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1995 Australian Superbike champion Kirk Mccarthy to battle for Buell Pro Thunder title on Advanced Motorsports Ducati Pickerington, Ohio-- After shattering the track record in qualifying and easily winning the race at the opening round of the...

1995 Australian Superbike champion Kirk Mccarthy to battle for Buell Pro Thunder title on Advanced Motorsports Ducati

Pickerington, Ohio-- After shattering the track record in qualifying and easily winning the race at the opening round of the AMA Buell Pro Thunder Series in Daytona Beach, Fla., Australian Kirk McCarthy didn't know if he would be back for the rest of the year aboard the Advance Motorsports Ducati. That question has been answered as McCarthy arrived back in the U.S. last week and will stay through the end of the season. Kirk is the current point's leader in Buell Pro Thunder and is looking for his next win June 2 at Pikes Peak International Raceway, in Fountain, Colo. The friendly Aussie has never raced at PPIR but showed at Daytona that he is fully capable of learning new race tracks very quickly. Also returning to PPIR is Mike Ciccotto on his Hal's Performance Advantage Buell 1200. Ciccotto lost the championship in 2001 by two points and is currently five back of point leader McCarthy going into round two. Ciccotto has proven time and again that he is able to save something for the last few laps of a race to take the win.

Defending Buell Pro Thunder champion Thomas Montano is looking for his first win of the season after he finished fifth at the opening round in Daytona Beach. Montano, a Berkeley, Calif. native will have Michael Barnes, Ciccotto and McCarthy to contend with in Sunday's 29-lap main event, but the No. 1 plate holder is sure to arrive at PPIR with a plan of attack.

The AMA MBNA 250 Grand Prix Series Stargel Aprilia's Chuck Sorensen's name written all over it as he sits first in points with a 31 point lead. Chuck has won the last two rounds but not without a battle from Team Cruise America's Jason DiSalvo. Finishing 20th at the 2001 race, Pikes Peak International Raceway is a track where Sorensen will be looking for his first win. DiSalvo his looking for his first win of the year and it could come at PPIR as he has been on the podium at the last three rounds. Veteran class champion Rich Oliver, still out with injuries sustained in Sonoma, Calif., is still unknown as to when he will return, but until that time, teammate Perry Melneciuc of Team Oliver Yamaha is holding his own and currently sits second in points.

Simon Turner is another rider in the two-stroke class that is drawing attention to himself, most recently with his third place finish at Road Atlanta. With the help of Priority Racing, Irishbike and Dunlop, Turner should be considered a viable contender for first place at the Pikes Peak round.

For ticket information visit Pikes Peak International Raceway's website at www.ppir.com, or call toll-free at (888) 306-RACE (7223). For immediate post-race results, points, and live transponder scoring from each race in the championship, log on to amaproracing.com's Superbike Mediacenter, the official home of the AMA Chevy Trucks U.S. Superbike Championship.

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