PEORIA, Ill. (August 23, 2010) – Just in case there was a doubt in anyone’s mind about #1 Henry Wiles’ prowess on the venerable Peoria TT, the Monster Energy Kawasaki / Don’s Kawasaki backed Michigander dominated round 11 of the AMA Pro K&N Filters Grand National Championship presented by Motorcycle-Superstore.com. The win is the sixth straight for Wiles at the Illinois venue as he closes in on the “Prince of Peoria” Chris Carr’s record of eight in a row.
Wiles had a perfect day, posting the fastest qualifying time, winning the fastest heat and leading all twenty five laps of the National. Winning by over 11 seconds over Rockysonline.com / Lucas Oil / Rogers Lake Racing’s #21 Jared Mees.
“Today was just one of the days that I think even if I would have gotten a little behind, I could have came through real quick,” said Wiles. “I think we had that much going on today.”
Any suspense was soon put to rest as the 18 rider National hit the first turn. “I got the perfect start and that always makes things easier. There’s a lot that can go wrong in this race,” said Wiles.
“Fortunately the bike ran strong the whole time and there were no issues there mechanically. There were a few times, because the track was a little bit sketchy, the bike was stepping it out or tucking the front a little bit here and there. I kind of wanted to look back just to see how I was doing. I know I had more in reserve and I was just trying to ride a smart race. I wanted to know if someone was there and if I should wick it up a little bit. Fortunately I didn’t have to do that. We just rode a good race. The Monster Energy Kawasaki was running good today, that was probably the best bike we’ve had here yet.”
Mees locked into second and proceeded to have an easy way to his runner up spot, but the action swirling around the last podium spot went on well into the race. #10 Johnny Lewis, riding Mick Kirkness’ back-up Suzuki after his Scott Powersports Honda blew up during qualifying and #5 Jake Johnson (Zanotti Racing’s Honda) were having a great race between themselves when #7 Sammy Halbert charged by both of them on lap 20 of the 25 lap National.
Johnson was able to hang tight in fourth, with Lewis fifth, despite a late race challenge from #28 Shaun Russell and his Fox Valley Cycles / Greg Crow Racing backed Honda.
Two weeks ago #3 Joe Kopp and #2 Kenny Coolbeth were fighting over the win, this week it was a duel over seventh. Current Series points leader Latus Harley-Davidson / Moto Concepts’ Kopp once again came out on top of the Bettencourts’ Honda / Jason Perry backed Coolbeth. Dave Burks Motorsports / Yeager’s Cycle’s Mick Kirkness and Chris carr Racing / Dallas Fort Worth Honda’s Chris Carr rounded out the top ten.
In the six-rider, four-lap Dash for Cash, Jake Johnson got the hole shot. That lasted one lap and would prove to be the only lap Henry Wiles would not lead all day. Just after the start-finish line Wiles roared into the lead and pulled to almost a second and a half lead over Johnson. Jared Mees was third over Joe Kopp, Shaun Russell and Johnny Lewis as they were all spaced about half a second apart.
Technical inspection following the Dash revealed that when Johnson put on a fresh rear tire for the race they used a CD5 Dunlop instead of the CD8 that is required. Johnson lost his three points and everyone moved up one position for that race.
#95C JD Beach made a successful return to the Motorcycle-Superstore.com Pro Singles Series after his road race injuries. The Red Bull / Top 1 Oil backed Honda rider took over after defending series Champion #1 Brad Baker had led the first lap on his Rod Lake / Mike Velasco backed Honda.
Baker would not go quietly though and actually retook the lead on lap 10 of the 12 lap race. It was not to be however as Beach was back in command for the last two laps.
Series points leader #24P Jeffery Carver finished over two seconds back, barely holding off #29Y Craig Rogers / Rod Lake’s Tyler O’Hara.