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Apr 6, 2002

Vesrah Suzuki Wins WERA Endurance Opener In Louisiana

Copyright 2002, Roadracing World Publishing, Inc.<BR><BR>By Beth Wyse<BR><BR>Vesrah Suzuki's Mark Junge, Tray Batey and John Jacobi won the first WERA/G.M.D. Computrack National Endurance Series race of the season, a 4-hour event at No Problem Raceway Park in Belle Rose, Louisiana, on a Suzuki GSX-R1000.<BR><BR>Finishing first in the Mediumweight Superbike class and second overall were RPM regional Champions Bent Racing, with Jim Bishop, Ty Stranger-Thorson and Pete Martins riding a Suzuki GSX-R600. Third overall and second in Heavyweight Superbike were Mark Morrow and Tim Kephart of Northern Getaway, riding a Suzuki GSX-R750.<BR><BR>The race started late due to a red flag on the warm-up lap when two bikes made contact in turn one. Mark Junge on the Vesrah Suzuki had a 10-bike lead by the end of the first lap.<BR><BR>The second red flag came out just 20 minutes into the race and there was a lengthy delay while the new grid was put together. The third and final red flag of the day came out with a little over 40 minutes left in the race, but the race was called complete and was never restarted.<BR><BR>The J&J Motorsports Suzuki GSX-R750 won the Heavyweight Supersport class. Riders Jesse Basile and Jerry Russell finished sixth overall. The top Mediumweight Supersport finisher was Garage Tech's Honda CBR600F4, ridden by ridden by Lee Fugler and Lloyd Hebert to a ninth-place overall finish. Team Info Tech Racing's Terry Teske, Jurgen Wimbauer and Bobby Miosek finished<BR>seventh overall and first in Lightweight Superbike on a Suzuki SV650.<BR><BR>Overall Results<BR><BR>1. Vesrah Suzuki, Suzuki GSX-R1000, Heavyweight Superbike, 123 laps<BR><BR>2. Bent Racing, Suzuki GSX-R600, Middleweight Superbike, 121 laps<BR><BR>3. Northern Getaway, Suzuki GSX-R750, Heavyweight Superbike, 120 laps<BR><BR>4. Army of Darkness, Suzuki GSX-R600, Middlweight Superbike, 120 laps<BR><BR>5. Team Xtreme, Suzuki GSX-R750, Heavyweight Superbike, 119 laps<BR><BR>6. J&J Motorsports, Suzuki GSX-R750, Heavyweight Superstock, 118 laps<BR><BR>7. Team Info Tech Racing, Suzuki SV650, Lightweight Superbike, 118 laps<BR><BR>8. Maryland Motorsports, Suzuki SV650, Lightweight Superbike, 117 laps<BR><BR>9. Garage Tech, Honda CBR600F4, Middlweight Superstock, 117 laps<BR><BR>10. 14K, Suzuki GSX-R600, Middleweight Superbike, 117 laps