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SIGNORELLI WILL NOT RACE AT AMA FINALE

10/2/2012

Kuryakyn Racing for a Wish Team & Gerry Will Still Display and Sign Autographs at NOLA Motorsports Park

Gerry Signorelli has been classified as “Not Fit to Race” by the Kuryakyn Racing for a Wish Team’s orthopedic surgeon. The highly physical demands of motorcycle road racing would cause significant risk of further complications for the broken bone in Signorelli’s foot if he were to race on it in its current condition. This weekend’s AMA Season Finale at NOLA Motorsports Park will mark the first race to be missed due to injury in Signorelli’s professional career. The team is disappointed to have to make this decision after storming into the the Vance & Hines XR1200 Showdown Points Chase with solid performances, but their racer’s health and future career must be take priority in this situation.

The Kuryakyn Racing for a Wish Team will still attend the AMA National at NOLA Motorsports Park, display the bike,and Signorelli will sign autographs throughout the weekend. Fans are encouraged to take advantage and come engage with Signorelli as much as possible. It is a great opportunity to find a racer in the element with more time to share. The AMA Fan Walk will take place Saturday October 6th at 12:00pm and Sunday, October 7th at 11:30am. Each Fan Walk will last forty-five minutes and any fan with general admission can walk up and down hot pit to view the race motorcycles up close, meet and chat with the pro riders, and receive free posters and handouts. Head to NOLA Motorsports Park for exciting racing action and show Signorelli and the team your support for them and the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Colorado!

Gerry Signorelli - “I’m so bummed to end the season with an injury. With the crash I had last week though, I’m fortunate to only have a broken foot and hey after two years on the Harley-Davidson XR1200 beast this is the only time it has kept me down. Its temporary though and I’m healing fast and motivated to train hard for more success in 2013. The Vance & Hines points chase has proven dramatic with tight standings and drama! There have been more crashes in the last few races by the lead guys than ever before! I really want to express my gratitude for our title sponsor, Kuryakyn as well as all of our support sponsors: California Superbike School, Fast Bike Industries, Held Gloves, Suomy Helmets, EBC Brakes, GMD Computrack, Motorex, Sprinter of Littleton, and Pikes Peak Harley-Davidson. We’ll keep pushing to help the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Colorado and having fans, friends and family out there who believe in me feels amazing.”

Be sure to subscribe to Gerry Signorelli’s and Kuryakyn’s YouTube Channels for short clips of behind the scenes happenings and fun!

 

More information can be found at www.racingforawish.com or www.amaproracing.com.

 

 

SIGNORELLI ESCAPES SPECTACULAR CRASH WITH BROKEN FOOT

9/26/2012
-Gerry Signorelli Crashes Out of Miami Race During Solid Battle for 7th-
 
It was a challenging weekend for the 4th round of the Vance & Hines XR1200 Top-10 Points Chase at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
 
Homestead, FL-AMA Pro Racing rolled into town for the second to last round of the season September 21st-23rd. The Harley-Davidson XR1200’s didn’t see dry track until Sunday morning for Final Qualifying. Signorelli and the Kuryakyn Racing for a Wish Team put in a lot of time on the bike in the rain on Saturday, but Sunday was a new day with dry pavement. Lack of track time made it difficult to get as strong of a qualifying placement as the team has become accustomed to. Signorelli started from the third row in 10th. With a fantastic start he made his way up to 7th immediately and got locked into a battle with New Jersey Round winner, Shane Narbonne. It was a dramatic race as the Kuryakyn Racing for a Wish Team’s XR1200’s exhaust bracket broke early in the race. It dangled, dragged, and sparked throughout the race. Pushing hard and planning a move on Shane, Gerry crashed badly driving out of turn 11. Unfortunately the bike was thrashed and Signorelli struggled to get up. The final word on his condition will be announced in the coming days, but it has been confirmed that his foot is broken. He will hobble up towards New Orleans with the team rig today to prepare for the AMA Pro Racing Season Finale.
 
Gerry Signorelli - “This weekend tested us big time. With little dry track time and no race or testing here previously, I had to learn the track quickly and understand how best to setup our Kuryakyn Racing for a Wish XR1200. I enjoyed riding in the wet on Saturday, but Sunday was all dry. Even with little preparation, I was excited to go racing and hang it out there. I had a fun battle with Narbonne, but ultimately made a mistake towards the end of the race and highsided. It hurt a lot. My foot is broken and I’m waiting to hear back from my surgeon on our next step. I have to say a big thanks to my family for being at the race, the fun fans that came, and the corner workers that dragged my mangled bike off the track. I’m bummed right now, but thankful.”
The team invites all fans to make it to the last round at NOLA Motorsports Park on October 5th-7th. Or tune in on Speed2.com for race coverage of the entire 2012 XR1200 season. More information can be found at www.racingforawish.com or www.amaproracing.com.
 
For more information about Signorelli, the Kuryakyn Racing for a Wish Team, and their charitable cause, find them at
www.racingforawish.com or www.kuryakyn.com as well as on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and other social media outlets.
 

Title contenders Wyman, Barnes brace for big weekend in South Florida

9/18/2012

HOMESTEAD, Fla. (Sept. 18) -- The five-race XR Showdown was designed to add some late-season drama to the AMA Pro Vance & Hines XR1200 Series. With three of the five races in the books, that mission has definitely been accomplished with the top four riders separated by a scant four points as the tour arrives in South Florida for this weekend's Triumph Big Kahuna Miami presented by Dunlop Tire and LeoVince.

For KLR Group riders Kyle Wyman and Michael Barnes, who are currently second and fourth in the rankings, respectively, the stop at Homestead-Miami Speedway has become the most important race of the 2012 season.

"The points are all pretty much evened out so now it's time to win races, and that's what I plan to do at Homestead," Wyman said. "We had a great test at this track back in March and it's a layout I really enjoy. I can't wait to get back on my bike and pin the throttle."

Wyman has retribution on his mind as his last race ended in a spectacular, last lap crash that robbed him of a sure podium finish. Wyman had built a nice lead in the standings after a win and runner-up result in the first two playoff races, but that evaporated in a flash when he flew over the handlebars of his Spyke's Harley-Davidson and crashed hard to the ground in New Jersey.

"It took a few days of recovery and lots of time at Planet Fitness but I'm 100-percent back from the crash at this point," Wyman said. "It took me a bit of time to recover some of my core strength because of the hard hit I took on my back but I'm confident I'll be stronger than ever and ready to give this thing another go in Miami.

"Losing the points lead only made me mentally stronger. I want the No. 1 plate more than anything and I know I'll need to be perfect to get it, but we've won four times this year and been on the podium at every other race except the one where I wrecked so I know we have what it takes to get it done. It's time to go out there and execute."

Wyman's crash allowed Ben Carlson to take the championship lead with 1,064 points. Wyman is second with 1,062 points, followed by fellow four-time winner Tyler O'Hara (1,061 points) and Barnes (1,060 points).

Barnes, who lives in Boca Raton, Fla., jumped back into the championship mix with a strong runner-up result in New Jersey and he's hoping that momentum will carry over to his home track.

"I'm look forward to this event more than all of the other Showdown venues because it's home for me," Barnes said. "Having lots of friends and family at the track this weekend should make it extra fun for all of us.

"After being on the podium at every race in the regular season I was pretty bummed to finish fourth and fifth at the first two Showdown races during the Moto GP weekend in Indy. After that, I kind of decided to take all those pressure off myself and just go out there and ride. It really seemed to work in New Jersey with earning the pole and taking second place, so I'm trying to keep the same mindset about the championship and just show up and ride as fast as I can this weekend. We'll see where the chips fall."

Action in the XR1200 class begins with a practice session at 10:30 a.m., Saturday. Two qualifying sessions, set for 4:15 p.m., Saturday, and 8 a.m., Sunday, will set the field for the 11-lap, 25-mile main event, which takes place at 12:30 p.m., also on Sunday.

 
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