Be sure to check out the other two sections also. They are a very good read! Linz Leard is the editor and does a fantastic job. In fact, since he has taken over, "it is the best it has ever been", a quote from someone who has been around the CMRA for a long time. I would like to personally thank Linz Leard for interviewing me and allowing me to get my story out. "Linz, thank you sir!"
I would also like to take this time to tell you what's been going on with the GoFast-DontCrash.com team. Many of you know we are working diligently on a calendar to be released in January for February 2012-February 2013. If you would like your logo, website, etc on the banner please call me at 281-798-8086 to discuss how you can do that. You can also pre-order a calendar right now. The best way to do that is to send $12 via paypal to firstname.lastname@example.org Please add a note with your address and the code 2012 GFDC.
We also recently took the delivery of a Team Hammer built GSXR 600 for the 2012 race season.
Our 2012 program is shaping up very nicely and we will be introducing everyone to our sponsors very shortly.
Team Hammer built GSXR 600 Race bike. (Photo by: CPLemar)
Coming off my first win at Miller, I was really excited about the back to back race weekends at Summit Point and VIR. Both new to me tracks and I knew it would not be easy, but I was up to the challenge.
First came Summit Point where I entered the weekend with a 19 point lead in C Superstock and tied for second only one point back in C Superbike. Summit is a nice track with a fun layout. With limited track time during the Nationals every session counts. The first couple sessions we worked on setup, a slipping clutch and learning the track. The afternoon sessions combined the 600 experts and novices which helped me find some speed. The weather was hot and hydration was hard to obtain. On race day, Ryan Haddock and I had two really good races. With one of the local fast guys checking out in C Superstock the battle for the two remaining podium spots was ours. We traded spots a few times in the 12 lap race, with me finally taking the second spot from him and increasing my lead by a few points. I knew the C Superbike race would be even better because we were battling for the lead in the Championship in that one, plus we got a chance to see each others strengths and weaknesses. We both got a good start with me following him for a few laps then swapping positions a couple times. We were actually in third and fourth but when I noticed we were gaining on second I stopped trying to fight for position and we worked together to get back to the leaders. Headed down the front straight we seen a lapper in turn 1. Ryan went inside and me outside, which ended up costing me big time. The rider stood the bike up when Ryan went inside and I was caught out and had to pretty much come to a stop to avoid runnig off the track. That allowed Ryan to get away and two other riders to get in front of me. I rode like a mad man the final two laps and tried to pass both riders back down the front straight but just didnt have the ponies to do so. I left Summit Point with a 2nd and a 6th. I really wish I could have switched those finishes, but thats what God had in store for me and I never second guess HIM.
With only one week in between races, and a little stretch of bad luck for Tim Hunt, we had some travelling to do. We left Summit headed to VIR, dropped off the trailer, then shot down to Atlanta to drop Johnathan Boswell of Mousebox Racing , and finally steered the truck towards the sunny palms of West Palm Beach, Florida.
We arrived at the track early Wednesday afternoon and was ready to unload, setup and head back to the hotel to get some rest. Thursday brought three rounds of practice. It took the first two sessions for me to learn the track. VIR ended up being my favorite track, but the most physically demanding and toughest to learn. I would not fully get comfortable until my last race of the weekend. Lenny Albin at Race Tech really helped me all weekend. We finally rebuilt the forks and had them replaced with Race Tech parts which would help me go fast. I only had two sessions to practice on the new forks but right away I felt the difference. The front didn't nose dive on the brakes, nor did it move around like it used to. I was excited to line up on the grid for C Superstock. Maybe even too excited, because I over-revved it on the start and the bike overheated and lost power. It was running so hot I thought it was on fire because I could feel so much heat coming from the engine case. I backed off as I had a decent lead in points and just made it to the finish line. I knew the next race is the one where I had to make it count. My entire crew worked their butts off to get the bike apart and fix the problem. When that was done and it was time for me to race again, I had the confidence that God would give me the speed I needed. I originally planned to put a fresh set of tires on for this race to give me every advantage I could, but time didn't allow for it so I went out on tires that had 5 sprints and one practice day on them. I was still able to put in my fastest lap time and follow Ryan around for a couple laps. I finished on the podium for the third weekend in a row and now look forward to the fantastic Barber Motorsports park, where the C Superbike Championship will be on the line!
I also want to say congrats to Curtis Murray for bumping himself to expert! I wish you the best buddy! And kuddos to Ryan Haddock who is a great competitor and a super good guy! I wish you the best these next two rounds as we go head to head for the C Superstock and C Superbike National Championships!
I have to take a moment to thank all those who make my racing a success:
First and foremost GOD has been working in my life and although it's not always easy to follow his path for you, I know in the end he knows whats best!
Tim Hunt-Apex Race Services Thanks for all your support and help I could not do it without you and Leigh! Tim is consistently one of the fastest guys in the paddock and truly a great friend!
Larry Ray-Track Junkie Racing-Thanks for everything! You helped me when no one else would!
Laurie Eckhart and Pam McCoy-Malavicious Ent. Thanks for the support! Riders helping riders!
Hey race fans, just wanted to update you on what’s going on with the number 171 machine. We leave for round four of the WERA Nationals Thursday at Summit Point, followed by round 5 at VIR the very next weekend. The race report will follow shortly after we get back the week of August 7-13. We are leading the points in C Superstock and one point back in C Superbike. These two rounds will be the ultimate test as the pressure mounts. It will be the first time I go into a race leading the points, and I have to admit, it’s an awesome feeling and I don’t want to ever let it go. I feel really confident in being able to ride at the front with the other very fast and talented Novice riders. Tim Hunt @ Apex Race Services has helped me with my race craft as well as the confidence to win each time we grid up, and that’s the plans from here out. Good Luck to all the other racers, family, friends, and supporters. If you don’t have anything to do please come out and support us and help the sport grow! I also wanted to thank all of my sponsors one more time for helping me make these two rounds:
Round 3 of the WERA Nationals was held at Miller Motorsports Park outside of Salt Lake City, Utah. It was set up to be an awesome weekend of racing as the National riders invaded Tooele, Utah to challenge the WERA West and MOM riders. Friday and Saturday were both the kind of days we dream about back in Texas. Mid 70's mostly sunny and low humidity. Friday's practice brought a surprise as the trackday fee was $230 not the $200 advertised price. (OUCH) And to make things even more interesting they combined the street group with the slower (novice) race bikes. The trackday wasn't a successful one until Tim Hunt gave me a tow in the afternoon and showed me some lines. After that I worked on a few turns where I needed to gain some time and felt good when I left the track on Friday night.
If you ask those around me I had a swagger I had not had before. I believe this was a day of destiny confirmed by something I seen on television before I left the hotel. (Joel Osteen) I knew the rain was to make this a better story. It wasn't easy and nothing seemed to be going my way. Dunlop was out of rain tires, but Tim Hunt came through and I was able to get a set from him. Time was running out and I got two laps of practice on rains for my first time. Tim has the first race of the day and after dominating the race he came in and gave me a few pointers. I asked one more question about the start. After he gave me my answer I knew my time was here! Race 4 & 5 were combined which meant I got to go 6 laps instead of 4 and was in the race with Jake Lewis and Garrett Gerloff. I was hoping to not get lapped. LOL As the green flag dropped so did my fist on the throttle. I got the holeshot and wasn't challenged down the mile long straightaway. I tipped into Turn 1 very gently. When I noticed there were no other bikes around me I knew my dream had come true. Controlling my breathing/emotions for 6 laps was the biggest challenge I would face. For the first time ever, I led a race for an entire lap/race. Coming on to the front straightaway I seen my team and friends standing there cheering me on. At one point I began catching and passing experts. One guy didn't want to let me by so I waited patiently, but I got the sign from my team that someone was closing on me, so I dropped the hammer again and in a heart filled with emotions, I crossed the finish line where I believe I should every time, in 1st place. C Superbike didn't go as well. After talking to Dan Crawford who just came off the track and tore up some rain tires, I opted to go for DOT's. The weather had been so unpredictable it was 50-50 on which tires to run. I had a 3rd row start because the Wera West and MOM guys got first priority on the grids. I still managed to get into second place and tried to make a pass for the lead in the 'attitudes', but the dot's were slipping and sliding and I almost took us both out. The rain started coming down harder and the decision was made by race control to not stop the race. I fell back to 7th place and finished there. It was all I could do not to crash out. I just changed tires and only had the warmers on for a few seconds and the pressures werent right. It was like being on ice. My problem wasn't on the exit of the turns as much on on entry.
All in all it was an awesome weekend! I have to first say thank you to GOD, because he really blessed me this weekend-I was able to give my mom the plaque and my dad a win on Father's day. My father passed away before my first race at Oak Hill. My sister who also came in town had text me the night before saying she loved me and go win a race, I DID! 2011 was all about this moment, it was all about faith and I can honestly say that when I woke up Sunday morning I knew I was going to win that race and nothing would stop me, including rain! I don't say that to be cocky or arrogant, it is a more divine statement that is brought about by me getting closer to living the right way. I know with The Almighty Lord as my savior, that everything is possible if only I can dream it. With that said. "Winning is very addicting and I will be back on the top step very soon!"
The team would also like to announce it's new sponsor Malavicious Entertainment. ME represents a way of life that's defined by a shared passion for motorcycles. It works to encourage riders to explore the world and their own potential while fostering the cameradie between motorcycle enthusiasts.
To all my sponsors who make racing possible:
Tim Hunt-Apex Race Services, Larry Ray-Track Junkie Racing, Dunlop Tires, EBC Brakes, Optimal Bodywork, GoFast-DontCrash, Matt Ting-Ting, Malavicious Entertainment
We now lead C Superstock by 19 points and trail first place in C Superbike by one point.
Sitting on the WOrld Superbike Stage soaking in my first race win.
Ok, don't flame me too bad for borrowing that from the AMA. The GoFast-DontCrash team is ready and can't wait to get back to racing. We tested at Tally earlier this year when it was cold, wet, and snowing so a chance to ride this fun little track in the dry is making me anxious. Schedule is posted here.
This fun little course is known as a place where riders, teams and manufacturers do lots of testing so I woulnd't be surprised to see some of the faster guys in the country show up. That makes for good racing as Tim Hunt, Luie Z., and Jake Lewis aim to continue their awesome results from Roebling on their KWS Motorsports sponsored bikes.
My weekend didn't quite go as planned and was as much about divinity as it was racing. First there was a death in the family that caused a late start to my 16 plus hour drive. We planned on missing the first practice session, but found some oil on the front tire that caused us to miss the second practice. I was focused and knew that adversity is part of it, so I shook it off and tried to get some laps in. Then I noticed fork oil on my caliper and after cleaning it off and running one more session, I took the forks off and spoke to Lenny at Race Tech. Lenny agreed to change the dust seal and put some cross hatches on the forks to help secure a full seal. Lenny got my forks back in record time, but practice was over. We talked about some things with the bike and he wanted me to try a different spring on the rear as well.
With lack of sleep from the long travel, I opted to get to the track in the morning take the shock off have him install the new spring and then get some practice in to see if I liked it. Like I said, this was a weekend that the higher powers to be would be in full control of. All I could do was go along for the ride and see what was in this blessing for me. So off comes the shock, and then another round of bad news. The rear shock needed to be re-valved. Lenny didn't have any Penske parts, but he worked some paddock magic and we came away with something utterly amazing. I was at TWS last October when Lenny came down to work with John Keene and seen how fast he made John go that weekend, so I was totally pumped to have the opportunity to work with him. Sunday come not come quick enough and Saturday I would not see the track from the seat of a bike, but everyone cheered me up anyway repeating something I said last year at the GNF. "Superstars don't need practice."
In the midst of all this, a late entry to the endurance line up was the Run 1/Mousebox Racing Yamaha R6 that would be ridden by AMA Supersport Daytona winner Miles Thorton and Tim Hunt. So it looked like I would be doing some pit stop duties. Tim rode the wheels off that thing with 3 laps of practice. He took the green flag and immediately battled for first place while dropping some 1:13xx's until a loose clip-on caused him to back it off and ride more cautiously. The team finished 1st in class and second overall. It was my first exeperience in the pits with a team of this caliper and I was blessed to have the chance to help them. Thanks for the invite!
Sunday brought cloudy skies, a chilly wind and the threat of rain. Everyone kept telling me I could do it, and I was trying to remain optimisitic and just do what I could do. Lenny found me early Sunday and we set the bike up for stability. He came to me and told me what he wanted me to do the first four laps and then waited for me on pit wall. I came in and told him the bike felt really stabile, but it needed to turn quicker. He got down underneath the bike and lifted the rear ride height. Practice session was over so we came back in. He immediately found me again, explaining what he did and why and how the bike would feel different next time out. I again put in a few laps to feel the different in handling and then tried to lay some laps down. We started on Friday doing 27's. In the first practice we did some 25's with the change to the rear we dropped to 23's. Lenny said he would get me into the teens which was my goal the whole time. Third practice came and the confidence and stability of the bike brought me a 19.5xx. Lenny came to me and said now change the tire pressures. So, again, I made a bold move swapped tires and pressures and it was time to go racing. I immediately notice the front absorbed some of the bumps better and felt extremely stable. With all the things that surrounded me on this race weekend I lost focus and forgot to lower my shield. As the 1 board went sidewayz I took my hand off the throttle and slammed it shut, but going back to throttle and whacking it open only caused me to wheelie down the front straightaway. I think I made it to turn 1 in 6th or 7th. Disappointing because I knew I couldn't pass easy on this track with as little practice time I had, and if I didn't get out front and follow, it would be the kind of race it was. I was faster than the guys in front of me but I struggled to get around them. I finished 5th and was able to get into the 18xx's. This would be my best starting position of the day and I botched it.
Race 2-B Superstock
I once again had some confidence in the bike and myself after dropping some time and felt like I had a chance here. I was on the third row and hoped to get a good start this time. I came out of turn 1 in third and felt like I had the speed to finally get on the podium, if not the race win. I rode hard and I rode fast, maybe too fast. After getting out motored on the straighaways, I began working on getting in deeper in turn one. I figured that was my only chance. I got into second and was having trouble getting around the guy in front of me who was a slower, more erractic rider with a super fast bike. Lap 3 brought 4 or 5 bikes by me coming down the long front straightaway. I remember Tim telling me that turn 1 is so wide and grips all the way to the edge, so I went deep, grabbed three gears at the 4,3,2 boards , light brake pressure and got out of there in second again. This time the leader checked out. he was noticably quicker in certain sections and plus had Abe Stacey's old bike which is super fast. It was only when the erractic rider came back around me that I knew I needed to find some time in turn 9 leading us onto the front straightaway. So, I started pushing harder and it seems I just lost the front some how and ended up dirt tracking the bike as I headed for some trees. The Texas Tornado Boot Camp skills I learned on March 6th came into play here. I controlled the bikes speed with the front and rear brakes and got it slowed down enough to not have to lay it down or jump off and watch it get demolished in the trees. I even had time to attempt to get it sliding sidewayz and back in the direction of the track. Only problem was I on DOT's not knobby's. LOL I hit a patch of softer earth and we hit the ground. I was able to get it back up make another lap get re-teched and salvage points in the race. Finished 13th.
Race 3 C superstock
Well, this is the meat grinder class and I had a wave two start. After getting the bike cleaned off and ready to race again, I didn't have any confidence woes. I got a decent start and was able to catch up to the first wave. The only problem is that my right clip on came loose and started moving as I put input into the bars. Divinity!!! Again, this weekend was just different. It really wasn't in my control, none of them are, but this time I realized that. Again, I relied on my training from the boot camp, and the fact that the endurance team had the same problem on Saturday. I focused on what I could do to still be in control of the bike and didn't panic. My times were still in the 19's and I used this race as a drill to help me in the future. Mid corner I would release pressure on the bars and try to feel what it was tellling me. Something I learned from the one hand drills at the bootcamp. Finished 12th
Turn 5 Roebling Road Raceway
Stalking my next victim!
All in all it was a sucessful weekend and we learned what it takes to ride up front during a national, how to overcome adversity during a race weekend (no matter what part LOL) and most of all, how if he brings you to it, he can bring you through it. The bike is working great but we are down on power and the budget we have doesn't allow for any upgrades so we will have to hope that my talent alone can continue to evolve and keep up with the front pack. This year racing the WERA Nationals and being in the paddock with the likes of Jake Lewis, Tim Hunt, and KWS Motorsports really is a big deal. Learning a new track everytime I race while trying to be competitive is exciting but can be difficult. I have learned that before, but didn't have the pressure of doing well. This year I want to win races, and I am pretty confident that I will, but that only makes it tougher. Please enjoy the video. The last lap is my fastest lap of 1:17.9 and I felt we were getting faster. As you can see, I am still new to this.
This weekend would not have been possible without the following:
Lenny Albin-Race Tech Lenny worked magic on my GSXR. If he did wonders to the stuff thats on there I can't wait until we can switch to Race Tech fully.
Tim Hunt-Tim had a really busy weekend, but he has done so much for me the past couple months none of this would even be imaginable without his support
Colin Edwards and the whole Texas Tornado Bootcamp staff-Thanks for allowing me out to your place to eat, drink and ride motorcycles. I look forward to doing it again and learning more. I learned some skills that I was able to practice this past weekend. I had a rough one, but without the skills I learned it would not have been a successful weekend for me.
Joe Prussiano & Linz Leard-two gentleman who have always answered my questions and helped me rather it was track related or not! See you two soon!
Track Junkie Racing-Larry Ray-Larry thanks for all the parts at great prices and all the conversations we had. You believed in me when no one else would!
Jonathan Boswell-Mousebox Racing-Thanks for the lines and helping get the bike back together after I went dirt tracking! I hope to see you every round!
The whole crew who was out there! Matt, Jamie, Leigh, Ben, Eric, Jake, Luie, Mike, Jay! Thanks and let's do it again at Talladega!
This weekend we head to Roebling Road Raceway where Tim owns the track record. I was working on the new website-adding sponsors' links to the Sponsors page when I ran across this article where EBC is chronicling Tim's huge success on two wheels. While Tim Hunt is widely known in the WERA and AMA paddock, not many people in my region or area have heard the name. I find this amazing becuase Tim has been so successful the last few years- winning a ton of races and a shocking number of championships in numerous different classes. What is even more amazing is that he has only been racing motorcycles since 2005 and winning championships since 2006.
On top of being a top notch racer, Tim is one of the most humble people I know. He is always willing to lend a helping hand. In December of last year, Tim made the journey from Tennessee to Houston Texas to work with a few racers at MSR-H when a local trackday guy was having trouble with his clutch. The rider asked me if I knew how to adjust the slipper clutch, which I did because Allan Campbell helped me adjust mine earlier in the year. When Tim heard the person ask, he without hesitation, grabbed some tools and commenced to show the rider how to properly adjust the clutch.
Race fans should be on the lookout for Round One of the WERA National Series as Tim 'aims' to break his own track record. In tests, Tim has been pretty close, so I look for him to break it come race day. I will be there first hand to report and congratualte Tim if he does succeed in this goal. Oh yeah and I will be there trying to accomplish my goal of winning my first race! So stay tuned for more from Roebling Road and the GoFast-DontCrash Race Team!
From left to right: Mike Meyers, Merle Sherb, Shea Fouchek
Me on the 24 bike receiving instruction from Shea Fouchek
This past weekend I was one of a select few riders invited to participate in a one day mock school to fine tune the instructors/drills before the camp opens its doors for business March 24, 2011. This first class is sold but you can check the schedule for dates and spots available-there is both two day and four day camps.
Colin has taught at many schools around the world over the years and wants to provide an unparallel learning experience where the fun doesn’t stop at five o’clock. At Camp Tornado, you will be taught the fundamentals of balance, body position, keeping your eyes up, and the feel of the bike and what it is doing underneath you. Some of the skills learned include:
ØPushing the front
ØSliding the rear
ØLooking through a corner
ØCorner exit techniques
ØAvoiding target fixation
Colin honed his skills riding dirt bikes in Texas and knows what it takes to compete at the highest levels of motorcycling and has done so consistently for many years. The camp will provide your bike and gear, plus lodging and food. The bike is equipped with a street tire on the rear and a knobby on the front. The clay tracks are slick and everything you are taught will transfer to the bike you ride now or any you plan on riding in the future.
The camp is set on 20 acres and contains the following:
Ø5000 sq. foot Salon/Hotel/Classroom
ØLighted 300ftX150ft covered clay riding area
Ø1/8 mile clay oval
ØMini supercross track
ØWorld class paint ball course
ØRC car track
My experience went like this. After introducing the instructors and a short rider's meeting where Joe and Colin asked us to leave our egos behind so we could really get the form down and let the speed come to us later in the day; we grabbed a bike, and got our gear on, both of which were provided by the school. I was both nervous and excited. We then split up into groups to do some free riding to get used to the bike and see the tracks. After a few minutes of free riding we adjusted the groups and went into some drills. I learned about balancing the bike with my core, using the back brake and throttle to get the bike turned while still being in control, and the art of crashing when not in control, LOL.
Shea Fouchek and Mike Meyers were the instructors teaching my group the drills. They really showed all of us a “no rider will be left behind attitude.” If a rider struggled in certain drills, one of the instructors pulled that rider aside and the rider got one on one attention until he/she was up to par. This helped the rider gain the confidence and the skills to get around the track easier. Colin Edwards and Joe Prussiano floated around and worked with everyone. The instructors would demonstrate the drill and then watch as each rider did the drill making sure the rider knew what they were doing right and what they were doing wrong.
One of the things that seemed to really work well was they let the skill of the riders dictate what drill we would do and how long we would do it. My group seemed to have the same struggles so we moved from drill to drill, both tight sections and open sections until we were all confident in what we could do with the bike. Then we went from the obstacle course to the tt and oval tracks. A highlight for me personally, was the free riding that we got to do where I was able to be on the track with the likes of Shea Fouchek, Colin Edwards, Joe Prussiano, Mike Meyers, Linz Leard, Freddie Spencer, Merle Sherb, and all the riders who were there for the school. One of the things Colin and Joe spoke about was being able to be in control of your bike at all times and be able to precisely put it where you wanted to put it and not where you ended up. Oddly enough, this is one of the things I struggle with. At the end of the day I felt I gained the ability to be more in control of my motorcycle and put it where I wanted to, and not let the bike dictate where it would end up. I learned from the crashes what to do and what not to do. The instructors did not seem bothered by the crashes, as one of the missions of the camp is to help you find the limit, and when I crashed I certainly found the limit. And the next time I went out I was able to find the limit without pushing past it.
The day ended with Joe Prussiano combining all the tracks we worked on together for superpole. Each instructor/student had one lap and their time was recorded. Unofficially, Colin beat Joe by less than a second. I was totally beat by the end of the day, but I went for it anyway. I was actually surprised at how well I did and how much easier I got around the entire course. I won’t say that I am instantly 2-3 seconds faster at any track, but I know I have learned some of the skills needed to find those 2-3 seconds and many more. A couple of the instructors stroked my ego by telling me I did great for a guy who had no dirt experience, and that I showed signs of having some of the basic skills down pretty good by the end of the day. Proof that I gained a tremendous amount of knowledge/skill that I will continue to work on and hone every time I ride.
In summary, I give this camp 10 out of 10. If you are ride a motorcycle or plan on riding a motorcycle then this class is for you. This facility is world class and with all the celebs that are likely to show up on a given weekend, this is a must do school-no matter what level or what type of racing you do. Even if you are a beginner with no experience you can take these skills learned and practice them on the street, dirt, or road course!
A special thank you to Linz Leard for the pictures and to Joe Prussiano for giving me the invite! The Texas Tornado Bootcamp gets the official GoFast-DontCrash approval! The only thing that will stop me from doing the 4 day camp this year is money. The 4 day class is $2500 and the 2 day is $1250. But my opinion is that it is worth every penny. So if money is not a factor, check the schedule and see what date works best for you. In fact, I mentioned earlier today that riding with Colin Edwards all day and crashing his motorcycle would have normally cost me the figures I just mentioned, but drinking a beer with him at his own place is priceless! I hope you get to experience what I did this past weekend! Be sure to tell him Dean sent you! :)
P.S. It is rumored that Ben Spies will be one of the special guest instructors this year!
The CMRA kicked off there weekend in Angleton, Texas this past weekend at MSR-Houston. This is only the second time CMRA has raced at MSRH and the first since July 4th weekend, 2008. Congrats to CMRA for stepping up and giving the members what they wanted and that was a race closer to the Houston member base. I don't have any stats or know anyone who would share that info with me anyway, but it appeared to be a success based off of the large grid sizes.
I didn't race, just went out to show some support to my sponsors and some of their other sponsored riders, as well as some really good friends. It was a bit strange seeing MSR hosting a race weekend, and people were spread all over. I still never found some people I was looking for. LOL
I found myself missing some of the components that I have grown accustomed to at a race weekend like my bike, my girl, Ty Howard on Dunlops, Derek Wagnon chasing Ty on his 750, etc. it took me a second to recognize the riders in their new gear, new bikes, and new numbers. The racing was quick to grab my attention as I watched Carlos Lescale beat Derek Wagnon by 0.351. Alonzo Contreras and Dustin Dominguez battled for third with Dustin narrowly edging Alonzo. I think both were on borrowed bikes.
C Superstock Novice was a good race to watch as Jose Silva beat a fash approaching Jason Hanning. The real difference in this race was Jason's 1:53 second out lap. The A Superstock Ex/Nov race was another awesome race because you had two waves of good racing action. Ty Howard ran the best time of the day 1:34xx but that was 2 seconds of his track record set in 2008. Another milestone in this race is Brandt Dillon getting the holeshot and leading Ty on lap 1, but he didn't have the pace to run with Tyhut he did beat Ricky Parker. In the Novice class Wil Zamora won his first ever race with his prov nov jersey on. Wil rode a crazy fast pace and both he and Jose Silva ran a 1:40.2xx Those guys were in a class of their own. In fact, Will won all three of his races.
Rookie Expert was the funnest class to watch in it's rookie year in 2010. The class of 2011 looks like it could be another race to keep you eye on. Eddie Thornton, Zeb Harris, and John Keene were top three most of the race with Thierry Bareille sneaking into third place on the last lap. Missing from the line up at MSRH was Derek Steptoe.
Brandt Dillon got 3 holeshots, and lead over Ty Howard for a brief time. It was impressive and Brandt wasn't that easy to pass. Now if he would get traction control and a few other trick parts he could keep the pace. lol
All in all, I was excited to be back at the track and see some friends I hadn't seen in awhile. I had some interesting conversations with Ty Howard, Brandon Spradling, Joe Prussiano and it was good to see everyone have a successful weekend.
I added a poll to vote on who you thought was the most impressive out there yesterday. I almost added Ty Howards name to the list also because he had to start from pitrow of one race after the Novice wave. he finished 6th and I thought that was pretty impressive because of the head start the other guys had.
Me asking Ty, "When you going to let me ride that KTM?
Every time I go to the track I am amazed at the youth and how fast they are. I was listening to a favorite radio station of mine and they were releasing the next moto champion for 2011 and giving away custom pilot leathers/boots and a 4 day pass to Collin Edwards' bootcamp.
I was surprised to hear Austin Gore (CMRA #69) was runner-up for the second year in a row for 150cc 4 stroke/85cc 2 stroke class. When it came down ot it, the reason Aaron didn't win it was because his competition also raced another organization against another talented rider that the company had been watching.
All of this talk made me think of a good friend and a very young and talented rider-Jose Silva. Jose is 17 and very fast. He was bumped to expert after his first year of racing but decided to protest and stay novice. While I respect his decision, I know Jose has aspirations to be much more than a club racer, and hope he choses not to stay novice for very long. He has the talent to move up to expert and get the much needed attention and face time so he can start to gain the sponsors needed to help him acheive his dreams of being 'thenextrossi'
He started his 2011 season by going to Las Vegas and racing with WERA West. Jose walked away with three victories-Mediumweight Solo, C Superstock and B Superstock. He intends to continue his success the weekend of February18-20 at The Mercedes Benz Course of Sugarland, better known as MSR-H in Angleton, Texas for the CMRA 2011 Season opener.
So here's to Jose and his awesome start to a young racing career where the sky is the limit! Go get em Jose!
The Southeast and Mid-Central regions started their season this past weekend. Weather was less than favorable with rain, sleet, and snow falling on Friday and Saturday causing the cancellation of the Friday trackday. Saturday's horrendous weather didn't stop WERA from putting on a show though. I have to commend WERA officials and all the corner workers for enduring the conditions so that we could play. By the time the Solo 20 events rolled around, the rain and snow had already passed, leaving a wet and cold track.
Dean Dufrene managed to get a few laps around Talladega before he gridded up. Dean appeared to have the holeshot but settled down into 4th place before the end of the first lap, which is where he would finish the race. "We felt if we could finish in the top 5 during the solo that we would have accomplished a great feat. With around 6 wet, and snowy laps to learn the track, we really couldn't ask for more. Tim Hunt, Aaron Ralph and Matt Ting-Ting were instrumental in me doing as well as I did. Tim worked so hard in the offseason to prep my bike and make sure I had a bike that could win. After this past weekend, I am confident I have that tool."
As Sunday's dawn approached, the team's hopes of decent weather were stymied by 25 degree temps and ice covered grounds. The team opted to skip the first morning's warm up and let the sun melt the ice away before getting on track. Race 3 was Dean's first race.
C Superbike Race 3
Dean was gridded on the fourth row. He got a decent start and was battling for third as the bikes entered the 90's for the first time. On the second lap there was a crash involving two riders one bike behind Dean. The race was red flagged due to the injured rider. The re-start seen Dean again get a good start and into third place entering turn 1. #171 stayed in third for a few laps. The lack of practice time caused Dean to make some mistakes which cost him 3 positions. The promising sign was Dean recorded his fastest laps in Laps 9 and 10 of 10. He finished 6th in this race.
C Superstock Race 14
From the fourth row Dean again settled behind the two leaders and was able to follow for two laps. The story of this race was Dean's weakest corner being the fastest corner on the track. Dean wouldn't give his position up without a fight. The battle for 5th was all Dean could manage and he almost pulled it off. On the last lap, Dean was attempting to pass in Farmer's corner, but outbroke himself and couldnt stop the bike and ran off. He still finished 6th and was able to keep his times respectable and more consistent.
This race weekend was a warmup for the WERA National in April. The team was able to gain some data and accumulate a few laps at Talladega. "I love racing WERA and hanging out with the team. Plus they are smoking fast so we can definately learn alot by being around them."
Tim Hunt continued his amazing streak and won 3 of 3 races. None of them were close as Tim and his KWS Motorsports GSXR 1000 was in command of each race from the very beginning. In two of those races teamate and friend Ben Kirby finished second. "Tim's bike was a rocket ship out there today. And what was even more impressive is he did it with one practice session all weekend."
Dean would like to thank the following people who are instrumental in the successful weekend:
Tim Hunt/Apex Roadracing
Larry Ray/Track Junkie Racing
Team Privateer/LP Racing
The journey to Talladega started some 42 hours ago, and it was a tough one. The team got stuck on a bridge that was iced over for 5 hours. When the Louisiana police finally realized the weather wouldn't break they re-routed traffic, but the damage had been done and the team was some 7 hours behind schedule.
The weather in Munford, Alabama was supposed be in the 40's with 10% chance of rain. When the team woke up they knew the weather guys had got it wrong. The only two practice sessions Dean it got was either raining or snowing. With the 20 lap solo races on the horizon but still in the 30's Dean seemed confident he could do well.
The race started with Dean getting the holeshot, although he couldn't keep it long. "The competition was tough, and I have to commend the three guys who finished ahead of me. Tomorrow is a different day, we have some laps in now and hopefully we can re-arrange the standings come race time."
Here are some pics of the journey up until now.
From Left to Right: Dean Dufrene, Matt Ting-Ting, Aaron Ralph, Eric Buchanan, and Tim Hunt
Without Tim Hunt and Track Junkie Racing none of this would be possible
Matt Tingsanchali, Jamie Mullins, Dean Dufrene in their Track Junkie Racing Gear
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This is what Talladega looks like. Thanks to Danielle and the motoconnect.tv crew for this video. I think I like the lay out of the track! I have saturday morning to learn the track and a 20 lap solo later that day to get me prepped for Sunday's 600 cc races.
Sometimes blessings can come in disguise. The trackday got cancelled so we had an extra day to rest and travel. My mom lives not far from Interstate 12 in Covington, La. so I called her up to ask about the weather and we decided we had time to make a visit and get a homecooked, hot breakfast that makes you think of growing up.
Mat Mladin, former AMA Superbike Champion is the focus today. Mat self-admittedly was not the most gifted rider, but he knew what it took mentally to stay on top of his competition. Sometimes being able to pysch out his competitors before the race even began.
"Talent doesn't mean a thing." That's a quote from 7 time AMA champion Mat Mladin as he talks about the difference between those 2 or 3 tenths of a second. know I am not the most gifted rider, but I think the preparation and conversations I have had with Tim Hunt have aligned me with what Mat Mladin is saying in this video. Talladega is only two days away, and the preparation is just beginning.
Stay tuned for the exclusive unveiling of the bike at Talladega Gran Prix Raceway.
We have seen great success with the blog and website since we launched last week. I want to say thank you to all my fans, followers, sponsors and supporters. Without you we are nothing!
and yes the power outtages keep affecting our blog today so I kept it short and simple
be sure to watch the entire 14 part series of Mat Mladin behind the scenes at onthethrottle.tv
Jorge Lorenzo announced yesterday that he has earned the right to wear the number 1 plate and will do so for 2011. He went on to state the Fiat Yamaha team was able to incorporate his initials JL (see pic below) into the number one plate. This marks the first time since 1983 that the defending MotoGP Champion will wear the number 1. He promised to also have the number 99 on his machine.
The motorcycle forum High Performance Crew has implemented a racer support program NEW for 2011. Each racer must put up a $20 minimum donation that will purchase them a shirt and two decals. 100% of the shirt sales, minus shipping goes to the purse. Shirts can be either black or blue. HPC will use the total purse to sponsor one racer per month from February through October. The pay out will be in form of cash and handed to a racer at each event. The requirements are:
1. You must be a licensed novice or expert racer.
2. You must be a member of HPC.
3. You dont have to list HPC as a sponsor, but we'd like it.
4. You must run (2) HPC decals (will be provided with shirt purchase).
5. You must have at least 150 posts.
6. You must have been a member for at least 3 months.
7. You must purchase a shirt.
8. Once you've been selected, you're no longer eligible.
If you have not signed up to be a member of the HPC motorcycle community click here to get startedThe program will continue throughout the season and racers racing both WERA and CMRA will be eligible.
The deadline for purchasing a shirt is 2/1/11.
HPC is more than a motorcycle forum and they have done alot for the motorcycle community in the state of Texas. You can find more HPC Stuff on the web as they are now offering a wide variety of moto related accessories and products.
Go Fast Dont Crash and teamates also congratulate HPC racers Jeff Kulchinski and Jose Silvia for their first career victories at Las vegas this past weekend
CMRA racers Alonzo Contreras, Eddie Thornton, Jose Silva and Jeff Kulchinski are among those few who are priviledged to be on the race track today. With Talladega being one week away! I couldn't sleep.
Alonzo Contreras is a multi novice champion as well as Rookie Expert champion. He plans on doing some AMA and WERA rounds this season to get more exposure.
Eddie Thornton was a top novice last year and rode both an R1 and R6. He should be a force after being bumped up to the expert class and follow in the foot steps of Blake Cochran and Alonzo Contreras as first year experts who get on the podium.
Jose Silva, still looking for his first win after being disqualified at CMRA's final round on Halloween day. He is young and talented and is considered by many to be one of the front runners in the Novice class this year.
Jeff Kulchinski, switched to an SV 650 in the middle of last year and has seemed to really come in tune with it. He should be on top of the podium this year, ALOT!
Seize the moment boyz! If you have a chance to make a pass, go for it, because you may never get it again!
Warning! Please have your leathers on and helmet strapped tight before watching the video!
Dean Dufrene is pleased to announce his alliance with Track Junkie Racing. TJR is a nationwide parts house that carries a wide variety of product lines available at fair prices. No matter what brand of motorcycle or what it's major use is, trackday, street, or racing, TJR has the parts, gear and accessories to help you GoFast-DontCrash. Some of the products sold are: Shorai light weight batteries, Teknic, Hel, Optimal Racing, Forcefield Body Amour, and many other top name brands.
"Larry Ray, a track junkie himself has really gone out of his way to see that me and my crew have any and everything I needed." We know that with his great line of products and fair prices, we will never be at the track without the great products we need to suceed.
Look for us at the track in TJR gear or under the KWS Motorsports tent and pick up your free koozie. If you place an order be sure to tell him Dean sent you and there is a surprise gift included. Go Fast Dont Crash and Apex Road Racing will be at Talledega Gran Prix Raceway on Feb 4th-6th. So please stop by and check us out.
WERA National/Gofast-DontCrash.com rider Dean Dufrene is excited to announce that he has signed a sponsorship agreement with Apex Road Racing for the 2011 season. Apex Road Racing is a full service race shop specializing in the preparation and maintenance of race and track day motorcycles. Services include: Storage and Maintenance, transportation of motorcycle to and from track, suspension, electronics, paint and bodywork, safety wiring and drilling, instruction and coaching of track day riders and racers and much more...
Tim Hunt can be contacted at tim@ApexRoadRacing.com Apex Road Racing is based out of Tennessee and was first started in 2006. Tim Hunt has continued to be successful each step along the way in his racing career, and he feels like this could be a break out year."Tim Hunt, and the Apex Road racing guys are great! I originally met Johnathan at my first WERA race at Barber last year. Then I met Tim Hunt at the GNF and he helped me so much that weekend that I knew I had to stay in touch with him. Our goals are simple, WIN Championships!"