Buell Riders Sweep Podium with Darren James Second, Joe Rozynski Third

2007-05-01 19:17
Hal's H-D/Buell Hal's Speed Shop rider Dan Bilansky rode a Buell XB12R Firebolt to win the second round of the American Sportbike Racing Association (ASRA) Pro Thunderbike series at Heartland Park Topeka.

"Our Buell ran really well today and this was a nice win after finishing off the podium at Daytona," said Bilansky. "We've got the Hal's team back in position to defend the Thunderbike title."

Deeley H-D/Buell Canada/Ruthless Racing rider David Estok earned the pole on a Buell XB12R Firebolt in Saturday qualifying for the 12-lap Pro Thunderbike national on the 2.5-mile Heartland Park road course.

Estok jumped into the lead at the start, with his Deeley H-D/Buell Canada/Ruthless Racing teammate Darren James in hot pursuit. Bilansky, the 2006 ASRA Pro Thunderbike champion, got a poor start but worked his way up to the leaders by the third lap. A crash on lap five ended the day for Estok. James assumed the lead but soon fell off the pace with a mechanical problem. Bilansky made a pass for the lead and opened a gap of about 15 seconds that he maintained to the finish to score his first win of the season. James held on for second place, followed by Buell riders Joe Rozynski (Waves/Hal's Speed Shop), Sam Rozynski (Waves/Hal's Speed Shop), and Greg Avello (Hal's Speed Shop/Badger Motorsports).

After two of eight ASRA Thunderbike rounds, Bilansky has 58 points to lead the series, followed by James with 56 points and Estok with 47 points.

In Championship Cup Series (CCS) racing on Saturday, Estok rode his Deeley H-D/Buell Canada/Ruthless Racing Buell to victory in the Thunderbike Expert class, a five-lap sprint race. On Sunday, James rode a Deeley H-D/Buell Canada/Ruthless Racing Buell to win the CCS Thunderbike Expert class, while Steve Crevier won the SuperTwins Expert class on a Deeley H-D/Buell Canada/Ruthless Racing Buell XBRR.

The next event on the eight-race 2007 ASRA Pro Thunderbike series schedule is the Summit Point Festival of Speed, May 27-28 at Summit Point Motorsports Park, Summit Point, W.V.

Source: Buell Motorcycle Company

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