Bruce Tebo races the Team Del Amo Suzuki GSXR1100 in front of a big pack of other teams during the 24 Hours of Willow, part of the WERA National Endurance Series in April of 1991. Just behind Tebo is Arclight Racing’s Peter Hively (No. 92). Team Suzuki Endurance won the race over a very strong field in that year’s race, running 2215 miles in 24 hours. Tebo, along with Del Amo teammates Curtis Adams, Steve Biganski, Peter Carroll, Robert Miller and Dean Mizdal, finished a very solid fifth overall, second in the Heavyweight Superbike class.
Mechanicsville, Maryland: Motocross racer Phillip Nicoletti rode to his best finish so far in the 2012 Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross 250 class championship, finishing ninth in Moto 2, thus earning a 10th Overall when added to his 14th from Moto 1, at Budds Creek in Mechanicsville, Maryland on June 16, 2012.
Nicoletti inexplicably cut a cool consistent four-to-six seconds off his lap times from Moto 1, to finish on the same lap as the leader in Moto 2. Nicoletti was totally speechless afterward, unable to comment on his reduced lap times. This reticent Cohocton, New York native, from the western-end of the state, rode his Team eleven10Mods Honda CRF250R with Öhlins suspension to this best finish, after recording an official lap-led earlier in the season, just not a last lap led.
Watch for the taciturn Nicoletti to take his number-715 Honda closer to the top at the Lucas Oil AMA Pro Motocross Round 6, at RedBud in Buchanan, Michigan, July 7.
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Boulder, Colorado, June 19, 2012— Wildcard entry Boulder Motor Sports and Shane Turpin compete in World Superbike BigM Weekend at Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, Utah. Watch the video by OnTheThrottle.TV.
When Brian Sharp of Boulder Motor Sports had the opportunity to enter as a “wildcard” in the World Superbike race at Miller Motorsports Park, rider Shane Turpin was a natural choice for his team. Turpin, a Salt Lake City native, had been racing Ducati in various events with Boulder Motor Sports for the last three seasons, including winning the MRA championship in Colorado in 2011.
Sharp opened Boulder Motor Sports in 2006 to specialize in Ducati service, performance, and parts. “We provide many different kinds of service, from basic oil changes and tires to engine builds for street bikes to World Superbikes,” Sharp explains. “What we are most known for is maximizing each and every customer’s Ducati to make it run as best as possible and to obtain the performance they expect from their machines.”
Sharp’s passion for and experience with the Ducati brand is evident in the 16 years he’s spent in the shop and at the racetrack. “In 2007, not long after opening the business we obtained sponsorship and ventured out across America racing the AMA Formula Extreme championship with Marty Craggill on a Ducati 749R. We had great success that year and were fortunate to meet many great Ducati owners around the country who have entrusted the crew at Boulder Motor Sports to facilitate their Ducati needs. Along with the AMA, we began building many bikes for club racers and increased the amount of Ducati’s in our local MRA series substantially,” he says.
Sharp continues, “by focusing on racing, it has allowed us to pass along many of the updates to our street bike clients to assist them with the upgrades and performance they are interested in. From engine upgrades to suspension setups, many of our street and track day clients have been assisted with the knowledge we gained on the racetrack.”
When asked how the team prepared for the World Superbike Race, Sharp says, “The biggest thing is surrounding yourself with good people who have the same aspirations and goals and who are well versed on what it takes to race on the world stage. Naturally having well prepared machines is an important part of the puzzle, without great equipment like the Ducati we raced, it only makes the task that much harder. Having a good rider who has track knowledge of all the circuits on the schedule is also an important part of the equation.”
While racing at the World Superbike BigM Weekend the team’s biggest challenge was the weather. “We had rain, wind, cold sunny and warm, which was quite a mix over the course of the event. With the changing conditions it changed certain elements of our setup and electronics strategies,” Sharp explains.
Despite the challenges, Sharp says the experience was definitely worth all the effort. “What a great experience it was and we appreciate the support from everyone. A big thanks to all of our sponsors, friends, family and to the entire WSBK officials who assisted us with making this event a success.”
For more information about Boulder Motor Sports, visit www.bouldermotorsports.com.
The Triumph Superbike Classic presented by America’s First Federal Credit Union at Barber Motorsports Park, held June 22?24, is the next round on the AMA Pro Road Racing schedule. It’s a great time for the tour to come to Alabama. The AMA Pro season is in full swing, and the event promises to be an exciting one for fans. Read more.
Dan Wade races his Suzuki GSXR750 just ahead of Brian Lantz in a WERA B Superbike race at Putnam Park in July of 1993. Wade went on to finish third in the race behind Eric Smith and Lantz. This was Wade’s first year as an expert and the Hoosier native turned in some solid podium rides as a rookie expert. Interestingly Wade teamed with Lantz and Mark Junge the next year in the WERA National Endurance Series to form Competitive Edge Racing. The squad finished third overall in the 1994 championship. Wade then raced endurance with Ohio Superbike for a couple of years before retiring from racing in ’96. He made a brief comeback in 1999 before hanging up his leathers for good.