National Guard Celtic Racing Leaves Miller With Determination To Improve Results

NEWS August 5, 2013

National Guard Celtic Racing Leaves Miller With Determination To Improve Results

Photo by Brian J Nelson

Courtesy of Celtic Racing:

TOOELE, Utah (August 5, 2013) - Corey Alexander and James Rispoli had a difficult weekend at Miller Motorsports Park, despite strong efforts by both riders in practice, qualifying, and the races. Alexander qualified his #5 National Guard Celtic Racing Suzuki GSX-R 600 in fifth position despite a crash which destroyed his primary machine, with the top five SuperSport qualifiers separated by less than a second. Rispoli qualified in seventh in Daytona Sport Bike aboard his #43 National Guard Celtic Racing Suzuki GSX-R 600, narrowly missing the second row.

In SuperSport race one on Saturday, Alexander would retire after just three laps on his secondary machine when over-heating issues caused the engine to seize. The National Guard Celtic Racing crew worked hard to prepare his machine for Sunday's race two, and despite some early improvement, the second motor also suffered a failure and that was enough to push Alexander back into twelfth place at the flag - a strong result under difficult conditions for Alexander. Corey stated that "the weekend sucked, but I have to give my guys huge thanks for putting a ton of effort in. We have some homework to do to figure out what the issue was with our bike. I'm really excited for New Jersey and my home town race, and I am looking forward to some good results and hopefully the championship as well." Corey's personal sponsors include Arai Helmets, AMMO NYC, Hudson Valley Motorcycles, Spidi Leathers, and XPD Boots.

James Rispoli had a better weekend than what was reflected by the finishing positions, and rode hard from Friday to Sunday. Rispoli finished a strong sixth in both Daytona Sport Bike races on his National Guard Celtic Racing Suzuki GSX-R 600, with his lap times improving steadily through each race. Rispoli's pace was the fastest a Suzuki GSX-R 600 has turned at Miller, and was consistently quick for each race. Rispoli said that it was "not the best weekend, but we had really consistent lap times. We are still not where we need to be for both races, or where we are capable of being. I'm going back to Florida to train my ass off. Thanks to AGV Helmets, Dainese Leathers, Monster Energy, Spider Grips and Techmounts for all their support, and thanks to all the fans for their encouragement! See you at Jersey!"

Celtic Racing is proud to partner with: Army National Guard, Michael Jordan Motorsports, Orient Express Racing, Hudson Valley Motorcycles, American Suzuki, Armour Bodies, Bazzaz, Chicken Hawk Racing, DesignStar3, D.I.D. Chain, FMF Exhaust, Full Spectrum Power, Galfer, GB Racing, K-Tech Suspension, Maxima Racing Oils, Motion Pro, Pit Bull Products, Saddlemen, Signs Ink, Star Motorcycle School, Vortex Racing, and Zero Gravity.


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:


The National Guard is the oldest military branch. Today, Citizen-Soldiers hold civilian jobs or attend college while training part time, staying ready to defend America in the event of an emergency. The National Guard serves both state and federal governments. During local emergencies, Guard units assist residents endangered by storms, floods, fires and other disasters. Guard companies deployed overseas may see combat, but are often found building schools and hospitals, training local peacekeepers or teaching local farmers more efficient techniques and better uses of their land. Please visit to find out more.


Established in 1973, Orient Express is celebrating it's 40th year as a high performance motorcycle parts distributor and race shop. Orient Express offers engine and motorcycle building services, precision machine work, suspension servicing, and dyno tuning services. 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 or join them on Facebook at

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