11, 2012 - KELSEY
WINS AT CMRA FINALE
sponsored Danny Kelsey posted two wins in the Central Motorcycle Roadracing
Association sprint championship series finale
held at the very fast Texas World Speedway. The event was also an opportunity
for Kelsey to capture three CMRA sprint championships as well as the CMRA #1
plate for a second
for the CMRA finale were full and riders from Mexico and all parts of the United
States would make for intense competition, but mother nature trumped all riders
with a recipe of strong winds with threats of rain on Sunday. Only 40 points
separated Kelsey from his championship rival and current championship leader Ty
Howard. The team knew first hand from last year’s final event that “anything
can happen” when you are trying to capture the #1 plate.
practice went well with Kelsey and the team as they sorted out the Michelin
equipped Suzuki GSXR-750 to overcome more bumps and tricky traction areas that
have developed on the aging road course. Although Kelsey appeared quickest on
Friday, his main championship rival was absent and the team agreed that more
work would need to be done to ensure that they would be ready to run up front on
Sunday. Crew chief Marcus McBain pulled the shock and forks off to rework them
a bit and provide an extra second or two for Kelsey come Sunday. With the
displacement disadvantage the Suzuki 750 has in the liter bike classes, the
chassis setup had to be optimal to overcome the long straights during this CMRA
championship weekend for Kelsey to win all four races.
In the race for the CMRA
#1 plate, fellow Texan Ty Howard lead Danny Kelsey by 40 points. The team and
Kelsey realized that it was going to be a difficult task to overtake Howard, but
as the team found out last year...ANYTHING CAN HAPPEN. Kelsey and the team
realized the only control they had over the weekend was to make sure Danny had a
machine setup that would allow him to ride his best. Kelsey was ready for the
Superstock was the first event of the day for Kelsey, and Danny dropped the
hammer on the big red Suzuki to hold a two second lead as he
crossed the line after one lap. On lap 2, Kelsey put in the fastest lap of the
race with a 1:46.061 and continued to increase his lead. At the checkered flag,
he won by 7.078 seconds and he secured his first championship for 2012.
Superstock was the first “showdown” between Kelsey and Howard. With only 3
points separating the two Texas riders in the class, it would be a “winner
take all” for the class championship. At the drop of the green flag, Kelsey
dropped a 1:49.3 lap from a standing start to lead lap one. Howard was close
behind Kelsey though as he would pull up to Danny at the end of the long front
straight. Laps two, three, and four, played out the same with Kelsey entering
the front straight on his JRi Shock equipped GSXR with a strong drive and a 0.5
- 0.7 second lead exiting the last turn and Howard pulling up by the end of the
the final lap Kelsey focused on creating as much gap as possible in the infield
so that Howard would not be able to draft by at the line. As Kelsey entered the
final turn, a lapper was right in the
middle of the turn and Danny had to alter his line and lost almost all of his
drive onto the long front straight. Howard
did not need an invitation
and pulled into his draft.
As Kelsey drifted low on the TWS banking for the checkered flag run, Howard
picked up Danny’s draft and took the win by less than 0.1 second as well as
the class championship.
team was disappointed, but B Superbike was up next and Kelsey’s final
championship opportunity. With only three points separating Danny and Derek
Wagnon, this was another “winner take all” event. Wagnon would be ready to
take advantage of any miscue by the Georgetown, Texas rider, Kelsey was already
focused on putting in an even stronger effort than his first two races. As the
green flag dropped for B Superbike, Kelsey put in another fast first lap with a
1:49.709. He followed that up with the fastest lap of the race with 1:44.988 on
lap two as he stretched his lead his lead to nearly 4 seconds at the end of lap
two. At the checkered flag, Kelsey took the win by 6.353 seconds and his second
CMRA championship for the year.
final race of the day for Kelsey and the team was A Superbike and it would mark
the final race between Danny and Ty Howard. Danny took the green flag and lead
lap one on his GP Suspension equipped GSXR-750, but Howard was again following
close. Kelsey continued to lead, but Howard would take the lead on lap three.
Kelsey pushed hard, but was unable to recapture the lead. With the win Howard
not only won the race, but the 2012 CMRA overall championship.
am really proud of Danny (Kelsey) and the job he did. We keep having
competitors, fans, and sponsors watch him ride and realize he is doing a lot
with a bike that is a little long in the tooth. For all the laps and races he
completed this year, I can count the number of mistakes Danny made on one hand.
Not too many crew chiefs can say that about their riders. Also, the level of
focus and consistency he has while I try to keep the bike running after 3 hard
years of racing on it is incredible. We don’t have a backup bike and he knows
he can’t make any mistakes on the track.
It is tough to compete like that and I can’t complement him enough on the job
he has done this year”, observed crew chief Marcus McBain.
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Services for their continued support.