The eighth round of the 2012 AMA Pro Road Racing Championship takes place at the famous Laguna Seca Raceway in Monterey, California. Because the weekend is shared with MotoGP, there will only be a single SuperSport race on Saturday, which counts towards the West Championship. Celtic Racing's James Rispoli and Corey Alexander have had a short break after Mid-Ohio, and have used this time to focus on training and honing their riding skills. James Rispoli will ride the #1 Celtic Orient Express Suzuki GSX-R 600 at Laguna Seca with a fifty-nine point lead over second place in the SuperSport West Championship, and plans to work hard for strong qualifying and race results to maximize his points advantage in the overall standings. Corey Alexander will ride the #5 National Guard Fairhills Group Suzuki GSX-R 600 at Laguna Seca, a track where he has seen success in the past. For Corey, points earned will not count towards his SuperSport East Championship, where he is solidly in fifth position and locked in battle for fourth place, just five points behind and within sight of third position overall. Corey finished third in the 2011 SuperSport race at Laguna Seca, just 0.037 seconds off second place in a three rider battle, after qualifying second ahead of the race.
Laguna Seca Raceway is regarded as one of the finest road race courses in the world, with a mix of high and low speeds, tight technical sections, and amazing elevation changes over it's 2.2 mile length and eleven turns. It is a circuit that rewards riders who can think several turns ahead, and find a rhythm for their laps. As short as it is, and with as many bikes in the field, it is sure to be a battle from start to finish.
Corey Alexander looks forward to the weekend at Laguna Seca, and says that "after a good result during last year's race at Laguna I hope to have the same result this coming weekend. To prepare, I've been riding motocross and feeling better week after week. I'm looking forward to having fun and just continuing to work my way forward. I'm really excited to be back riding in front of the MotoGP crowd and the premier racing teams in the world. Hopefully I can show what my National Guard Fairhills Group Celtic Racing GSX-R 600 is made of!"
For James Rispoli, securing a race win is his first goal and he stated "Going into Laguna I feel very confident and ready to win! After the mistake in race two at Mid-Ohio, and to not get a win at Mid-Ohio I am hungry for it this weekend! I feel like I had the race winning machine to do it at Mid-Ohio. Mathematically we have a chance to clinch the SuperSport West Championship at Laguna. As a team we are going to keep doing what we have been doing all season -- show up to do our job! Qualifying is going to play a big factor in our chase for the championship, getting a good start and the opening few laps of the race will be huge."
Both Celtic Racing Suzuki GSX-R 600's showcase the best in road racing technology. Product support for both machines comes from: Michael Jordan Motorsports, American Suzuki, Armor Bodies, Chicken Hawk Racing, DesignStar3, Dynojet, FMF Racing, Full Spectrum Power, Hudson Valley Racing, Galfer Brakes, GB Racing, K-Tech Suspension, Maxima Oils, Motion Pro, Pit Bull, Riviera Country Club, Saddlemen, Star Motorcycle School, Vortex Racing, and Zero Gravity.
Celtic Racing was established in 2001 by Barry Gilsenan, and over the past 11 seasons has established itself as a premier privateer racing team. Development of riding talent began with two-stroke 125cc, and 250cc machines competing in professional and regional championship events. More recent Celtic Racing efforts have focused on AMA Pro Road Racing in the Daytona SportBike and SuperSport classes with Ducati, Honda, Suzuki, and Yamaha four stroke motorcycles. Gilsenan's talent for coaching racers of all ages and abilities has brought Celtic Racing worldwide attention and recognition, with many former Celtic Racing riders now competing on World Championship levels. Please join Celtic Racing on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/CelticRacing.
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Fairhills Group is a New York based alternative investment management firm that manages capital for the Bronson family and other high net worth individuals and wealthy families. Fairhills was established in 2002 for the purpose of providing public companies with alternative forms of financing, eventually becoming one of the most active investors in structured equity transactions. Fairhills has since grown to provide financing solutions to companies globally and recently has opened its doors for the first time to external investors, with a full range of alternative investment fund offerings. For more information on Fairhills, please visit http://www.fairhills.com.
Established in 1973, Orient Express is a high performance motorcycle parts and accessories warehouse distributor; offering dyno tuning, engine building services and precision machine work. Orient Express has an extensive history of racing, including support of both professional and amateur race series and individuals. For more information regarding Orient Express, or to find out what Orient Express can do for your racing success, please call 800.645.6521 or 631.231.9552 (NY/International), visit http://www.orientexpress.com or us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/OrientExpressRacing.