Kern and Parriott Ride Competition into the Ground in VIR500 Motorcycle Race DANVILLE, VA., April 29 -- The riding team of Nate Kern and Brian Parriott started from third place on the grid but took the lead in Turn One of the 500-kilometer...
Kern and Parriott Ride Competition into the Ground in VIR500 Motorcycle Race
DANVILLE, VA., April 29 -- The riding team of Nate Kern and Brian Parriott started from third place on the grid but took the lead in Turn One of the 500-kilometer VIR500 for the SunTrust MOTO-ST Series race over VIRginia International Raceway's scenic 3.27-mile road course.
In a race that seemed almost decided after the first turn, the No. 46 San Jose BMW BMW R1200 led nearly all the 500-k/three-hour race, dropping out of the lead only when the team made pit stops for fuel, tire and rider changes. The first full-course caution of the 2007 racing season for MOTO-ST occurred when the No. 89 RightsforBikers.com Ducati PS1000LE ridden by Jason Edmonds crashed in Turn One. Edmonds was checked and released at the track's medical center after the hard crash.
A pit stop during the caution by the No. 6 Aprilia Tuono 1000R from Aprilia USA, ridden by Ty Howard and Troy Green, dropped them a lap down to the leading BMW. The Italian machine wasted little time in working back onto the lead lap, thanks to pit stop cycling, but after the three-hour time limit, ten laps short of the scheduled distance, was still just over 23 seconds behind the German twin.
The top nine positions at the finish were held by SuperSport Twins (SST) class bikes, with tenth spot overall and class win in the SportTwins category going to the No. No. 87 SpeedWerks.com Suzuki SV650. Riders Brian Kcraget, from Danville, teamed with Washington, D.C.'s Melissa Berkoff to put the car in 32nd on the grid before moving steadily through the field. They were followed in eleventh overall by the seventeenth-qualifying No. 8 GrandSport Twin Richie Morris Racing Buell XB12. The American bike qualified at x
Parriott turned the fastest lap of the race, a blistering 1:59.238 at an average speed of 98.727 mph. The next best time was set by the second-place Aprilia, at 0.178 second slower.
In other racing action, the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series Presented by Crown Royal Special Reserve 400-kilometer race for Daytona Prototype sports cars went to the No. 10 SunTrust Racing Pontiac Riley driven by Wayne Taylor, Max Angelelli and Jan Magnussen. Moving up from their fifth starting position, the multi-national team moved the car into the battle for second about a third of the way into the race, They took the lead for good at lap 53, just 24 laps from the finish and were never headed for the remainder of the race. Finishing second was the pole-winning team of 18-year-old newcomer Colin Braun and Max Papis, veteran of Formula One races. Third went to the Porsche Riley driven by David Donohue and Darren Law.