Race Report CCS Rnd#2 BHF-May 12,13!!!
Race Date: May 12-13
Location: Blackhawk Farms Raceway
Well after rushing to get the bike put back together after the couple incidents at the first round in Heartland Park I was on the road headed north-west to South Beloit, IL. Getting to the track helped a buddy clean his brakes and change pads and then unpacked to get ready for the events to come the next day.
The weather was great and I think highs were in the low to mid 70's with plenty of sun. I had one race on Saturday and it was the GTO 25 minute race with equates to about a 20 lap or so race at Blackhawk Farms.
The race began and I got a horrible start and went into T1 in 18 place out of 25 riders. Started picking through people but on exit of the corners giving it gas the front was pushing me wide and wanting to tuck. It felt horrible and I wasn’t able to ride around it very well. I made some good ground up but had to settle with a 9th place finish after battling the front end and riding a bit to cautious I would say. But even with that a 9/25 wasn’t horrible especially with the start I had and the strong field packed with many AMA riders. Should have been better no doubt but was happy not to crash with the front feeling the way it was and coming in in one piece. I had to fix the front end issues though and with some help from a few buddies got a game plan on what to do to get it setup Saturday night for the Sunday races.
The weather was supposed to be like it was on Saturday but then I remembered that this was a race w/e and you can never trust a forecast when you are racing. It poured pretty much all morning which upset me because I skipped the practice session seeing no need to wad it in the rain practicing as I have ridden in the rain many times. However I wanted a dry track to see if the suspension changes I made were any good.
Seeing as my race was the first race of the day I mounted rain tires as it was no longer raining but the track was saturated pretty good and there was some drying in certain areas but not enough to run DOT race tires.
Unlim. Superbike Race#2
Well the track was still wet with a slowly drying line that was still very slick. Everyone was mounted on rains so this was going to be a fun race for sure. I was in the second row which was cool and on the inside which was also nice. I got off the line great and paced the front guys into T1 but I had the inside line so they had to let me through. I gapped them quick and had a decent lead after the first lap. I held that gap until lap 5 when I saw a racer slowly gaining a bit as I looked back. Picked it up for lap 7 and 8 and pulled out a bigger gap and comfortably came across the line in first for my first ever win and in the Expert class nonetheless. It was awesome for sure and the victory lap was a very different feeling for sure and something I will remember for a long time.
Came into the pits and my awesome family/pit crew gave me a nice congratulation and it was a fun moment for sure. My Mom was even there watching on Mothers day so that made it a bit more special as well.
Unlim. GP-Race#3(Money Race)
This was going to be my first dry race after the suspension changes I had made to the bike so this was the moment of truth. On the warm up lap everything felt different but it seemed to work pretty well. All the better Experts come out for this event due to it paying a little bit of purse money. Got a sub par start and came out of T1 on 9th. Passed a couple guys through the first few laps and then got passed by one of the better Experts who apparently had a bad start putting me into 8th position. I ran in 8th with a few laps to go not pulling in the gap on the group ahead of me. I started getting pressure and then was passed into the "bus stop" by Rob Olivia the owner of Lithium Motor sports. I didn’t really want him to get by me as I kind of know him and really wanted to beat him. I was able to get by him every lap on the brakes into T1 and then he would pass me into the bus stop for 3 straight laps but on the third lap I powered real good out of a right hander(T5) and out braked him side by side on the inside of a right hander (T6). I got a decent gap going down the straight and then with the white flag waiving I stepped it up a bit and gapped him a bit to cross the checkers in 8th place winning me a few bucks in the money race. So not a bad finish and got to feel out the new suspension changes and what not which felt a lot better.
Unlim. Supersport Race#4
Last race of the day and my weekend and the grid was very small so I knew I had a good chance to finish on the box. I was in the middle of the second row and I got a decent start and was 3rd into T1. Never could find the pace the whole race to catch the two leaders as the gap grew a little each lap. 4th place was no where in site behind me so the last 3 laps I settled in and took my second podium finish of the weekend in 3rd place.
Not an exciting race by any stretch but I rode solid enough to finish an easy 3rd in a small field. I really think I can pick up the pace at Blackhawk next time out and really give every race a good run for the podium.
I would like to thank Indy Superbike my main sponsor for the continued support as well as Komodo leathers who make an awesome suit which you should check out for sure. Also to Pirelli tires for their awesome customer and trackside service and for making the best tire out there. The new Pirelli Diablo Supercorsa DOT race tire is awesome and they found a tire that wears better, lasts longer, and sticks better and I can’t be happier so far with their new tires.
I would also like to thank Henry (teebo7) for everything he did this weekend as well as cooking the best carne asada among other things. Also my makeshift pit crew which includes my family, friends, and fellow racers all ready to help out without a complaint.
Also of course this forum for all the technical support and verbal support as well.
Thanks for reading and pics to follow.
Last edited by zx10ragentblack; 05-14-2007 at 08:32 PM.