My race weekend started with an 8 hour drive to a friend’s house in Alabama, where we would sleep before going to NOLA. It was nice to get to hang out with race friends in the comfort of their home, because usually we only see each other at the track and it’s always very busy. Sunday we woke up at 4:00 am for the 2 and a half hour drive to the track. There was a 90% chance of thunderstorms throughout the entire day, I was stoked about racing in the rain. However, after 2 wet and foggy practice sessions, the wind picked up, the rain never came, and the track dried out (for the most part). First I raced E Superstock. When the green flag dropped I had an excellent start. I held the lead over until turn 3, where I ran in a little too hot and was relegated to 2nd place. It was a pretty uneventful race due to the light turn out, I guess most people don’t like racing in the rain.My second and last race for the day was D Superstock, where I again had a strong start and took the lead immediately. I held onto first place for a couple of laps then I was passed. I had some good battles and ended up finishing second. This was my first weekend to wear my Nitek helmet from H&H Sports Protection. I was amazed with how light and comfortable it is. The pinlock system worked out great and I had zero fogging issues despite the damp conditions. Lionheart Moto keeps me safe and comfortable in my custom fit leather suit and gloves. I wear Alpinestar SMX Plus boots that I got from Racer Café Inc., they’ve held up well when I’ve been dragging them in the corners. (I’m still working on my body positions to prevent that) Something most people don’t get to see is my custom fitted Impact Safe-T Armor, I’ve never been on the track without it. Many people have seen and asked about the black vest I wear over my suit, it’s my Hit-Air vest from SaferMoto.com. The vest I wear now is brand new for this season, but my previous one was “tested” several times and always provided excellent protection. I’m really excited for some upcoming bike nights here in Knoxville where I will showcase all of this great safety gear and represent all of my sponsors well. I’m really pumped that in May I will be doing a track day with Sportbike Track Time at Barber. This will be my first opportunity to ride my new-to-me SV 650! I worked and saved and paid for this bike all by myself, it’s something I’m very proud of. After Barber, I’ll be back on my Ninja 250 for the 4th round of the WERA Southeast Regionals at Roebling Road Raceway.
February 25, 2014
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