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:

Pos No. Rider(s) Sponsor Bike Interval Gap Best Lap Points
1. 1 James Rispoli Celtic racing ·Orient Express Racing ·Army… Suzuki GSX-R600 16 Laps WINNER 1:29.487 47
2. 69 Hayden Gillim RoadRace Factory ·Bell Helmets ·Teknic Leathers… Yamaha YZF-R6 0.035 0.035 1:29.405 46
3. 80 Garrett Willis GWR ·Leo Vince ·Dr. David Benkle ·Rod Lake… Kawasaki ZX-6R 7.385 7.349 1:29.556 39
4. 85 Jake Lewis Riders Discount ·Vesrah ·MCJ Motorsports ·American… Suzuki GSX-R600 7.387 0.001 1:29.815 0
5. 5 Corey Alexander National Guard ·Fairhills Group ·Celtic ·Hudson… Suzuki GSX-R600 10.045 2.658 1:29.865 0
6. 37 Stefano Mesa Kneedragger.com ·Galfer ·Bell ·Regina ·Yamaha… Yamaha YZF-R6 12.859 2.813 1:29.644 0
7. 21 Elena Myers Suzuki ·SportbikeTrackGear.com ·M4 ·Arai ·Lucas… Suzuki GSX-R600 16.359 3.499 1:30.416 26
8. 12 Tomas Puerta Road Race Factory ·Yamaha ·American Supercamp… Yamaha YZF-R6 19.098 2.739 1:30.409 0
9. 73 Sebastiao Ferreira Meen Motorsport ·Life in Christ Ministry ·Doug… Yamaha YZF-R6 20.581 1.482 1:30.182 26
10. 4 Travis Ohge Rotobox ·Nexx ·Yamaha Graves ·Goldfren… Yamaha YZF-R6 20.670 0.088 1:30.447 20
11. 122 Ryan Matter Gearzy ·Shoei ·ACT Racing ·Deucebrand ·Penske… Yamaha YZF-R6 29.847 9.177 1:30.902 20
12. 150 Wyatt Farris Mach 1 Motorsports ·The Jon Block Group ·FMF ·CT… Yamaha YZF-R6 31.559 1.711 1:31.250 16
13. 100 Matthew Sadowski Topshelf Motorcycles ·Arai ·RS TAichi ·Ohlins ·EBC… Suzuki GSX-R600 31.862 0.303 1:31.244 12
14. 606 Colter Dimick A.C.E.S.Motorcycles.com ·Tri-City Cycle ·M1… Yamaha YZF-R6 33.024 1.162 1:31.473 13
15. 814 Javelin Broderick Dynojet Research ·Diablo Racing ·YAMAHA Racing… Yamaha YZF-R6 38.038 5.013 1:31.304 14
16. 99 David Sadowski, Jr. FleetBroke ·Castrol ·AXO ·Spy ·SBS Performance Suzuki GSX-R600 41.524 3.485 1:31.496 0
17. 13 Charles Weaver Weaver Racing ·EDR Performance ·Suomy Helmets… Yamaha YZF-R6 44.283 2.759 1:31.825 5
18. 48 Tyler Linders Rotobox ·Nexx ·Yamaha ·Cortech ·Hypercycle ·Share… Yamaha YZF-R6 44.731 0.448 1:32.021 6
19. 250 Nadr Riad Meen Motorsports ·San Jose Yamaha ·Galfer ·K Tech… Yamaha YZF-R6 49.152 4.421 1:31.958 2
20. 17 Zach Herrin Yamaha Corp. ·Graves Motorsports ·Yamaha of Byron… Yamaha YZF-R6 51.546 2.393 1:32.384 0
21. 63 Devon McDonough Motorcycle Superstores ·Alpinestars ·Bell Helmets… Yamaha YZF-R6 1:04.602 13.056 1:32.986 2
22. 53 Lucas Huff Rotobox ·Nexx ·Yamaha ·Graves ·NCompass ·Dunlop… Yamaha YZF-R6 1:05.546 0.943 1:32.550 0
23. 161 Sahar Zvik Vortex ·Leo Vince ·ASV ·Galfer ·Optimal Racing Yamaha YZF-R6 1:05.637 0.090 1:32.282 0
24. 7 Roi Holster GMAC Insurance ·Mach One Motorsport ·JPH… Yamaha YZF-R6 1:05.797 0.159 1:32.858 0
25. 57 Thomas G. Montano Vehicle Systems ·Arai ·Mach 1 ·SPS ·Motorex… Honda CBR600RR 1:06.727 0.930 1:32.930 0
26. 41 Matt Schrag Kneedraggers.com ·Motul ·FLY Racing ·TwoBrothers… Yamaha YZF-R6 1:26.831 20.104 1:33.252 0
27. 228 Neill Herbert Baby Appleseed ·Cycle Mall ·Act Racing Yamaha YZF-R6 1:31.853 5.022 1:34.660 0
28. 144 Oscar Covarrubias Kyle Racing ·Arai Helmets ·Attack Kawasaki ·Audio… Kawasaki ZX-6R 15 Laps 1 Lap 1:36.073 0
29. 152 Loren Black Blackout Racing ·GPR Stabilizer ·EBC ·ASV ·Leo… Yamaha YZF-R6 1.849 1.849 1:34.074 0
30. 131 Bruce Bleecker Catalyst Reaction Suspension Tuning ·Areln Ness… Yamaha YZF-R6 3.531 1.681 1:35.981 0
31. 67 Michael Pond TunedIndustries.com ·ADR ·NEXX Helmets ·Dyno-Jet… Yamaha YZF-R6 4.988 1.456 1:35.847 0
32. 86 Danielle Diaz La Fiesta Restaurant ·Top 1 Oil ·JB Suspension… Suzuki GSX-R600 6.071 1.083 1:35.579 0
33. 61 JC Gibbs Ross Brown Motorcycle Attorney ·JC Painting… Yamaha YZF-R6 6.416 0.344 1:36.108 0
34. 321 Greg Schmidt The S Shop ·Desmoto Sport ·Simon`s Auto Werks… Ducati 848 8.127 1.711 1:36.420 0
35. 111 Jorge Castro Metric Method ·CT Racing ·Trackdaz ·In House… Yamaha YZF-R6 10.314 2.187 1:35.851 0
36. 136 Marcus Wilkerson Outlaw Racing ·ADR ·Diablo ·Trackoholics ·Vortex… Yamaha YZF-R6 22.484 12.170 1:36.111 0
37. 411 Nick Grice Klen Laundry ·Powerbar ·GoPro ·Justin`s Motion Pro Yamaha YZF-R6 29.508 7.024 1:35.695 0
38. 113 Ricky Brown Racer 13 ·Lucky 13 ·Galfer ·Scorpion Helmets… Suzuki GSX-R600 31.918 2.409 1:37.222 0
39. 713 Jon Appelt R Tillery Powersports ·SBK Paint Yamaha YZF-R6 36.485 4.566 1:37.930 0
40. 104 Ryan Haddock Jason Disalvo Speed Academy ·Motorcycle Superstore… Yamaha YZF-R6 54.217 17.731 1:34.833 0
41. 18 Luke Luciano Zone 9 Racing ·KFG Racing ·Vortex ·Fuzimoto… Yamaha YZF-R6 13 Laps 2 Laps 1:41.122 0
42. 49 Howard Crow Ducati Seattle ·KFG Racing ·GP Suspension Ducati 848 12 Laps 1 Lap 1:36.076 0
43. 395 Aaron Hersh Gearzy ·Motorex ·Hotbodies ·Vortex ·STS ·Speigler… Yamaha YZF-R6 6 Laps 6 Laps 1:36.119 0
44. 340 Jacob Brown Five-O Racing ·SDS Performance ·Galfer ·KFG Racing… Yamaha YZF-R6 0 Laps 6 Laps -no times- 0
45. 68 Dustin Dominguez Castrol ·Triumph ·GE Capital ·Freedom Road… Triumph Daytona 675 DNS DNS -no times- 0
46. 428 Josh Chisum Doug Chandler ·Scrybblade ·RS Taichi ·Troy Lee… Honda CBR600RR DNS DNS -no times- 0
47. 36 Andrew Artola Attack Performance ·Arai ·West Coast GP Cycles… Yamaha YZF-R6 DNS DNS -no times- 0