Monday, May 17, 2010
This was a very hard track to try and learn in one weekend. This track has lots of blind corners with elevation changes and different camber corners. I went off the track a few times over the weekend ,but managed to keep the bike upright. We had to change gearing a few times to try and keep the R.P.M's where i could get off the corner better. Saturday in the Light Weight solo race my bike was cutting out, so i pulled in and we found the quick disconnect in the fuel line was bad. My dad bypassed it and sent me back out being down a few laps but i used that race for track time to try and get faster. Sunday in the Formula 2 race i was able to bring my lap times down some more and ended up 6th place. In the 125 race i got a good start but was not able to hold that position for long. I continued to get faster every lap but had to settle for 4th place. I improved a lot over the two days,but still have a long way to go to be up front at that track. I look forward to going back in July to continue to improve on my lap times.
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
We are heading to Grattan MI this weekend for round 2 of the North Central road race series. I have not been to this track before,so I will have to learn the track quickly. I will be racing a 20 lap race on Saturday in the light weight class. On Sunday i will be racing the 8 lap sprint races in the 125 and the Formula 2 races. It looks like a dry weekend so that will help to learn the track. I will have a full race report after this weekend.
Sunday, May 2, 2010
Sunday morning its raining and its time for practice. Thanks to Chad Taylor for hooking me up with a new set of rain tires. So i felt pretty good with my new tires in the first practice,so it was time to try and step it up in the second practice. Well i found my limits when i sent my bike air born up and over the tire wall coming out of the carousel. I was fine but my bike took a beating. Jeff Wolfe and my dad worked hard to get it back together (Duck tape and zip ties) so it was ready for me to race. So the rain stopped and the track dried out. I had a good battle in the 125 class and when it was all said and done i come out on top with the win. Next up was the Formula 2 race with the 650's. I got a bad start but was able to work my way up to the 3rd spot and battled back and forth with the power of the Sv 650. On the last lap we were coming up on lapped traffic and come together in the carousel. I was able to keep the bike up, but had to settle for 4th in this race. All in all it was a good weekend. I would like to give a big thanks to Chad Taylor for my rain tires, Jeff Wolfe and my Dad for all your hard work in the pits, and Chuck Shorie for a new helmet.
Saturday turned out to be a mostly dry race for me in the Light weight 20 lap race. Well my start was not good enough to hang with the SV650 twins,so i had my work cut out for me. I worked my way up to 3rd from dead last off the line. So with three laps to go a squirrel ran across the track and sure enough i drilled it. If that was not enough i am racing on slicks and here come the rain drops with just a few laps to go. I also learned a hard lesson with the flags this weekend. When the rain started falling the corner workers put out the red/yellow flag so i pulled in with only one lap to go thinking it meant the race was over. Well i was wrong red/yellow together just means there is something on the track like rain, oil or dead squirrel. So i took a DNF with less then a lap to go running in third place.Lesson learned.