Glens Falls, N.Y. – Johnny Lewis took to the ice for the first time as a motorcycle racer and convincingly won two of three heat races at round two of the 33rd Annual World Championship ICE Racing Series in Glens Falls, New York on Friday, January 9. The Kawasaki-mounted rider was one of 16 motorcycle racers who competed in front of close to 3,000 fans.
The New York round of the World Championship ICE Racing Series at the Glens Falls Civic Center had both motorcycle and ATV competitions. Lewis competed in the Manufacturers World Cup Class for 450cc motocross bikes. There were three rounds of heat races and one, eight-lap main event.
In heat race one, Lewis won going away on his Kawasaki KX450F. In heat two, he was running third and then his custom-for-ice-competition front fender broke. Lewis held on to finish in that position. In the third and final heat, after borrowing a fender from a fellow racer, Lewis won convincingly by nearly half a lap. In the main event, he had to start on the back row per series rules due to his qualifying points. After the start, Lewis was soon up to seventh place, and then moved to fifth. Suddenly, his front fender got loose and flipped underneath his tire. He stopped to fix it and with only an eight-lap main event, it wasn’t enough time to get back into the race.
“This is an awesome start to the season,” said Lewis who has support from new sponsor Troy Lee Designs. “I wasn’t sure where I would finish. After winning two heats and having a great shot in the main, I am ready to race more ICE rounds. This also makes me even more excited to start the AMA Flat Track Championship in March. Thanks to Gary Densford and his crew at ICE for putting together a great show.”
The next round of the World Championship ICE Racing Series is this weekend, January 16-17 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Lewis is unable to race and plans to attend round four in Bloomington, Illinois on Saturday, January 24. For information on the seven round series, visit www.icespeedway.com.
About Johnny Lewis
Professional athlete Johnny Lewis of Coatesville, Penn. has competed in the AMA Supermoto Championship for the past three years becoming the youngest racer to win in the Unlimited Class. In 2009, he is going back to his roots in dirt track racing to compete in the AMA Flat Track Championship. Currently, Lewis’ program is being made possible by AxiomTV, Troy Lee Designs, Alpinestars, Schaeffer’s Harley-Davidson, Silkolene, Pit Posse, Scott Powersports, Utopia Optics, Pro Moto Billet/Fastway, and Motion Pro. To find out more, visit www.johnnylewis.net.
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