AMA Flat Track Results: I-96 Speedway

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AMA Flat Track Results

On Saturday night the AMA Pro Racing elite came to the I-96 Speedway half mile and Latus Harley-Davidson / ENI USA R&M / Lloyd Brothers Motorsport’s Joe Kopp overcame two restarts to take his #3 clad Harley-Davidson to win round eight of the K&N Filters Grand National Championship presented by Motorcycle-superstore.com series.

The race was stopped the first time by oil on the track after just two laps. The red lights flashed again eleven laps in when Bryan Smith fell in turn two on his Kawasaki Monster Energy Drink backed #42 Kawasaki.

Zanotti Racing’s #5 Jake Johnson had the hole shot the first time, but could not duplicate the second time around. “I knew I had to get out front and not make any mistakes,” said Kopp. “I was the veteran, I should be able to keep the ‘kids’ behind me.”

Kopp was pulling clear as Johnson and Harley-Davidson Motor Company’s #2 Kenny Coolbeth fought over second when the second red flag came out.

The single file restart saw Johnson take a look inside going into the first turn, but he just couldn’t get up along side and his fate was sealed. Coolbeth was all over Johnson, but no better luck. Late in the race King’s Kustom / KK Motorcycle Supply’s #7 Sammy Halbert, Rogers Lake Racing / Blue Springs Harley-Davidson’s #1 Jared Mees and Lancaster Harley-Davidson / DFW Honda’s #4 Chris Carr tried to make it a six way race, but after Mees passed Carr on lap twenty two the top positions were set.

Scott Powersport’s #10 Johnny Lewis gave his Kawasaki it’s best finish with a seventh after falling victim to the oil on the first start. White’s Harley-Davidson’s #20 Matt Weidman, KK Motorcycle Supply’s #17 Henry Wiles and King’s Kustom’s Jethro Halbert rounded out the top ten.

AMA Pro Racing has implemented a new program for three of this year’s races. The top ten riders in last year’s Pro Singles class can have a provisional ride in the Expert class if they can secure a twins ride for the event. Tonight four riders took advantage of that.

#24P Jeff Carver (Lloyd Brothers Motorsports-Ducati), #71B James Rispoli (Lloyd Brothers Motorsports-Ducati), #25A Shayna Texter (Lancaster Harley-Davidson-Harley-Davidson) and Brad Baker, who switched his #1 Pro Singles number for a #17M Global Products / Lancaster Harley-Davidson backed Harley-Davidson were the only riders to take advantage.

Baker really took advantage, winning the second Expert Twins Semi. Then after finishing second to Carver (Van’s Yamaha motor Co / GYTR) in the Pro Singles main he got off his Rod Lake / Mike Velasco backed Honda and put in twenty five more laps and came home a very respectful thirteenth. The finish did not earn him any GNC National points, just the experience and the $775.00 that went with it.

Cycle Dynamics / ANT Racing’s #71B James Rispoli filled out the Motorcycle-Superstore.com Pro Singles Podium after the race was stopped on lap eleven when #81C Zakk Palmer (TLC Racing) fell in turn four.

The K&N Filters Grand National Championship presented by Motorcycle-superstore.com now moves west with Calistoga, CA the destination on July 31.

AMA Pro Racing is the premier professional motorcycle racing organization in North America, operating a full schedule of events and championships for a variety of motorcycle disciplines.

I-96 1/2 Mile
Expert Main Event – AMA Pro
Grand National Twins Championship
July 10, 2010 I-96 Speedway
Lake Odessa, MI

Race Time: 17:18.477
Margin of Victory: 0.215
Best Race Lap: Chris Carr
(0:22.223)

Pos No. Rider(s) Bike Interval Gap Best Lap Points
1 3 Joe
Kopp
Harley Davidson 25 Laps WINNER 0:22.270 25
2 5 Jake
Johnson
Harley Davidson 0.215 0.215 0:22.301 20
3 2 Kenny
Coolbeth Jr.
Harley Davidson 0.281 0.066 0:22.225 21
4 7 Sammy
Halbert
Harley Davidson 0.636 0.355 0:22.268 19
5 1 Jared
Mees
Harley Davidson 0.822 0.185 0:22.224 14
6 4 Chris
Carr
Harley Davidson 1.840 1.017 0:22.223 13
7 10 Johnny
Lewis
Kawasaki 5.580 3.740 0:22.590 12
8 20 Matt
Weidman
Harley Davidson 5.729 0.149 0:22.608 11
9 17 Henry Wiles Harley Davidson 6.035 0.305 0:22.586 10
10 69 Jethro
Halbert
Harley Davidson 6.079 0.044 0:22.471 12
11 44 Brandon
Robinson
Harley Davidson 8.636 2.556 0:22.585 8
12 87 Michael
Kirkness
Harley Davidson 10.460 1.824 0:22.754 7
13 17M Brad
Baker
Harley Davidson 10.641 0.180 0:22.696 6
14 62 Luke
Gough
Harley Davidson 12.295 1.653 0:22.626 5
15 73 Doug
Lawrence
Harley Davidson 24 Laps 1 Lap 0:22.777 4
16 27 Robert
Pearson
Harley Davidson 23 Laps 1 Lap 0:22.743 3
17 42 Bryan
Smith
Kawasaki 18 Laps 5 Laps 0:22.428 2
18 26 Brandan
Bergen
Harley Davidson 15 Laps 3 Laps 0:22.699
I-96 1/2 Mile
Pro Main Event – AMA Pro
Singles Championship
July 10, 2010 I-96 Speedway
Lake Odessa, MI

Race Time: 2:25.728
Margin of Victory: 3.316
Best Race Lap: Jeffrey Carver
Jr. (0:22.656)

Pos No. Rider(s) Bike Interval Gap Best Lap Points
1 24P Jeffrey
Carver Jr.
Yamaha 10 Laps WINNER 0:22.656 23
2 1 Brad
Baker
Honda 3.316 3.316 0:23.170 19
3 71B James
Rispoli
Honda 3.361 0.045 0:23.097 16
4 91Y Michael
Martin
Honda 3.513 0.151 0:23.115 15
5 20T Michael
LaBelle
Honda 3.619 0.106 0:22.858 14
6 36N Jeremy
Hamilton
Honda 4.277 0.657 0:23.184 13
7 33E Michael Avila Honda 4.344 0.067 0:23.104 12
8 76L Gerit Callies Honda 6.170 1.825 0:23.360 11
9 82J Brandon
Laursen
Honda 7.625 1.454 0:23.293 10
10 31J Kyle Whitis Honda 7.732 0.107 0:23.367 9
11 29J Chaz
Springsteen
Kawasaki 7.945 0.212 0:23.409 8
12 14L Justin
Minnaert
Kawasaki 8.217 0.272 0:23.341 7
13 19L Adam
Bushman
Honda 9.721 1.504 0:23.398 6
14 80B Corey
Crawford
Honda 10.044 0.323 0:23.454 5
15 20J Brian Vincent Honda 10.131 0.086 0:23.233 4
16 42J Joseph Ratz Honda 10.379 0.248 0:23.507 3
17 67P Kevin Walter KTM 11.079 0.700 0:23.605 2
18 81C Zakk Palmer Honda 9 Laps 1 Lap 0:22.873 1