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Oct 9, 2006

Garza Continues Winning Ways At Arroyo Seco ASMA Event

Arroyo Seco Raceway
October 8, 2006
by Andy Ruhl

The threat of rain at Arroyo Seco Raceway wasn't enough to deter Arroyo Seco Motorcycle Association series leader Ivan Garza in the October ASMA round. The sun came out and dried the track early Sunday morning just in time for racing to begin.

Garza continued his success in the ASMA series by taking wins in every race he entered by grabbing the holeshot or taking the lead on the first lap, then controlling the pace at the front. Garza never had any serious challenge to his Bridgestone shod, LittleBig Racing sposored ZX-6RR and ZX-10R Kawasakis. Garza took wins in Unlimited Superstock, Middleweight Superstock, Heavyweight Superbike, Formula Arroyo Unlimited GP, Middleweight Superbike, and Unlimited Superbike.

Series regular Roger Heemsbergen, riding his Michelin equipped Suzuki GSX-R750, was the only rider to match Garza's early pace in the Formula Arroyo Unlimited GP race. Garza, aboard his Kawasaki ZX-10R, picked up the pace and dropped his lap times to ease away from Heemsbergen for the win. "It was all I could do to keep Tom Savoca behind me today. Ivan was just a little too fast," said Heemsbergen. Tom Savoca took third on his Honda CBR1000RR with Michelin tires.

"My goal this weekend was to go a little bit faster than I went and break into the 1:08 range, but instead I put together a long string of 1:09 laps which I had not done before," Garza said. "I worked with Evan and Phil from Evan Steel Performance to make some changes to the bike, and they really helped. I definitely haven't hit a wall, I keep improving. I just want to keep working on myself and the bike to go faster. The reason why I can win consistently this year instead of getting seconds and thirds is the help I get from my sponsors like LittleBig Racing and especially Evan Steel Performance. Evan and Phil make changes and push me to go faster, and it works. I can't say enough about them."

Other winners were Mike Browne in Heavyweight Twins on his Ducati 999, Daryl Wichern in Lightweight Superbike on his Suzuki SV650, Tom Savoca in Formula 40 on his Honda CBR1000RR, Roger Heemsbergen in the Kawasaki 650 spec series on his Kawasaki Ninja 650R and Kevin Murray in Lightweight GP on his Yamaha TZ125.

Arroyo Seco Raceway is a 1.4 mile road course located near Deming, NM. For more information visit or call Roger Heemsbergen at 505-494-4794.