Celtic Racing Travels To Laguna Seca For Fifth Round Of 2013 Season

NEWS July 18, 2013

Celtic Racing Travels To Laguna Seca For Fifth Round Of 2013 Season

Photo by Brian J Nelson

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July 18, 2013 - Celtic Racing arrives at Laguna Seca Raceway this weekend, after solid results just four days earlier at Mid-Ohio. In 2012 James Rispoli won the SuperSport race at Laguna Seca, with Corey Alexander a close fifth. Both riders enjoy the circuit, and are looking forward to racing in front of the elite MotoGP teams again this coming weekend. Because of the US Grand Prix, there will only be one Daytona Sport Bike race for Rispoli, and one SuperSport race for Alexander. Caroline Olsen will again join the team at Laguna Seca and is eager to see all her fans and supporters. Please stop by and say hello, take a picture, and give her some encouragement with her recovery. Caroline has made steady progress and hopes to be back on a bike soon. She has a visit with Dr. Ting planned, who has been monitoring her progress closely.

James Rispoli is eager to get back on his #43 National Guard Celtic Racing Suzuki GSX-R 600 this weekend and capitalize on chassis setup changes that helped him in the Daytona Sport Bike Race on Sunday at Mid-Ohio. Laguna Seca is a challenging circuit that requires a great deal of technical skill and careful setup to master. James said that "in race two at Mid-Ohio we found something with the bike setup to really help us. It kept us in the front pack until I believe three laps from the checkered flag. I'm really looking to keep the momentum rolling and stay up front and fight for another good result at Laguna. Many thanks to all my personal sponsors for all their support - AGV Helmets, Dainese Leathers, Monster Energy, Techmount, and Spider Grips - couldn't do it without you!"

Corey Alexander has always enjoyed racing at Laguna Seca, and will be on the #5 National Guard Celtic Racing Suzuki GSX-R 600 in the SuperSport race. Alexander also saw significant improvement after some changes between races at Mid-Ohio, and while the Laguna Seca event does not pay points to his AMA SuperSport East championship where he is leading the class, it does make an impact for the national title. Corey said that "after having only a few days off, I'm very excited to keep the progress we made at Mid-Ohio going. I know we will have our work cut out for us, but I'm excited in general to be riding at the world famous Laguna Seca again. My main focus this weekend is making up some ground in the national championship, and to put the National Guard Celtic Racing machine up front where it belongs, especially in front of the world stage. Thanks in advance to Arai Helmets, AMMO NYC, Hudson Valley Motorcycles, Spidi Leathers, and XPD Boots for everything they have done to make this season possible."

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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Established in 1973, Orient Express is celebrating it's 40th year as a high performance motorcycle parts distributor and race shop. Orient Express offers engine and motorcycle building services, precision machine work, suspension servicing, and dyno tuning services. 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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