Loudon NH – The third round of the 2018 AMA Sanctioned ASRA Team Challenge Series Presented by Michelin Tire made its annual trek to the nation’s oldest motorcycle race, the 95th Annual Loudon Classic. Running in conjunction with the Loudon Road Race Series (848 entries with 224 riders in 2018), it was an unusual event for the Team Challenge where the weather was not a factor at The Classic with temperatures in the low 70’s and a dry track making near perfect race conditions.
At 2:30pm the green flag flew for the 16 teams entered in the race and Lloyd Bayley (LB Sports) on his Kawasaki ZX10R took the hole shot but that lasted only a few laps before National Granite (Gene Buonomo, Norman Pomerleau) pushed through on their Yamaha R-6 to take the point. Lurking not far behind the 2 front runners was the Yamaha R-1 of Jinba Attai (Joel Lenk) watching the action ahead of him while staying in a position to strike should the opening appear. By lap 21, Bayley had settled into his rhythm and eased past National Granite when they made their first pit stop. This allowed Bayley and Lenk to take the top 2 spots and do what they do best, run smooth consistent fast laps, and keep the 3rd place National Granite well behind as the laps wore on. With good fuel mileage and an eye on strategy, LB Sports made the only stop he was going to make for fuel and a splash of water before rejoining fray some 20 seconds behind Jinba Attai. On lap 54 it was the fuel mileage king Joel Lenk’s turn for a gas and water stop returning the lead to Bayley trailing the front runner by 20 seconds as the only 2 teams on the lead lap. For the remaining 36 laps Bayley kept it in the zone and slowly pulled away from Lenk finishing with a 1:04.560 margin of victory. In 3rd place it was the GTU leader National Granite 2 laps behind the lead duo. The win moves LB Sports into an 8 point lead for the 2018 Overall Championship over Jinba Attai with 4 rounds remaining in the series.
For the GTO Class, LB Sports shook off the 20 plus hour drive from Deland FL to take the win with energy to spare. Coming in 2nd was Jinba Attai followed by Jr.& the Geriatrics (Dave Tasker, Roger Ealy Jr, Mike Clark) who put their BMW S1000RR on the final podium spot over the Farrell Performance (Calvin Martinez, David Dayon) Kawasaki ZX10. The win pushed LB Sports to the lead in the GTO Championship by 8 points over Jinba Attai, 91 to 83, and 10 points clear of Farrell Performance.
National Granite dominated GTU with a 2 lap victory over Center 25 (Jesse Burnett, Tony Cerqueira, Matt Farrell) and 3 laps over the 3rd place TTD Express (Paul Duval, Kris Hopkins, Peter Gaberiault). National Granite’s win catapults them into 1st place by 12 points over the JB Racing team with 4 rounds to go.
In GTL it was ECK Racing (Isaac Maycotte, Steve Heider, Shawn Barron, Tim DiLorenzo) on their SV 650 dominating the race over The Four Horseman (Joseph Ciesnik, Dan Weems, Ben MacKinney, Marcus Cheney) by a 3 lap margin of victory. The final spot on the podium was taken by the father & son duo of Hobbs Racing (Teagg Hobbs, Ryan Hobbs) riding a Kawasaki Ninja 400 with championship leader Coming in Hot (Ray Hofman, Terry Wilkerson, Jared Herbig) taking 4th place and extending their lead 58 points in the 2018 ASRA GTL Series.
Debuting this year was a special Loudon Classic Challenge where each rider on the team ran their own bike by switching the team transponder to the next riders machine during their pit stop. This created a wild and exciting new program and it was Houck Racing (Houk Nichols, John Bonwell, Kevin Quinn) that captured the inaugural event with Team Phantom (Eric Fogg, John Debiase, Ryan Stockman) in 2nd and Northern Racing 2 (Owen Feeney, Kevin Dunphy, Colm Costello, Enda Cox) on the final step of the podium.
The next event for the AMA Sanctioned ASRA Team Challenge Series Presented by Michelin Tire is Summit Point Raceway in Summit Point, WV on August 18-19, 2018.
Stefano Mesa set a new lap record today during his second of three laps of the ASRA Superstock qualifying session on his Pirelli shod, 2018 BMW S1000RR. Mesa's fastest time of 1:25.872 beat the record previously set by Geoff May on September 18, 2016, of 1:26.526.
Mesa was excited to set another lap record this year and is pleased with the new ride. "Breaking the track record is one thing. But, breaking it with fast friends is better," he stated.
Pole positions were also achieved by Xavier Zayat (ASRA Sportbike) and Tyler Scott (ASRA Thunderbike & Moto 3).
Subsequently, Geoff May broke the VIR track record again later in the weekend with his time of 1:25.824 set during the CCS Unlimited Grand Prix race.
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Summit Point, WV - It wouldn't be Memorial Day at Summit Point Raceway without the AMA Sanctioned ASRA Sprint Series Presented by Pirelli Tire and the Championship Cup Series celebrating the holiday with fans, friends and family during the Summit Point Cyclefest. With 200 riders and 988 entries the event was by far the largest motorcycle road race in the United States this season.
The feature events got underway Monday afternoon with the ASRA SportBike race and two "Young Guns" wasted no time in getting to the front and setting up a personal battle for the win. From the flag it was 2015 ASRA SportBike Champion Xavier Zayat on his Suzuki GSXR 600 battling with Jody Barry on the Kawasaki ZX636 for the lead leaving the rest of the field to fight for third place. Then on lap five, a red flag for a multiple bike incident brought the field back together for a 4-lap sprint to the checkered flag. On the restart, Ryan Jones joined the front runners to make it a 3 bike battle for the lead and in spite for running the quickest lap of the race, 01:13.515, Zayat came in second by a mere 0.075 to the winner Jody Berry. Ryan Jones finished third just 1.105 seconds behind the runner up Zayat. The win brought Barry up to third in the points with 61, Zayat is in second with 65 points and Bailey Cox leads the championship with 75 points after three rounds.
The ThunderBikes rolled out next and all eyes were on the New Jersey Moto 3 winner Tyler Scott to see the youngster could continue his winning ways against the class regulars. While Tyler was able to set fast lap at 1:19.023, his NSF250 was no match for the Suzuki SV650 of defending National ThunderBike Champion Ray Hofman who turned his holeshot into a victory over Bart DeFrancesco's SV650 by 2.9 seconds. Tyler Scott rounded out the podium in third and set off to prepare for the upcoming Moto 3 race. The win keeps Ray Hofman perfect with three wins in three races and stretches this championship lead to 23 points over second place DeFrancesco with five rounds left.
The fastest grid of the day was ASRA SuperStock with Mark Heckles and Frank Babuska gunning for the 10-year old lap record set by Jeff Wood back in 2008 of 1:11.796. These two did not disappoint as they both went for it hard from the flag and Heckles pushed his Yamaha R-1 to the front and a new lap record for ASRA SuperStock of 1:11.420. Then while Babuska rode his Suzuki GSXR 1000 to the limit searching for those extra tenths, he could only come close with a 1:11.638. Engaged in the fight for victory and the record the two front runners moved away from Ryan Jones on his BMW S1000RR and battled to the final flag where Heckles edged Babuska by .038 seconds for the win. Jones finished third after holding off Timothy Bemisderfer by .812 seconds. With his third place finish, Ryan now holds a 7-point lead over Babuska and Heckles in the chase for the championship with 5rounds remaining.
With ASRA Moto 3 lining up for the final race of the day Tyler Scott was the rider everyone watched to see if the NJMP win was just a fluke. Well it was not and the "Young Gun" took off on his Honda NSF250 and never looked back. A USGPRU veteran Brandon Paasch returned to his roots and showed he could still pilot the Honda RS125 but was no match for Scott on this day, finishing second 16 seconds behind the winner. Taking the final podium position was Stu Aitken-Cade on his RS 125 giving him a 21-point lead in the 2018 championship over Scott.
In Amateur action, Carsten Wagner topped the SuperStock class, Dorsey DJ Birch took SportBike, Paul Blake won ThunderBike and it was Christian DeJesus as the top Amateur finisher in Moto 3.
The next event for the AMA Sanctioned ASRA Sprint Series Presented by Pirelli Tire is Virginia International Raceway on June 9-10, 2018.
South Beloit, IL - The second round of the 2018 AMA Sanctioned ASRA Team Challenge Series Presented by Michelin Tire made its Mid-West trek to Blackhawk Farms Raceway for a near perfect race. With temperatures in the low 70’s and a dry track, the 22 teams started the race more than a sprint than a long distance event with several teams dipping into the 1:10 second range for open stage of the event.
At the green flag it was Jeff Purk on his Yamaha R-1 for the hole shot but that was short lived as the Team Germany-TSE 2 TSR (Stefan Dolipski, Charlie Nichols, Kenny Olsen) BMW S1000RR moved around to show the field the way. Unfortunately for TSE Racing (Cory West), a grid position infraction earned the favorite a stop and go penalty dropping him all the way back to 13th position on lap 3. For the first 13 laps it was Team Germany-TSE 2 TSR at the point then on lap 14, JB Racing (Jody Barry) pushed his Yamaha R-6 to the lead with TSE Racing following in 2nd. On lap 15, West was able to overcome his penalty and put the TSE R-6 out in front.
While the two front running machines inched away from the pack leaving the S.C.R. Team (Piotr Urlinski, Boris Mijalkovic ) BMW S1000RR, Farrell Performance (Calvin Martinez, Jason Farrell, Drew Jankord) Kawasaki ZX-10 and the Team Germany-TSE 1 (Stefan Dolipski, Carl Soltisz) BMW S1000RR to fight for the 3rd position for the next 38 laps.
As normally scheduled pit stops started, the JB Racing R-6 got hung up in 4th gear causing the biggest challenger for TSE Racing to struggle just to keep in contention through the last 25 laps. This opened the door for Farrell Performance and Team Germany-TSE 1 to trade 2nd position while TSE Racing worked on putting the entire field 2 laps down, with Farrell Performance eventually taking 2nd and Team Germany-TSE 1 in 3rd Overall. The 4th place finish was enough for JB Racing to hold on to a 9-point lead in the overall after 2 of 7 rounds in the championship over Farrell Performance.
For the GTO Class, it was Farrell Performance for the win with Team Germany-TSE 1 in second and S.C.R. in 3rd. The win moved Farrell Performance into the lead of the GTO Championship by 2 points over LB Sports (Lloyd Bayley) and 5 points over Jinba Ittai (Joel Lenk) with 5 rounds remaining.
In GTU, TSE Racing took the top position with JB Racing in 2nd followed by the Team Schwags (Jonathan Schweiger, Peter Bernacchi) Yamaha R-6 for the final position on the podium. The 2nd place finish gives JB Racing a 23 point lead over National Granite (Gene Buonomo, Norman Pomerleau) in the championship chase.
The GTL class had Suzuki SV650s dominate with Team Coming In Hot (Ray Hofman, Jared Herbig) for the win, followed by Moist Leathers Racing (Steve Esch, Jeremy Sparks) and South East Sales (Greg Avello, Paul James) in 3rd place. The win keeps Team Coming In Hot perfect on the season with wins in the first 2 races of the GTL Championship.
The next event for the AMA Sanctioned ASRA Team Challenge Series Presented by Michelin Tire is New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, NH on June 15, 2018.
Millville, NJ – The second round of the 2018 AMA Sanctioned ASRA Sprint Series Presented by Pirelli Tire made its annual trek to the New Jersey Motorsports Park Thunderbolt Circuit and both the track and the weather greeted the racers with open arms. With the normal April showers happening during the overnight hours it was dry racing action making for some exciting racing and a great turnout for the joint ASRA/Championship Cup Series event with 773 entries and 182 riders enjoying the break from winter.
On Saturday it was qualifying day and the first group up were the ASRA Moto 3 riders. From the flag it was "Young Gun" Tyler Scott setting the pace for the session on his Honda NSF250. The 12 year old earned his first ASRA Pole Position with a 1:33.295, nearly 5 seconds faster than the field.
Next group out were the ASRA SuperStock machines and it was no surprise that Frank Babuska Jr. set a new qualifying record on his Suzuki GSXR 1000 of 1:24.755 after lots of pressure from Mark Heckles riding a Yamaha R-1 just a mere 0.163 seconds behind. Another qualifying record was set by Chet Finkbeiner on a Yamaha R-1 for the ASRA Amateur SuperStock class at 1:31.800.
That brought out the ASRA ThunderBike and Defending ASRA and CCS National Champion Ray Hofman secured the top qualifying at a 1:33.436 while David Reuben grabbed the top spot for the Amateur ThunderBike.
The last qualifying session was ASRA SportBike and 2015 ASRA Sportbike Champion Xavier Zayat riding a Suzuki GSXR 600 to pole position. For the Amateurs, it was Raphael Donde who captured the top spot with a Yamaha R-6.
By the time the races started on Sunday it was dry conditions and the first class on the track was ASRA SuperStock and Heckles wasted no time in applying the pressure to Frank Babuska Jr. Despite turning the fast lap of the race, Heckles faded on his Ryders Alley R-1 after the seventh lap, allowing Babuska on his Babuska Racing Suzuki GSXR 1000 to take an 8 second victory with James Shepard finishing third behind Heckles. The Amateur class was won by Chet Finkbeiner on his Team Pro Motion R-1, setting a new record at 1:13.127.
Then it was time for ASRA ThunderBike to take to the track and after a great battle among the top 4 riders, it was Ray Hofman on his Farrell Performance Ducati 749 for the win, Bart DeFrancesco finished second on the DC Paintwurx SV 650 and Tyler Scott in 3rd on the Honda NSF 250. The Amateur win went to David Reuben on the Amsoil SV650.
As ASRA SportBike took to the track, it was no surprise that Xavier Zayat gapped the field on his Metric Devil Moto Yamaha by over 16 seconds but the real battle was for second place between William Ely on the Absolute Cycle R-6 and Bailey Cox on the MRP Motorsports ZX-6. After 9 laps, Ely edged out Cox by 0.008 seconds for second position in one of the best finishes of the weekend. The Amateur SportBike class was won by Andrew Snyder on his Vortex Racing Honda CBR600.
The final ASRA race of the day was Moto 3 and Tyler Scott took off like a jack rabbit for the first 4 laps when Luigi Mora's Kawasaki blew the fill plug out of the cases and oiled the track putting Tyler and three other motorcycles down starting lap 5. That meant a restart from running order and for a few laps Stu Aitken-Cade made things tough on the "Young Gun" but in the end Scott took the win on his NSF 250 by 2.084 seconds. Aitken-Cade on his Rising Sun Cycles RS 125 held off Frank Guadagnino's VP Fuels RS 125 for second place. Top Amateur in Moto 3 went to Jason Wood on the Cement Works Racing Yamaha R-3 who finished fourth overall behind the Experts.
The next event for the AMA Sanctioned ASRA Sprint Series Presented by Pirelli Tire is Summit Point Raceway in Summit Point, WV on May 26-28, 2018.
Receiving awards on the podium in addition to Eslick, who won the race, were Cory West #13 (2nd) and Robertino Pietri #311 (3rd).
Also shown in this photo are: Michael Barnes #34, Geoff May #99 (who finished in 4th), Valentin DeBise #53 and Shane Richardson #28.
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