Celtic Racing Leaves Barber With Strong Results In SuperSport & Daytona SportBike Races

NEWS June 25, 2013

Celtic Racing Leaves Barber With Strong Results In SuperSport & Daytona SportBike Races

Photo by Brian J Nelson

Courtesy of Celtic Racing:

(June 25, 2013) - Celtic Racing continued to work hard and develop speed this weekend during AMA Pro Road Racing's third round of events at Barber Motorsports Park. James Rispoli started from the middle of the second row with a fifth place qualifying effort on his #43 National Guard Celtic Racing Suzuki GSX-R 600 in both Daytona SportBike races. Corey Alexander would start from the outside of the second row with a sixth place qualifying position on his #5 National Guard Celtic Racing Suzuki GSX-R 600 in SuperSport.

Alexander had good starts in both SuperSport races, and was with the lead pack ahead of the 41 bike field in both events. Corey was unable to improve on his starting position during the race on Saturday, but rode consistently and was able to finish a strong sixth. Sunday's results were the same, with Corey finishing sixth, ahead of SuperSport East points leader Mesa. Alexander was thus able to tighten the gap down to two points in the standings with 119 to Mesa's 121, and maintain his healthy lead over third place Gillim. Alexander stated "we had a rough weekend from the moment practice started. I'm happy to have had consistent and decent finishes, which are worth important points towards the championship. It is indeed true that you can't win them all, but I am definitely not happy with 6th place. We will continue to work hard and plan to do better at Mid Ohio. Thanks to my National Guard Celtic Racing crew for working hard all weekend. Also thanks to Spidi Leathers, XPD boots, and Arai Helmets for keeping me safe during my crash on Friday!"

Rispoli's riding was certainly better than his result in Saturday's Daytona SportBike race, where he finished seventh after starting from fifth. The 23 rider field was filled with aggression, with several riders fighting for top positions all race long. Rispoli would improve his finish on Sunday with a sixth place at the checkered flag, after riding as high as third during the race. James' steady hand and even finishes puts him solidly in fifth place in the overall Daytona Sport Bike standings with 71 points. Rispoli was optimistic and said "the weekend was full, with plenty of ups and a few downs. Overall though, another great step in the right direction. The motorcycle, the team, and I are becoming more and more accustomed to Daytona Sport Bike. Race two on Sunday we had some very consistent laps, and we were only 6 seconds off the podium. We need to work on a few more things, and we will be fighting for some podiums. Hats off and thanks to the National Guard Celtic team for working so hard and helping me to get competitive in DSB. Many thanks also to my personal sponsors, Dainese Leathers, AGV Helmets, Monster Energy, Spider Grips, and Techmounts for all their support!"

Celtic Racing is proud to partner with: Army National Guard, Michael Jordan Motorsports, Orient Express Racing, Hudson Valley Motorcycles, American Suzuki, Armour Bodies, Bazzaz, Chicken Hawk Racing, DesignStar3, D.I.D. Chain, FMF Exhaust, Full Spectrum Power, Galfer, GB Racing, K-Tech Suspension, Maxima Racing Oils, Motion Pro, Pit Bull Products, Saddlemen, Signs Ink, Star Motorcycle School, Vortex Racing, and Zero Gravity.


Celtic Racing was established in 2001 by Barry Gilsenan, and over the past 12 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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