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Sean Dwyer Wins FMRRA Superbike 1000 Grande Corsa At Palm Beach International Raceway

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Sunday kicked off with Christina Miranda on pole leading a field of fifteen for the Superstock 600 Grande Corsa. Miranda, Daryan Martin, and Seth Starnes kept the racing within tenths of each other’s lap times for twelve laps straight. In lap four, Martin tried to make a pass on Miranda for first but ran wide and fell back to third behind Starnes; however, he was able to reclaim second in the next lap. Further back in the pack (behind Brad Gordon) Bob Damerau, Frank Custureri, and Adam Diaz were having an equally fierce battle for fifth (all within a second of each other). Starnes was finally able to get past Martin in lap ten and started to close the gap to Miranda. Going into turn nine, the leaders came into lap traffic and Miranda went to the outside for the pass. Starnes took advantage diving to the inside and worked around all three riders emerging on the front straight and across the line with the victory!

Leaving his bike at post-tech for fuel testing, Starnes hopped onto his lightweight bike to join the rest of the field on pole in the Superstreet 250/300 and Moto3 Grande Corsa race. Young stars Alexis Olivera (freshly back from the KTM Cup in Mexico) and Fabian Alvarez rounded out the front of the field early on. Meanwhile Chase Mollak, Charlie Ohana, and Michael Norman duked it out for fifth overall, with Mollak and Ohana exchanging positions multiple times early on in the race. Alvarez made a move on Olivera at the halfway point and moved into second overall. Mollak pulled away from the pack mid-field, but the competition continued with Dustin Richards moving up into the mix with Ohana and Norman. Stealthily working his way up to the front Alejandro Rei slid into second past Alvarez and Olivera just in time for the checkered flag.

Todd Wagner started from the pole in the Superstock 1000 Grande Corsa and held the top position decisively for twelve laps. Amateur standout Wagner took the ultimate victory over Alex Irzyk and Shannon Andrus in the stock-engine liter bike class.

The now familiar face of Christian Miranda started again from the pole in the Sunoco Superbike 600 Grande Corsa. Daryan Martin started from second and held the spot with a solid launch behind Miranda. Nearing the end of the first lap, Jose Lloreda made a pass on Dustin Richards to come into the top three. Shaking things up further back, William Wend made a great move on Adrian Mitchell and pulled in behind Richards in the next lap. Wend kept the pressure on Richards for the whole race, but in the end, Richards held him off crossing the line .12 seconds ahead of to take fourth overall. Christian Miranda took first overall, followed by Martin and Lloreda (first in Amateur). Dustin Richards and William Wend finished out the amateur podium with second and third respectively.

Seth Starnes started from the pole on his Superbike-Spec Yamaha FZ-07 leading a field of Formula and Production Twin bikes. Jonathan Pellnitz and Carl Cohen resumed their tight battle for the Production Twin championship pulling up right onto the rear tire of Starnes. Three laps in, Cohen dove to the inside and passed Starnes in turns nine/ten to take the lead from Starnes, with Pellnitz close in tow. On the next lap, Pellnitz took advantage of his teammate Starnes’ slipstream and pulled a Hurricane Racing “Shake and Bake” to try to slingshot up to Cohen; however, was unable to make it stick and Starnes and Cohen swapped positions lap and lap again for the next few laps. Pellnitz not to be dissuaded stayed up close behind the two looking for an opening to try to snag valuable championship points in the close season-long battle and finally grabbed second in lap nine, with Cohen seemingly losing some momentum. On the last lap coming down the back straight Cohen came out of turn eight with more speed and took back the class victory from Pellnitz by 0.339 seconds!

Veteran Sean Dwyer started from the pole in the guaranteed $1000 payout Sunoco Superbike 1000 to finish out the morning’s Grande Corsa races. Todd Wagner had a great launch and was able to pull into the lead early on, but Dwyer quickly started closing the gap and stayed glue to Wagner’s rear tire for three laps with Alex Irzyk shortly behind in tow. On lap four Dwyer dove to the inside on the entry to turn nine and grabbed back the lead position from Wagner and lead the field home for the victory and the paychecks. Alex Irzyk took third overall (second in Expert) followed by Shannon Andrus.

With the threat of afternoon showers looming, the Series pushed back lunch and kicked off the sprint races without a break. Val Lavrik started from the back (as he skipped qualifying) but ultimately took home the overall victory in the Euro Cup followed by Carl Cohen and Jonathan Pellnitz.

In the Superstreet and Moto 3 sprint Alejandro Rei started on pole, but right away on the first lap Alexis Olivera passed the three top racers to take the lead position. On the next lap the front of the field mixed up some more with Fabian Alvarez and Daniel Ossa both coming up into second and fourth respectively. Four laps in Alvarez was able to make a pass on Olivera and held the overall spot with a gap of 1.129 seconds. Alexis Olivera won the Moto3 Amateur class followed by Charlie Ohana and Yvette Lamar. Fabian Alvarez took home the victory in Moto3 Expert followed by Alejandro Rei and Jonathan Pellnitz. Alex Ehrenstein and Matt Mullins shared the Superstreet 250 podium. Daniel Ossa won the Superstreet 300 Amateur followed by Michael Norman and Justin Thorpe, and finally Chase Mollak took home the gold in the Superstreet 300 Expert class followed by German Vacca.

MPH Racing’s Todd Wagner started from the Superstock 1000 pole closely followed by Dewain Thomas and MPH teammate Derik Johnson. Sean Dwyer started further back and tore through the field working his way up to the front. After six laps Dwyer took the Superstock 1000 overall and Expert victory with Shannon Andrus joining him on the Expert podium. MPH Racing swept the Superstock 1000 Amateur podium with Todd Wagner, Derik Johnson, and Adrian Mitchell taking home all three spots.

The Formula40 – 600 race started with a light drizzle and made for an interesting display of racer experience with their use of rubber. Alejandro Rei and Brad Gordon came through turn ten on the first lap rubbing elbows and crossing the line .025 seconds apart. Rei experienced an error around turn seven and he lost ground putting him within grabbing space of veteran Bob Damerau. Rei was able to close back up on Gordon after another two laps and ultimately made the pass in lap four. Gaining more and more confidence by the lap in the moisture, Rei took the checkered flag with a 7.3 second lead after nearly losing it all in lap two! Doug Ford, Kurt Peterson, and Mel Ford made up the Formula40 – 600 Amateur podium; while Alejandro Rei, Brad Gordon, and Bob Damerau took home the Expert class top three. Rei’s win over Gordon brings him within six points of the Formula40 – 600 Class Championship, currently being held by Gordon.

The Bridgestone Cup sprint race featured predominantly 600cc bikes in the only FMRRA spec-tire race. Jose Lloreda led the field followed by Derik Johnson and William Wend. Daniel Ossa, German Vacca, and Nofal Dawahra (all Team BikePass Motorsports racers) were all right behind Wend and within milliseconds of each other. Vacca twisted the throttle and dug deep on lap four pulling himself up into second place with a blazing lap time. On the next lap Wend passed Derik Johnson coming up into third. Final results showed Lloreda, Vacca, and Wend in the Bridgestone Cup 600cc class while Derik Johnson and Daniel Ossa took the podium in the 1000cc Class.

The Production and Formula Twin Sprint race started in the rain. Production Twin racer Michael DeRoche low sided on lap one taking out fellow Production Twin Sam Purkis on lap one causing a restart. After the restart, Hurricane Racing’s Jonathan Pellnitz lead a definitive six lap victory over the rest of the grid showing his confidence in the rain, true to the team name, and grabbing valuable points over Carl Cohen in their tightening scramble for the Championship. Seth Starnes won the Formula Twin Class while Roger Morissette was the only amateur to finish after the early race incident that collected the other class riders.

The wet Formula40 – 1000 started with Christopher Dooley on the pole, but Dewain Thomas had a great launch and took advantage grabbing the lead into turn one. Thomas lost grip on in turn three going off track and ending the race early with three laps in the books. Val Lavrik took the top spot on the podium with Christopher Dooley in second and Robert Fellman in third.

The rain was not letting up and seventeen racers took the Superstock 600 grid braving the elements. Christian Miranda started from the pole and lead the field of water plumes into turn one. Brad Gordon showed his mettle and worked his way through the field passing Miranda but was only able to hold it for one lap before Miranda took the lead back. An early race finish was called, sealing Miranda’s victory with Gordon in second and Seth Starnes third overall. Frank Custureri (first), Adrian Mitchell (second), and Dustin Richards (third) made up the Superstock 600 Amateur Podium. After Round 6, Brad Gordon leads Daryan Martin by thirteen points in the Superstock 600 Overall Championship.

The Formula 50 – 1000 saw Alejandro Rei lead a wet parade around the track with Robert Fellman in cold pursuit. Much of the field vacated due to the weather, but the two ensured they got their Championship points.

The Sunoco Superbike 600 Sprint saw Christian Miranda on the pole again and Seth Starnes riding the start out with a wheelie tucked under the windscreen into turn one. Daryan Martin and Dustin Richards both had a great launch and moved up the field along with Jose Lloreda. Two laps in Starnes made a great drive closing the gap and moving in on Miranda, while Frank Custureri made a move past Richards and Lloreda into fourth. Starnes was finally able to work past Miranda on lap four in turn nine taking advantage of the long braking zone from the back straight. Miranda put on the pressure, but Starnes held the lead across the finish line. On the last lap William Wend was able to pass Richards to round out the back of the amateur podium behind Frank Custureri (first) and Jose Lloreda (second). The final expert podium saw Seth Starnes in first followed by Christian Miranda and Daryan Martin.

After a rainy afternoon the Sunoco Superbike 1000 racers took to the grid for the final race of the day. The field was cut back as a number of racers opted out due to the continuing rain, but Shannon Andrus took home the hardware and points in the Expert Class. The amateur field saw Derik Johnson make a great display of his talent and confidence in the rain leading Val Lavrik and Patrick Plowman across the line to finish out the day and the podium.

Florida Motorcycle Road Racing Association heads further south for the series’ debut event at Homestead Miami Speedway for Round 7 on June 10th and then heads north to Roebling Road Raceway for the Season Finale on June 23-24, 2018.

FMRRA thanks all their 2018 sponsors for their support of our passionate racers and the sport as a whole.

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FMRRA: Round Five Race Report From Jennings GP

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Florida Motorcycle Road Racing Association’s 2018 season moved north for the season’s annual race at Jennings GP in Jennings, FL. After four race weekends at Palm Beach International Raceway, the racers were excited to lay down some rubber at the motorcycle-only Jennings GP track. Even with an ominous forecast of rain for Sunday’s race day, entries were up fifty percent for the ever-expanding series. After five rounds, MPH Racing is leading the 2018 Team Championship with 1101 points, with Hurrican Racing only twelve points behind and BPM Motorsports (869) and TopBox Road Racing (779) still close in contention.

The Sunday race schedule started with the twelve-lap SuperStock 600 Grande Corsa, and Christian Miranda proved his experience on his Dunlop-shod 2008 Honda CBR600RR. Taking the overall victory, the Miami Gardens-based Miranda took the podium with a six-second lead over the rest of the field. Topbox Road Racing teammates Daryan Martin and Jason Dai (on Pirelli and Michelin respectively) rounded out the Expert podium. The amateurs were strong in the mix, and ultimately Bridgestone-racer Jose Lloreda, Topbox Racing’s Doug Royce, and Drew Daly took home the hardware.

Next up was the Superstreet 300 and Moto 3 Grande Corsa race. After an hour lightning delay, the nine-lap race started on a wet track with continual showers. The wet track was a deciding factor and demonstrated quickly the varying levels of track experience and racer confidence. In the end, Jonathan Pellnitz took the Moto 3 Expert victory, while Seth Starnes chased Pellnitz and in the process laid down the fastest lap time nearly two seconds quicker than Pellnitz, with Alejandro Rei finishing in third. The SuperStreet 300 Amateur podium featured young-gun Michael Norman Jr, Dustin Richards, and Michael Norman, with Walter Ferreya bringing home the Expert SuperStreet 300 victory. Charlie Ohana lead Yvette LaMar to a victory in the Moto 3 Amateur class.

The rain was very heavy during the SuperStock 1000 race and a number of riders decided to move their entry to the Sunoco SuperBike 1000 Grande Corsa (Race 6), hoping for better weather and a chance at the cash payouts. Derik Johnson and Shannon Andrus braved the maelstrom and took home the hardware and points for their bravery.

The Sunoco SuperBike 600 class started out hot with Doug Royce, Christian Miranda, and Daryan Martin battling hard in the front. The wet track was an equalizer with Dustin Richards close on Martin’s heels. Jose Lloreda pushed hard and came up past the group into third place, running a wildly fast lap and getting comfortable on the wet surface quicker than the others in lap three. Miranda broke out in lap five taking a big gap over Royce, who had Lloreda snapping at his Michelin rear tire. On lap five, Lloreda dove inside Royce in the last corner and made it stick with his best lap of the race, continuing to gain some space. Royce put the pressure back on Lloreda in the next lap through the mid-section of the track and took back second around turn nine. Coming into turn thirteen, the momentum of the battle between Royce and Martin pulled them up on Miranda, and Royce took the top spot back from Miranda for a few turns. Miranda dug in and pulled it back with the two swapping positions and Miranda barely holding the lead across the line for the checkered flag. The top three dropped their times over five seconds as their confidence grew in the wet conditions and put on an incredible show for nine laps. Doug Royce took the amateur win (second overall), followed by Jose Lloreda (third overall) and Dustin Richards on his SuperStock Yamaha YZF-R6. Christian Miranda took the overall and Expert win (by .106 seconds) with Daryan Martin and Jason Dai rounding out the rain soaked Expert podium.

Hurricane Racing star Jonathan Pellnitz started from the pole in the combined Production and Formula Twins Grande Corsa race. Fellow Hurricane Racing team-mate Seth Starnes and Pellnitz spent the first five laps battling out for the overall lead until Pellnitz began to open up the gap and secured his top spot on the podium. The overall podium finished with Pellnitz, Starnes, and Brandon Gindlesperger on his Aprilia RSV twin.

Wrapping up the last Grande Corsa race, the Sunoco Superbike 1000, amateur standout Todd Wagner started from the pole. Josh Marino had a great holeshot and took the lead in the first corner. Coming onto the front straight at the end of lap one, Wagner lost the rear end in a puddle trying to take back the lead and low sided. Displaying his competitive spirit, he quickly checked the bike with the corner marshalls and returned to the track. Joshua Marino checked out from the rest of the pack and ended up taking home first place on his Pirelli-shod Yamaha YZF-R1. Fellow Pirelli-racers Shannon Andrus and Alex Irzyk rounded out the rest of the Expert Podium. Derik Johnson took the amateur win with MPH Racing teammate Todd Wagner a lap down but grabbing valuable points for him and the team.

The Euro Cup kicked off the six lap sprint races. Seth Starnes started from the pole and lead the field around the track in due order for the Euro Max class. The Euro Light podium was topped by Brandon Gindlesperger on his Ducati 848 Evo, followed by Carl Cohen on a Ducati Monster.

In the SuperStreet and Moto 3 sprint Seth Starnes again started on the pole, this time onboard his Dunlop Yamaha R3, with Daniel Ossa holding the pole for the SuperStreet 300 running a Yamaha R3 on Bridgestone rubber. The weather made the racing challenging and the race finished with Starnes, Pellnitz and Rei sharing the Moto 3 Expert Podium. Charlie Ohana and Yvette Lamar recapped their Moto 3 Amateur result from the earlier Grande Corsa. In the SuperStreet 300 Amateur class, Michael Norman Jr. finished at the top, followed by BPM Motorsports racer Daniel Ossa and Dustin Richards. The SuperStreet 300 Expert Class featured German Vacca, Vaughn WIlson, and Chase Mollak in the end.

Right from the start, the competition was high throughout the field in the SuperStock 1000 sprint. Alex Irzyk made an early pass, taking advantage of his Pirelli rubber, in turn six grabbing the lead from Todd Wagner. Wagner felt the pressure immediately from Shannon Andrus who was pushing him hard to hold second place. In lap three Andrus was able to make a move and took Wagner in turn ten, holding it for a lap before amateur Daniel Gorley made a late race charge coming up into second place from behind (running laps nearly three seconds faster than the leader). After five close laps, Wagner passed Andrus for the final spot on the overall podium. MPH Racings’s Alex Irzyk took the overall win with amateurs Gourley and Wagner putting in an impressive display of their young talent in challenging wet conditions. Expert Podium results showed Alex Irzyk in first, Shannon Andrus in second and Joshua Marino in third. Daniel Gourley claimed the Amateur win followed by MPH Racing team-mates Wagner and Johnson.

The Formula 40 600 race was a demonstration of the experienced talent in the paddock. Expert Alejandro Rei took the victory followed by Brad Gordon and German Vacca. In the Amateur field Maykel Perez took the gold followed by Justin Thorpe.

William Wend started from the pole in the Bridgestone Cup 600 sprint race packed full of BPM Motorsports racers. BPM Team Founder German Vacca passed Wend on his Yamaha R6 thanks to a great launch, but Wend put on the pressure and took back the lead in lap third. Continuing to stretch the gap to second, Wend finished on the top spot of the podium followed by Vacca and Nofal Dawahara.

The Production Twin and Formula Twin Sprint race started off with Jonathan Pellnitz proving his skill from the pole onboard his Dunlop-shod Suzuki SV650. After six laps, Pellnitz took the overall victory demonstrating why he is in talks for a seat in some MotoAmerica rounds this season. The Formula Twin podium consisted of fellow Dunlop racers Seth Starnes and Shawn McAlees with Brandon Gindlesperger taking third.

In the Formula40 1000, Dewain Thomas had a close race with Expert Kirk McConnell and ended up claiming the top spot on the podium by .331 seconds after six hotly contested laps. Ricardo Sune rounded out the podium for third.

The rain finally let up in time for eighteen bikes to take the SuperStock 600 grid (down from thirty pre-entries). Christian Miranda had a fantastic start on his Dunlop Honda CBR600RR and took off from the pole with Doug Royce on his Michelin Kawasaki ZX-6R in tow. Further back, the battle for third and fourth was close with Jose Lloreda, Jason Dai, Daryan Martin, and Joshua Marino all in the mix. Martin charged in lap four to move into fifth place over Dai, while Marino passed Lloreda for third. On the last lap things changed after Lloreda had a mistake that cost him a few spots and the field swapped positions aplenty. The Expert Podium finished with Christian Miranda, Daryan Martin, and Jason Dai. The amateur podium featured Doug Royce (second overall), Jose Lloreda, and Frank Custureri.

The rain picked back up going into the Formula 50 1000 race and after six laps Alejandro Rei took home the victory over Kirk McConnell and Ricardo Sune.

The Sunoco Superbike 600 Sprint was dominated by Jason Dai and his teammates from TopBox Road Racing, but further back there was some fierce competition with a large field testing the grip of their rain tires. The Amateur division was hotly contested with several passes and position changes, but at the end Doug Royce took the victory with Jose Lloreda and Frank Custureri close behind. TopBox Road Racing demonstrated their prowess and swept the Superbike 600 Expert class with Dai, Martin, and Turgeon sharing the podium and the glory for the team.

After a long, rainy day of racing the Sunoco Superbike 1000 racers took to the grid for the final sprint race of the day. Kirk McConnell, who had a fantastic weekend, finished off in style and capped off the weekend with a first place finish in the now pouring rain. Shannon Andrus and Alex Irzyk finished behind McConnell. The amateur podium featured another team sweep with MPH Racing riders Todd Wagner, Mikey Hannon, and Derik Johnson taking home the hardware and the points that put them in the Overall Team Championship lead after this weekend.

Florida Motorcycle Road Racing Association returns to Palm Beach International Raceway for Round 5 on May 5-6 before the first appearance of the series at Homestead Miami Speedway on June 10th for Round 6 and the double points Roebling Road Raceway finale on June 23-24, 2018.

Race Report From Round Four At Palm Beach International Raceway

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This weekend marked the halfway point of the Florida Motorcycle Road Racing Association’s 2018 season. After four exciting race weekends, Team Hurricane Racing Dunlop-mounted Seth Starnes holds the Overall Expert Championship by sixty-four points over Dunlop racer Max Angles with 504 points scored. In the Overall Amateur Championship, MPH Racing Todd Wagner continues to impress with his continually improving talent and dropping lap times. This weekend Todd smashed his personal and class records in multiple classes, including a 1:18.363 in the Superstock 1000 Amateur division on Dunlop-shod Yamaha YZF-R1. This season has seen numerous lap records set at the Palm Beach International Raceway rounds. Most notably at Round Three, when Stefano Mesa broke the long-standing overall track record by nearly .7 seconds with a 1:15.034 on his Pirelli Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R during the Sunoco Superbike 1000 sprint (claiming one of the first Pirelli Track Record Bounties for the 2018 race season in the process).

The Sunday race schedule started with the twelve-lap Grande Corsas, and right off the bat Topbox Racing Daryan Martin on his Pirelli Yamaha YZF-R6 (2017 FMRRA Amateur Overall Champion) proved his well-earned Expert plates starting from the pole position. Martin had a great start and held the lead into turn one over Brad Gordon on his Pirelli Suzuki GSX-R600 followed closely by Christian Miranda (in his FMRRA debut) on his Dunlop Honda CBR600RR and a pack of Superstock 600 racers. Christian Miranda overtook Gordon in the first lap while Martin pulled away with an early gap. Three laps a downed racer caused a restart in which Martin again showed his dominant launch skill. Gordon and Miranda traded positions for second place before Miranda got the upper hand and was able to close the gap on Martin. On lap nine, Christian Miranda took the lead with a pass on the front straight and was able to hold on for victory (and class payout) while Martin and Gordon rounded out the Expert podium. Team BPM Racing William Wend on his Bridgestone-shod Yamaha YZF-R6 led the amateurs with Team MPH Racing Adrian Mitchell on his Dunlop Yamaha YZF-R6 and MPH Racing teammate Mikey Hannon on his Michelin Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R chasing his tail for the podium. William Wend took the Amateur win followed by Adam Diaz on his Pirelli Yamaha YZF-R6 (with a late surprise charge) and Adrian Mitchell in third spot on the podium.

Next up was the Moto 3 Grande Corsa race. Amateur young gun Dunlop racer Alexis Olivera, started from the second qualifying spot for the Moto 3 class. She is an upcoming talent to keep an eye on as her racing career progresses. Fellow young gun Bridgestone Moto 3 Expert racer Gabriel DaSilva worked his way through the traffic into second place on the next lap. In Lap seven, Olivera passed DaSilva for second overall only to have DaSilva take it back in Lap 8. Alexis nipped at his heels, but DaSilva held the lead over the line by a margin of .029 seconds with Fabian Alvarez taking second on his Westside Performance Yamaha YZF-R3 and Jonathan Pellnitz on his Dunlop-shod Hurricane Racing Team Yamaha YZF-R3.

In the Superstock 1000 Grande Corsa, Stefano Mesa on his Pirelli Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R started from the pole with veteran Sean Dwyer qualifying second on his new Pirelli Suzuki GSX-R1000R after racing all last year on a Kawasaki ZX-10R. Amateur phenom Todd Wagner on his R1 made a big move on the start after qualifying third overall to take the holeshot into turn one followed closely by Sean Dywer and Stefano Mesa. Dwyer and Mesa were able to get by Wagner and then battled wheel to wheel with only .095 seconds separating the two until lap five. On lap five, Mesa made a bold move to the inside in turn 4 and was able to build a gap on Dwyer. Meanwhile, Todd Wagner opened a lead in the Amateur class over second place NSL Motorsports Mario Gonzalez on his Dunlop Aprilia Tuono. Michael Zumbrum on his Dunlop CBR1000RR and Team MPH Racing Derik Johnson on his Michelin Yamaha YZF-R1 had a great wheel to tail battle fighting for the third spot in the amateur class. Mesa was able to hold off Dwyer for the expert podium with Dwyer in second followed by Cory Heflin on his Michelin Yamaha YZF-R1 for third place. Wagner took the Amateur podium followed by Gonzalez for second and Zumbrum for third.

Max Angles started from the pole in the Sunoco Superbike 600 Grande Corsa race. After getting the holeshot Max Angles checked out building a twenty second gap on the rest of the field. Veteran Dunlop racer Tim Hunt and Daryan Martin fought hard for the second position through the first two laps with Hunt opening a gap after a late braking pass into turn nine. NSL Motorsports amateur Maykel Perez on his Pirelli Yamaha YZF-R6 led the amateurs followed by Hurricane Racing Dustin Richards on his Michelin Yamaha YZF-R6 and Hurricane teammate Adrian Mitchell duking it out for second place in the early laps. Max Angles took a definitive victory with a margin of twenty seconds over Tim Hunt and Daryan Martin in the Expert class. Maykel Perez sealed the Amateur victory with Dustin Richards and Mikey Hannon rounding out the podium after Mitchell suffered a lap nine mechanical.

Seth Starnes started from the pole in the combined Production and Formula Twins Grande Corsa race. Team 45 Carl Cohen on his Dunlop Ducati Monster started from the second position in the Production Twins Grande Corsa. After the starting lights went out, former class-record holder Hurrican Racing Jonathan Pellnitz and Carl Cohen led the pack for the Production Twins class in their ever-continuing rivalry. On lap eleven, Carl Cohen passed Pellnitz for the Production Twin lead with a lap within .003 of the Production Twins class record. Carl Cohen was able to hold off Jonathan Pellnitz for the win in Expert Production Twins in the latest installment of their racing saga. In Amateur Production Twins, Sam Purkis on his Dunlop Suzuki SV650 set a new class record of 1:30.145 to take the win over Michael Deroche on his Dunlop Suzuki SV650. Seth Starnes took the overall win in Expert Formula Twins and Monkey Works Cycle Performance Brandon Gindlesperger on his Aprilia RSV-1000R won the Formula Twins Amateur class.

In the final Grande Corsa race before lunch, the Sunoco Superbike 1000, Stefano Mesa started from the pole in the big payout race. Not making it easy for Mesa, Max Angles stayed right on his tail spread by less than a second with Sean Dwyer in tow. Todd Wagner continued to display his dominance in the Amateur ranks leading Brian Gomez and Mario Gonzalez by a healthy margin early on in the twelve-lap race. Stefano ultimately took the victory by 8.961 over Max Angles and Sean Dwyer. Todd Wagner won the Amateur class with Brian Gomez and Mario Gonzalez in second and third respectively.

After Lunch, the Euro Cup race led the start of the six-lap sprint races. Seth Starnes started from the pole and lead the field of European exotics around the track. Carl Cohen held a strong lead from the start in the Euro Light (under 999cc) class. For the EuroMax (1000cc+) podium, Seth Starnes, Miles Tyler (in his FMRRA debut), and Brian Gomez both on BMW S1000RR’s stood on the box. Carl Cohen and Trey Bailey on his Pirelli Ducati 848 led the victors in the Euro Light division.

Jumping off his Ducati, Seth Starnes quickly threw a leg over his Superstreet 300 ride for the next sprint. Twenty-One Bikes took the grid, with Starnes on the 300 pole, Alexis Olivera in Moto 3, and Miguel Chirino on the Superstreet 250 pole. Daniel Ossa lead the Superstreet 300 Amateur class decisively through the whole race. Three deep clusters of riders switched it up all throughout the race however at the end: Seth Starnes and German Vacca won the superstreet 300 class. In Moto 3 the three young guns Alexis Olivera, Fabian Alvarez, and Gabriel DaSilva took the podium. Miguel Chirino took a clean win over Alex Ehrenstein and Mike Weickert in the Superstreet 250 class.

In the tough Superstreet 1000 sprint, Sean Dwyer started from the pole after Stefano Mesa had a late arrival to the grid. In lap two, Todd Wagner set a 1:18.363 class record for superstreet 1000 Amateur. After picking his way through the pack, Mesa was able to pass Dwyer on the back straight and take the overall victory. Jason Campbell ran a strong race and claimed Expert third behind Mesa and Dwyer. Todd Wagner won the Amateur class with Miles Tyler taking second and Brian Gomez taking third.

Tim Hunt started from the pole in the Formula 40 600 Superbike race and stayed up front with a definitive lead. Maykel Perez worked his way through the amateurs in lap 3 and took the lead. The race was ended early (over half the race completed) after Tim Hunt had a hard fall in Turn 8 while leading the race. The final results showed Brad Gordon, Alejandro Rei on his Pirelli CBR600RR, and Bob Damerau on his Pirelli Yamaha YZF-R6 as the top three Experts. Maykel Perez, Dunlop CBR600RR mounted Doug Ford, and David Aronow on his Triumph 675R took the podium for the amateur division.

The Bridgestone Cup sprint race was a battle among BPM Motorsports teammates. Alex Aguilar was able to take the win on his BPM Motorsports Yamaha YZF-R6 followed by BPM Motorsports German Vacca and William Wend close behind both on Yamaha YZF-R6’s.

Seth Starnes started the combined Formula and Production Twins Sprint race from the pole after his Saturday qualifying performance and was able hold the lead to capture the Formula Twins win with Brandon Gindlesperger capturing the Amateur Formula Twins win with Monkey Works Cycle Performance Teammate Gabriel Figueroa on a Pirelli BMW taking second place. In Expert Production Twins, Jonathan Pellnitz passed Carl Cohen on the last lap to take the win and get redemption over the earlier Production Twins loss to Cohen in the morning Grande Corsa race. Sam Purkis took the Amateur Production Twins podium.

In the Formula 40 1000 sprint, Jason Campbell on his Dunlop Kawasaki ZX-10R started from the pole. Surprisingly, the normally close class was practically a parade for six laps with few, if any, changes in order. The lineup ended much like the qualifying grid results: Jason Campbell, Ricardo Sune taking home the Expert class and Yamaha YZF-R1 mounted Robert Rubsky, Gabriel Figueroa on a Pirelli BMW S1000R, and Christopher Dooley on a Pirelli Suzuki GSX-R1000R completing the Amateur Podium.

The hotly contested Superstock 600 class started with twenty-three bikes on the Grid. Max Angles took the lead box, while Daryan Martin and Brad Gordon completed the front row. Gordon picked off Martin with a great start to move into second place. Max Angles broke the class track record on three consecutive laps and ultimately set the new benchmark with a 1:18.854! Seth Starnes and Brad Gordon rounded out the Expert Podium after an intense six lap sprint. Frank Custieri on a Pirelli Yamaha YZF-R6 took victory in the Amateur field followed by Maykel Perez and Jon Holloway.

Alejandro Rei lead the senior Formula 50 1000 class with the pole; however, Ducati mounted Ricardo Sune worked his way towards Rei passing him for the lead on lap three. The two diced it up at the lead out in front of the field, with Sune taking the victory by a 1.708 margin. Robert Rubsky won the amateur class followed by Michael Zumbrum and Chris Hair on his Team Hurricane Racing Pirelli Suzuki GSX-R750R.

The Sunoco Superbike 600 Sprint was dominated by Max Angles on his Dunlop Yamaha YZF-R6, but further back there was some fierce competition. Daryan Martin and Carlos Lorenzo on his Westside Performance Dunlop Yamaha YZF-R6 rounded out the expert podium. The Amateur division was hotly contested with several passes and position changes, but at the end Adam Diaz took a close win over Frank Custureri with Alex Aguilar trailing close behind.

The day ended with the fast and furious Sunoco Superbike 1000 Sprint. Stefano Mesa was able to take the win on his Pirelli Kawasaki ZX-10R. Max Angles pushed Dwyer hard for a last lap pass around the outside in turn nine but was not able to make it stick and low sided giving Dwyer a hard-earned second to Mesa. Todd Wagner dominated the amateur field with Miles Tyler and Brian Gomez in tow.

The Pabst Blue Ribbon podium ceremonies were enjoyed by all with cash prize money distributed to the overall podium victors from three of the Grande Corsa classes.

FMRRA Welcomes Pabst Blue Ribbon as Official Beer of 2016 Season

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The Florida Motorcycle Road Racing Association (FMRRA) is proud to welcome Pabst Blue Ribbon as its Official Beer of the 2016 Inaugural Championship Season. At each of the FMRRA race weekends hosted at Palm Beach International Raceway and JenningsGP, race winners are congratulated in the Winner’s Circle Presented by Pabst Blue Ribbon.

Our racers and staff alike all love beer! We polled our competitors and were not surprised to discover they don’t drink cheap champagne; then, why serve it on the podium in the Winner’s Circle? We drink beer, especially after making the competition eat exhaust lap after lap. We celebrate victories and toast winners with ice cold Pabst Blue Ribbon. And to keep the celebration going, we invite everyone – whether you’re riding for glory, turning wrenches, or cheering on friends – to join us in the Pabst Blue Ribbon Winner’s Circle to knock back a few cold ones!

Pabst Blue Ribbon is not just any beer – so you would expect the history to be a bit unusual, and it is. PBR was established in 1844 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin by German immigrant Jacob Best and his sons. Pabst was originally called “Select,” but people started asking for that “Blue Ribbon” beer in 1882 when PBR started tying silk ribbons to the bottles. They officially added the words “Blue Ribbon” to the bottle in 1895. Pabst was the first brewery to put beer in cans back in 1935.

Today, this classic American brew has been adopted by a whole new generation of PBR drinkers, and PBR is one of the fastest growing domestic beer brands. For more information, visit www.PabstBlueRibbon.com, and connect with Pabst Blue Ribbon on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

 

JenningsGP is Back!

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2016 Schedule Update: JenningsGP is back!

Now it’s official! Some of you may have noticed the Easter Egg in our Sunoco Fuel Sponsor announcement yesterday. That was no mistake, FMRRA is excited to confirm we will be bringing Florida club racing back to JenningsGP in 2016. We have updated our May date on the schedule with the new date. Always changing, always evolving. FMRRA promises to continue delivering new, exciting changes to motorcycle racing in Florida.

*Please be aware, JenningsGP still has noise restriction. Make sure your bikes are running mufflers that will stay under the sound limit at the track. Let’s all work together to be good tenants when we take residence for the May race weekend.

We hope everybody has a great weekend! For those of you racing down in Homestead, keep it fast, keep it safe, keep two wheels down (or at least one!) and most importantly keep watching as we continue to roll out more series news. Look forward to seeing you in 2016!

FMRRA Announces Sunoco Racing Fuels Series’ Official Fuel Sponsor

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PRESS RELEASE
Fort Lauderdale, FL – Florida Motorcycle Road Racing Association (FMRRA) announces Sunoco Racing Fuels as the series’ Official Fuel Sponsor.

The Florida Motorcycle Road Racing Association is proud to formally announce the two-year partnership with Sunoco Racing Fuels and Port Consolidated/Southern Racing Fuels. Sunoco RMR will be the spec fuel for the SuperBike classes, while 93-Octane Unleaded will be the spec fuel for all SuperStock classes.

Kicking off the season at PBIR in January, Southern Racing Fuels will be providing trackside service and sales of the RMR and premium race fuels. Racers can look forward to the lower operating costs with Sunoco products compared to other club series that have no fuel restrictions. For dyno/engine mapping setup Southern Racing Fuels in has stock pails and barrels available.
http://southernracingfuel.com

“We are excited to announce this two-year partnership agreement with Sunoco Racing Fuels. Not only will this provide a level playing field for the competitors, but it will dramatically reduce the operating expenses of a race season. The RMR and 93 Premium products from Sunoco Racing Fuels are race proven in both national and international series. The spec fuel partnership is one of the many reasons the FMRRA series is the most exciting, affordable, equitable option for Florida Racers”
– FMRRA Founder Tony West

2016 FMRRA Championship Schedule
January 9-10:         Palm Beach International Raceway – Jupiter, FL
January 30-31:       Palm Beach International Raceway – Jupiter, FL
April 2-3:                 Palm Beach International Raceway – Jupiter, FL
May 7-8:                  Jennings GP                                          – Jennings, FL
June 11-12:              Palm Beach International Raceway – Jupiter, FL
September 24-25: Palm Beach International Raceway – Jupiter, FL
October 22-23:      Palm Beach International Raceway – Jupiter, FL

About Us:
Born from the creative minds at Florida Trackdays, Inc and partner motorsports facilities, FMRRA is the culmination of years of customer feedback. This is a series created by racers for racers. We have collaborated with the largest local race shops and racers in creating a new rulebook focused on the racers’ interest.

Florida Motorcycle Road Racing Association
PO Box 291813
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33329
info@fmrra.com

Fort Lauderdale, FL – Florida Motorcycle Road Racing Association (FMRRA) has released its inaugural race schedule for the 2016 season.

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PRESS RELEASE

Fort Lauderdale, FL – Florida Motorcycle Road Racing Association (FMRRA) has released its inaugural race schedule for the 2016 season.

The Florida Motorcycle Road Racing Association is pleased to announce the official race schedule for the 2016 FMRRA Championship season with seven dates secured at Palm Beach International Raceway. The series is working with other facilities on adding potential additional dates to the schedule.

Opening the year with two race weekends in January, the series will then take an abbreviated hiatus during the months of February and March to return the start of April. May and June wrap up the race weekends before taking the full summer season off to stay away from the hottest months in Florida. Returning at the start of the fall season in September, and wrapping up the championship with the finale on October 22-23.

“We’ve been working hard to finalize the schedule with our host facility at Palm Beach International Raceway. While we are still working to add some additional dates, we wanted to get the schedule public because we know how important it is for the planning with teams, sponsors, riders, and fans”, said FMRRA Founder Tony West. “We are launching the series with seven dates at PBIR, and are working towards securing additional dates with other Florida facilities in the near future.”


2016 FMRRA Championship Schedule

January 9-10:               Palm Beach International Raceway – Jupiter, FL
January 30-31:             Palm Beach International Raceway – Jupiter, FL
April 2-3:                       Palm Beach International Raceway – Jupiter, FL
May 7-8:                        JenningsGP                                           – Jennings, FL
June 11-12:                    Palm Beach International Raceway – Jupiter, FL
September 24-25:        Palm Beach International Raceway – Jupiter, FL
October 22-23:             Palm Beach International Raceway – Jupiter, FL


About Us:

Born from the creative minds at Florida Trackdays, Inc and partner motorsports facilities, FMRRA is the culmination of years of customer feedback.  This is a series created by racers for racers.  We have collaborated with the largest local race shops and racers in creating a new rulebook focused on the racers’ interest.

For more FMRRA racing news visit www.fmrra.com


Florida Motorcycle Road Racing Association
PO Box 291813
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33329
info@fmrra.com

 

Fort Lauderdale, FL – Florida Motorcycle Road Racing Association (FMRRA) has announced its inaugural race series for 2016.

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Press Release

Fort Lauderdale, FL – Florida Motorcycle Road Racing Association (FMRRA) has announced its inaugural race series for 2016.

Mission Statement:

Organizing competitive and safe motorcycle road racing weekends in Florida with a focus on providing a racer-focused and fan-centric atmosphere.

About Us:
Born from the creative minds at Florida Trackdays, Inc and partner motorsports facilities, FMRRA is the culmination of years of customer feedback. This is a series created by racers for racers. We have collaborated with the largest local race shops and racers in creating a new rulebook focused on the racers’ interest. This is a series built with the racer for the racer.

The Series:
For the inaugural four-race winter championship, being hosted at Palm Beach International Raceway, FMRRA is focusing on reinvigorating the format of the typical Florida race weekend. Saturday’s will feature a morning of testing, qualifying, GT racing and as well as sprint races. Sunday’s race schedule will have a day packed full of racing in new classes with new rules to the Florida racing scene.

Technology:
FMRRA has partnered with MYLAPS to utilize the MYLAPS AMB transponders for all racers at FMRRA events. Not only is this the industry-standard, state of the art timing technology, but it will provide for live-streaming of on track race activity both on-line and via mobile phones in the pit lanes!

Social Culture:
The past decade has shown a new landscape of traditional media, and here at FMRRA we are going to embrace that. During race weekends, we will have our team on the ground posting new content to all of our social media pages in the form of racer interviews, race results, photography, video trash talking, and more. Motorcycle racing is full of stories and excitement in the paddock and we are going to make the off-the-track action just as important as the racing itself.

For more FMRRA racing news visit www.fmrra.com

Florida Motorcycle Road Racing Association
PO Box 291813
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33329
info@fmrra.com