National Endurance Series, Round 6
Raceway, Summit Point, WV
July 31, 2004 by
Tray Batey on the
Vesrah Suzuki 1000 blasted off the line with the flip of the green flag by
WERA’s east coast starter, Al Wilcox. By
the third lap, he held a 15-second advantage over the Yamaha R-1 of Team
Velocity Racing’s Bradley Champion. Scotty Van Scoik on the
CherokeeChallenge.net R-6 ran third, 10 seconds behind Champion. For the next
ten laps, five bikes contested fourth place; William Lindsey on the Eagle Racing
R-6, Chris Pyles on the Neighbor of the Beast R-6, Scott Brown on the Army of
Darkness GSXR-600, Steve Smith on the Ridge Racing ZX-10 and Mark Crozier on the
Team Xtreme/Maxxis Tires GSXR-1000 As Eagle and Ridge made the break on the
seventeenth lap, Steve Karson totaled the Team Chicago ’04 Yamaha R-6 in turn
ten. With the rider up, the race continued on.
When Batey finally pitted
eighty-seven minutes in the race, and with a two-lap advantage over Velocity,
the rear axle nut stripped and Vesrah lost their two laps. With the larger
SuperBike gas tank, Army charged to third overall during the second hour as both
Velocity and Eagle made their normal hourly fuel stops. Bell’s Suzuki II on
the SV led the Lightweight class with Dixie Mafia second.
John Jacobi continued
leading for Vesrah at the halfway point. After the second switch of the day,
Batey continued to lay down 1:16 laps ‘til disaster struck. Crashing the
leading bike, Batey limped back to the pits. Vesrah lost the lead as the team
scrambled to put things together again. Steve Breckinridge, now on the Team
Velocity R-1, upped the pace and put three laps on second place Eagle Racing.
Melissa Berkoff moved the Neighbor of the Beast R-6 to third overall.
Dropping back to eighth
overall, Vesrah began their renewed charge to the front. Velocity Crew Racing on
their GSXR-600 continued on in fourth place overall, leading the Middleweight
SuperBike class. Army threw a chain during the third hour, losing too many laps.
They charged up to eleventh during this fifth hour. Neighbor grabbed second
overall, first in class. D & D Racing, Arnchu Racing and Fast Lane Bodywork
continued their private battle for sixth.
As this six-hour skirmish came to an end, Vesrah Suzuki moved to fourth, replacing Velocity Crew. Eagle slipped by Neighbor to take second and Arnchu secured sixth. Bell’s Suzuki II took home another win in the Lightweight class, Blue Ridge Performance snatched second from Dixie. With the checkered flag, Team Velocity gave Yamaha their first overall win in the last few years. With Eagle and Neighbor taking second and third, Yamaha dominated the trophy stage. Melissa Berkoff, owner of and rider for Neighbor became the first woman to stand on the prestigious WERA National Endurance podium.
Winning their first overall, Team Velocity’s Chuck Ivey said, “The key was consistency, everyone riding within their ability and keeping a good pace. All the pit stops were flawless; everyone did their job right.” Melissa just added, “We rode pretty fast and only did one tire change, that’s it.”
1.Team Velocity Racing, Yam
1000, 2. Eagle Racing Team, Yam 600, 3. Neighbor of the Beast, Yam 600, 4.
Vesrah Suzuki, Suz 1000, 5. Velocity Crew Racing, Suz 600, 6. Arnchu Racing, Suz
600, 7. D & D Racing, Yam 600, 8. Fast Lane Bodywork, Yam 1000, 9. Army of
Darkness, Suz 600, 10. Ridge Racing, Kaw 1000.
HW/SBK: 1. Vesrah Suzuki,
2. Ridge Racing, 3.Velocity Crew Two
HW/STK: 1. Team Velocity
Racing, 2. Fast Lane Bodywork, 3. Need a Sponsor
MW/SBK: 1. Velocity Crew
Racing, 2. Arnchu Racing, 3. Army of Darkness
MW/STK: 1. Eagle Team
Racing, 2. Neighbor of the Beast, 3. D & D Racing.
LW/SBK: 1. Bell’s Suzuki
II, 2 Blue Ridge Performance, 3. Dixie Mafia
OVERALL (after 6 rounds)
1,Vesrah Suzuki, 650, 2.
Army of Darkness, 608, 3. Team Velocity Racing, 502, 4.CherokeeChallenge.net,
496, 5. Neighbor of the Beast, 492, 6. Bell’s Suzuki II, 457, 7. B & S
Roadracing, 433, 8. Blue Ridge
Performance, 390, 9. FDK, 369, 10. Dixie Mafia, 368, 11. Team Xtreme/Maxxis,
363, 12. Arnchu Racing, 325, 13. Team HMR I, 303 14. Yeager Racing, 291, 15.
Velocity Crew Racing, 269
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