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Aug 28, 2010

Updated: Garrett Gerloff Runs Away With USGPRU Moriwaki MD250H Race One At Indy

Garrett Gerloff (1). Photo by Dana Garrett, courtesy of Indianapolis Motor Speedway.
USGPRU REV'IT Moriwaki MD250H Challenge Powered by Honda
Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Indianapolis, Indiana
August 28, 2010
Provisional Race Results (all on Moriwaki MD250Hs):

1. Garrett Gerloff, 12 laps
2. Jake Lewis, -12.397 seconds
3. Nick McFadden, -12.603
4. Peter Lenz, -12.649
5. Stefano Mesa, -26.861
6. Ryan Matter, -30.745
7. Joe Roberts, -34.756
8. Grayson Gerloff, -44.491
9. Nick Hansen, -44.801
10. Ben Young, -45.331
11. Andre Ochs, -46.158
12. Austin Medrano, -48.684
13. Kaleb De Keyrel, -63.306
14. Brandon Altmeyer, -63.482
15. Tyler Linders, -64.921
16. Lex Hartl, -65.073
17. Cassidy Heiser, -65.126
18. Max Flinders, -71.769
19. Ben Truslow, 77.458
20. Bruce Degrilla, -103.368
21. Cody Sousa-Saints, -1 lap, crash
22. Alex Wisdom, -1 lap
23. Xavier Zayat, -3 laps, DNF, retired
24. Jasper Hankey, -7 laps, DNF, retired

More, from a press release issued by USGPRU:

Gerloff takes convincing win over Lewis and McFadden in first Rev'It Moriwaki MD250H Powered by Honda race at Indianapolis

Indianapolis, IN - 28 Aug 2010: Garrett Gerloff took the lead on the second lap and never looked back, taking a convincing win in the Rev'It Moriwaki MD250H Powered by Honda race on a sunny Saturday afternoon at the 2010 Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix. Starting from pole, Gerloff was beat to turn one by Jake Lewis with Peter Lenz in pursuit. Gerloff went past Lenz and set out after Lewis, who led the first lap. Gerloff went past on lap two and immediately pulled out a lead that grew each lap.

"I was a little worried," said Gerloff. "Peter got around me after I ran off the track a little bit. I passed Peter and caught back up to Jake, just trying to keep focused. I tried to pull away and not have as much pressure at the end if he was right behind me."

Jake Lewis tried valiantly to hang with Gerloff, going half a second faster than he had qualified, but to no avail. "I was trying to hang on and pushing it to the limit, but he was just going really good today," said Lewis. "Halfway through the race I looked back and saw Nick and Peter right there, and I was like 'Gosh, I didn't know they were still there!', so I started pushing even harder. Towards the end of the race, my foot started slipping off the peg and I made some silly mistakes and they caught right up. Nick passed me after the finish, it was close but that was good."

Nick McFadden was able to go with the lead group at the start, and passed Lenz on lap four. Lenz latched on and pushed McFadden to the end, both riders turning their fastest laps on the last lap as they saw they were closing on Lewis. "I was just trying to catch up after getting a bad start," McFadden said. "Stefano Mesa passed me going off the back straightaway, and I got separated from him and Peter a pretty good ways. I just put my head down and tried to catch up. After I caught Stefano and got past Peter, I could see we were reeling in Jake. About halfway through the race, Peter showed me a wheel and I just outbroke him and kept my head down."

Stefano Mesa held on to finish fifth, four seconds ahead of Ryan Matter, who finished four seconds ahead of Joe Roberts in seventh place. Grayson Gerloff won a race-long battle over eighth place ahead of Nick Hansen, Ben Young, Andre Ochs and Austin Medrano, with the five riders nose-to-tail throughout the race.

Rev'It! Moriwaki MD250H Powered by Honda Race One (12 Laps)

Rider Gap

1. Garrett Gerloff
2. Jake Lewis 12.397
3. Nick McFadden 12.603
4. Peter Lenz 12.649
5. Stefano Mesa 26.861
6. Ryan Matter 30.745
7. Joe Roberts 34.756
8. Grayson Gerloff 44.491
9. Nick Hansen 44.801
10. Ben Young 45.331
11. Andre Ochs 46.158
12. Austin Medrano 48.684
13. Kaleb De Keyrel 1:03.306
14. Brandon Altmeyer 1:03.482
15. Tyler Linders 1:04.921
16. Lex Hartl 1:05.073
17. Cassidy Heiser 1:05.126
18. Max Flinders 1:11.769
19. Ben Truslow 1:17.458
20. Bruce Degrilla 1:43.368
21. Cody Sousa-Saints 1 lap, crashed out, rider OK
22. Alex Wisdom 1 lap
23. Xavier Zayat 3 laps, entered pits and retired
24. Jasper Hankey 7 laps, entered pits and retired

The second of the two Rev'It! Moriwaki MD250H Powered by Honda 12-lap races is scheduled for Sunday morning at 10:20am, followed by the World Championship 125cc, Moto2 and MotoGP races.

The USGPRU is the officially recognized 125 Grand Prix National Championship® and 250 Grand Prix National Championship® series. The popular Moriwaki MD250H spec-bike youth class and the exciting new Moto3 classes round out a real GP experience. The USGPRU provides a unique opportunity for riders by providing extended length grand prix racing with timed qualifying and superb contingency and sponsor support. Race and practice format is designed to prepare riders for the experience of 2-wheel racing at the highest levels.

For more information, please visit

More, from a press release issued by Team Tuned:

Team Tuned - Indianapolis GP Day 2 - Race 1 Review

Today marked the second day of the 3 day event held at the historical Indianapolis Speedway in Indianapolis, Indiana. The second day of the USGPRU event was the first day of racing for all those participating in the Moriwaki MD250H spec classification.

Team Tuned riders Cody Sousa-Saints and Bruce Degrilla Jr qualified 18th and 22nd fastest respectively which assigned their grid positions for the first race of the event. The team worked diligently overnight to prepare the motorcycles for Cody and Bruce to be more competitive for their race event.

Race 1 turned out to be both an step forward and backwards for Bruce and Cody as they aimed to improve on their grid positions in the race. Bruce started from the rear of the field and attempted to make up positions into the first 2 sections of the track. Unfortunately Bruce made a small mistake and applied his brakes a bit too late forcing him to run wide and lose touch with the pack of riders from 15-20th.

Cody made a similar mistake half way through the race but was unlucky in his efforts to resume racing as he crashed off track in turn 10 of the 2 mile circuit. Cody quickly remounted and rentered the race 7 seconds after the crash and compelted his first event behind his teammate.

Race Results:
Bruce Degrilla Jr - Position 20 - Fastest Lap: 2:05.949
Cody Sousa-Saints - Position 21 - Fastest Lap: 2:04.819

Race Winner - Garret Gerloff - Fastest Lap: 1:57.767

Team Manager Review
Bruce and Cody continued their adaptation to racing in an international event at the prestigious Indianapolis Speedway today. We as a team made a few adjustments to both Bruce and Cody's bikes prior to the race which we thought may help them fight for a top 10 position. Unfortunately we went a bit too far in our adjustments and will need to make a bit more adjustments to give them a better package for tomorrows race.

Post race we as a team set down and reviewed the race and the events of the day to get a better understanding of our true position. Bruce and Cody remain motivated and are eager to continue to progress in their adaptation to this spec series. This race is one of 3 which we are planning to participate in during the 2010 season. To be able to compete against the best riders in America in front of the MotoGP paddock is rare opportunity. Bruce and Cody are very appretiative to have the support to participate and they are making the best out of their situation.

We have one more race tomorrow morning at 10:30AM (11:30AM Bermuda Time). The boys are excited and so is the entire team

More, from a press release issued by Vesrah Suzuki:


Vesrah Suzuki development rider Nick McFadden qualified on the front row on Friday in 3rd position for the USGPRU Moriwaki MD250H races at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Nick was able to capitalize on his starting position and finished Race 1 held Saturday August 28th on the podium in 3rd position. Nick battled throughout the race and almost was able to take 2nd position at the line. Nick and the team are now preparing for the second race of the doubleheader to be held on Sunday morning.

Mark Junge Team Owner Vesrah Suzuki

"Nick rode great today and was fighting throughout the entire race. His lap times kept getting faster and he turned his fastest lap time of the race on the last lap of the race."

Nick McFadden #195 Vesrah Suzuki

"The race today was a hard one - I was very happy to start from the front row, but I didn't get off the line as quick as I wanted and I had to put my head down to get my position back. I had other bikes on my back end for most of the race and I was trying to protect my line and pull away in the parts of the track where I felt like I was a little stronger. I kept charging and made it back to 3rd place and was gaining on 2nd place as the laps were winding down. With 2 laps to go someone stuck a wheel underneath me but I was able to hold the position as I caught 2nd place and was almost able to pass them at the line."

"My Vesrah Moriwaki MD250H has been running very well thanks to a lot of hard work from Tray Batey and Mark Junge. They have been working on the bike to get it really ready for these races. I have really put Tray to the test in the past week, asking him to go to Portland, Oregon the weekend before this event to race and to go through this weekend with me too. I have had a lot of support from the Owensboro, KY crowd here this week and a thank you to everyone helping our team this week, especially Mike Himmelsbach with Penske for helping us with an extra hand on Friday and Martin Musil with Traxxion Dynamics as well as John Hansen. To stand on the podium at the INDY track is unbelievable. I couldn't believe I was up there and that we received our trophies from the Moriwaki family - it was really nice of them to come out to this event. Along with my team, and my family, I am so excited about today's finish and I hope I can bring home another podium finish tomorrow."

Vesrah Suzuki and Nick McFadden want to thank all of their sponsors for their support for the 2010 season Vesrah, American Suzuki, Rockstar Energy Drink, Nielsen Enterprises Suzuki, West Side Heavy Hauling Inc, Dunlop Tires, Traxxion Dynamics Fork Components, Arai Helmets, Graves Motorsports, Hotbodies Racing Bodywork, Sudco Int., Bazzaz, Factory Pro, Maxima Racing Oils, Vortex, DID Chain, Penske Racing Shocks, GPR Stabilizers, Trek Bicycles, GP Tech, Active & Road Rage Designs
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