After a successful promotion at the local Buffalo Wild Wings in Topeka, Walt Sipp mentioned he might have a little something for the front runners in the ASRA ThunderBike class and he showed the crowd he wasn’t just blowing smoke. Dave Estok took the early lead and built a gap of 8 seconds over the battle for second between Nate Kern aboard his BMW 1200 and Sipp, but a slight miscalculation put the leader down in turn eight ruining his chance for victory. The next four laps saw a terrific struggle between Kern and Sipp for the top spot as Nate desperately tried to find a way past the Buell rider. Despite running quicker on laps 9 through 11, Kern was unable to get in front of Sipp where it counted, at the finish line. This is Walt Sipp’s first national win and couldn’t come at a better place than his home track, Heartland Park-Topeka.
With Jeff Wood nowhere in sight, Robert Jensen appeared to have everything lined up to have a spectacular weekend in ASRA competition and he took full advantage of it. Jensen took his Suzuki 1000 out in SuperStock and proceeded to give a clinic on how to get around the Heartland Park course, setting a new lap record in the process. Confident on the podium, Jensen announced he would go for the motorcycle track record later in Unlimited GP; he was just glad to get the win in SuperStock and had two more races to get through before he worried about track records. Obviously Jensen had a good feeling about it as he reeled off record laps in both SuperBike and Factory Pro SportBike on his way to dominate victories in both classes. Jensen’s victories netted the rider more than $15,000 in cash and contingency awards for the day, and true to his word, a new motorcycle track record at HPT of 1:41.480.
Overshadowed by Jensen’s sweep, Matt Hall put in three solid rides to make his mark on the ASRA Championships. Matt is now the Factory Pro SportBike point leader by 3 over Blake Young and Robert Jensen. Jensen enjoys a 1 point lead in both SuperBike and SuperStock while Nate Kern leaves round two the ASRA Pro ThunderBike Series with an 8-point lead over Walt Sipp with six rounds to go.
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The ASRA Pro Series moves to Summit Point Motorsports Park for Round 3 on May 24-25-26.