Round 9 of the 2012 AMA Pro Flat Track Harley-Davidson Insurance Grand National Championship presented by Motorcycle-Superstore.com season saw the series head to the natural amphitheatre surroundings of the Peoria Motorcycle Club on August 12, and a new rider in the saddle for the '11 AMA Pro Motorcycle-Superstore.com Pro Singles Championship-winning Weirbach Racing team and it's potent Honda CRF450Rs.
Californian Dominic Collindres had just signed-on to ride for the team just days before the event that would begin the second-half stretch of the season in the Pro Singles series, and he brought a renewed shot-in-the-a.. to the defending championship-winning Iowa-based effort.
Right out of the box on the #66Y Weirbach Racing/General Engineering/Barnett/Spectro-sponsored Honda their new rider showed that he was in control and that the team's decision to sign him for the remaining events for the year was a wise one.
Collindres, in charge at the front right from the start, took his first-ever win over a stacked field of riders vying for the Pro Singles Championship, including eventual series champ Stephen Vanderkuur (3rd-place finish) and part-time Pro Singles contender Justin Reed (2nd-place finish) and wowwed the paying crowd at the longest tenured event on the AMA Pro Flat Track calendar.
In the shot above, Collindres walks away from the rest of the field after a red flag delay at the Pro Singles round in Peoria on August 12 as he comes out of turn one.
Team co-owner Ted Weirbach stands with Weirbach Racing's former signee, Ryan Wells, just before the start of heat race action at round 3 of the 2012 AMA Pro Motorcycle-Superstore.com Pro Singles Championship season at the Springfield TT on May 26. Wells, on the #94B Weirbach Racing/General Engineering/Barnett/Spectro-backed Honda CRF450R (the weapon of choice and dominance in the Pro Singles series and for the Weirbach team), parted ways with the team just prior to round 9 at Peoria.
After winning round 2 at Daytona (having missed the cut the previous evening in the season kick-off doubleheader round), Wells only scored one more podium finish for the Iowa-based Weirbach team (3rd-place Hagerstown) and three more top-10s.
Unfortunately, the former Horizon Award winner was injured in a heat race crash at round 12 of the season at the Springfield Short Track and wasn't able to continue the remaining events of the season. He still finished 7th in the 2012 AMA Pro Motorcycle-Superstore.com Pro Singles Championship based on his early-season results while still on the immaculately-prepped Weirbach Hondas, and is expected to return healthy again for the 2013 season.
Team co-owner Richard Weirbach hops off of the back of team rider Dominic Collindres' #66Y Honda CRF450R after taking the spoils of victory lap with the California rider at round 9 of the 2012 AMA Pro Motorcycle-Superstore.com Pro Singles Championship season at the Peoria TT. 3rd-place finisher Justin Reed #53L and 2nd-place finisher Stephen Vanderkuur #10J talk and head to the podium after the 12-lap main. Vanderkuur went on to claim the 2012 Pro Singles Championship while Collindres wound up in the 4th-place spot in his first-full season in the series.
Poised to return together again for the full 2013 AMA Pro Motorcycle-Superstore.com Pro Singles Championship season, Collindres and the Weirbach Racing team are assuredly a safe-bet to contest for the big brass ring next year in the hotly-contested class that showcases some of the best racing on wheels in the world that is AMA Pro Flat Track racing. It's gonna be a long winter......
Check out the official press release below courtesy of Dominic Collindres and the Weirbach Racing team, and a big congrats to them for a stellar finish to the season. Bravo!
Press release courtesy of the Weirbach Racing team and rider #66Y Dominic Collindres
Ottumwa, Iowa, November 3, 2012
Qualifying was going great. Dick had the bike set up spot on from the start, and the only thing we changed was tire pressures. The free practice qualifying I set the ninth-fastest time. We didn't change the bike at all and in the first qualifying session I qualified ninth again. We then dropped the tire pressure a little and set the fifth fastest time in the second qualifying session.
This year Pomona treated me great. Being on a totally different bike and having so much more experience really seemed to help me out. I am very happy with the way this year went. I couldn't be happier to get team Weirbach a win my first race after their previous rider decided to go on his own mid-season.