This was the 3rd and final time to go to RRR for the WERA 2014 season. I started off the racing day with some sketchy skies. I had a dry first practice, during the first practice I was getting my lines down and had to adjust the suspension for the big bumps. By the time I had the bike back up on the stands, it started to rain. I went out for my second session and by that time, there was a dry-line, the sun was shining, a nice gentle breeze, and the temperature was around 80°f.
The first race was my ESS race that was combined with D-Superbike and Lightweight Superstock (mainly SV 650s), I had a great start but I was drafted and I was at the back of the pack for turn one. For most of the race I was battling with the slower SVs, I was drafting them for as long as I could down the front stretch. I had them in the turns, by the last few laps I had made up a lot of time and I was passing second place. Then in the next few turns I was right with first place but could not pass him by the finish, he beat me by only 0.065 seconds! With every lap of that race I got faster and actually had the fastest ESS time of the weekend and my new personal best time of 1:26.413.
Then in my DSS race, I started behind the faster bikes. Into turn number one I was at the back of the pack, but once again, I was using my drafting the faster bikes tactic and had myself back behind second place. I was behind him for the front straight and then I passed him in turn one on the outside. When I was passing him, I went over a big dip in the track, this caused me to drag my foot peg and I was tucking the front, I pushed hard with my knee and I kept the bike and momentum up and still completed the pass. He passed me back in the short straight before the last turn and pulled on me down the front stretch where he beat me by only 3/10ths of a second.
I ended up with a 3rd and a 2nd, I also got my newest sponsor “Amish Racing” with John Cook! This is by far the best race weekend I have had so far. I’m really looking forward to going to the next round at VIR in a couple weeks. It will mark the first time I’ve been there since 2011 and I loved the track back then. I’m also hoping to find a little more power before then too. I’m taking my bike back to Ralph at Somethin’ Extra Cycles to get the valves checked and dyno’d to find that last <1sec in the straightaways I need for a win.
February 25, 2014
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