Before I begin, I would like to thank my good friend Marc
Burgess for all his help over the past weekend. Although he
has a broken leg, he insisted on helping me and without him
the following results would not have been possible. Also,
I can't thank Zlock Racing enough for its support even if
the key players are, at times, unable to personally attend
a race with me.
I really didn't know where I would be racing this weekend.
I had three options: a US AMA National at Mid Ohio, a WMRRA
race weekend at Spokane or a WMRC double header at Mission.
Mid Ohio was out due to logistics and manpower issues. Spokane
was out because our tire shipment didn't arrive in time. It
appeared Mission was the best bet. But, a fly in the ointment
had Dan Zlock committed to the Suzuka Eight-hour endurance
race as crew chief for none other than Anthony Gobert and
Adam Ferguson; I told you this guy is the best! Needless to
say he couldn't run our race program over the weekend, but
Mission it would be!
With the van loaded like the Beverly Hillbillies, Marc and
I set out for Mission in British Columbia's Fraser Valley.
Rounds two and three were set back-to-back, Saturday and Sunday,
with practice on Friday. As I mentioned earlier, tires were
an issue for us so I opted to sit out Friday's practice to
save what little tires we had for the races. Here's the scoop:
We had one set of tires with about six laps on them from Laguna
(when my shifter fell off) and one set I had used in Laguna
for qualifying with 22 laps on them. For all intents and purposes,
we were screwed. Time for a plan. Marc and I sat down, looked
at the schedule and came up with what we thought was the best
plan of tire rotation for the weekend. Time to roll the dice!
I could honestly give you way too much to read if I wrote
about each individual race, so I'll summarize for you. I went
into this weekend with one goal in mind: to have FUN! Sometimes
it seems you lose track of why you started all this and it
takes away from your enjoyment of the sport. That's not to
say I don't enjoy the competition, because I love riding with
some of the local fast guys. In fact I had some terrific battles
with Troy Burstyk, Steve Dick, and Scotty Borthwick, just
to name a few. But, I want just to be racing with a smile
on my face. No moments, no sketchy passes or riding, just
good clean racing. Even on the second day when the tires were
absolutely shagged I was still laughing in my helmet playing
with the rear end on corner entries and exits. I like to get
to that place where you can still rip off good laps well within
your comfort zone. It makes it fun!
When all was said and done we had four podiums in four races.
Not too bad all things considered. And to be honest, I can't
believe how well the Pirellis lasted despite the number of
laps on them. When Dan hears how many laps I put on those
tires he's going to kill me.
Next up looks like Seattle, Aug. 9-10. We will have new tires
by then, I promise!
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Marc and Nicola