Celtic Racing Celebrates Race Win And Podium Finish At New Jersey Motorsports Park

NEWS September 10, 2012

Celtic Racing Celebrates Race Win And Podium Finish At New Jersey Motorsports Park

Photo by Andrea Wilson

Courtesy of Celtic Racing:

(September 11, 2012) - Celtic Racing's James Rispoli secured a race win in Saturday's intense AMA Pro Motorcycle-Superstore.com SuperSport race. Rispoli's start from second position on the grid propelled him to victory after a long battle at the front of the pack with Dustin Dominguez. Corey Alexander started from pit lane after a strong third place qualifying effort, and used all of his skill and talent to claw his way up to a very respectable thirteenth position on his #5 National Guard Fairhills Group Suzuki GSX-R 600. In Sunday's race, James Rispoli rode his #1 Celtic Orient Express Racing Suzuki GSX-R 600 hard to claim the lead, but a 16th lap red flag ended the race early, leaving him with a second place finish. Alexander had a much stronger race on Sunday, and was battling for a podium finish with Jake Lewis when the red flag came, pushing him back to his previous complete lap position of fourth.

James Rispoli stated "It was a good race today, we made a great change in the morning practice which was a big help for the race. I knew today this was my race to lose. Every time I went past Dustin he would fire back at me. Finally I pressured him enough and made a pass stick. I put a good lap together, and finally I didn't hear the jaws Triumph triple behind me and I thought he crashed. So I went down the front straight and looked back and saw I had a gap. I went by some lapped traffic and put my head down, but then I got to turn two and saw the red flag. Second time this year I missed out on a double win due to a red flag. Can't complain -- had a blast riding for my team and seeing smiles on my crew's faces. Today was a great day. Many thanks to all the fans and supporters who came out to see the races, and especially to my personal sponsors AGV Helmets, Dainese Leathers, Monster Energy, and Techmounts." Rispoli continues to lead the AMA Pro Motorcycle-Superstore.com SuperSport West series by 60 points over his nearest competitor.

Corey Alexander showed the drive and determination needed all weekend, but a bad start after the first red flag meant he had to do battle with fewer laps in reserve. Looking forward, Alexander said "After yesterday's misfortune and having to come from far back to get thirteenth, I hoped to have my National Guard Fairhills Group Suzuki fighting for the win today. Unfortunately, after the first red flag, I got a bad start and had to work my way through some fast guys. I tried splitting away from them but they stayed right on me. Jake got by for one lap and it happened to be the lap before the second red flag that cut the race short. We should have had third and a podium but that's racing. I'm happy to bring home a top five for my guys. Thanks to my National Guard Fairhills Group crew and everyone supporting us." Corey would like to thank Fairhills Group, Hudson Valley Motorcycles, Spidi Leathers, XPD Boots, and Arai Helmets for all their help and encouragement. Corey's hard work this weekend means his fifth place in the SuperSport East standings remains secure, and he is within close reach of third and fourth as the season winds down.

Celtic Racing travels to Homestead-Miami Speedway in less than two week's time for the penultimate event of the season September 21-23. For video coverage of this weekend's races, as well as all the season's previous events, please visit http://www.speed2.com where you will be able to view the races on your computer.

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.


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.


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.


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