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May 5, 2002

Vesrah Wins, AOD Second Overall In WERA 4-Hour At Putnam Park

Copyright 2002, Roadracing World Publishing, Inc.<BR><BR>Vesrah Suzuki's Tray Batey and John Jacobi won the third round of the 2002 WERA National Endurance Series, a 4-hour at Putnam Park held on Saturday, May 4, riding a Suzuki GSX-R1000.<BR><BR>Army of Darkness, with Jim Williams and Mark Crozier riding, took the win in Mediumweight Superbike and second overall on their Suzuki GSX-R600. Third overall and second in Mediumweight Superbike went to Vesrah Suzuki II with Mark Junge, Brian Stokes and David Yaakov sharing the riding duties on another GSX-R600.<BR><BR>Mark Junge didn't ride for Vesrah, instead taking two stints on the Vesrah II GSX-R600 and sending Tray Batey for a second stint on the Vesrah GSX-R1000.<BR><BR><BR> <BR>The entire four-hour race was run under the green flag. <BR><BR>Vesrah Suzuki II wore out a front tire in the first 45 minutes of the race, requiring one extra pit stop that the team felt upset its chance of beating Army of Darkness.<BR><BR>Jeff Wyler Cycle World took the win in the Mediumweight Superstock class, with riders Mike Scruggs and Jeff Muskopf on board a Suzuki GSX-R600. Paramount Racing-Pit Crew took the Heavyweight Superstock win on a Suzuki GSX-R1000, finishing 12th overall with riders Trent Thompson, David Frawley and Jim Sorenson.<BR><BR>MB Motorsports led in the Lightweight Superbike class until crashing, when Tight Squeeze Racing took over the lead and held on for first in class, with Steve Clark, Don Kinsey and Todd Hennessey sharing riding duties on a Suzuki SV650.<BR><BR>After running as high as first overall, Team Xtreme fell out of the race with a clutch basket failure.<BR><BR>Overall results follow:<BR><BR>1. Vesrah Suzuki (Tray Batey/John Jacobi), GSX-R1000, Heavyweight Superbike, 193 laps<BR>2. Army Of Darkness (Jim Williams/Mark Crozier), GSX-R600, Mediumweight Superbike, 189 laps<BR>3. Vesrah Suzuki II (Mark Junge/Brian Stokes/David Yaakov), GSX-R600, Mediumweight Superbike, 189 laps<BR>4. Cycle Therapy Racing (Scott Harwell/Ricky Ford), GSX-R1000, HEavyweight Superbike, 187 laps<BR>5. Northern Getaway (Mark Morrow/Tim Kephart), GSX-R750, Heavyweight Superbike, 183 laps<BR>6. Jeff Wyler Cycle World, 182 laps<BR>7. 14k The Movie, 182 laps<BR>8. Neighbor of the Beast, 181 laps<BR>9. Velocity Crew, 181 laps<BR>10. Team Chicago, 180 laps <BR>