Date: July 11-12
Classes raced and results
600 Supersport - 5th
LW Superbike - 1st
600 Superbike - 4th
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.
As I sit in Sea-Tac Airport waiting
for my 11:00 pm flight to take me home, I'm thinking I've
got plenty to be grateful for. As you will read in the race
results, the weekend went alright for us; frustrating in some
ways and rewarding in others. I feel great as I rode my proverbial
ass off in all the races, but had to dig deep to make things
happen. As odd as this may sound, I was more motivated to
do well for the team this weekend than any other I can remember.
When I arrived in Spokane I was greeted to no less than eight
dedicated people doing whatever they could to assist me with
all the days of prep work, planning and other logistics, so
special "thank you"s are in order. Thanks to Dale
Zlock for working his butt off for me this weekend. Dale had
double duty as Dan was off on a much deserved weekend away
from the racetrack, and he really made some awesome decisions
as crew chief this weekend. Also, I have to specially thank
Jeff and Francie LaMarche for yet again treating us to hospitality
and food that's hard to describe with words. Thank you. And
certainly I have to thank the
and Kevin, for assisting us this weekend. With Brian just
getting a top ten at the AMA National in Laguna, he and Kev
were exceptionally valuable this weekend with their perspectives
as riders. There are so many more people that I have to thank,
but for the sake of brevity just know I'm grateful beyond
words for the efforts and support of my sponsors, friends
and family. I'm a lucky man!
Typically I get within a second of my race pace during practice,
but when I was off the pace by over two, I became a little
frustrated. I calmed down by the second session and really
put in some clean laps, but the times just weren't coming.
Dale and I worked on a solution, but with only two practice
sessions we fell short of getting things going in the right
Race one 600SS:
I didn't get the best start but managed to get into third
going into turn two. Going into turn four things got a little
haywire as everyone seemed to think that they should get to
the front at that particular time. A close call later found
me shuffled back to fifth with some work to do. I focused
and put in some clean laps at my limit but watched, in total
frustration, as the lead three sliced away a few tenths at
a time. I made a run for fourth, but a miscalculation on my
part around a lapper cost me any realistic chance at the spot.
Race two 650 GP Twins:
I did alright off the line, but Shawn Becker did one better
as we lead the field into turn two. I managed to get the drive
on him out of two, up the hill, and proceeded to put some
focused laps in. Luckily I was able to get a small gap on
the opening laps and hold the position to the flag.
Race three 600 Superbike:
I did alright off the line to slot into second going into
turn two. I've often compared racing 600's to racing with
a bunch of axe murderers; essentially, we'll all kill each
other for one inch of racetrack so things get fierce indeed.
Despite our apparent lack of relative safety and self preservation,
I managed to get into the lead on the second lap and push
from the front. Regrettably we didn't have the pace to take
the win. Despite my best efforts, we slowly slipped to an
eventual fourth place.
Race four Lightweight Superbike:
I did an excellent job off the line and luckily managed to
grab the lead going into turn one. Again, I put in some focused
laps, and with some luck through traffic was able to take
I don't know if my frustration at the results
on the 600 have come through in this report. All I can say
is that Dale, Dan and I are using this week to formulate a
plan to test some changes to our program.
Stay tuned - next race in two weeks in Portland,
along with news of the birth of our third child any day now.