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Team Iron Horse's Peris Rides to 7th in Thursday Qualifying

NEWS March 11, 2011

Team Iron Horse's Peris Rides to 7th in Thursday Qualifying

(March 10) - Chris Peris of Team Iron Horse BMW/ESP (Tucson, AZ) rides the BMW S1000RR into 7th place in Qualifying #1 in AMA Pro National Guard SuperBike at Daytona.

An impressive start to the first round of the AMA Pro Racing Superbike season as Chris Peris rides the Iron Horse BMW/ESP (Tucson, AZ) S1000RR into 7th place in the first qualifying session in Daytona. As noted on the drive from Arizona to Florida by Fernando Peris, Chris Peris’ father, “Something always goes wrong during a race weekend.” Maybe it was good fortune for the talented privateer team that the bad luck ended with their transporter breaking down in Texas. After a quick assessment of time, the load was transferred into a U-haul and Evan Steel and Phil Allison arrived at Daytona at 5pm on Wednesday night, unloaded everything and passed technical inspection before the garage closed at 7pm.

The first and only practice session was cancelled due to rain, so the team worked non-stop to anticipate the gearing and suspension required to have a competitive placement in the first of two qualifying sessions. It has been 3 years since Chris Peris has ridden this track, and without any testing since it has been resurfaced or data on the Iron Horse BMW/ESP S1000RR at Daytona, Peris rode a well-developed and thoughtfully set-up bike with an outstanding outcome - a best lap time of 1:40.431.

The crew, Evan Steel (crew chief, ESP), Phil Allison (engine builder and technician, ESP), Dave Ciesielski (suspension/chassis technician of US MegaMax) and Willie Vass ( technician- Vass Performance) are a dynamic and skillful team that work seamlessly together to create an ultimate machine for the gifted and accomplished rider, Chris Peris. All together, this team has started its season as it had hoped and their hard work, dedication, talent and passion are paving the way for an exciting 1st round and season.

This would not be possible without the support of all our amazing sponsors: BMW North America, Iron Horse Motorcycles, Peris Riding School,, Ohlins, Kyle Racing, GPR, Driven, Hotbodies,, On The Level (OTL), RunGP, HT Moto,, Speedcell, Top-Line Printing, BMW Motorcycle Magazine, Shoei, XpedX
Left: Jennifer Cartwright, Scott Bergen, Tony Kasper, Evan Steel, Chris Peris, Dave Ciesielski, Phil Allison, John Cartwright Right: 2011 Iron Horse BMW/ESP BMW S1000RR
For Sponsorship inquiries contact Jennifer Cartwright:
(+1) 520 271 1596 or email:

Team Iron Horse BMW/ESP
Win on Sunday, sell on Monday. Team Iron Horse BMW/ ESP was created to maximize the strengths of both organizations and for the sheer love of racing. Iron Horse BMW is focused on their customers’ ownership experience. ESP is an independent sport bike shop that focuses on the racer and track day rider. This is the reason Iron Horse BMW teamed up with ESP. ESP understands the sport bike market, and they have the skills and experience Iron Horse BMW needs to be able to sell the S1000RR to new customers with the knowledge only racing provides. Iron Horse BMW/ESP will use their racing experience to further develop the S1000RR. Team Iron Horse BMW/ ESP will use AMA Superbike competition to develop chassis, suspension and motor parts and accessories that will be made available to S1000RR owners, allowing them to enjoy the BMW S1000RR for years to come.

Iron Horse BMW
Iron Horse BMW is Arizona’s premier BMW dealer, located in Tucson, Arizona. Iron Horse is dedicated to providing their customers with the best possible ownership experience. The staff are passionate and avid motorcyclists from motocross to roadracing and everything in between. They have the experience and ability to help riders get the most out of their motorcycles. To make your dream of S1000RR ownership a reality, contact Iron Horse at (+1) 520 327 0773 or

Evan Steel Performance
Evan Steel Performance is a small, personal, specialized shop located in Tucson, Arizona that deals with all aspects of motorcycle road racing. ESP bikes have had some of the highest trap speeds in their classes at AMA Nationals, as well as the highest top speed at start/finish at the 50th annual Macau Grand Prix. In 2009, ESP clinched the Supersport East title with numerous victories. In 2008, ESP scored a very rare privateer podium at the VIR AMA National in the Superstock class with Chris Peris. ESP is open to any level of racing, from basic race prep to planning a season at the Nationals.
ESP can be reached at (520) 294 3050 or 

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