Rispoli Takes 5th SuperSport Win at Laguna

2012-rispoli-takes-fifth-supersport-win-at-laguna (1)2012 AMA Pro Motorcycle-Superstore.com SuperSport

GEICO Motorcycle AMA Pro Road Racing’s first race of the weekend at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca will be a hard one to top in the excitement department.

James Rispoli won the AMA Pro Motorcycle-Superstore.com SuperSport race on Saturday over Hayden Gillim by just 0.036 of a second with a thrilling last-turn maneuver. The Celtic Racing/Orient Express Racing Suzuki GSX-R600 pilot came closer to clinching the Motorcycle-Superstore.com SuperSport West division championship at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, but will have to wait until the final round before he can claim the number-one plate as his strongest championship rival Gillim kept his chances alive.

Rispoli led most of the 16-lap race, but Gillim on the RoadRace Factory/Red Bull Yamaha YZF-R6 harassed him from the opening turns. Rispoli was able to just keep his fellow dirt-tracker at bay as the duo moved away from the rest of the field. Both riders had moments, with Rispoli nearly highsiding in the Corkscrew and Gillim being forced onto the astroturf in the final turn.

As the white flag flew, Rispoli knew he would encounter a move from Gillim, and it came in turn five; a bold outside pass Gillim was able to convert. Rispoli’s only chance came at getting a better drive out of the final turn and he made it happen to earn the win when Gillim went a little wide.

James Rispoli (Celtic Racing/Orient Express Racing Suzuki GSX-R 600) says: “As soon as he got by, I tried to get the run back and pass him. Through Rainey Curve, I wasn’t close enough but I thought, ‘This isn’t over.’ Once I saw him a smidge off line, I was on the gas trying to make a run.”

It was Rispoli’s fifth win of the year, and he now leads AMA Pro Motorcycle-SuperStore.com SuperSport West by 60 with just one event and two rounds to go.

Garrett Willis (GWR Kawasaki) earned his first-ever AMA Pro podium by beating out Jake Lewis (Riders Discount Vesrah Suzuki) by just 0.001. Corey Alexander (National Guard Fairhills Group Celtic Racing) was fifth, ahead of Stefano Mesa (Kneedraggers.com Yamaha) and Elena Myers (Suzuki SportBikeTrackGear.com).

2012 Laguna Seca AMA SuperSport Results:

PosNo.Rider(s)SponsorBikeIntervalGapBest LapPoints
1.1James RispoliCeltic racing ·Orient Express Racing ·Army…Suzuki GSX-R60016 LapsWINNER1:29.48747
2.69Hayden GillimRoadRace Factory ·Bell Helmets ·Teknic Leathers…Yamaha YZF-R60.0350.0351:29.40546
3.80Garrett WillisGWR ·Leo Vince ·Dr. David Benkle ·Rod Lake…Kawasaki ZX-6R7.3857.3491:29.55639
4.85Jake LewisRiders Discount ·Vesrah ·MCJ Motorsports ·American…Suzuki GSX-R6007.3870.0011:29.8150
5.5Corey AlexanderNational Guard ·Fairhills Group ·Celtic ·Hudson…Suzuki GSX-R60010.0452.6581:29.8650
6.37Stefano MesaKneedragger.com ·Galfer ·Bell ·Regina ·Yamaha…Yamaha YZF-R612.8592.8131:29.6440
7.21Elena MyersSuzuki ·SportbikeTrackGear.com ·M4 ·Arai ·Lucas…Suzuki GSX-R60016.3593.4991:30.41626
8.12Tomas PuertaRoad Race Factory ·Yamaha ·American Supercamp…Yamaha YZF-R619.0982.7391:30.4090
9.73Sebastiao FerreiraMeen Motorsport ·Life in Christ Ministry ·Doug…Yamaha YZF-R620.5811.4821:30.18226
10.4Travis OhgeRotobox ·Nexx ·Yamaha Graves ·Goldfren…Yamaha YZF-R620.6700.0881:30.44720
11.122Ryan MatterGearzy ·Shoei ·ACT Racing ·Deucebrand ·Penske…Yamaha YZF-R629.8479.1771:30.90220
12.150Wyatt FarrisMach 1 Motorsports ·The Jon Block Group ·FMF ·CT…Yamaha YZF-R631.5591.7111:31.25016
13.100Matthew SadowskiTopshelf Motorcycles ·Arai ·RS TAichi ·Ohlins ·EBC…Suzuki GSX-R60031.8620.3031:31.24412
14.606Colter DimickA.C.E.S.Motorcycles.com ·Tri-City Cycle ·M1…Yamaha YZF-R633.0241.1621:31.47313
15.814Javelin BroderickDynojet Research ·Diablo Racing ·YAMAHA Racing…Yamaha YZF-R638.0385.0131:31.30414
16.99David Sadowski, Jr.FleetBroke ·Castrol ·AXO ·Spy ·SBS PerformanceSuzuki GSX-R60041.5243.4851:31.4960
17.13Charles WeaverWeaver Racing ·EDR Performance ·Suomy Helmets…Yamaha YZF-R644.2832.7591:31.8255
18.48Tyler LindersRotobox ·Nexx ·Yamaha ·Cortech ·Hypercycle ·Share…Yamaha YZF-R644.7310.4481:32.0216
19.250Nadr RiadMeen Motorsports ·San Jose Yamaha ·Galfer ·K Tech…Yamaha YZF-R649.1524.4211:31.9582
20.17Zach HerrinYamaha Corp. ·Graves Motorsports ·Yamaha of Byron…Yamaha YZF-R651.5462.3931:32.3840
21.63Devon McDonoughMotorcycle Superstores ·Alpinestars ·Bell Helmets…Yamaha YZF-R61:04.60213.0561:32.9862
22.53Lucas HuffRotobox ·Nexx ·Yamaha ·Graves ·NCompass ·Dunlop…Yamaha YZF-R61:05.5460.9431:32.5500
23.161Sahar ZvikVortex ·Leo Vince ·ASV ·Galfer ·Optimal RacingYamaha YZF-R61:05.6370.0901:32.2820
24.7Roi HolsterGMAC Insurance ·Mach One Motorsport ·JPH…Yamaha YZF-R61:05.7970.1591:32.8580
25.57Thomas G. MontanoVehicle Systems ·Arai ·Mach 1 ·SPS ·Motorex…Honda CBR600RR1:06.7270.9301:32.9300
26.41Matt SchragKneedraggers.com ·Motul ·FLY Racing ·TwoBrothers…Yamaha YZF-R61:26.83120.1041:33.2520
27.228Neill HerbertBaby Appleseed ·Cycle Mall ·Act RacingYamaha YZF-R61:31.8535.0221:34.6600
28.144Oscar CovarrubiasKyle Racing ·Arai Helmets ·Attack Kawasaki ·Audio…Kawasaki ZX-6R15 Laps1 Lap1:36.0730
29.152Loren BlackBlackout Racing ·GPR Stabilizer ·EBC ·ASV ·Leo…Yamaha YZF-R61.8491.8491:34.0740
30.131Bruce BleeckerCatalyst Reaction Suspension Tuning ·Areln Ness…Yamaha YZF-R63.5311.6811:35.9810
31.67Michael PondTunedIndustries.com ·ADR ·NEXX Helmets ·Dyno-Jet…Yamaha YZF-R64.9881.4561:35.8470
32.86Danielle DiazLa Fiesta Restaurant ·Top 1 Oil ·JB Suspension…Suzuki GSX-R6006.0711.0831:35.5790
33.61JC GibbsRoss Brown Motorcycle Attorney ·JC Painting…Yamaha YZF-R66.4160.3441:36.1080
34.321Greg SchmidtThe S Shop ·Desmoto Sport ·Simon`s Auto Werks…Ducati 8488.1271.7111:36.4200
35.111Jorge CastroMetric Method ·CT Racing ·Trackdaz ·In House…Yamaha YZF-R610.3142.1871:35.8510
36.136Marcus WilkersonOutlaw Racing ·ADR ·Diablo ·Trackoholics ·Vortex…Yamaha YZF-R622.48412.1701:36.1110
37.411Nick GriceKlen Laundry ·Powerbar ·GoPro ·Justin`s Motion ProYamaha YZF-R629.5087.0241:35.6950
38.113Ricky BrownRacer 13 ·Lucky 13 ·Galfer ·Scorpion Helmets…Suzuki GSX-R60031.9182.4091:37.2220
39.713Jon AppeltR Tillery Powersports ·SBK PaintYamaha YZF-R636.4854.5661:37.9300
40.104Ryan HaddockJason Disalvo Speed Academy ·Motorcycle Superstore…Yamaha YZF-R654.21717.7311:34.8330
41.18Luke LucianoZone 9 Racing ·KFG Racing ·Vortex ·Fuzimoto…Yamaha YZF-R613 Laps2 Laps1:41.1220
42.49Howard CrowDucati Seattle ·KFG Racing ·GP SuspensionDucati 84812 Laps1 Lap1:36.0760
43.395Aaron HershGearzy ·Motorex ·Hotbodies ·Vortex ·STS ·Speigler…Yamaha YZF-R66 Laps6 Laps1:36.1190
44.340Jacob BrownFive-O Racing ·SDS Performance ·Galfer ·KFG Racing…Yamaha YZF-R60 Laps6 Laps-no times-0
45.68Dustin DominguezCastrol ·Triumph ·GE Capital ·Freedom Road…Triumph Daytona 675DNSDNS-no times-0
46.428Josh ChisumDoug Chandler ·Scrybblade ·RS Taichi ·Troy Lee…Honda CBR600RRDNSDNS-no times-0
47.36Andrew ArtolaAttack Performance ·Arai ·West Coast GP Cycles…Yamaha YZF-R6DNSDNS-no times-0