Soundwaves.com/H-D/Buell of Frederick rider Joe Rozynski rode a Buell XB12R to win the Thunderbike National at the ASRA Michelin Pro Series event at Heartland Park. It was the first ARSA National win for the veteran Buell racer from Sparta, N.J. Buell riders filled the Thunderbike podium, as Soundwaves.com/H-D/Buell of Frederick rider Sam Rozynski finished second and David Myers finished third on a Buell XB12R.
Periodic rain washed out most of the racing program on Saturday, including qualifying for the Thunderbike National, so riders were gridded for the start based on points. That put the season points leader, Hal’s H-D/Buell/Hal’s Speed Shop rider Dan Bilansky, on the pole. Racers were dodging rain again on Sunday, and at the start of the 10-lap Thunderbike race the track was dry at the start/finish line, but wet with rain in two other sections. Joe Rozynski led at the start, with Bilansky right behind in second. Bilansky crashed on the first wet section in turn three on the first lap. Hal’s H-D/Buell/Hal’s Speed Shop rider Joel Spalding passed Joe Rozynski on the front stretch to take the lead at the beginning of lap two. But Spalding carried too much speed into the wet section and crashed when his front tire washed out in turn three. With Spalding down, Joe Rozynski reclaimed the lead and was not challenged for the rest of the race. Both Bilansky and Spalding managed to free their motorcycles from the mud surrounding the track and rejoined the race on lap five. Bilansky finished in fifth place, while Spalding was sixth.
“I got out in front right at the start and we ran into rain on turn three,” said Rozynski, who has been racing a Buell in ASRA Thunderbike since 2001. “I didn’t realize that Bilansky went down until we came back around the track. When Spalding passed me at the beginning of lap two, we both came into that wet section too fast for the track conditions, and my front start to slide, but I managed to save it when he went down. After that the track started to dry and I just rode as hard as I could. I’m really stoked to get the win. It’s been a great weekend for us.”
After two events on the 2009 ASRA Michelin Pro Series Thunderbike schedule, Bilansky leads with 56 points, followed by Joe Rozynski with 53 points, Sam Rozynski with 51 points, and Spalding with 45 points.
The next event on the 10-race ASRA Michelin Pro Series schedule is May 1-3 at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wis.