Ralph Forsythe (Hon CBR600RR) Twins GTO 1. Shane Turpin (Bim DB5) 2. Sean Black (Duc 999) 3. Etienne Giguere (Duc 1098) 4. Brandal Glenn (Duc 848) 5. Jon Glaefke (F042) Novice GTO 1. Brian Prax (Yam YZF-R6) 2. Paul Parrott (Tri Daytona 675) 3. Douglas Pogue (Tri Daytona 675) 4. Adam Fetter (Yam YZF-R6) 5. Jared Green (Tri Daytona 675) 6. Zach Austin (Kaw ZX-6R) King of the Mountain GTU 1. Jesse Sherstan (Yam YZF-R6) 2. Jeff Stern (Kaw ZX-6R) 3. Oleg Pianykh (Yam YZF-R6) 4. Mac Millner (Suz GSX-R600) 5. Philip Horwitz (Yam YZF-R6) 6. James Davis (Yam YZF-R6) Twins GTU 1. Sean Black (Duc 999) 2. Jon Glaefke (F042) 3. Thomas Berry (Kaw EX500) 4. Tim Gallagher (Suz SV650) Amatuer GTU 1. Gerald Hicks (Yam YZF-R6) 2. Brad Moore (Suz GSX-R600) 3. Brandal Glenn (Duc 848) 4. Mark Sanders (Hon CBR600RR) 5. Jarret Scarberry (Yam YZF-R6) 6. Darrel Cherry (Hon CBR600RR) Open Superbike 1. Matt Cusumano (Duc 1098R) 2. Clint Warner (Suz GSX-R1000) 3. Jay Millhiser (Suz GSX-R1000) 4. Eric Jones (Hon CBR1000RR) 5. Spencer Steed (Hon CBR1000RR) Formula 40 1. John Hopperstad (Suz GSX-R1000) 2. Patrick Lantsu (Duc 1098R) 3. Jay Millhiser (Suz GSX-R1000) 4. Tommy Richardson (Suz GSX-R1000) 5. Paul Parrott (Hon CBR1000RR) 6. James Davis (Yam YZF-R1) Novice GTU 1. Gerald Hicks (Yam YZF-R6) 2. Darrel Cherry (Hon CBR600RR) 3. Mark Bigelow (Yam YZF-R6) 4. Douglas Pogue (Tri Daytona 675) 5. Zach Austin (Kaw ZX-6R) 6. Adam Fetter (Yam YZF-R6) Middleweight Superbike 1. Jesse Sherstan (Yam YZF-R6) 2. Shane Turpin (Bim DB5) 3. Mac Millner (Suz GSX-R600) 4. Etienne Giguere (Duc 1098R) Amatuer GTO 1. Jay Millhiser (Suz GSX-R1000) 2. Tommy Richardson (Suz GSX-R1000) 3. Paul Parrott (Hon CBR1000RR) 4. Brad Moore (Suz GSX-R600) 5. Mark Snethen (Suz GSX-R1000) 6. Mark Sanders (Hon CBR600RR) King of the Mountain GTO 1. Matt Cusumano (Duc 1098R) 2. Jeff Stern (Hon CBR1000RR) 3. John Hopperstad (Suz GSX-R1000) 4. Gerry Signorelli (BMW S1000RR) 5. Clint Warner (Suz GSX-R1000) 6. Eric Jones (Hon CBR1000RR) SuperTwins and Formula 5 1. Matt Cusumano (Duc 1098R) 2. Mark Snethen (Suz GSX-R1000) 3. Etienne Giguere (Duc 1098R) 4. Brian Prax (Kaw ZX-10R) 5. Warren Rose (Hon CBR600RR)