Celtic Racing's Rispoli Claims Second Pole And Race Two Victory To Extend AMA Pro Motorcycle-Superstore.com SuperSport West Lead

NEWS May 6, 2012

Celtic Racing's Rispoli Claims Second Pole And Race Two Victory To Extend AMA Pro Motorcycle-Superstore.com SuperSport West Lead

Photo by Brian J. Nelson

Courtesy of Celtic Racing:

(May 7,2012) - Celtic Racing arrived at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, California with James Rispoli leading the AMA Pro Motorcycle-Superstore.com SuperSport West Championship, and team-mate Corey Alexander firmly in the top five of the East Championship despite crashing hard at Road Atlanta in race two. Rispoli guided his #1 Celtic Orient Express Racing Suzuki GSX-R 600 through a dense field of 51 riders to secure pole position; half a second ahead of his closest competitor. Alexander rode the #5 National Guard Fairhills Group Suzuki GSX-R 600 to qualify sixth and proved his mental and physical toughness, overcoming his shoulder injury and a nasty highside as well.

In Saturday's race one, Rispoli lead early after a great start, but was passed by race winner Dominguez and missed the win by only 0.170" at the flag. James Rispoli and Jake Lewis resumed the close racing seen at Road Atlanta, and extended a gap to the second pack of riders by several seconds. Corey Alexander fought off soreness and pain, and battled in a pack of six riders near the front, taking advantage of small mistakes ahead of him to improve his position through the race. Alexander eventually finished ninth - a great result despite difficult conditions.

Celtic Racing approached Sunday's race two with the desire to improve on Saturday's results, and both riders succeeded - James Rispoli rode hard and took his third win of the season ahead of Dominguez, Puerta, and Lewis. This marks back to back double podium's for Rispoli in addition to the pole position, and cements his SuperSport West lead at 44 points ahead of Meyers. Corey Alexander showed his determination and strength, leading the second pack of riders and finishing seventh, two positions forward of his result on Saturday.

James Rispoli was really happy to report that "Another race win feels great, and we picked up valuable points going to Miller. Qualifying was tough, but the bike felt great and was working good all weekend - great to start from Pole especially at Infineon. I couldn't get my rhythm going Saturday and had to settle for second place, but we had a race winning machine - hats off to my Celtic Orient Express crew - William, Eric, and Justin. Sunday was awesome, and I had a great battle at the front of the pack with those guys. It was a crazy race with all the red flags, and the tires go off a little each time which made for a slick race. On Sunday I wasn't going to let anyone lead, especially after the third red flag. We got the bike working great, and I had the bike to win all weekend. I wanted the most laps led and the race win, it was good to give my crew another win. I have to thank Jason Pridmore and Mark Gallardo from the Star Motorcycle School for really working with me and getting me groomed right." James Rispoli would like to thank all his personal sponsors whose support has made all this success possible, including: AGV Helmets, Dainese Leathers, Monster Energy, and Techmount.

"During Sunday morning's warmup my crew got my National Guard Fairhills Group GSX-R 600 feeling better so I decided to give the race a shot. Overall I'm glad we did and I'm happy to come out of this weekend with a decent result under these circumstances. I really have to give a huge thanks to everyone involved for staying behind me and especially my guys Barry, Tim, and Mike. They worked really hard this weekend and I appreciate it tremendously. Many thanks also to Jason Pridmore for his coaching on and off the track, it make a huge difference for me this weekend. We will be back to the front at Miller for sure!" stated Corey Alexander. Corey's personal sponsors include: Fairhills Group, Hudson Valley Motorcycle, Spidi Leathers, XPD Boots, and Arai Helmets.

Both Celtic Racing Suzuki GSX-R 600's showcase 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, and Zero Gravity.

Celtic Racing was established in 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 Daytona SportBike and 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: http://www.facebook.com/CelticRacing.


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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 http://www.orientexpress.com or join them on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/OrientExpressRacing.


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