Round 10 Barbara Motorsports Park.
It seems like this year has just flown by, it has been very busy with racing in two series WERA and AMA but has been so much fun and very beneficial to my racing.
I still had the matter of my last AMA race of 2010 and more importantly its contract time so I wanted to put together a good weekend.
Fortunately the last AMA race was at Barbara Motorsports Park which is a track that the Project 1 Atlanta team and I have had two good days testing at earlier in the year and I did the WERA national endurance race two weeks before so I know the track and really liked it. It is a technical track with no real straights so it’s all on the rider and the setup.
From the first practice the bike was right on form with me being P1 for most of the session and it felt like the times just came so easily, which is how any rider wants it.
Going into qualifying my goal was to get my first front row of the season as I have had lots of 5th’s. So I put my head down early and went P1, I was feeling great so I came in and got a new tyre and went for it again I went a little faster but never got the perfect lap but I was happy because when all was said and done I qualified P4 (front row)
I knew going into race 1 that the front row was going to make my life a lot easier so I was really relaxed and that really helped because from the beginning of the race I knew I had the pace. I set the fastest lap of the race on lap 2 and got myself into second behind Martin Cardenas.
Both martin and I put our heads down over the 21 lap race and pulled out a 3 second gap on 3rd place. I was feeling good and my Yamaha was inch perfect all race. I felt that there were a few spots where I could get by Martin on the last lap but he said he could hear from my motor noise where I was closer to him than normal so on the last lap he blocked really well and managed to hold me off. I was really happy with my first 2nd place. I enjoyed the race and learnt a lot from the experienced Martin.
I was super excited for Sundays race because I was hoping to make use of the lessons I had learnt on Saturday but it was not to be. It was pouring with rain and the forecast said it had set in for the day.
Being that I don’t really have any rain experience I was a little worried, but when the flag dropped for race 2 my P1A team had put together a great rain setup and my Project 1 Atlanta Graves Yamaha R6 felt excellent.
Myself and my team mate Dane Westby put our heads down and got away from the rest of the field, we traded fastest lap all race long but as is with rain things happen so fast and with 9 laps to go both myself and my team mate had HUGE high sides causing the red flag to be thrown.
My Pilot leathers, Arai Helmut and Sidi boots kept me from being hurt but my bike was not in good shape at all but incredibly the P1A guys with the help of the Pat Clark team rebuilt mine and Dane’s bike in exactly 12 minutes and we were able to restart the race. Unfortunately I had to start from the back of the grid (30 plus guys) but I managed to fight my way back to 9th. I was really happy with my weekend and happy with my riding and progress during the season.