Date: May 2 -3
Classes raced and results
600 Supersport - 5th
600 Superbike - 4th
This season is dedicated to the
memory of my friends, Mike Battle, Keith Pinkstaff and Duane
Grand - gone, but never forgotten.
The weeks leading up to this race weekend
were really good for me as I had time to get some things done,
train hard, and even go fly fishing on the Cowichan River,
so I felt quite rested and prepared going in. The team, and
some of our key sponsors, weren't so fortunate. Dan, Dale
and the team have been working around the clock to get our
equipment ready and competitive, so I have to thank them for
their tremendous efforts. Also, people like Trevor at Flexi
Glass, Dave and Ben at GP
Suspension, and Rob Burns at Burns Motorsports really
came through. On the safety side of things Joe
Rocket has me in a brand new version of their racing suit
has me wearing their amazing new Vortice boots. So a huge
thanks to all these sponsors and more that keep us racing.
Finally, I would like to thank Jeff and Francie for their
hospitality this past weekend. They brought up their motorhome
and spoiled us with great food and great company, so a big
thanks to them!
Practice was literally a washout (see
pictures) as I got in all but three laps until the heavens
opened up and dumped the most water I've ever seen in Portland.
In any event we did manage to test our wet set-up and I think
we'll be competitive when the time comes.
Race one - 600 Supersport
I have to admit that this was an extremely frustrating race
for me. Specifically, I'm having a challenge in my confidence
with the front end of our 600. I would be putting in a decent
lap and almost crash in certain sections of the track where
I know we should, and have to, go faster. This is something
Dan and I are going to resolve quickly after testing some
changes to get the feedback that I need.
Race two - 600 Superbike
This was a better race for me personally, although, the result
doesn't show it. Between races Dave Hodges from GP Suspension
worked on our forks in an effort to improve my confidence.
Although I think we made progress, we're still not at a place
where the lap times are coming. We'll keep chipping away until
we get there.
To say I'm frustrated with my progress on
the 600 this season is an understatement. I have the equipment,
the team, and the tires to win races but I'm just not getting
the job done. It's time for me to step up and find solutions
with my riding - no excuses.
Stay tuned. - Next race, next weekend in Seattle!