SuperSport Road Atlanta Race 1 Results 2012

April 21, 2012
Byron Wilson
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James Rispoli on the Suzuki GSX-R600 at Road Atlanta
James Rispoli trailed for most of Race 1 in Road Atlanta, but was able to grab the checkers by the end of the race.

Celtic Racing/Orient Express Suzuki’s James Rispoli took his second win of the 2012 SuperSport series, claiming victory in the opening SuperSport race at Road Atlanta. The West Division rider spoiled the show for his East rivals, taking the victory and points away from Vesrah Suzuki’s Jake Lewis. Triumph Daytona 675 rider Dustin Dominguez rounded out the Road Atlanta podium. East Division points leader, Corey Alexander, finished 10th.

Rispoli opened the 16-lap SuperSport race from pole position, followed by Lewis. The AMA rookie overtook Rispoli on Lap 2, in a tight battle that would last throughout the race. The Suzuki riders continued to battle for position up front, but JR was able to swoop ahead in the final laps to win the checkers.

The battle for the podium included Road Race Factory’s Hayden Gillim and SuzukiScoop rider Elena Myers in the early laps. But Dominguez took fourth position on Lap 6 aboard his Triumph Daytona 675. By Lap 11, Dominguez had advanced to third position over Gilim, posting laps more than three seconds faster than he’d scored during the second round qualifying session.

Gillim and Meyers faded out of the top five as eventual fourth and fifth-place riders Travis Wyman and’s Stefano Mesa climbed ahead. Wyman impressed on the Harv’s Harley-Davidson Suzuki besting Myers, who would drop to eighth. Mesa, a SuperSport podium finisher at Daytona, would round out the top five.

The Yamaha R6 duo of Gillim and Miles Thornton claimed sixth and seventh. Myers, who had wrist surgery following her Daytona winning opening round, completed the race in eighth. LTD Racing Yamaha’s Tomas Puerta finished ninth. Meanwhile Daytona Race 2 runner-up, National Guard Suzuki’s Corey Alexander, finished 10th.

Despite his lackluster Road Atlanta Race 1 result, Alexander retain the East Division lead. But the Suzuki rider’s advantage is narrowed to two points over Lewis and Mesano – both tied at 51 points. Puerta is eight points adrift of Alexander, with Thornton fifth overall.

2012 SuperSport  Road Atlanta Race 1 Results

1. James Rispoli (Suzuki) 
2. Jake Lewis (Suzuki) 
3. Dustin Dominguez (Triumph)
4. Travis Wyman (Suzuki) 
5. Stefano Mesa (Suzuki) 
6. Hayden Gillim (Yamaha) 
7. Miles Thorton (Yamaha) 
8. Elena Myers (Suzuki)
9. Tomas Puerta (Yamaha)
10. Corey Alexander (Suzuki)
11. Jacob Morman (Yamaha) 
12. Rocco Horvath (Yamaha) 
14. Eric Stump (Yamaha) 
15. Colter Dimick (Yamaha) 

2012 AMA SuperSport East Division Points:
1. Corey Alexander, 53
2. Jake Lewis, 51
3. Stefano Mesa, 51
4. Tomas Puerta, 45
5. Miles Thornton, 38
6. Dustin Dominguez, 35
7. Travis Wyman, 24
8. Ryan Kerr, 24
9. Jacob Morman, 23
10. Eric Stump, 19

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