Fillmore Wins AMA Pro Vance & Hines XR1200 Race at Mid-Ohio

Beck and Wyman Battle Rapp for Podium Spots

Milwaukee (July 11, 2011) – Bruce Rossmeyer’s Daytona Racing’s Chris Fillmore posted a dominant victory from the pole position to win his third AMA Pro Vance & Hines XR1200 race of the season at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course July 10.

 Fillmore lost the lead on a holeshot start by Steve Rapp, and battled with the Parts Unlimited rider for most of the first lap, but after passing Rapp on the second lap of the 11-lap race, he checked out to a substantial gap by the midpoint of the race and eventually built a lead of more than six seconds at the checkered flag.

“I took a look back and didn’t see anyone there,” Fillmore said.  “I expected [Rapp] to be there, so I took a couple more glances then put it on cruise control from there. I got a good launch, got through Turn 1 real well, and was kind of switching up my gearing through the race. I tried some different stuff, but pretty much had figured it out by the third lap.”

While Fillmore cruised to victory and a 30-point lead in the series standings, the racing action was more tense for the second and third spots on the podium, as Rapp began to fade back and was caught first by Michael Beck (J&P Cycles) and Kyle Wyman (Bruce Rossmeyer’s Daytona Racing) to eventually drop to fourth place.

“I got a decent start and was just watching Rapp, [Michael] Barnes, and Fillmore out front,” Beck said. “I kept my head down, got by Barney, and saw Rapp in the distance. I caught Steve and was holding on to him, and I noticed his tires were going off dramatically. I felt like my bike was rolling, and all three of us had a pretty big battle; it was really great. Then both of them made a mistake in the Keyhole, and I was able to take advantage of it and ended up second today.”

“I made a move on [Beck] going into Turn 1–it was a tight, close one, but I got through,” Wyman said. “Then going into the Keyhole, Steve made a mistake right in front of me and I had to check up, and both guys got back past me. I just pushed as hard as I could through the second segment, which is the hardest place to pass. I knew if there was going to be a chance it would have to be coming up in Thunder Valley. I didn’t have the greatest drive, but I tried to get a run out into the inside of the Carousel, but I got out of shape and had to check up again. Then Steve made another mistake and I was able to get a run around the outside of the last corner [and get by him] by maybe six inches or so.”

Rapp finished fourth followed by Tyler O’Hara (Tyler O’Hara Racing) and Michael Barnes (Drag Specialties).

The AMA Pro Racing Vance & Hines XR1200 Series returns to action August 13-14 at Virginia International Raceway in Alton, VA.

Mid-Ohio Race Result:

1. Chris Fillmore (Bruce Rossmeyer’s Daytona Racing), 11 laps

2. Michael Beck (J&P Cycles), +6.587 seconds

3. Kyle Wyman (Bruce Rossmeyer’s Daytona Racing), +6.987

4. Steve Rapp (Parts Unlimited), +7.020

5. Tyler O’Hara (Tyler O’Hara Racing), +11.395

6. Michael Barnes (Drag Specialties), +11.572

7. Michael Corbino (Bruce Rossmeyer’s Daytona Racing), +39.798

8. Chase McFarland (Latus Motors Racing), +45.345

9. Michael Morgan (Python Exhaust), 45.745

10. Gerry Signorelli (Kuryakyn), +56.463

11. Josh Chisum (Troy Lee Designs), +1:10.062

12. Gene Burcham (ERMCO Electric), +1:10.996

13. Brett Sassaman (Eagle Harley-Davidson), +1:13.489

14. Paul James (Hoban Brothers/H-D of Appleton), +1:13.627

15. Jeremiah Johnson (BE-EV.com ·New Roc Harley-Davidson), +1:33.295

16. Matthew Heidel (Shar-Tuff/Davis H-D), +1:33.458

17. Nicholas Hansen (Suburban Motors H-D), 10 laps, crash

18. Bryan Desimone (Kuryakyn), +1:33.018

19. Payton Sassaman (Eagle Harley-Davidson), DNS

 

XR1200 Series Points Standings

1. Chris Fillmore, 167

2. Steve Rapp, 137

3. Kyle Wyman, 99

4. Michael Barnes, 95

5. Michael Beck, 84

6. Tyler O’Hara, 83

7. Michael Corbino, 79

8. Chase McFarland, 74

9. Danny Eslick, 50

9 (tie). Paul James, 50

GEICO Harleys Finish Strong in Birmingham, Fillmore Remains in Points Lead

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (June 19) — The GEICO/RMR racing team had its best showing of the season in the Vance & Hines XR1200 class with team riders claiming three of the top six spots Sunday at the Barber SuperBike Classic.

Series points leader Chris Fillmore scored a runner-up finish, Michael Corbino earned a career-best fifth-place result, and Kyle Wyman finished sixth.

Fillmore started from fourth position and battled it out from the first lap with eventual race winner Steve Rapp. Fillmore was on his tail the entire race but Rapp had too much for Fillmore to overtake.

“The race was very frustrating,” Fillmore said. “I was with him the entire time but I didn’t dare try and pass him. Every time I tried to push it I felt my front end get loose and the last thing I wanted to do was push too hard and crash.”

Fillmore barely missed getting tangled up in a scary crash on Lap 1 with Michael Beck. He was on the outside attempting to pass Beck when Beck’s Harley got loose.

“I don’t know how I didn’t hit him,” Fillmore said. “I had to drive into the grass there to make sure I didn’t get involved but that was definitely lucky to not get wrapped up in that.”

Fillmore maintains the class lead after his fifth podium finish of the season. GEICO teammate

Corbino started the race from the 13th position and battled his way up from there.

“My plan was to get up on the outside on Turn 1 and it worked out well for me,” Corbino said. “I picked off quite a few right in the beginning then I just kept pushing where I knew I was fast and it worked out for me.

“I feel like this is the best possible Father’s Day present I could give my dad. I’m glad that I was able to earn my career best finish on Father’s Day, makes it even better than I thought it would be.”

Wyman qualified sixth and was supposed to start in the second row but things didn’t exactly go as planned.

“I can’t be disappointed since I missed the sighting lap,” Wyman said. “I had an issue with my helmet and I didn’t have it in time so I got held up, which meant that I had to start from the back. Luckily I was riding well and just picked them off one by one.”

Wyman is currently fourth in the championship points and Corbino sits sixth.

The next round of the Vance & Hines XR1200 series will be July 8-10 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio.

GEICO Riders Fillmore, Eslick go 1-2 in XR1200 Action at Road America

ELKHART LAKE, Wis. (June 5) — The Vance and Hines XR1200 class is barely more than a year old but the gang from GEICO Racing already has it figured out as team rider and points leader Chris Fillmore won Sunday’s race in the Subway SuperBike Doubleheader at Road America. Fillmore was followed closely by reigning class champion and teammate Danny Eslick, who yielded the lead to Fillmore with two turns left.

“It’s very satisfying, for sure,” said Fillmore, who edged Eslick at the stripe by .126 seconds for his second win of the year. “It was a pretty wild race. I got a good start and settled in with that front group. I’m not even sure how many of us there were up there. We all kind of passed the lead around and it was fun riding.

“About halfway through I went off the track at Turn 5 and by the time I got back out I was back to eighth or so. I just had to put my head down from there and play catch-up.

“At the end no one really wanted to take the lead because you wanted to ride the draft up the hill to the finish line but when Danny lifted up I had to just go. I think maybe I surprised him a little going by so fast but we got around that last turn and it was on all the way to the finish line. I was able to stay out front and that was important.”

As is the norm in the class, no single rider controlled the action. Instead, a breakaway group of eight pros battled throughout the seven-lap contest around the 4.1-mile course. Both Fillmore and Eslick led the race at various points, with each rider picking their favorite spots to pass, and it wasn’t unusual to see riders leapfrog three or four competitors in one motion.

“This class is turning out exactly how we had hoped,” creator and sponsor Terry Vance said. “The action is incredible every race. That’s why the fans are responding to it so favorably. I know that as more people get to know about this style of racing and the fans see it in person or on TV, it’s going to sky-rocket.”

Eslick certainly had fun, riding the freight-train draft to perfection time and again, seemingly passing at will. But the nature of the spec class is that everyone competes on the same equipment so it’s nearly impossible for a single rider to pull away.

“I could sling-shot around people in certain spots and I knew I needed to do that coming onto the final straightaway,” Eslick said. “Fillmore slipped by with a few turns left and I was planning to ride right behind him and then pull out and drag race to the finish line but he tucked in and got far enough away to take the win.

“I’m happy for Chris because he’s riding for the championship. The points are important to him and to the entire GEICO/Bruce Rossmeyer/Lucas Oil race team.”

Team riders Kyle Wyman and Michael Corbino rounded out the top 10, securing ninth and 10th place.

Up next is the Barber SuperBike Classic, which runs June 17-19 at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Ala.

 

Correction: GEICO Harley Road Racing Team Earns Two Podium Finishes in Utah

SALT LAKE CITY (May 30) — Memorial Day was certainly memorable for the GEICO/RMR Harley team in the AMA Pro Vance & Hines XR1200 Series as all four team riders finished in the top 10, including two on the podium.

Defending class champion Danny Eslick, who decided to race in the Harley-only category late last week, topped the charts with a strong second-place finish. Teammate Chris Fillmore was close behind in third, while Kyle Wyman and Michael Corbino finished eighth and 10th, respectively.

“It was cool to get out there and battle those guys on the Harley’s again,” said Eslick, who started seventh but was up to second place by Lap 4. “I just didn’t have enough for Steve Rapp up front but I’ll take a runner-up finish. I’m okay with that.” Eslick, who competes full time in the Daytona Sportbike class, only rode his XR1200 Harley one time prior to Monday’s race but he looked like a seasoned veteran in the saddle.

“Once I got comfortable I started picking guys up and was up in the top three pretty quick,” Eslick said. “I had a pretty good battle with my teammate Chris Filmore for the second half of the race. That was
fun. Then a few more guys got in there with us for a little while. There are a lot more competitive riders in the class this year and it makes it more exciting for the fans and a lot more fun for the riders.”

Fillmore, who won the last XR1200 event a few weeks ago in Northern California, started on the front row thanks to a strong qualifying effort.

“It was pretty interesting at the start,” Fillmore said. “As we were lining up it started to hail so that was interesting. I don’t think it really affected the track at all but it did mess with everyone a
little bit. We’ve dealt with so much weather this weekend I’m just glad it’s over.”

Fillmore stayed up front the entire race and even battled for the lead early in the race with eventual winner Steve Rapp, but just didn’t have enough to battle with him or Eslick in the final laps.

“Being on the podium is good,” FIlmore said. “The race was good. I did some back and forth for the lead the first half of the race, which was great, but I couldn’t hold on to the lead.

“(Rapp) got around me and then Danny and I started battling for secondhan we just couldn’t get in his draft. He built up a bit of a gap and at that point Danny and I were by ourselves, just battling it out for
second place.

“I overshot Turn 5 and Danny was able to get around me. At that point there wasn’t enough track left to catch him. I’ll take the third though. We’re up on the podium and it still gives me some points in
the championship hunt.”

Further back in the pack were Wyman and Corbino.

“I got off to a decent start considering my qualifying position,”Wyman said of his slotting in the No. 11 spot. “I was up in the middle of the pack and battling it out with some of the guys and felt pretty
good about my Harley. Then I was able to make a few moves and finish eighth. Definitely not a bad day.”

Rain had been a factor all weekend for the XR1200 riders so heading into Monday they were expecting more wet conditions but that didn’t end up being the case. The track was mostly dry except in one turn where Corbino had some trouble.

“The start went well,” Corbino said. “I was on a good pace and was in the middle of the pack from the beginning until I had a bit of a mishap in the only turn where there was rain. I ended up on the paint
and that’s not where you want to be.

“Luckily I kept it on two wheels and was able to refocus and finish the race. I just wanted to take her home safely and I did that. I’m happy with a top-10 finish. It’s good for points and for the whole
GEICO XR1200 team.”

The next stop for the AMA Pro Vance & Hines XR1200 Series will be June 5 at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin.