The Off Season-The Busy Season 2/16/2014
My 2013 season ended on a high note at the Grand National Finals, located at Barber Motorsports Park on October 25-26. I finished the season with 4 Regional Championships, 2nd in the Southeast E-Superstock, and 3rd in the National E-Superstock.
After the GNF, Ralph from Somethin’ Extra Cycles checked out my bike and got it running great before my trackday in Jennings, FL on December 7-8. This track day was special because I got to ride with my friends and sponsors from Apex Manufacturing and Sportbike Track Time. My new LionHeart Moto suit and gloves came just before I left for the track, it was a great weekend to break them in. While riding that weekend, I was able to attend a Jason DiSalvo Speed Academy. This helped me work on my technique and was a huge success! After the great weekend practicing and having fun at the track, I came home to find my Expert “Bump-up” letter from WERA. I was stoked to bump up and happy that I was able to keep my number 77.
During this off season I have done a few upgrades on my bike. I installed a new exhaust that my parents got me for my birthday; oh hey I turned 14 too. I upgraded to a lightweight Ballistic Battery, Daugherty Motorsports suspension set-up, and Racer Café got me some new boots and a 415 chain kit. I’m also excited to rock my new Apex Manufacturing/Sportbike Track Time pit shirts. I had a couple parts powdercoated by Sportbike Super Coat. Vape FX has made my website look great and easy to navigate. I was fitted for new Impact Safety Armor which has given me great crash protection for years, with the comfortable back and chest protector. I got a new Safermoto airbag vest, since I finally outgrew the last one, they help to keep me safe in any crash especially the mean high sides.
During the 2013 season I often raced with sinus infections and battled illness. During the winter my doctor decided it was time for surgery to try and help me out. I had functional endoscopic sinus surgery, I’m technically still recovering but it’s going really well. This surgery should help me breathe easier, sleep better, and have fewer sinus infections. I’m really looking forward to seeing what I can do when I’m on a bike while not being sick.
Even though I haven’t been able to ride my motorcycle, I have been training on my pedal bike going up some HUGE mountain roads. I have also been working hard to pay for an SV 650 I picked up. I am proud to be paying for it myself. It will be my next race bike and I plan on doing some track days on it this year. To help save money getting back and forth to the track, Dad and I have worked on a 4x6 race trailer that is all ready to go. It’s the same trailer we pulled when I raced pocketbikes and minis.
Some exciting things happened this year for my racing career. I was able to acquire some great new sponsors, as I mentioned before, and also Red Fox Racing who will be helping me out by giving me some lightweight racing pointers. There are the some other sponsors still onboard for 2014 that I haven’t mentioned, The Hub of WNC, Sportbikes4Hire.com, Slingshot Racing, Cycle Gear Racing, and Podium Motorsports Pirelli. These sponsors chose to stick by me again for my first season as an expert. I know I am a very blessed racer. I would also like to give John Ulrich a huge “thanks” for his help with my racing program by giving me a lot of great advice.
I have worked on a lot of things this off season and I’m ready to do great this year!