On Friday, it was raining, I love racing in the rain but I was really wanting to really to push my bike after it had been dyno’d. I had started my Saturday races off in wet conditions, by the second practice it was drying up and I could really feel the extra power in my bike.
By my ESS race, the track was dried up but still overcast, I had a bad start, I had not fully engage the bike in gear and slipped into neutral and was always a turn behind, I tried my hardest to make up time but couldn’t make up the time. I finished in third in that race.
Then came the DSS race, I had a great start and was right behind the other 250. I was excited that I could finally battle with a 250. I was studying him for a pass for a lap and a half by staying on his tail. Then he crashed when he ran off in the grass at the top of the roller coaster. I ran the rest of the race pushing harder and learning the track. I set my best lap time of the day in this race and was the fastest single lap time of all the 250’s. I finished in 2nd position.
On Sunday, I had good dry practices and was only a second off my fastest race lap time from Saturday. I was really looking forward to the afternoon’s races with awesome weather and a brand new rear Pirelli tire from Podium Motorsports.
Once again was my ESS race was first, I had a great start and was right behind the leader, I was studying him the whole time but could never make a pass stick despite trying my hardest. We battled the entire 6 laps and I ran two seconds faster than I had run the day before. He only beat me by 0.075 of a second.
My final race was DSS, I got off to a great start and was ahead of the other 250 and two SV 650s, I put my head down and was pushing hard to get even farther ahead. The other 250 was not behind me as he had a mechanical problem. I improved my time yet again by 3 tenths of a second and brought home my fourth podium for the weekend with another 2nd place.
My next race weekend will be at one of my favorite tracks, Road Atlanta. I had a couple really good battles there early this year so I am really looking forward to getting back there and be on the top step of the podium! But before then, I really lucky to get to do a trackday at Putnam Park with Sportbike Track Time. This will be a very special trackday for me since it is very close to my home town and I will be able to have friends and family get to come see me ride. I will also get to meet the guys of Racer Café that have been great sponsors to me over the last couple years. See you at the track!
February 25, 2014
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