Celtic Racing's Rispoli Wins 2012 AMA Pro SuperSport and West Championships

NEWS October 7, 2012

Celtic Racing's Rispoli Wins 2012 AMA Pro SuperSport and West Championships

Photo by Andrea Wilson

Courtesy of Celtic Racing:

(October 9, 2012) - Celtic Orient Express Racing's James Rispoli won his second AMA Pro Motorcycle-Superstore.com SuperSport National Championship this weekend at the 2012 season finale at New Orleans Motorsports Park. Rispoli dominated the 2012 SuperSport field with eight race wins over twenty races and sixteen podiums total, earning a comfortable points lead before this weekend's events. Rispoli qualified in second position for both races, and showed good speed and control all weekend. Rispoli would only need to finish in seventh place or better on Saturday to clinch the championship in both the Overall and West series. A second red flag on Saturday ended the race early, with Rispoli in fourth after battling for second most of the way. In race two on Sunday, Rispoli already held the championships in hand, but put in a determined effort to finish the season on the podium - taking third place on the #1 Celtic Orient Express Racing Suzuki GSX-R 600. Teammate Corey Alexander was unable to attend the event at New Orleans after sustaining a fracture to his right leg in a training accident only one week before. Corey will finish the SuperSport East Championship in fifth position after a very competitive season with some strong results that shows his determination and drive.

The entire Celtic Racing team congratulates James Rispoli for his great results and amazing back-to-back championships in the AMA Pro Motorcycle-Superstore.com SuperSport class! James' hard work and enthusiasm for racing was infectious and brought the team tightly together by the end of the season. Everyone would also like to thank all of the great sponsors and supporters who made the 2012 season and SuperSport Championship possible for James and Celtic Racing - without your help, none of this would have been possible!

James was very excited and pleased to state that "I can't even explain how happy I am with how things worked out this year! I went into Daytona kinda iffy about even having a ride this year, and then to have all the people around me making sacrifices to keep me racing all season, it feels so amazing to give them something to remember. This year has been a dream year for us, we've had some hard fought wins and some losses that really groomed our team into a family. We all put 100 percent into these Championships and that's what I needed the most to make this Championship happen. Big shout out to everyone behind the scenes who made this year happen. Whatever the future holds, I will definitely remember this year with these great and amazing people! Thanks to everyone in my life that keep me straight, and working hard on the right path! I'm just ecstatic! Many thanks to AGV Helmets, Dainese Leathers, Monster Energy, Techmount, and DAO Defy All Odds Apparel, who helped me get here and earn my second AMA Championship!"

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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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 join them on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/OrientExpressRacing.


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