Highs and Lows of Racing Take Signorelli And Team From First Front Row Qualifying Effort, To Stalling on the Grid, to First Top Five Finish
NEWS May 29, 2012
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Courtesy of Racing For A Wish:
(May 30, 2012) - The Kuryakyn Racing for a Wish Team had a dramatic showing at Miller Motorsports Park for the Big M weekend. The weekend included many first time experiences for Gerry “Sigs” Signorelli, the up-and-coming Pro XR1200 racer. The end result was a successful showing in front of 49,000 fans with a dramatic, first career AMA Pro top five for Signorelli and the Kuryakyn Racing for a Wish Team.
The weekend began with a full wet practice. Although the forecast showed that race day would in fact be dry, Signorelli went out to test new suspension items and rain settings. Signorelli and the team finished P1 in second place. The next two times on track were for Q1 and Final Qualifying; both were dry. In both sessions Signorelli used his familiarity with the fast and flowing Miller Motorsports Park to earn his first AMA Pro front row start by qualifying fourth quickest.
Race day was picture perfect and the celebration to honor those who serve for the United States was on. However, Signorelli’s first career front row start did not go as planned. Signorelli stalled on the grid and was swallowed by all the riders going by when the lights went out to start the race. He frantically re-fired the Harley’s motor and put his head down. Without hesitation, he put down 8 solid laps to catch the field and pass all but the lead four riders by the time the checkered flag was shown. The greatest action to watch was Gerry picking his way through the pack. The announcers once commented, “Signorelli is gobbling them up like Pacman!”.
Signorelli explained, “That was one wild weekend! I was stoked to put the Kuryakyn Racing for a Wish Bike up front. It was exciting being there. I made the mistake of trying to launch the bike with a technique that I prefer, but one that has not been working well with the clutches on these XR’s. It was dragging the whole time the lights were on and kept bogging the engine. I stalled it and just hoped to not get taken out! That is a dangerous situation to be in. Once I realized I was ok, I got pretty angry at myself and took off. From fans’ feedback after the race, it seems we were able to put on a show for them! I’m happy about that and proud we have gotten out first top five! I want to be on the podium now.”
The team races this coming weekend on June 3rd, at Road America in Elkhart Lake, WI. For more information about Signorelli, the Kuryakyn Racing for a Wish Team, and their charitable cause, find them at www.racingforawish.com or www.kuryakyn.com as well as
on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and other social media outlets.
Racing for a Wish markets sponsors’ brands in the thrilling world of motorsports. Racing for a Wish is a motorcycle road racing program that donates to the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Colorado as it supports Gerry Signorelli’s development towards becoming an internationally competitive racer. The team is currently racing in the full AMA Pro Vance & Hines XR1200 Series.
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