Seven Buell Riders in Top Ten at ASRA Season-Opener; XBRR Wins First Race
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (March 5, 2006) Ė Harley-Davidson/Buell of Frederick rider Bryan Bemisderfer rode a Buell Firebolt XB12R to a second place finish at the first American SportBike Roadracing Series Thunderbike National race of the 2006 season at Daytona International Speedway. Halís Speed Shop/Sound Waves rider Sam Rozynski was third, also on a Buell Firebolt XB12R. The race was won by Nate Kern on a BMW R1100S.
Millville & Wildwood Harley-Davidson/Buell rider David Estok, the 2005 Thunderbike series champion, put his Buell Firebolt on the pole with a lap of 1 minute 51.263 seconds during Saturday qualifying.
At the start of the Thunderbike final, Estok burned up his clutch and pulled off the exit of the International Horseshoe on the opening lap. Halís Speed Shop rider
Dan Bilansky, who qualified second on a Buell Firebolt, led the opening lap but suffered a mechanical failure on the main straight and pulled off. That left the door open for Kern, who started the 10-lap race from the back row after his third place qualifying effort was disallowed due to a technical infraction.
Appleton Buell/Hoban Brothers Racing rider Jeff Johnson was fourth on a Buell Firebolt, followed by Halís Speed Shop/Spyder Leatherworks rider Paul James, also on a Buell Firebolt. Dave Maney was sixth on a Ducati 748, followed by fellow Ducati rider Michael Delage and Buell rider Chris Young. Blue Springs Harley-Davidson/Buell rider Walt Sipp, who started from the back row due to missing qualifying on Saturday, worked his way up to second before he crashed out on the second to last lap and finished ninth. Liberty Harley-Davidson/Buell rider Anthony Caligiuri rounded out the top ten.
ďIím really excited to see so many privateer racers campaigning Buell XBs. We really believe in grassroots racing and our whole racing contingency and support program is geared to support their efforts,Ē said Chairman and Chief Technical Officer Erik Buell.
Earlier during the Championship Cup Series multi-regional events at Daytona, the new Buell XBRR notched its first race win in the hands of Buell of Hannover (Germany) rider Rico Penzkofer, who topped former World Superbike racer Dario Marchetti and his Ducati 999RS in the CCS SuperTwins event on Saturday. Four different Buell dealer teams racing the Buell XBRR used the CCS/ASRA race weekend as a shake-down and practice opportunity for the Daytona 200, scheduled for Saturday, March 11. They continue testing today and Tuesday during the American Historic Racing Motorcycle Association event. AMA practice begins Wednesday with qualifying for the Daytona 200 on Thursday.
The next event on the eight-round ASRA Thunderbike National schedule is April 21-23 at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wis.
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