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Jun 21, 2011

WERA National At Miller: BEI Racing/Dunlop Development Wins 6-Hour Endurance Race; Gerloff, Hunt, Lewis Win National Sprints

Tim Hunt (71). Photo by Brian Whipple/latebraker.com, courtesy of KWS Motorsports

ROUND #3 MICHELIN/WERA NATIONAL-PIRELLI/WERA SPORTSMAN AND USBA MOM PRESENTED BY LUCAS OIL

The weekend brought out a mix of the three Series which took to the World Class Miller Motorsports Park on June 18/19 and some great racing was the result!

On Saturday the WERA National Endurance Teams took the grid for 6 hours. #72 BEI Racing/Dunlop Development led each of the hours with Rider and Team Owner Billy Ethridge sharing riding duties with Tim Bemisderfer and Brian Stokes on their Suzuki 1000. Second overall went to #417 Fly By Night Racing out of Draper, UT with riders Chris Petersen, Paul Avery, Adam Fetter, Spencer Steel and John Hopperstad on their Yamaha 1000, third was #16 Code 4 Racing out of Livermore, CA with riders Andy Allen, Gustavo Arriasi, Dave Hutton and Marty Ayak on their Suzuki 750.

 Class wins went to BEI Racing/Dunlop Development in the Heavyweight Class; #58 Paradigm Racing with riders Jim King, Robert Chaves, Matthias Jezek and Jonathan Howard on their Yamaha 600; Lightweight winner was #119 TWF with riders Zoran Vujasinovic, Dan Sewell, Jay Avansino and Tyler Linders on their Suzuki SV 650. The Trophy Class was won by #352 Psycho Kitty with riders Krystyna Kubran, Dean Mizdal and Larry Pointer on their Yamaha 1000.

On Sunday the Michelin/WERA National Challenge took the track along with the Pirelli/WERA West Sportsman Series presented by Lucas Oil and the USBA Masters of the Mountain Series. Qualifying from Saturday's 600 Superstock put #31 Garrett Gerloff on pole on his Yamaha 600, followed closely by #85 Jake Lewis on his Yamaha 600 and #47 Lex Hartl on his Yamaha 600. The final result on Sunday had Gerloff taking the win, with Lewis only 0.508 behind him and local Dylon Husband taking third place, Hartle and Javelin Broderick rounded out the top five. 

Multiple wins went to Tim Hunt in the Open Superstock and WERA Superbike classes. Lewis was also a multiple winner taking wins in the 750 Superbike and 750 Superstock. Local Ken Hatlestad took the Novice win in Open Superstock. John Hopperstaad was the winning Heavyweight Senior and Jim David took the Mediumweight Senior win for the weekend in the Expert class Don McCrary and Gregory Rand took the wins in the Novice Senior Class. Shandra Crawford braved the wet conditions and got a first in the Women's Superstock Class. Dean Dufrene out of Texas took the Novice C Superstock win.

Formula 2 Expert winner was Scott Reavey and Novice went to Sean Heeney. The KOM/U Class winner was Dylon Husband. Novice Jay Weymar took the wins in 750 and Superbike 600 Superbike. Jason Stein took the Novice win in Formula 1 with Jeff Stern taking the top in the Formula 1/KOM-O Expert Class.

Young Anthony Alonso from Fremont, CA took the win in the 125 GP Class. Michael Mamer won the Heavyweight Twins SS Class with Stephen Incledon taking first in the Novice GTU Class and Thomas Berry won Twins GTO. Danielle Diaz took her Suzuki SV 650 to the front to win the Lightweidht Twins Superstock Expert Class, Robert Crackel took the Novice win in the class and repeated the win in the Lightweight Twins Superbike Class as well. Ian Coleman won the 750 Superstock Novice class. Christopher Boileau took wins in the Lightweight Twins Superbike Expert class as well as the Heavyweight Twins Superbike. Jared Green took top honors in the A Superbike Novice/Novice GTO Class and James McKay won the Formula 5 Class.

For complete race results go to www.wera.com. Thanks to all the riders and teams who came out and braved Mother Nature and gave us such great racing!

WERA Motorcycle Roadracing was founded in 1973 and remains the foremost place to develop talent in the sport of motorcycle road racing. The legacy of Pro riders on a National and World level is legendary. All events are run by WERA Motorcycle Roadracing and they go coast to coast offering entry level racing with the Pirelli/WERA Sportsman Series as well as a Pro-Am Series with the Michelin/WERA National Challenge Series which includes the only traveling Endurance Series in the US using the World Endurance platform for most of the rules.

For more information on WERA Motorcycle Roadracing please check out our web site at www.wera.com! Tickets for all events are available at the gate and camping is available at all our venues.

More, from a press release issued by KWS Motorsports:

KWS Motorsports and Millennium Technologies Win Four Races and Take the Points Lead at the WERA National Challenge Event at Miller Motorsports Park.

Charleston, SC June, 2011 KWS Motorsports sponsored riders won four races and achieved seven podium finishes this weekend during the WERA National Challenge Series Races at Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, Utah. Despite crazy wet to dry weather conditions all day, Tim Hunt won both the Open Superstock Race and WERA Superbike races. Jake Lewis one both 750 Superstock and Superbike races and finished second in the 600 Superstock race. Luie Zendejas fell victim to the rain when he crashed in Open Superstock race ending his weekend, but made significant improvements on the BMW S1000RR with help from a few new sponsors.

Apex Road Racing's Tim Hunt won every race he entered this weekend at Miller Motorsports Park and in the process took a commanding lead in the points race in both Open Superstock and WERA Superbike. The Open Superstock race was the first race of the day and the first time the WERA National Series regulars have raced in the rain in 2011. Gridded on the front row, Hunt took the lead early and went on to win by almost ten seconds. With conditions changing on an hourly basis, at the last minute Hunt decided to go with slicks for the WERA Superbike race. This gamble paid off and Hunt was able to take his Millennium Technologies sponsored, Dunlop shod Suzuki GSX-R1000 to victory for the second time of the day.

Fifteen year-old phenomenon Jake Lewis won races and tuned incredible lap times on his KWS-built, Earls Racing Team Yamaha YZF-R6. Lewis qualified second in 600 Superstock with a lap time of 1:56.3. This would have put him on the pole by over two seconds in the AMA Supersport race held at Miller a few weeks earlier. Lewis was often one of the faster riders on track at Miller in the dry, but the Utah weather made things more complicated. In 600 Superbike Earl's Racing Team had just installed a set of new Dunlop N-Tec DOT's when the rain started to fall on the first lap. Jake rode a smart race in very slippery conditions to finish a conservative fifth place ahead of championship contender Garrett Gerloff, this allowed him to secure the points lead. In 600 Superstock Jake lead the entire race until the last three corners when Gerloff made the pass for the lead stick and Jake finished second. Despite wet to dry then dry to wet conditions, Lewis won both 750 races by a large margin. Lewis is now leading the championship point standings in 750 Superbike, 750 Superstock, and 600 Superbike. He is second in 600 Superstock by only a few points on his Sportbike Track Time sponsored R6.

New parts made a huge impact on the KWS developed Luie Zendejas Racing BMW S1000RR. Crew chief Michael Godin, with the help of BMW Motorrad and BMW of San Jose, installed a new BMW HP Race ECU to the already "too fast" S1000RR. This new level of electronic control took the already impressive S1000RR to an entirely new level. This was Zendejas's first time at the world class Utah track and he was immediately on pace with the fastest 1000cc riders. Despite the new level of control and speed, the BMW's incredibly advanced traction control does not help the front tire's grip when there is mud on a wet track. Luie found that mud in the first race and crashed out of a podium finish, ending his day, but was satisfied with the progress and the speed of the Ballistic Performance Components sponsored BMW.

Luie Zendejas "This was definitely not the result we were looking for on the weekend, but I am ecstatic with the way the bike has turned out. It's a like a whole new bike with the addition of the HP Race ECU, adjustable triples, and suspension link. The next four rounds of the WERA National series are back home on the east coast at tracks I have a ton of laps around and I am looking forward to showing what this BMW is truly capable of! Special thanks to Michael Godin, San Jose BMW, and BMW Motorrad for the speed and Arai Helmets for keeping me safe."

Jake Lewis "Overall it was a pretty good weekend considering the challenges we had with the weather. We won both 750 races and took the points lead in 600 Superbike. The only one we left on the table was 600 Superstock, but Garrett rode great and I have passed him on the last lap three times this year so he owed me one. In the end we scored a bunch of points and brought everything home shiny. Special thanks to my family, my mechanic Tryce, and new sponsor Roadracingworld.com for all the help this weekend."

Tim Hunt "We had a great weekend at Miller. The weather was sketchy all day on Sunday with rain falling several times during the day and a track that would dry in minutes. We never knew what tires to run, but my team did great and we won both races we entered. More importantly, we moved ahead in the points in adverse weather at the race track furthest away from home. Thanks to Dunlop, Race Tech and everybody at KWS Motorsports for a great motorcycle!"

Chip Spalding (KWS Manager) "All the guys rode great this weekend. Jake and Tim won a bunch of races and took the points lead in most of their respective classes. I am very happy with the development of the BMW S1000RR and I can't thank BMW Motorrad and BMW of San Jose enough for all their help with the new HP Race ECU. All we need to do is get the riders luck tuned up. I also want say congratulations to Dan Crawford for podium finishes in 750 Superstock and 750 Superbike. Dan is well on his way to a National Championship in his first year of racing and everybody here at KWS is proud to help on the way."

KWS Motorsports (www.kwsmotorsports.com) is proudly sponsored by: Millennium Technologies, Ballistic Performance Components, Pit Bull, LeoVince Exhaust, Motion Pro, Bazzaz Performance, Yoyodyne, Worldwide Bearing, K&N Filters, Zero Gravity Windscreens, Spider Grips, XT Racing, Drippen Wet Graphics, VP Fuels and Motul Lubricants.

Luie Zendejas (www.luiezendejas.com) is proudly sponsored by: KWS Motorsports, BMW of San Jose, Millennium Technologies, Ballistic Performance Components, Ohlins USA, Andrew Swenson Designs, Drippin Wet Graphics, LeoVince Exhaust, Bazzaz Performance, Armour Bodies, Arai Helmets, Motion Pro, K&N Filters, EBC Brakes, Cycle Gear, Zero Gravity Windscreens, VP Fuels, Cox Radiator Guards, Spiegler Brake Lines and Motul Lubricants.

Jake Lewis (www.jakelewis85.com) is proudly sponsored by: Hayden Brothers General Store, Earl's Racing Team, 3rd Chance Auto Sales, KWS Motorsports, Millennium Technologies, Apex Manufacturing, Sportbike Track Time, Roclun International, GMDATL.com, Race Tech, Princeton Pawn, Alpinestars, Arai, HotBodies, Vortex, Galfer, Dunlop, Oakley, RK, VP Fuels, RoadracingWorld.com and Motul Lubricants.

Tim Hunt (www.apexroadracing.com) is proudly sponsored by: KWS Motorsports, Millennium Technologies, Race Tech Suspension, Dunlop Tires, EBC Brakes, GPR Stabilizers, LeoVince Exhaust, VP Racing Fuels, Vortex, Arai Helmets, Hotbodies, Bazzaz, Heroic Leathers, K&N Filters, and Motul Lubricants.

For Information: ~http://www.kwsmotorsports.com~.

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