|Michelin Team Challenge Daytona Re-Cap
Michelin Team Challenge Series
February 27, 2009
Daytona International Speedway
Names Return to Podium at Daytona.
Two of the
biggest surprises in Daytona 200 history were the unlikely victories of David
Sadowski and John Ashmead and on February 27th, those famous names
once again took up their positions on a podium ceremony at Daytona. While the
David Sadowski was actually David Sadowski Jr, it was the former 200 Champion
John Ashmead, who joined their respective teams on the box after the opening
round of the 2009 Michelin Team Challenge Series in the Overall class. Sadowski
Jr. joined up with his brother Matt to take their Yamaha 600 to the Overall win
over Vallely Racing and Ashmead’s Old Pro Racing team.
start, Sadowski Brothers Racing and eventual runner-up Vallely Racing hooked up
and raced nose-to-tail swapping the lead until lap 21 when Sadowski Bros. made
their rider change. Vallely Racing, with Ryan Patterson and Matt McBride at the
controls, gave the lead back for good on lap 22 when they made their mandatory
rider change. From there the Sadowski Bros. increased their lead to a full lap
by the checkered flag. Vallely Racing on their Suzuki 600 after blowing up both
of their 1000’s in practice, came home in second, followed by the Old Pro
Racing Team of John Ashmead and Paul Schwimmer aboard a Kawasaki 600.
Vallely Racing the took top honors in the GTO class followed by the
Fasttrixx.com Honda 1000 ridden by Steve Wilkening and Matt Graham. Third place
went to the Battlecreek Michigan based Hawkeye SuperBike team with Chris Weakly
and Mikal Pechota doing the ridding chores.
class, which dominated the top ten of the Overall standings, was won by
Sadowski Brothers Racing with a one lap margin over the Old Pros Racing Team.
The third place GTU team of Chester Auto Repair ridden by Alex Shaw and Eric
Helmbach also captured fifth Overall, making it four 600cc machines out of the
top five, challenging the myth that Daytona is purely a horsepower facility.
first time a Bimota 1000 has won a class in the Michelin Team Challenge, as the
KRM Racing Motocorse team took the GTL win by two laps over the runner up
Grease Monkey Racing Suzuki. Kevin Mendez and his teammate Chris Bly took the
lead from the first lap and never relinquished it, where the Grease Monkey
Racing Team of Eric Helmbach and Eric Wilson caught a lucky break when Predator
Racing’s lengthy pit stop on lap 27 allowed the N.J. team to move into second
position and carry it to the finish. Russell Wade’s Predator Racing finished in
third aboard their Suzuki SV650 followed by the R&R Repsol Racing Buell.
Recognition Solo Challenge was a test run for some of the competitors entered
for the Daytona 200 and if this race was any indication, the 68th
running of the 200 is going to be amazing. From the start, Jason DiSalvo on the
M4 Suzuki, Danny Eslick on the Rossmeyer RMR Buell along with Celtic Racing’s
Michael Leverty made it a three rider battle for the lead. First it was Laverty
that took the point until his stop on lap 14, then Eslick on the 1125R assumed
the lead for a lap. Then it was DiSalvo’s turn to show the way until lap 19
when Russell Wikle took over while DiSalvo made his stop. Two laps later Wikle
pitted and DiSalvo moved back to the point and lead the rest of the way to the
checkered flag. Wikle was able to bring it home in second followed by Laverty
for the Michelin Team Challenge and the A&J Recognition Solo Challenge on
April 18-19 at Carolina Motorsports Park.
Debuts The ASRA Channel!
The American Sportbike Racing
Association would like to announce a new addition to the
www.ASRARacing.comwebsite, The ASRA Channel!
the explosion of video posting websites, we found it was hard to track
down the racing videos you really wanted to see, so ASRA has made it
easier for all it's racers, crew and family members. To kick things
off, we've posted our video highlights from the 2008 March Daytona
event and we will be adding material as it's received.
All you will need to do is submit your road racing production
to the ASRA/CCS Main Office in Fort
Worth in any standard video format
(.mpeg, .avi, .wmv, etc.) either on CD or DVD, with
written permission for ASRA/CCS to use this footage as we wish,
and we will do the rest! (You can sumbit by email if the
file is smaller than 20 mb) Of course we ask that material
be suitable for all ages, since this is a family-orientated website, ASRA/CCS
reserves the right to be the sole judge of what is appropriate for
posting on this website.
submit only race or event video you own. This is a family orientated motorcycle road
racing website, so naturally we only want videos that have to do with
racing, your family or crew at the races or something of interest to
our racing community.
come on, show us your best stuff!
Signs Multi-Year Commitment to ASRA
FT WORTH, TX - After discussions between American Sportbike Racing
Association President, Kevin Elliott and Michelin North American
Roadracing Manager, Ron Wood, the two companies have reached a
multi-year agreement that will offer up the ASRA Pro sanctioned race
series as the Michelin Pro Series beginning in 2009 and stretching
expressed his thoughts on the accord, “We are very pleased
excited to see our long-time partner Michelin, step into a new, lead
sponsor relationship with ASRA. Even in uncertain economic times we see
the opportunity for growth in this sport and visionary sponsor
companies are stepping up. Loyalty to this sport gets a lot of mileage
with racers. Riders, crew, family and fans remember companies that are
committed to their sport.”
commented, “Michelin is proud to be associated with CCS/ASRA
help increase awareness of motorcycle road racing on a national scale.
The Michelin Pro Series sanctioned by ASRA demonstrates
Michelin’s continued commitment to the motorcycle road race
community. We invite all racers, Amateur and Professional, to enjoy the
competitive racing atmosphere in the Michelin Pro Series.”
were quick to point out while Michelin is the name in title sponsor of
the series, it is not a spec tire series and the events are open to all
tire brands. “The goal of this series always has been the
development of riders beyond the expert sportsman level,”
Elliott, “We know the Michelin tire performance speaks for
and look forward to a great season of competition between riders,
machines and tire brands for the championship.”
named Michelin Pro Series will start it’s season at the famed
Daytona International Speedway and include rounds at other
marquis facilities like Road America, New Hampshire Motor Speedway,
Barber Motorsports Park and Virginia International Raceway before
returning to Daytona to finish the season in October.
Announces 2009 Racing Plans
January 2, 2009
Kansas City, MO – Bison Racing rider
Walt Sipp announced today that he will once again be riding in select
ASRA Superbike and Sportbike races as well as ...more>
ASRA Series Events are in the Books
last checkered flag has fallen on the 2008 ASRA Pro Series season and
it marks the close to another successful season for the American
Sportbike Racing Association.
2008 season was filled with surprises and records for the ASRA Pro
Series. First the big surprise was the performance of Nate Kern on the
BMW, who finished on the podium all 8 races, while winning 4 of those
events. This dominating performance gave BMW and Kern their first ASRA
Pro ThunderBike Championship over defending Champion Dave Estok and the
2006 Champion Dan Bilansky.
While normally winning 50% of the races is phenomenal in any season,
Kern's accomplishment was overshadowed by Jeff Wood who won an amazing
15 of 24 races on his way to the ASRA Triple Crown, championships in
Factory Pro SportBike, SuperBike and SuperStock. Wood swept all three
classes 5 times over the season on his way to capturing the Factory Pro
SportBike and SuperBike titles for the fourth year in a row and his
second consecutive SuperStock championship. Add in the 12 lap records
Wood posted and you can see this was one special season for our
& SOLO CHALLENGE SERIES
Serpent Racing 2
GTO: Serpent Racing 2
GTU: Serpent Racing 1
GT Lights: James Gang / Hoban Bros. Racing
Solo: Vas Rajan
8 races covering over 1250
miles, The ASRA Team Challenge Series crowned 5 new
National Champions. While some of the riders were familiar faces, all
5 class championships went to new teams for the 2008
winners were the Serpent Racing Team with Captain Jason Temme. His two
teams won the GTU, GTO and Overall Championships, the first National
Championships for the squad, using the experience of Calvin Martinez
and a group of talented local riders from each track to overwhelm the
competition. Martinez has now been part of five class championship
teams as well as four Overall Championship teams, more than any other
rider in the history of the Team Challenge Championships.
GTL class winners, James Gang/Hoban
Bros Racing Team, originally set out to race Moto-ST but after finding
themselves in the ASRA GTL Championship point lead with two rounds to
go, Team Captain Paul James shifted the focus to securing the title
with his new team.
A&J Recognition Solo Champion, Vas Rajan,
won his first National Championship by showing his "iron Man" persona
by completting 7 of the 8 events by himself.
to all the racers, their families and crew
members that made the 2008 ASRA Series the best ever. Thanks to all the
staff and especially the safety crew (cornerworkers, medical,
fire and pickup crews) for the wonderful job done on our behalf.
of all congratulations to all of our 2008 ASRA National Champions - you
are the BEST!
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