Celtic/HVMC Suzuki's Alexander & Farris Dominate SuperSport At Daytona With Pole, Two Wins, And Two Second Places
NEWS March 17, 2014
Photo by Brian J Nelson
Courtesy of Celtic Racing:
March 17, 2014 - Celtic/Hudson Valley Motorcycles Suzuki is extremely pleased to report that Corey Alexander and Wyatt Farris dominated the AMA Pro Road Racing SuperSport field in the 2014 season opening event at Daytona International Speedway this weekend. Corey Alexander was on the throttle and pushing hard as soon as the first practice session began, and would go on to control qualifying and set the pace with a pole position time nearly half a second ahead of his nearest competitor. Wyatt Farris took a bit more time to acclimate to his new #19 Celtic/HVMC Suzuki GSX-R 600, but still managed to qualify a very respectable fifth on the grid in the very competitive SuperSport class.
In Friday's SuperSport race, Alexander got a strong start from pole aboard his #5 Celtic/HVMC Suzuki GSX-R 600, relinquishing the lead for just two turns before making the pass to get in front. From there forward Alexander would pile on the speed, building a progressively larger gap from the field as he charged forward. His smooth style and fluid control worked perfectly, netting Alexander a nearly eight second margin of victory at the checkered flag. Wyatt Farris also had a solid start and immediately began working his way through the field to challenge for second position. Farris used the draft to his advantage on more than one occasion, before moving into second place after lap six and dropping the hammer to extend a comfortable lead over third place that he would carry to the finish.
With the entire team flying high after Friday's success in the first race, a repeat performance by both Alexander and Farris on Saturday sent everyone over the moon with excitement. Once again, Alexander made good use of his pole position start and led the field from the green flag. In perhaps an even more impressive riding performance, Alexander was never challenged for the lead and rocketed to a comfortable margin by the end of the first lap on his #5 Celtic/HVMC Suzuki GSX-R 600. By the end of the race, Alexander was nearly seven seconds ahead of Farris, who was again leading the pack in second position. Farris also repeated his performance from Friday, with tactical maneuvers and passing, working his way through the field to take second position again without flinching. Farris' confidence in his machine and abilities was easy to see, and together with Alexander already make a formidable force in AMA Pro Road Racing SuperSport for 2014. Once again, Alexander and Farris finished one-two and topped the podium.
Reached for comment, Alexander was exuberant after the weekend's performance, stating "What an awesome weekend! I knew I'd have a great bike coming into Daytona, but I'd have to say that my expectations were far exceeded. My Celtic Racing Hudson Valley Motorcycles Suzuki was just unreal all weekend, and the boys back at the shop built me some real strong motors. My guys Mark and Tim made sure everything was working great, and that's really crucial with the new one bike rule and limited track time. We couldn't be racing without support from Suzuki and Yoshimura, their assistance is tremendous, and very appreciated. I also have to thank MJRS Freeman Racing so much for the support they've given us, which helps to make sure Celtic Racing continues to succeed. All of my personal sponsors have played a large part in what happened this weekend: Spidi Leathers, XPD Boots, Arai Helmets, Defy All Odds Apparel, Oakley, Crossfit OSA, and of course my whole family supporting me non-stop. Thank you all, and I look forward to trying to match my double wins at Road America like last season." Alexander leads the SuperSport standings with 60 points after the two victories at Daytona. Please follow Corey Alexander on twitter and Instagram via @corey5alexander, keep track of him on Facebook at www.facebook.com/corey5alexander, and check out his webpage - www.corey23.com - as well.
Wyatt Farris had a memorable first weekend with Celtic/HVMC Suzuki, one that went beyond his goals for the event at Daytona. Farris said that "This weekend was great, I had the goal of getting through the two races at Daytona in one piece with solid points, and we defiantly accomplished that. My Celtic/HVMC Suzuki GSX-R 600 was working great thanks to all of the hard work from our crew, as well as the support from Suzuki and Yoshimura. I also have to give a big thanks to the Jon Block Group, without they're support, this year would not be possible. Also many thanks for the continued support from Cortech, Shoei, Defy All Odds Apparel, Above Category, CT Racing, and my family and friends. I'm highly looking forward to the rest of the year!" Farris sits comfortably in second position in the SuperSport standings with 50 points, 14 points ahead of his nearest challenger. You can keep up with Wyatt Farris via Instagram @wyatt_farris and twitter @wyattfarris9 or join him on Facebook at www.facebook.com/wyattfarrisracing.
Team Manager Richie Alexander was very impressed with the results and how quickly the Celtic/HVMC Suzuki team had come together and achieved success. Alexander stated enthusiastically that "the Celtic/HVMC Suzuki team could not have had a better Daytona event! Pole position, two wins and two second place finishes - there weren't going to be any better results than that! I have to hand it to the entire Celtic Racing crew and the guys back at the shop! The guys put together some great bikes in such a short time, and of course Corey and Wyatt took advantage of it! We are very proud of them! We have to thank American Suzuki for supporting us in the 2014 season - without their support it would not have been so successful, and thanks to all the sponsors who helped us get here."
Celtic Racing was established in 2001 by Barry Gilsenan, and over the past 13 seasons has established itself as a premier privateer racing team. Celtic Racing has seen consecutive championship seasons in AMA Pro Racing SuperSport from 2012 to 2013. 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. For more information regarding Celtic/HVMC Suzuki please join us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/celticracing and follow @celticracing on twitter and Instagram - we appreciate all your support!
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