Hall, Ortega and Sipp Take Michelin Pro Series Wins at Blackhawk Farms Raceway
Brian Hall took a solid win in Michelin Pro Series SuperStock but it was Joel Spalding who increased is point lead in the class
for 2011. Spalding, by his third place finish, moved to a 29-point lead over Tim Bemisderfer and a 36-point lead over Hall in
his quest for a second straight title in the class.
Dan Ortega took advantage of the rain that dampened the track during the Michelin Pro SportBike race and took his first win
in ASRA competition over Dave Ebben. Ebben took off from the field in the dry but the change to rain tires was just enough to
allow Ortega to pullout the victory. Joel Spalding finished third but Ortega's performance narrowed his point lead to just 14
points over Ortega and 16 over Scotty Ryan in the 2011 Michelin Pro SportBike title chase.
In ThunderBike Walt Sipp continues to chip away at Ray Hofman's lead by taking his second win of 2011 and narrowing the
point lead to 59 in the Championship. Todd Evans helped fellow Buell rider Sipp by finishing second and pushing Hofman
back to third on his Suzuki 650.
Iowa's Craig Davis took his second win of 2011 in Amateur SuperStock and now leads Austin Burkett from Virginia by 22-
points with three rounds remaining in the series.
Thrashed Bike Racing thankful for 3rd place finish in ASRA/CCS Team Challenge event at VIR
Team owner Tim Ivanoff would like to express his appreciation to team sponsors Arrow Aviation Company, Erik Buell Racing,
Pirelli and Avcal Decals. “We were lucky that the team’s Buell 1125R hung together long enough to finish the race with the ill
running engine that manifested itself on race day. Walt Sipp did an excellent job of riding on a misfiring bike to finish 3rd
overall” said Tim. “We intend on having a better performance at Blackhawk Farms 23 July.”
Walt added, "What a crazy race. The bike seemed fine in the morning and for the first few laps, then it all unraveled. We were
way down on top speed and it wouldn't even pull top gear. I think I rode 60 laps with my hand over the clutch just in case it
blew up! Anyway, Tim will figure it out. He always brings top level equipment. I can't wait to get to Blackhawk and see if we can
claw back some points." Walt would like to think personal sponsors KBC Helmets, Arlen Ness, Texport, Sidi, EC3D
Compression, EBC Brakes, LP USA and Vortex.
June 19, 2011
Alton, VA – With scattered showers threatening and temps in the low 90's VIR hosted Round 5 of the Michelin Team
Challenge. The weather was sauna-like all weekend, but nary a drop of moisture fell during race hours and at 12:05 PM EDT
the green flag dropped on the 2-hour time limited 65-lap enduro.
Jim Barry on his Sweeney-engined Yamaha R1 led the first lap as Scotty Ryan was powering the Stiles Racing Yamaha R6 to
the front. By lap two Ryan was past Barry and was hotly pursued by Eric Helmbach aboard the Chester Auto Repair BMW
1000. The gap between the first three riders was 1.5-seconds on lap three. By Lap 4 Rick Beggs had served a stop-and-go
penalty for a jump start. Amateur Alan Nelson scored the “nice move of the day award” for a turn one pass putting his MWR
Racing GSXR 750 into fourth place and within a lap Nelson was into third. Fatigue from the sweltering heat took its toll on
Nelson and after several laps the MWR machine began to drift back in the field before handing off to teammate and owner
Michael Rice. On Lap 6 Premier racing went mechanical in turn 5 and parked their Yamaha R6 behind the pit wall for the
duration of the event.
On lap twelve Ryan's lead was up to 3.5-seconds over Helmbach with Lloyd Bayley on his RPM Motorsports Suzuki 1000
following in third. Walt Sipp had also managed to work Tim Ivanoff's Buell 1125 up into 5th place. The motor in the Thrashed
Bike Racing Buell was living up to the team's name as the crowd could hear with every lap an intensifying misfire. Sipp
mentioned on the podium at race end that the bike was a handful, but Sipp got the job done in spite of the misfire.
After the first round of fuel and rider change stops Meghan Ryan took over from Scotty on the Stiles machine and Alex Shaw
took over from Helmbach on the BMW and put their entry into the lead for the first time of the day and there it was to remain
as the crew from Chester Auto Repair landed a much needed win to remain competitive in the pursuit of a second consecutive
title in GTO and as overall champions. Stiles would finish second overall after a pit-stop infraction gave them a minor set-
back. Sipp nursed the big Buell home for third.
In addition to Walt Sipp's exceptional performance there were others, most notably perhaps that of those young riders in the
GTU class at Moto Medusa Justeen Cicio and Alison Fournier riding their Markbilt-engined Honda 600 to a third place in class
behind ASRA Champions Rick Beggs and Jason Gibbens on the Repsol Kawasaki. Cicio and Fournier were duly pleased as
this was their first outing in the Michelin Team Challenge
Thrashed Bike Racing’s principal Tim Ivanoff commends the excellent performance of riders Walt Sipp and Joel Spalding and
team members in the ASRA/CCS Team Challenge event at Heartland Park Apr 22nd. The team’s performance moved
Thrashed Bike Racing’s Buell 1125R to within 4 points of the overall points lead and places the team as the current points
leader in the GTO class. Spalding said” We knew Walt would deliver at Heartland. He made my turn on the bike easy. All I
had to do was not fall down.” Walt added, "This was a good weekend for the team for sure - especially getting back to the
point lead. Tim builds a great bike so it makes it a lot of fun out there; can't wait for Jersey!"
The team is looking forward to meeting the competition for the next round at New Jersey Motorsports Park May 13th!
Great thanks to primary sponsors Arrow Aviation Company LLC, Erik Buell Racing LLC, Pirelli Tires and Avcal Decals for their
Helmbach Holds off Attacks from Sipp and Ryan for Win Carolina Motorsports Park, Kershaw, SC -
April 10, 2011
Warm, sunny weather on Saturday gave way to Sunday's cool temps and a damp start for riders in Round 2 of the Michelin
Team Challenge. The series returned to the heart of the Palmetto State as perennial favorites and newcomers prepared to
vie for the lead in the 2011 points race. The action got started just after noon and though the cool temperatures might have
helped with tire preservation, it did nothing to dampen the racing action.
The holeshot belonged to Walt Sipp aboard Tim Ivanoff's Thrashed Bike Racing Buell 1125R. Trailing Sipp into the first
corner were the Chester Auto Repair BMW S1000RR entry ridden by Eric Helmbach, Dustin Young on the Martinez
Motorsports Kawasaki ZX10R and GTU favorite Scotty Ryan on the Team Stiles R6. By the time the leaders reached the back
straight kink Helmbach had the lead from Sipp and Ryan was third. For the first ten laps Sipp literally rode the tires of the
Buell staying right with Helmbach's BMW before the Buell back tire started to heat up. Sipp backed off tying to get a little heat
out of his rear tire thus letting Ryan's Yamaha close in.
By quarter distance Helmbach held the lead by about 3 seconds as the leaders circulated through the kink. Sipp and Ryan
were nose to tail and two laps later Ryan got by Sipp on the backside of the track and started to stretch the R6's legs.
Helmbach, though riding a conservative pace to make up for lost points in the Turn 5 incident in the last round at Roebling
Road, was showing the field what the big BMW could do as he built his gap on the field to over 8 seconds by half distance.
As Walt Sipp started to work his lap times down again, and for no reason he could discern, he lost the front end on the Buell
in Turn 4. The spill sent rider and bike skittering up the race surface all the way into Turn 5. Sipp gathered up the damaged
machine and clutching the detached left clip-on in his hand, lever still intact, limped the Thrashed Bike entry back to the pits
for extensive repairs.
At the end of lap 26 Ryan pitted for fuel. On the very next lap Helmbach was in for fuel and successfully returned to racing
without relinquishing the lead. Martinez Motorsports rider Dustin Young, running fourth pitted around Lap 34 to add fuel and
put Calvin Martinez aboard. But within three laps corner marshals were reporting the Martinez Motorsports Kawasaki
smoking. Martinez was flagged and returned to the pits, ending his team's run in the GTO class.
At two-thirds distance Nick Hansen returned the Thrashed Bike Buell to the race. The team would soldier on for third in class
behind returning endurance racer Jim Barry on his Yamaha R1. The order at the front was Helmbach from Ryan, then
Premier Racing's Dougherty and Horton followed by Rachel Sasse on the RNR Repsol Kawasaki, and Mark Miller on the
Saddlebaum Racing SV650. But the complexion of the race was about to change. Scotty Ryan seemed to be willing his
Yamaha onward, narrowing the gap to Helmbach. For nine straight laps Ryan worked on the gap knocking off a half second
here and a second there, showing Helmbach a wheel between twelve and thirteen, trying to work his way inside at turn eleven,
until on Lap 54 the pair were only 0.07 seconds apart at the stripe. Ryan could close in over the slower sections, but
Helmbach used power and smoothness to keep Ryan from closing the deal.
Thrashed Bike Racing LLC of Breaux Bridge, Louisiana is proud to announce that AMA veteran Walt Sipp will be joining 2010
ASRA Superbike and Thunderbike Champion Joel Spalding and CCS Southeast Regional Amateur SuperTwins Champion
Tim Ivanoff to contest the 2011 ASRA/CCS Team Challenge Series on the #222 Buell 1125R. Thrashed Bike Racing will
continue to be supported by primary sponsor Arrow Aviation Co LLC, ARROWAVIATIONCO.COM, Erik Buell Racing LLC,
ERIKBUELLRACING.COM, and Avcal Decals. Thrashed Bike Racing hopes to improve on it's 2010 performance in the
ASRA/CCS Team Challenge series with Walt's influence. 2/10
Daytona Beach Bike Week 2010 will be busy for Bison Racing rider Walt Sipp.
February 27-28 will see Walt debut the new Bison Racing AHDRA Buell Pro Gas drag bike at Speedworld Dragway in
Orlando, FL. Pro Gas bikes usually run in the 6.90 – 7.40 @ 190+ mph in the ¼ mile.
March 3-5 will see Walt on the familiar Bison Racing Buell 1125R in the AMA Pro Racing Daytona 200 held at Daytona
Walt said, “I’m pretty happy to be road racing this year. Two weeks ago, I thought I’d be watching the 200 so actually riding is
pretty exciting. I’m also looking forward to the new challenge with the drag bike. Drag racing is where I started, but I’ve never
ridden anything like this bike so it should be a good time. I’d just really like to thank Bison Racing and ProCharger
Superchargers for making it all possible.”
To get updates and follow Walt in 2010, please visit www.waltsipp.com
For Immediate Release:
Sipp will make third straight Daytona 200 appearance.
Kansas City, MO – Bison Racing/AIPRacing.com rider Walt Sipp announced today that he will make his third straight Daytona
200 appearance. Haven ridden under the lights at Daytona during the last two Moto-ST 8 hour races, he will have some good
experience riding into the darkness. Plus with previous experience in the 200, the 2009 race looks to be a good one.
Clint Solomon from AIP Racing in Van Nuys, California will handle the crew chief duties along with Chris Jones, also from AIP.
Both guys bring a wealth of experience to the team as this will be Walt’s first ride aboard the new Yamaha’s.
Walt said, “I’m really happy to be doing the 200 again. I was worried I would only be a spectator. Having the AIP Racing guys
there will be a huge help as well. I won’t have a chance to ride the bike before the AMA weekend starts so I we’ll have to get
up to speed fast. The Yamaha will be a big change after 10 years on v-twins.”
Visit www.waltsipp.com to find out how to be a part of the action and to follow Walt and his Championship chase.
Sipp Announces 2009 Racing Plans
Kansas City, MO – Bison Racing rider Walt Sipp announced today that after 10 years riding Buell Motorcycles, 2009 will see a
switch to a new blue brand. Sipp will once again be riding in select ASRA Superbike and Sportbike races as well as the new
AMA Daytona Sportbike series. This year however will see him on Yamaha R6’s along with new sponsor AIP Racing.com out
of Van Nuys, CA. AIP Racing.com is well known for their performance work and race engines throughout California. They
have had many riders competing in WSMC and AMA competition. Sipp said,” I’m both sad and excited to be switching brands
for next year. Buell has been great over last ten years and I owe a lot to Erik and the whole company, but I look forward to the
new challenge. Yamaha looked to be the smart move after the dominating display in both AMA and ASRA competition. “With
regards to the new sponsor, AIP Racing.com, Walt said,”I’m also really excited to have AIP on board. I know they’ve built some
rocket motors for Yamaha riders in the past. I look forward to seeing where a great bike with a great motor can take me. Plus
being a Dunlop rider for the past 10 years, I am pretty excited they were chosen as the spec tire for the AMA so no new tires
Unfortunately after two straight Daytona 200 appearances, Walt will have to miss the 2009 event. Haven ridden under the
lights at Daytona during the last two Moto-ST 8 hour races, he was really looking forward to it, but the team has decided it
better to spread out the budget as the Daytona 200 is an expensive endeavor. Walt said, “Yeah, watching from the sidelines
will be tough this year. Finishing the 07 Daytona race probably meant more than my first pro win. I’ll be in Daytona for the
ASRA weekend and I’ll still be in there for the AMA weekend. I’m just kind of hoping something last minute will come up and
allow me to give it a go.”
Sipp scores win at Heartland Park Topeka!
Topeka, KS – Bison Racing / Zero 7 Design Concepts rider Walt Sipp won round two of the ASRA Thunderbike
Championship, held at a chilly Heartland Park Topeka circuit. Qualifying went well even on used tires from the previous AMA
weekend. Walt qualified on the front row (2nd) with a 1:49.752. Nate Kern was on pole with a lap of 1:49.619 after early pole
man Dave Estok’s time was dis-allowed for not being able to make the post qualifying dyno run. Sipp said, “I’m pretty happy
with how things are going. If I would have known I had a shot at pole I would have put on new tires! It still feels good to be on
the front row at my home track!”
For the race on Sunday, Walt was confidant he could run the pace at the front. “I’m sure I can run with Nate and Dave. I just
can’t let Nate get the holeshot” said Sipp. As it turns out, his fears were realized when he missed second gear on the start and
ended up being fifth going into turn one. He made quick work of the first two riders and set off after Kern and Estok who had
already started pulling away. Soon though he was on Kern’s back wheel and made the pass coming on to the front straight.
Walt said, “Man, I don’t think I could have gotten away worse! I was happy I was able to reel in the guys as fast as I did after
my mistake at the start.” Walt soon started making progress on Estok while opening a gap on Kern. Just after half way though,
Sipp came upon a frustrated Estok obviously having mechanical issues. Sipp said, “I saw Dave having problems and I knew
this one was mine. I knew I had a slight gap on Kern so I decided to just try to maintain the gap. I really used up my tires trying
to catch those guys.” However, he backed it down too much and Kern was able to re-pass Sipp over the tunnel turn coming to
the white flag. “Nate came by me and I told myself no more taking care of the tires – he’s not going to steal this one. I was able
to get by him going into turn one. I just put my head down went as hard as I could. As it turns out Kern and I turned our fastest
laps on the last lap. Thankfully mine was a little quicker (1:48.209 to a 1:48.459). I would have like to been battling with Dave
for the win, but I was only .3 of his track record (1:47.9) so it proves I would have been there no matter what. I know he’ll be
strong the rest of the season as will Kern and the rest of the guys. Right now I’m just going to savor the win and go into the
next race wanting more!”
With the win at HPT and a fourth in Daytona, Walt moves up to second in the points only eight behind the leader Kern.
Mentor, OH, February 27, 2008 – Zero 7 Design Concepts, a division of Leroy-Thompson, today announced its sponsorship
of Walt Sipp, AMA Superbike Championship racer and ASRA licensed road racer.
Scott Webster, Owner of Leroy-Thompson and Zero 7 Design Concepts, commented: "Having worked with Walt on several
projects, it was a natural progression to support him in his racing career. I admire his drive and determination.”
Walt has been involved in some form of racing his entire life, beginning with cars and drag bikes. He began his road racing
career in 1999 after attending Learning Curves Roadracing School. He also attended the Kevin Schwantz School. He
finished second in his very first race and has been hooked ever since. Be sure to watch Walt compete in the 67th edition of
the most prestigious motorcycle race in America, the Daytona 200. The race takes place at Daytona International Speedway
on March 8th during Daytona Bike Week. The race will also be aired on The Speed Channel. Check your local listings.
Zero 7 Design Concepts, located just outside of Cleveland, Ohio, is an in-house graphic design and print facility equipped
with the latest design software, full color printer and vinyl plotter. In addition to general print work, Zero 7 specializes in large
format color banners, vehicle and trailer wraps and unique logo and graphic design.
Leroy-Thompson specializes in handcrafted motorcycles and custom parts, and has been featured in the book The Art of the
Bobber, in numerous motorcycle industry magazines and was featured on an episode of “Biker Build-Off” on The Learning
Channel in 2007. Visit Zero 7 Design Concepts and Leroy-Thompson on the web at www.zero7designconcepts.com and www.
leroythompsonchoppers.com or call 440-266-1635.
JAMES GANG/HOBAN BROTHERS BUELL THIRD AT DAYTONA MOTO-ST
Richie Morris Racing Buell Second in GST Final Standings
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The James Gang Racing/Hoban Brothers Buell XB12R sponsored by Buell of Appleton and
Darkhorse Crankworks and ridden by Paul James, Jeff Johnson and Walt Sipp finished third in the Grand Sport Touring
(GST) class in the 8 Hours At Daytona, the sixth and final round of the SunTrust MOTO-ST Series for motorcycle endurance
racing. Despite a minor mid-race crash, the team completed 216 laps of the Daytona International Speedway road course,
and finished three laps behind the class-winning Touring Sport Ducati entry (Doug Polen/Peter Friedland/Frank Shockley),
clinching third place overall in the final season GST points standings.
“It was a great weekend for our team,” said Hoban Brother’s John Dahmer. “Our riders clicked off consistent lap times, our pit
stops were solid, and our 2008 Buell Thunderstorm engine worked flawlessly. It was a total team effort.”
The Richie Morris Racing/Daytona Harley-Davidson/Buell team was running third on the same lap as the GST leader when
their chain derailed in the third hour of the event. The Richie Morris Racing team repaired the Buell XB12R and returned to
the race, completing 205 laps to place eighth in GST. The result dropped the Richie Morris Racing team from first to second
in GST season points, 188 to 183, to Touring Sport Ducati. James Gang Racing finished the season third in GST, with 181
In the first complete season of the SunTrust MOTO-ST Series, Buell teams won four of six GST races and at least one Buell
team placed on the podium at each event.
At Daytona, the overall MOTO-ST win and first place in the Buell Motorcycle Company SuperSport Twins (SST) class went to
Roadracingworld.com Suzuki 18 (Chris Ulrich/Gary Mason/Cory West) on a Suzuki SV1000S that completed 234 laps in 8:
01.06.454. The SST class championship was clinched prior to Daytona by Aprilia USA 1 (Ty Howard/Ben Thompson/Henry
Wiles). Eleventh overall and first in the ST (Sport Twins) class was the Speedwerks 87 Suzuki SV650 (Hawk Mazzotta/Scott
Ryan/Brian Kcraget), which completed 218 laps.