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    Default Irnie Scores Double Podiums in Calgary

    Parts Canada Superbike National Rounds 2-3 June 24-27, 2010

    Onboard race video/ Documentary available at IRNIERACING.COM


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    Marcel Irnie of Kelowna BC made two trips to the podium in the Amateur Sportbike class of the Parts Canada Superbike Series. After taking second place honors at the Race City course in 2009, Irnie's focus was to come back and achieve even greater results. Irnie trained hard all winter and honed his skills in the competitive Washington State racing series with the aim of being at his best for Calgary.

    Thursday's opening practice session was not going according to script. Irnie was just 7th fastest at 1:24.426. There was modest improvement in Friday's practice at 1:23.272; just 8th fastest.

    There was deep concern in the Irnie Racing pit at Marcel's lack of pace. Marcel's bike was dialed in and his fitness level was certainly up to the task. It was time for some serious introspection. Marcel intimated, “I have been riding so conservative all season in Washington; I pretty much forgot how to push the limits. I didn't have the tire-grip confidence to be knee-down over Calgary's rough racing surface. Until this event, I had been racing on used 2009 tires, so I needed to rediscover the amount of traction available. I need to start sliding my tires, which I haven't done all year. I also believe that my crash in round one of the Washington series also hampered my practice times.” Irnie withstood two very hard crashes this spring. The aforementioned crash in Washington was a spectacular 130km slide into a gravel trap. He also sustained a knee injury in a dirt bike accident in late March. Both of these events slowed Irnie's 2010 racing preparation program.

    Qualification brought a ray of hope as Irnie brought his time down to 1:21.793; quite close to his best 2009 time of 1:21.443. Still, this was good only for 6th place on the starting grid. The start would be a challenge as a mysterious transmission ailment would not allow Irnie to use first gear, which is the ideal launch gear. The mission was clear. With fresh tires now installed, no time could be wasted in traffic as passing space was a precious commodity on the Race City course.



    For the race start, the starting light was held for four seconds, which seems like an eternity with the bikes revving at 14,000 RPM. In Marcel's perifery, pole sitter Bodhi Edie jumped forward. Irnie instinctively inched ahead before catching himself. While he was in the midst of pulling in his clutch and backing off the throttle, the light went out and the pack launched forward. Irnie's hesitation allowed the trailing row to pass him in the opening metres. Irnie feverishly shifted trough the gears and worked his way over to the inside line diving deep into corner one. By the second corner, he had made his way into 6th spot. By lap seven, Irnie had made his way into 2nd place, but by this time eventual race winner Raphael Archambault was out of reach. Irnie rattled off consistent lap times in the 1.20.00 range for the remainder of the race finishing comfortably in 2nd spot.

    After the race, Marcel was slapped with a five second jump start penalty. This penalty relegated Irnie to 3rd spot as Bill McKay's 19:21.593 would edge out Marcel's penalty-adjusted time of 19:21.672. "So close. If only I knew to go 0.1 second faster on the last lap..doh!" Said Marcel

    The post-race tech inspection showed the Irnie Racing 2005 zx-6rr putting out 110.9 horsepower at the rear wheel. By contrast, Bill McKay's 2009 Kawasaki checked in at 117.3; just under the 118 horsepower limit.



    Sunday was the second race of this double-header and after a tire change and some minor suspension changes, Irnie was ready for battle. As the race got under way, Irnie was once again handicapped by his second gear launch as he was passed by several riders down the opening straight. Again Irnie dove to the inside and pushed hard into turn one. Third spot was in reach, but Joey McRae held his line and kept Irnie at bay; even as the riders made light contact. During this battle, Bill McKay squeezed though for 4th. Irnie dispatched McKay by the end of lap one and McRae by corner nine of lap two. Irnie could now concentrate on closing the gap with race leader Archambault. By lap four, he had closed that gap and the battle was on. As they entered the front straight for the fifth lap, Irnie attempted to pass on the outside, but Archambault pushed Irnie to the concrete wall with millimitres to spare. Irnie pulled into the draft and made the pass for the lead in corner one. Irnie promptly stretched out a two second gap, but the race was suddenly red-flagged! A slower rider had crashed and race officials opted to halt the race and do a re-start.



    Riders were summoned to the hot pit and tire warmers were installed. Said Irnie, “I was pretty tired by this point, but was more than able to continue thanks to my intense training program with Ryan Brown of World Gym Kelowna.”

    On the re-start Irnie started on the front row, but was immediately passed by four riders; again due to the second gear start. Once again Irnie dove hard into the first turn and grabbed 3rd place with just Archambault and Samuel Proulx in front. Proulx was very competitive on Saturday, and had laid down the fastest lap of the day before crashing out. Archambault bobbled in the “S's” allowing both Irnie and Proulx through. Irnie out-braked Proulx for the lead as they exited the start straight for the second lap and was leading for the second time that day. Irnie lead for three laps, before a missed shift allowed Archambault through for the lead. Irnie stayed in close 2nd before another missed shift on the main straight allowed Archambault to create a small gap, Irnie would close in the course's bumpy turns, but eventually Archambault would take the win by 0.671 seconds.



    Prior to this weekend, Irnie was on the fence as to whether to make the long journey to the legendary Mosport race facility in Ontario for rounds 4 and 5. As Irnie now smells blood in the water, he will have his AMSOIL/ Seattle Tool/ FALCO zx-6rr in the thick of the action on July 8-11.

    Marcel would like to offer special thanks to George Tchor from Kreater Ontario, and Tony Blue from BlueStreakRacing.ca for providing new funding for the trip to Mosport.

    Marcel Irnie, owner/operator of Irnieracing.com is sponsored by: AMSOIL Synthetics, Blue Streak Racing, British Columbia Trailer, EBC Brakes, FALCO, Fluid Suspension Science, GoPro, Kreater, Magna-Tech Services, Muller Motorsports, Munro Cylinder Heads, Oneononedesign, Pinnacle Physiotherapy, Seattle Tool, World Gym, and Valley Moto Sport.












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    congrats!!!

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    Congrats Mr Irnie.........

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    Nice writeup! makes me want to get back out there Congratulations!
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    Quote Originally Posted by irnieracing View Post

    so....anyone wanna go to Canada?

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    Congrats on getting on the box!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MadManx View Post
    Congrats on getting on the box!
    Thanks. Now you guys can watch the TSN Televised Version.

    Canadian AM Sportbike National on TSN.

    Calgary Rd.2 Racecity 2010.
    http://vimeo.com/13722505

    Calgary Rd.3 Racecity 2010.
    http://vimeo.com/13728574


    I am currently editing the WMRRA August 13-14 rd. Will be a two part video. Four races, and lots of girls and sports mixed in from Center of Gravity 2010.

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    Oh yah.. next was Mosport International raceway.

    Trophies and Controversy at Mosport

    Mosport International Raceway (a contraction of Motor Sport) - Bowmanville, ON Rounds 4-5 July 8-11, 2010



    HD VIDEO Documentary Part ONE & TWO available at Irnieracing.com


    Five days after earning second and third place honors at the Calgary rounds of the Parts Canada Superbike Series, Amateur Sportbike class contender Marcel Irnie embarked on the 5000 kilometer trek to the legendary Mosport race circuit for rounds 4 and 5. Calgary had been a tumultuous affair for Irnie as he enjoyed the highs of leading races and standing on the podium to the lows of being placed on probation two weeks later by series officials with no specific information as to the reason(s). Marcel used the Wednesday, July 7th track day to ride the track for the first time.

    The Mosport track is legendary and many great racers have raced there. Halewood, Villeneuve, McLaren, Baldwin, Crevier, Szoke, and up-and-coming superstars Jodie Christie, Cody Matechuk, Steven Nickerson and Raphael Archambault. The venerable circuit has many elevation changes and blind corners, so learning the track and gaining confidence would be a daunting task.





    For Thursday’s first official practice session Marcel brought out his 2008 Irnieracing.com zx-6r on used tires. Much more work was needed as his best time was good only for 12th place at 1:31.341; almost 4 seconds away from the top spot. He would have to overcome the complex Mosport circuit before even beginning to think about becoming a contender. For the afternoon session, Irnie turned to his trusty 2005 zx-6rr. Now he was finding his groove as he clocked a 1:28.449; good enough for 3rd spot. He was now closing in on leader Raphael Archambault’s 1.27.215.

    Friday morning’s practice was marred by torrential rains. Of the 37 riders in the Amateur Sportbike class, only Marcel and Bodhi Edie ventured onto the track. The riders gingerly rounded the rolling circuit some 30 to 40 seconds off of the dry pace. As the session unfolded, Irnie started to have hopes for a wet race. Irnie offered, “Since everyone opted out of practice, they would have no clue about Mosport's wet traction for the first couple laps. My horsepower disadvantage would not show up in the rain as much.” As the track was still damp for the afternoon’s scheduled qualifying session, race officials opted to cancel it and use Thursday afternoon’s practice times as qualifying. Marcel’s third place time from that session would put him on the front row for both races.



    During Saturday’s rider meeting, race officials talked about using on-board cameras, stating they must be tech inspected, and then deemed helmet cameras as prohibited. This speech may have been prompted by Marcel’s use of a helmet camera in Calgary. At the end of the Calgary round, an official attempted to confiscate Marcel’s on-board camera, stating they owned the rights to everything, and that he was not allowed to run a helmet camera.

    A seemingly innocent incident occurred during tech inspection that would later come back to haunt Irnie Racing. Regulations state that “Parts Canada Superbike Championship” decals must be affixed near the windscreen area. Irnie had placed them on the uppermost bodywork for the Calgary event, but technical officials changed their mind for Mosport and placed them on Marcel’s windscreen. Irnie recounted, “At the tech inspection, the staff put another set of stickers on my windscreen, which affected my view when tucked on the straight away. The stickers were printed this year with 6mm of white space on the top and bottom of the sticker. I figured it was a mistake, as stickers from the previous three years didn’t have this large white space. Not thinking twice about it, we trimmed the 6mm of white-space off the sticker top, increasing visibility for the twisty back-straight.”



    As the race got underway, Marcel got off to a great start taking second place behind Raphael Archambault. Irnie held his own until the pack reached the long back straight and he was passed by Jody Greening. As the race unfolded, Marcel settled into 3rd place, but was finding that his clutch was slipping as he powered into the back straight. Marcel attempted to loosen his clutch cable on the go in an attempt to reduce slippage. This issue was now causing him to lose precious time on every trip down this long, high-speed stretch where top speed is required.



    Nevertheless, Marcel was able to find speed on other portions of the circuit by taking an unusually wide line in corner two, and carrying more speed into corner eight and nine. Marcel passed Greening on the inside entering corner ten and then set his sights on Archambault. Irnie worked hard to close on the leader, but his slipping clutch would allow Archambault to pull a 15-bike-length-lead on the Andretti straight. Marcel charged hard and made the pass for 1st place; again entering corner 10. Again the slipping clutch on the back straight was Irnie’s Achilles heel, as both Archambault and Steve Nickerson passed Irnie. Irnie did put up a fight for second with Nickerson, but eventually finished the race in 3rd spot.







    As Irnie was just about to give his podium interview, a PMP official noted the modified decals on Marcel’s windscreen. He then quoted the rule book which states, "Failure to display specified decals and patches, unaltered and in the specified areas, during any official on track sessions will result in the forfeiture of any series points or purse monies due to said competitor." Race officials deliberated on a course of action and opted to slap Irnie with a $250 fine. Irnie explained, " It is important to be able to see through the windscreen on the back straight, so to me this was a simple safety issue. I can also appreciate that PMP, the race organizer, wants to take good care of their sponsors, and I am grateful to Part Canada for their sponsorship. I even have a Parts Canada decal on my truck."





    For Sunday morning practice, Irnie considered his 2005 bike’s clutch issue and Irnie turned to his 2008 Irnieracing.com zx-6r. He was 6th fastest for the session. His 2008 unit was notoriously low on power, but the decision was made to use it for the race. In attempt to mitigate the bike’s power issues, race fuel was used. This unit had previously only used pump fuel. During the race start Marcel dumped the clutch and pulled a wheelie down the start straight. Marcel entered corner one in second spot. By corner three it become quite evident that his bike was not running well on race fuel. His power output was now worse than before, allowing Nickerson to pass between corners three and four.



    Soon Bodhi Edie and Jeremie Hade Precourt would demote him to 5th spot on the back straight. He compensated for his lack of horsepower by breaking late and driving extra hard into corners. This extra effort allowed him to briefly make his way to third spot but his lack of power was slowly undoing his race. He also discovered that his 2008 unit did not have the correct gearing and was not able to reach the top speeds needed for the long Mosport back straight. Eventually Irnie was in 7th place and struggling to stay in contact with the lead group.



    Again extra effort allowed Marcel to catch the lead group in the corners. He battled with Philippe Masse over sixth spot, only to lose 15 bike lengths in the long straight. Soon Bodhi Edie was drawn into the Masse/Irnie battle, but Masse was able to slip away. Irnie was faster than Edie in the corners and could see that the lead pack was pulling away. Irnie describes the encounter, “I took a peak on the inside entering Moss Corner 5a; just testing the waters, as Bodhi was slower in this area.

    "The Moss Corner is a test of skill and a show for the spectators." Sterling Moss

    I was right on Bodhi again into corner one, and stayed close till Bodhi made a little bobble, dropping into Moss Corner. I went for the side by side inside pass, taking the tightest line possible next to the curbing, but Bodhi didn't see me and cut across into me. We rubbed together and being stuck together, we could not steer and we headed for dirt at the edge of the track. Bodhi hit the dirt and lost his rear tire. I stayed upright as Bailey passed on the inside.”

    Marcel describes his feelings after the collision with Edie. “A wave of emotions took over me. I felt sick inside. Bodhi is my favorite competitor, and I have great respect for the Edie family. I felt absolutely horrible and had trouble finishing the race. I apologized to Bodhi and his family which they graciously accepted. Bodhi said "It's racing, don't worry about it."

    Irnie finished in seventh place and Edie was unhurt and went on to finished in 11th spot.

    Marcel's superbike schedule is still packed for the remainder of 2010 with three race weekends in Washington, and another two in Oregon. For 2011, Marcel will be attending races in Portland, Seattle, Spokane, and further south to Utah and California. "I hope to find more power in my race bikes or find the funding for a used 2010 race bike." Look for Marcel’s Mosport Documentary, and Part 2 of the Calgary Superbike National featuring Joey McRae's corner one contact complaint.”

    Marcel also attended this years Center of Gravity, with a Superbike promotional booth. The three day event is BC's hottest Sports and Entertainment Festival focusing on Music Art and Pro Sports. see pictures below...

    Irnieracing.com (Marcel Irnie) is sponsored by:
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    Muller Motorsports
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    Pinnacle Physiotherapy
    Seattle Tool
    World Gym
    Valley Moto Sport.

    HD VIDEO Documentary Part ONE & TWO available at Irnieracing.com











    Center of Gravity 2010, Kelowna BC




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    Videos are also available on vimeo:

    Irnieracing.com Documentary 2010: Drama at Mosport.

    Part One: http://vimeo.com/13570884

    Part Two: http://vimeo.com/13931153































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