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Marcel Irnie wins Formula Ultra on stock 750 PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 04 October 2011 23:27


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WMRRA Round 8, Pacific Raceways, Kent, WA Oct 1-2, 2011

As the 2011 race season draws to a close, Marcel Irnie and Aaron Holmberg of Irnie Racing looked to finish the final round of WMRRA season on an upbeat note. This year had been turbulent for Irnie as he had been battling nagging injuries early on and unreliable machinery for much of the year. Irnie and Holmberg would be sharing Aaron’s stock Suzuki GSXR 750 tuned by Nel's from 2wheeldynoworks. Irnie also picked up a 2003 Yamaha R6 from sponsor Redline Motorsport of Tacoma. Irnie would use this bike as a backup and try his hand in the TFS class.  
The Saturday morning practice session started with dry conditions, but soon gave way to rain. As the R6 was not equipped with competent rain tires, it remained in the pits for the morning as both riders gave Holmberg’s Suzuki a workout. The first race for Irnie was the 750 Supersport class.  As track conditions were beginning to dry, Irnie opted to race the Suzuki on dry tires, rather than chance the unproven R6. As a late entry for the class, Irnie started from the last row. A good drive off the start allowed him to sprint into 5th position behind Kevin Klemmer, Mark DeGross, and Ryan Sutton. Irnie tailed the three riders until lap 9 when he was able to pass and pull clear. As the race drew to a close, he pulled up behind race leader Eli Edwards. After a few passing attempts, Edwards held off Irnie at the checkers by 0.183 of second. This would be Irnie’s first 2nd place finish with the WMRRA and he also had the honor of scoring the fastest lap of the race.  
After a quick cool down lap, Irnie handed off the busy Suzuki to Holmberg for the novice race. Aaron held second spot for much of the race before an error cost him several positions for an eventual 8th place finish.  
The next race for Irnie would be the 600 Supersport class. This would be his chance to try the R6 TFS. This was a bit risky as he had not tested the bike in practice and when dialing in the suspension, it appeared that the spring rates were designed for a much lighter rider. Irnie started in mid-pack, but things went downhill from there. The engine would not rev beyond 13,000rpm and the light suspension had the bike chattering through every turn. Irnie brought the R6 home in second last spot and retired the bike for the remainder of the weekend. 
Later in the afternoon, track conditions had dried for the Open Supersport; a class Irnie had never ridden in WMRRA competition. Holmberg’s stock 750 was some 50 horsepower down on the 1000cc machines, so his work was cut out for him. Irnie got off to a great start, slipping into 3rd spot behind Mark DeGross and #1 plate hold Ross DeLong. Irnie battled back and forth with DeGross as DeLong ran away with the race. Irnie was blocked by a lapped rider allowing DeGross to take control of 2nd spot in the final laps leaving Irnie with a 3rd place finish and his second podium of the day. 
On Sunday morning, Holmberg competed in his final novice race as he would be moving up to the expert class later in the day. Aaron left the novice ranks in style as he took home second place. 
Later in the morning Irnie lined up for the 750 Superbike class. Irnie got off to a respectable start and settled into 4th place. By lap 7, the Holmberg’s well-worn Suzuki was holding up well, but the rear tire started to protest. The tire carcass was starting to fail, making for very dicey cornering. DeLong was able to claim back fourth and hold off Irnie by just 0.05 seconds at the line.
Irnie handed the Suzuki back to Holmberg as he made his inaugural as an expert. He finished a respectable second last in Open superbike. 
The final race of the weekend was the elite Formula Ultra class. Again Irnie would be taking on the fastest bikes on the under-powered Suzuki. As the riders made their way to the starting grid a great equalizer emerged in the form of heavy rainfall. Irnie was fine by this as he scored his first Pro win earlier in the season in a rainy Formula Ultra race in Oregon. Starting from last place, Irnie quickly made his presence known by grabbing the hole-shot. Mark DeGross stole the lead in corner 2 and the battle was on. The two riders pulled a gap on the rest of the field and swapped the lead several times before Irnie found himself leading with some breathing room on the final lap. Irnie went very wide on corner 3 and DeGross almost took the lead back, but Irnie held him at the finish with a gap of just 0.449 seconds. Irnie also laid down the fastest lap of the race for the second time on the weekend.
Although Marcel Irnie’s 2011 season was marred by uncompetitive equipment, two wins in the Formula Ultra class bode extremely well for the future. No question that job one is to acquire fast and reliable motorcycles for 2012. 
The next event for Irnie Racing is the final OMRRA event of 2011 at Portland International Raceway, Oct 9-10th.  
Irnieracing would like to thank the Holmberg family, Jonathan Friesen, and Andrew Rogers, for making this weekend possible. 
Stay tuned to Irnieracing.com for Marcel's usual GoPro video montage, as he is off to Portland with no time to video edit.

Irnieracing is sponsored by: Impact Canopy Impact On-Site Event Solutions, Advanced Motorcycle Gear Falco Italy Apparel, OneOnOneDesign Graphic Designer, Classified Motorsports Okanagan Import Car Performance, World Gym Kelowna Sports Personal Training, Seattle Tool Strength, Precision, Style. RedlineMotoParts.com Cdn Powersport Parts,  AMSOIL Synthetics First in Synthetics, GoPro Camera HD Hero Sports Camera, KFG Racing MC Suspension/ Dunlop Tires, 2WheelDynoWorks Nels Mobile Dyno Tuning, Flyin' Miata Miata Performance,  EBC Brakes Extreme Pro Brakepads, and BuyRedline.com

 
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