Charleston, SC – June, 2011 – KWS Motorsports sponsored riders won four races and achieved seven podium finishes this weekend during the WERA National Challenge Series Races at Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, Utah. Despite crazy wet to dry weather conditions all day, Tim Hunt won both the Open Superstock Race and WERA Superbike races. Jake Lewis one both 750 Superstock and Superbike races and finished second in the 600 Superstock race. Luie Zendejas fell victim to the rain when he crashed in Open Superstock race ending his weekend, but made significant improvements on the BMW S1000RR with help from a few new sponsors.
Apex Road Racing’s Tim Hunt won every race he entered this weekend at Miller Motorsports Park and in the process took a commanding lead in the points race in both Open Superstock and WERA Superbike. The Open Superstock race was the first race of the day and the first time the WERA National Series regulars have raced in the rain in 2011. Gridded on the front row, Hunt took the lead early and went on to win by almost ten seconds. With conditions changing on an hourly basis, at the last minute Hunt decided to go with slicks for the WERA Superbike race. This gamble paid off and Hunt was able to take his Millennium Technologies sponsored, Dunlop shod Suzuki GSX-R1000 to victory for the second time of the day.
Fifteen year-old phenomenon Jake Lewis won races and tuned incredible lap times on his KWS-built, Earls Racing Team Yamaha YZF-R6. Lewis qualified second in 600 Superstock with a lap time of 1:56.3. This would have put him on the pole by over two seconds in the AMA Supersport race held at Miller a few weeks earlier. Lewis was often one of the faster riders on track at Miller in the dry, but the Utah weather made things more complicated. In 600 Superbike Earl’s Racing Team had just installed a set of new Dunlop N-Tec DOT’s when the rain started to fall on the first lap. Jake rode a smart race in very slippery conditions to finish a conservative fifth place ahead of championship contender Garrett Gerloff, this allowed him to secure the points lead. In 600 Superstock Jake lead the entire race until the last three corners when Gerloff made the pass for the lead stick and Jake finished second. Despite wet to dry then dry to wet conditions, Lewis won both 750 races by a large margin. Lewis is now leading the championship point standings in 750 Superbike, 750 Superstock, and 600 Superbike. He is second in 600 Superstock by only a few points on his Sportbike Track Time sponsored R6.
New parts made a huge impact on the KWS developed Luie Zendejas Racing BMW S1000RR. Crew chief Michael Godin, with the help of BMW Motorrad and BMW of San Jose, installed a new BMW HP Race ECU to the already “too fast” S1000RR. This new level of electronic control took the already impressive S1000RR to an entirely new level. This was Zendejas’s first time at the world class Utah track and he was immediately on pace with the fastest 1000cc riders. Despite the new level of control and speed, the BMW’s incredibly advanced traction control does not help the front tire’s grip when there is mud on a wet track. Luie found that mud in the first race and crashed out of a podium finish, ending his day, but was satisfied with the progress and the speed of the Ballistic Performance Components sponsored BMW.
Luie Zendejas – “This was definitely not the result we were looking for on the weekend, but I am ecstatic with the way the bike has turned out. It’s a like a whole new bike with the addition of the HP Race ECU, adjustable triples, and suspension link. The next four rounds of the WERA National series are back home on the east coast at tracks I have a ton of laps around and I am looking forward to showing what this BMW is truly capable of! Special thanks to Michael Godin, San Jose BMW, and BMW Motorrad for the speed and Arai Helmets for keeping me safe.”
Jake Lewis – “Overall it was a pretty good weekend considering the challenges we had with the weather. We won both 750 races and took the points lead in 600 Superbike. The only one we left on the table was 600 Superstock, but Garrett rode great and I have passed him on the last lap three times this year so he owed me one. In the end we scored a bunch of points and brought everything home shiny. Special thanks to my family, my mechanic Tryce, and new sponsor Roadracingworld.com for all the help this weekend.”
Tim Hunt – “We had a great weekend at Miller. The weather was sketchy all day on Sunday with rain falling several times during the day and a track that would dry in minutes. We never knew what tires to run, but my team did great and we won both races we entered. More importantly, we moved ahead in the points in adverse weather at the race track furthest away from home. Thanks to Dunlop, Race Tech and everybody at KWS Motorsports for a great motorcycle!”
Chip Spalding (KWS Manager) – “All the guys rode great this weekend. Jake and Tim won a bunch of races and took the points lead in most of their respective classes. I am very happy with the development of the BMW S1000RR and I can’t thank BMW Motorrad and BMW of San Jose enough for all their help with the new HP Race ECU. All we need to do is get the riders luck tuned up. I also want say congratulations to Dan Crawford for podium finishes in 750 Superstock and 750 Superbike. Dan is well on his way to a National Championship in his first year of racing and everybody here at KWS is proud to help on the way.”
KWS Motorsports (www.kwsmotorsports.com) is proudly sponsored by:
Millennium Technologies, Ballistic Performance Components, Pit Bull, LeoVince Exhaust, Motion Pro, Bazzaz Performance, Yoyodyne, Worldwide Bearing, K&N Filters, Zero Gravity Windscreens, Spider Grips, XT Racing, Drippen Wet Graphics, VP Fuels and Motul Lubricants.
Luie Zendejas (www.luiezendejas.com) is proudly sponsored by:
KWS Motorsports, BMW of San Jose, Millennium Technologies, Ballistic Performance Components, Ohlins USA, Andrew Swenson Designs, Drippin Wet Graphics, LeoVince Exhaust, Bazzaz Performance, Armour Bodies, Arai Helmets, Motion Pro, K&N Filters, EBC Brakes, Cycle Gear, Zero Gravity Windscreens, VP Fuels, Cox Radiator Guards, Spiegler Brake Lines and Motul Lubricants.
Jake Lewis (www.jakelewis85.com) is proudly sponsored by:
Hayden Brothers General Store, Earl's Racing Team, 3rd Chance Auto Sales, KWS Motorsports, Millennium Technologies, Apex Manufacturing, Sportbike Track Time, Roclun International, GMDATL.com, Race Tech, Princeton Pawn, Alpinestars, Arai, HotBodies, Vortex, Galfer, Dunlop, Oakley, RK, VP Fuels, RoadracingWorld.com and Motul Lubricants.
Tim Hunt (www.apexroadracing.com) is proudly sponsored by:KWS Motorsports, Millennium Technologies, Race Tech Suspension, Dunlop Tires, EBC Brakes, GPR Stabilizers, LeoVince Exhaust, VP Racing Fuels, Vortex, Arai Helmets, Hotbodies, Bazzaz, Heroic Leathers, K&N Filters, and Motul Lubricants.
For Information: http://www.kwsmotorsports.com. Photo Credit: Brian Whipple