Celtic Racing's Rispoli And Alexander Share Podium Finishes At Road America
Celtic Racing arrived at Road America for the AMA Pro Road Racing SuperSport West doubleheader with James Rispoli leading the West point standings, and Corey Alexander in fifth in the East championship. James rode hard in Practice and Qualifying aboard his #1 Celtic Orient Express Suzuki GSX-R 600 to take third position on the grid, posting the fastest time in Saturday morning Qualifying as well. Corey showed that he was back to form at Road America, qualifying just behind his teammate in fourth place in the thirty-two rider field on his #5 National Guard Fairhills Group Suzuki GSX-R 600, and was third fastest in second Qualifying. Race one on Saturday saw Rispoli battle for the lead with eventual race winner Lewis, and finish in third position just behind Mesa. Rispoli gained valuable points to maintain his Supersport West lead for the series championship. Alexander had a good start for the first green flag, but then after the red flag suffered with clutch issues which dropped him back to 22nd overall. Some determined and calculated racing moved Corey steadily through the field to finish eleventh, with a pace that would have placed him in the lead pack.
The second SuperSport race on Sunday was a three rider battle for the front with Rispoli again battling for the lead. Alexander had a good start, working his way from eighth to fourth, again on pace to battle with the lead pack but unable to close the gap. On the last lap Rispoli attempted to make a pass for the lead and wound up crashing. James would recover quickly and finish sixth, salvaging valuable points. Alexander was in the perfect position to take advantage of his teammate's misfortune, and grabbed third place on the podium behind Lewis and Mesa.
Corey Alexander was thrilled to earn a podium on Sunday, and said "After a tough few weeks and a misfortunate problem with the bike on Saturday, I was super excited to make a podium finish Sunday. My National Guard Fairhills Group crew stuck behind me so I have to give them a huge shout-out, and though I was bummed to see James go down on the last lap I was happy to take third. Thanks to everyone supporting the team, the National Guard, Fairhills Group, and Celtic Racing. Special thanks to my personal sponsors Arai Helmets, Spidi Leathers, XPD Boots, Hudson Valley Motorcycle, my family, and Uncle Richie."
Rispoli battled hard all weekend, and he was happy to gain points as the next event moves to Barber, stating "Race one was pretty good before the red flag, we were right there hanging behind Lewis closing the laps down, but third was all I got Saturday. Sunday morning warm up we made some changes to help get off the corners harder, and through the fast corners. The first lap of the race i knew we had the pace when I could run up on Lewis coming off the corners. On the white flag lap I passed him for the lead going down the back straight into turn five, I got double drafted so I tried to just go back around Mesa to sit in second but I missed my first downshift so I had to grab four gears in a row and got it super side-ways. As I went down I just remember yelling in my helmet "YOU IDIOT" and then "GET UP! GET UP!" Before I was done sliding I was running for the bike, and luckily the flagger had picked it up and I was on my way to the checkered flag, only losing one point in that race. I feel bad that my team gave me the bike to win and I made a very uncharacteristic mistake, that I don't usually make and that I couldn't put a win in the books for them. But we're still 26 points ahead going into Barber where I love to ride." James would also like to thank his personal sponsors: AGV Helmets, Dainese Leathers, Monster Energy, and Techmount for their support.
Both Celtic Racing Suzuki GSX-R 600's showcase the best in road racing technology. Product support for both machines comes from: Michael Jordan Motorsports, American Suzuki, Armor Bodies, Chicken Hawk Racing, DesignStar3, Dynojet, FMF Racing, Full Spectrum Power, Hudson Valley Racing, Galfer Brakes, GB Racing, K-Tech Suspension, Maxima Oils, Motion Pro, Pit Bull, Riviera Country Club, Saddlemen, Star Motorcycle School, Vortex Racing, and Zero Gravity.
Celtic Racing was established in 2001 by Barry Gilsenan, and over the past 11 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: www.facebook.com/CelticRacing.
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