Fall Bike Scene Sunday report

Greenwood captures Formula USA Sportbike race, season championship. DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., (Oct. 19, 2003) -- Scott Greenwood, a native of Dunbarton, N.H., accomplished both of his missions on Sunday during Fall Cycle Scene at Daytona...

Greenwood captures Formula USA Sportbike race, season championship.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., (Oct. 19, 2003) -- Scott Greenwood, a native of Dunbarton, N.H., accomplished both of his missions on Sunday during Fall Cycle Scene at Daytona International Speedway - capturing the 18-lap Formula USA Sportbike race and the season championship.

Greenwood, who was third in the championship standings trailing leader Jeff Wood, put on a dominating performance by taking the hole shot on the start and leading every lap of the race.

While Greenwood checked out, the rest of the field battled each other for positions and were unable to mount any serious challenge for the leader.

Greenwood's victory also earned him the season championship by one point over Jeff Wood.

"Once I got the hole shot, I just tried my hardest to put my head down and put in the fastest lap times and apparently those guys just got to racing," Greenwood said. "While they were racing, I was cruising with an open track being able to do what I want to do, which was go out there and ride my line and ride my race and put in the lap times that I know I can do."

Wood finished second in the race and second in the championship standings. Lee Acree settle for third.

"Scott was in a hurry," Wood said. "He had someplace to be."

"It was a good race -- for second," Acree said.

Matt Wait, who was second in the championship chase, started in the back of the field and worked his way quickly to the front before suffering a mechanical problem that cut his day short.

"It definitely had the climatic buildup as far as three riders four points apart in the last race," Greenwood said. "That's how it's suppose to be. All three of us had a great shot."

A recap of other Sunday events:

· On a last-minute deal on a borrowed Honda, Michael Barnes, of Boca Raton, Fla., dominated the Thunderbike race by taking the lead from the start and never relinquishing it.

"We just came out here to have a good time and we really accomplished that," said Barnes, who by Lap 6 had developed a 16-second lead.

Rounding out the podium was runner-up Daniel Bilansky and Jeffrey Johnson, who edged Ray Bowman for third place at the start/finish line.

· Pole sitter Steve Rapp won his fourth race of the week - the Expert Unlimited Grand Prix. During the race, Rapp turned laps quicker than his record qualifying time.

"That was pretty much what I thought we could do," Rapp said.

Marco Martinez took second place after being engaged in a three-way battle for most of the race. David Stanton settled for third while Robert Jensen came home in fourth.

· In the Amateur Unlimited Grand Prix, pole winner Jorge Rodriguez found his way to the front and led for the first half of the race but was never able to pull away from Michael Shallcross.

Shallcross was able to take over the lead when Rodriguez slowed for a local caution, but Rodriguez regained the lead on the last lap when Shallcross crashed.

"This weekend was my first time ever racing three consecutive days," Rodriguez said. "I just went out there trying to make it."

Rodriguez was followed by David Loikits in second and Brian Shaw in third. Hector Jimenez, who had clinched the Amateur Unlimited Grand Prix Championship before the start of the race, finished 20th.

· Matt Wait earned both the win and the season championship in the Formula USA Superbike.

"Today was quite a hectic day," said Wait. "I had a lot going on, some good, some bad. I'm glad I ended the day on a good note, for sure. The team's worked really hard and I have as well. So it feels good to get at least one championship out of the deal. We're going for three (championships) and came out with one-- that's better than none. Everyone's been very helpful this year and it's been a learning year for me in a lot of different ways."

Scott Greenwood took second place while Lee Acree edged Scott Harwell for third.

Motorcycle racing will return to the "World Center of Racing" on Feb. 26-March 6 with Daytona 200 Week, which includes the inaugural nighttime running of the Daytona Supercross By Honda on Friday, March 5 and the Daytona 200 By Arai motorcycle classic on Saturday, March 6.

Tickets are available online at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com or by calling the Speedway ticket office at (386) 253-7223.

Sunday's results

Thunderbike: 1. Michael Barnes, Honda 600; 2. Daniel Bilansky, Buell 984; 3. Jeffrey Johnson.

Expert Unlimited Grand Prix: 1. Steve Rapp, Suzuki 1000; 2. Marco Martinez, Suzuki 1000; 3. David Stanton, Suzuki 600.

Formula USA Sportbike: 1. Scott Greenwood, Yamaha 600; 2. Jeff Wood, Yamaha 600; 3. Lee Acree, Yamaha 600.

Amateur Unlimited Grand Prix: 1. Jorge Rodriguez, Suzuki 750; 2. David Loikits, Suzuki 1000; 3. Brian Shaw, Suzuki 1000.

Formula USA Superbike: 1. Matt Wait; 2. Scott Greenwood, Yamaha 600; 3. Lee Acree, Yamaha 600.


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Series Other bike
Drivers Steve Rapp , Scott Harwell , Lee Acree , Michael Barnes , David Stanton , Scott Greenwood , Jeff Wood , Robert Jensen , David Loikits