Competition has always been important to Bel-Ray and the professional racers that are supported with the high performance lubricants Bel-Ray supplies, who riders are considered the top in their respective classes.
Situated against a beautiful snowcapped mountain background, the Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, Utah was the site of Round 6 of the 2012 World Superbike Championship Series.
Bel-Ray backed Althea Ducati racer Carlos Checa won race 1 in a dominant fashion. Starting from 6th place on the grid, Checa was quickly in the lead and held on for the victory. Teammate Davide Giugliano experienced a less successful event after struggling with grip from his rear tire. He held on for an 11th place finish. Race 2 again saw Checa out front of the pack when tragedy struck the popular Spaniard. On lap 5, he lost the front end and went down. He returned to the pit area for repairs, but in the end he was too far back to score points and did not finish. Giugliano, meanwhile, raced to an excellent 7th place finish and valuable championship points.
Checa spoke about the weekend following the event. “Race 1: a great result, a great race, a great moment! I’ve always had a great relationship with this track and to win here again is just fantastic, especially after some difficult recent rounds. In this second race I was pushing, I was feeling confident with the setting, but clearly I pushed a bit too hard and lost the front. I went back on track, but there was nothing I could do, I’d lost too much ground.”
Giugliano also spoke about his first trip to Miller Motorsports Park. “In race 1, we made a conservative tire choice knowing that it was the one everyone was using, but it didn’t suit my riding style and I wasn’t able to ride as I wanted to, I just had to control the situation as best I could. In race 2, I was satisfied to be the first Ducati – although of course, I’m really sorry for Carlos, as the win would surely have gone to him. It’s not an easy track for the Ducati, we were all losing so much along the straight. But, considering that we couldn’t even stick in the slipstream of the four-cylinders, I think that seventh is not at all bad and we go towards Misano satisfied, and ready for what is one of my favorite tracks.”
Following the United States round, Checa is 5th and Giugliano is 9th in the overall series standings. The series continues at Misano in San Marino on June 10th.
Round 2 of the 2012 AMA National Motocross Championship continued Saturday in Wortham, Texas.
Bel-Ray backed Rockstar Energy Racing Suzuki racer Jessica Patterson continued her charge to the WMX Championship this weekend with strong 1-2 moto finishes for second overall. After a second place start in moto 1, Patterson was into the lead after a few laps, a lead she held until the checkered flag. Moto 2 again saw Patterson with a second place start and then quickly into the lead. Crashing in the back section of the track, she fell back to 7th place and had to charge through the field to an eventual 2nd place moto finish. Patterson leads the series by 3 points after 2 of the series 8 rounds.
Bel-Ray backed Team Rockstar Energy Racing Suzuki came to Freestone MX looking to improve on their first round results. Blake Wharton was the team’s top rider with a confident 4th place overall finish. His 6-3 moto scores included time at the front of the class in the second moto. Following a first moto crash, Jason Anderson recovered and finished 7th place in the second moto, good enough for 12th overall. Martin Davalos’ 14-13 moto finishes gave him 11th overall, while the final member of the team, Hunter Hewitt was in 20th overall with 17-20 moto scores.
In addition to the teams that rely on Bel-Ray to succeed, several national privateers also count on Bel-Ray to protect their bike and keep it performing at the highest level. Often travelling on a shoestring budget, these riders are the backbone of the sport. This weekend in Texas, Bel-Ray Elite Racers Derek Anderson rode to (22-9) 16th and Dustin Kendall rode to (37-31) 37th overall in the 450 class. In the 250 class, Bel-Ray Elite Racer Steve Roman rode to (35-32) 35th overall.
TM racing’s Thomas Chareyre continued his winning ways this weekend at the Sicilian Grand Prix. Round 2 of the 2012 World Supermoto Championship series took place at the old airport in Palermo. Under sunny skies and beautiful conditions, Chareyre continued his championship points lead. His 4-3-1 race finishes were good enough for 2nd overall. The 2010 World Champion is looking to regain that championship this season. Teammate Marco Dondi scored an excellent 6th place finish in the third S2 class moto. His 11-25-6 place moto scores were good for 13th overall. The series continues June 24th in Bulgaria.
French Elite Championship
Bel-Ray backed Team CP377 Monster Energy Pro Circuit racer Sebastein Pourcel scored his 5th French title this weekend in Gaillac, Toulza. Pourcel was very happy with this championship and hopes to use the momentum from his victory when the World Championship series continues in France this weekend. He spoke about his feelings following the event. “It’s a good feeling to get this title, as I had two difficult years with my shoulder injury in 2010 and then my back injury last season. I know that I’m not yet at my best level, but this title is a first step in my recovery and I want to thanks Kawasaki, my team and my family who were behind me.”
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