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Marcel Irnie Gets Early Jump on 2010 Season PDF Print E-mail
Written by Marcel Irnie   
Saturday, 10 April 2010 17:09

News Publications:

Superbike racer finishes strong in Seattle
(Kelowna Capital News, April 13, 2010)

Mixed Weekend for Irnie  (Inside Motorcycles, April 12, 2010)

Local racer has mixed start to year  (Kelowna Daily Courier, April 12, 2010)

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 ( 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 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.  Marcel used AMSOIL 10w40 Motorcycle Oil, which is the only synthetic motor oil recommended for initial break-in. 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 will be on May 8-9th, for Round 2 with the WMRRA Marcel's race videos will be even more exciting next round, as his GPS Laptimer just arrived from Bluestreakracing. This will allow multiple sector lap times, track mapping and a live speedometer.  Stay Tuned!

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.

Photo By JayTphotos

Onboard GoPro HD VIDEO from Marcel's Helmet Camera

Last Updated on Wednesday, 25 May 2011 09:09


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