Oct 1, 2012
© 2013, Roadracing World Publishing, Inc.
From a press release
issued by WMRRA
Mark DeGross, the 2012 WMRRA Overall Champion. Photo courtesy of WMRRA.
Seattle, WA - DeGross wins #1 Overall Plate in the season finale at Pacific Raceways!
The Washington Motorcycle Road Racing Association congratulates Mark DeGross on winning the #1 plate in the 2012 WMRRA season championship. Mark held off a determined young rider, 14 year old John Gessner, to win the championship by a scant 18 points. The 8 round seas
Mark DeGross, a seasoned veteran and owner of 2-Fast Track Days and Motorcycle Instruction, and current #3 plate holder, rode consistently all season to earn enough points to edge Gessner out for the overall championship. DeGross sealed his overall championship season with a win in the EDR Performance sponsored Formula Ultra race on September 23.
Young gun John Gessner rode like a seasoned veteran being the youngest rider to ever race for the clubs overall championship. During the season John set numerous track records in his class at both Pacific Raceways and The Ridge Motorsports Park. Gessner highlighted his season by winning the Peter Lenz Memorial 125 GP class.
Despite a mechanically challenging season Ryan "Chromie" Sutton finished strong earning the overall #3 Plate. #4 Plate went to Kevin Klemmer who rode strong and consistent all year. Rounding out the top 5 was Ted Hawkins who dominated the middle weight classes.
The Washington Motorcycle Road Racing Association (WMRRA) was established in 1974 to sanction and promote area road racing. That year, a small group of enthusiastic racers decided they needed to band together and create a club so they could sanction and run their own racing events at the popular racing track in Kent, WA, then known as Seattle International Raceways. WMRRA is a non-profit, volunteer run organization with over 500 members.
Since that time, WMRRA has grown to become one of the most popular motorcycle racing clubs in North America. Many top WMRRA racers have gone onto become national and international race winners and champions, not to mention U.S.A's first world champion, Steve Baker.
Overall Top Five plate holder for 2013:
1. Mark DeGross
2. John Gessner
3. Ryan "Chromie" Sutton
4. Kevin Klemmer
5. Ted Hawkins
2012 Class Champions:
125 Grand Prix by 2Wheel Dyno Works - John Gessner
160 Vintage by Hinshaw's Motorcycle Store - Mark Etheridge
250 Ninja Cup by Bellevue Kawasaki/Skagit Powersports- Andrew Rodgers
250 Grand Prix by Smarty Pants- John Gessner
250 Vintage by Hinshaw's Motorcycle Store -Ryan Shanahan
500 Vintage by Hinshaw's Motorcycle Store -Jim West
600 Superbike by Advanced Motorcycle Gear-Ryan "Chromie" Sutton
600 Supersport by KFG Racing- Ryan "Chromie" Sutton
650 Supersport Twins by Ducati Bellevue-Ted Hawkins
600 TFS by Ducati Seattle-Shawn Becker
750 Superbike by Exterior Restorations-Ryan "Chromie" Sutton
750 Supersport by Speed Dealer Motors- Ryan "Chromie" Sutton
750 Vintage by Hinshaw's Motorcycle Store-Duncan Craick
Formula Thunder by Smarty Pants-Shawn Becker
Heavyweight Early Grand Prix by Smarty Pants-Jerry Kassebaum
Lightweight Classic Superbike by 2 Wheel Dyno Works-Andre Drachinski
Lightweight Early Grand Prix by 2 Wheel Dyno Works-Alan Kwang
Lightweight Superbike by 2 Wheel Dyno Works- Shawn Becker
Middleweight Grand Prix Twins by Chicken Hawk Racing-Ted Hawkins
Novice by 2-Fast Track days and Performance Schools- Steve Bleistein
Open GP Twins by Ducati Seattle-Tony Connell
Open Single by Ducati Bellevue-John Gessner
Open Superbike by Sikwerks Custom Paint-Mark DeGross
Open Supersport by Fuzzimoto-Mark DeGross
Formula Ultra by EDR Performance-Mark DeGross
Ultra Lightweight Sportsman by Leo Vince Corsa Twins-Andrew Rodgers
Endurance Racing by Canright and Associates Overall-2Fast Donkeys
Endurance Racing by Canright and Associates Heavyweight-2Fast Donkeys
Endurance Racing by Canright and Associates Middleweight-Spare Parts Ltd.
Endurance Racing by Canright and Associates Lightweight- Some More Clowns Racing
Ultra LW Two-Hour Endurance (All on Ninja 250s): Wildwood/Skagit Power Sports