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Oct 9, 2013

Village Idiots Wins CMRA Six-Hour Endurance Race At Texas World Speedway

The start of the CMRA six-hour endurance race at Texas World Speedway. Photo by Blair Hart/www.hart-photography.com, courtesy of CMRA.

The Village Idiots team rode their Dunlop-shod RaceworX Yamaha YZF-R6 to a solid margin of victory at the Central Motorcycle Roadracing Association's (CMRA) 6 Hour Big Bike Endurance race this past Saturday, October 5. CMRA held its fifth round of Big Bike Endurance and Mini Sprint grids, bringing over 10 hours of racing action to Texas World Speedway in College Station, Texas. Humid temperatures in the 90's, with very little breeze made for good track conditions on the 2.9-mile counter-clockwise course. The Mini Sprint grids ran on the 1.8-mile short course and were a great warm up for the 6 hour endurance race, with Formula 4 and Texas Tornado Boot Camp Superstock E again having about 26 entries each. The Junior Motard class, for younger racers age 8-12, had 9 bikes on the grid and had some close racing with only 0.477-second separating the first and second place finishers at the checkers.

The 6 Hour Big Bike Endurance race had a combined grid of 23 teams, with classes including A Superbike, C Superbike, Formula 2, and Modern Classic Endurance. When the green flag dropped at noon, the middleweights went at it. The Village Idiots team of Brandon Cleland, Chris Headley, John Orchard, and Garet Tomlinson took the early lead, holding off the Yamaha YZF-R6 mounted LocoMotion team of Alonzo Contreras, Ryan Max Johnson, Matt Vastine, Derek Wagnon and Mark Windham. The Lone Star Track Days team of Brandon Altmeyer, Conner Blevins, Andy Galindo, Mark Niemi, and Eric Williams on their Kawasaki ZX-6R was in the mix too, outrunning the Desert Rats Racing team of Stephen Guynes, Rick Hogge, Derek Thomas, and Greg Wanless on their Yamaha YZF-R1 for third.

Heading towards hour 2, the Village Idiots were very consistent, and gradually widened their lead over second place to 53 seconds. Lone Star Track Days got around LocoMotion for second, and Desert Rats Racing held onto fourth. But a red flag coming out for a bike on fire would change the tone of the race, as teams waited for the cleanup. The Kawasaki ZX-6R of the Flying V race team apparently caught fire near the exhaust, but quick thinking on the part of racer, Dirk Anderson, helped him to stay calm, get off the track, and ditch the bike with minimal injury to himself. However, the downtime would lead into an afternoon of racing fraught with mechanicals. After the restart, teams struggled with the heat and their equipment breaking. Pit stops became longer and machinery was fixed to go back out and continue racing.

As the afternoon wore on, the Village Idiots kept their lead despite a few minor difficulties, widening it to three laps heading into the final hour. Lone Star Track Days, LocoMotion, and Desert Rats Racing were all over each other in a constant battle for second place. Lone Star Track Days had a tip over in a corner, and Desert Rats Racing seized their opportunity to grab onto second. LocoMotion held onto third going into the final 30 minutes of the race.

As the final minutes of the race wound down, the Village Idiots stayed strong with a solid lead of four laps, and the battle for second came down to Desert Rats Racing and LocoMotion. When the checkers dropped at 6:00 pm, the Village Idiots crossed the line for the win in C Superbike and the overall win. Desert Rats Racing held off LocoMotion, taking first in A Superbike and second overall. LocoMotion took second in C Superbike and third overall. Rounding out the top six overall finishers were Privateer Tools (Ulug Bayramoglu/Paul Coste/Sean Gurevich/Michael Humphries/Brad Kelly), the two-rider iron man team ST II (Chris Fields/Kenny Smith), and the team that has to put up with World Champion Kevin Schwantz, Davis Rod & Cycle (Jesse Davis/Alan Phillips/Kevin Schwantz/Britt Turkington/Blake Young).

For a complete list of the weekend results and standings, please visit the website: www.CMRAracing.com. The final 2013 round of CMRA Big Bike Endurance will be a 6-Hour held on Saturday, October 26, 2013, at Texas World Speedway, College Station, TX. CMRA SATURDAY SPRINTS ONROAD OFFROAD SUSPENSION - FORMULA 5 1. Allan Boyd (Hon RS65) 2. Trey Walker (Suz RM65) FORMULA 6 1. Britten Geary (Hon CRF100) 2. Trey Walker (Suz RM65) FORMULA 7 1. Jose Gutierrez (Hon NSF100) 2. Tarah Lyttle (SSR 107) 3. Shandra Crawford (Hon CRF80) TEXAS TORNADO BOOT CAMP - E SUPERSTOCK 1. Bill Syfan (Kaw 250R) 2. Brad Thomas (Kaw 250R) 3. Kris Lillegard (Kaw 250R) 4. Jim Whitten (Hon RS85) 5. Kasey Lewis (Kaw 250R) 6. Ken Ryder (Kaw 250R) K&N MOTORCYCLES - JUNIOR MOTARD 1. Daniel Phillips (Kaw KLX110) 2. Shaine Giarratano (Orion OPBS-X3R) 3. Kevin Bradford Nolde (Kaw KLX110) 4. Ethan Hidrogo (Yam TTR110) 5. Brylin Shrock (Kaw KLX110) 6. Chandler Geary (Yam TTR110) ROAD & TRACK SUSPENSION - FORMULA 4 1. Bill Syfan (Kaw 250R) 2. Brad Thomas (Kaw 250R) 3. Zachary Vonler (Kaw 250R) 4. Jeff Mendelson (Hon RS85) 5. Ken Ryder (Kaw 250R) 6. Jim Whitten (Kaw 250R) CMRA 6 HOUR BIG BIKE ENDURANCE OVERALL 1.Village Idiots (Brandon Cleland/Chris Headley/John Orchard/Garet Tomlinson), Yam YZF-R6, C Superbike, 179 laps 2. Desert Rats Racing (Stephen Guynes/Rick Hogge/Derek Thomas/Greg Wanless), Yam YZF-R1, A Superbike, 175 laps 3. LocoMotion (Alonzo Contreras/Ryan Max Johnson/Matt Vastine/Derek Wagnon/Mark Windham), Yam YZF-R6, C Superbike, 175 laps 4. Privateer Tools (Ulug Bayramoglu/Paul Coste/Sean Gurevich/Michael Humphries/Brad Kelly), Yam YZF-R6, C Superbike, 170 laps 5. ST II (Chris Fields/Kenny Smith), Yam YZF-R6, C Superbike, 167 laps 6. Davis Rod & Cycle (Jesse Davis/Alan Phillips/Kevin Schwantz/Britt Turkington/Blake Young), Suz GSX-R600, C Superbike, 165 laps

A SUPERBIKE ENDURANCE 1. Desert Rats Racing (Stephen Guynes/Rick Hogge/Derek Thomas/Greg Wanless), Yam YZF-R1, 175 laps 2. TPM (Kaid Hopper/John McGraw/Jason Pettice/Kevin Taylor/Matthew Taylor), Hon CBR1000RR, 163 laps 3. Toon Squad Racing (Luis Aguero/Chris Leggett/Jack Moss/Jack Polzin/Christopher Walicek), Suz GSX-R1000, 159 laps 4. NORDCO Racing (William Guthrie/Todd Larson/Michael Rochester/Brandon Young), Suz GSX-R1000, 156 laps 5. Somebody (Ryan Andrews/David Sprague), Duc 1198, 46 laps C SUPERBIKE ENDURANCE 1. Village Idiots (Brandon Cleland/Chris Headley/John Orchard/Garet Tomlinson), Yam YZF-R6, 179 laps 2. LocoMotion (Alonzo Contreras/Ryan Max Johnson/Matt Vastine/Derek Wagnon/Mark Windham), Yam YZF-R6, 175 laps 3. Privateer Tools (Ulug Bayramoglu/Paul Coste/Sean Gurevich/Michael Humphries/Brad Kelly), Yam YZF-R6, 170 laps 4. ST II (Chris Fields/Kenny Smith), Yam YZF-R6, 167 laps 5. Davis Rod & Cycle (Jesse Davis/Alan Phillips/Kevin Schwantz/Britt Turkington/Blake Young), Suz GSX-R600, 165 laps 6. Lone Star Track Days (Brandon Altmeyer/Conner Blevins/Andy Galindo/Mark Niemi/Eric Williams), Kaw ZX-6R, 164 laps

FORMULA 2 ENDURANCE 1. Team EDS (David Branyon/Scott Eichhorn/Darrell Ricks/Mike Sweeney/Shane Zelm), Suz SV650, 131 laps

MODERN CLASSIC ENDURANCE 1. Bohica (Chris Davis/Arthur Fonseca Jr./Robert Green/Ben Gooding/Patt Hagens), Suz GSX-R750, 163 laps 2. Crazy Dog Racing (Weslie Eastveld/Robert Henriksen/Tristan Reeves/Mark Shim/Yorke Oldfather), Hon CBR600RR, 157 laps 3. Sweeney's SV Service (David Branyon/Scott Eichhorn/Darrell Ricks/Mike Sweeney/Shane Zelm), Suz SV650, 131 laps 4. FOX 2 (Brandie Cox/Marco Gismondi/Marcus Henriksen/Gary Welborn), Yam YZF-R6, 120 laps 5. Flying V (Dirk Anderson/Thomas Delaney/Ana Duran-Gomez/Sheila Paul/Renee Stephenson ), Kaw ZX-6R, 82 laps