Celtic Racing's Rispoli Wins Sunday SuperSport Race At Barber

NEWS June 25, 2012

Celtic Racing's Rispoli Wins Sunday SuperSport Race At Barber

Photo by Andrea Wilson

Courtesy of Celtic Racing Orient Express:

Celtic Orient Express Racing James Rispoli marked his fourth race win of the season and visit to the top step of the podium Sunday in brutally hot and humid weather at Barber Motorsports Park. Sunday's seventeen lap race was stopped twice after two red flag incidents that claimed four riders, with only one unable to restart. James Rispoli and friendly rival Jake Lewis led the front pack of five riders who broke away after the third restart, and were trading the lead most of the race with Tomas Puerta and Hayden Gillim participating in the battle at the front for a portion of the race. Corey Alexander worked his way around Elena Meyers into fifth place on the National Guard Fairhills Group Suzuki GSX-R 600, and was working to close the gap to the lead pack as the race wound down. An unfortunate mistake by Alexander on the closing lap would allow five riders to get past, but he was able to finish tenth and salvage valuable points. James now has a commanding lead in the AMA SuperSport West Championship with 232 points total with five West rounds in the books. Corey holds fifth place in SuperSport East with 80 points after only three rounds of East points events.

James Rispoli rode hard all weekend, and his rigorous training in the Florida heat certainly paid dividends at Barber. James took two podium finishes aboard the Celtic Orient Express Racing Suzuki GSX-R 600 this weekend with a victory Sunday and a third place finish Saturday. Over all he was very happy stating that "It was a good weekend, a tough weekend, but with good results. We worked on a bunch of suspension and tire set ups Friday and Saturday. We have two really good bikes, my K-Tech Suspension felt great, really stable, and I was great on the brakes thanks to Galfer -- I was able to brake deep and late. My crew has done a great job and gave me the machine to win on today. Everything came together for us during the Sunday morning warm up session where we tried something new and went back to basics, after I sat down with William, Dustin, Eric and JP and had a good talk about Saturday. I'm really happy to have brought this win home and collected more points for the championship. Many thanks to my personal sponsors AGV Helmets, Dainese Leathers, Monster Energy, and Techmount for all their support with my program, and special thanks to Dynojet for their help this weekend."

Though Alexander's weekend did not finish on the high note he had hoped for, he was able to learn from his mistake and score important points for the SuperSport East Championship. Corey said that "Unfortunately after a decent start to the weekend I made a mistake on the last lap of the race on Sunday that pushed us back to 10th from 5th place. My team gave me a great bike all weekend and they worked hard on my National Guard Fairhills Group Suzuki in the Alabama heat and I feel like I let them down a little bit. Overall it wasn't a bad weekend other than my own personal mistake and I have to thank everyone involved with the team for that and for working so hard. Shout-out to Arai Helmets, Spidi Leathers, XPD Boots, and everyone behind me."

Celtic Racing is traveling down to New Orleans for a two day AMA Pro Road Racing test event at the new NOLA Motorsports Park ahead of the season ending race there in October. Testing is scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday, but everyone will be watching the weather carefully because of a large storm moving through the Gulf that might affect on track activities.

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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