2017 ASRA NEWS

 

LB Sports Victorious in Wet ASRA Team Challenge at 94th Loudon Classic

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June 16, 2017

ASRA Team Challenge Presented by Michelin Tire

Loudon, NH

The American Sportbike Racing Association Team Challenge Series Presented by Michelin Tire made the trek to the New Hampshire Motor Speedway for the 94th Loudon Classic and series regulars made their mark on the prestigious event despite dealing with nearly constant rain from the start. After a red flag stopped the race just 10 laps into the two hour event, LB Sports (Lloyd Bayley) put his Kawasaki ZX10 out front and slowly inched away from the field to secure the Overall Class win over Jinba Ittai (Joel Lenk) on a Yamaha R-1 by 1-lap in the red flag shortened event. In third position was the Yamaha R-1 of Barry Motorsports (James Barry) just 14.226 seconds behind Jinba Ittai (2016 GTU National Champions). The top three overall were also the top three in the GTO Class, unusual for the tight NHMS road course especially under wet conditions. The final red flag that stopped the event at the 1 hour and 47 minute mark when the GRRRIP Racing entry crashed in turn 12 leaving oil and debris on the race course.

 In the GTU class, the top spot went to National Granite (Gene Buonomo, Norman Pomerleau) on their Yamaha R-6 besting the Holdmybeer Racing Team (Daniel Weems, Anthony Esposito, Michael Vallante, Pedro Gondres) by 4 laps after both teams took turns with the overall lead early in the contest before HoldmyBeer crashed on lap 10. The team repaired  their R-6 but the damage was done as National Granite cruised to the checkered flag and the GTU win.

 Another great battle in the GTL class, it was GRRRIP Racing (Steven Parolin) on his Suzuki SV650 with a 1-lap victory over the Suzuki SV560 of the 2017 GTL Championship leader Fairfax Cycles Racing (Jason Zelibor, Xavier Zayat). The final machine on the podium was the third place Kawasaki Ninja 300 of Northern Racing (Phillip O’Donnell, Conn McQuin, Kevin Dunday). Even though the GRRRIP Racing machine caused the final red flag, the 1-lap lead secured the first ASRA Team Challenge Class win for the team.

After this win, LB Sports takes the Overall Championship lead by 1 point over Jinba Ittai with 5 rounds left in the series. By their second place finish, Jinba Ittai moves into a tie with TSE/Wolfpack Racing for the GTO Championship, while National Granite moved into first place GTU by 21 points over TSE Racing. With a commanding 65 point lead in the GTL championship, Fairfax Cycles Racing is in position to take its first National Team Challenge Championship.

The next stop for the ASRA Team Challenge Presented by Michelin Tire is Blackhawk Farms Raceway on July 22, 2017. For more information visit www.ASRAracing.com and follow the links or call 817-246-1127 (9 to 5 Central Time Monday through Thursday).

 

 

Babuska, O’Hare, Hofman and Jasso Secure ASRA National Wins at Summit Point Raceway

Ricky O’Hare leads Greg Melka on his way to ASRA SportBike win
(Photo Credit: E-Tech Photos)

May 29, 2017
ASRA Championships Presented by Pirelli Tire
Summit Point, WV

The American Sportbike Racing Association Championship Series presented by Pirelli Tire rolled into Summit Point Raceway for its annual Memorial Day Cyclefest with the Championship Cup Series and the event lived up to its reputation. With a total of 1020 entries between the two series, this was easily the largest motorcycle road racing event of 2017 just as it has been for the last 3 years.

First up were the SportBikes and pole sitter Ricky O’Hare on his Yamaha R-6 wasted no time in getting to the front leading Greg Melka by 1.4 seconds at the completion of lap 1. Melka brought his Yamaha R-6 back to within 0.788 seconds of the leader by lap 4 only to have a bobble on lap 7 that allowed Tommy Wilson to get past and close in on the front runner O’Hare. While Wilson pushed his Yamaha R-6 to the limit, it was O’Hare by 0.367 seconds at the checkered flag with Wilson in second and Melka in third.

Next were the ThunderBikes and Defending National Champion Ray Hofman held off early challenges by Bart DeFrancesco and George Demetropolis to put his Ducati 749 on the top of the podium by 2.549 seconds. DeFrancesco brought his Suzuki SV650 home in second just 0.353 seconds ahead of Demetropolis and his SV650.

In SuperStock Frank Babuska Jr. won the pole and was joined on the front row by Tim Bemisderfer, Mark Heckles and William Gawler. As the green flag dropped, Bemisderfer got the hole shot on his Kawasaki ZX-10 but by the time they completed lap 1, it was Heckles in front on his Yamaha R-1 followed by Babuska and Bemisderfer just 0.254 seconds behind. By lap 2, Heckles and Babuska pushed their R-1s clear of Bemisderfer by 1.213 seconds and continued to pull away from the field for the rest of the race. On lap 4, Babuski made his move and led Heckles by 0.048 at the stripe. While Heckles continued to challenge Babuska at every turn, when the checkered flag flew is was Babuska for the win over Heckles by 0.940 seconds. While Bemisderfer held on to third place for the first 8 laps, it was Ryan Jones on his BMW S1000RR that took the final podium spot for SuperStock.

The new ASRA Moto 3 class had 13 entries and it was a wild one from the start. For the first 7 laps it was a knock down drag out battle for second as Jasso took position of the top position on his Yamaha 125 and inched away from the field. Ray Hofman, Mark Dickerson and Shane Hoeckel slammed their Kawasaki Ninja 300s together fighting for second. At the flag, it was Hofman, followed by Dickerson and Hoeckel in fourth place in one of the most exciting races of the day.

In Amateur action, it was Jeremy Whitehurst taking the win in SuperStock, Nate Redding in SportBike, Robert Brown in ThunderBike and SJ Harris in Moto 3.

The next stop for the ASRA Championship Series Presented by Pirelli Tire is Virginia International Raceway's North Course on June 10-11, 2017. For more information visit www.ASRAracing.com and follow the links or call 817-246-1127 (9 to 5 Central Time Monday through Thursday).

 

TSE Takes 2017 ASRA Team Challenge Opener

CMP 2017 TC Victory
Cory West Celebrates His Team Challenge Win
(Photo Credit: Hotshots by Lisa)

April 9, 2017
ASRA Team Challenge Presented by Michelin Tire
Kershaw SC

The American Sportbike Racing Association Team Challenge Series kicked off the 2017 season at Carolina Motorsports Park on April 9, 2017 with Cory West taking the victory on the TSE Racing Yamaha R-6. With two red flags the race finished on time instead of the posted 69 laps and the TSE crew managed their pit stops perfectly to keep West out front for the majority of the event. With the top 4 machines finishing 49 laps, the 55 second margin of victory was even more impressive when you consider the runner up LB Sports (Lloyd Bayley) was riding a Suzuki GSXR 1000. Rounding out the top 3 was the Yamaha R-6 of Mazziotto Racing (Anthony Mazziotto) just 6 seconds back of the runner-up.

For the GTO class, it was LB Sports for the win followed by the Kawasaki 1000 of Bubblegum Racing (James Fotinopoulos, Richard O’Hare). Rounding out the top three in GTO was the Jones Express BMW 1000 (Ryan Jones) with 48 laps complete in the red-flag shortened event.

In the GTU class, the top spot went to TSE Racing followed by Mazziotto Racing in second and then it was Ol’ Boys Racing (Julio Vallette, Paul Guy, Jonathan E. Thomas) finishing on the third step of the class podium.

After a great battle in the GTL class, it was Fairfax Cycles Racing (Jason Zelibor) securing the season opening win over RBOM 128 (Michael Copoulos, Chris Bays, Chris Parrish) in second position, while things did not go their way, a solid third place for the 2016 GTL Champions LWT Racer 171 (Todd Alberico, Benjamin Loyle) leaves them in position to capture another National Championship for 2017.

The next stop for the ASRA Team Challenge Presented by Michelin Tire is Autobahn Country Club's south course on April 29, 2017. For more information visit www.ASRAracing.com and follow the links or call 817-246-1127 (9 to 5 Central Time Monday through Thursday).

 

76th Daytona 200 Purse Confirmed

February 12, 2017
Fort Worth Texas

The American Sportbike Racing Association in conjunction with the Daytona International Speedway is pleased to confirm the $175,000.00 purse for the 76th Daytona 200 scheduled to run March 18, 2017. Here is the breakdown for the top 40 riders:

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

The pre-entry deadline for the 76th Daytona 200 is March 3, 2017 at 5:00pm Central time.

Fans can follow live timing and scoring by going to www.Race-Monitor.com and click on the Daytona 200 link, or for the tech savvy, load the Race Monitor mobile app from Karting Coach to follow on your mobile device for a $4.99 annual subscription. This subscription will allow you to follow all the ASRA/CCS races all year.

Fan tickets for all motorcycle racing events March 11-19 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.

 

THE 2017 ASRA SEASON OPENER WILL BE AT DAYTONA INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY!

The 2017 Tentative Schedules for the ASRA Sprint Series and the ASRA Team Challenge Series have been announced and posted. 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.

The 2017 License Application and Pre-Entry Form can be downloaded from our Forms page.
  TIP: Get the License Application to us before December 31, 2016, for the best chance to keep your existing bike number(s).

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