2014 NEWS


2014 AMA Sanctioned ASRA Championship Presented by Pirelli Tire at NHMS

Loudon NH - The weekend is complete for the AMA Sanctioned ASRA and USGPRU Series for complete qualifying results click here and for race results click here.

The next event for the AMA sanctioned ASRA Championship Series Presented by Pirelli Tire is September 27-28 at Blackhawk Farms Raceway in South Beloit IL.


2014 AMA Sanctioned ASRA Team Challenge Presented by Michelin Tire New Jersey 200

Millville, NJ– The AMA sanctioned ASRA Team Challenge Series presented by Michelin Tire visited the New Jersey Motorsports Park and the local hot shoes showed everyone how it was done.. From the green flag the looked like it was 7-lap sprint instead a 200 mile race with Push Racing, LB Racing, Togarot Racing and Grease Monkey Racing trading the front spot amongst themselves for the first two dozen laps until  LB Racing was able to put a small gap between himself and the chasing pack. The LB Racing Suzuki 1000 with Lloyd Bayley built his lead over the field to nearly 2-laps until a crash in turn 3 on lap 74 damaged the bike beyond repair. That was the opening Grease Monkey Racing needed as longtime teammates Eric Helmbach and Alex Shaw brought the team’s BMW 1000 to the checkered flag and another win by 1-lap over the field. The battle for second in the Overall  class went to Barry Motorsports on another BMW 1000 while the final podium step went to Pure Action Sports on a Yamaha 600. The win gives Grease Monkey Racing a 30-point lead in the championship after 5 rounds.

The GTO class was also won by Grease Monkey Racing with Barry Motorsports in second and Jinba Ittia with Joel Link and Matt Brown on a Yamaha 600 took third. The GTO win gives Grease Monkey Racing a  24-point lead in the championship over Martinez Racing while Barry Motorsports holds third place in the 2014 series with 3 more races to go.

In addition to placing 3rd Overall, Pure Action Sports ridden by Dustin Young and Mark Heckles was the GTU class winner over championship leader RnR Repsol with Rick Beggs and Jason Gibbens sharing the riding chores. The Faith on Wheels team of Lance Yeager and John Palmer put in a solid effort to finish just .488 seconds behind RnR Repsol and secure third place in GTU.

For the ultra competitive GTL class, it was no surprise that the Faceplant/Ducati Depot team with Greg Melka and new teammate David Hanig would jump out in front but Mavros & Boy Racing kept them within sight until pit stops gave MBR the lead. All the Mavros & Boy hard work done by Seth Starnes and Charlie Mavros was for naught when a broken oil line sent the bike to the ground on lap 69. After that, it was smooth sailing for the Faceplant Ducati team and they cruised to their second win in a row for 2014. Second place for GTL went to the LWT Racer Team and the final spot on the podium went to  Team Chadder from Brooklyn, NY with Todd Alberico and Benjamin Loyle handkling the riding chores. The win gives the Faceplant/Ducati Depot team a 12-point lead over Mavros & Boy heading into the final events of the season.

For complete results click here.

The next event for the ASRA Team Challenge Presented by Michelin Tire is September 21 at Virginia International Raceway in Alton, VA. For more information on upcoming events, please visit www.asraracing.com or www.ccsracing.us.

Team TOBC Tops All at Road America's AMA Sanctioned ASRA Team Challenge Presented by Michelin Tire

Elkhart Lake, WI – The AMA sanctioned ASRA Team Challenge Series presented by Michelin Tire competitors made their annual trek to Elkhart Lake’s Road America Cyclefest on July 5 and they started the second half of the season with a real barn burner.  From the green flag Martinez Racing with Kaleb DeKeyrel aboard jumped out in front of the field of 28 and set the pace for the event, leading the Overall class for 36 of the 39 laps of the race.  The TOBC 1000 team of Scott Harwell and Jon Couch briefly held the lead on lap 20 while DeKeyrel pitted, then TOBC relinquished the lead back to Martinez Racing on lap 21. Over the next ten laps Martinez Racing was able to build a solid lead over the field but a second stop on lap 31 for a rider change to put Calvin Martinez aboard allowed the TOBC 600 rider hayden Gilliam to close the gap. Within six laps the pressure was on as TOBC 600 closed in on the leader.  As they completed lap 38, it was TOBC 600 out in front of Martinez Racing and pulling away by 13.648 seconds as they reached the checkered flag. On the podium it was TOBC 600 with the win, Martinez Racing in second and TOBC 1000 in third. By virtue of their second place finish, Martinez Racing now holds a 5 point lead over Grease Monkey Racing in the Overall standings while TOBC 600 has moved into 3rd Overall just 13-points behind the championship leader.
For the GTO class, it was Martinez Racing with DeKeyrel and team captain Calvin Martinez on top of the podium, followed by TOBC 1000 in second and defending GTO National Champion Grease Monkey Racing with Eric Helmbach aboard in third position. The third place finish kept GMR within striking distance for the GTO championship, just 11points behind the leader Martinez Racing with 4 rounds to go in the series.

In the Team Challenge GTU class, TOBC 600 took the win while Pool Boy Racing finished in second with Carl Soltisz and Dan Ortega splitting the riding chores. The final spot on the GTU podium went to Worldwide Racing with John Anderson and Drew See in their first Team Challenge. The win by TOBC 600 coupled with a fifth place finish for RnR Repsol gives TOBC a 4 point lead for the GTU championship with just 4 rounds to go.

The championship for the GTL class took an unusual turn at Road America. In a protest after the race, the winning GTL team BP Performance, was found to be 15cc over the class limit and the ensuing disqualification awarded the win to the runner-up Faceplant/Ducati Depot team of Tom Eubank, Greg Melka and Charlie Long. With credit for the win and a little bad luck by the Mavros & Boy Racing team when rider Seth Starnes ran out of gas on lap 21, the Faceplant team took full advantage of the opportunities to move into a tie for the GTL championship with Mavros & Boy Racing. Mid-West veterans Alfredo Cantu Jr and Steve Kessenich riding for Black Ops Racing turned in a solid performance to take second place in the race and move up to fourth in the championship. Heading for the next round at New Jersey Motorsports Park, Mavros & Boy are tied with the Faceplant/Ducati Depot team at 117 points apiece with BP Performance sliding back into third place for the championship.

For complete results click here.


2014 AMA Sanctioned ASRA Championship Presented by Pirelli Tire Celebrates Fathers Day at VIR

Alton VA - It was perfect weather at Virginia International Raceway for round 4 of the AMA sanctioned ASRA Championship Series Presented by Pirelli Tire and the racers took full advantage of the new pavement and put on a spectacular show for the crowd. Opening the day's festivities, Xavier Zayat won the Expert ThunderBike race after nabbing the hole shot lead on his Suzuki SV650 and battling with Brian Kcraget on his Suzuki SV650 for the lead, lap after lap, until Kraget dropped out of the race with mechanical issues and just three laps to go.  Kcraget had won the qualifying pole position with a fast lap time of 1:33.547, and Zayat qualified second with a 1:33.907.  Zayat was out front early in the race, but Kcraget quickly gained the advantage after working his way through traffic and taking over the lead after two laps, with Zayat close behind in second.  Out front, alone after Kcraget’s motor gave up, Zayat went on to take his first victory of the weekend.  Anthony Mazziotto, III finished second, with Ray Hofman, Thomas Hall, and Russell Masecar completing the podium.  With the second place finish, Mazziotto increased his lead for the ASRA ThunderBike title to  26 points over Leonard Roy.

Timothy Bemisderfer qualified pole position in the ASRA Expert SuperStock race with a lap time of 1:29.809 on his Vesrah Suzuki GSX-R1000, took the hole shot, and led the race from start to finish.  Behind him, was where all the action was as Tony Leong, Paul Scalph, Lloyd Bayley, Eric Helmbach, Jon Couch, and Mark Heckles maneuvered through traffic, towards the second spot.  By lap three, Heckles was in second place on his Honda CBR1000RR and Bayley in third on his Suzuki GSX-R1000.  And, that’s how they finished.  Helmbach finished fourth, and Scalph fifth.  Bemisderfer ‘s second win of the season opened at 46 point gap over Bayley in with  four rounds remaining in the SuperStock championship chase.

TOBC Racing’s Hayden Gillim qualified pole with the fastest lap of 1:29.312 for the ASRA Expert SportBike race, nabbed the hole shot on his Suzuki GSX-R600, and led the race from start to finish.  Behind him, Metric Devil Moto’s Xavier Zayat and Justin Holderman battled for second, swapping positions, until lap six, when Holderman pulled out of the race with a mechanical issue.  Gillim finished first, with Zayat, Christian Crosslin, Major L Long, Jr., and Justin Holderman rounding off the top five.  The runner-up finish for Zayat moves him into a 13 point lead over his MDM teammate Justin Holderman at the midway point of the 2014 SportBike championship.

In the Amateur ASRA classes,  George Demetropolis scored his third win of the season in ThunderBike aboard his SV 650 and now only trails A. David Rhodes by 2 points for the 2014 championship. 

In SuperStock, Richard R Smith  took his second win riding a Honda CBR1000 and moved into third place in the championship, trailing Jeremy Krasny by 12 points for second and the 2014 Championship leader Jim McConville by 35 points with four rounds left.

With all the momentum for 2014 in Amateur SportBike, Christopher Kosan keep his undefeated streak alive with his fourth win in the class. The win allowed Kosan increase his championship lead to 76 points over Jeremy Krasny with just four rounds to go for the 2014 SportBik Championship..


2014 ASRA Championship Presented by Pirelli Tire Celebrates Memorial Day at Summit

Summit Point, WV – The AMA sanctioned ASRA Championship Series presented by Pirelli Tire joined CCS at Summit Point Motorsports Park for the third round of the 2014 championship and it was another huge Memorial Day celebration as 184 riders filled the paddock to overflowing. With 837 entries every race turned into a battle for the checkered flag and provided a perfect back drop for the ASRA Sprints that kicked off the holiday afternoon. Starting off the afternoon were the ASRA SportBikes and the past two SportBike National Champions, the 2013 Champion Ryan Jones and 2012 Champion Mark Miller Jr., picked up the battle where they left off at NJMP on May 4th. The hole shot belonged to top qualifier Jones and Miller immediately started applying the pressure only to see the two get tangled up on the second lap and down they went. Before anyone could capitalize on their misfortune a red flag stopped the event and sent the riders to the paddock while an unrelated oil spill was cleaned up. After a short delay the event was restarted and with Miller and Jones out, now it was Xavier Zayat and Justin Holderman aboard their Metric Devil Moto Yamaha R-6’s who took the lead and battled to the final flag. At the line it was the 15-year old Zayat by .048 seconds over Holderman. Finishing the Yamaha sweep of the podium was 15-year old Casey Tobolewski on his Washington Cycle Works R-6 taking third place in his ASRA SportBike debut. The win places Zayat in the championship point lead for the first time with Holderman just 4 points back in second place. 

In ASRA SuperStock things looked to be going Mark Heckles way as Tim Bemisderfer went wide in turn ten on the second lap allowing Heckles to slip away early in the contest. With 7-laps left Bemisderfer got to work and moved his Vesrah Suzuki GSXR1000 back into second place and was closing on Heckles. Then, on lap 7, Bemisderfer went wide again leaving Heckles alone at the point, Heckles got the white flag on his WWW.RacingMotorcycles.com Honda CBR1000, then crashed hard in turn 4. Heckles stated later that he didn’t know Bemisderfer had a bobble and was more than 2 seconds back so he was pushing as hard as he could. The crash brought out the red flag, reverting scoring to the last green flag lap and with Heckles moved to the back of the field, it was Bemisderfer who was awarded the win, With Heckles removed, Lloyd Bayley on the LB Racing Suzuki was second and David Loikits riding his Loikits Industries Suzuki was third. With the win, Bemisderfer has a 27 point in the championship with five rounds remaining, 

Leading up to the ASRA ThunderBike final, Anthony Mazziotto III had everything going his way, and was determined to keep the mojo rolling. On Sunday Mazziotto won the CCS Expert GTL race, qualified first in ThunderBike then took the win in the first-ever CCS 500 SuperSport event. For most riders that would have been a great weekend but Mazziotto wasn’t finished. From the start of the 9 lap ThunderBike final, Mazziotto put his Mazziotto/Markbilt Suzuki SV 650 in the lead and never looked back, By the time the checkered flag flew, Mazziotto had a 22 second lead over the Raw Speed Racing Bimota 1100 of David Hanig in second place. While Hanig may not have had much luck getting to the lead, he had enough to put 4,4 seconds between himself and third place Bart DeFrancesco on the DC Paintworx SV 650. The most disappointing finish had to be Art Diaz riding his Buell XB9 after trying to take the third position away from DeFrancesco for 8 laps, Diaz ran out of fuel on the final straight, leaving DeFrancesco alone in the run to the final flag for third while Diaz had to settle for fourth. With his second win, Mazziotto moves into the championship lead by 10 points over Hanig after three rounds of the series. In Amateur SuperStock, Richard Smith capitalized on his record setting qualifying run on Sunday by taking the win over Jeremy Krasny by just over 18 seconds and Reggie Bridges finished third. 

The Amateur SportBike class was won by Christopher Kosan, followed by Brendan Buggy in second then Brandon Tullock in third. Continuing his chase for the 2014 ASRA Amateur ThunderBike Championship, George Demetropolis took his second win of the season, besting Nathan Wills in second and third position went to A David Rhodes. Demetropolis trails Rhodes by 16 points with five races left in the series. 


2014 ASRA Team Challenge Presented by Michelin Tire Battles Blackhawk

South Beloit, IL – The third round of the AMA sanctioned ASRA Team Challenge presented by Michelin Tire had a different feel as the teams took to the track for this year’s 75-lap contest. Missing from this event was Jason Farrell, winner of the last three Team Challenge events at Blackhawk Farms Raceway, so the door was wide open for some new names to stand atop the Overall Podium and the competitors wasted no time in trying to fill the vacancy. From the start of the second lap, Pool Boy Racing moved their Yamaha R-6 to the front and the lead for the next 20 laps before Wolfpack/TSE moved into the lead on lap 21. Not to be denied, Pool Boy passed the Wolfpack/TSE BMW 1000 on lap 37 and held the lead until the checkered flag on lap 75. Southeast Sales moved their Kawasaki ZX10 into second Overall and the GTO lead on lap 38 and held on to the position to the end. The Yamaha R6 of Blockhead Brigade gained the final podium position for Overall and the runner up spot for GTU. Five-time series champion Grease Monkey Racing finished in 20th position and was able to hang on to the Overall point lead for the series. 

Final finishing order for the GTO class was Southeast Sales, Martinez Motorsports on another Kawasaki ZX10 in second and the Jinba Ittai Yamaha R6 from Fairview, NC rounding out the top three for the class. By virtue of their runner-up finish, the Martinez Motorsports team takes the point lead in GTO away from Grease Monkey by 2-points after the first three rounds 

As for the GTU class, it was Pool Boy Racing with the win, followed by Blockhead Brigade in second position and Pure Action Sports from Fredericksburg, VA making the long trek to secure third position. The class championship leader RnR Repsol finished fourth and carries a 7-point lead into the next round. 

The surprise of the 2014 season is the battle for the GTL Championship between the top three teams in the class. The the Wisconsin based BP Performance team, formerly known as Team Five-Six-Five, took advantage of two blend line infractions by the Mavros & Boy Ducati to take the win by 1-lap over the Florida based Marvos team. With solid laps and 1-stop strategy, the Faceplant/Ducati Team finished in third position to keep the team in the hunt for the championship. With BP Performance and Mavros tied at 91 points, the Faceplant/Ducati at 82 points is well within reach of the leaders with 5 rounds remaining

For complete results click here and for championship standings click here.


2014 ASRA Championship Presented by Pirelli Tire Tackles NJMP Thunderbolt

Millville, NJ – The second round of AMA sanctioned ASRA Championship Series presented by Pirelli Tire rolled into New Jersey Motorsports Park and it didn’t take long for the action to heat up the Thunderbolt Circuit. Joining up with the Championship Cup Series and the AMA sanctioned United States Grand Prix Riders Union, the event garnered 715 entries with 169 riders,  making every race as exciting to watch as it was to participate in.     For years it was former and current ASRA Champions like Mark Miller Jr, Tim Bemisderfer and Ray Hoffman who dominated the events at NJMP but this was not the case for 2014 as a mix of “Young Guns”, ASRA veterans and AMA Pro riders, who are trying to keep their skills sharp, descended on the event giving the racers and fans a taste of what the series is all about.

The opening race of the day was ASRA ThunderBike and it was the “Young Gun” Anthony Mazziotto III who got the crowd's attention with a dominating win over series regulars David Hanig and Bart DeFrancesco at the end of the 16 mile sprint. Mazziotto, aboard the Mazziotto Racing Suzuki SV650, took the hole shot and never looked back as he finished a comfortable 11.541 seconds clear of Hanig on the Raw Speed  Bimota who finished second. Filling out the final podium position was DeFrancesco astride the DC Paint Works Suzuki SV650.

Next to challenge the course at NJMP were the ASRA SuperStock machines and a very talented field of riders. Predominately a liter-bike class, SuperStock also allows SportBikes to step up and try their luck against the bigger bikes and Dane Westby took the challenge. At the green flag, the power of the Farrell Performance Kawasaki ZX10 and ability of its rider Jason Farrell were apparent as he took the hole shot and appeared to be well in command of the race. Dane Westby on the Westby Racing R6 had other ideas and latched on to the back of the big Kawasaki and never let Farrell get away. The next rider in the mix was the 2012 ASRA SuperStock Champion Tim Bemisderfer aboard his Vesrah Suzuki GSXR 1000, who spent all 8 laps working on Westby trying to find a way by to put the heat on Farrell. After an amazing battle over the entire race distance, Farrell was able to bring home the win just .096 seconds over Bemisderfer who was able to edge out Westby a mere .090 for second position.  Farrell, who originally came to the event to tune and crew chief for another rider, leaves with a win and an 8 point lead in the 2014 ASRA SuperStock Championship.

From the start of the ASRA SportBike race it was clear that Dane Westby was not happy with his third place in SuperStock and he took it out on the rest of the SportBike field. Fresh from his win in SuperStock, Jason Farrell jumped on his Kawasaki ZX6 and took the hole shot but his lead was short-lived. By the time the leaders came around to finish the first lap, Westby on his Yamalube sponsored R6 had moved to the point and went to work on getting away from Farrell. As the laps passed, Westby pulled away and Farrell found himself under pressure from Corey Alexander on the Celtic Racing Suzuki GSXR600 and the ensuing battle carried itself to the final flag. At the checkered flag, it was Westby with the win by 9.703 seconds over Alexander followed by Farrell just .075 seconds back in third place.

For complete results click here and for championship standings click here.


2014 ASRA Championship Chase Rocks Roebling Road

It was time to hear of the roar of engines, the smell of racing fuel, the joy of victory and the AMA sanctioned ASRA Series delivered!

The 2014 season started with a joint event for ASRA/CCS and the long cold winter proved motivational as 260 riders accounted for 920 entires at Roebing Road Raceway. After a rough start to the day on Saturday as riders brushed the cobwebs off, things got rolling with the AMA sanctioned ASRA Team Challenge presented by Michelin Tire. A healthy grid of 42 machines took the green flag and it was a 4 bike battle from the first lap between TOBC Racing, LB Racing, Grease Monkey Racing and KBR Racing. The first 49 laps were back and forth until a red flag brought a brief pause to the action. The restart brought the battle of four back until LB Racing dropped out with a mechincal failure on lap 64. With the race finishing on time, it was TOBC, Grease Monkey Racing and KBR finishing top three in the Overall Standings as well as the GTO class. The GTU class was won by the Triple Threat Racing Team from Alexander NC while GTL was taken by Team Five Six Five from Waupun WI.

The action continued on Sunday with AMA sanctioned ASRA Series presented by Pirelli Tire and it was as exciting as the opening day. The ASRA SportBikes took the grid first and it was clear that ASRA vetern Jim Cohrs hadn't lost his touch after a couple of injuries sidelined him for the majority of the past two seasons. It was Cohrs into the lead by the end of lap 1 but he had newcomer Joseph Giannotto on his tail taking notes fron the vetern racer. On lap 5, Giannotto made his move and took the point away from Cohrs. With Cohrs in his draft, Giannotto lead the rest of the way, besting Cohrs by .075 seconds at the flag.  For the Amateur SportBikes, it was Christopher Kosan from Melbourne FL over Jon Resinski from Drexel Hill PA for the win.

Next to the grid were the ASRA SuperStock where former Champion Tim Bemisderfer had to be the pre-race favorite until Martin Cardenas entered the event.  At the start, Stefano Mesa took the lead with Bemisderfer in tow, followed by Jason Farrell and Bruno Sylva. By lap 3, Cardenas had caught up to the lead pack and started to work his way through to the front. On lap 4 it was Sylva he passed while Farrell moved into second place behind Mesa. It was Bemisderfer that Cardenas passed on lap 7 while Farrell moved past Mesa to the point. Lap 8 saw Cardenas joined the battle for first place with each of the riders taking turns shuffling positions until the final lap. Coming to the checkered flag and the win it was Cardenas by .23 seconds over Mesa in second position while Farrell took the final podium spot 1.184 seconds behind first place.  It was Jonathan Landwer Jr. from Lawrenceville GA with his first win in Amateur Superstock with Jim McConville from Quincy MA in second.

The final ASRA class of the day was ThunderBike and 2013 Champion Ray Hofman wasted no time in reminding the field why he wears the  the #1 plate.  The green flag dropped and Hofman was gone, leaving Brian Kcraget and Thomas Hall to battle for the runner-up position. At the checker it was Hofman in first by 18.942 seconds ahead of Kcraget in second and Hall in third. The Amateur ThunderBike win went to North Carolina rider Nick Preziosi with A. David Rose in second and Brian Mullen in third place.


ASRA Awarded 2013 AMA Track Racing Organizer of the Year

The American Sportbike Racing Association was awarded the American Motorcycle Association's Track Racing Organizer of the Year for 2013 at the Annual AMA Champions Banquet in Columbus, Ohio, on January 18, 2014.

ASRA would like to thank all the staff, safety crew and racers who helped us win this honor from the AMA.



2014 Forms & Schedules Posted!

The 2014 Schedules for the ASRA Sprint Series and the ASRA Team Challenge Series have been posted. Both 8-round series feature events at premier facilities like Daytona International Speeday and Virginia International Raceway and rider favorites like Summit Point Raceway, New Jersey Motorsports Park and Roebling Road Raceway.

Check out the 2014 schedule by clicking here.

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