Celtic Racing Arrives At Infineon With Rispoli Leading AMA Pro Motorcycle-Superstore.com SuperSport West Divison
NEWS May 2, 2012
Photo by Brian J. Nelson
Courtesy of Celtic Racing:
(May 3, 2012) - Barely two weeks have elapsed since Celtic Racing's James Rispoli and Corey Alexander completed the second round of the 2012 AMA Pro Motorcycle-Superstore.com SuperSport season at Road Atlanta. James Rispoli rode his #1 Celtic Orient Express Racing Suzuki GSX-R 600 hard from the opening day, dominating practice and qualifying on pole ahead of a 40 rider field. James would go on to win the Motorcycle-Superstore.com SuperSport race on Saturday, and narrowly miss victory in race two on Sunday after a red flag cut short a relentless battle between Jake Lewis and himself. Corey Alexander rode hard and qualified in fifth position, but was balked at the start of Saturday's race and battled traffic to finish tenth. Sunday saw Alexander hit the pavement early in the race when he got tangled up with another rider. Corey suffered some shoulder injuries in the accident, and has undergone several examinations and an MRI.
Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, California is another challenging road course, featuring over 160 feet of elevation changes, and flowing camber variations that make it a challenge for every rider except die hard locals. At 2.22 miles in length, it is among the shorter tracks the racers will visit this season. Infineon rewards careful chassis set up, and with 11 turns, rhythm is important for a fast lap.
James Rispoli arrives at Infineon leading the AMA Pro Motorcycle-Superstore.com SuperSport West Championship after winning race one and finishing fourth in race two at Daytona, where points counted towards the West Championship. Rispoli has been training and preparing since the day after Road Atlanta, and carries a great deal of excitement with him to California. "I am really excited as we head to the West Coast! When I went there to ride it last, it was super cold at Infineon, but I got some really good marks and reference points. I have been training in the heat now so I feel really good, and I'm getting used to the heat so I can do a better job controlling my breathing. We are looking to keep the momentum going as we did at Road Atlanta, and we are trying to get as many points as possible this weekend. I hope my teammate Corey is going to be able to ride, he was very fast here last year, and any help he can provide with data would help a lot" said Rispoli. Please follow James on Twitter via @JamesRispoli for the latest updates.
Corey Alexander will visit with noted surgeon Dr. Arthur Ting before he gets to Infineon. "Going into this weekend I'm not really sure what to expect! We weren't sure if I would be able to ride but after Dr. Ting looked over my MRI and had me try a few tests at home, we received a tentative okay to ride. I will be visiting with him before I ride in California so he can look my injury over better. So I guess as long as it doesn't hinder my ability to ride too much, we will be doing the best to put the #5 National Guard Fairhills Group GSX-R 600 up front. I do have to give a huge thanks to Dr. Ting for helping me out at the last minute" said Alexander.
Celtic Racing was established 2001 by Barry Gilsenan, and over the past 11 seasons has established itself as a premier privateer racing team. Development of riding talent began with two-stroke 125cc, and 250cc machines competing in professional and regional championship events. More recent Celtic Racing efforts have focused on AMA Pro Road Racing in the GoPro Daytona SportBike and Motorcycle-Superstore.com SuperSport classes with Ducati, Honda, Suzuki, and Yamaha four stroke motorcycles. Gilsenan's talent for coaching racers of all ages and abilities has brought Celtic Racing worldwide attention and recognition, with many former Celtic Racing riders now competing on World Championship levels. Please join Celtic Racing on Facebook: www.facebook.com/CelticRacing.
Both Celtic Racing Suzuki GSX-R 600's show-case the best in road racing technology. Product support for both machines comes from: Michael Jordan Motorsports, American Suzuki, Armor Bodies, Chicken Hawk Racing, DesignStar3, Dynojet, FMF Racing, Full Spectrum Power, Hudson Valley Racing, Galfer Brakes, GB Racing, K-Tech Suspension, Maxima Oils, Motion Pro, Pit Bull, Riviera Country Club, Saddlemen, Star Motorcycle School, Vortex Racing, XT Racing, and Zero Gravity.
ARMY NATIONAL GUARD
The National Guard is the oldest military branch. Today, Citizen-Soldiers hold civilian jobs or attend college while training part time, staying ready to defend America in the event of an emergency. The National Guard serves both state and federal governments. During local emergencies, Guard units assist residents endangered by storms, floods, fires and other disasters. Guard companies deployed overseas may see combat, but are often found building schools and hospitals, training local peacekeepers or teaching local farmers more efficient techniques and better uses of their land. Please visit www.nationalguard.com to find out more.
Fairhills Group is a New York based alternative investment management firm that manages capital for the Bronson family and other high net worth individuals and wealthy families. Fairhills was established in 2002 for the purpose of providing public companies with alternative forms of financing, eventually becoming one of the most active investors in structured equity transactions. Fairhills has since grown to provide financing solutions to companies globally and recently has opened its doors for the first time to external investors, with a full range of alternative investment fund offerings. For more information on Fairhills, please visit www.fairhills.com.
Established in 1973, Orient Express is a high performance motorcycle parts and accessories warehouse distributor; offering dyno tuning, engine building services and precision machine work. Orient Express has an extensive history of racing, including support of both professional and amateur race series and individuals. For more information regarding Orient Express, or to find out what Orient Express can do for your racing success, please call 800.645.6521 or 631.231.9552 (NY/International), visit www.orientexpress.com or join them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/OrientExpressRacing.