2015 NEWS

 

ASRA Series Finishes Fantastic Season at Daytona

AMA Sanctioned
ASRA Sprint Series Presented by Pirelli Tire 
ASRA Sprint Series Presented by Michelin Tire

October 18, 2015
Daytona international Speedway
Daytona Beach, FL

Daytona Beach, FL– The AMA sanctioned ASRA Sprint Series presented by Pirelli Tire and the ASRA Team Challenge Series joined the Championship Cup Series at Daytona for the 32nd Annual Race of Champions and what a blow out it was.  With 251 riders competing  for the 40 CCS national Championships, there was action from dawn to dusk  at the Daytona International Speedway.

The weekend started with the ASRA Team Challenge on Friday and the Daytona 200 winner Danny Eslick put the TOBC Racing Yamaha on the top of the podium with the M4/Sportbiketrackgear.com Suzuki of David Anthony in second.. The Team Worldwide Yamaha took the final position giving the GTU class all three top Overall  spots at the faastest track on the circuit. 

The GTO win  by Grease Monkey Racing sealed the 7th consecutive Overall championship for Eric Helmbach and his team. along with the GTO Championship.. The Barry Motorsports BMW finished 2nd (Jim Barry, Jeremy Cook) and MI Boys Racing (Mikal Pechota, Ryan VanLeeuwen) took the final GTO podium position..

For the GTL Class, it was 2015 Champions  Mavros Motosports (Chalie Mavros, Seth Starnes) taking the win with  Rawspeed Racing (David Hanig) in second and  Spartan Racing (Mark Evry)) finishing third.

In ASRA Sprints, it was  Frank Babuska Jr. winning SuperStock,  Xavier Zayat victorious in SportBike and  David Hanig winning Thunderbike. The Amateur  winners were  Vasiliy Zhulin in SuperStock, Mark Rhoades in SportBike and  Richard O’Connor for ThunderBike.

For complete ASRA Sprint results from Daytona, click here, for Team Challenge click here

 

Farrell Doubles at Blackhawk SuperStock and SportBike

AMA Sanctioned
ASRA Sprint Series Presented by Pirelli Tire
September 26, 2015
Blackhawk Farms Raceway
South Beloit, IL

South Beloit, IL– The AMA sanctioned ASRA Sprint Series presented by Pirelli Tire joined the Championship Cup Series Mid-West Series Final at Blackhawk Farms Raceway to say hello to Fall and goodbye to the 2015 season for the CCS racers in the Mid-West.. With 157 riders accounting for 576 entries the season finale at  Blackhawk Farms was  looking like the days of old and Jason Farrell did his best to give the crowd a good dose of déjà vu with two wins on his Kawasaki ZX6R 636.

First out for the afternoon finals was SuperStock and it was Jason Farrell with the holeshot, leaving the rest of the field to battle it out for second position behind the Kawasaki rider.. After 9-laps it was Drew Jankord coming in second on his Kawasaki ZX10 followed by series regular David Loikits on his Suzuki GSXR 1000.  With his third place finish Loikits captured his first ASRA SuperStock Championship with one race remaining in the series.

Rolling on to the course next was the ThunderBike class and  Kevin Van Engen continued his performance from qualifying to secure the win on his Suzuki SV 650,  13.990 seconds ahead of Jody Barry on his KTM RC390 who finished second. Third place was Jonathan White. on another Suzuki SV650.  Finishing in eighth place was Massachusetts resident Doug Fogg who secured the 2015 ThunderBike Championship after falling short in two previous attempts.

After his performance against 1000cc machines, Jason Farrell's competition lined up knowing their work was cut out for them if they were to de-throne the current  lap record holder in the 9-lap contest.. While Carl Soltisz and Dan Ortega gave it a better effort that the SuperStock competitors, their battle was still for second place 6.801 seconds behind Farrell.  The second position went  to Soltisz  on his Yamaha R-6 and third was Ortega also on  a Yamaha R-6. The runner up finish for Soltisz moves him within striking distance of point leader Xavier Zayat. with the final round coming in Daytona October 16-18.

Amateur victories were scored by Brad Kueter in SuperStock, SportBike went to  Mark Rhoades  and  Zayn Ardnt took the win in ThunderBike.

For complete results from BFR, click here. For updated point standings, click here.

The final event in 2015 for the ASRA Sprint Series Presented by Pirelli Tire is October 18 at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach Florida. 

 

Farrell and Rhoades Double Down On Qualifying at Blackhawk

AMA Sanctioned
ASRA Sprint Series Presented by Pirelli Tire
September 26, 2015
Blackhawk Farms Raceway
South Beloit, IL

South Beloit, IL– The AMA sanctioned ASRA Sprint Series presented by Pirelli Tire joined the Championship Cup Series Mid-West Series Final at Blackhawk Farms Raceway to say hello to Fall and goodbye to the 2015 season for the CCS racers in the Mid-West..

To no ones  surprize, it was Jason Farrell who captured both the SuperStock and SportBike pole positions with near identical times  of 1:09.893 and 1:09.720 respectively, leaving the rest of the field to battle it out for second position behind the Kawaski rider.

ThunderBike qualifying saw Kevin Van Engen capture the top spot with a 1:14.297 on his Suzuki SV 650,  0.704 seconds ahead of Jonathan White.

Amateur pole positions went to  Mark Rhoades in SuperStock and SportBike with  Zayn Ardnt for ThunderBike

For complete qualifying results from BFR, click here. For updated point standings, click here.

The final event in 2015 for the ASRA Sprint Series Presented by Pirelli Tire is October 18 at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach Florida. 

 

Grease Monkey Returns to Victory Lane at VIR

AMA Sanctioned
ASRA Team Challenge Series Presented by Michelin Tire
September 20, 2015
Virginia international Raceway
Alton, VA

Alton, VA– The AMA sanctioned ASRA Team Challenge Series presented by Michelin Tire joined the Championship Cup Series and the AMA Road Race Grand Championships at Virginia international Raceway to bid goodbye to  Summer. With 20 AMA Championships up for grabs and  42 CCS Mid-Atlantic /Southeast  Championships to be settled  the ASRA Team Challenge could have easily been over shadowed if not for the changes to the championships one round can bring.

The Grease Monkey Racing (Erich Helmbach, Scott Harwell) team took advantage of LB Sports (Dustin Young) problems and grabbed both the Overall and the GTO class wins. The victory gives GMR a  15 point lead in the Overall with 1 round left.

The North Carolina based Jinba Ittia (Joel Lenk, Matt Brown) took the win in GTU and secured their first ASRA GTU  National Championship with one round remaining in the series.

Coming to VIR the LWT Racer #61 team (Sam Wiest, Brian Kcraget) knew it was going to be a tough battle to win the 2015 ASRA GTL Championship but with a little luck and another tough day for the Mavros Motorsports Squad (Charlie Mavros, Seth Starnes), it is LWT Racer #61 who is going to the final round with a 6 point lead for the title.

For complete results from VIR, click here. For updated point standings, click here.

The final event in 2015 for the ASRA Team Challenge Series Presented by Michelin Tire is October 16 at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach Florida. For more information on upcoming events, please visit

 

75th Daytona 200 Rules Open for Comment Until October 31, 2015

September 1, 2015

Fort Worth, Texas–  The American Sportbike Racing Association would like to announce that the rules for the 2016 Daytona 200 have been posted and are open to comment until October 31, 2015. At  this time, there are no plans for wholesale changes to the rules from 2015, but in the interest of fair and balanced competition, ASRA would like to invite comments from competitors interested in the event.

To check out the 2016 Daytona 200 Rules, just click here..

Please send all comments to info@asraracing.com referencing the section number being commented on before October 31, 2015.

 

LB Sports Lloyd Bayley Plays Superman, AGAIN at Summit Point

AMA Sanctioned
ASRA Team Challenge Series Presented by Michelin Tire
August 23, 2015
Summit Point Circuit
Summit Point, WV

Summit Point, WV– The AMA sanctioned ASRA Team Challenge Series presented by Michelin Tire made final trek to the Summit Point Circuit for Round 6 of the 2015 Championship on August 23 and 19 teams took part in the 200 mile contest. From the drop of the green flag it was GTO heavyweights LB Sports and Grease Monkey Racing jumping in front of the field and showing the way to the rest of the teams. The Grease Monkey team (Eric Helmbach, Alex Shaw) led the first 7 circuits, then LB Sports (Lloyd Bayley) took the point on lap 8 and held on to the narrowest of margins until GMR made their first pit stop on lap 32. This allowed LB to open the gap and that was it for the rest of the race. While GMR was able to close up within a few seconds, it was clear that Bayley was not going to let them lead if he could help it. By lap 40, only LB Sports and GMR were on the lead lap and they continued to move away from the field. After GMR made their final stop on lap 65, LB Sports was the only bike on the lead lap until their final stop on lap 82. Re-entering the race with a 37.066 second lead, LB Sports kept enough of a pace so GMR could only gain a tenths of a second per lap and as the checkered flag flew on lap 100, it was “Superman” Lloyd Bayley completing his second straight 200 Team Challenge win. The second position Overall went to GMR 28.277 seconds back while the final podium position was taken by GTU winner MDM/Bubblegum 3 laps down to the LB Sports team. The Overall victory move LB Sports into the point lead over GMR by 6 points with two rounds remaining.

 The GTO class was LB Sports in first, GMR in second and Barry Motorsports (James Barry, Jeremy Cook) returning to the series to finish a solid third place. The win gives LB Sports an 18 point lead over GMR going into the final two races.

 Early in the going for the GTU class, MDM/Bubblegum (James Fotinopoulos, Justin Holderman, Xavier Zayat) battled Bad Wolf Brewing Company (Greg L’Heureux, Tommy Wilson, George Federlin, Victor Carrell) in the early going but when BWBC pitted on lap 33, it looked like easy sailing for the MDM crew. After their stop on lap MDM came out in second place and gave chase to the leading BWBC team. At lap 44, MDM regained the lead and the combination of extra pit stops and problems during one of the stops allowed MDM to pull away to a three lap margin of victory. The Motorcycle Xcitement Team (Bruce Higgs, Mark Schweber) had its share of hiccups early but soldiered on to finish the race in third for the GTU class. The Jinba Ittai team blew a motor on lap 75 and were scored with a 6th place finish and their point lead in the championship is now just 3 points over MDM/Bubblegum with 2 rounds to go.

 When the day started, the leader in the 2015 GTL Championship  Mavros Motorsports Seth Starnes, Dustin Young, Bart DeFrancesco), had a 20 point lead in the title chase and hoped to seal up the championship before the VIR round in a month. What they hadn’t planned on was pressure from Rawspeed Racing (David Hanig, Mark Every) and the LWT Racer 61 Team (Sam Wiest, William Finnerty) who made the best of their local track knowledge. Early in the race it was Rawspeed at the point with LWT Racer 171 (Todd Alberico, Benjamin Loyle) in second while LWT61 held on to third place. As pit stops started to change the flow of the race, each of the top team took turns at the point until lap 39 when Rawspeed pitted. This put LWT 61 in the lead until lap 45 when they returned the favor by pitting for the first time. This let Rawspeed build a 19.820 second lead and appeared to have the race in the bag until their third and final stop. Here is where race strategy paid off as he LWT 61 team was on a one stop strategy and this gave them a 12.085 second lead with 25 laps to go. While Rawspeed gave it a good run, they just “ran out of laps” and it was LWT Racer taking the win in GTL by 13.922 seconds. The LWT Racer 171 captured 3rd place and Mavros Motorsports settled for a disappointing 4th position. The win cuts the Mavros Motorsports point lead to just 8 over LWT Racer 61 with 2 races left in the series.

The next event for the ASRA Team Challenge Series Presented by Michelin Tire is September 19-20 at Virginia International Raceway in Alton Virginia. For more information on upcoming events, please visit

 

Narbonne, Knopf and Hogan Score Wins at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Narbonne Sets Records

AMA Sanctioned
ASRA Sprint Series Presented by Pirelli Tire
August 16, 2015
New Hampshire Motor Speedway
Loudon, NH

Loudon, NH – The AMA sanctioned ASRA Sprint Series presented by Pirelli Tire made its annual trek to the New Hampshire Motor Speedway for Round 6 of the 2015 Championship on August 16. While the weather was hot for everyone in the paddock, Shane Narbonne on his Yamaha R-1 was cool and collected as he set records for ASRA SuperStock both in qualifying and the 12 lap final event. Narbonne lowered his 2009 qualifying record set on a Suzuki 600 from 1:11.035 to the new mark of 1:10.748 aboard his Yamaha. Even after a hard crash on Saturday in the “Dash for Cash”, Narbonne was ready when the flag flew in Sundays SuperStock final, eventually lowering the record held by Steve Giacamaro from 1:11.130 to 1:10.983. The fast laps earned Narbonne a win over Houck Nichols on his Suzuki 750 by 16.943 seconds. Series regular and points leader David Loikits ran off the track in turn 3 while trying to hold off Lloyd Bayley and in the process gave up part of his points lead. Bayley took advantage of the mishap and finished in third place on his Suzuki 1000. Even with the 6th place finish, Loikits still heads into the next round with an 28 point lead over Bayley in the championship with 2 rounds remaining.

In the SportBike contest, it was Kristofer Knopf on his Yamaha R-6 setting the pace and eventually pulling out to a 23.253 second margin of victory over Trevor Arvidson on a Suzuki 600. The final podium spot was taken by Angel Nunez on his Kawasaki 600. With the victory, Knopf moves up to 6th in the season standings, but still has to overcome a 47 point deficit to capture the championship. 

When you speak of ThunderBike at NHMS, you normally think of series point leader Doug Fogg or Rick Doucette as the people to beat but you can add Tim Hogan’s name to the list now. After trailing Keith Draghi and Doug Fogg for the first couple of laps, Hogan pushed his Ducati 749 to the front of the field and never trailed again. By the end of the 12 lap race, it was Hogan 3.055 seconds in front of Fogg on the Buell and first year Expert Savvas Kosimdis and his Kawasaki 650 in third. The runner up finish for Fogg netted him a 53 point lead with just two rounds left in the championship.

The Amateur race winners were Kris Hopkins riding a Suzuki SV650 in ThunderBike, Ryan Stockman on his Honda 600 to victory in Sportbike and Christopher Woodman taking the SuperStock win on his Yamaha R-6.

The next event for the ASRA Sprint Series Presented by Pirelli Tire is September 26-27 in South Beloit, IL. 

Check out the complete qualifying by clicking here or complete results by cliking here.

 
75th Running of the Daytona 200 Scheduled for March 12, 2016


August 6, 2015

~ American SportBike Racing Association to Sanction America’s Most Historic Motorcycle Race for Second Straight Year ~

 

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – America’s most historic motorcycle race, the DAYTONA 200, will celebrate a significant milestone in 2016 with its 75th running on Saturday, March 12, 2016, Daytona International Speedway track officials announced. Tickets for the race went on sale today.

The 57-lap, 200-mile race on the 3.51-mile road course will showcase 600cc sportbikes sanctioned by the American SportBike Racing Association (ASRA) for the second straight year.

            “We are thrilled to continue to work with American SportBike Racing Association as the sanctioning body for the Daytona 200,” Daytona International Speedway President Joie Chitwood said. “It’s an important anniversary for the Daytona 200 in 2016 and we look forward to celebrating this event’s rich history with an exciting event featuring riders battling for a competitive purse and a Rolex Cosmograph Daytona.”

In 2015, Oklahoma native Danny Eslick became a two-time Daytona 200 champion by pulling off a last-lap pass of Josh Herrin to secure a .086-second margin of victory.

In addition to the Daytona 200, ASRA and the Championship Cup Series (CCS) will have a full complement of road races Thursday, March 10 through Sunday, March 12. Daytona 200 qualifying will take place on Friday, March 11 with the race going green the following day at 1 p.m.

“The 75th running of the Daytona 200 will be a milestone event for motorcycle road racing in America and we are ecstatic to serve as the sanctioning body for the event,” said Kevin Elliott, President of ARSA. “The sheer magnitude of what the Daytona 200 means to our sport cannot be understated. With its history, this unique event has continually turned good racers into stars and then stars into superstars as they fought to win this prestigious race.”

Similar to its four-wheeled brethren, the Daytona 200’s roots go back to the sands of Daytona Beach where they began racing on a 4.2-mile shoreline course in 1937 before moving the event to Daytona International Speedway in 1961 and incorporating the high banks of the “World Center of Racing.”

In addition to the full road racing calendar and the Daytona 200, Daytona International Speedway will continue to be the driving force behind Bike Week hosting a wide range of activities.

On Saturday night, March 5, Daytona International Speedway will host the only Monster Energy AMA Supercross event in Florida – the prestigious Daytona Supercross By Honda.

Daytona International Speedway will also feature the AMA Pro Flat Track doubleheader on March 10-11 on the Daytona Flat Track, which is located outside Turns 1 and 2.

Tickets for all motorcycle racing events are available by calling 1-800-PITSHOP or online at http://www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com

Fans can stay connected with Daytona International Speedway on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest for the latest news all season long.  Fans can follow the latest on DAYTONA Rising, the $400 million frontstretch renovation at the “World Center of Racing” by using #DAYTONARising on Twitter or visiting www.daytonarising.com.

 

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LB Racing Earns Redemption at NJMP ASRA Team Challenge

AMA Sanctioned
ASRA Team Challenge Series Presented by Michelin Tire
July 19, 2015

Millville, NJ - In 2014 LB Racing dominated the NJMP round ASRA Team Challenge Series Presented by Michelin Tire for 74 of the 89 laps when a crash took them out of contention after building a lead of over 2 laps on the field. In 2015 the field must have felt like it was "deja' vu all over again" as LB Racing (Lloyd Bayley) once again built a monstrous lead but this time. By lap 75, the lead was over a full lap and LB brought home the gold for Overall and the GTO Class. Last years winner Grease Monkey Racing (Eric Helmbach, Alex Shaw) finished in second Overall and second in GTO while the MDM/Bubblegum Team (James Fotinopoulos, Mark Miller Jr, Justin Holderman) finished third Overall and first in GTU. During the victory lane celebration, Mark Miller Jr. was overheard commenting  "When I watched Lloyd's pit stop where he put the bike on the stand, refueled the bike himself, then hopped back on for the rest of the race, I knew he deserved to win. Heck, I couldn't lift my arms after my stint and here he was practically a one man pit crew!"

For the GTO Class, the final order was LB Racing, Grease Monkey Racing and in the final podium position was MI Boys Racing (Mikal Pechota, Ryan VanLeeuwen) from East Leroy, MI.

The GTU standings finished with MDM/Bubblegum on the top step, Jinba Ittai (Joel D Lenk, Matt Brown) finishing second for the fifth race in a row and the final spot went to Liberty Chevrolet (Kristopher Knopf, Paul Hanig).  Jinba Ittai leads the GTU standings by 19 points after 5 rounds of the championship.

Once again it looked like Mavros Motorsports (Charlie Mavros, Seth Starnes, Dustin Young) would dominate the GTL class, but a mechanical failure brought their day to an early end. Even before the mechanical, Raw Speed Racing (David Hanig, Mark Evry) was up front and putting the pressure on Mavros. After the dust settled, it was Raw Speed followed by LWT Racer 61 (Sam Wiest, William Finnerty) in second with LWT Racer 171 (Todd Alberico, Benjamin Loyle) bringing home third place.  Even with their misfortune, Mavros still leads the championship by 20 points over LWT Racer 61 with 3 rounds to go.

The next event for the ASRA Team Challenge Series Presented by Michelin Tire is August 22-23 at Summit Point Raceway in Summit Point WV..

 

Leong, Zayat and Kcraget Take ASRA Victories at Virgina International Raceway

AMA Sanctioned
ASRA Sprint Series Presented by Pirelli Tire
June 14, 2015
Virginia International Raceway
Alton, VA

Alton, VA – The AMA sanctioned ASRA Sprint Series Presented by Pirelli Tire came to Virginia International Raceway and it was Tony Leong, Xavier Zayat, and Brian Kcraget that took the checkers at one of the most popular circuits for the series. For complete results click here. For updated points click here.

The next event for the ASRA Sprint Series Presented by Pirelli Tire Tire is July 4 at Elkhart Lake's Road America in Elkhart Lake, WI.

 

Leong, Zayat and Kcraget Take ASRA Victories at Virgina International Raceway

AMA Sanctioned
ASRA Sprint Series Presented by Pirelli Tire
June 14, 2015
Virginia International Raceway
Alton, VA

Alton, VA – The AMA sanctioned ASRA Sprint Series Presented by Pirelli Tire came to Virginia International Raceway and it was Tony Leong, Xavier Zayat, and Brian Kcraget that took the checkers at one of the most popular circuits for the series. For complete results click here. For updated points click here.

The next event for the ASRA Sprint Series Presented by Pirelli Tire Tire is July 4 at Elkhart Lake's Road America in Elkhart Lake, WI.

 

Leong, Zayat and Kcraget Take ASRA Victories at Virgina International Raceway

AMA Sanctioned
ASRA Sprint Series Presented by Pirelli Tire
June 14, 2015
Virginia International Raceway
Alton, VA

Alton, VA – The AMA sanctioned ASRA Sprint Series Presented by Pirelli Tire came to Virginia International Raceway and it was Tony Leong, Xavier Zayat, and Brian Kcraget that took the checkers at one of the most popular circuits for the series. For complete results click here. For updated points click here.

The next event for the ASRA Sprint Series Presented by Pirelli Tire Tire is July 4 at Elkhart Lake's Road America in Elkhart Lake, WI.

 

McFadden, Babuska and Wilson Take ASRA Victories at Summit Point Raceway

AMA Sanctioned
ASRA Sprint Series Presented by Pirelli Tire
May 25, 2015
Summit Point Raceway
Summit Point, WV

Summit Point, WV– The AMA sanctioned ASRA Sprint Series Presented by Pirelli Tirecame to the Summit Point Circuit for it's annual Memorial Day visit to West Virginia and it was Nick McFadden, Frank Babuska Jr, and Tommy Wilson that took the checkers in a slew of a close races for the series.

For complete results click here. For updated points click here.

The next event for the ASRA Sprint Series Presented by Pirelli Tire Tire is June 14 at Virginia International Raceway in Alton, Va.

 

Farrell Performance Secures Another Overall Victory at Blackhawk Farms Raceway

AMA Sanctioned
ASRA Team Challenge Series Presented by Michelin Tire
May 16, 2015
Blackhawk Farms Raceway
South Beloit, IL

South Beloit, IL – The AMA sanctioned ASRA Team Challenge Series Presented by Michelin Tire came to the Mid-West for its annual visit to Blackhawk Farms Raceway and it was the Farrell Performance Team that took the checkers after a close call at the end of the event.

For complete results click here. For updated points click here.

The next event for the ASRA Team Challenge Series Presented by Michelin Tire Tire is July 4 at Elkhart Lake's Road America in Elkhart Lake, WI.

 

Heckles, Miller and Rapple Victorious In ASRA Competition at NJMP

AMA Sanctioned
ASRA Sprint Series Presented by Pirelli Tire
May 3, 2015
New Jersey Motorsports Park - Thunderbolt
Millville, NJ

Millville, NJ– The AMA sanctioned ASRA Sprint Series presented by Pirelli Tire came to the New Jersey Motorsports Park for the second round of the 2015 championship and what a round it was with new ASRA competitors.

The ASRA Sportbike were the first to flex their muscle at the Thunderbolt Circuit and it was clear this was not going to be a cake walk for former SportBike Champion Mark Miller Jr. From the first lap it was Miller hounded by Justin Holderman and Xavier Zayat at every turn making the veteran ASRA racer use all his tricks to keep the challengers at bay. For the first 5 laps, Holderman matched pace the veteran Miller, but on lap 5 of the 8 lap contest, the “Young Gun” Zayat moved past Holderman for second place. Feeling the pressure from a new challenge, Miller kept his head down and the two slowly pulled away from Holderman who settled for a solid third place. The final three circuits showed the talent of the lead duo as Zayat tried his best to get past Miller and was thwarted at every turn. At the flag it was Mark Miller Jr 0.447 seconds ahead of Zayat in second with Holderman 7.3 seconds back in a lonely third place. With his second place finish, Xavier Zayat takes an early lead in the 2015 Championship with a 22 point cushion over Stefano Mesa and Mark Miller Jr with 6 rounds left in the championship.

Next out were the ASRA ThunderBike competitors and the Suzuki SV 650 riders were out in force at NJMP. At the drop of the green flag it was a five bike battle, with ASRA Team Challenge racer Sam Wiest in the lead followed by George Demetropolis, Bart DeFrancesco, Brian Rapple and Adrian Hackett. While Wiest held the point for the first four laps, the battle for second eventually pushed DeFrancesco to the front for the next three laps but when the checkered flag flew, it was first time ASRA winner Brian Rapple with the victory. The margin for Rapple over runner-up Adrian Hackett was a scant 0.072 seconds followed by DeFrancesco in third, Wiest in fourth and Demetropolis rounding out the top 5 just 0.903 seconds behind the winner.

In the fastest race of the day, ASRA SuperStock, the big boys came out to play and what a race to see. It was obvious the Mark Heckles was not going to be disappointed by another close loss at his home track. The flag flew and Heckles took off like the proverbial rabbit with Frank Babuska Jr and Tim Bemisderfer trying to chase him down. After a couple of laps, Bemisderfer was able to clear Babuska and set his sights on the leading Yamaha R-1 ridden by Heckles. As the pair pushed each other for the lead over the final few laps, the rest of the field faded and the real battle began. Bemisderfer, the 2014 ASRA SuperStock Champion, just couldn’t get his Suzuki GSXR into the right spot to overtake the leader and Heckles secured a 0.587 second victory over his rival.

In Amateur ASRA action, it was Dennis Pryor taking the win in SuperStock, John Guyette pulled out victory in SportBike while Sean Dougherty earned the ThunderBike win.

The next event for the ASRA Sprint Series Presented by Pirelli Tire is May 23-25 at Summit Point Raceway in Summit Point, WV.
 

MDM/Bubble Gum Racing Wins CMP Overall

AMA Sanctioned
ASRA Team Challenge Series Presented by Michelin Tire
Carolina Motorsports Park
April 12, 2015
By Lisa Theobald

Kershaw, SC - Riders Jimmy Fotinopoulos and Xavier Zayat of Team MDM/Bubble Gum Racing won the GTU class of the AMA Sanctioned ASRA Team Challenge presented by Michelin Tire on board their Maher Motorsports built Yamaha YZF-R6. The riders were the only team to complete all 75 laps of the race, finishing first in their class and taking the overall combined victory as well. Fotinopoulos rode the first and last legs of the race, initially chasing early leaders Lloyd Bayley and Stefano Mesa. After passing holeshot winner, Lloyd Bayley, and just ten laps into the race, Mesa dropped out with mechanical issues. Around the halfway mark, MDM/Bubble Gum Racing made their first rider swap, with Zayat was on board and in the lead when he came in for the final pit stop. Fotinopoulos was back on board after a quick rider change, maintaining the advantage and bringing the team to their second victory of the season.

“We blew a motor yesterday, and so we spent all day yesterday putting in a replacement motor,” Fotinopoulos stated, after the race. “I didn’t think we were going to make it, but we did. And, it was a really old motor that we put in. I was just hoping to finish the race, and we won it. It was great. It was a good fight with Lloyd the whole race. Stefano checked out on us. So, I just tried to keep pace with Lloyd. I didn’t want to go down. I wanted to stay in the lead group. We were able to do it, and Xavier is a strong partner as well.” Fotinopoulos was thankful for all the support he has received from Maher Motorsports, Metric Devil Moto (“I could not have done it without Mike”), Pirelli, Penske, and Team Pro Motion.

Lloyd Bayley, of Team LB Sports, finished second overall and first in the GTO class of the Team Challenge on his Suzuki GSX-R1000, with pit stops for fuel only, no rider or tire changes. Fuel pump issues forced Bayley to pull in for additional fuel stops, knocking him out of the overall lead. Seth Starnes and Bart DeFrancesco won the GT Lights class on the Team Mavros Ducati 1000 (848 hybrid). Starnes also rode the first and last legs of the race, taking the checkered flag on the rear wheel. With the second Team Challenge of the season in the books, the three class winners are also currently in the points lead for each of their classes.

The next ASRA Team Challenge race is scheduled for May 16-17th at Blackhawk Farms Raceway.

 

Bayley Wins First ASRA Team Challenge of the Season

CCS/ASRA

Roebling Road Raceway, Bloomingdale, GA

March 8, 2015

By Lisa Theobald

Lloyd Bayley of LB Sports ran the ASRA Team Challenge solo at Roebling Road Raceway on his Dunlop shod Suzuki GSX-R1000, made one pit stop, finished first Overall, and nailed the victory in the GTO class. Bayley completed all 75 laps of the race under the two hour time limit in spite of a red flag incident about halfway through the race. Bayley pitted during the red flag, refueled, and went back out without a tire change, putting him out front and claiming the first victory in the first Team Challenge of the season. Bayley gave thanks to Moto D, Orient Express, Dunlop and Vortex for all their support. Eric Helmbach of Grease Monkey Racing also ran solo and finished second overall on his BMW S1000RR.

Only four of the 22 teams entered finished all 75 laps of the race, three of which ran the GTO class. MDM/Bubble Gum Racing’s team of Jimmy Fontinopoulos and Mike Selpe were the lone GTU team entry to finish all 75 laps, claiming third place overall, and first in GTU on their Pirelli shod Maher Motorsports built and Metric Devil Motorsports tuned Yamaha YZF-R6. Selpe and Fontinopoulos rode this purpose built machine to victory and plan to compete in this season’s full ASRA Team Challenge schedule.

Seth Starnes and Charlie Mavros led most of their 72 laps with the lead in the GT Lights class on the Team Mavors Bridgestone shod Suzuki 565, and finishing 6th overall.

The next ASRA Team Challenge race is scheduled for April 11-12th, at Carolina Motorsports Park.

 

74th Daytona 200 Rule Clarification

February 15, 2015, Fort Worth Texas – The American SportBike Racing Association in conjunction with the Daytona International Speedway would like to announce a rule clarification for riders and teams planning to participate in the74th Daytona 200 scheduled to run March 14, 2015. This is a clarification, not a rule change.

In regards to rule book section 6.1.2.A, (6.1.2.A Original equipment wheels, brake calipers, forks, frame, engine, fuel induction system, and swing arm must be used.),it is permitted to modify or remove the front fender mounting brackets on inverted forks to facilitate the installation of the quick change hardware. The lower cap of an inverted fork is not a part of the fork that is regulated by this section.

ASRA would like to thank everyone for their comments and input on this item.

 

Daytona 200 Rulebook Change: 74th Daytona 200 Tire Requirements

December 20, 2014 - Fort Worth Texas – The American SportBike Racing Association in conjunction with the Daytona International Speedway would like to announce that all tire manufacturers are invited to participate in the 74th Daytona 200 scheduled to run March 14, 2015.

With input from riders, crews and the tire manufacturers themselves, the ASRA Rules Committee agreed that opening the event to all tire brands would be the best option for the running of the 2015 event. In accordance with this decision, Section 6.1.2.H. will be modified to read:

H.    Tire choice is open to the competitor, DOT approved, racing slicks or commercially available wet weather tires are permitted for 2015. Competitors are responsible evaluate the individual product and assess the suitability for this event.

ASRA would like to thank everyone for their comments and input on this item.

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74th Daytona 200 Purse Announced

December 15, 2015 - Fort Worth Texas – The American SportBike Racing Association in conjunction with the Daytona International Speedway is pleased to announce the breakdown of the $175,000.00 purse for the 74th Daytona 200 scheduled to run March 14, 2015.

1 - $25,000.00
2 - $20,000.00
3 - $15,000.00
4 - $12,500.00
5 - $10,500.00
6 - $9,000.00
7 - $8,000.00
8 - $7,000.00
9 - $6,000.00
10 - $5,000.00
11 - $4,500.00
12 - $4,000.00
13 - $3,500.00
14 - $3,200.00
15 - $2,900.00
16 - $2,600.00
17 - $2,300.00
18 - $2,000.00
19 - $1,800.00
20 - $1,600.00
21 - $1,500.00
22 - $1,500.00
23 - $1,500.00
24 - $1,500.00
25 - $1,500.00
26 - $1,500.00
27 - $1,500.00
28 - $1,500.00
29 - $1,500.00
30 - $1,500.00
31 - $1,400.00
32 - $1,400.00
33 - $1,400.00
34 - $1,400.00
35 - $1,400.00
36 - $1,400.00
37 - $1,300.00
38 - $1,300.00
39 - $1,300.00
40 - $1,300.00

For more race information as it is released, please go to WWW.ASRARACING.COM and follow the links about the Daytona 200.

Fan tickets for all motorcycle racing events March 7-15 are available by calling 1-800-PITSHOP or online at http://www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com. Fans can stay connected with Daytona International Speedway on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest for the latest news all season long. Fans can follow the latest on DAYTONA Rising, the $400 million frontstretch renovation at the “World Center of Racing” by using #DAYTONARising on Twitter or visiting www.daytonarising.com.

The American SportBike Racing Association (ASRA) is the parent organization to the Championship Cup Series (CCS), the largest amateur motorcycle road racing organization in the United States issuing over 3,000 licenses per year. ASRA promotes eight AMA sanctioned Sprint Series and eight AMA sanctioned Team Challenge road racing events for 2015. The CCS Series sanctions 45 events at popular tracks around the United States, including Daytona International Speedway, New Hampshire Motor Speedway, Road America, New Jersey Motorsports Park and Virginia International Raceway among other fine venues. In 2014 ASRA and CCS will provide riders with access to millions of dollars of sponsorship awards through participation in its sanctioned events.

For more racing information visit www.asraracing.com or www.ccsracing.us or call us at (817) 246-1127. Join CCS and ASRA in the greatest road racing experience available today!

Contact: Kevin Elliott
kevin.elliott@ccsracing.us
American SportBike Racing Association
9928 Peregrine Trail
Fort Worth, TX 76108
Phone: 817-246-1127

 

DAYTONA INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY ENTERS INTO SANCTION AGREEMENT FOR 74TH DAYTONA 200 WITH AMERICAN SPORTBIKE RACING ASSOCIATION

Daytona International Speedway has reached a sanction agreement with the American SportBike Racing Association (ASRA) to hold the 74th DAYTONA 200 motorcycle race on Saturday, March 14, 1 p.m., at Daytona International Speedway, Track President Joie Chitwood announced today.

The DAYTONA 200 will be a 57-lap race on the 3.51-mile road course showcasing 600cc sportbikes battling for a purse of - $175,000 with the race winner also being awarded a Rolex Cosmograph Daytona.

ASRA and the Championship Cup Series (CCS) will have a full complement of road races Thursday, March 12 through Sunday, March 15. DAYTONA 200 qualifying will take place on Friday, March 13 with the race going green the following day at 1 p.m.

The DAYTONA 200 is America’s most historic motorcycle race with the inaugural event being held on the sands of Daytona Beach before the race moved to Daytona International Speedway in 1961.

“The tradition of the DAYTONA 200 spans both the sands of Daytona Beach and the high banks of the Speedway and we’re excited about continuing this historic event with the American Sportbike Racing Association,” Chitwood said. “With a competitive purse and a Rolex Cosmograph Daytona at stake, riders will have plenty of incentive as they compete for a coveted Daytona victory.”

ASRA and CCS are traditionally part of the Fall Cycle Scene motorcycle schedule at Daytona International Speedway. CCS was founded in 1984 and has become the leader in sportsman level motorcycle road racing offering unrivalled competition at nationwide venues. ASRA started administering CCS in 2006.

“To say that ASRA is excited to be a part of the DAYTONA 200 is an understatement,” said Kevin Elliott, President of ASRA. “There is no other motorcycle event in the United States that comes close to the prestige of the DAYTONA 200 and we’re honored to keep the tradition alive in 2015.”

 

THE 2015 ASRA SEASON OPENER WILL BE AT DAYTONA INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY!

The 2015 Tentative Schedules for the ASRA Sprint Series and the ASRA Team Challenge Series have been announced. Use the information found in these first schedules for planning purposes only, since they are subject to change as track contracts and agreements are finalized.

There are two schedule pages available. Both include CCS, ASRA, Team Challenge & USGPRU Tentative dates & places. Click the file names below to Download:

The 2015 License Application (in 2 formats) can be downloaded from our Forms page here. TIP: Get this in prior to January 5, 2015, for the best chance to keep your existing bike number(s).

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