Cycle World: Memorial Weekend Racing Report

Team Cycle World

Cycle World, America’s leading motorcycle media brand, has competed on the racetrack since the magazine’s inception in 1962. This tradition continues in 2011 in AMA Pro Road Racing with Team Cycle World Attack Performance Kawasaki rider JD Beach and AMA Pro Flat Track with Associate Editor Mark Cernicky.

This past weekend, Beach turned in another a strong performance in the AMA Pro American SuperBike race held under challenging conditions at Miller Motorsports Park near Salt Lake City, Utah. Beach, competing in just his second SuperBike event, qualified seventh-quickest for the 16-lap race on his Richard Stanboli-tuned Kawasaki ZX-10R.

Beach made a strong start from the second row of the grid, worked his way toward the front of the field and, after a brief-but-heated battle with National Guard Jordan Suzuki’s Roger Hayden, moved into fourth place.

Unfortunately, Beach crashed on the 12th lap in the Clubhouse Corner and was subsequently credited with 15th place. Next stop for Beach and Team Cycle World Attack Performance Kawasaki is Round 4 of the AMA Pro Road Racing Series, June 3-5, at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin.

Cernicky continued the Team Cycle World tradition of participatory journalism by attempting to qualify for both the AMA Flat Track Pro Singles Springfield Mile and TT held over the Memorial Day weekend in Springfield, Illinois. While he came up short in the Mile, Cernicky made it to the Last Chance Qualifier for the TT on his Yoshimura-built Honda CRF450R. Regrettably, sixth place wasn’t good enough for a transfer to the main event.

Cernicky’s experience at Springfield will help him prepare for his next racing adventure: the annual Pikes Peak International Hill Climb. Cernicky will ride a Ducati Multistrada 1200S Pikes Peak Edition from California to Colorado prior to the race weekend and then compete on that same machine in the 12.42-mile, 156-turn "Race to the Clouds" to truly test the multiple-use claims of the Italian V-Twin.