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Apr 11, 2017

ASMA: Jason Brown, David Hurtado Share Spotlight At Arroyo Seco Raceway

David Hurtado (1). Photo by Eric Pugh, courtesy of ASMA.

Jason Brown, David Hurtado Each Win a Race at Arroyo Seco Raceway

Experts Jason Brown and David Hurtado both claimed victories last Sunday, April 9 at Arroyo Seco Raceway near Deming, New Mexico. The second round of racing got off to a rough start as two separate incidents resulted in red flags during the early laps of the day’s first race, the Unlimited Superbike sponsored by Kurveygirl.com.

After re-gridding for the third time, it was series leader Mikey Shreve and his Yamaha YZF-R1 who first entered the first corner, followed by Joseph Chasser and his R1, and last year’s hole-shot-hero Brown on board a Kawasaki ZX-10R. Had it not been for gremlins in Chasser’s new and untested clutch that caused his front tire to hop on the pavement, he might have just edged Shreve to the front, as he was first to react when the green flag was raised.

Hurtado and his ZX-10R had a typical slow start, and it wasn’t until the fourth lap that he was able to pester Brown for second place; Hurtado attempted to overtake Brown inside the Horseshoe and on the back straight, but Brown had more power in his Kawasaki machine and fended him off.

With late braking entering the carousel, it was Brown who did the passing when he overtook Shreve for the lead and race win during the last lap. The lap prior, the two were side by side in a late-braking showdown into the Horseshoe, but Shreve had the inside line and remained in front. Hurtado, having suffered issues with his brakes during the last lap, dropped from third to fifth by the time he rolled past the finish line. Chasser took advantage of Hurtado’s mishap and claimed the last step on the podium.

Saturday’s qualifying for the premier Evan Steel Performance Formula Arroyo race resulted in Hurtado occupying pole position, Brown and Eric Sotomayor gridded second and third, respectively. This time Sotomayor and his Suzuki GSX-R1000 nabbed the holeshot with Brown and Chasser just behind.

The top three maintained their positions until the fourth lap when Brown passed Sotomayor on the back straight. Meanwhile, Hurtado worked his way through the pack after another disastrous start and clung to Chasser’s tail. But Chasser strove for mach speed lap times, one of which was a personal best 1:09.263 for the counter-clockwise direction, and he kept Hurtado behind until the next lap when he was overtaken inside the Horseshoe. That very same lap, series leader Shreve suffered chatter going into the Carousel and was forced off the track, but he refused to throw in the towel and rejoined at the tail of the pack in an attempt to salvage as many points as possible.

In the seventh lap, Hurtado caught second-place Sotomayor and the two dashed side by side into the Horseshoe. Sotomayor lost that drag race and went off into the dirt, but his race did not end there and he rejoined to finish fifth just in front of Shreve. Brown had a comfortable lead in front of Hurtado until the eighth lap when shifting issues sent Brown off just before the Bus Stop. He was able to recover quickly, though Hurtado took advantage of the opportunity for an easy overtake and sailed on to meet the checkers first. Brown finished second and Chasser, only his second race as an expert, rounded out the podium for the second time of the day.

The best race of the day was the UltraLight Grand Prix by JR Cochran Service, as teenagers CJ Chaparo and Robert Roach, Jr. brought had everyone in attendance watching as they battled for the third time of the day on the Heems Racing Kawasaki Ninja 250’s. The lead changed almost every lap, with Chaparo, a motocross racer who just made the switch to pavement, strongest on the brakes off the long straights and Roach smoother and faster in the middle of the turns. Both riders were over a second and a half under the previous 250 lap record at 1:19.1 as they traded paint several times, much to the enjoyment of spectators, with the win going to Chaparo and Roach right behind and Justin Brown in third. Roach and Chaparo each got two wins in the largest classes of the weekend setting the stage for a season long battle.

The third round of ASMA racing at Arroyo Seco is scheduled for Sunday, May 7. Testing will take place the Saturday prior.

Race Results for Round Two at Arroyo Seco Raceway

Formula Arroyo by Evan Steel Performance

1. David Hurtado (Kaw ZX-10R)

2. Jason Brown (Kaw ZX-10R)

3. Joe Chasser (Yam YZF-R1)

4. Josh Kauffman (Yam YZF-R1)

5. Eric Sotomayor (Suz GSX-R1000)

6. Mikey Shreve (Yam YZF-R1)

Formula Amateur by Speedcell

1. Matt Kendrick (Yam YZF-R6)

2. Mike Sobjak (Suz GSX-R600)

3. Michael Thompson (Tri 675)

4. Clayton Lester (Kaw ZX-10R)

5. Dan Junick (BMW S1000RR)

6. Oscar Ybarra (Suz GSX-R600)

Formula 500 by JR Cochran Service

1. Robert Roach (Kaw 250)

2. Christian Chaparro (Kaw 250)

3. Daniel Berger (Yam YZF-R3)

4. Justin Brown (Kaw 250)

5. Arturo Johnson (Kaw 250)

6. Leif Munson (Hyosung GD250)

Amateur Unlimited Superbike by Kurveygirl.com

1. Matt Kendrick (Yam YZF-R6)

2. Clayton Lester (Kaw ZX-10R)

3. Dan Junick (BMW S1000RR)

4. Marlon Swaby (Suz GSXR1000)

5. Alfonso Sanchez (Suz GSXR1000)

6. Shane Proffitt (Suz GSXR1000)

Expert Unlimited Superbike by Kurveygirl.com

1. Jason Brown (Kaw ZX-10R)

2. Mikey Shreve (Yam YZF-R1)

3. Joe Chasser (Yam YZF-R1)

4. Josh Kauffman (Yam YZF-R1)

5. David Hurtado (Kaw ZX-10R)

6. Eric Sotomayor (Suz GSXR1000)

Beginner by Ideal Electric

1. Jeff Zimmer (BMW S1000RR)

2. Marlon Swaby (Suz GSXR1000)

3. Joshua Hill (Hon CBR600RR)

4. Frank Bauer (Yam YZF-R6)

5. Sergey Kokoulin (Suz GSXR1000)

6. Oscar Ybarra (Suz GSXR600)

Formula 40 by Southwest Suzuki / Kawasaki

1. Josh Kauffman (Yam YZF-R1)

2. Kevin Gibson (Aprilia RSV4)

3. Greg Talbot (Yam YZF-R6)

4. Ken Murray (Yam YZF-R6)

5. Mickey Rupe (Suz GSXR1000)

Amateur Middleweight Superbike by Law Tigers

1. Matt Kendrick (Yam YZF-R6)

2. Mike Sobjak (Suz GSXR600)

3. Michael Thompson (Tri 675)

4. Joshua Hill (Hon CBR600RR)

5. Oscar Ybarra (Suz GSXR600)

6. Cedric Madden (Kaw ZX6R)

Expert Middleweight Superbike by Law Tigers

1. Greg Talbot (Yam YZF-R6)

2. Jesse Beck (Tri 675)

3. Sebastian Musewicz

4. Ben Alarcon (Yam YZF-R6)

5. Lance Echols (Kaw ZX-6R)

6. Kim Prichard (Tri 675)

Lightweight GP by ASMA Dunlop

1. Christian Chaparro (Kaw 250)

2. Robert Roach (Kaw 250)

3. Mickey Rupe (Yam YZF-R3)

4. Justin Brown (Kaw 250)

5. Arturo Johnson (Kaw 250)

6. Leif Munson (Hyosung GD250)

Amateur Middleweight Superstock by JR Cochran Service

1. Matt Kendrick (Yam YZF-R6)

2. Michael Thompson (Tri 675)

3. Joshua Hill (Hon CBR600RR)

4. Frank Bauer (Yam YZF-R6)

Expert Middleweight Superstock by Moto El Paso

1. Greg Talbot (Yam YZF-R6)

2. Jesse Beck (Tri 675)

3. Sebastian Musewicz (Kaw ZX-6R)

4. Ken Murray (Yam YZF-R6)

5. Ben Alarcon (Yam YZF-R6)

6. Lance Echols (Kaw ZX-6R)

Southwest Thunder by Fast by Few

1. Robert Roach (Kaw 250)

2. Kim Prichard (Tri 675)

3. Justin Brown (Kaw 250)

4. Daniel Berger (Yam YZF-R3)

5. Arturo Johnson (Kaw 250)

6. Leif Munson (Hyosung GD250)

500 Cup by Fast by Few

1. Robert Roach (Kaw 250)

2. Justin Brown (Kaw 250)

3. Daniel Berger (Yam YZF-R3)

4. Arturo Johnson (Kaw 250)

5. Leif Munson (Hyosung GD250)

6. Loren Jury (Yam YZF-R3)

Amateur Unlimited Superstock by Twigs Jewels

1. Matt Kendrick (Yam YZF-R6)

2. Jeff Zimmer (BMW S1000RR)

3. Clayton Lester (Kaw ZX-10R)

4. Dan Junick (BMW S1000RR)

5. Marlon Swaby (Suz GSXR1000)

6. Sergey Kokoulin (Suz GSXR1000)

Expert Unlimited Superstock by Twigs Jewels

1. Jason Brown (Kaw ZX-10R)

2. Eric Sotomayor (Suz GSX-R1000)

3. Kevin Gibson (Apr RSV4)

4. Sebastian Musewicz (Kaw ZX-6R)

Ultra Lightweight GP by JR Cochran Service

1. Christian Chaparro (Kaw 250)

2. Robert Roach (Kaw 250)

3. Justin Brown (Kaw 250)

4. Loren Jury (Yam YZF-R3)

5. Leif Munson (Hyosung GD250)

6. Scott Cloninger (Kaw 250)

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