Date: August 29-30
Classes raced and results
600 Supersport - 2nd
LW Superbike - 1st
600 Superbike - 2nd
650 GP Twins - 1st
Another GREAT weekend of racing! One that's
seen me push myself to new levels yet again. I need to thank
the entire team, specifically Dale and Brian's Brother (Kevin)
for their efforts. Also, I need to thank Tom Young and Pirelli
for stepping up with their latest amazing tires. And last,
but not least, I want to thank my competitors, in particular,
Mike Sullivan and Eli Edwards. Without these two characters
working me (like a rented mule I might add) I really wouldn't
know just how hard we can push and what we are ultimately
capable of. So thanks guys!
Practice was actually fun for me as I got
the opportunity to play in wet conditions on our 600. If you
know me, you know I love riding in the rain and have actually
missed not getting the chance so far this season. Not that
I don't like favourable weather mind you, I just enjoy riding
in full wet conditions on our Pirelli tires.
Race 1 - 600 Supersport
I launched hard off the line and did well to get into second
place going into turn two. With as solid drive out of turn
two I managed to nip into the lead going into turn three.
I lead for the first few laps of the race until Eli got by
me going into turn nine. From here it became an absolute scrap
as we chipped away at one another. Ultimately I hung with
him but he was able to take the win. - A really good race.
Race 2 - Lightweight Superbike
I did well and managed to slot the SV into second going into
turn one. With a lucky but aggressive pass I managed to get
the lead going into turn two. I really pushed on the first
three laps managing to string the corners together well. With
the new tires and good conditions I was able to top my best
time on the SV netting a 1:31.1. I know there is more left
in the tank, perhaps 1:30 given the right circumstances.
Race 3 -600 Superbike
I knew this was going to be a barn burner of a race. I did
well off the line and took the lead going into turn two. I
led for the first part of the race until Eli drafted by me
going into turn one. From here it became an absolute scrap
as pushed ourselves. In the fight for the win I managed to
get into the 1:25's with my best being a 1:25.8. My best time
around Seattle on the 600. Regrettably, I wasn't able to keep
the race honest and in the last few laps dropped back a few
seconds to Eli. No excuses, I just didn't make it happen.
Nonetheless it was a great race.
Race 4 - 650 GP Twins
I got a blinding start and with some clear track in front
of me decided to push hard for the first few laps to see where
we could end up. I was honestly looking to put the SV into
the 1:30's. On the third lap of the race things were looking
good. I had managed to get into the first eight corners at
the maximum with excellent drives off the turns using the
brand new rear tire to the fullest. Then, in turn nine, I
pushed just a little too hard and tucked the front just before
mid corner. Somehow (ready very lucky) I managed save the
slide with my left knee and kept the bike from crashing. At
that point I decided it was in my best interest to calm down
and focus on bringing the bike home in one piece. With the
small gap we had opened up I managed to bring it home.
From here I have most of September off from
racing. Not to say I'll be off bikes much though as I'm going
to the interior with my long time friend Scott Collins to
visit another long time friend Steve Whiting to ride through
the interior together. It's been a long time since I went
on a trip with my mates so I'm really looking forward to it.
Next race in October for the WMRRA finale
- Stay tuned I'll be in top shape and ready to battle it out!!