Several Riders and Miss Arenacross Set to Kick Off Weekend Festivities
AURORA, Ill. (March 16, 2011) – In just two days, the AMA Arenacross Series will host its 11th round of the championship with a pair of back-to-back evenings of bar-to-bar racing from Council Bluffs’ Mid-America Center. Prior to the roar of the engines, the stars of the AMA Arenacross Series will spend some time with the dedicated Iowa and Nebraska fans with an open house event from Dillon Brothers MotorSports in Omaha on Thursday, March 17.
The festivities from Dillon Brothers will begin at 4 p.m. local time and will serve as the official kick off for an action-packed weekend of racing. Joining the biggest names in the sport will be Miss Arenacross Lindsey Scheltema. Lindsey along with the riders, will take the time to thank the fans for their support of the AMA Arenacross Series by signing autographs and bench racing with anyone who stops by.
Dillon Brother MotorSports is the premier powersports dealer in Omaha. From road bikes to dirt bikes to ATV’s, Dillon Brothers has everything the enthusiast could ask for, even jet skis.
The dealer is located at 3848 N HWS Cleveland Blvd., Omaha, Neb., 68116. The entire open house will take place from 4-7 p.m. local time. The following evening on Friday, March 18, the gates will drop on the first night of action for the Council Bluffs Arenacross from the Mid-America Center, beginning at 7 p.m. local time.
Advance tickets are available for the Council Bluffs Arenacross at the Mid-America Center Box Office, Ticketmaster charge by phone and ticketmaster.com. Tickets cost $2 more the day of the race.
New for 2011! Live timing and scoring from each round of the AMA Arenacross Series. To follow the intense racing action live, log onto www.Arenacross.com. For all media requests, please contact Brandon Short at firstname.lastname@example.org or 949-365-5750.
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JARED MEES REPORT- Photo By: JG Photowerx
Daytona Beach – Day One: Thursday 10 March 2011
Well, here we are back with the opening round in Daytona. Last year this track was really technical, a very unique style of dirt, taking a different style of riding from what I am used to. Everyone works really hard in the off season to show their stuff in Daytona.
I qualified 8th overall which did not feel that fast. My Heat was the second one. I got a decent jump and was running 4th and pretty much stayed there. The front three riders pulled away from me so I knew I had to make some changes for the Main Event.
In the Main Event I got a good hole shot and was up to around 5th from the second row. The bike felt better but still I was not good enough to move forward, ending up placing 9th. I was okay with it, getting some points and with some ideas to try out the next day.
Daytona Beach – Day Two: Friday 11 March 2011
I tried a different bike in practice with some different set-up changes which seemed to be an improvement. I felt a lot better but did not seem to have the lap times I wanted. In the last session I really put my head down and was 5th. The track was grooving up and the more laps that were run on it, the faster it got. Being in the first group was sort of a disadvantage as the riders in the later sessions were able to take advantage of the faster track and clocked faster times. That’s how it works!
I was in the 3rd Heat race, got a decent jump and was running 3rd. I finally slid under Eric Beers and was able to keep 2nd place to make it to the front row and the Dash for Cash. It is quite important to make the Dash due to the points. We tried a couple of other adjustments for the Dash. I came off the line 6th, was able to pass Jake Johnson who was off the track. I held him off to finish 5th, which was one extra point.
For the Main Event I picked the first inside spot on the second row. Since in the Dash I did not get a good start from the outside spot in the first row, and because last year I had come off the second row and placed 3rd, I decided to try it. Well, my plan did not work out that well and I came off about 9th. I was able to pass a couple of people. Then Matt Weidman and I went at it until he passed me, rolling pretty good. I ended up 7th. At least I came out of Daytona with some points, standing at 7th overall, 33 points behind the leader, which is a pretty big gap, but the season has just started. Congratulations to Sammy Halbert for a job well done.
Until next time… “Thank You” for the support.
Jammin’ Jared Mees – # 9
2011 Singles Series Sponsors:
Lucas Oil, Rogers Lake Racing, Montgomeryville Cycle Center, Twisted Beverage CompanyTM, Saddlemen, Digger 57, M.E.H. Corp, Rod Lake, Rockys Online. Com, Arai Helmets, Speed Strength Leathers, KK Motorcycle Supply, A&A Racing, Steve & Cindy Vizzo, Battley Cycles, MRT Racing, Kelly’s, MTA, JE Pistons, Cometic Gaskets, VP Racing Fuels,Tsubaki, Motion Pro, TCX Boots, Troy Lee Designs, K&N Filters, Millennium Technologies, Vortex, Craig Pickett, Goodridge, Works Connection, RekluseClutches, Gene & Gail Cummings, Eddie Mulder, NGK, Z Gallerie, Dick Winters, Oakley, WestCoast Hot Shoes, Jupiter Wheels, EBC, Mikuni, Web Cam, Ancra, J&M Racing Frames, Pro Plates, Kold Kutter, Turn 1 Distributing. Crank Works Crank Shafts, Ez-up, Suburban H-D, Twenty Six Suspension, Flash, G2, Penske Racing, Chicken Hawk, Ferrea Valves, J2 Motorsports, Royal Publishing Co., Applied Diamond Coatings, M&Z Anodizing, Brent Armbruster, CV4, Bristol Core, Universal Coatings, Hammer Head, Hot Rods, TSS Graphics, Dyno Jet, DVS Shoes, Xtremely Fit,
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PICKERINGTON, Ohio — It’s official: The American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) is celebrating April as “AMA Get Out and Ride! Month.” While some motorcyclists live where just about every day is a day in the saddle, many riders are stuck in a deep freeze all winter. There’s no better way to rekindle America’s ongoing love affair with two (or three)-wheeled wonders than a month-long ridefest.
“April is the perfect month to kickoff a celebration of the motorcycling lifestyle,” said AMA President and CEO Rob Dingman. “It’s been a long, cold winter, and motorcyclists across the country are enjoying these first warm days of spring. We invite motorcyclists everywhere to join us as we usher in another great season of on- and off-road riding.”
AMA Get Out and Ride! Month kicks into gear on April 1. Throughout the month, the AMA will shine a spotlight on cool places to ride and showcase the riding activities of its members and motorcyclists across the country. A special web page on AmericanMotorcyclist.com, plus a Facebook page and Twitter feed, will provide daily details about the springtime campaign, including themes for each week:
- April 4-10: AMA Get Out and Ride Your Way! Week highlights everything from AMA Grand Tours to solo riding on favorite trails and twisties.
- April 11-17: AMA Get Out and Ride Together! Week features large iconic rallies and smaller local events, from dual-sport rides to AMA National Conventions to Gypsy Tours.
- April 18-24: AMA Get Out and Ride for a Cause! Week showcases events and activities where motorcyclists use their love of riding to help others less fortunate, as well as advocate for the motorcycling lifestyle.
- April 25-30: AMA Get Out and Ride Smart! Week focuses on rider training and awareness skills needed to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience on every ride.
Motorcyclists are invited to share their experiences with stories, photos and videos. Weekly winners will be selected for the best submission, and the motorcyclist with the coolest tale will be featured in an upcoming issue of American Motorcyclist magazine and on AmericanMotorcyclist.com.
“Millions of us spend the winter months imagining all the terrific riding we want to do, and April is the month when we get out there and begin living out those dreams,” said Dingman. “AMA Get Out and Ride! Month is a great way to share our adventures with tens of thousands of newfound riding friends across the country.”
Stay tuned to AmericanMotorcyclist.com in the coming days for details about AMA Get Out and Ride! Month.
About the American Motorcyclist Association
Since 1924, the AMA has protected the future of motorcycling and promoted the motorcycle lifestyle. AMA members come from all walks of life, and they navigate many different routes on their journey to the same destination: freedom on two wheels. As the world’s largest motorcycling rights organization, the AMA advocates for motorcyclists’ interests in the halls of local, state and federal government, the committees of international governing organizations, and the court of public opinion. Through member clubs, promoters and partners, the AMA sanctions more motorsports competition and motorcycle recreational events than any other organization in the world. AMA members receive money-saving discounts from dozens of well-known suppliers of motorcycle services, gear and apparel, bike rental, transport, hotel stays and more. Through its support of the Motorcycle Hall of Fame Museum, the AMA preserves the heritage of motorcycling for future generations. For more information, please visit AmericanMotorcyclist.com.
The 2011 AMA Pro Road Racing season opener at Daytona International
Speedway was a wild one for Richie Morris Racing, featuring extremes
of emotion, incredible highlights, and difficult misfortune. Kyle
Wyman and Chris Fillmore made it a one-two victory in the XR1200 Class
while Danny Eslick challenged in the Daytona 200 before an unfortunate
’09 Daytona SportBike champion Danny Eslick entered the Daytona 200 as
one of primary players. Having won the pole for the race last season,
the Oklahoman was blisteringly quick again this season, securing a
place on the front row after qualifying third best for the historic
race aboard his GEICO RMR Suzuki GSX-R600 at 1:50.796 seconds.
Eslick, also backed by Lucas Oil and Millennium Technologies, got away
with the lead group and amazed by routinely out-braking three and four
of his rivals at a time to take the lead entering Turn 1 during the
However, shortly after stopping for a tire change it all went wrong.
Eslick suffered a bizarre 160mph crash after losing the front coming
off the banking in Turn 4.
After Eslick’s crash, the race was soon stopped and the entire field
was mandated a front tire change.
“Off the start we were good — everyone was running together,” Danny
explained. “We came in for the stop, put a new front on it. I had a
couple little moments in the first one where my front tire was
tucking. I don’t know what the deal was but they said it was pretty
tore up. Generally we don’t change the front tire — any time I’ve run
the 200 we’ve never changed the front tire. Our whole plan was no
front tire change but they made the call and we changed it. It was all
right at first but a few laps into the stint I lost the front.
“I just lost the front in NASCAR 4 wide open at 170mph. At least it
was there and not the middle of 3 and 4 where I would have went into
the wall or something else.
“It’s hard to describe. I’ve had a little bit of time to regroup to
think about it. I was coming back off the banking, and the front was
sliding, sliding and sliding, and then that was it.”
The RMR Bruce Rossmeyer Daytona Racing Revolution Performance squad
had an equally dramatic weekend in the Vance & Hines XR1200 season
opener but with a considerably different outcome.
Due a mishap receiving their equipment, the crew had to work flat-out
just to get the bikes on track for the weekend’s first practice. But
in the end, all of the hard work paid off as Kyle Wyman and Chris
Fillmore logged a 1-2 for the team following a heavyweight tilt of
four riders going back and forth for the entire distance.
Wyman nipped his teammate Fillmore by a scant 0.016 seconds at the
checkered flag. Meanwhile, Michael Corbino made it three RMR Bruce
Rossmeyer Daytona Racing Revolution Performance Harley-Davidsons in
the top ten with his ninth-place result.
For Wyman, it was a fitting triumph after a Daytona crash threatened
to derail his promising career. Wyman said, “It’s amazing. The last
time I was here I ended up going to the hospital, but I was able to
put it out of my mind. We were just down to the wire between my dad
and the crew and the service guys from Bruce Rossmeyer’s to get the
bikes on track and it’s incredible to be 1-2 after fighting through
all of this adversity. ”
Fillmore added, “We literally thrashed all weekend to get going. The
mechanics worked pretty much 20-hour shifts just to get us out on
track. We were behind the eight ball all week long so to finish second
is a great result. It was a great race and I’m happy.”
RMR Racing will be back in action for Round 2 of the 2011 AMA Pro Road
Racing season on May 13-15 at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, CA.
GEICO RMR Suzuki is sponsored by GEICO, Lucas Oil, Suzuki, Millennium
Technologies, Vortex Sprockets, EBC Brakes, and Pilot.
RMR’s AMA Pro Vance & Hines XR1200 Class program is sponsored by Bruce
Rossmeyer’s Destination Daytona, Revolution Performance, GEICO, Lucas
Oil, EBC Brakes, and Pit Bull.