Alexander Dominates SuperSport With Double Wins At Road America
NEWS June 4, 2013
Photo by Brian J Nelson
Courtesy of Celtic Racing:
(May 4, 2013) - Celtic Racing is pleased to report that Corey Alexander won both SuperSport races at Road America aboard his #5 National Guard Celtic Racing Suzuki GSX-R 600! These mark the first two wins of the season for Alexander, and his first back-to-back wins in AMA Pro Road Racing competition. SuperSport race 1 on Saturday was a heated ten lap battle for the win with pole sitter Stefano Mesa eventually finishing second behind Alexander. Both Alexander and Mesa were pleased with the results, and enjoyed the close and clean contest to the checkers. Caroline Olsen started from twenty-third on the grid in her first visit to Elkhart Lake, and made consistently faster laps to finish seventeenth on the #44 Celtic Orient Express Racing Suzuki GSX-R 600 machine. James Rispoli qualified in sixth position for the Daytona Sport Bike events, getting progressively faster on his #43 National Guard Celtic Racing Suzuki GSX-R 600. Rispoli would bring home a strong seventh place finish in Saturday's race 1.
Sunday's SuperSport race was delayed by two red flag incidents including a large multi-bike wreck that involved Caroline Olsen. Caroline suffered a shoulder injury and was taken to a hospital in Milwaukee. Caroline is now in transit to California where she will see renowned surgeon Dr. Ting. Corey Alexander was unaffected by the red flags or the delay, and was part of a five rider battle at the front and again would emerge victorious, claiming his second win of the season, and the double victory of the weekend! The racing was just as fierce and close in race two, with an even closer margin at the checkered flag, with Alexander finishing ahead of Mesa by 0.013", and Tomas Puerta just 0.001" behind for third place. James Rispoli battled at the front of the Daytona Sport Bike pack in Sunday's race two, and narrowly missed a top five finish, taking another seventh place. Rispoli gained more speed over the weekend and is looking forward to the next race at Barber in just under two weeks' time.
Corey Alexander was excited and a bit surprised to come away with two first place finishes, stating "if you asked me if I thought I was going to walk away from this weekend with two first place trophies I'd probably say wishful thinking and be content with the thought of just one win. From the first session right off the bat I knew my National Guard Celtic Racing GSX-R 600 was good enough to win. My boys Barry, Mike, and Tim all gave me a great set up right off the truck based off of last year and it was up to me to get the job done.
Saturday's race was eventful but was more of a two rider duel between me and Stefano and I was able to put my head down to take home the win. After Saturday I knew I had the potential to get the win on Sunday if I played my cards right. After the ten lap long five rider battle I crossed the finish line three-wide without a clue where I finished. To say I'm both lucky and happy to have walked away with the win is an understatement.
Can't thank everyone enough who have supported me and the whole National Guard Celtic Racing team. I have to give a special thanks to my family, and particularly my Uncle Richie, Jason Pridmore, and James Rispoli, for always believing in me as well as pushing me to have the confidence that it takes to win! Also thanks to all the team sponsors as well as my personal sponsors, Arai Helmets, Spidi Leathers, XPD Boots, Ammo NYC, and Hudson Valley Motorcycles. I'm excited and would like to think that there's more to come in the near future. Have to also dedicate Sunday's win to my teammate Caroline Olsen as well as everyone involved in the horrible wreck during the SS race. #WinFor44"
James Rispoli stated that it was a "Good weekend, we made more and more improvements with the bike. We came out of the weekend fifth in points which is really important for the season. And we ran with the front group so I know we have the speed. We now just need to get a better second half of the race. With Barber coming up in two weeks, I'm really excited to keep improving. Thanks to AGV Helmets, Dainese Leathers, Monster Energy, Techmounts, and Spider Grips for all their help and support!"
Caroline Olsen is fighting hard to recover strong and fast from her injuries. She said "Yesterday was both scary and painful, but I feel lucky knowing it could have gone so much worse. Now I'm in the best hands on my way to see one of the best doctors hoping for a quick recovery. Big thanks to the team, I really could not have had better people around me in a time like this." Many thanks to all her personal sponsors including Arai Helmets, Cato Composites, Dainese Leathers, LOXY, Norgesautomaten, Lovaas Motor, Bike, Nordic Crane, Leif Grimsrud, Berg Sparebank, Skogheim Profil og Yrkesklaer, and F. Jorgensen.
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Celtic Racing was established in 2001 by Barry Gilsenan, and over the past 12 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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