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Irnie Survives Seattle Superbike RD4 PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 19 June 2010 16:42

WMRRA Round 4 Pacific Raceways Seattle WA, June 12-13, 2010 

Photo by Darren Beatty

Kelowna BC’s Marcel Irnie has been toiling in the ultra-competitive Washington Motorcycle Road Racing Association (WMRRA) circuit all spring in preparation for this summer’s Parts Canada Superbike National. Irnie traveled to Pacific Raceways near Seattle to hone his skills and finalize bike adjustments before the Calgary National at the end of the month.

To start off the weekend, Irnie took part in half of the Friday track day. He used this time to put more miles on his Seattle Tool 2008 zx-6r. His trusty 2005 race bike has been used for the bulk of his races so far, so more testing was needed to determine which bike will be best for racing in the Calgary Natonal. 

Saturday brought sunshine and the first warm weather racing of the season for IrnieRacing. Irnie’s intense physical conditioning program would pay dividends in today’s heat. The first race of the day would be the 750 Supersport race. Irnie opted to ride his 2008 600cc unit against the faster 750cc bikes. Starting from the second row, Irnie entered the first turn in fourth spot when disaster nearly struck. The rider to his right swooped into his racing line causing Irnie to lift off the throttle in heavy traffic. He missed the rider by millimeters, but the sudden deceleration caused two trailing riders to rear-end Marcel.  Irnie recounted, “Kevin Klemmer and Andrew Brackett were coming up behind me and when I lifted off the throttle to avoid a collision, I was hit hard. Kevin hit my left handlebar, bending my clutch lever forward. His brake lever was bent upright.  We both separated into head shakers. I managed to bring my bike back under control at an estimated 150kmph. Kevin was not as lucky. His handle bar was ripped from his right hand, and he was falling off his motorcycle to his left. He was right off the seat, only hanging on with his left hand and it looked like he was going to fall off, but then Brackett ran into Kevin.  Brackett's shoulder pushed Klemmer back onto his motorcycle and they both went off track.”

Last Updated on Tuesday, 24 August 2010 22:05
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Irnie Fine-tunes in Spokane PDF Print E-mail
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Thursday, 03 June 2010 20:28

Spokane Motorsports Park, Spokane WA May 30, 2010

Superbike racer Marcel Irnie of Kelowna enjoyed a productive, albeit abbreviated trip to Washington State for a May 30th race at Spokane Motorsports Park. Leading up to the weekend, weather forecasts predicted wet, stormy weather for the Saturday race, but pleasant conditions for Sunday. Irnie opted to skip the Saturday races and instead get set for Sunday. His decision paid off as Sunday turned out to be sunny and relatively pleasant. Irnie had considered saving his resources and skipping Spokane altogether, but felt that he needed to get more racing under his belt before the Calgary Superbike National in a month. As Marcel had not been to the Spokane track in over a year, he would have to relearn the nuances of the technical racecourse.

Last Updated on Monday, 21 June 2010 17:01
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Knox Mountain Hill Climb: Irnieracing AMSOIL sponsors Jensen PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 24 May 2010 00:40

Irnieracing.com AMSOIL sponsors Shane Jensen in the 2010 Knox Mountain Hill Climb.   Past its 50th year, Knox Mountain is the longest annually running paved hillclimb in North America. The event attracts top drivers from throughout the Pacific Northwest, looking for the challenge and thrill of being fastest.   Marcel Irnie always wanted to enter the hill climb, but due to budget and time restrains, was never able to get the program going. Running a full time superbike effort will have to due for now.  

"Irnieracing is all about motorsports...when Shane Jensen called me looking for AMSOIL, I suggested he try the AMSOIL Dominator 5w-20 Racing oil.  It is important to always support local racers, so I decided to sponsor Shane.   When I noticed Shane already had a GoPro HD camera mounted, I got a great idea.   I would produce a video documentary of his adventure up the mountain, and host it on my website. "    Said Irnie

Running a supercharged civic, Jensen put down some fast times for his first ever hill climb.  The weather was mixed, making conditions hectic for any experienced racer.  

Enjoy!

Last Updated on Thursday, 03 March 2011 17:31
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Irnie Treads Lightly in Washington PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 17 May 2010 21:32

Pacific Raceways, Kent WA May 8-9, 2010 


For a couple of reasons, Kelowna BC’s Marcel Irnie went into round 2 of the Washington Motorcycle Road Racing Association (WMRRA) series at Pacific Raceways with some trepidation. First, a recent knee injury suffered in a dirt bike crash left Irnie wondering whether he was fit to ride. Second, fresh in Irnie’s mind was a spectacular 130 kmph crash that ended his last race at Pacific Raceways just four weeks earlier. April was not exactly a banner month for Irnieracing.com. The April 3rd race-crash left Marcel scrambling for replacement parts for his damaged 2005 Kawasaki zx-6rr. The April 25th dirt bike training accident had Irnie spending many hours with his physiotherapist and personal trainer as they performed intensive therapy on his injured knee. Before his departure for Washington, Roy from Pinnacle Physiotherapy left him with the stern admonition. 

"No wipe outs...    Definitely no wipe outs!"   Roy Gillespie

This did little to help Marcel's confidence.  For this event, Irnie mounted two GoPro HD cameras on his bike and one on his helmet. As usual, he has produced an HD video chronicling the weekend.

Last Updated on Thursday, 20 May 2010 11:12
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Irnie's Cross Training Goes Very Wrong: Dirtbike Video PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 01 May 2010 21:00

 

 

As Marcel Irnie prepares for his most important Superbike season to date, a dirtbike cross training incident puts Marcel into crutches.   With a second degree medial collateral ligament partial tear, Marcel requires nonstop treatment from Roy Gillespie at Pinnacle Physiotherapy.  With only ten days to heal before racing with the WMRRA in Seattle Washington,  Marcel is hoping for a fast recovery.  Instead of training four days a week with World Gym Kelowna personal training Ryan Brown, Marcel is forced to start over, with no resistance training.  Luckily, Ryan Brown is also certified in Knee Rehabilitation.

"Ryan and I had a great workout program going, and now i'm forced to start over.  I ride the bicycle with no resistance, and hobble to the leg press for more of the same.   It is all very frustrating.   I want to get back on the program. "  Said Marcel.

"I hope everyone enjoys my new dirtbiking video.  My friends and I went riding in Bear Creek, Kelowna BC.  I grew up riding dirtbikes with my Old Man, and hope to get back into racing Enduros and Cross-Countries on day soon.  I filmed my crash with a helmet camera, and is featured near the end of the video.  Following the crash, I take everyone to meet Roy at Pinnacle Physiotherapy for some informative entertainment.     Enjoy."    

Last Updated on Thursday, 03 March 2011 17:25
 
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