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)

PosNo.Rider(s)BikeIntervalGapBest LapPoints
13Joe
Kopp
Harley Davidson25 LapsWINNER0:22.27025
25Jake
Johnson
Harley Davidson0.2150.2150:22.30120
32Kenny
Coolbeth Jr.
Harley Davidson0.2810.0660:22.22521
47Sammy
Halbert
Harley Davidson0.6360.3550:22.26819
51Jared
Mees
Harley Davidson0.8220.1850:22.22414
64Chris
Carr
Harley Davidson1.8401.0170:22.22313
710Johnny
Lewis
Kawasaki5.5803.7400:22.59012
820Matt
Weidman
Harley Davidson5.7290.1490:22.60811
917Henry WilesHarley Davidson6.0350.3050:22.58610
1069Jethro
Halbert
Harley Davidson6.0790.0440:22.47112
1144Brandon
Robinson
Harley Davidson8.6362.5560:22.5858
1287Michael
Kirkness
Harley Davidson10.4601.8240:22.7547
1317MBrad
Baker
Harley Davidson10.6410.1800:22.6966
1462Luke
Gough
Harley Davidson12.2951.6530:22.6265
1573Doug
Lawrence
Harley Davidson24 Laps1 Lap0:22.7774
1627Robert
Pearson
Harley Davidson23 Laps1 Lap0:22.7433
1742Bryan
Smith
Kawasaki18 Laps5 Laps0:22.4282
1826Brandan
Bergen
Harley Davidson15 Laps3 Laps0:22.699
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)

PosNo.Rider(s)BikeIntervalGapBest LapPoints
124PJeffrey
Carver Jr.
Yamaha10 LapsWINNER0:22.65623
21Brad
Baker
Honda3.3163.3160:23.17019
371BJames
Rispoli
Honda3.3610.0450:23.09716
491YMichael
Martin
Honda3.5130.1510:23.11515
520TMichael
LaBelle
Honda3.6190.1060:22.85814
636NJeremy
Hamilton
Honda4.2770.6570:23.18413
733EMichael AvilaHonda4.3440.0670:23.10412
876LGerit CalliesHonda6.1701.8250:23.36011
982JBrandon
Laursen
Honda7.6251.4540:23.29310
1031JKyle WhitisHonda7.7320.1070:23.3679
1129JChaz
Springsteen
Kawasaki7.9450.2120:23.4098
1214LJustin
Minnaert
Kawasaki8.2170.2720:23.3417
1319LAdam
Bushman
Honda9.7211.5040:23.3986
1480BCorey
Crawford
Honda10.0440.3230:23.4545
1520JBrian VincentHonda10.1310.0860:23.2334
1642JJoseph RatzHonda10.3790.2480:23.5073
1767PKevin WalterKTM11.0790.7000:23.6052
1881CZakk PalmerHonda9 Laps1 Lap0:22.8731