Date: July 26th
Classes raced and results
600 Supersport - 4th
650 GP Twins - 1st
MW Superbike - 1st
600 Superbike - 2nd
on the ferry home from another weekend of racing. The
past two weeks have been a blur as Karla gave birth to our
third child, Connor, just a few days before we had to come
down for the races. Saying things were hectic and exciting
before this weekend is an understatement. We arrived
in Portland to temperatures well into the 30's which took
its toll on the entire team as the heat seemed to zap everyone,
including me. I really need to thank the team this weekend,
as always, but specifically Dale for really putting in an
extraordinary effort. Despite the heat the guy kept
working with me to get our 600 functioning the way we need
it to. This effort, with continued support from Pirelli's
Tom Young and Kevin Graham, gave us some critical insight
to our 600 this weekend. It allowed me to ride the bike
like I wanted to, something I haven't been able to do all
season and bodes well for the remainder of the year.
Also, I need to once again thank Jeff and Francie Lamarche
for their amazing hospitality.
We rode every practice session testing different tires, sizes,
compounds, profiles, and the like. By the end of the
day we had our race set-up dialled in and ready to go, so
I was really feeling confident and looking forward to the
one 600 Super Sport
I did okay off the line and slotted into fourth going into
turn one. I managed to work my way into third on the
next lap. Regrettably I wasn't nearly aggressive enough
in the closing laps and didn't capitalize on opportunities
through traffic, netting me a result that should have been
two – 650 GP Twins
I launched hard off the line in this one and lead the field
into turn one. With the SVZR dialled in I managed a
1:13.8 on my first flying lap, something that enabled a small
gap that, with some luck through traffic, I was able to keep
to the flag.
three – Middleweight SuperBike
I got lucky and put in a flyer of a first lap again.
Honestly, the SVZR makes me look much better than I am.
With the gap pulled on the first lap I managed to keep the
pack at bay.
four – 600 SuperBike
I did alright off the line and slotted into second behind
Mike Sullivan going into turn one. Man, Sully gets good
starts. I managed to get by Mike and put in some decent
laps at the front of the pack. The laps kept winding
down and after the halfway mark I started to back off a little
as I was concerned about my rear tire going away due to the
extreme heat. This allowed Allan Schmidt to catch up
and we began to battle for the win. We swapped the lead
so many times I lost count. I got by him into turn four
on the last lap and he retaliated in turn seven. I made
another shot on the exit of nine, but Al dodged to the right
and broke my draft so I just missed him at the line.
A close but fun race.
From here I
have a week off to enjoy the newest addition to my family
and then it's back to work for the next round of the WMRRA