Rapp Dominates AMA Pro Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson Race at Road America
MILWAUKEE (June 3, 2013) -
Veteran racer Steve Rapp dominated the second round of the 2013 AMA Pro Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson series with a commanding victory aboard his Suburban Motors H-D Harley-Davidson XR1200 motorcycle June 3 at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wis.
Despite missing all of Saturday’s practice and qualifying sessions, Rapp, who raced fulltime in the Harley-Davidson class in 2011, used his experience to get up to speed quickly on Sunday. With only a single qualifying session on a cold, blustery morning to get his machine into the 22-bike field, Rapp was able to qualify on the front row in the third starting position. He quickly converted that into the race lead on the opening lap that afternoon, taking over the point from a fast-starting Tyler O’Hara (Eco Fuel Saver/Bartels H-D), who briefly headed the field into Turn 1 from fourth place on the grid. Once assuming the lead, Rapp never relinquished command of the race and was officially credited with leading all six circuits of the 4.05-mile road course en route to a 4.051-second victory margin over teammate Benny Carlson (Suburban Motors H-D) and Rossmeyer’s Harley-Davidson’s Michael Barnes.
“I love this place. I always look forward to coming here. I’m happy to be up here. It’s Suburban Harley-Davidson’s home race and I want to thank them¬¬, they put in a big effort. It was really just a great, great day for me,” Rapp said.
As Rapp checked out at the front, a three-way fight developed for the second and third podium spots between O’Hara, defending 2012 class Champion Barnes, and Carlson. Each was credited with the second spot on at least one lap of the race until a mechanical problem felled O’Hara on lap five, dropping him out of the race.
But the second step of the podium was not settled until the final few inches of the race, with Carlson snatching second place away from Barnes with a perfectly timed draft pass on Road America’s long uphill finishing straight to take the position in dramatic fashion with a 0.001-second margin. Travis Wyman, who worked his Harv’s H-D-sponsored XR1200 up into the mix as Carlson and Barnes battled, finished in fourth position less than a tenth of a second behind Barnes.
“I knew on the last lap I needed to be in back of Michael. I actually gave him up a little bit [of distance] on the front straight so I could get a run at him and it worked,” said Carlson, a resident of West Bend, Wisconsin, who rides for nearby Suburban Motors. “As a local team, we couldn’t have a better result than one-two.”
The AMA Pro Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson series returns to action June 21-23 at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Ala.
Road America Race Result:
1. Steve Rapp (Suburban Motors H-D), 6 laps
2. Benjamin Carlson (Suburban Motors H-D), +4.051 seconds
3. Michael Barnes (Rossmeyer’s H-D), +4.052 seconds
4. Travis Wyman (Harv’s H-D), +4.116 seconds
5. Ricky Parker (ChiliPepperRacing.com), +33.993 seconds
6. Darren James (Deeley Racing), +34.739 seconds
7. Barrett Long (Longevity Racing), +34.945 seconds
8. Paul James (Hoban Cycle/Spectro Oils), +42.048 seconds
9. Josh Chisum (Eco Fuel Saver/Scrubblade/Bartels H-D), +42.054 seconds
10. Brice Cooper (Aerostar Global Logistics/Suburban Motors H-D), +42.360 seconds
11. Adam Raffe (Racing for a Wish/Pikes Peak H-D), +42.493 seconds
12. Eric Haugo (MOB Racing), +50.949 seconds
13. Cory Texter (MOB Racing, Black Hills H-D), +1:17.916
14. Dave Rhinehart (Rhinehart Development), +2:23.014
15. Hayden Schultz (Happy Trails M/C Connection/Landers H-D), 5 laps
16. David Estok (Thrashed Bike Racing), +3:44.884
17. Tyler O’Hara (Eco Fuel Saver/Scrubblade/Bartels’ H-D), 4 laps
18. Nicholas Hansen (Suburban Motors H-D), 3 laps
19. Shane Narbonne (MOB Racing), 2 laps
20. Eric Stump (Peter Brady/Level 10), DNF
21. Greg Hutcheson (WFO Racing), DNS
22. Bryan Desimone (Kuryakyn), DNS
AMA Pro Vance & Hines Harley-Davidson Series Points Standings
1. Barnes, 37
2. O’Hara, 35
3. T. Wyman, 32
4. Rapp, 31
5. K. Wyman, 25
6. Carlson, 25
7. Long, 22
8. Fong, 21
9. Corbino, 18
10. P. James, 18
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