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Marcel Irnie Gets Early Jump on 2010 Season. WMRRA Rd1 Onboard VIDEO
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    Default Marcel Irnie Gets Early Jump on 2010 Season. WMRRA Rd1 Onboard VIDEO

    Motorcycle road-racer Marcel Irnie of Kelowna BC, traveled to Pacific Raceway near Seattle Washington to participate in the opening round of the Washington Motorcycle Road Racing Association (WMRRA) which was held on April 3rd and 4th. This was Irnie’s first ride of the season.

    Irnie worked hard throughout the winter, not only preparing his bike, but also gathering new sponsors. Some valuable new partnerships were formed that will add some exciting new dimensions to Irnie’s 2010 campaign. New sponsor World Gym Kelowna provided a personal trainer (Mr.RyanBrown.com) who has been working very hard with Marcel. With an increased emphasis on physical conditioning, Marcel hopes to hit the track in the best shape of his life. To improve his motorcycles, Irnieracing was pleased to team up with Dave Alexander of Fluid Suspension Science. Mr. Alexander will provide suspension setup consultation as well as research and development. Marcel was also excited to transport his race gear in a new Royal Cargo 7x16 trailer with help from new sponsor British Columbia Trailer. As an experienced filmmaker, Marcel will chronicle the events with five new HD Hero cameras supplied by new sponsor GoPro. Irnie films everything from on-board race footage to his adventures as a privateer on the road.

    The 2009 season was a tumultuous one as it brought everything from the highs of podiums and champagne to the lows of crashes and broken trailer axles at midnight. The Washington event was to be a valuable stepping stone in his drive for the 2010 Canadian Sportbike Amateur Championship.

    Marcel participated in the Friday track day which was rainy and treacherous, riding his newly rebuilt Irnieracing.com 2008 ZX-6R. Marcel would like to thank Scott at Munro Cylinder Heads, for his hard work and dedication. With new pistons, rings, and rod/main bearings, Marcel had to break-in the motor with rain tires, making for a very productive day. He felt quite comfortable and was glad to get some laps under his belt for the first time this year.

    "With a Seattle storm on the horizon, I knew it was gonna be a wet and windy track-day. With winds gusting at 20 mph, the track was littered with debris. Every lap I had to dodge wind torn branches, as they blew across the track. I was very pleased with my riding, and kept upright the entire day!"

    Thankfully Saturday afternoon brought drier conditions for race day. Marcel opted to use his trusty 2005 Kawasaki ZX6RR 600cc bike for the race against his competitors’ 750cc units. With new Extreme Pro brake-pads from EBC Brakes, Marcel was ready to do battle. As the race unfolded, Irnie settled into a groove and rode a smooth and consistent race. Irnie passed five riders on the way to an eventual fourth place finish; his best ever USA result.

    "I was super stoked after the race. This was my best finish to date. I always struggled with finishing in the WMRRA top ten, and now I had conquered it by a good margin. To celebrate my perfect race with zero errors, I pulled a few wheelies on my parade lap to thank the corner workers and fans. I believe showmanship is an important part of superbike racing, and is crucial to building an audience, and hopefully attracting more sponsors."

    Irnie was thrilled with this result and was quite anxious to have a go in the 600 Supersport race later in the afternoon. Unfortunately a scheduling mix up caused Marcel to miss his start call. The 600cc class was going through the warm-up lap while Irnie scramble to suit up and get his machine to the starting line. Marcel missed the start and entered the race a lap down. The combination of a very cold track and a light drizzle caused Irnie’s bike to slide out from under him and flip. The damage to Irnie’s 2005 unit was extensive. Recently painted bodywork by Jeff at Muller Motorsports was trashed, as was his titanium exhaust system. Marcel's helmet was damaged, and future leather repair was required. Thankfully Irnie had spare gear and his 2008 bike on hand for Sunday’s race.

    "I was so disappointed with myself... All I can do is learn from my mistakes, and race another day. After watching my GoPro HD face camera, I am very surprised I walked away from the incident. I estimate I low-sided around 130kmph, then sliding into the rock gravel. The gravel slowed me down to quickly, causing me to somersaulted a couple times, head over feet. I remember my helmet smashing the ground a couple times, as I curled up in a ball, and hoped for the best."

    On Sunday, the event was cancelled partway through the practice sessions as a rider was tragically killed in a crash. The WMRRA lost a prominent and long-time friend, Claud Jinks. Marcel Irnie offers his sincere condolences to the WMRRA and the Jinks family.

    The next event for Irnieracing.com will be on May 8-9th, for Round 2 with the WMRRA.

    Marcel Irnie would like to thank his 2010 Sponsors. "I look forward to building a long term relationships with all my sponsors, and giving back at every opportunity. Thank You."

    AMSOIL Synthetics
    , Blue Streak Racing, British Columbia Trailer, EBC Brakes, Fluid Suspension Science, Kreater Customs, GoPro Camera, Magna-Tech Services, Muller Motor Sports, Munro-Cylinder Heads, Valley Moto Sport, and World Gym Kelowna.

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    Bah bummer abt the get off Irnie BUT! Was good to see you out there and HUGE grats on the new sponsors!

    Do I see a Discovery Channel series in your future???

    as always, Best wishes to you and cya soon!
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    Great video Marcel. I love to see how guys ride in the semi-wet weather. I lowsided in the exact same place you did during the March 17th track day when the conditions were similar; patchy wet ground and I was running new Pirelli dry weather DOTs. I chose to volunteer on Saturday at the pit exit to tech bikes as they left the track, and got trucked over to help clean up after you lowsided.

    That Kawi's got some power! Congratulations on all the sponsors. I would like t get a camera too, but I need to put more track time higher on the priority list for now...

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    Thanks for the great comments guys.

    Yahh... I would love to make a television show. I even went to the Dragons Den auditions in Kelowna. The producer watched a minute of my documentary, and said "how is this a tv show" haha (Shark Tank in USA)

    Let me know if anyone has a direct contact for a network?

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    What do you use for Video editing software? Do you do the editing yourself or does someone do it for you? I know a really good video editor and I was figuring if I produced something like your video I would have to hire her for the editing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Seraphim38 View Post
    What do you use for Video editing software? Do you do the editing yourself or does someone do it for you? I know a really good video editor and I was figuring if I produced something like your video I would have to hire her for the editing.
    I use Vegas pro 9.0 (64bit).

    Yes, I do everything myself.

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    GREAT VIDEO AND CONGRATS ON THE RESULTS- I WAS WATCHING YOUR TIMES LAST YEAR AND YOU'VE STEPPED IT UP THIS SEASON ALREADY SO HATS OFF TO YOU!

    (sorry, not shouting, just realized capslock was on...)

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    hear the young lion roar...LOL

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    very cool videos, I liked the documentarys very cool.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kilgeze View Post
    very cool videos, I liked the documentarys very cool.
    Hey Thanks. I always appreciate any feedback as-well. What did you like most, and what should I do differently?

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