RACE REPORT: FONTANA, CA.

Henning leads a flock of Ninja 250s through Turn 6 at Auto Club Speedway aboard his Werkstatt Racing Honda CBR250R during lap one of the Clubman Expert race. Ari finished the race in third, coming in behind an SV500 and a Moriwaki MD250H. Photo: CaliPhotography

Ari Henning Starts the 2013 Season With a 1st, 3rd, and 4th Aboard his Werkstatt Racing CBR250R Photo: CaliPhotography

The 2013 roadracing season kicked off Sunday, January 13th, with a WERA West event at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, CA. Werkstatt Racing’s Ari Henning was there aboard his Honda CBR250R and took a win in D Superstock Expert, a 3rd in Clubman Expert, and a 4th in D Superbike Expert.

“The Superstock race was the best, and not just because I won.” says Ari. “I had a really good dice with Kevin Carlin on a Ninja 250. He had motor on me on the straights, but I was able to get in his draft and outbreak him in the infield. I put the hammer down on the last lap and put enough of a gap on him that he couldn’t catch up on the front straight on the way to the checkered flag.”

Henning finished ahead of the Kawasaki competition in all his races, but wasn’t quick enough to get in front of the Honda-powered Moriwaki MD250Hs and SV500 that ran in D Superbike and Clubman classes.

“Those bikes just have too much motor, and Fontana has that ridiculously long front straight. This is the worst track for the CBR, but it’s just the beginning of the season and there are lots more tracks on the calendar. Overall I’m really pleased with the results, and looking forward to more racing.” Says Henning.

Ari’s next races are in February, where he’ll compete with M1GP and CVMA.

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