Date: May 9-10
Classes raced and results
600 Supersport - ??Who Knows??
LW Superbike - 1st
600 Superbike - 2nd
MW GP Twins - 1st
This season is dedicated to the
memory of my friends, Mike Battle, Keith Pinkstaff and Duane
Grand -gone, but never forgotten.
The team really put in some long hours getting
our equipment ready for this round so I need to thank them,
specifically Dan, for his fifteen plus hour days getting the
SVZR together. More on the new SVZR later. Again, you've been
hearing me thank him in almost every report, I need to acknowledge
the efforts and support from our team painter Rob Burns. Robbie
actually came out on Saturday to drop off even more stuff
for us and to work as crew as Dale was out of town for the
Notes on practice:
Things went fairly well in practice with the majority of my
focus on two items. Getting confident in the 600's front fork
characteristics and becoming reacquainted with the Zlock Racing
SVZR 650. Now, it's funny when people ask me what bikes I
enjoy most and, with our struggles on the 600 thus far, I
have to admit I enjoy the SVZR just that much more. The latest
evolution of Dan's mechanical genius is displayed in the power
that this bike produces. Phenomenal to say the least. And
with the development time we've invested, my confidence in
the bike is at an all time high. As you might have read in
the last report, I was quite frustrated with our performance.
So, this weekend I went about not looking for answers from
the bike. More specifically, I adjusted the one nut that needed
to be tweaked, me.
Race one - 600 Supersport
Despite how this race might read (as in the result), I'm so
pleased with where I finished, you can't imagine. Never, and
I mean never, have I ridden so on the ragged edge for so many
laps. And all this for seventh place! Here's how it went down:
As I roll down to pre-grid I feel the bike "surging",
or so I thought. I know something's up so I jump off and look
at the rear wheel only to see that we have a slight tire/rear
wheel challenge that I simply can't race on. I hustle the
bike back to the pits and get the crew to work on it while
the field does their sighting lap. We manage to get things
squared away and I just make it to the back of the grid when
the light goes green! I get a phenomenal start and slice through
the field (sorry to all those that I passed so aggressively).
As I get into turn two the rider in front of me, Aaron Guinn
(poor guy) blows his motor and starts to pull out of turn
two. Luckily no oil so we didn't have to deal with that. The
race continues. I drive deep into turn three, get on the gas
and almost highside myself to the moon. I initially put that
down to cold tires but four turns later I found myself flat
tracking to the very edge of the track when I know my Pirelli's
should be hooking up and driving me forward. As it happens,
we also have a pressure related challenge with the rear tire.
By the third lap I'm riding what seems like the un-rideable
experiencing huge rear end chatter going into the turns and
virtually no drive grip on the exits. You may not believe
it, but it was fun on some of the exits just sliding the bike
at will. The rest of the race became a "salvage as many
points as possible" exercise.
Race two - LW Superbike
I was in a rather determined mood for this one. I got the
start of my life and led the field into the first two turns.
From here I just focused on utilizing the outright horsepower
advantage of the SVZR and the grip from the Pirelli's to pull
out a win. I have to say it felt good to ride Dan's ultimate
Race three - 600 Superbike
With the prior 600 race well behind me I was quite determined
to improve on my performance. I got a really good start and
went into turn two with Eli Edwards and Mike Sullivan. I managed
to squeak by Mike and set off to see what Eli had. Well, Eli
had our numbers today and started to eek out a lead leaving
the fight for second between Mike and I. As you can imagine,
Mike and I had a barnburner of a race. It's truly a pleasure
to race with him and I have to give him all the respect in
the world. I was about five feet off his rear fender for most
of the race and he made virtually no mistakes. In the end
I managed to get by Mike on the last lap and we ended up having
a drag race to the flag where I was just, and I mean just,
able to fend him off. Loads of fun! Thanks Mike!
With my mind still fresh from the 600 race, the time on the
SVZR was a welcome one. The bike does everything so well it's
hard to fault it in any way. It allows me to experiment with
different lines and techniques which I feel make me better.
I am lucky to be riding it.
Next week I'm actually going to work as crew
for one of my best friends, James Cyr. For those that may
not know, James was one of my crew when I raced the WMRC series
in 2005 and 2006. With his help we managed to win the 600,
the Superbike, and the overall titles during those years.
During that time we became very good friends, so it feels
great to be able to help him with his first year of racing.
Also next weekend, Brian Pinkstaff is racing
his first ever AMA National at Infineon. Dan is going down
to work as his crew chief so I know he'll do really well.
Good luck Brian - we'll be watching!
Thanks again to all the sponsors, friends
and family. I couldn't do it without your support.