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.

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.

 

GEICO Honda Team Survives Texas, Earns First Podium Finish of Outdoor Season

WORTHAM, Texas (May 28) — The most brutal stop on the Lucas Oil AMA Motocross Championship tour lived up to its billing Saturday as the
top riders in the world fought to survive 95 degree temperatures that scorched Freestone County Raceway.

GEICO Honda rider Justin Barcia, just a few weeks removed from his Supercross Lites championship, led his team with a runner-up result in the second moto of the day to fashion a fourth-place overall finish. Stablemate Eli Tomac also showed well, going 5-6 on the day, while new team member Lance Vincent and veteran 450cc rider Kevin Windham did their best on the severely rutted and sun-baked course.
Barcia was razor-sharp out of the starting gate in both motos, earning a pair of holeshot awards. But racing with 39 other riders proved costly in the first turn of Moto 1 as a rider clipped him from behind and knocked him off his bike, moving him all the way back to 39th place. He had to ride hard the rest of the way but somehow made it back to ninth.

Wishing to separate from the pack immediately in Moto 2, Barcia had an even better start and rode away from the field until getting passed with just two minutes left in his ride, which dropped him to second place. The points he earned on the day lifted him to sixth in the season standings.

“I just got tired at the end there,” Barcia said. “This is the hardest race of the year and you really just want to survive it. The track is so rutted and hard. The whole day I was just squeezing my bike as hard as I could to hang on.

“The first moto took a lot of effort because I got knocked way back at the start so I was charging the whole race. That caught up to me later in Moto 2. Considering this was easily the toughest ride I’ve had all year, to end the day on the podium feels good.

“I’m really happy with my bike and me and my dad have been working on my starts every day at home, just doing dozens and dozens of them. All that hard work paid off.”

Tomac was solid in both races, riding to fifth and sixth in his two motos for an overall finish of fifth place, which lifts him to third in the championship points.

The Geico Team Gets Ready Before the Race

“Just another okay round for me,” Tomac said. “A fifth and a sixth, fifth overall, not exactly what I was looking for but it wasn’t bad either. I need to get up on the podium next round. That’s the main
thing for me right now.

“I’ve trained a lot for the heat, especially thinking back to what happened last year here when it just crushed me, and although it’s still unbelievably hot, I feel like I handled it much better this time around. There’s still another level I need to reach but I’ll get there.”

New team rider Vincent, sporting No. 245 on his GEICO Honda, took 16th in Moto 1 before improving to 10th in Moto 2 to finish 13th in the overall Lites standings. Although this was his first race of the
outdoors series, he’s already in 19th place in the championship rankings.

“The track was so gnarly and the heat was just ridiculous but I managed to make it through the day and I’m not laid out right now,” Vincent said. “The team and the support they gave me is unreal. I
couldn’t ask for more. They motivate me so much.

“First moto I got a good start, maybe fifth or so, and then settled into about eighth place and was there for a good 20 minutes until I clipped a hay bale and went over the handlebars. By the time I got up
I as 16th and just rode it out. My start wasn’t as good in the second moto and I tipped over early so I was playing catch-up the rest of the way. I still ended up in the top 10, which is what I wanted, so it was
a solid day.”

Windham was frustrated by his visit to Texas, despite two fairly decent rides. He started strong in Moto 1 but his Factory Honda 450cc machine encountered some mechanical issues late in the race and he was unable to finish. He was credited with a 28th-place result. In Moto 2, he outlasted several riders that wilted in the heat and finished ninth. His 28-9 finish earned him the 17th slot in the overall
standings.

 

“We had a little mishap in the first moto and I wasn’t able to finish,” said Windham, who slipped a few spots to eighth in the 2011 rankings. “The bad part was it happened pretty late in the race so I
had spent a lot of energy. We got into the second moto and I just hit the wall. Somewhere around the 15-minute mark this Texas heat just got me.

“It’s frustrating and I’m a little embarrassed. I was late getting ready for the outdoors. It was an unexpected move and I entered Round 1 after just a few days of preparation. It was crazy to think I could
catch-up right away, especially coming to heat like this in week two. We’ve got an off weekend now so hopefully we can use the extra time to get better and have a good showing in Mt. Morris.”

The AMA Lucas Oil Motocross Series next races on June 11 in Mt. Morris, Pa.

Electric Superbike Reaches Podium Finish

that's not a trunk kit, its where some of the batteries are housed.

Everyone knew this day was coming but nobody though it would be this past Sunday, including Chip Yates.

That”s the day when e-superbikes raced against top tier riders on gasoline powered bikes and took second in the superstock expert class, then  took third in the superbike expert class against machines like the Ducati 848.

We made all six laps with 100 percent power available, and I made the cool-down lap with a little to spare,” he said. “Range was never an issue.”

Yates’ bike may not look like much, but it’s fast — he hit 158 mph at one point as he lapped AutoClub Speedway and posted a fastest lap of 1:39.792.

“My whole focus has been strictly to see if we can keep up with the gas bikes,” said Yates, who has raced 600 cc machines in the AMA. “I have no interest in going any slower than I can currently go. I’ve always said that, and we stand by that. I’m not going to ride a bike that requires me to compromise.”

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