Success at all levels for Buell riders and teams
As the 2007 motorcycle racing season came to a close, Buell riders and teams claimed five national championships, including the American Sportbike Racing Association (ASRA) Pro Thunderbike National Championship and the MOTO-ST Grand Sport Touring Manufacturer Championship. Buell racers competing at the regional and local levels also scored numerous race wins and series titles, as Buell made a record pay-out in contingency money to Buell racers in 2007. The Buell Racer Appreciation Contingency Effort (RACE) program will return in 2008 with even more cash contingencies posted for Buell XB, XBRR, and 1125R racers.
Estok Wins ASRA Pro Thunderbike Championship
Deeley H-D/Buell Canada/Ruthless Racing rider Dave Estok won six of eight races to capture the American Sportbike Racing Association (ASRA) Pro Thunderbike National Championship series on a Buell XB12R. Buell riders dominated the ASRA Pro Thunderbike series, claiming 16 of 24 possible podium positions and sweeping the top five championship positions. Estok finished the season with 253 points, followed by Hal’s H-D/Buell/Hal’s Speed Shop rider Dan Bilansky with 183 points. Sound Waves/Hal’s Speed Shop rider Joe Rozynski was third with 149 points, followed by Deeley H-D/Buell Canada/Ruthless Racing rider Darren James with 147 points, and Sound Waves/Hal’s Speed Shop rider Sam Rozynski in fifth place with 135 points.
SunTrust MOTO-ST GST Manufacturer Title to Buell
Buell teams won the Grand Sport Touring (GST) class at four of six races to capture the Manufacturer Championship in the class in the first full season of the SunTrust MOTO-ST endurance road-racing series. Buell teams scored 200 points to best Ducati, with 196 points, after a season of hard-fought racing. Richie Morris Racing/Daytona Harley-Davidson/Buell with riders Shawn Higbee, Dan Bilansky, and Clint Brotz won three races and finished third once, while the James Gang Racing/Hoban Brothers Buell XB12R sponsored by Buell of Appleton and Darkhorse Crankworks and ridden by Paul James, Jeff Johnson, Greg Avello and Walt Sipp scored one class win and finished on the podium at three other events. Richie Morris Racing finished second in GST season team points, 188 to 183, to Touring Sport Ducati. James Gang/Hoban Brothers Racing finished the season third in GST, with 181 points.
Buell XBRR Wins ASRA Pro Superbike at Daytona
Deeley H-D/Buell Canada rider Steve Crevier rode a Buell XBRR to victory in the season-finale American Sportbike Racing Association (ASRA) Pro Superbike race at the 24th Annual Race of Champions at Daytona International Speedway. Crevier took the pole in ASRA Superbike qualifying and led from the start in an 8-lap race run in wet conditions. Crevier’s victory was the first win for the Buell XBRR production-racer at a National-level event in the United States.
Buell racers won three Championship Cup Series (CCS) National championship titles at the 24th Annual Race of Champions at Daytona International Speedway. Deeley H-D/Buell Canada rider Steve Crevier rode a Buell XBRR to win Expert SuperTwins. Hal’s H-D/Buell/Hal’s Speed Shop rider Dan Bilansky won Expert Thunderbike on a Buell XB12R. And Hoban Brothers Racing/H-D/Buell of Appleton rider Jeff Johnson won Expert Lightweight F40 on a Buell XB12R.
James Gang Racing/Hal’s Speed Shop rider Paul James rode a Buell XB12R to win the CCS Midwest Regional Championship in Expert GT Lights. Schaeffer’s H-D/Buell/Classic H-D/Buell rider Art Diaz claimed the CCS Summit Point Track Championship in Expert Thunderbike, Expert Formula 40 and Expert Lightweight Formula 40 on a Buell XB12R, and Bill Smith won the Fasttrax Racing Club Buell Thunderbike title following a season of racing at Nelson Ledges Road Course in Ohio.