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The Finest High Performance Motorcycle Components Since 1973
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Orient Express is really excited about the 2012 season. Working with James Rispoli on the #1 Celtic Orient Express Racing machine has been great so far, and to be involved with National Guard Fairhills Group and Corey Alexander as well is just icing on the cake!
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If you have ever wondered what Daytona was like on a bike, here is a great video from Jason Pridmore aboard the National Guard Jordan Suzuki GSXR 1000 with FMF Racing's Donny Emler Jr aboard. Having personally ridden two up with Pridmore myself (at Barber) it's an incredible experience. Worth attending a Star Motorcycle School just to try it! Video courtesy Jordan Motorsports.

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Orient Express just sent an email blast to all our customers - here is a link so you can view it. If you would like to join the email list, please visit our website. Thanks!

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K-Tech Suspension had a great weekend at Daytona, and some good results at the recently completed two day test at Homestead-Miami. Here is a press release we just sent out regarding the races:


K-Tech Suspension Scores Opening Round Win, Five Podium Finishes, And SuperSport Pole At Daytona

K-Tech Suspension is pleased to start the 2012 AMA Pro Road Racing season with a great victory at the legendary Daytona International Speedway.

National Guard Fairhills Group rider Corey Alexander set the pace in SuperSport qualifying aboard his K-Tech Suspension 20DDS front fork cartridge and 35DDS rear shock equipped #5 Suzuki GSX-R 600, securing Pole Position with a fast lap in Thursday's first qualifying at 1:52.728. His Celtic Orient Express Racing teammate #1 James Rispoli qualified alongside him in second position with a 1:52.780 also equipped with K-Tech Suspension components. Rispoli would then go on to claim the first SuperSport victory of the season in race one, with Alexander finishing fifth after a race long battle in the lead pack. The second SuperSport race Saturday morning saw Rispoli start strongly and dominate the majority of the race, but faded in the closing laps as Alexander moved forward to finish second, just ahead of Rispoli in fourth. Alexander now leads the SuperSport East points battle, and Rispoli leads the SuperSport West series.

Roger Hayden rode his K-Tech Suspension equipped #54 National Guard Jordan Suzuki GSX-R 1000 to qualify in third for the Superbike races with 20DDS front fork cartridges and a 35DDS rear shock. Hayden was impressed with the quick set up and was able to get up to speed quickly in practice and qualifying. Roger would go on to finish third in each of the two Superbike races, giving K-Tech two more podium finishes.

In the XR1200 class, Bartel's/Josh Chisum Racing Harley-Davidson rider Michael Barnes qualified second, just ahead of teammate Tyler O'Hara. Barnes and O'Hara's XR1200's both feature the 25IDS front fork cartridges, and MT35 rear shocks. In a tight and close race, O'Hara would finish second, just ahead of Barnes, securing a double podium finish for the two riders.

Orient Express is proud to be the exclusive North American importer and distributor for K-Tech Suspension products from the U.K. For detailed information, technical assistance, or for information regarding where you can purchase K-Tech Suspension products please contact your local authorized K-Tech service center or Orient Express at 800.645.6521 or visit our website http://www.orientexpress.com/. Orient Express has provided riders and racers with the finest equipment, parts, and performance since 1973.

Photo of Roger Hayden aboard the National Guard Jordan Suzuki by John Hanson/Hanson Images
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Today is the first day of a two day official test at Homestead-Miami Speedway in preparation for a race later in the season. The last time the AMA raced at Homestead was in the late 90's, but it has seen constant use by other groups. Celtic Orient Express Racing is there with James Rispoli on his #1 plated Suzuki GSXR 600, with teammate Corey Alexander on his #5 National Guard Fairhills Group Suzuki GSXR 600. For most of the riders there, this is a new track, but some of the Celtic Racing crew are from the Miami area... Let's hope some track knowledge helps with the riders getting comfortable fast!!! If you want to see live timing and scoring, please follow this link:

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Orient Express is very pleased to be working with Celtic Racing again this year, and the great results from this past weekend's races at Daytona make it even sweeter! Great job guys!

Celtic Racing celebrated St. Patrick's Day with another podium finish at Daytona, and the lead in both the SuperSport East and SuperSport West classes! Corey Alexander rode a close and hard race to bring home the #5 National Guard/Fairhills Group Suzuki GSX-R 600 in 2nd place in Saturday's AMA Pro Racing SuperSport event. Teammate James Rispoli lead a majority of the ten lap race, finishing just behind in fourth place on the Celtic Orient Express Racing Suzuki GSX-R 600. These great results position Celtic Racing at the front of the overall SuperSport class heading into the balance of the 2012 season. Corey Alexander leads the SuperSport East class with 42 points, and James Rispoli leads the SuperSport West class with 50 points. Celtic Racing would like to thank all of our sponsors for all their support and technical assistance which helped to make this a great weekend for the team at Daytona.

Corey Alexander saw steady improvement and narrowly missed a win in the second race. "I'm really happy with our second place finish today, it's a great improvement over our fifth place finish yesterday. The whole crew put in a great effort to get us up to the front today after making some changes this morning. It was a hard fight to get second place and be on the podium, and I'm really happy with the points we earned. We definitely wanted the win so it's a little bittersweet being so close to the leader but we will take it. It's great that we could show everyone what the Celtic Racing organization as well as the National Guard Fairhills Group team is all about this weekend! Huge thanks to all my team sponsors and personal sponsors Fairhills Group, Hudson Valley Motorcycle, Spidi Leathers, XPD Boots, Arai Helmets, K-Tech Suspension and Gemini. Also thanks to my mechanics Barry, Tim, and Mike. Shoutout to my family, Mom, Dad, Uncle Richie and Auntie Kim, Grandma and Granpa, and Fatmir."

James Rispoli had a great weekend at Daytona, winning the first race event on Friday, finishing fourth on Saturday, and qualifying in second position. "The race was really good. I got a good start after the red flag, and was able to stay consistently smooth and fast the whole race. I tested the draft a lot on the Celtic Orient Express GSX-R 600, and I knew how to win it. The red flags gave us some little problems with the clutch that we were dealing with in the race. On the last lap it started to feel funny, so I just let her cruise to the finish, and was happy to grab fourth. It's all about getting out of Daytona with as many points as possible! Thanks again to Barry and my crew, William, Eric, and Dustin for a great bike, and to AGV Helmets, Dainese Leathers, Monster Energy, and Star Motorcycle School for all their support."

As Corey Alexander and James Rispoli lead the East and West Championships, Celtic Racing remains in Florida for two days of testing at Homestead-Miami Speedway March 20-21 in preparation for a return to racing at Homestead in September. Preparations then begin for the second round of the series at Road Atlanta, April 20-22.

Both Celtic Racing Suzuki GSXR 600's showcase the best in road racing technology. Product support for both machines comes from: Michael Jordan Motorsports, American Suzuki, Armor Bodies, Chicken Hawk Racing, DesignStar3, Dynojet, FMF Racing, Full Spectrum Power, Hudson Valley Racing, Galfer Brakes, GB Racing, K-Tech Suspension, Maxima Oils, Motion Pro, Pit Bull, Riviera Country Club, Saddlemen, Star Motorcycle School, Vortex Racing, and Zero Gravity.

Celtic Racing was established 2001 by Barry Gilsenan, and over the past 11 seasons has established itself as a premier privateer racing team. Development of riding talent began with two-stroke 125cc, and 250cc machines competing in professional and regional championship events. More recent Celtic Racing efforts have focused on AMA Pro Road Racing in the Daytona SportBike and SuperSport classes with Ducati, Honda, Suzuki, and Yamaha four stroke motorcycles. Gilsenan's talent for coaching racers of all ages and abilities has brought Celtic Racing worldwide attention and recognition, with many former Celtic Racing riders now competing on World Championship levels. Please join Celtic Racing on Facebook: www.facebook.com/CelticRacing.

ARMY NATIONAL GUARD

The National Guard is the oldest military branch. Today, Citizen-Soldiers hold civilian jobs or attend college while training part time, staying ready to defend America in the event of an emergency. The National Guard serves both state and federal governments. During local emergencies, Guard units assist residents endangered by storms, floods, fires and other disasters. Guard companies deployed overseas may see combat, but are often found building schools and hospitals, training local peacekeepers or teaching local farmers more efficient techniques and better uses of their land. Please visit www.nationalguard.com to find out more.

FAIRHILLS GROUP

Fairhills Group is a New York based alternative investment management firm that manages capital for the Bronson family and other high net worth individuals and wealthy families. Fairhills was established in 2002 for the purpose of providing public companies with alternative forms of financing, eventually becoming one of the most active investors in structured equity transactions. Fairhills has since grown to provide financing solutions to companies globally and recently has opened its doors for the first time to external investors, with a full range of alternative investment fund offerings. For more information on Fairhills, please visit www.fairhills.com.

ORIENT EXPRESS

Established in 1973, Orient Express is a high performance motorcycle parts and accessories warehouse distributor; offering dyno tuning, engine building services and precision machine work. Orient Express has an extensive history of racing, including support of both professional and amateur race series and individuals. For more information regarding Orient Express, or to find out what Orient Express can do for your racing success, please call 800.645.6521 or 631.231.9552 (NY/International), visit www.orientexpress.com

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Orient Express is thrilled to announce a great weekend for Celtic Orient Express Racing at Daytona! Celtic Racing's Corey Alexander finished 2nd in SuperSport race two at Daytona after a race long battle in the top three riding the National Guard/Fairhills Group GSX-R 600. James Rispoli led the majority of the race, and also battled with the lead group to finish a strong 4th. Alexander secures the SuperSport East points lead with 42, while Rispoli leads the SuperSport West points with 50. Congratulations to both riders on a great weekend! Happy St. Patrick's Day!
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