Celtic Racing Heading East After Memorial Day Weekend At Miller

NEWS May 29, 2012

Celtic Racing Heading East After Memorial Day Weekend At Miller

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Press Release Courtesy of Celtic Racing:

(May 29, 2012) - Mixed weather all weekend and mixed luck kept both Celtic Racing riders from podium finishes in the single AMA Pro Motorcycle-Superstore.com SuperSport event at Miller Motorsports Park on Sunday. James Rispoli fought hard on an unfamiliar track to place his Celtic Orient Express Racing #1 Suzuki GSX-R 600 in second position on the grid for Sunday's race. Corey Alexander would qualify in sixth position on his #5 National Guard Fairhills Group Suzuki GSX-R 600, having visited Miller last season and won the race convincingly in 2011. James took the lead early in Sunday's race, but after three laps began to fade slowly through the pack and would finish eighth, with valuable points towards the championship in hand. Corey had a poor start which dropped him back to 20th position at the beginning of the race, but after regrouping and putting his head down, clawed his way back up to finish eleventh in a field packed with heavy competition. Rispoli holds on to his Motorcycle-Superstore.com SuperSport West points lead, with a solid 21 points over second place.

Celtic Racing moves immediately to Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin for the next round of the 2012 season. Rispoli and Alexander both have experience at Road America, and both plan to work towards improved results. Road America is one of North America's finest road courses with challenging turns and a high speed front straight making up the 4 mile long circuit. Alexander and Rispoli both had good results in last season's event at Road America, and everyone is looking forward to a strong rebound forward!

James Rispoli showed his pragmatic side in describing the weekend at Miller, stating "We actually had a good weekend just a bad race. The weekend started off good we started working into a pace. We had a problem with our rear wheel change in Saturday's qualifying, and even with that problem, in the two laps we got we ended up P2. Sunday morning it rained and I got a full session in the rain and had so much fun - got the fear of riding in the rain out. In the race we had a small technical problem and salvaged a 8th and important points. We are looking to have a great Road America and be back on the top step!"

Corey Alexander looks forward to Road America and said that at Miller "The team gave me a great bike and I wasn't able to get it up in the front where we belong. It's unfortunate as I was really hoping for a comeback, especially on such a special weekend for the National Guard. We can only look forward to the next race and better results. Happy Memorial Day to all of those who serve our country! Huge thanks to my crew, the National Guard, Fairhills Group, and everyone sticking behind me."

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.


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


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