NEMRR: Franco, Greenwood, Guyer, Paganis, Wood claim multiple wins – Roadracing World Magazine

NEMRR Round 6 – September 17-18, New Hampshire Motor Speedway.

September in New Hampshire is known for having some of the best “go fast” conditions of the season, and mother nature did not disappoint for round six of the NEMRR. Saturday featured clear, sunny skies and temperatures hovering around 70 degrees, making it a near-perfect combination of bikes that make great power and asphalt that has great grip. The result was dozens of riders recording personal lap times and great races to boot!

The best riders in each category almost all posted the best times of the season. Renee Franco won three races on her Kawasaki Ninja 400, setting a personal best of 1:16.3 in the SportbikeTrackGear.com 500 Supersport class. NEMRR hasn’t seen moments like this since top MotoAmerica Junior Cup riders Eli Block and Ben Gloddy raced at NHMS. The future looks bright for this young 18-year-old woman! Adam Muscaro, another promising teenager, also played in the junior division and clocked a personal best of 1:17.3 and won the Rising Sun Cycles Moto 3 class.

The weekend’s top performer in the lightweight classes was Brett Guyer and his Aprilia RS 660. The veteran Seacoast Sport Cycle rider won four races over the weekend, highlighted by his best time in the lap of the season in 1:14.0 at the lightweight GP. , which is also rightfully sponsored by Seacoast Sport Cycle. The only riders to beat Guyer over the weekend were young gunslinger Eli Block on his Manchester Honda KTM 450 in the Robert Pease GTL class, and fellow veteran Tim Hogan on his Superbike Services Ducati 749 in the shortened Thunderbike class at the red flag.

The featured middleweight races were once again dominated by the ever-quick and smooth Scott Greenwood, who scored an impressive eight wins. The veteran Argo Cycles Yamaha rider is known for his laid-back riding style, where he looks like he’s out for a ride on a Sunday while running away from the terrain. During the $1,500 Michelin-Motorace Middleweight GP feature, Greenwood clocked a season-best 1:12.1 to secure his win. On the bottom run Eli Block grabbed the holeshot and Greenwood caught on the inside leaving Turn One in third place. He passed the reborn Paul Duval on the first lap and visibly set off in pursuit of the leader. Greenwood made his move on the brakes into banked turn six and ran a series of average-to-low lap times of 1:12. Block held on at the halfway mark, but couldn’t keep pace with the veteran as the laps went by. Greenwood praised his young rival during his victory speech and noted that he will most likely be pushed by the rising star in the years to come.

Unlimited displacement races featured Eric Wood’s Penguin Racing/Woodcraft Kawasaki ZX-10R, which won four races over the weekend. Wood posted a season best 1:11.0 in the Superbike Services 44 Unlimited Grand Prix race. This time marked the fastest lap recorded at NEMRR since taking over management of the series from New Hampshire Motor Speedway in 2020.

Nik Paganis (492). Photo by Martin Hanlon, courtesy of NEMRR.

In the novice ranks, first-year driver Nik Paganis won three classes and set his personal best of 1:22.0 in the Formula 2 class on Saturday. His only second place of the weekend was in the Formula 1 event, where he lost a dogfight with Johnathan McCluskey. Both riders may have earned their “bump” in the amateur class for the final event of the season. The ever-popular (and growing) Super Street races were dominated by Josh Stewart on his Aprilia RSV1000. Josh has won both Super Street Unlimited races and looks set to launch an assault on NEMRR Rookie of the Year honors in 2023!

Josh Stewart (932).  Photo by Martin Hanlon, courtesy of NEMRR.
Josh Stewart (932). Photo by Martin Hanlon, courtesy of NEMRR.

NEMRR will host the final round of the 2022 series at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on October 1-2. For more information, visit www.nemrr.com.

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