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Oct 26, 2001

Vesrah Suzuki Wins WERA National Endurance Championship

Copyright 2001, Roadracing World Publishing, Inc.<BR><BR>Vesrah Suzuki won the 2001 WERA National Endurance Championship with a victory in Friday's 4-hour at Road Atlanta, during the WERA Grand National Finals.<BR><BR>Tray Batey and Chris Ulrich each rode two stints on the Vesrah Suzuki GSX-R1000, winning by 3 laps.<BR><BR>The finish made Chris Ulrich the first second-generation National Endurance Champion in the 26-year history of the WERA National Endurance Series. John Ulrich co-rode to the title in 1983 and 1984.<BR><BR>The race was red-flagged near the end of the first hour for crash-debris clean-up; the race was stopped for 28 minutes and 44 seconds.<BR><BR>Team Pennzoil's Chris "Opie" Caylor and Jamie Lane finished second overall on a GSX-R750 and were running in second place, on the same lap, when Caylor ran out of gas in the closing moments of the race.<BR><BR>Army of Darkness finished third overall, on the same lap as Pennzoil.<BR><BR>Vesrah Suzuki won five out of nine series events and won the 2001 title by 48 points.<BR><BR>Results follow:<BR><BR>1. Vesrah Suzuki, GSX-R1000, Heavyweight Superbike, 134 laps<BR><BR>2. Team Pennzoil, GSX-R750, Heavyweight Superbike, 131 laps<BR><BR>3. Army of Darkness, GSX-R600, Middleweight Superbike, 131 laps<BR><BR>4. Loudoun Motorsports Racing, GSX-R1000, Heavyweight Supersport, 130 laps<BR><BR>5. Triad Racing, GSX-R600, Middleweight Superbike, 130 laps<BR><BR>6. Ridge Racing, GSX-R1000, Heavyweight Supersport, 128 laps<BR><BR>7. Team Chaos, GSX-R600, Middleweight Supersport, 127 laps<BR><BR>8. SB Motorsports, GSX-R600, Middleweight Superbike, 126 laps<BR><BR>9. Leaning Lizard Racing, ZX-6R, Middleweight Superbike, 126 laps<BR><BR>10. Velocity Crew, GSX-R600, Middleweight Superbike, 126 laps<BR><BR>25. Maryland Motorsports, SV650, Lightweight Superbike, 116 laps