Toyota Cup Willow Springs race summary 2003-05-18

Toye tacks on another in Toyota Cup trek Stern earns second, Landers lands third at Willow Springs Sunday. Rosamond, CA May 18, 2003-- Beautiful weather and full weekend of motorcycle events drew countless spectators to Willow Springs...

Toye tacks on another in Toyota Cup trek Stern earns second, Landers lands third at Willow Springs Sunday.

Rosamond, CA May 18, 2003-- Beautiful weather and full weekend of motorcycle events drew countless spectators to Willow Springs Raceway this weekend to experience the 140 mph excitement of Unlimited Formula One motorcycle racing.

San Diego's Jeremy Toye continued his uncontested romp of the raceway as he enjoyed yet another start-to-finish lead in the twelve-lap feature event. Toye has now finished first each of the five Toyota Cup events held this season and has a commanding lead in the points position.

All three top finishers credited their mechanics and the fine-tuning they'd done to their bikes for their medal positions.

"It may look easy," said Toye, "but every month we try something a little different to get the most out of the bike." All Toye's work is done out of his San Diego motorcycle shop, Lees Cycles.

Jeff Stern of Las Vegas, who rival Stoney Landers edged off the podium last month, turned the tables this month. Stern bested Landers by nearly half a lap, cinching second-place, and his highest finish in Toyota Cup competition this year. Stern credited much of his success to his mechanic, Rusty. "We've got a whole different bike from last month -- we swapped forks, we swapped shocks -- we changed everything. Boy if we can ever get it right, we'd go really fast!"

Burbank based Landers seemed to have handling problems early in the race, but was able to recover by midway through the thirty mile trek and maintained his third place slot for the remainder of the race.

According to Landers "It takes months to develop these things. You're packing so much horsepower out of these frames-- but it doesn't do you much good if you can't get it down on the ground. It's a new world for me with a big bike like that -- but we'll be here all year to make sure we get it right!"

All three top finishers and seven out of the top ten rode Suzuki bikes with Dunlop tires.

Finishing out the monied positions were Corey Eaton of Placerville in fourth place; Toye teammate, Marte Cooksey of San Diego in fifth; Dale Kieffer of Las Vegas raced his Yamaha into the sixth spot. James Mann of Spring Valley also on a Yamaha carved out seventh place. Tyler Paulson of Silverado secured the eighth slot. Local rider Skye Girard out of Palmdale held onto ninth place while Steven Hewitt of North Hollywood was awarded tenth place.

The Toyota Cup Unlimited Series is a yearlong calendar of events sanctioned by the Willow Springs Motorcycle Club. These high-charged, unlimited Formula 1 races lead up to the grueling Toyota 200 race to be held October 19th. Here top riders will compete for a $150,000 purse with the winner taking home $50,000, one of the richest rewards in motorcycle racing.

This world-class event is timed to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the famed Willow Springs International Raceway. Founded in the fall of 1953, the track has been under the ownership of Bill Huth for over 40 years and has hosted many legendary racers.

Round Six of the Toyota Cup will be held June 13-16th -- Father's Day weekend and will include a special 50-mile Solo Race on Saturday June 15th. This is also a double points event, which could have significant impact on the tightly contested points race. Fewer than ten points separate four contenders for second place. Admission to the weekend-long event including pit passes and camping privileges is only $10/person. For more information, please call (661) 256-2471.

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Series Other bike
Drivers Jeremy Toye , Corey Eaton