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Barber AMA XR1200: Harley Report

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2011 AMA XR1200 Series

Parts Unlimited rider Steve Rapp prevailed in an 11-lap duel with series points leader Chris Fillmore (Bruce Rossmeyer’s Daytona Racing) to win his second AMA Pro Vance & Hines XR1200 race of the season at Barber Motorsports Park June 20 by a margin of 0.157-second.

At the start of the race, Rapp, the polesitter, and Fillmore broke to the front of the pack along with fellow front-row starter Michael Beck (J&P Cycles), but exiting the track’s final turn onto the front straight to complete the first lap, Beck lost control of his motorcycle in a dramatic high-side crash, which he remarkably walked away from uninjured.

The resulting chaos as following motorcycles attempted to avoid Beck and his crashed motorcycle allowed Rapp and Fillmore to make a break at the front, which widened as the laps ticked off.

Riding on the ragged edge of control as the sweltering 95-plus degree temperature degraded the track’s available grip and tire condition, the pair ran nose to tail for the remainder of the race, but ultimately Fillmore was unable to find a way around Rapp, who earned his second victory of the season. Rapp was credited with leading all 11 laps of the race.

Steve Rapp (Harley-Davidson XR1200) says: “I got a decent start. I was in third going through the first couple corners, then got a little bit of a draft going in to Turn 4 and was able to start passing some people.

“By the end of the first lap I was back in the lead, and then I just went as hard as I could without crashing. This class really shows bike skill and rider set-up, that’s what I like about it. I had fun.”

Chris Fillmore (Harley-Davidson XR1200) says: “In the beginning of the race when [Beck] got spit off, it was right in front of me and I ran into the grass. I kind of checked out of the race for a second, then realized we had to get back in line.

“I was pushing hard, pushing hard the whole time, but every time I thought about making a move, the front end would push and the rear would come around. It was really, really greasy out here. I kind of played it conservative. I wish I’d tried some more aggressive moves, but I was pretty much doing everything I could just to stay there.”

Some 11 seconds back, a battle for third place emerged as Tyler O’Hara (, who made an exceptional start from eighth on the grid to third place was eventually chased down by Travis Wyman (Harv’s Harley-Davidson) and Michael Barnes (Drag Specialties). On the final lap, Wyman crashed while attempting to overtake O’Hara, who earned his first podium finish of the season.

Tyler O’Hara (Harley-Davidson XR1200) says: “In the middle of race, Travis was catching me, and on the last lap he really put some heat on me and passed me going into 4 on the inside. [We ended up] drag racing all the way to the Museum Turn, then I just held it wide open and made it work. I’m definitely really happy to be up here.”

Barnes finished fourth, followed by Bruce Rossmeyer’s Daytona Racing teammates Michael Corbino and Kyle Wyman, and Dave Estok (Black Hills Harley-Davidson) in tight formation. Chase McFarland (Latus Motors) and brothers Payton and Brett Sassaman rounded out the top 10.

The AMA Pro Racing Vance & Hines XR1200 Series returns to action July 9-10 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, OH.

Barber AMA XR1200 Series Race Result:

1. Steve Rapp (Parts Unlimited), 11 Laps

2. Chris Fillmore (Bruce Rossmeyer’s Daytona Racing), +0.157

3. Tyler O’Hara (GP Bike Parts), +11.915

4. Michael Barnes (Drag Specialties), +12.919

5. Michael Corbino (Bruce Rossmeyer’s Daytona Racing), +29.104

6. Kyle Wyman (Bruce Rossmeyer’s Daytona Racing), +29.213

7. David Estok (Black Hills Harley-Davidson), +29.675

8. Chase McFarland (Latus Motors Racing), +32.773

9. Payton Sassaman (Harley-Davidson of Macon), +37.654

10. Brett Sassaman (Eagle Harley-Davidson), +54.772

11. Gerry Signorelli (Kuryakyn), +1:18.617

12. Matthew Heidel (Shar-Tuff/Davis H-D), +1:18.849

13. Paul James (James Gang/Hoban Brothers/H-D of Appleton),), +1:23.609

14. Travis Wyman (Harv’s Harley-Davidson), 10 Laps

15. Bryan Desimone (Kuryakyn), +1:50.698

16. Jeremiah Johnson ( ·New Roc Harley-Davidson), 9 Laps

17. Shawn Higbee (HOG Racing/Harley Owners Group), 5 Laps

18. Michael Morgan (Python Exhaust), 2 Laps

19. Michael Beck (J&P Cycles), 0 Laps

2011 AMA XR1200 Series Points Standings

1. Chris Fillmore, 135

2. Steve Rapp, 119

3. Michael Barnes, 80

4. Kyle Wyman, 78

5. Tyler O’Hara, 67

6. Michael Corbino, 65

7. Chase McFarland, 61

8. Michael Beck, 59

9. Danny Eslick, 50

10. Joe Kopp, 45

Ron Lieback
Ron Lieback
One of the few moto journalists based on the East Coast, Ron Lieback joined the motorcycle industry as a freelancer in 2007, and is currently Online Editor at Ultimate Motorcycling. He is also the author of "365 to Vision: Modern Writer's Guide (How to Produce More Quality Writing in Less Time).

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