2009 NEWS
Michelin Team Challenge Daytona Re-Cap

Michelin Team Challenge Series
February 27, 2009
Daytona International
Speedway

 Famous Names Return to Podium at Daytona.

Two of the biggest surprises in Daytona 200 history were the unlikely victories of David Sadowski and John Ashmead and on February 27th, those famous names once again took up their positions on a podium ceremony at Daytona. While the David Sadowski was actually David Sadowski Jr, it was the former 200 Champion John Ashmead, who joined their respective teams on the box after the opening round of the 2009 Michelin Team Challenge Series in the Overall class. Sadowski Jr. joined up with his brother Matt to take their Yamaha 600 to the Overall win over Vallely Racing and Ashmead’s Old Pro Racing team.

From the start, Sadowski Brothers Racing and eventual runner-up Vallely Racing hooked up and raced nose-to-tail swapping the lead until lap 21 when Sadowski Bros. made their rider change. Vallely Racing, with Ryan Patterson and Matt McBride at the controls, gave the lead back for good on lap 22 when they made their mandatory rider change. From there the Sadowski Bros. increased their lead to a full lap by the checkered flag. Vallely Racing on their Suzuki 600 after blowing up both of their 1000’s in practice, came home in second, followed by the Old Pro Racing Team of John Ashmead and Paul Schwimmer aboard a Kawasaki 600.

 It was Vallely Racing the took top honors in the GTO class followed by the Fasttrixx.com Honda 1000 ridden by Steve Wilkening and Matt Graham. Third place went to the Battlecreek Michigan based Hawkeye SuperBike team with Chris Weakly and Mikal Pechota doing the ridding chores.

The GTU class, which dominated the top ten of the Overall standings, was won by Sadowski Brothers Racing with a one lap margin over the Old Pros Racing Team. The third place GTU team of Chester Auto Repair ridden by Alex Shaw and Eric Helmbach also captured fifth Overall, making it four 600cc machines out of the top five, challenging the myth that Daytona is purely a horsepower facility.

 For the first time a Bimota 1000 has won a class in the Michelin Team Challenge, as the KRM Racing Motocorse team took the GTL win by two laps over the runner up Grease Monkey Racing Suzuki. Kevin Mendez and his teammate Chris Bly took the lead from the first lap and never relinquished it, where the Grease Monkey Racing Team of Eric Helmbach and Eric Wilson caught a lucky break when Predator Racing’s lengthy pit stop on lap 27 allowed the N.J. team to move into second position and carry it to the finish. Russell Wade’s Predator Racing finished in third aboard their Suzuki SV650 followed by the R&R Repsol Racing Buell.

The A&J Recognition Solo Challenge was a test run for some of the competitors entered for the Daytona 200 and if this race was any indication, the 68th running of the 200 is going to be amazing. From the start, Jason DiSalvo on the M4 Suzuki, Danny Eslick on the Rossmeyer RMR Buell along with Celtic Racing’s Michael Leverty made it a three rider battle for the lead. First it was Laverty that took the point until his stop on lap 14, then Eslick on the 1125R assumed the lead for a lap. Then it was DiSalvo’s turn to show the way until lap 19 when Russell Wikle took over while DiSalvo made his stop. Two laps later Wikle pitted and DiSalvo moved back to the point and lead the rest of the way to the checkered flag. Wikle was able to bring it home in second followed by Laverty in third.

Next race for the Michelin Team Challenge and the A&J Recognition Solo Challenge on April 18-19 at Carolina Motorsports Park.
ASRA Debuts The ASRA Channel!

The American Sportbike Racing Association would like to announce a new addition to the www.ASRARacing.comwebsite, The ASRA Channel!

With the explosion of video posting websites, we found it was hard to track down the racing videos you really wanted to see, so ASRA has made it easier for all it's racers, crew and family members. To kick things off, we've posted our video highlights from the 2008 March Daytona event and we will be adding material as it's received.

All you will need to do is submit your road racing production to 
the ASRA/CCS Main Office in Fort Worth in any standard video format (.mpeg, .avi, .wmv, etc.) either on CD or DVD, with written permission for ASRA/CCS to use this footage as we wish, and we will do the rest! (You can sumbit by email if the file is smaller than 20 mb) Of course we ask that material be suitable for all ages, since this is a family-orientated website, ASRA/CCS reserves the right to be the sole judge of what is appropriate for posting on this website.

Please submit only race or event video you own. This is a family orientated motorcycle road racing website, so naturally we only want videos that have to do with racing, your family or crew at the races or something of interest to our racing community.

Now come on, show us your  best stuff!

Michelin Signs Multi-Year Commitment to ASRA

FT WORTH, TX - After discussions between American Sportbike Racing Association President, Kevin Elliott and Michelin North American Roadracing Manager, Ron Wood, the two companies have reached a multi-year agreement that will offer up the ASRA Pro sanctioned race series as the Michelin Pro Series beginning in 2009 and stretching through 2011.

Elliott expressed his thoughts on the accord, “We are very pleased and excited to see our long-time partner Michelin, step into a new, lead sponsor relationship with ASRA. Even in uncertain economic times we see the opportunity for growth in this sport and visionary sponsor companies are stepping up. Loyalty to this sport gets a lot of mileage with racers. Riders, crew, family and fans remember companies that are committed to their sport.”

Ron Wood commented, “Michelin is proud to be associated with CCS/ASRA to help increase awareness of motorcycle road racing on a national scale. The Michelin Pro Series sanctioned by ASRA demonstrates Michelin’s continued commitment to the motorcycle road race community. We invite all racers, Amateur and Professional, to enjoy the competitive racing atmosphere in the Michelin Pro Series.”

Both men were quick to point out while Michelin is the name in title sponsor of the series, it is not a spec tire series and the events are open to all tire brands. “The goal of this series always has been the development of riders beyond the expert sportsman level,” said Elliott, “We know the Michelin tire performance speaks for itself and look forward to a great season of competition between riders, machines and tire brands for the championship.”

The newly named Michelin Pro Series will start it’s season at the famed Daytona International Speedway  and include rounds at other marquis facilities like Road America, New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Barber Motorsports Park and Virginia International Raceway before returning to Daytona to finish the season in October.





Sipp Announces 2009 Racing Plans

January 2, 2009

Kansas City, MO – Bison Racing rider Walt Sipp announced today that he will once again be riding in select ASRA Superbike and Sportbike races as well as ...more>

2008 ASRA Series Events are in the Books

The last checkered flag has fallen on the 2008 ASRA Pro Series season and it marks the close to another successful season for the American Sportbike Racing Association.

ASRA PRO SERIES
NATIONAL CHAMPIONS

Jeff Wood        Nate Kern

 The 2008 season was filled with surprises and records for the ASRA Pro Series. First the big surprise was the performance of Nate Kern on the BMW, who finished on the podium all 8 races, while winning 4 of those events. This dominating performance gave BMW and Kern their first ASRA Pro ThunderBike Championship over defending Champion Dave Estok and the 2006 Champion Dan Bilansky.

While normally winning 50% of the races is phenomenal in any season, Kern's accomplishment was overshadowed by Jeff Wood who won an amazing 15 of 24 races on his way to the ASRA Triple Crown, championships in Factory Pro SportBike, SuperBike and SuperStock. Wood swept all three classes 5 times over the season on his way to capturing the Factory Pro SportBike and SuperBike titles for the fourth year in a row and his second consecutive SuperStock championship. Add in the 12 lap records Wood posted and you can see this was one special season for our champion.

TEAM & SOLO CHALLENGE SERIES
NATIONAL CHAMPIONS

OVERALL: Serpent Racing 2
GTO: Serpent Racing 2
GTU: Serpent Racing 1
GT Lights: James Gang / Hoban Bros. Racing
Solo: Vas Rajan

After 8 races covering over 1250 miles, The ASRA Team Challenge Series crowned 5 new National Champions. While some of the riders were familiar faces, all  5 class championships went to new teams for the 2008 season. 

The big winners were the Serpent Racing Team with Captain Jason Temme. His two teams won the GTU, GTO and Overall Championships, the first National Championships for the squad, using the experience of Calvin Martinez and a group of talented local riders from each track to overwhelm the competition. Martinez has now been part of five class championship teams as well as four Overall Championship teams, more than any other rider in the history of the Team Challenge Championships.

The GTL class winners, James Gang/Hoban Bros Racing Team, originally set out to race Moto-ST but after finding themselves in the ASRA GTL Championship point lead with two rounds to go, Team Captain Paul James shifted the focus to securing the title with his new team. 

The A&J Recognition Solo Champion, Vas Rajan, won his first National Championship by showing his "iron Man" persona by completting 7 of the 8 events by himself.

Thanks to all the racers, their families and crew members that made the 2008 ASRA Series the best ever. Thanks to all the ASRA/CCS staff and especially the safety crew (cornerworkers, medical, fire and pickup crews) for the wonderful job done on our behalf.

Most of all congratulations to all of our 2008 ASRA National Champions - you are the BEST!

       
       
       
       
       


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