2016 ASRA NEWS

 

West, Farrell and Fogg Taste Victory at Autobahn  

August 14, Joliet, IL – The AMA sanctioned ASRA Sprint Series presented by Pirelli Tire returned to the Autobahn Country Club after a 10 year hiatus and a new cast of characters took to the North Course with enthusiasm. The 1.46 mile 9-turn course proved challenging in the wet/dry conditions during Saturday’s qualifying but with a fully dry course for Sunday, it was nothing but wide open racing for the riders.

The ASRA Superstock class featured the two fastest riders from the ASRA event at Road America facing off again in a 9-lap dash for the cash. The green flag flew and Jason Farrell did what he needed to by taking the holeshot on his Kawasaki ZX-6R but couldn’t hang on as Cory West used the Scheibe Racing Hayes Brakes BMW S1000RR like a fine instrument and swept into the lead before the finish of lap one, then never looked back. 

Despite breaking his earlier lap record with 1:03.544, Farrell was no match for West who set a new absolute motorcycle track record with a 1:02.820 on the same lap. Realizing he was out-gunned, Farrell slowed slightly to save his Pirelli-shod ZX-6R for the ASRA SportBike race coming up later. Without having to worry about equipment, West continued to run sub-1:03 laps all the way to the checkered flag. On the podium it was West in first, Farrell in second and Stefan “Germany” Dolipski taking a well-deserved third place on his BMW S1000RR after battling Jeff Purk on a Ducati 1200 for the entire event. The win brings West to within 9 points of David Loikits, the Championship leader, with two races to go.

The runner-up finish in SuperStock was motivation for Jason Farrell, and his Farrell Performance Kawasaki 636 ZX-6R took him to a solid win in ASRA SportBike over his Farrell Performance teammate Josh Rom, also on a ZX-6R. Third position went to last year’s ASRA Amateur SportBike Champion Mark Rhoades on another Farrell Performance Kawasaki ZX-6R. While Farrell had to give up the absolute track record, he still secured the ASRA SportBike record with a 1:05.899, solidifying his reputation one of the fastest riders to race with ASRA. However, Mark Heckles continues to hold a solid grip on the 2016 ASRA SportBike Championship with a 41-point led after 6 rounds.

Working towards his second consecutive ASRA ThunderBike Championship, it was Douglas Fogg taking the win in ThunderBike and improving his point lead to 41 points with 2 rounds left in 2016.

For the Amateur classes it was Piotr Urlinski with the win in SuperStock, Charles Pipke winning in SportBike and Tim Koebert taking the win in ThunderBike

Next race for the AMA-sanctioned ASRA Sprint Series Presented by Pirelli Tire is September 24-25, 2016 at Blackhawk Farms Raceway in South Beloit, Illinois.

 

LB Sports Dominates NJMP 200 Mile Race  

Millville, NJ – The AMA sanctioned ASRA Team Challenge Series presented by Michelin Tire hit the home stretch in style on a big weekend with Championship Cup Series at New Jersey Motorsports Park. With a solid field of 198 riders making up 702 entries in the CCS classes, it was a great opportunity for the Team Challenge participants to show their stuff and recruit good racers to help in  future events and the teams did not waste their chance.

 Early in the race it looked more like a sprint race again than a 200 mile race in 90° heat with full sunshine and 60% humidity as the top teams set their hot laps in the first ¼ of the event. As expected, LB Sports (Lloyd Bayley) on the Kawasaki ZX-10 was right in the thick of the battle from the start, turning fast lap of the race on lap 13, a 1:26.535, nearly matched by the Yamaha R-6 of Jimmy Winters Motorsports (Anthony Mazziotto III, Casey Tobolewski) with a 1:26.729 on the same lap. This frantic pace had the other teams struggling hard until pit stops started and then the real work began.

 With JWM stopping first on lap 23, LB Sports was able to open a little bit of breathing, room, (if you call 1.2 seconds breathing room) over Grease Monkey Racing ( Eric Helmbach) and Mavros Motorsports (Charlie Mavros, Seth Starnes, Dustin Young). Unfortunately for JWM, a pit crew infraction got them their first meatball flag of the day, costing them a stop and go penalty and letting the other teams get away from them.  On lap 31, Mavros Motorsports pitted their Kawasaki ZX-10, followed by LB Sports on lap 32 leaving Grease Monkey Racing out front on their BMW S1000RR until lap 35. Once the pit stops and penalties were done it was clear the race belonged to these 4 teams and varying pit stop strategies brought them close to LB Sports but “Ironman” Bayley kept the pressure on and by lap 55, only GMR was still on the lead lap 1:07.281 seconds behind. By lap 68, LB Sports had a lap on the entire field when Bayley hit pit road for the final stop, re-entering with a 39.98 second lead over second place GMR. Then as the others made their final stops on lap 73, it left JWM in 2nd, Mavros in 3rd and GMR holding on to 4th place all a full lap behind the eventual winner LB Sports. With their 3rd place finish, Mavros Motorsports is now just 14 points ahead of LB Sports in the Overall Championship.

 For the GTO Class, it was the “usual suspects” on the podium with LB Sports in 1st, Mavros Motorsports in 2nd and Grease Monkey Racing in 3rd.  For the 2016 GTO Championship, Mavros Motorsports has a 10 point lead with 3 races left for the season.

 The GTU class winner, Jimmy Winter Motorsports, had a full lap lead over second place LWTRacer.com (Sam Wiest, William Finnerty) on the Triumph 675 and Wolfpack Racing (AJ Berlowitz, Jim Cece, David Zeccardi) finished third on a Kawasaki ZX-6. Jinba Ittai- Oskar Blues finished 9th after blowing a motor 31 laps into the contest but maintained a 58 point lead in the 2016 GTU Championship over LWTRacer.com with 3 rounds to go.

 It was definitely a banner day for the LWT Racer teams as the entire podium for the GTL Class were representing LWT Racer. The top step was class point leader LWT Racer 171 ( Todd Alberico, Benjamin Loyle) followed by LWT Racer 60 (Sam Wiest, William Finnerty) in second and the LWT Racer 216 (Anthony Rossati, John Dodson, Joseph Bungo) finished in third. The victory by LWT Racer 171 earned them a 31 point lead in the 2016 GTL National Championship standings heading to Summit Point for round 6 of the series.

The next event for the ASRA Team Challenge Series Presented by Michelin Tire is August 21 at Summit Point Motorsports Park in Summit Point, WV.

 

West, Farrell and Staropoli Celebrate with Road America Wins

Elkhart Lake, WI – The AMA sanctioned ASRA Sprint Series presented by Pirelli Tire joined CCS, CRA and the AMA Road Race Grand Championships at Flkhart Lake’s Road America over the July 4th weekend for one of the biggest motorcycle road racing event of the season so far. The 255 riders accounted for 955 entries and the racing action was non-stop.

 The ASRA Superstock class featured the two fastest riders from the ASRA Team Challenge facing off again in a 6-lap dash for the s. David Loikits on his Suzuki 1000 got the hole shot but after that it was Cory West and Jason Farrell who quickly jumped in front and took off from the field. On lap 2, Cory West on his BMW S1000RR set an new lap record for the class at 2:15.950, giving himself some much needed breathing room over Farrell on his Kawasaki ZX10.  West continued to inch away until the gap was 5.312 at the checkered flag. Farrell cruised to second, 16.572 seconds ahead of Garrick Schneiderman on his Yamaha R-1 in 3rd position, After a problem on the final lap, David Loikits finished in 12th position and boosted his point lead to 32 in the championship with just 3 rounds remaining. 

The weekend was not a total wash for Jason Farrell, his Farrell Performance Kawasaki 636 took him to a huge win in ASRA SportBike over the TSE Yamaha R-6 of Carl Soltisz. Third position went to Tony Storniolo on his  Quintec Integration Kawasaki 636. Even without making the trip to Road America, Mark Heckles still holds a 62 point lead in the class with 3 races left,

 

A big surprise in the ThunderBike class was the victory by Ralph Staropoli on his Honda RS250, edging out Kevin VanEngen and his Suzuki SV650 by 1.591 seconds. This was the first victory in ASRA Thunderbike for Staropoli and the first win by anyone aboard a 250GP machine. Third place went to 2015 CCS Mid-West Overall Champion  Drew Jankord. With a 6th place finish, Douglas Fogg moves into the point lead for the Thunderbike championship.

For the Amateur classes it was Piotr Urlinski with the win SuperStock,  another win for Bailey Cox in SportBike and Tim Koebert took the win in Thunderbike

 Next race for the ASRA Sprint Series Presented by Pirelli Tire is August 13-14, 2016 at Autobahn Country Club in Joliet, IL..

 

Mavros Motorsports Rolls to Road America 200 Win 

Elkhart Lake, WI – The AMA sanctioned ASRA Team Challenge Series presented by Michelin Tire kicked off a huge weekend of motorcycle racing at Road America for the 4th of July weekend. With 29 teams entered, the competition looked to be fierce in every class and when the final flag flew, no one was disappointed.

From the start of the event the Froggymoto.com BMW 1000 (Cory West, Michael O’Malley) jumped out front and tried to gap the field knowing they were a relatively new endurance team working to overcome the years of experience of the regular Team Challenge  contenders. For the first 17 laps the plan worked perfectly and while they pitted for fuel and a rider change the Mavros Motorsports Kawasaki ZX10 (Jason Farrell) took the lead and never looked back. Even with a quick pit stop on lap 19, the Marvos team held the official lead until the end of the race. The competition for the rest of the Overall Podium was fierce, as FroggyMoto.com had to chase down the LB Sports Suzuki GSXR 1000 (Lloyd Bayley) to move into second with 2 laps to go, leaving LB sports in the third position at the end. The top 3 Overall were also your top 3 in the GTO class, giving Mavros Motorsports the lead in both championships after 4 rounds.

 It was a great afternoon for the Double B Racing Team as Jody Barry rode the entire event solo putting his Yamaha R-6 on top of the podium for the GTU class followed by Martinez Motorsports (Calvin Martinez, Kaleb De Keyrel) on a Kawasaki ZX-6. Third place went to ScmotSee Racing (Drew See, Jake Scmotter) on another Yamaha R-6. A 4th place finish by Jinba Ittai (Joel Lenk, Matt Brown) leaves them a 62 point lead in the GTU Championship with just 4 rounds remaining in the 2016 ASRA Team Challenge Series.

The Coming In Hot Team (Jared Herbig, David Shea) won the GTL class with MNSBR.com (Jonathan Champ, Steven Johnson) in second and MPR Racing (Brad Perdiew) in third. The  win gives Coming In Hot a 4 point lead in the 2016 GTL Championship.

Next race for the ASRA Team Challenget Series Presented by Michelin Tire is July 17, 2016 at  the New Jersey Motorsports Park in Millville, NJ..

 

LB Sports Holds Off Jinba Ittai for Victory During 93rd Annual Loudon Classic Weekend.  

Loudon, NH– The AMA sanctioned ASRA Team Challenge Series presented by Michelin Tire returned to the Loudon Classic Weekend at New Hampshire Motor Speedway for first time since 2005 and the field of 18 kicked off the festivities in grand style. With a mix of series regulars and LRRS competitors, race strategy became as important as local track knowledge and the final result was a great afternoon of racing that came down to the final lap of the 2-hour event to decide the contest.

 At the green flag it was the Sixfour Motorsports (Shane Narbonne) Yamaha R-6 that leapt out to the front and out-paced the field for the first 21 laps. As Narbonne retired on lap 22, series regular LB Sports ( Lloyd Bayley) took up the point with Grease Monkey Racing (Eric Helmbach) and Jinba Ittai (Joel Lenk) in tow. At lap 32, MI Boys (Mikal Pechota, Ryan VanLeeuwen) made their first stop giving 3rd place in the GTO class to Mavros Motorsports (Charlie Mavros Seth Starnes).The very next lap, Jinba Ittai took 2nd place Overall from GMR trailing the lead LB Sports by just under 3 seconds. By lap 36 Jinba Attai had closed to just .881 seconds and LB Sports had to recoup the momentum. Bayley was up to the task until lap 50 when Jinba Ittai took the lead while GMR and LB Sports hit pit road a lap later. With a 52 second lead, Jinba Ittai set their Yamaha R-6 on cruise until the scheduled stop on lap 62 which gave the lead back to LB Sports on the Kawasaki ZX-10 and allowed GMR to move the BMW S 1000RR back into 2nd place. For the next 15 laps, the top three teams stayed within just a few seconds of each other, allowing Jinba Ittai to regain 2nd place Overall on lap 78 from GMR on lap 78. While the top three would finish on the same lap, it was LP Sports that inched away for 16.227 second margin of victory at the checkerd flag finishing 91 laps in 2:01:01.331. Second went to GTU class winner Jinba Ittai while third Overall was the Grease Monkey Racing BMW 32.496 seconds behind them. All three of the top teams only used one rider in the two hour contest, making history as this is the first time since the Team Challenge Series began in 2001 that single rider teams made up the Overall Podium. The strong second place finish gives Jinba Ittai a 3-point lead after 3 rounds of the 2016 ASRA Overall Championship

 The GTO class was won by LB Sports followed by defending GTO National Champion Grease Monkey Racing and it was Mavros Motorsports on their Kawasaki ZX-10 capturing the final step on the podium for the class. Grease Monkey Racing has a slim 6-point lead over Mavros Motorsports in the GTO standings after 3 rounds of the series.

 Capping off a great afternoon, defending GTU National Champion Jinba Ittai won the GTU class with National Granite Floors (Norm Pomerleau) on a Yamaha R-6 in second after starting the race 4 laps behind the leaders. Series regular LWTRacer.com (William Finnerty) brought his Triumph 675 to the final flag in third place, giving the GTU class another group of single rider teams the podium for the day. The victory gives Jinba Ittai a 47-point cushion in the chase for consecutive GTU National Championships.

 Taking their first ASRA Team Challenge GTL win was the ECK Racing (Isaac Maycotte, Eugene BerrioJr.) Suzuki SV650 dominating the field with a 5 lap margin of victory. The battle for the runner up spot GTL raged for 81 laps as the 1023motors.com (Ryan Hobbs, Kristofer Knopf) Ducati 1100 was finally able to pull away from the Kaeser Racing (Richard Kaeser, Robert Marsden) Ducati 800 to secure the second step on the podium.

 Next race for the ASRA Team Challenget Series Presented by Michelin Tire is July 1, 2016 at  Elkhart Lake’s Road America in Elkhart Lake WI.

 

Miller, Heckles and Kcraget Master VIR Duirng in ASRA Sprints. 

Alton, VA– The AMA sanctioned ASRA Team Sprint Series presented by Pirelli Tire was hot at Virginia International Raceway. With temperatures in the mid 90’s and heat indexes exceeding 98°, the only question left was whether it was the weather or the racing that would be the story during the 14th Annual Paul Farrell Memorial weekend. Starting with qualifying on Saturday and then the racing action on Sunday, the ASRA competitors showed they meant business.

 On Saturday afternoon, Mark Heckles took his Yamaha R-1 and captured the pole with a 1:28.750, just over 2 seconds faster than next quickest time in qualifying. Conventional wisdom would have it that Heckles would be cruising to the win since his performance was dominating. From the green flag Heckles jumped out and only made it half way to turn one before a mechanical failure slowed him dramatically on the straight and unfortunately right into contact with the hard charging Jonathan Thomas on his R-1. The contact stopped the race before it started and unfortunately for both riders, ended their SuperStock experience for the day. That meant the door was open for the rest of the field on the restart and Craig Miller grabbed the opportunity with his R-1 to take a 3.95 second victory from Ned “Peanut” Brown also on an R-1. Finishing on the final step of the podium was David Loikits on the lone Suzuki GSXR 1000 at the front of the field and the third place gives Loikits a 19 point lead in the championship with 4 rounds remaining.

 After the SuperStock malfunction, Mark Heckles was ready to cash in on his hard fought pole for the SportBike class and maintain his winning streak. From the outset it looked like Richard O’Hare was set on ruining the rest of Heckles day as he took the hole-shot on his Yamaha R-6 and held off the point leader for 2 laps before Heckles could finally clear the challenger. Once in the clear, Heckles built a solid lead and cruised to the victory over O’Hare, preserving his ASRA SportBike winning steak with his R-6. Veteran racer and former AMA Champion Arnold Hastings secured third position on his Suzuki GSXR 600 and now sits in 4th in the championship. Heckles 4th win of the season leaves him with a 62 point lead in the SportBike championship for 2016.

 While the ThunderBike class was light in entries, the field still gave each other all they had and that created a problem in turn 3 on the first lap. Keith Draghi and William Coats tangled and caused both riders to slide off into the grass damaging the machines enough they could not be removed without stopping the race. So the field reset into original positions minus the two riders and started again. Unfortunately for Christian Crosslin and eventual third place finisher Arnold Hastings, it was VIR ace Brian Kcraget lined up next to them on the pole position. While Crosslin, Hastings and eventual 4th place rider Russell Masecar tried their best, they were not a match for Kcraget who flew to victory by 14.901 seconds.  All four of the top riders were aboard Suzuki SV650s.

 For the Amateur classes it was William Gawler with lap records for qualifying and the race along with the win SuperStock. In another qualifying record performance and a second win for Bailey Cox in SportBike.

 Next race for the ASRA Sprint Series Presented by Pirelli Tire is July 1-3, 2016 at Elkhart Lake’s Road America in Elkhart Lake WI.

 

Heckles Pulls Off Double in ASRA Sprints at Summit Point Circuit

Summit Point, WV– The AMA sanctioned ASRA Team Sprint Series presented by Pirelli Tire enjoyed perfect conditions at Summit Point Raceway with low 80’s and a slight breeze helping keep the action on the track fast and furious for the afternoon’s featured events.

 With SportBike leading off the day, it was time to see if Carl Soltisz and Ricky O’Hare had come up with a way to slow Mark Heckles charge for the 2016 Championship. At green flag both O’Hare and Soltisz got the jump on Heckles and the 2 set off trying to lose the championship leader. While the effort was valiant, it was short-lived as Heckles passed both by lap 3 and slowly started inching away from the challengers.  With Heckles in front, the battle for runner-up became a 3 bike fight as Tommy Wilson joined the fray and kept the pressure on O’Hare and Soltisz, until O’Hare was forced to pit on the last pit for mechanical problems. That left Heckles with a 4.045 margin of victory over Soltisz while Wilson was 0.056 behind Soltisz for third position and that completed the Yamaha R-6 sweep of the podium. This was Heckles third consecutive win in the SportBike class and a commanding lead in the championship.

 As expected in SuperStock, Frank Babuska Jr took his Yamaha R-1 straight to front at the green flag but Mark Heckles, fresh from his win in SportBike the race before, was not about to let the young lion get away from him this time. Heckles was able to get his Yamaha R-1 past Babuska to lead lap 2 and the pair started leaving the pack until Babuska’s machine suffered electrical gremlins half-way through the fourth lap. With Babuska out, Heckles pulled out to a 12.091 second lead over Tim Bemisderfer on his  Kawasaki ZX 1000  and cruised the last lap to his second victory of the day. Lloyd Bayley rode his Kawasaki ZX 1000 to a solid third place to keep his title hopes alive with 5 rounds left in the 2016 championship.

 The battle for the ThunderBike pole was tight and the start of the race was just as tight as Brian McGlade, Sam Wiest, Bart DeFrancesco and Arnold Hastings all launched in unison and stayed nose to tail for the opening laps. On lap 5, DeFrancesco’s transmission started having issues and forced him to the side of the track. Next lap it was Sam Wiest who had his luck run out with a tip over in turn 1 to end his day. That left McGlade and Hastings to fight for the win and in spite of running the fastest lap of the race at 1:19.729, Hastings was forced to settle for second place in the 9-lap contest. George Demetropolis finished third making it an all Suzuki SV650 podium in ThunderBike.

 For the wins in the Amateur classes, it was Jeremy Whitehurst in SuperStock,  Bailey Cox in SportBike and Christopher Heiser for ThunderBike.

 Next race for the ASRA Sprint Series Presented by Pirelli Tire is June 11-12, 2016 and Virginia International Raceway in Alton, VA.

 

FroggyMoto.com Nips Farrell Performance at Blackhawk

South Beloit, IL– The AMA sanctioned ASRA Team Challenge Series presented by Michelin Tire had its troubles getting started for the second year in a row, but once the riders and teams got into their rhythm, they made it one to remember. It was pit strategy and hard riding in the final laps gave Corey West on the FroggyMoto.com  BMW the Overall victory by 1.670 seconds over Jason Farrell and the Farrell Performance Kawasaki ZX6R in another amazing  ASRA Team Challenge Series race at Blackhawk Farms Raceway..

On the initial green flag the field had just completed the first lap when the Barry Motorsports (James Barry) entry crashed forcing a red flag. With less than 2 laps complete, the rules called for a complete restart, giving Farrell Performance a chance to fix a gremlin and restart with the rest of the field. After the cleanup, the field managed all 75 laps before the race became a 2 hour timed event with just 12 minutes left on the clock.

From the restart, Farrell Performance (Jason Farrell) chased FroggyMoto.com (Cory West) until the leader stopped for fuel on lap 37. This allowed Farrell Performance to not only make up their 43 second deficit and put themselves into the lead position by 52 seconds. With the shoe on the other foot, West pulled out all the stops and set after the lead machine, gaining 25 seconds back when the Farrell Performance made their mandatory stop on lap 44.Over the next 12 laps West was able to catch up to the leader and take the lead back on lap 57. After stretching the lead to 7 seconds over the next few laps, West went into fuel conservation mode not wanting to stop again allowing Farrell Performance to close within 0.650 seconds with only 2 laps left. That set up a “dash for the cash” with FroggyMoto.com’s West to finish 1.670 seconds ahead of the runner up. The final step on the Overall podium went to LB Sports, 3 laps down to the lead duo. 

For GTO (Unlimited class), it was FroggyMoto.com followed by the LB Sports Suzuki GSXR 1000 (Lloyd Bayley) and then the defending National Champion Grease Monkey Racing (Eric Helmbach) on the BMW 1000 in third position.

The GTU (Middleweight class) was well represented by Farrell Performance with the win and second Overall, while the battle for the runner up position in the class became a struggle between two teams with tons of endurance experience. The Jinba Ittai Team (Joel Link, Matt Brown) made the best of their experience from the past several years put themselves in a position for the podium. The Double D Racing Team (Ray Hofman, Jody Barry) combine youth and experience to challenge the established team for the second step on the GTU Podium. Both teams used a single pit stop just past 1 hour in the race to go the distance but it was incrementally faster times for which allowed Jinba Ittai to move into second place by the end of the race.  

As the race started for the GTL class, it looked like it would be another battle between East Coast based LWT Racer Teams, but the local Coming in Hot Racing was out to hold up the Mid-West’s honor. At the end of the race it was LWT Racer 60 (William Finnerty, Sam Wiest) with a 19.402 second victory over Coming In Hot ! (Jerad Herbig, David Shea) while the LWT Racer 171 (Todd Alberico, Benjamin Loyle) finished in third 1-lap down to the class winner.

The AMA sanctioned ASRA Team Challenge Presented by Michelin Tire visits New Hampshire Motor Speedway on June 17 during the 93rd Annnual Loudon Classic for Round 3 of the series.

 

Babuska and Heckles Roll During ASRA Round 2 at NJMP

There was little other riders could do to slow down the juggernaught  of Mark Heckles and Frank Babuska Jr in the second round of the ASRA Championship Series Presented by Pirelli Tire. Both riders scored wins in round 1 at Daytona and proved it wasn't just horsepower at NJMP.

Mark Heckles won the Expert ASRA Sportbike race after a rough start with a red flag in the first lap. At the restart, Heckles nabbed the lead on his Yamaha YZF-R1and proceeded to open a gap on the rest of the field. Behind him, Ricky O'Hare battled with Arnold Hastings for second place until Justin Jones maneuvered his way through traffic and into the number two spot. Heckles continued to increase his gap, lap after lap, until the checkered flag. He won the race with a 13 second lead over second place Jones. Ricky O'Hare, Dennis Pryor, and Arnold Hastings rounded off the top five.

Frankie Babuska led the start of the Expert ASRA Superstock race with Heckles close behind in second until a red flag incident sent all competitors back to the grid after just two laps. Babuska nailed the holeshot lead into turn one at the restart on his Yamaha YZF-R1 with Cory West and Mark Heckles in hot pursuit. A few laps later, Heckles made his passing move on West and set his sights on the leader. The race became a two -way battle for first between Heckles and Babuska. Babuska was able to maintain his advantage to take the checkered flag with a one tenth of a second advantage over Heckles. Cory West finished third with Timothy Bemisderfer and Eric Wood rounding off the top five.

Frank Babuska, Jr. also won the Unlimited Grand Prix at New Jersey Motorsports Park on his Yamaha YZF-R1 after leading all six laps of the race. Babuska was gridded on the third row and dove through the field in front of him to take an early lead in the race. Behind him, James Shepherd and Richard Smith battled for second place while trying to catch the leader. But, Babuska was methodically working his way to a nine second gap over second place with his fastest lap time of 1:25.048 set in lap four. Behind him, Timothy Bemisderfer had worked his way through traffic from a sixth row start and into second place. Babuska took the checkered flag without challenge. Bemisderfer, finished second and Shepherd third.

ASRA and USGPRU will meet to compete again June 11-12th, at Virginia International Raceway. For additional information please go to: www.asraracing.com.
Story by Lisa Theobald+
 

Mavros Motorsports Opens 2016 Team Challenge Season with Victory in Carolina

Seth Starnes and Dustin Young won the ASRA Team Challenge Presented by Michelin Tire GTO class and finished first in Combined Overall, completing 56 laps in the two hour race on their Team Mavros Motorsports GSX-R1000. The race was stopped twice for red flag incidents and the clock ran out before the 69 scheduled laps could be completed.

Starnes nailed the holeshot and led the race until the first red flag was thrown after the first fifteen minutes of the race. Following the restart after the second red flag, Team Mavros Motorsports and LB Sports were the top two teams, swapping positions, with Lloyd Bayley out front for the final run to the checkered flag. Lloyd Bayley crossed the finish line first, but was disqualified because he failed to complete a pit stop under green flag conditions.

"We wanted to use a one pit stop strategy," said Starnes. "That was negated when the read flag came out on lap 25. We chose to do a tire change and rider change for the restart with about 46 minutes remaining. Post the red flag, Dustin and Llyod were neck to neck, so we decided to pit whenever Llyod pitted. He chose not to make a green flag stop so we made ours with five minutes remaining. We again did a rider change and quick splash of fuel. Lloyd finished ahead of us on track by about a half a lap but failed to make a green flag stop, handing first place back to us at the end of the race."

Joel Lenk and Matt Brown won the GTU class and finished second overall on their Jinba Attai Motorsport Yamaha YZF-R6, completing 55 laps. Team TPM finished third overall on their Triumph 675R, piloted by Jimmy Fontinopoulos, Mark Dickerson, and Ricky O'Hare. Team LWT Racer 171's Todd Alberico and Ben Loyle won the GT Lights class on their Suzuki SV650, after completing 53 laps and finishing sixth overall.

Team Mavros Motorsports plans to contest the entire ASRA Team Challenge series this season and hopes to continue to lead in their class and overall points. Starnes stated, "Charlie, Dustin, and myself are all very excited to compete in the GTO class this season and look forward to competing for the Overall TC championship in 2016."

The AMA sanctioned ASRA Team Challenge Presented by Michelin Tire visits Blackhawk Farms Raceway for Round 2 on May 21 and New Hampshire Motor Speedway on June 17 for Round 3 of the series.
Story by Lisa Theobald+
 

75th Daytona 200 Contingency Awards Top $85,000

February 29, 2016
Fort Worth Texas

The American Sportbike Racing Association in conjunction with the Daytona International Speedway is pleased to announce that in addition the $175,000.00 purse for the 75th Daytona 200, contingency awards for the event have now topped $85,000.

Listed below are the companies and their total offering for the Daytona 200.

Arai Pole Award $969.85
Arai $2,250.00
Armour Bodies $850.00
Bridgestone $2,500.00
Dunlop $7,500.00
Engine Ice $2,000.00
Evans $350.00
Fast Frank $750.00
Ferodo $400.00
Hindle $850.00
Honda $2,250.00
Hotbodies $2,100.00
JRi Shocks $5,450.00
Kawasaki $11,500.00
Lindeman $8,000.00
Michelin/Island Racing $1,500.00
Pilot Motosport $3,250.00
Pirelli/Competition Motorsports South $6,500.00
Pitbull $350.00
Suzuki $1,725.00
Traxxion Dynamics $5,500.00
VP Fuel $550.00
Woodcraft Rearsets $850.00
Yamaha $17,500.00

Total as of 2/29/16: $85,444.85

For a complete breakdown of awards and requirements, please go to the Daytona 200 page and download the Awards and Requirements document listed in the Contingencies section.

 

ASRA Announces $175,000 Purse For 75th Daytona 200

January 19, 2016
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 75th Daytona 200 scheduled to run March 12, 2016.

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
$175,000.00

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!

 

2016 SCHEDULE ANNOUNCED WITH ASRA SEASON OPENER IN DAYTONA!

The 2016 Tentative Schedules for the ASRA Sprint Series, the ASRA Team Challenge Series and USGPRU 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. Download the New Rider Packet for the most current 2016 information as well as the schedule.

The 2016 License Application (in 2 formats) can be downloaded from our Forms page here. TIP: Get this in prior to January 4, 2016, for the best chance to keep your existing bike number(s).

 

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