Celtic Racing's Alexander Takes Another Podium Finish With Rispoli In Top Ten At Laguna Seca

NEWS July 23, 2013

Celtic Racing's Alexander Takes Another Podium Finish With Rispoli In Top Ten At Laguna Seca

Photo by Brian J Nelson

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July 23, 2013 - Celtic Racing's Corey Alexander took a strong third place finish in the single SuperSport race at Laguna Seca this weekend aboard his #5 National Guard Celtic Racing Suzuki GSX-R 600. James Rispoli brought home a solid eighth place in the Daytona Sport Bike race on Sunday, on his National Guard Celtic Racing Suzuki GSX-R 600. Because of the MotoGP shared event both SuperSport and Daytona SportBike classes were reduced to only one event this weekend. Alexander continues to lead the AMA SuperSport East division, with points at Laguna Seca going towards West division racers only. Rispoli maintains his fifth position in the Daytona Sport Bike standings, but was not able to close the gap to fourth this weekend. The team was happy to have Caroline Olsen under the canopy and in the pits this weekend, and everyone was pleased to see her progress.

Corey Alexander had a good start at the beginning of the SuperSport race, immediately breaking away from the field with the lead pack and three other riders. Alexander qualified a strong fourth, and started from the second row in Saturday's race, and he was able to keep pace with Roberts and Puerta, with Tigert and Alexander exchanging positions several times. When Travis Ohge crashed and the race was red flagged, the entire paddock held their breath. Everyone at Celtic Racing sends their warmest thoughts and prayers for a strong and speedy recovery to Travis Ohge, his family, and Houston Superbikes team. Alexander resumed his battle with the lead pack after the race was restarted, again getting a good launch and working his way to second place ahead of Roberts at one point. The second part of the race was a tight battle with Roberts, Puerta, and Alexander separated by less than 0.295" at the checkered flag. Alexander stated that "overall this weekend was a success for us. I struggled a bit to get some good times down in qualifying, but the race went really well. I was a bit tentative with my National Guard Celtic Racing machine in the race and I should have made some passes stick. It was a very fun and exciting race for me, I love riding at Laguna Seca. Thanks for all the support from the team and my personal sponsors for sticking with me. We will make it back to the top step shortly!" Corey's personal sponsors include Arai Helmets, AMMO NYC, Hudson Valley Motorcycles, Spidi Leathers, and XPD Boots.

James Rispoli was frustrated by his results this weekend, and besides a good start to the race, was unable to keep pace after the first lap, and would finish in eighth place. The Daytona Sport Bike race was also red flagged, and the last five laps was a sprint to the checkered flag after the restart. Rispoli stated "I'm not happy with the work I did this weekend, and I know we have a lot of work to do at Miller. Many thanks to my Celtic Racing crew for all the hard work they put in, I know it's going to come together for us at the next race. Thanks to AGV Helmets, Dainese Leathers, Monster Energy, Spider Grips, and Techmount for their support."

Caroline Olsen, who suffered a serious shoulder and arm injury at Road America earlier this season, was with the team at Laguna Seca. Caroline enjoyed meeting fans and signing autographs, but the combination of sights, sounds, and race fuel gave her some extra motivation to heal fast and get on her Celtic Orient Express Suzuki GSX-R 600 again soon. Caroline said enthusiastically "I had a good weekend at Laguna with the team, as good as not racing can be at this point. I'm still not ready to get back on the bike, and it's painful to watch my teammate Corey and my friends in SuperSport race without me. I'm trying to stay positive, and if nothing else, to be stuck on the sideline has made me hungrier then ever to come back stronger and better. I have a meeting with Dr. Ting on Tuesday, then I will know more about when I'll be on my dear bike. Thanks for all your continued messages of support - it really means a lot to me to hear from all of you!"

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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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