Alton, Virginia (August 20, 2007) – Jim Neese, 2007 AMA Toyota Arenacross Lites East Champion and owner of the Carolina Xpress and Jim Neese Rider Development took to the pavement on a Suzuki GSX-R600 at the Racing2Save Lives track event held at VIRginia International Raceway (VIR) in Alton, Virginia. He was instructed by Team Pro-Motion and used one of their training bikes. Jim was at the VIRginia International Raceway to prepare for his autograph sessions this upcoming weekend at the Suzuki Big Kahuna Nationals.
After a few laps of adjusting to the different handling characteristics of a street bike, Jim was putting in some pretty quick laps and laying the Suzuki GSX-R600 over in the turns. The Racing2Save Lives event was taking place on the South Course of VIR, while the Suzuki Big Kahuna practice was taking place on the North Course.
“I have wanted to try my hand at riding a road bike and the guys at Team Pro-Motion were nice enough to offer me a bike and some lessons while I was at VIR. I really enjoyed my time on the track, what an amazing experience. Team Pro-Motion has an excellent program called ART that got me up to speed quickly. Even though I race professional motocross, I have no road race experience at all. Team Pro-Motion walked me through the training and within a few sessions I was feeling very comfortable on the bike, commented Jim Neese.
Jim added, “I am glad to be part of the Suzuki Big Kahuna Nationals event. I have one my bikes on display at the Suzuki tent and will be signing autographs throughout the weekend. I heard that this is one of the best Superbike events of the series. VIRginia International Raceway is an amazing facility; I can see why this event is so popular.”
Jim also raced in the Third Annual Suzuki Big Kahuna Nationals Superstars Kart Enduro Challenge where he moved from the back of the pack to take third place in his heat race. The Kart Enduro Challenge pits teams comprised of a fan, a professional rider, a media member and a staff member from VIR, AMA, M1 Entertainment, or a sponsor, in a challenge on VIR’s 5/8-mile Plantation Valley Kart Track.
“The Kart Challenge was a blast, racing karts with guys like the Bostrom Brothers, Chaz Davies and Aaron Yates was cool. Yates and I used to race against each other in motocross when we were kids.”
Jim Neese Rider Development is a training school for motocross racers and off-road riders aiming to tap their potential (www.jimneese.com). The school is owned and managed by Jim Neese, a professional motocross racer and the 2007 AMA Toyota Arenacross Lites East Champion. Jim also owns The Carolina Xpress Suzuki Team, a professional motocross race team based in Greensboro, North Carolina. The Carolina Xpress is sponsored by Moose Racing, Kenda Tires, CV4 Products, Total Control, Extremeion, RidePG.com, Smith, Renthal, Shoei, Hot Cams and Wiseco.
Team Pro-Motion (www.teampromotion.com) headquartered in Warminster, Pennsylvania was founded in 1996 by Glen Goldman. Team Pro-Motion motorsports company specializing in track events and training for motorcycle and auto enthusiasts. The company conducts over 70 track days and training events a year. In addition, the company promotes 18 GP Moto Race Events annually. Pro-Motion also developed the ART – Advanced Rider Training system to help riders improve their track skills, Pro-Motion Parts Club.
Racing 2 Save Lives (www.racing2savelives.com) is a 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to supporting children's charities by raising awareness, involvement, and capital within the motorcycling community through donations, corporate sponsorship and fundraising events. All profits generated by Racing 2 Save Lives are distributed among carefully selected organizations that have a significant impact on the lives of children- in-need, and their families.