The Ridge Motorsports Park: Ryan Sutton
Ryan Sutton and the DIABLO™ SUPERBIKE Slicks Capture Pirelli’s Fourth Track Bounty of 2017
ROME, Ga. (June 30, 2017) – Just one month after setting the absolute motorcycle track record, Ryan “Chromie” Sutton returned to The Ridge Motorsports Park in Shelton, Washington and reset the record books once again. Sutton, who was competing aboard a 2016 BMW 1000RR, was credited with the incredible feat on Sunday, June 25 during the fourth round of the Washington Motorcycle Road Racing Association’s (WMRRA) 2017 season. This new lap record marked Pirelli’s fourth track bounty of the year and the second for Sutton.
“It’s an amazing feeling to come back to The Ridge Motorsports Park and top my own record,” said Sutton. “I knew that it would be extremely difficult to go much faster than the lap I was able to put down here in May, but the Pirelli DIABLO™ SUPERBIKE slicks are on another level and provided excellent performance all weekend long.”
Sutton’s record setting lap time of 1:38.124 came during lap 6 of the Open Superbike race while using Pirelli’s DIABLO SUPERBIKE SC1 front and SC0 rear slicks. The previous record, also set by Sutton, was a 1:38.709 and occurred during WMRRA’s third round of the season on May 27. In that round, Sutton used his blistering quick speed to distance himself from the competition and take the checkered flag in the Open Superbike race.
“Chromie [Ryan Sutton] continues to impress me with his accomplishments in the Northwest region,” said Oscar Solis, Pirelli road racing manager. “He’s a very determined individual and has demonstrated that Pirelli is committed to continuously improving our products in order to keep up with the demands of today’s riders and the latest motorcycle technology.”
Portland International Raceway: Devon McDonough
"McDonough Wins Formula Ultra Championship and Recaptures the Lap Record at Portland International Raceway
OMRRA’s 2014 season came to an end this past weekend at Portland International Raceway (PIR) under ideal conditions. For the first time in a decade, OMRRA crowned a new #1 plate holder. A woman earned a major championship for the first time in OMRRA history in the Langlitz Leathers Vintage Championship series. Many OMRRA classes set new class lap records with new contenders emerging every round. Throughout the 2014 race season, OMRRA lap record was under assault numerous times and reset again over the weekend.
Heading into the final round of OMRRA’s 2015 season, the battle for the KFG Racing Formula Ultra Championship was down to two young contenders: Devon McDonough and Andy DiBrino. McDonough had the insurance of a 29 point lead heading into the weekend, needing to merely finish and not succumb to misfortune. In Saturday’s race, DiBrino put in a valiant effort to close the gap by putting his head down, claiming the holeshot ahead of WMRRA #1 plate holder Ryan Sutton with McDonough in third. On lap 3 Sutton ran off track in turn 1 dropping 5 positions as DiBrino and McDonough checked out. Sutton regained his footing and charged back through the field overtaking Kevin Pinkstaff on the last lap. With the win, McDonough had enough points to be the first new #1 plate holder at OMRRA in over a decade. On securing the championship, McDonough said,"What a great team effort! Thanks to KFG Racing, Pirelli, Motorcycle Superstore, Bell Helmets & Pilot Leathers. This year has been a rollercoaster, we set an extremely high goal for our first full year on a 1000. It feels amazing to accomplish that goal and to ride the way I did for the team." At 19 years old, McDonough is the youngest champion in OMRRA history. Fittingly, he was presented with the overall trophy by OMRRA legends and past champions Shawn Roberti and Gene Brown.
Although McDonough had closed out the championship, there was still another race to run on Sunday. Ryan Sutton came out swinging and snatched the holeshot ahead of DiBrino with McDonough chasing. The trio battled incessantly with DiBrino successfully overtaking Sutton on Lap 5, followed by McDonough overtaking second place from Sutton with three laps to go. They would finish in that order, despite McDonough posting an astounding 1:05.398 on the final lap shattering DiBrino’s month-old track record by over half a second! McDonough’s lap record was icing on the cake and he said of the flying lap, "I was just trying to be as smooth as possible. I had broken the record a couple laps earlier when I got by Ryan but we started running into lapped traffic. I hit my marks and didn't make any mistakes. It just feels great to have reached all of our goals this year and shattering the lap record by almost a second from the start of the season. It shows how much we've grown as a team."