Date: Aug 22nd - 23rd
Classes raced and results
600 Supersport - 2nd
LW Superbike - 1st & 1st
600 Superbike - 2nd &1st
650 GP Twins - 1st &1st
What a way to end the season
at OMMRA. So much to tell you all about I really don't know
where to begin. In any event, here goes. OMMRA decided earlier
in the year that it was financially better if they didn't
run the originally scheduled finale in October. Rather they
combined it with the penultimate round in August making it
a double header weekend. IMHO this was/is a great idea as
typically the weather in Portland is much more agreeable to
racing in August than October. And thankfully, the weather
Thank you(s). - As always I need to thank
the sponsors, friends and family that support me in this.
Specifically, for this weekend special thanks to the following.
Dan, Dale and the team, Bruce Porter with Arai
Helmets, Tom Young and Pirelli
Tires, Jeff and Francie LaMarche, the Pinkstaffs, and all
my fellow racers like Mike Sullivan & Alan Schmidt. This
was Mikes last weekend of racing at OMRRA as he is retiring
at the end of this season. I'll write more after the last
round at WMRRA but it was great to be in his last race here.
Day 1 - Race 1 - 600 Supersport.
It was business as usual on the start with Alan Schmidt, Mike
Sullivan and I jockeying for position going into turn one.
Sully's bike developed a mechanical issue early on and he
was forced to pull out of the race leaving the fight to Alan
and I. Basically, Alan and I changed the lead on almost every
lap but Alan did a better job than I did through lapped traffic
and took the win.
Day 1 - Race 2 - 650 GP Twins
I got an excellent start and pushed the bike hard for the
first three laps of the race. Again, the SVZR's outright horsepower
gave me the advantage on the straights and I was able to win.
Day 1 - Race 3 - 600 Superbike
This was one heck of a race between Alan and I. Unfortunately,
Mike wasn't on his "A" bike so he wasn't in the
mix like he usually is but Al and I certainly duked it out.
Long story short we passed each other at least twice per lap
and it came down to the last lap where my strategy was to
get a run on him to the finish line. In the end I came up
less than half a bike length short, just .005 of a second
from the win. It doesn't get much closer than that.
Day 1 - Race 4 - Middleweight Superbike
I knew I had my work cut out for me in this race. Cedric Smith
was on his wicked superbike and was gunning to beat me. I
did well off the start and really pushed the bike for the
first three laps. In the process I managed my best laps ever
around Portland on the SVZR getting several 1:12's with the
best being a 1:12.8. With some luck through traffic I was
able to net the win.
Day 2 - Race 1 - 600 Supersport
Hands down one of the best races I have had all season. With
Mike sidelined it came down to Al and I, or so I thought until
Brian Pinkstaff got the hole shot and showed us all how to
do a first lap. Well done Bri! Al and I eventually got by
Brian and set off on a battle royal passing each other several
times per lap. It was shaping up to be a carbon copy of the
previous days race but this time I got lucky through traffic
and was able to beat Al to the line. A GREAT race and one
that felt pretty good to win.
Day 2 - Race 2 - Middleweight Superbike
I lined up for this race with a lot on my mind. I wanted to
do well as it was a memorial race for the Youst family as
they had sponsored the race. I also wanted to conserve my
energy as the 600 superbike race was immediately after this
one. My game plan was as it had been on the SVZR. Get a good
start, put in some quality laps and see where we are. Luckily
my plan worked and I was able get a small gap and hold it
to the line for the win. Again a thank you to the Youst family
for sponsoring this race and condolences for their loss.
2 - Race 3 - 600 Superbike
This was a bit of a weird race as Al decided not to run in
it as he had wrapped up the overall championship already -
congrats to him - and Mike wasn't on his usual machine so
it left the first part of the race less dramatic than usual.
I got a decent start and just put in laps like they were practice,
focusing on hitting my marks and getting my timing down. Unfortunately,
the race was red flagged just past the halfway mark and they
called it for the day so, once again, I got lucky and took
the win and took the 2009 OMMRA 600 Superbike Championship!
2 - Race 4 - 650 GP Twins
With this being my last race in 2009 at Portland I really
took in the ride and enjoyed the race. The SVZR just flat
our rocks and I had a huge smile on my face for each and every
lap. Banging gears as the bike shot out of turn four and then
under the cooler shadows from the canopy of trees in turn
six I was literally in my very own Kodak moment. Man, I love
racing! Thanks to Dan and the team for the opportunity to
ride the SVZR, it makes riding just that much more fun! -
With te win we took the 2009 OMRRA 650 GP Twin Championship!
Well from here I have four days off then it's off to the penultimate
round for WMRRA.
Stay tuned lots of news coming