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Holden, Wyman DQ, MotoUSA Second in XR Race

Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Jake Holden earned his first XR1200 race win at New Jersey Motorsports Park  crossing the finish line ahead of P.J. Jacobsen by more than 10 seconds.
For reasons not released to the public, RMR Racing's Jake Holden (pictured) and teammate Kyle Wyman were both disqualified from first and third, respectively, in the New Jersey Vance & Hines XR1200 Series race.
In a surprise turn of events, AMA Pro Racing announced today that RMR Racing’s Jake Holden and Kyle Wyman were both found to be running illegal parts during the recent New Jersey Motorsports Park round of the AMA Vance & Hines XR1200 Series. Several of the top Harley-Davidson machines were torn down following the race, with parts sent back to AMA’s Daytona Beach headquarters for further evaluation. The results of which showed both machines to have been competing illegally.

Because of this, both riders have been stripped of their finishing positions as well as all accompanying points and prize money. As a result, second-place finisher P.J. Jacobson has been awarded the win, the first of his professional career, while Motorcycle-USA.com's Steve Atlas (that would be me) has been promoted from an on-track fourth-place finish to second position, another career-first AMA podium. Fifth-place finisher Travis Wyman inherits third, with the rest of the field moving up two positions as well.

UPDATE: AMA Pro Racing has notified us that the reason both of the RMR Racing machines were disqualified was because both bikes were found to have illegally modified the bike's Delphi EMU (ECU) units, allowing their machines to rev higher than stock, thus producing more power as well as allowing the rider to hold a gear longer when needed, reducing the amount of shifting needed. The reason for the delayed decision, according to the AMA, was because they needed to send the units back to their manufacturer (Delphi) for inspection to determine if they had been alter, from which they found them in direct violation of the rules.
AMA Pro Racing’s official release…

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (September 22, 2010) - Following the AMA Pro Vance & Hines XR1200 Series race at the recent New Jersey Motorsports Park event, two motorcycles were found to be in violation of the rules and have been disqualified from the event as a result.

The No. 3 and No. 33 RMR Racing motorcycles violated rules concerning the modification of equipment and as a result, race winner Jake Holden and third place finisher Kyle Wyman have lost their results, prize money and points for the New Jersey Motorsports Park race.

Atlas challenged for the podium when race time rolled around  and though he came up ever so short  he still had to fend of fast young rider Travis Wyman  behind  to stay in the top-four.
As a result of the disqualification, MotoUSA's Atlas (72) was awarded second position with Travis Wyman (behind) inheriting third position.
New race and points standings will be issued but as a result of the confirmation of the infractions, P.J. Jacobson, riding the Celtic Racing XR1200 is the winner of the New Jersey Motorsports Park round of the AMA Pro Racing Vance & Hines XR1200 Series. Second place is Steve Atlas riding for HOG Racing and third is Travis Wyman on his Harv's Harley-Davidson Racing XR1200.

"Racing by the rules is a critical element of a spec series such as the AMA Pro Vance & Hines XR1200 Series and we monitor the machines very closely and we will continue to do so to ensure fair and equal competition," said AMA Pro Technical Director of Competition Al Ludington.

Following the application of the penalties outlined above, no further sanctions will be taken for these specific violations.

Revised race results and points standing will be available at www.amaproracing.com .
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Steve Atlas -RE: Congrats Steve  September 22, 2010 06:35 PM
Kevin, you bet I did! Sprayed the entire office! Waheed is still trying to shower it all off and the IT guys want to kill me as we need three new computers and a new wireless router, but it was totally worth it! ;)

Thanks for all the props guys. It was a fun race and this only adds to what was one very unorthodox but also exciting and fun weekend of racing. Anyone thinking about going AMA racing should seriously consider the XR class!

wllrjstn -congrats  September 22, 2010 01:37 PM
No matter how you got it, the records will show you got 2nd place in a pro race. Congratulations!
Larry -Good show!  September 22, 2010 01:31 PM
Congrats, Steve! Cheating was rampant in the US TwinSports series, and everybody in the paddock knew it. Spec racing is designed to be very, very competitive, which makes it even more obvious when someone has even a slight advantage. I'm looking forward to more close racing this season and hopefully this move by AMA will encourage more "average Joe's" (with AMA Expert/Pro credentials, of course)to jump into this awesome series!
Fred -ninja 250 vs xr1200  September 22, 2010 01:22 PM
quick question, did you like the ninja 250 or the xr1200 racing better?
kevin -Congrats Steve  September 22, 2010 12:18 PM
Did you grab a bottle of champagne and spray it all over the MUSA staff in the office?