National Motorcycle Racer -

Location: Seattle WA
WMRRA Round 5

Events raced - Finish
Formula Ultra - 1st
600 Superbike- 2nd
600 Supersport - 6th


What a weekend for the team. It was truly a roller coaster of emotions and feelings for me personally, but we pulled the long awaited win out of the bag!
Again a huge thanks goes out to some specific people for their superhuman efforts towards our race program and its success. First and foremost I have to thank Dan and Joyce Zlock and the whole Zlock Racing team for their continued belief and support. Also, thank you to Jeff Johnston from Pirelli for going out of his way to ensure we had the best tires available this weekend - it made the difference. And last, but not least, a thank-you to my wife Karla for supporting (read "tolerating") my racing; without that I would not be writing this report right now. Thank you.

After countless second-place finishes we finally pulled a win in the premier class in WMRRA - Formula Ultra. Does it ever feel like a long time coming! It had actually gotten to the point that it was bothering me, although I never expressed that to anyone. In my conversations with Dan he continually commented that we were "in the hunt for the win" and that was what truly mattered to him. As long as we were a "threat" he would be happy and the wins would take care of themselves. Unfortunately Dan wasn't personally there this weekend. He had just come back from Suzuka working with Gobert and Ferguson and I have never seen him so completely wiped out. There was no way I was going to ask him to work on the bikes during one of his rare and much-needed weekends off.

Saturday we were scheduled to run a "make-up" race from a prior round. It was probably one of the worst races I have had this season. I just wasn't functioning or working with the bike at all and the lap times showed it. I finished fifth. When I came in from the race the crew was asking what was wrong with the bike. "It's not the bike; it's the rider," I told them. Saturday's results actually motivated me for Sunday's race as there was no way I was going to repeat that performance for the team. I went out to Dan's house to relax and have dinner with him and his wife.

Sunday morning - time to go to work
Race One Formula Ultra. Again, the weather was playing havoc in regards to tire selection. Our ultimate decision was to run the little 600 on full Pirelli wets against the big bikes as the track was 75 per cent wet. This was going to be hard work. I got a great start and was in the top five going into turn two. I was pushing as hard as I ever had in the wet to keep in touch with the lead riders. I managed to just squeak by Tom Wertman and Eli Edwards and set my sights on the other two riders. As I came out of turn eight I had a major moment when the back tire got light over the rise. Here I was doing the "Superman" in the top of fourth gear headed straight for the air fence. Somehow I ended up back on the bike and turned it into turn nine still holding my position. I gathered it up and continued to push to the front. We were riding really hard in the conditions and unfortunately one of the riders in front, Mike Sullivan, got caught out and went down in turn five. Thankfully he was just fine. The last two laps were an all-out brawl, but I managed to get by and take the win. Did it ever feel good!

Race Two 600 Superbike
Again I got a good start and by turn three I was in the lead. I pushed hard in the first lap because I knew Mike Sullivan was on a charge (he actually broke the track record this weekend). I lead for the first five laps but I could hear Mike right behind me. I did my best to put in clean precise times, but he got by me going into turn two with a good pass. I tried to retaliate into turn three but Mike had the position and unfortunately I wasn't able to get by him for the finish. It was a great race and another good battle between Mike and I.

Race Three 600 Supersport
I felt like "the little Kawi that could" in this race. It was a field of Yamahas and one or two GSX-Rs. I got a good start and went into turn two in fourth. By turn three I was right in the mix and pushing hard. By turn five I was way back in fifth. Not to make excuses, but we didn't have the package for a race win in this one. When I came in I talked with my crew chief, Chris Townsend, about the difficulties I was having during the race. He is going to talk with Dan to see if there might be some possible solutions to our dilemmas. I feel quite confident they will think of something.

Again a huge thanks to everyone for their support. It really means a lot.


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Action photos courtesy of Carlos Hatfield

Chris Townsend

Rob Burns

Steve Stallman

Adam Gua

Mr. Sullivan

Rain Dugan and their daughter.

John Dugan

Tom Wertman

Mike and Val

Alex and Val Sullivan

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