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2010 Michelin Pro Series is in the Books!
The final race of the 2010 Michelin Pro Series is in the books, complete results form the Homestead Miami Speedway can be viewed by clicking here.

The final point standings for the Michelin Pro Series Championship can be viewed by clicking here.
2010 Michelin Team Challenge is in the Books!
The final race of the 2010 Michelin Team Challenge Series is in the books, complete results form the Homestead Miami Speedway can be viewed by clicking here.

The final point standings for the Michelin Team Challenge Championship can be viewed by clicking here.
Spalding Clinches ThunderBike Title at VIR
Alton, Virginia, USA – September 26, 2010 – Round 7 of the Michelin Pro Series sanctioned by ASRA saw plenty of action as fans watched all four class races split between four different riders.
In Michelin Pro ThunderBike Ducati of Indy rider and 2010 ASRA Champion Joel Spalding took the win piloting his Ducati 749 past Joey Thomas on a Ducati 1000. Spalding's win seals the ThunderBike season championship with a 61-point gap back to Buell rider Jay Smith in just 7 rounds of action. Completing the ThunderBike podium was Eric Helmbach aboard a Suzuki SV650.
In Michelin Pro SportBike Suzuki 600 rider Mark Miller of North East, MD took the win. RNR Repsol rider Rick Beggs finished third in spite of a blown transmission. But Beggs inherited the runner up spot in a surprising development when SportBike points leader Mike Selpe was disqualified for being 6 pounds underweight, having run out of fuel on the pit road at the end of the race. This result leaves Selpe with a slim 27-point lead over Miller going into the last round at Homestead.
In Michelin Pro SuperBike Mark Miller is the points leader but yielded the win at VIR to a stellar performance from Yamaha rider James Cohrs of Suwanee, GA. Miller holds a thin 8-point lead over 5-time ASRA Champion Jeff Wood. Jason Ferrell is now third in 2010 SuperBike points.
And in Michelin Pro SuperStock Tim Bemisderfer took his BMW 1000 to the class victory in dominating fashion leaving Suzuki riders Scott Carpenter and David Loikits and KTM rider Bob Michael to duke it out for second. Carpenter bettered Michael for the number two step on the podium. Loikits was fourth. After this round in the ASRA SuperStock points battle Joel Spalding holds a 25-point lead and need only finish 14th or better at the final round in Homestead, just three weeks away.
The Michelin Pro Series sanctioned by ASRA resumes Sunday October 17, 2010, with the 8th and final round at south Florida's Homestead-Miami Speedway.
Chester Auto Dominates Summit Point 
Summit Point Summer Cyclefest
Michelin Team Challenge Series
Summit Point, WV
August 28-29, 2010

Summit Point, WV - The story of 2010 has been the dominating performance of the Chester Auto Repair team and round 7 of the Michelin Team Challenge Series was another chapter in their march to a second straight title. The BMW S1000RR of Chester Auto trailed only twice during the 75-lap contest, once at the start when the Thrashed Bike Racing Buell got the holeshot and led for the first 100 yards and then again on lap 35 when the Team All Safe Yamaha briefly took over during Chester Auto team’s mandatory pit stop.  Just 20 laps later, Eric Helmbach passed the Team All Safe Yamaha to put himself on a lap all his own. Team All Safe looked like they would hold on to second in GTO and second Overall until a mishap on lap 71 put the machine on the ground in turn one, relegating them to third in GTO and sixth Overall. This allowed Ivan Milan on the Milan Racing Suzuki 1000 to move into second in GTO and second Overall, but with a  2-lap deficit, Milan never challenged Chester Auto in the waning laps. The final podium position in the Overall standings went to the GTU winner, Team Stiles on a Yamaha 600, ridden by Mark Stiles, his daughter Meghan Ryan and her husband Scotty Ryan. Officially Chester Auto led 74 of the 75 laps and cruised home to victory with a 2-lap lead over Milan Racing. The Overall win gave Chester Auto Repair a 78 point lead in the championship, capturing their second straight Michelin Team Challenge Championship with one round to spare.

After missing the first two rounds of the 2010 Michelin Team Challenge championship, Team Stiles making up for lost time by grabbing their second straight victory in the GTU class. Team Stiles was followed by the class point leader RnR Repsol in second and Premier Racing in third. The victory moves Team Stiles to within 9 points of the RnR Repsol team for the class championship with 35 points still available in the final round at the 27th Annual Race of Champions in October. Premier Racing slipped to 20 points behind RnR with their third place finish and can now only hope for a miracle at the Homestead-Miami Speedway during the October final.

In the GTL class, Grease Monkey Racing clinched their second straight championship in the Michelin Team Challenge Series with a victory at Summit Point Raceway. The Duc Hunters Suzuki was no match this day as Alex Shaw aboard the Grease Monkey Suzuki is won his 7th race out of 7 races this season with one more to go to set the record for most wins in a season by any team. The win gave Grease Monkey racing an insurmountable lead of 73 points over the Born Cross-eyed Racing Team with one race to go.

The next race for the Michelin Team Challenge Series is Round 8 at Homestead-Miami Speedway on October 15-17, 2010.

The Heat is On at NJMPs Thunderbolt

Michelin Pro Series

Sanctioned by ASRA

July 24, 2010

New Jersey Motorsports Park

Millville, NJ

The Michelin Pro Series was met with near record heat and humidity as the series set out to qualify in the late afternoon at Thunderbolt Raceway. The air temperature was still at 96°and 60% humidity when the first of four qualifying sessions hit the 2.25 mile-14 turn circuit.


The SuperStock pole was all Nate Kern as the BMW of Manhattan Motorcycles rider posted his best lap of 1:25.278 on lap 3 besting the second place qualifier by 7 tenths of a second. The DAS Performance Suzuki 1000 of Shane Narbonne qualified second with a solid 1:26.020 followed by Timothy Bemisderfer of Greencastle PA on another BMW S1000RR. Rounding out the front row it was Bob Michael of Centreville MD on his KTM RC8R.


For SuperBike, it was Multi-time ASRA National Champion Jeff Wood returning to Michelin Pro Series competition with a bang, putting his Yamaha 600 on pole with an amazing 1:24.584. Narbonne pushed his Suzuki 600 into second with a 1:25.386 followed by AJ Krause on a Kawasaki 600. Finishing the front row for SuperBike is Hylnur Atlason aboard his Ducati 848.


In the ThunderBike class, Joey Thomas from Accident MD captured pole position with a 1:32.482 with his Ducati 1000. Just 3 tenths of a second behind was Michelin Pro Series veteran Joe Rozynski on his Buell XB12 at 1:32.785, followed by Eric Helmbach on a Suzuki 650 and Joel Spalding on his Ducati 749.


During the final session of the afternoon for the SportBike class, Jeff Wood on the Yamaha slowed just a bit to a 1:24.853, still good enough for his second pole position of the day. Shane Narbonne secured second position over 2009 SportBike Champion Paul Allison. Filling out the front row is Mike Selpe on his Yamaha 600, looking to take over the championship point lead by a good finish in the SportBike final.

For complete qualifying results, click here.

Chester Auto Repair Takes Another Michelin Team Challenge
Michelin Team Challenge Series
Sanctioned by ASRA
Road  Raceway
Savannah, GA
July 11, 2010

Savannah, GA – Following his Overall and GTO class Michelin Team Challenge victory last week at Road America, Eric Helmbach took his Chester Auto Repair BMW S1000RR to another Overall and GTO win Sunday July 11, 2010 at the 2.02-mile Road Raceway road course.

Helmbach opened a half-second gap by turn four on lap one and by lap 11 the gap was nearly seven seconds over the Team Stiles Yamaha R6 ridden by Meghan Stiles and Scotty Ryan.  The Motocorse Performance Bimota 1000 ridden by Kat Zimpel and Sean Dwyer was third overall early in the race.  Motocorse pitted on lap 25 for fuel, handing their GT Lights lead and third overall position to Alex Shaw on his Grease Monkey SV650 entry.

By lap 25 only Helmbach and the the Stiles team were on the lead lap.  Helmbach pitted on lap 39 for his one and only stop for fuel.  Stiles assumed the lead and had a 30-second gap on Helmbach after the stop.  Stiles pitted a lap latter handing the lead back to Helmbach.  Within two laps Helmbach had a 39-second lead.  With 20 laps to go Helmbach managed to extend his lead to one full lap.

The Michelin event was scheduled for 75 laps with a 2.0-hour time limit was run in just 1 hour 37 minutes.  The final order was Helmbach from Stiles from Shaw in the overall results.  Helmbach topped GTO with Tim Ivanoff second.  Stiles Racing took the GTU with Premier Racing's R6 second and Rachel Sasse's RNR Repsol Kawasaki 636 was third.  Alex Shaw topped the GT Lights podium, Zimpel and Dwyer on the Motocorse entry were second and Jay Smith was third on his Buell XB12.

The next Michelin Team Challenge sanctioned by ASRA will be Round 7 at Summit Point Raceway on August 29 where other teams challenge Helmbach's recent domination in the most popular 2-Hour endurance race in the U.S .
Helmbach Takes Round 5 of Michelin Team Challenge at Road America

Michelin Team Challenge Series
Sanctioned by ASRA
Road America
Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin
July 2, 2010

Elkhart Lake, WI – Eric Helmbach rode his Chester Auto Repair BMW 1000 to victory in the fifth round of the 2010 Michelin Team Challenge sanctioned by ASRA.

Geoff May entered the Team Challenge with Team Buell's AMA SuperBike and lead for most of the race, pulling off on lap 38, not to return. It was unclear whether there was a mechanical problem with the Buell entry or whether the team accomplished their mission for the afternoon and pulled in. Helmbach, who had exchanged positions with Mid Cities Motorsport riders Calvin Martinez and Dave Ebben and the SRT Yamaha R6 ridden by Jeff Purk was ready when May retired taking the 44-lap, two-hour timed event and clenching the win in just one hour, fifty-one minutes.

Jeff Purk finished first in GTU and second overall, with the Mid Cities Kawasaki 1000 taking third overall and second in the GTO class. Melissa Appel soloed the Go Appel Honda 1000 to third place in GTO and sixth overall. Following Purk, the second spot on the GTU podium and fourth overall went to the Yamaha R6 piloted by Stiles Racing. Third place in GTU and fifth overall went to the D2 Cycles Kawasaki led by Team Captain Mike Garner in their first outing of the 2010 season.

In the GT Light class Suzuki SV 650s took the top two spots. Alex Shaw's Grease Monkey team brought home the bacon on their SV, with Paul Onley second on his SV. The Born Cross Eyed team of Jay Smith and Ray Hoffman finished third on their Buell machine. This is the 5th win in a row for the Grease Monkey Squad, leaving them only 3 more races to finish off the perfect season.

Notable retirements included perennial Team Challenge favorite Gene Paul Gilchrist on his Suzuki 1000 for a chain failure on lap 17; Smith & Hoffman's Buell with only three laps to go, for lack of fuel; and former Road America Team Challenge winner Hix Racing, with Brian Blume aboard, on lap 21 in a crash while challenging the lead group.

For complete results, click here.

The Michelin Team Challenge sanctioned by ASRA resumes  July 10, 2010 at Road Raceway in beautiful Savannah, Georgia.

87th Annual Loudon Classic

Michelin Pro Series
Sanctioned by the American Sportbike Racing Association
87th Annual Loudon Classic

New Hampshire Motor Speedway
Loudon, NH
June 11-13, 2010

It’s time for the 87th Annual Loudon Classic and there is good news for the competitors coming to New Hampshire Motor Speedway to participate in this historic motorcycle event.  While the feature event on Sunday June 13th will be the Michelin Pro Series competitors running in the Loudon Classic, there will also be a full compliment of Loudon Road Race Series/Championship Cup Series sprint races translates to more than $100,000 in cash and prizes offered to riders over the three days of racing.

For those riders entered in the Michelin Pro Sportbike class, not only will they compete for the prestigious Loudon Classic Championship, they’ll be chasing over $8,500 in cash and prizes offered by the Michelin Pro Series and the ASRA Series sponsors for this 20 lap contest on June 13th. Add to that the $3,000 in cash offered by New Hampshire Motor Speedway to the top 15 riders and these racers will be competing their share of over $11,000 in cash and prizes offered to the contestants in the 87th Annual Loudon Classic.

As for the favorites in the 87th Loudon Classic, you only have to look at the past few years results to see that four names stand out from the rest. First on the list has to be multi-time Michelin Pro Series National Champion and former Loudon Classic Champion Jeff Wood of Winchendon MA who missed the 2009 contest because of injury. Next up are the two men who battled for the win in Wood’s absence, 2009 Loudon Classic Champion, Shane Narbonne from Tyngsboro MA and last year’s runner-up Scott Greenwood from Dunbarton NH. The other rider to watch will be Eric Wood of Ashburnham MA, brother of Jeff Wood, whose racing career has featured too many wins on the New Hampshire Motor Speedway road course to count. While these four men may be among the favorites, there will be plenty of competition for the 2010 Loudon Classic Championship.

Here is the breakdown of the 87th Annual Loudon Classic bonus offered by the New Hampshire Motor Speedway.(This will be paid in addition to the normal Michelin Pro Series awards.)

1st        $750
2nd       $350
3rd        $250
4th        $200
5th        $175
6th        $160
7th        $145
8th        $140
9th        $135
10th      $130
11th      $125
12th      $120
13th      $115
14th      $105
15th      $100

For more information on the 87th Annual Loudon Classic or the Loudon Road Race Series, visit www.nhms.com.

Jason Farrell Does It Again at Blackhawk Farms

Michelin Team Challenge Series
Sanctioned by ASRA
May 23, 2010
Blackhawk Farms Raceway

South Beloit, IL

Farrell Does it Again

For the other 24 teams in the 3rd round of the Michelin Team Challenge it was a case of déjà vu as Jason Farrell took the lead on lap 2 of the 75 lap race and never looked back. Farrell, who is set for a wildcard ride at the World Superbike event at Miller next week, took the Overall win by more than a lap over runner-up and GTO winner Hix Racing. The final spot on the podium went to the “family affair” of Stiles Racing with Meghan Ryan, husband Scotty Ryan and Meghan’s father Mark Stiles handling the riding chores. For 2010 it took Farrell and his Speed Tech Kawasaki 600 only 1:34:06.205 to finish the event, four minutes faster than he ran in 2009.  The class point leader and defending Team Challenge National Champion Chester Auto Repair Racing had to settle for 5th Overall on a back-up machine after engine failure at New Jersey Motorsports Park earlier this month left their BMW S1000RR parked for the weekend. That was good enough to hold on to the Overall point lead for the series and head for Virginia International Raceway felling good about their chances to repeat as champions.

For the GTO class it was a repeat win for the Hix Racing Team with Ron Hix and Alan Feddersen on their Suzuki 1000, with a 3 lap advantage over class runner-up Chester Auto Repair on their Honda 600. With the second place finish, Cheater Auto Repair extends their lead in the GTO class over Gene Gilchrist GPG Racing, who finished 5th, to  17 points. The final spot on the GTO podium went to the Buell 1125R of Thrashed Bike Racing from Broussard, LA ridden by Tim Ivanoff, Laird Canfield and Joel Spalding.  The third place finish for Thrashed Bike brings them to within 2 points of the third position in the standings currently held by Mid-Cities Motorsports. With 5 rounds remaining it’s a wide open race to the GTO championship from here.

The big story in GTU was the fantastic ride by Jason Farrell on his Speed Tech Racing Kawasaki 600. With both the Overall and the GTU class win, Farrell earned $1025 in ASRA Cash Contingency to go along with his other contingency prizes for the event. With second spot on the podium going to Stiles Racing from Delavan WI, it seemed only fitting that the third position should be another team from the Badger state and FJL Racing was glad to oblige. It was James Roderfer Jr. on the FJL Honda that nailed down the final podium spot, finishing on the same lap as Stiles Racing but not really challenging the runner-up team. With three teams running in their first race of the year on the podium, the GTU  point leader RnR Repsol suffered little damage to their title hopes when their Kawasaki went out with a problem on lap 23. This seemed the perfect opportunity for the Premier Racing Team of Daniel Dougherty and Adam Horton to make their move, but with multiple pit stops it seemed like they just could not get in the groove at Blackhawk Farms and they could only manage 7th place in the class. RnR Repsol still enjoys a 27 point lead but knows they must step up their game if they want to stay ahead of Premier Racing and.regain the GTU title for 2010.

In the GTL class, it’s the Grease Monkey Racing Team on their SV650 repeating their class win from last season to remain perfect in 2010, 3 races and 3 wins.  While they continue to hold the top position in the championship they are only 15 points ahead of the Born Cross-Eyed Racing Buell, ridden by Jay Smith and Robert Hofman, who finished second within striking distance of the win for the third straight event. Bringing their SV650 home in third was the Team Fru Fru of Greg Kotlinsi, Daniel Gizynski and Jeff Permanian from Buffalo Grove Il.   The series now heads back to a couple of strong tracks for the Grease Monkey Team of Eric Helmbach and Alex Shaw so the Born Cross-Eyed guys have their work cut out for them with five rounds left in the championship.

The next round of the Team Challenge Series will take place on June 19-20 at Virginia International Raceway during the 10th Annual VIR Festival of Speed. 

Team Challenge Visits Blackhawk Farms

Michelin Team Challenge Series
May 23, 2010
Blackhawk Farms Raceway
South Beloit, IL

Round 3 Preview
 The Michelin Team Challenge Series moves to Blackhawk Farms Raceway in South Beloit IL. this weekend in a “homecoming” for several of the teams. The GTO class also features two of the Mid-West brightest as Calvin Martinez leads his Mid-Cities Motorsports teammates up against the GPG Racing squad led by Gene Paul Gilchrist. GPG Racing, based out of Columbus OH., trails the New Jersey based Chester Auto Repair Racing for the class lead by just 8 points and has a slim 4 point gap over the Mid-Cities team. Chester Auto Repair’s BMW took a hit at New Jersey Motorsports Park when motor problems knocked the machine out of the event and it is unclear if the bike will be ready for this weekend’s event at Blackhawk Farms Raceway. The fourth place GTO team, Trashed Bike Racing from Broussard LA is brining their Buell 1125R up to the Mid-West facility to see if they can cut the 21 point lead between them and the C.A.R. before heading to the next round at Virginia International Raceway in June.

In the GTU class it is the Stiles Racing Yamaha from Delavan WI, trying to put some pressure on the class leader RnR Repsol Racing and their Kawasaki. This Team Challenge will be a “family affair" with Meghan Ryan, her husband Scotty Ryan and father Mark Stiles trying to use their home track advantage to make a move towards the title for the Stiles Racing Team.  Not to be left out of the mix is Premier Racing with Daniel Dougherty and crew making the trip from Monrovia MD in an attempt to improve their position in the GTU Championship chase. Premier is fifth in the current standings, 30 points behind the RnR Repsol Racing team of Rachel Sasse, Krishna Pribaldi, Jason Gibbens and Matt Flowers, and well within striking distance with 5 rounds left in the chase.

For the GTL class, it’s the Grease Monkey Racing Team maintaining a 10 point lead over the Born Cross-eyed team of Jay Smith and 2009 Solo Challenge Champion Ray Hofman. Grease Monkey, with 2009 GTL National Champions Eric Helmbach and Alex Shaw doing the riding chores, have won the first two rounds of the series despite heavy pressure from  the Born Cross-eyed team, runner up at both of the earlier events. Since Blackhawk Farms is the home track for both Jay Smith and Hofman, the pairs feels like it’s time to move to the top of the podium.

In the Overall Standings, the GTO team of Chester Auto Repair has a 10 point lead over GPG Racing and 14 points in front of Mid-Cities Motorsports. Chester Auto Repair Racing took the 2009 Overall Championship on a 600 but the move to the BMW1000 doesn’t seem to have changed their winning ways in the least. Lurking in the wings is the Probst Bros. Racing Team out of St. Louis, MO., last year’s runner-up at Blackhawk Farms. Ben Probst and his teammate Matthew Winnacker will be looking to put their Yamaha R-1 on the podium and take home the bonus for an Overall win in the Michelin Team Challenge.

Tickets for the event are just $25 for the weekend and just $15 to Sundays Michelin Team Challenge Final and CCS races starting at Noon

The next round of the Team Challenge Series will take place on June 19-20 at Virginia International Raceway during the 10th Annual VIR Festival of Speed.

Farrell, Spalding Set New Marks at HPT
April 25, 2010
Heartland Park-Topeka
Topeka, KS
Michelin Pro Series Brave Threatening Weather
While the official forecast was for less than 30% chance of rain, a light drizzle put a damper on Round 2 of the Michelin Pro Series at Heartland Park Topeka, so only the bravest of riders took to the track to further their championship hopes. The amazing part is that even with poor track conditions, new records were set by some of the veteran ASRA racers at one of the toughest tracks on the circuit. 
Even though it was Eric Bowyer on the Yamaha R-1 with the Hole Shot, it didn't take long before Brian Hall on his Schaumburg Audi sponsored Kawasaki ZX10 jumped out to a comfortable lead after lap 1 and he never looked back. Hall was able to move to a 9.303 second margin of victory over Joel Spalding on the Turn One Racing KTM RC8R.  Bowyer was able to keep his R-1 in third after a terrific race long battle with Calvin Martinez, taking the position by .844 seconds. 
From the start of Michelin Pro Series SuperBike, it was Jason Farrell on his Kawasaki who was the class of the field, as he simply dominated the competition with a 14.271 second margin of victory.  Farrell not only took a the win but established a new class record with a 1:40.696 on his Speed Tech Racing ZX6R, bettering the old mark of Marcos Reichert and his Yamaha R-6 by 1.8 seconds. Second position was taken by SuperStock winner Brian Hall on his ZX6R followed by the Yamaha R-6 of Tony Kasper 1.684 seconds later. Jordan Richardson on the Ray Price Triumph 675 finished fourth, earning enough points to take the class lead by 6 points, after 2 rounds of the championship.
After ThunderBike qualifying, it looked like the Ducati of Indy sponsored Ducati 749 of Joel Spalding was the odds on favorite to take the win over all comers, but late entrant Walt Sipp on his Buell had other ideas. Sipp started on the back row of the grid and was soon up to second place, pressuring Spalding for first and ultimately setting a new lap record for the class, a 1:45.231 on lap 7 of 10.  Sipp, a former winner at Heartland Park, rode the wheels off the Buell but came up just 2.269 seconds short of Spalding after the 25 mile sprint.  This was Joel Spalding's second win of the season in ThunderBike, giving him a 23 point lead in the class standings for the championship. Third place went to Ray Hofman on his Sam's Well Drilling Suzuki 650, moving him to second in the ThunderBike championship standings behind Spalding. 
The SportBike class saw another record run for Jason Farrell on his Kawasaki ZX6R. Within the first 3 laps, Farrell had lowered the record set by Matt Hall in 2009 by just over 1 second, to a1:40.130 and that catapulted him into a commanding lead the runner Tony Kasper couldn't overcome.  While Kasper on his Yamaha R6 held Farrell's margin of victory to just over 5 seconds, the front two riders put over 48 seconds between them and the third place R6 of Aaron Colton.
The next event for the Michelin Pro Series is the 9th Annual Summit Point Cyclefest on May 29-31 at Summit Point Motorsports Park. This Memorial Day tradition includes the Championship Cup Series Mid-Atlantic and Atlantic Championships, for three full days of motorcycle road racing action on the Summit Point Circuit.
Pole Positions Settled at HPT
April 24, 2010
Heartland Park-Topeka
Topeka, KS
Spring Break Over for Michelin Pro Series Riders
The wait is over for the Michelin Pro Series riders as they headed to Heartland Park-Topeka for Round 2 of the Series. With springtime weather, read that as thunderstorms possible, kept most of the competitors in conservative mode but the weather held off long enough to get qualifying finished under dry conditions.

First to qualify were the Michelin Pro SuperStock riders, many of them had just finished with CCS Unlimited SuperSport so they were up to speed from lap 1 of the session. Brian Hall on his Schaumburg Audi sponsored Kawasaki 1000 jumped out to set fast lap of the session, a 1:41.864, to take the pole. While his qualifying time was .709 slower than the qualifying record, Hall wasn't worried since his fast lap in CCS Unlimited SuperSport was only .012 off Brian Stokes record from 2009, showing he and his machine were up to the task. Second in the session was the KTM RC8R of Joel Spalding followed by the Triumph 675 of Jordan Richardson. Richardson's machine weighed in at 373 pounds, under the 390 lb. class limit so his times were disallowed, moving Eric Bowyer's Yamaha R-1 up into third position.

The next group was the SuperBike competitors and Jason Farrell kept the Kawasaki train rolling as he took pole position with a 1:42.167 on his Speed Tech Racing ZX6R. Second position was taken by the Yamaha R-6 of Tony Kasper from Becker, MN and SuperStock pole sitter Brian Hall on his ZX6R qualified third. Hall only got half a session as his transponder was not switched from his SuperStock machine and his crew was forced to call him in to get the unit on the machine.
In ThunderBike qualifying, the Ducati of Indy sponsored Ducati 749 of Joel Spalding took the top spot followed by Ray Hofman on his Sam's Well Drilling Suzuki 650. Hofman, the 2009 A&J Recognition Solo Challenge Champion, held off the Lithium Motorsport Buell of Tony Struyk with each of the top riders setting their fast time on the third lap of the session.

With the sun sinking in the West, the SportBikes took to the course and it was another Kawasaki driven pole position for Speed Tech Racing's Jason Farrell. Running just a tic slower than in the SuperBike session, Farrell's 1:42.397 was enough to keep Tony Kasper's Yamaha out of the top spot again. Brian Hall scored another solid qualifying finish, placing third on his Schaumburg Audi Kawasaki ZX6R.

For complete qualifying results, Click here.
Defending Champions Dominate Michelin Team Challenge at Carolina Motorsports Park

April 11, 2010

Carolina Motorsports Park
Kershaw, South Carolina

Michelin Team Challenge Series
Sanctioned by ASRA

Round 2

The second round of the 2010 Michelin Team Challenge Series came to Carolina Motorsports Park and as expected, the teams searching for the championship put on a spectacular show for the crowd. The defending National Champion Chester Auto Team took their new BMW S1000RR and led 43 of the 45 lap event. Originally scheduled for 65 laps, a crash by Dennis Espinoza on the Trebour Precision 40 Suzuki caused a red flag and brought the 2-hour time limit into play. The Chester Auto Team only gave up the Overall lead only when they pulled off the track for their mandatory green flag pit stop but quickly regained the advantage to cruise to the win by 23.716 seconds.  

The battle for the Overall win was also the battle for GTO class supremacy as Chester Auto took on perennial front runners Mid-Cities Motorsports with Calvin Martinez aboard a Kawasaki and the Suzuki of Ivan Milan Racing. Milan Racing, with Ivan Milan doing the riding chores, stayed hooked up with Mid-Cities even to the point where both teams pitted together on lap 33. With a quicker stop, Milan was able to sneak past Martinez into second place and hold on to the end, finishing in the runner-up spot by 1.2 seconds over third place Mid-Cities. It was Chester Auto’s second Overall win at CMP and solidly moved them into first place for the championship. 

The RnR Cycle teams showed the GTU class their strength with a solid 1-2 finish. By taking the win in their first event of the season the RnR Racing Yamaha ridden by Jonathan Elias and Jason Gibbens may have won the battle but it was the second place team of Rachel Sasse and Krishna Pribaldi on the RnR Cycle Repsol Kawasaki that took the lead in the war. RnR Repsol moved up to a comfortable 21 point lead in the class with six rounds remaining. Unfortunately for the CC Racing entry of Nicholas Cicci, they failed to make the required pit stop before the checkered flag and they were penalized a lap, moving them from third to fifth in the class. Taking advantage of the miscue, Premier Racing with team captain Daniel Dougherty and Adam Horton aboard, moved into the final podium position on their Yamaha 600.

While the field in GTL was small, the racing was fierce between the two teams as Born Cross Eyed Racing, with Jay Smith and 2009 Solo Champion Ray Hofman aboard, faced off with defending National Champion Grease Monkey Racing.  The two teams finished nose to tail after 44 laps of competition with less than a second between them. The culmination of the race long fight was when on lap 43, it was the Buell of Born Crossed Eyed came across the stripe first, but as happens in to the best of teams, it was the Grease Monkey Racing Suzuki who was able to edge out the hard-charging Buell on the final lap for the win. This was the second victory of the season for Grease Monkey Racing and it looks like teammates Eric Helmbach and Alex Shaw are in a good position to repeat as GTL Champions for 2010.

The next race for the Michelin Team Challenge Series sanctioned by ASRA is May 23 at Blackhawk Farms Raceway in South Beloit Illinois.

Narbonne, Cardenas, Wikle & Kern Top Michelin Pro Series Round One

February 28, 2010

Daytona Beach, FL - The first round of Michelin Pro Series sprint races got underway today at Daytona International Speedway. In the opening SuperStock race Shane Narbonne motored away form the field on his RaceTech equipped Suzuki 1000. Brett McCormick riding also on a Suzuki and supported by Pascal Picotte ran ahead of Dave Loikits. Loikits ran wide on the chicane, pitting on lap five and handing the third spot on the podium to Christopher Clark riding a Yamaha. Clark elected not to go to tech inspection after the race and with that DQ, handed third place to Eric Haugo also riding a Suzuki. Narbonne's margin of victory was 6.5 seconds.

A cheerful Martin Cardenas took the win in the SuperBike race with Russ Wikle 5.5 seconds in arrears. Wikle was not happy about his start but managed to get out front and hold off Cardenas for several laps. By the time the starter was showing the cross flags Cardenas, not to be denied, put a nice gap between himself and the field leaving Eric Wood and Wikle to battle for the second step. And although Wood was right there until the end, he could not better Wikle and finished third.

In the ThunderBike race Nate Kern and Joel Spalding went head to head, but on lap one Kern's BMW was flagged for a jump-start causing him to serve a stop & go penalty. Although Kern fought back he could not overcome the 14-second gap that resulted, and so relaxed a little settling reluctantly for runner up. Spalding, on the other hand, got a nice first run on his new Ducati 749 and felt confident on the new bike. Spalding, a perennial Buell rider, has changed brands after the announcement last last year that the Buell brand would be discontinued by Harley-Davidson, spelling an end to factory support for America's most effective home-grown sportbike effort in decades. Third spot on the podium was nailed down by Ducati rider Robert Buroker who almost created a problem by not reporting to Tech after the race but he realized his mistake and turned around before leaving the view of series officials.Ray Hofman, the 2009 A&J Recognition Solo Challenge Champion,  was fourth piloting his Buell 1200.

In the final Michelin Pro race of the weekend the SportBike field saw the fall of the green flag with Michael Barnes, Russ Wikle, Geoff May and P.J. Jacobsen all on the front row. And although Barnes on his Yamaha 600 seemed to have the measure of the field for most of the race, Russ Wikle had other notions. At the flag Barnes and Wikle were wheel to wheel with a scant 0.069 seconds between them, Wikle's Yamaha nudged Barnes Suzuki for the win. Geoff May rounded out the podium on his Suzuki. Eric Wood was fourth and P.J. Jacobsen fifth.

For complete results, just go to the schedule page and click on the link to the right.

Round 2 for the Michelin Pro Series is the Fourth Annual Heart of America Cyclefestat on April 23-25  at Heartland Park Topeka featuring a full day of practice on Friday and two action-packed days of racing Saturday and Sunday.

Aussie Dave Wins Opener for Michelin Team Challenge

February 27, 2010

Daytona Beach, FL - Today "Aussie Dave" Anthony riding a Suzuki 1000 took the overall win and GTO top spot in the first 2010 Michelin Team Challenge here at Daytona International Speedway.  Rounding out the GTO and overall podium were the seasoned Team Challenge experts Paul Gilchrist riding solo on the GPG Racing Suzuki 1000 and the team of Eric Helmbach and Alex Shaw aboard the Chester Auto Racing Honda 600.  Helmbach and Shaw were double-teaming between Chester Auto and their Grease Monkey Racing GT Lights Suzuki 650 entry on which they took the GT Lights class win.

Under new rules a single rider no longer competes in the Solo class and separate from the rest of the Team Challenge riders.  Now single riders compete in class, GTO, GTU or GT Lights, and run head to head with the multi-rider teams for the overall and class wins.  All riders or teams must pit at least once during the timed 2-hour event, but rider changes are no longer mandatory for multi-rider teams.

Shane Williams and Steve Johnson took the the GTU class win on their number 38 Cycle Specialties Suzuki 600 followed by the Trebour Precision Ducati 848 ridden by Dennis Espinoza and Anthony Fania. Third on the podium for GTU was RNR Repsol riders Krishna Pribadi and Jason Gibbens on their Kawasaki 600.

In GT Lights, following Helmbach and Shaw was the team of Jay Smith and Ray Hoffman aboard the "Born Cross Eyed," Buell 1200 and team Predator riders Andres Londono, Russell Wade and Marco Martinez on the number 12, also a Suzuki 650.

Next stop is the Carolina Motorsports Park on April 10-11 with the Championship Cup Series Twin Sprints.

Daytona Kick Off Looms Large for 2010 Hopefuls
February 25, 2010

The Michelin Pro Series is coming to life for 2010 at the the "World's Center of Racing" and the entry list is wide open. While there are several series veterans on the entry lists they are on some surprising machines.

Former ThunderBike Champion Nate Kern gets his first crack at Daytona on the new BMW S1000RR in SuperStock and coming with him from the ThunderBike wars is Joel Spalding on the new KTM RC8. While looking to bring home another National Championship in 2010. Kern will also be returning to the ThunderBike spotlight with his trusty BMW 1200 Boxer to face Spalding who returns with a new mount, a Ducati 749.

Another rider moving out of the ThunderBike ranks is 2009 rookie sensation Jordan Richardson. Richardson,  from North Carolina, will move into SportBike with his Ray Price Triumph sponsored 675 and try his luck against veterans like Eric Wood, Geoff May, Andres Londono and Martin Cardenas. Richardson has his work cut out for him if he's looking for the podium in his first Expert season of SportBike.

Also on tap for the weekend is the rider favorite, the Michelin Team Challenge Series. As the opening race for Bike Week, this event features the 2009 Overall Champions Grease Monkey Racing trying to defend their title against a field of AMA Pro Racing stars like John Hopkins, Michael Barnes, Ben Bostrom and many more. While the race distance is only 155 miles, it looks to be a great preview of  the upcoming Daytona 200.

Check back here for the complete race report on Sunday morning!
Team Spalding Announces 2010 Racing Plans
January 1st, 2010

Huntley, IL -- Joel Spalding announced today that he has partnered with Team MCC in
Villa Park and will be racing the all-new KTM RC8R in both ASRA Pro Superstock as well as the CCS Midwest series. “I am excited to be on the new KTM RC8R. This new bike is exciting and I love the concept of KTM as a company. It will be a challenge being one of the first to race this bike, but it’s one that we embrace and are more than ready for.” Regarding new sponsor Team MCC, the reigning Midwest Supertwins & Thunderbike Champion said “I’m also really excited to have teamed up with them. They are going to be an important part of our 2010 season and we absolutely cannot wait to go racing this year!”

Motor Cycle Center/Team MCC is a family-owned and operated motorcycle dealership specializing in high-end European brands KTM, Ducati, Triumph, Husqvarna, and MV Agusta. MCC owner Geoff Mellinger said, “As we begin our 30th year in business, we look forward to seeing the full potential of the new RC8R fulfilled with Joel as a sponsored rider. We will give him all the support he needs to bring this new bike and this new team to the podium.”

The 2010 KTM RC8R is the latest superbike from the Austrian manufacturer. Featuring a new 170hp 1195cc, the RC8R represents the highest performance road-racing bike built by KTM to date. North America Regional Sales Manager Steve Drewlo said “We’re excited to see the new RC8R in the local racing series. Joel has an impressive resume and we’re glad he’s ‘riding orange’ for 2010.”

Spalding will also be racing a Team MCC-sponsored Ducati 749R in ASRA Pro
Thunderbike and CCS Midwest series.

Team Spalding would also like to welcome and thank their new and returning sponsors
teammcc.com, Michelin, Design Integrity, Arai, hotbodiesracing.com, AMSOIL, Turn
One Racing, and Zero Gravity.


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