Date: May 6th - 7th
Classes raced and results
600 Superbike - 7th
Before I begin, I need to thank some people for their efforts
this weekend. First, I have to thank the Gua family for their
always amazing hospitality and friendship. Also, I want to
thank our team painter, Rob Burns, for really going that extra
mile for us this weekend. And last, but certainly not least,
I want to thank Dan and the team for all they do.
Notes on practice:
The weather for practice was cold but dry so it afforded
us the opportunity to really push the bike hard, something
I haven't really had the opportunity to do since Daytona in
March. Everything went fantastic - the bike felt perfect and
our lap times were right where we needed them to be for the
races. Quite honestly, I was really looking forward to a good
race the next day.
Weather conditions - wet & damp
Tires front / rear - soft rain front - medium dot rear
Total laps - 10
Result - 7th
Notes: This race was extremely frustrating to say the least.
The weather was once again playing havoc with tire choice
as it intermittently sprinkled for a few minutes wetting the
track, followed by high wind and no rain. I went out for the
morning practice simply to get an idea of what the track conditions
were. Sure enough there was a dry line appearing so the thought
of using a full set of rains seemed unnecessary. About fifteen
minutes before the race we had a very brief rain shower which
led us to choose a rain front and a dot rear. Our thought
was that the track was dry enough for the dot rear, but that
the rain front would allow us to get into the damp corners
more effectively. As I was gridded back on row six, I knew
I needed a good start. With that accomplished I went into
turn two in tenth place where Brian Musselman high sided right
in front of me (unfortunately, I heard later that he did get
hurt in the fall). At that moment, or perhaps it was just
a few seconds later, it became quite obvious the dot rear
was the wrong option as the track was pretty much soaked.
After a few frustrating moments in my effort to keep up, I
decided to just chill out and finish the race as best I could.
I hate knowing I have no chance of winning because of a tire
decision I made earlier. In the end I had a terrific battle
with Luke Gaylor (on full wets) as he was able to easily pass
me in the corners while I had to rely on the speed of our
ZX6RR and a few brave braking maneuvers to stay in front.
It all came down to the last lap, second to last corner, where
Luke put a brilliant move up the inside of me. I ran it in
just that much deeper and was able to keep the lead to the
checkered flag. A really good, clean race.
From here I have a few hours to get home, unpack, and re-pack
my bags as I leave very early for our first test of our National
program in Shannonville.
You know I'll keep you posted. :o)
on images to enlarge
"Big" Brad Gua
Connor Abbot & Colin Rimes
Amber & her awesome Ducati 749R
Richard Lerud (TYR SOX) "Tea time"
Connor changing my tires... lol
The nasty little spark plug that caused our generator