Date: Oct 2-3
Classes raced and results
600 Supersport - 2nd
LW Superbike - 1st
600 Superbike - 2nd
MW GP Twins - 1st
year of racing!
Here are the stats
- 60 Races (approximately
- 27 Wins
- 46 Podiums
- 4 Championships
- And an endless supply of memories, laughs
and good times.
I have quite a bit to write about, so bear
with me as I stumble through my thoughts.
I need to start by thanking Dan & Dale
Zlock for the past eight years of racing together in some
shape or form; everything from AMA Nationals, Canadian Nationals,
local and regional events to world events overseas. A lot
of memories and experiences I will never forget. It's hard
to believe the amount of time that has gone by. I can't seem
to find the words to describe how grateful and lucky I have
been to have the Zlocks in my life. Thank you hardly seems
I have to congratulate my two main competitors,
Eli Edwards and Mike Sullivan. First, congratulations to Eli
for running an absolutely phenomenal year. Bud, you rode like
a champ and helped me find new levels just to keep up to you.
You deserve the championship; you earned it and can wear it
proudly. Mike Sullivan, what can I say that hasn't already
been said? Sully, you're a champ on and off the track and
it has truly been an honour racing with you. You amaze me
with your determination and drive combined with a finesse
that only years of experience can deliver. With your retirement
this year I'll certainly miss our on track battles, great
conversations and friendship off track. The grid and paddock
will certainly feel smaller without you there.
As this report will be quite lengthy, I'll
keep the actual race reporting to minimum.
Race 1 - 600 Supersport
I think this was the best start I've had all year. I lead
the crew into turn one and through the first lap. Unfortunately
a rider crashed and they had to red flag the race. On the
restart I didn't do quite as well but managed to nip into
second behind Eli. From here it was an absolute scrap as we
battled back and forth swapping the lead more than four times.
In the end I wasn't able to get by him for the win.
Race 2 - 650 GP Twins
With the air temperature still somewhat low, but the track
temperature rising quickly in the mid morning sun, I knew
the conditions were about as good as they would get for a
good lap time on the SVZR. I've known, deep down, that a 1:30
lap time was possible on this bike but had never really put
a lap together to do it. As this was possibly my last chance
to ride the bike in this configuration I decided to let it
hang out. I took the first two laps to get everything up to
operational temperature, get a feel for the available traction
and get my timing down. Things were looking good as the early
laps were in the low 1:31.3 range. I pulled the pin on the
fourth lap and went for it, nailed turn two entry and exit,
and railed the bike deep into turn three getting every ounce
of traction from the front Pirelli tire. I left a tenth going
into turn four but with a great drive out didn't get too frustrated.
I won't bore you with the rest of the lap, but it was pretty
much on the limit (I had my eyes closed for most of it). When
I crossed the start finish my timer read 1:30.96. I pumped
my fist in the air as though I had won the race. After this
I decided to slow it down and win the race without crashing
the bike. I was lucky and brought it home for the win.
Race 3 - 600 Superbike
Here it was - the finale. Eli had to beat me to win the championship
and I wasn't going to give him an inch, and I didn't. I did
well off the line and slotted into third. I managed to get
by Sully for second as his bike didn't seem to be as strong
as it had earlier. From here I just focused and put in some
good clean laps. Eli and I went back and forth several times
rarely more a few feet from each other. In the end I made
a small error on the exit of the bus stop that derailed my
chance of a draft pass at the finish. My hats off to Eli -
he rode the wheels off his bike and deserved the win!
Race 4 - LW Superbike
This was immediately after the 600 race so I had no time to
decompress and slow my mind down for the ride on the SVZR.
The first few laps were somewhat surreal as I found the bike
sliding a little too much for my liking, but when I eventually
looked down at my lap timer it showed two laps at 1:30.7.
Turns out the bike was sliding because it was just on the
limit. After I saw that lap time I slowed down quite a bit
to really take in my last few laps of 2009 on the bike that
has gone undefeated in two seasons. With the gap we had opened
in the first few laps I was able to take the win. Although
I have to admit the cool down lap was a somewhat emotional
one for me, I can't help but be thankful for the opportunity
to ride the bike.
Well, you'd think I would start to slow down a little with
the race season officially over, but in reality things are
just starting to pick-up. Here's just some of what's going
Barber Superbike School - Yep, as you can guess from
the name, I'll be at Laguna Seca in just four days as an instructor
at the school. I'm looking forward to this experience in a
Journalistic - Over the next few months
is when the manufacturers present their newest product to
the media so stay tuned as I sample their latest offerings.
Surgery - At the end of the month some
phenomenal Canadian surgeons are removing the rod and screws
in my right leg (from my 2007 crash). Don't worry; I plan
on posting a full report, pictures included, on my experiences
there. Should be entertaining to say the least!
Silly season - The question I seem
to have been asked too many times this weekend was "What
are you doing next year?" Well it's the typical silly
season stuff at the moment folks. There are several opportunities,
but it's still far too early to have anything solid. I will
be racing, but where we will be racing is in question. I will
keep you all posted.
Here's to yet another great year of racing
and all that it entails!
The "thank you" section! There are
so many people, sponsors, friends and family who make this
possible. I thank you all!
Racing - As I mentioned above, thank you just doesn't
seem to be enough for all that you've done for me.
- Tom Young, Kevin Graham, Chris Jensen, Richard Moore, Jeff
Johnston and everyone at Pirelli. Thank you for your continued
support of me with your amazing tires.
Biker Magazine - John M, John C, and the entire crew at
the magazine, thanks for your continued faith in me.
Rocket - Adam, Kelly, and everyone at Joe Rocket, thank
you for keeping me safe in the best suits available.
Lasik - To everyone at Clearly Lasik for your support
and improving my life.
- Bruce, what can I say but thank you for keeping me safe
with the best helmets on the market.
Markets - Carmine and everyone at Lifestyle, thank you
for supporting me with the nutrition I need to be my best.
- Thanks to Chris and everyone at Paulson's for their continued
Power - Jeff and the crew at SG, thank you for all you
Coatings - Brad and the Gua family, thanks for being such
an amazing friend to me.
- What can I can I say? Mark and Elaine, I love ya.
- Poul, thank you for your continued support!
- Lee, thank you for continuing to support me with the best
exhaust systems on the market.
Glass - Trev, you're a stud. Thanks for all your support!
EBC Brakes - Garry, hands down you are one of the best guys
in the industry. Thanks for your continued support!
Suspension - Dave, thanks for all your support over the
past several seasons. You're the man!
Fitzpatrick - Mike, thanks for all your support!
- Jim, thank you for your continued support of me. The product
is hands down the best we've ever used.
- Gary - thanks for all the amazing fuel.
- Brent & Vicky, thanks for all you do with your product
to support in the pits.
- Marcus, what can I say? Your stuff rocks bro, thank you!
FX - Jay, your support means a lot to me, thank you!
The Top - BF, you are one of my best friends, and certainly
the biggest! - Thanks for all you do and who you are to me
and my family!
- Marc - thanks for all you do.
SOX - Richard, you are our tire heating god. Thank you.
- To Janice and the entire crew at PSSR, thank you.
Paint by Burns - Burnsey, you're one
in a million. Thanks for all you do.
Hill - Dan, Rog and the entire team at Radar Hill, thank
1 - Steve, what can I say
for the support bud.
- Thanks to everyone there for their support
- Jeff, thank you for your continued support.
Fitness - Dawn, you help me in so many ways. I'm lucky
to have you in my life, thank you!
James and Lidia Cyr - Guys, I love
you! Thanks for being such amazing friends to me.
The Pinkstaffs - Congratulations on
another great year of racing together. Here's to more!
Brian Moe - Bri, you're my token "funny
guy" at the track. Thanks for being my friend.
Jeff & Francie LaMarche - I can't
find words to thank you two for all that you did for us this
year. You made each weekend so incredibly relaxed and fun.
My family and friends - Thank you to
my amazing wife, kids and family for your support of me being
my authentic self. And thanks to all my friends for their
support. It means more than you'll ever know.