Boulder, Colorado, September 19th, 2011 - Boulder Motor Sports rider Shane “Tornado” Turpin wrapped up the #1 plate on the teams Ducati 1198R with a win in the premier “Race of the Rockies” Superbike class at Pikes Peak International Raceway during the final round of the 2011 MRA season.
The weekend started off with mixed weather conditions for Fridays practice, but quickly turned sunny with temps in the mid-70’s for Saturday and Sunday’s racing. During Saturday’s practice sessions the team made some minor changes to the bike, based off of rider feedback and verifying the data. By Sunday, the track temps had increased by 20 degrees, which altered the team’s setup slightly, but still, put them at the front of the time sheets. During qualifying Turpin was able to put together a few good laps that positioned him 2nd on the grid just two tenth’s of Pole sitter Dalton Dimick on his BMW. As the lights went out, Dimick jumped out to an early lead on his BMW with Turpin close in pursuit. On lap four Turpin was able to out brake Dimick going into turn 3 to take the lead. By half race distance Turpin and Dimick were separated by only two tenth’s looking to setup a great battle to the end. Unfortunately, on lap 16 Dimick was forced to retire with bike troubles, thus easily handing the win to Turpin and the Boulder Motor Sports Team.
Shane Turpin – “WOW, what can I say? This season has been absolutely perfect and today we managed to bring home the #1 plate. It’s a true testament to my Boulder Motor Sports team; they put together a great package all season, which enabled us to put a Ducati at the top of the championship, something that has never been accomplished since the MRA started racing in 1973. Today’s race was a real thrill, having the chance to race bar to bar with Dalton on his BMW was awesome. With the slightly higher temperatures today, we made a few small changes to get the bike to drive off the corner better, coupled with the Michelin tires and Nemesis Traction Control system, we managed to pull off another win. As I’ve said all year, I’d like to thank my team, our sponsors and the entire MRA officials for an outstanding 2011 season.”
In addition to the #1 plate in the Race of the Rockies, the team also brought home championships in Open Superbike, Middleweight Superbike and Heavyweight Superbike.
About Boulder Motor Sports:
Boulder Motor Sports is a Ducati-specific service shop specializing in high-performance upgrades along with routine service needs designed to make the Ducati motorcycle riding experience the best for their owners. For more information about Boulder Motor Sports and upcoming events please visit bouldermotorsports.com.
Boulder Motor Sports is proudly sponsored by – Snap-On Tools, Michelin Tires, Vanmar Racing, Walnut Room, Honey Badger Racing, Tri-City Cycle, Imperial Sportbikes, Nemesis Traction Control Systems, Pierobon, Motul Lubricants, EBC Brakes, Metal-Tech Racing Components, Performance Technology Levers, Intermountain Race Fuels, Corsa Components, Arai Helmets, TCX Boots and Spy Optics.