DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., (Oct. 20, 2006) - Motorcycle racing kicked off on Friday at Daytona International Speedway with the 47-lap Team Challenge event and seven Championship Cup Series races.
A familiar face that landed in Gatorade Victory Lane on Friday was Doug Polen, a four-time World champion who won the Expert Unlimited Superbike event aboard his Ducati 999.
"This is a blast to be able to run the old circuit like the way we use to," Polen said. "The last time I was here competing -- the last time I remember -- was 1997. So that was nine years ago. I've got half dozen laps of practice and have been using these races to feel the bike out. The Ducati 999R is absolutely fantastic. The bike was built by Boulder Motorsports and Brian Sharp. The guy knows what he's doing and it's been a great relationship so far."
The team of Scott Harwood and Calvin Martinez aboard a Suzuki 600 chased down the Vallely Racing Suzuki 1000 in the second half of the Team Challenge event to capture the overall victory.
"We were just running our own race, just trying to stay consistent and finish," said Harwood, who rode the first stint. "We came in here with the national championship already wrapped up. This was just a fun time to come out to Daytona and race it up with the other guys.
"We won the previous seven races so we did want to come in here and make it a clean sweep for the season."
The victory does make it a clean sweep for the season and Harwood gave plenty of credit to Greg Moon, who built the engine on the powerful Suzuki.
"Without him, we wouldn't have gotten to where we are," Harwood said. "He builds a solid bike. Every race, we have had a fresh bike. It's just reliable. We didn't have one mechanical this year and we didn't' have one crash."
Harwood said the heat was his toughest foe as he turned laps on the legendary 3.56-mile road course.
"The elements were pretty hard core with temperatures in the high 90s and the humidity up so high," Harwood said. "It was one of those things where it was a battle of the elements. As far as our race strategy it was flawless. We wanted to do one stop and we did that. I believe that got us the first overall. "
Martinez, who rode the last stint, said the race went according to plan.
"We made a rider change and fuel stop at the halfway point," Martinez said. "The bike was running fast and I know we had to chase down the No. 3 bike (Vallely Racing) and we passed them on the last lap.
"It was a lot of fun out there. It was really hot. (The race) could have been 10 laps shorter. Greg Moon really put a motor on the bike and it really goes on the banks."
8 Hours At Daytona:
The SunTrust MOTO-ST Series 8 Hours At Daytona will go green at 1 p.m. on Saturday with an international field of 39 bikes and more than 100 riders. The SunTrust MOTO-ST Series participated in a two-hour practice session on Friday night to prepare for Saturday's endurance race.
The 8 Hours At Daytona is the inaugural event for the SunTrust MOTO-ST Series, a new motorcycle endurance racing series that will kick off their 2007 inaugural season in March at DIS during Daytona 200 Week By Honda.
The race will feature $100,000 in purse and lap money and will finish under the lights. The event will mark the first nighttime motorcycle race at DIS since the 1985 Paul Revere 250.
Teams will be required to use a minimum of two and a maximum of three riders in the inaugural 8 Hours At Daytona and all subsequent SunTrust MOTO-ST events. The race will feature three classes of sport twin motorcycles: SuperSport Twins (SST), GrandSport Twins (GST) and Sport Twins (ST).
Lt. Shawn Sloan, assistant commander of the Polk County (Fla.) Sherriff's Office ERT (Emergency Response Team) and a 13-year veteran of the agency, is racing his motorcycle during this weekend's Fall Cycle Scene in honor of D/S Matt Williams and his K-9 partner Diogi, who were killed in
the line of duty last month.
An image of Williams and Diogi together are emblazoned on the trailer that houses the motorcycle and on the bike itself. A short ceremony with several of Williams' fellow K-9 teams and a moment of silence took place before the start of Friday's races.
Getting the festivities underway for the inaugural 8 Hours At Daytona SunTrust MOTO-ST Series race on Saturday will be an autograph session featuring the full field of riders from the 8 Hours At Daytona and some very special guests.
Beginning at 10 a.m., riders will be on hand in the Speedway's NEXTEL FANZONE to sign special event posters and commemorative autograph cards.
Joining SunTrust MOTO-ST Series competitors will be founder of the World Superbike Series and winner of the first Daytona Superbike race Steve McLaughlin, four-time World Champion Doug Polen, three-time AMA Grand National Champion Jay Springsteen, 1967 and 1968 AMA Grand National Champion and former Daytona 200 By Honda winner Gary Nixon and former Daytona 200 By Honda winner John Ashmead.
Tickets are available online at http://www.racetickets.com or by calling 1-800-PITSHOP.
ASRA Team Challenge (GTO): 1. Moons Cycle II, Suzuki 600: Calvin Martinez (Slinger, Wisc.), Calvin Martinez, Scott Harwood, Jesse Janisch; 2. Vallely Racing II, Suzuki 1000: Tom Vallely (Flagler Beach), Ryan Paterson, Josh Day; 3. Vallely Racing, Suzuki 1000: Tom Vallely (Flagler Beach), Joe Riberio, Mike Himmeslbach ASRA Team Challenge (GTU): 1. Speed Tec Racing, Kawasaki 600: Jason Farrell (Oshkosh, Wisc.), Brian Frank; 2. 3 S 2. Motorsports, Yamaha 600: Michael Murray (Schlenksville, Pa.), Jonathan Lawrence; 3. Appel Racing, 636 Kawasaki: Melissa Appel (Cedar Rapids, Iowa), Algn Feddeisen; ASRA Team Challenge (GTL): 1. Teamhurtbyaccident, Suzuki 650: CJ Czaia (Palmetto, Fla.), Ben Matheson; 2. Mighty Lomina Racing, Suzuki 650: Bill Davenport (Boston, Mass.), Craig McLean, Thomas Montano; 3. Team LMB, Suzuki 650: Frank Neil (Washington, D.C.), Sean O'Sullivan, Max Grant;; A&J Recognition Solo Challenge: 1. Motoxtreme Racing, Yamaha 1000: Santiago Villa (Sunrise, Fla.); 2. GT Racing, Yamaha 600: Patrick Quinn (Paisley, Fla.); 3. AVA Racing, Honda 600: Paul Capella (Westchester, Pa.)
Amateur GT Lights: 1. Jason Edmonds, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., Ducati 1000; 2. Clayton Schutz, Victoria, Texas, Aprilla 250; 3. Gina Angella, Hollywood, Fla., Ducati 1000; Expert GT Lights: 1. Nate Kern, Devon, Pa., BMW 1170; 2. Brett Guyer, Stratham, N.H., Ducati 1000; 3. Christopher Boy, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., Bim 900; Amateur GTO: 1. Robert Wilkey, Fairfax Station, Va., Suzuki 1000; 2. Lloyd Bailey, Deer Park, N.Y., Suzuki 1000; 3. Raymond Thibedeau, Phoenix, Ariz., Suzuki 1000; Expert GTO: 1. David Loikits, Northhampton, Pa., Suzuki 1000; 2. Rodolfo Ramirez, Temavac, Fla., Suzuki 1000; 3. Ivan Garza, El Paso, Texas, Kawasaki 1000; Expert Lightweight F40: Jeffrey Johnson, Minnesapolis, Minn., Buell; 2. Eric Helmbach, Califon, NJ, Honda 600; 3. Bob Weinert, Plainfield, Ill., Yamaha 560; Amateur Lightweight F40: 1. Brian Woods, Plymouth, Mass., Suzuki 650; 2. Thomas Michels, Racine, Wisc., Buell 1200; 3. Matt McNall, Janesville, Wisc., Suzuki 650; Expert Formula 40: 1. Dennis Debuhr, Waukesha, Wisc., Suzuki 750; 2. Robert Lang, Dad City, Fla., Suzuki 750; 3. Jeffrey Purk, Des Moines, Iowa, Yamaha 600; Amateur Formula 40: 1. Hilton Gearther, Winter Park, Fla., Suzuki 750; 2. Charlie Mavros, Tampa, Fla., Suzuki 750; 3. Paul Vondrak, Nashotah, Wisc., Suzuki 750; Expert Thunderbike: 1. Don Bilansky, Waukesha, Wisc., Buell 1200; 2. Stephane Mertens, Brussels, BMW 1200; 3. Brian Parriott, Calistoga, Calif., BMW 1200; Amateur Thunderbike: Jason Edmonds, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., Ducati 1000; 2. Gina Angella, Hollywood, Fla., Ducati 1000; 3. James Delk, Jr., New Castle, Va., Buell 1169; Amateur Unlimited Superbike: 1. Raymond Thibedeau, Phoenix,
Ariz., Suzuki 1000; 2. John Cadman, Hershey, Pa.; 3. Tomas Lopez, Sunrise, Fla., Yamaha 600; Expert Unlimited Superbike: 1. Doug Polen, Camarillo, Calif., Ducati 999; 2. David Loikits, Northampton, Pa., Suzuki 1000; 3. Johnny Rock Page, Phoenix, Ariz., Yamaha 1000. Amateur Ultra Light Superbike: 1. Clayton Schutz, Victoria, Texas, Aprilia 250; 2. Tim Morris, Covington, Ga., Kawasaki 500; 3. Thomas Noble, New Market, Md., Yamaha 400; Expert Ultra Light Superbike: 1. Chris Sammons, Longwood, Fla., Ducati 750; 2. Jeff Hudlett, Fort Lauderdale, Fla., KTM; 3. Mark Evry, Silver Spring, Md., Yamaha 600. Expert 125 GP: 1. Steve Wenner, Pompano Beach, Fla., Honda 125; 2. Adam Loeffler, Boca Raton, Fla., Honda 125; 3. Jeffery Permanian, Roselle, Ill., Honda 125; 125 Grand Prix Am: 1. Morten Frederiksen, Honda 125. Akropovic GTU Expert: 1. Jeff Wood, Winchenden, Ma., Suzuki 600; 2. Geoff May, Gainesville, Ga., Suzuki 600; 3. Cory West, Eureka Springs, Ar., Yamaha 600. Akropovic GTU Amateur: 1. Curt Henderson, Poplar Bluff, Mo., Honda 600; 2. Santiago Lopez, Sunrise, Fla., Yamaha 600; 3. Tomas Lopez, Sunrise, Fla., Yamaha 600.