In dominating fashion, Kyle Ohnsorg wrapped up his second overall Central Roadracing Association championship last weekend, with one weekend of racing left.
The CRA was on the road course during the 30th Annual GSTA Muscle Car Shootout. With 450 cars on the drag strip for the finale of the Muscle Car Series, CRA’s Superbikes were on the Competition Road Course for the fourth of five weekends at BIR this year.
Ohnsorg was a third of one of the most amazing Unlimited races we’ve seen in some time.
Jesse Nelson had been struggling with fuel issues on his stunning Yamaha R1 all season as it was stuttering a lot. Prior to last weekend, he had some work done to the electronics package, which addressed most of its issues. He was finally able to run the pace he’d been expecting all season. Jake Schmotter, ever the opportunist, slyly borrowed the fuel map that Nelson and Jason Farrell spent hours working on and then used it to great effect.
During Sunday’s Unlimited Superbike race, Schmotter, Scott Stall and Ohnsorg ran nose-to-tail for the entire race distance with no clear favorite for the win. When they started the last lap, Stall led Ohnsorg and Schmotter but Ohnsorg’s race almost ended when his Husman Race Engineering BMW S1000RR started pondering what life would be like without Kyle on it. Somehow Kyle saved the highside (realistically, he accidentally landed back in the seat and kept going) but the incident made chances of victory almost impossible. Or so we thought. Somehow, Ohnsorg collected himself and put the hammer down, emerging from Turn 3 leading Stall with Schmotter still a close third. Coming out of the “Joker,” Stall’s challenge for the win was over but excessive throttle application, and the resultant wicked-cool wheelie, hurt his drive out of the first gear corner enough for Schmotter to slot into second place. All three riders served as stars of the show as that race will undoubtedly go down as one of the best of the season.
In the Middleweight/Heavyweight classes, Jes Schwartz continued his upward trajectory in the Expert field, notching up his first Expert race win on his Sand Law Motorcycle Lawyers Yamaha R6. The Novice ranks saw some fantastic rides by Mike Scherlin, who put on a clinic of daring moves into the notoriously difficult turn 12 throughout the weekend.
In the 90s Cup, a class that has been the surprise of the season, Leif Nadeau had the field covered on his vintage Yamaha R6 but Adam Harrison, James Michaelson, Chris Mattson and Adam Knauer put on great battles all weekend long.
The Lightweight class served up some great battles, and while finishing races was a great relief to Harry Jensen, finishing in first multiple times only sweetened his weekend. The best performance in Lightweight unquestionably went to Jack Barton, who used his Ultralight-spec Kramer HKR Evo 2 to beat Jon Champ and the rest of a very talented Lightweight field to the overall race win in Saturday’s combined Ultralight/Lightweight Supersport race.
The unofficial award for Ultralight rider of the weekend went to Stephen Peterson.
The Featherweight races were unusually close battles as Expert class debutant Kurt Ohnsorg tried his best to knock his brother Kyle off the top step of the podium. He ultimately failed but he was able to at least keep Kyle honest throughout the race. The Novice Featherweight class had standout performances from Brady Fors, who grabbed onto the opportunity to ride the Fisk Brothers Racing Yamaha R3 with both hands to finish second multiple times, and Bill Nystrom, who steadily continues his march toward the front of the class.
The final CRA round will take place Sept. 21-23 on BIR’s historic 3.-1 mile Donnybrooke Road Course with sprint races being held on Saturday and the annual 5-Hour endurance race on Sunday. It’s during the Wet & Wild Weekend, with IWA watercross on Lake BIR for two days of drag racing and oval racing on open water. For more information on racing, volunteering or spectating, visit www.cra-mn.com.