Graves Motorsports- ROUND #2 BRIDGESTONE/WERA NATIONAL ENDURANCE, MICHELIN NATIONAL SPRINTS AND PIRELLI SPORTSMAN
(April 9-11, 2010) From the challenging 1.4 mile Talladega Gran Prix in Alabama WERA welcomed the 2010 Bridgestone/WERA National Endurance and the 2010 Michelin/WERA National Sprints. Mother Nature decided that she was happy the series was coming and gave us some of the most wonderful weather we have seen all year. The riders felt all the good vibes and the ambulance never left its parking spot all three days!
On Friday qualifying for the 600cc WERA Superstock Class saw the young riders put down some great times. At the end of the session Garrett Gerloff with a 57.98; next came Graves Motorsports’ Benny Solis, Jr. with a 58.05, then James Dellinger with a 58.88 and Hayden Gillim with a 58.97 the rest of the field was in the high 59s and it looked to be a good race on Sunday.
Saturday the Bridgestone/WERA National Endurance took to the technical track for four hours of non-stop racing. The #7 Zyvax Team on their Graves Motorsports supported Yamaha R6 with riders Dane Westby and Clinton Seller took the win over team mates Ben Bostrom and Chris Clark on their Zyvax #3 Graves Motorsports supported Yamaha R1. Third on the podium was the Hooters/Apex Racing team on their Suzuki 1000 with Tim Hunt, Opie Caylor and Skip Salenius on board. The Lightweight Superbike win went to #27 Team Kinetic on their Suzuki SV650 with riders Chris Parrish, Rob Turner, Mike Wischmeyer and Gill Cutchen. The trophy class was won by #888 V7 All Stars on their Honda 600 with riders Ken Johnson, Scott Lindsay and Barry Pailes.
The action continued in the 600cc Superstock Class with an epic battle between the young guns of JD Beach, Garrett Gerloff, Graves Motorsports 15 year old rider Benny Solis, Jr., Jimmy Merck, Jake Morman, Hayden Gillim, Payton Sassaman and the rest of the field. Beach held the lead for the 16 lap race with Solis and Gerloff right on his tail section. In a last lap attempt to pass the leader Solis and Beach touched and Solis went down. Beach was able to recoup and get back on the track to take the win at the line from Gerloff who sat in the cat bird seat. Solis was fine and would compete later in the day. Gerloff came back to take his win in the 600 Superbike Class with Merck and Solis, Jr. rounding out the podium.
To see all the results from this weekend?s events go to www.wera.com and to see the action register at Motoconnect.net and then watch Motoconnect.tv next week to see all this great action.
Round #3 will be May 22/23 at Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, UT. Miller Motorsports Park will host the Friday practice for this round. Graves Motorsports will be on hand for this and all WERA events in 2010. See Graves Motorsports WORKS parts technician Weston Gleave trackside at each event supporting riders that use Graves Motorsports championship winning Yamaha R1, Yamaha R6 parts and accessories. For more information on Team Zyvax visitwww.zyvaxracing.com . To view the entire assortment of Graves Motorsports championship winning sport bike parts visit www.gravesport.com