Celtic Racing Wraps Up 2013 Season With Two Riders in Daytona Sport Bike Event At Laguna Seca

NEWS October 3, 2013

Celtic Racing Wraps Up 2013 Season With Two Riders in Daytona Sport Bike Event At Laguna Seca

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October 3, 2013 - National Guard Celtic Racing's Corey Alexander and James Rispoli completed the 2013 AMA Pro Road Racing Daytona Sport Bike season together with a single race at Laguna Seca during the combined AMA / World Superbike weekend. Alexander arrived at Laguna Seca fresh from his 2013 AMA SuperSport East championship, with two podium finishes at New Jersey. Rispoli returned to Laguna Seca with strong intentions after a good outing at New Jersey where he was able to run in the top five and had two top ten finishes over the weekend.

Corey Alexander rode hard on his #23 National Guard Celtic Racing Suzuki GSX-R 600 in his first Daytona Sport Bike event. Alexander picked up speed with each practice and qualifying session, despite a vicious high side crash early on in practice. Alexander qualified a strong fourteenth, ahead of several DSB regulars, quite an accomplishment for the young rider from New York. During the race, Corey's lap times kept improving, and his pace was over a second faster than when he had visited Laguna Seca earlier in the season. Unfortunately, Corey would wind up crashing out of the race on Sunday, while turning times at a similar pace to the lead group. Corey reflected on things with enthusiasm and stated "the end of the 2013 season is very bittersweet. When the year began, I was not even able to walk and less than 10 months later I've got my first championship under my belt. I also moved up to Daytona Sport Bike alongside some of the best racers in America. Though my DSB debut didn't go quite as planned, I was happy with the potential and what I was able to learn, even in such a short period of time. My team worked hard all year, through the ups and downs and I can't thank them enough for that. We started off the season strong, struggled a bit, and managed to sort things out and come back stronger than ever. I'm truly excited for what the future holds and I can't thank my guys Mike, Tim, and Barry for building me such good bikes all year. Being one of the few Suzuki's in the field, it's even more of an accomplishment for our National Guard Celtic Racing team to show you don't need to be on a particular brand to run up front or win races. I also have to give a tremendous thanks to everyone behind the scenes. Without the support of Chris and Jon from K-Tech Suspension and Skip from Orient Express, I'm not sure we would have ever been as successful as we ended up being. The whole reason the Celtic Racing team was able to run this year was due to the huge support from the National Guard and Michael Jordan Motorsports so I also cannot thank them enough for standing behind us. It's truly an honor to represent both the men and women of our country as well as such an iconic figure as MJ! I have to give a special thanks to my personal sponsors who also helped get me through this year, Arai Helmets, Spidi Leathers, XPD Boots, AMMO NYC, MJRS Freeman Racing, Hudson Valley Motorcycles, Sportbikes INC Magazine, and Jason Pridmore's STAR School. Also to my friends and family but, most importantly Uncle Richie and Jason Pridmore. I wouldn't know how to ride a road race bike without either of them so they're pretty important! Thanks to the folks at AMA Pro Road Racing for a great 2013, and thanks to Roadracing World, it's an honor to win the 2013 Young Gun award and I can only hope to be successful enough to support the youth of racing at some point in my career. Thanks everyone, I'm excited for 2014 but for now I'm off to Europe... stay tuned via Twitter or Facebook: @corey5alexander

James Rispoli finished the 2013 Daytona Sport Bike season in seventh place, after a rare mechanical problem with his machine pushed him out of the race in 32nd position. Rispoli would qualify in tenth position ahead of the race, a strong grid position despite a crash. All weekend, Rispoli worked hard to push his #43 National Guard Celtic Racing Suzuki GSX-R 600 to the front of the field and though the results don't reflect it, he made progress. Describing the race, Rispoli said that "Laguna was a tough weekend, we struggled from the start, and we didn't have the best qualifying either. We worked really hard, and it's unfortunate to have a mechanical in the race, but you know I've been working with the Celtic team for the last two years and I haven't had a mechanical until now. So I guess I'll have to take one and move forward. I really want to thank everyone on the team for all the hard work this season, and Jordan, and K-Tech, and Orient Express. Couldn't have done any of this without the support of the National Guard as well. Many thanks to all my fans and supporters, and of course my personal sponsors for sticking with me this year - AGV Helmets, Dainese Leathers, Monster Energy, Spider Grips, Techmounts, and Jason Pridmore's Star School. Keep up with what I am doing in Europe on Facebook and Twitter!"

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.


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 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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