Thanks to Jim, Scott and the boys from Clearbrook Motorsports
for all their help and support this past weekend. Also, a
huge thanks to Marc Burgess for coming along to help despite
the fact that he had recently broken his leg.
As you may or may not have read in my last report, I have
been feeling a little burnt out recently so in the days leading
up to this race I decided to take some time away from it all.
I went fly-fishing on one of my favourite rivers on Vancouver
Island and spent some much needed time with my family and
friends. All this has relaxed me and brought me back down
to a more grounded Oli (a place I need to be more often).
Race 1 Superbike leg 1 - WET RACE
As WMRC grid us for this race according to last years points,
I was on the second row for the race. I got a good start and
was in the lead by lap 2. From here I worked on maintaining
the gap from second and riding a comfortable pace. Unfortunately,
the bike started to run on what felt like three cylinders,
but I was still able to keep the lead until on the exit of
turn 7 when the bike suddenly died. Imagine being at full
lean in the wet and having the bike stop. The bike tossed
its unwanted cargo, me, off the highside and continued spiraling
down the track. I couldn't believe it! Fortunately, aside
from some bruising, the Joe Rocket equipment and Arai Helmet
saved me from additional injury. And for once, the bike crashed
really well. Only a few scratches on the Factory Pro cover!
The "misfire" was later traced to water getting
into the Techlusion EFI module on the bike. When we opened
it, it was full of water :o(. Lesson learned
Race 2 600 Supersport - MIXED CONDITIONS
Now we had a shot. As we won the heat race I was on pole for
this one. I got a decent start and was in second behind Steve
Dick going into turn 2. I had noticed that he had selected
a different tire than us, one that would produce good results
early on, but would fade as the race continued. We had opted
for a tire that would grow stronger as the race progressed.
I let Steve go in the first 2 laps telling myself to be patient
and let the race come to me. Sure enough, after a few laps,
I began to make considerable time on him and within a few
more laps got by him for the lead.
Race 3 Formula 2 - DRY RACE
Just four days before race day I received a call from Jim
and Scott at Clearbrook Motorsports requesting that I ride
their KX500 Supermotard for them. Scott had unfortunately
been injured and was unable to ride the bike at that event
so I got the call. The bike was wickedly fast, but had some
serious braking issues due to a mismatched caliper and master
cylinder combination that found the brake lever coming right
into the bar after a few hard laps. I simply couldn't stop.
To avoid throwing the thing down the road I backed off from
the lead group and just focused on finishing. I was a little
disappointed we didn't put the KX on the box, but the time
spent on it produced some suggestions for development that
I am sure will lead to the bike becoming even more competitive.
I'm sure that's ultimately what Jim and Scott wanted to extract
from all this. I hope I delivered.
Race 4 Superbike leg 2 - WET RACE
Due to the crash in leg 1, I was way in the back for the start
of this one. I had to make the first lap a flyer if I had
any chance of beating Steve Dick. I put in a great first lap
and had worked my way into second by turn 4. Unfortunately,
Steve had also gotten a good start and had pushed hard getting
a 4-5 second gap on the field. I decided to put in two hard
laps and see if I could make up enough time to get him by
the end of the race. Two laps later it became obvious we were
running nearly the same lap times so I backed it off. There
was no way I was going to throw the bike down the road. Again,
I just focused on the gap from third and maintained it.
Thanks again to everyone involved in this race program. Regardless
of the amount or type of support you grant, you are an integral
part of this team and we couldn't do it without you.
Next stop - Laguna Seca!!