Chris Peris of Team Iron Horse BMW/ESP (Tucson, AZ) lined up on the third row in ninth place for race one at Infineon Raceway. It was not the position the team was hoping for, but they were methodically working through different set-ups for the tight, technical track in Sears Point, California. Unlike the wide-open, high-horsepower tracks, Infineon presents special challenges for the new S1000RR.
Team Iron Horse BMW and Evan Steel Performance (ESP) got the setup right in the end with the BMW’s coming in fifth place in race one — the best finish to date for the S1000RR in an AMA Pro National Guard Superbike race. Not only did the team come from behind, but they were the only privateer team in the top five.
Evan Steel, Crew Chief, said, “I am again so happy to be involved with this team, we have an unbelievably dedicated and talented group this year! Everyone worked so hard and stayed focused throughout practice and qualifying. We now have a very consistent bike that is comfortable for Chris to ride hard, as well as easy on the tires, so it made for a solid race result. Now that we are achieving good consistency over race distance, we need to find some more raw speed to get up in the battle for podium positions. However, if we keep working in the manner we have been this year, I believe we can get there soon.”
Jennifer Cartwright, Team Manager, added, “We have all worked so hard and it feels so good to have a result that validates our efforts. We have had a tremendous amount of support from our sponsors that has really enabled us to improve both our bike as well as our program. We have set a clear, singular goal for this season and results like this just reinforce that we can accomplish it. As a BMW Dealer [Iron Horse Motorcycles in Tucson, Arizona] as well, making this happen on the S1000RR and all the support from BMW, customers and BMW fans has been overwhelming. We will continue working hard to put our bike on the podium for everyone!”
Cartwright went on to add this would not be possible without the support of all their sponsors including BMW Motorcycle Magazine, BMW North America, Iron Horse Motorcycles, Peris Riding School, E-MotoTires.com, Ohlins, Kyle Racing, GPR, Driven, Hotbodies, USMegaMax.com, XCEL Trackdays, On The Level (OTL), RunGP, HT Moto, KurveyGirl.com, Speedcell, Top-Line Printing, Shoei, and XpedX.