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.

Harley-Davidson Returns to AMA Racing on the Daytona High Banks

Scott Russell To Make Vance & Hines XR1200 Class Debut

Milwaukee (Feb. 22, 2011) – Harley-Davidson will return to the historic high banks of Daytona International Speedway March 10-11 with one of the Speedway’s most legendary stars, Scott “Mr. Daytona” Russell, when the AMA Pro Racing Vance & Hines XR1200 series kicks off the 2011 season during Bike Week.

A record five-time winner of the Daytona 200 race, former Harley-Davidson factory VR1000 Superbike rider, and 1993 World Superbike Champion, Russell will ride a Harley Owners Group sponsored XR1200 motorcycle wearing his favorite No. 4 in his first AMA Pro motorcycle race at the Speedway since retiring from the series in 2002.

“I’m excited to get on one of those Harley XRs,” said Russell. “I ran some endurance races last year and I think I still have some gas left in the tank. It will be fun to race with the rest of the guys at Daytona and hopefully run up front.”

In addition to Russell, the Vance & Hines XR1200 class will feature a large grid of riders with a vast range of talent and experience, from veteran stars such as 2007 Daytona 200 winner Steve Rapp (Parts Unlimited) and former AMA Flat Track Grand National Champion Joe Kopp (Latus Racing) to young guns like Michael Beck (J&P Cycles) and brothers Kyle Wyman (RMR/Bruce Rossmeyer’s Daytona Racing) and Travis Wyman (Harv’s Harley-Davidson).

Based on largely stock Harley-Davidson XR1200 motorcycles equipped with a race-preparation kit provided by series sponsor Vance & Hines, the series brings the exciting rumble of Harley-Davidson V-Twin engines back to AMA Pro Road Racing at Daytona for the first time since the end of the VR1000 Superbike program in 2001.

The seven-lap XR1200 feature race is scheduled to start at 3:15 pm EST on March 11 (subject to change). At least twenty racers are expected to make the grid at Daytona the largest in the two-year history of the class, which expands to a nine-round schedule in 2011 after a debut midway through the 2010 season. As of February 22, the following racers have posted entries for the Daytona race (in order of number plate):

  • Joe Kopp (Latus Motors Racing)
  • Scott Russell (H.O.G. Racing)
  • Steve Rapp (Parts Unlimited)
  • Josh Chisum (Troy Lee Designs)
  • Michael Morgan (Python Exhaust)
  • Michael Corbino (RMR/Bruce Rossmeyer’s Daytona Racing)
  • Paul Schwemmer (Peter Brady/Level 10 Contractors)
  • Chase McFarland (Latus Motors Racing)
  • Travis Wyman (Harv’s Harley-Davidson)
  • Tyler O’Hara (GPBikeParts.com)
  • Kyle Wyman (RMR/Bruce Rossmeyer’s Daytona Racing)
  • Michael Barnes (Drag Specialties)
  • Matthew Heidel (Shar-Tuff Racing/Davis Harley-Davidson)
  • Chris Fillmore (RMR/Bruce Rossmeyer’s Daytona Racing)
  • Michael Beck (J&P Cycles)
  • Paul James (James Gang/Hoban Brothers/H-D of Appleton)
  • Brett Sassaman (Eagle Harley-Davidson)
  • Gerry Signorelli (No sponsor listed)
  • David Estok (No sponsor listed)
  • Charlie Long (Racing Connection)