Celtic Racing Riders Earned Valuable Points at Mid Ohio With Top Ten Finishes
July 15, 2013
Celtic Racing's James Rispoli and Corey Alexander earned solid results at Mid Ohio Sports Car Course, and rode at the front in all four races over the weekend. Rispoli qualified in fifth position aboard the #43 National Guard Celtic Racing Suzuki GSX-R 600 for the Daytona Sport Bike races. The beginning of race one on Saturday saw Rispoli rocket to the front with a great start and lead the field into turn one. Rispoli was able to stay at the front for the first third of the race, slowly sliding back to finish a strong seventh on Saturday. Alexander would start from sixth position on the grid in SuperSport on his #5 National Guard Celtic Racing Suzuki GSX-R 600. In Saturday's race one Alexander would finish seventh, and also move into the lead in the SuperSport East points race.
Sunday's race two saw both Celtic Racing riders take advantage of chassis geometry changes to make significant improvements with Rispoli taking a fifth place finish, and Alexander a fourth. Rispoli was aggressive from the start of the shortened race, and enjoyed race long battles with the front of the Daytona Sport Bike field. Rispoli ran as high as second as the race opened, and would fight hard in the five rider lead group before finishing fifth and also holding his fifth place in Daytona Sport Bike points. Alexander also had a great race on Sunday, finishing fourth in a close battle for the final podium sport with Miles Thornton. Alexander extends his lead in the AMA SuperSport East series with the results this weekend at Mid-Ohio. Alexander made some strides forward and is looking forward to the next race at Laguna Seca just four days from now.
Corey Alexander stated that although the "weekend didn't go as well as planned, we developed some more confidence in the bike. We tried a completely new geometry setup going into the weekend that had some things that we needed, and worked out some others. By Sunday's race I was pretty confident in the potential of the bike. It really took riding behind those top guys, and learning from what they were doing, while also having the bike to do so. I'm very happy overall with the progress we made as a team, more than the race results from the weekend. It was a valuable weekend in terms of points as well as learning in general. Thanks to my guys Mike and Tim for working super hard all weekend, as well as to Chris from K-Tech Suspension for being heavily influential in the progress we made. I hope to continue with what we've learned and raise the bar at Laguna next weekend. Thanks to my personal sponsors Arai Helmets, Spidi Leathers, XPD Boots, AMMO NYC, Hudson Valley Motorcycles, and everyone else for their support - thanks for sticking with us!"
James Rispoli was excited after riding up front and challenging for the lead, stating that "the weekend ended on an awesome level. The whole team has been working countless hours to find a setup that works for me, and I feel really good on the bike. We finally got the feeling I was looking for in morning warm up, and I was really excited going into the race on Sunday. Overall I think we now have a really good setup that will work and we can start tweaking that to get on the podium. It was really cool to run with the top guys the whole race and to keep learning. Thanks to all my fans and supporters, especially my personal sponsors AGV Helmets, Dainese Leathers, Monster Energy, Techmounts, and Spider Grips. See you at Laguna!"
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.
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