Thursday, July 20, 2017

MotoAmerica at Sonoma

The original plan for 2017 was to race all three Moto America rounds in the western United States.  After my injury at Round 6 of the AFM last year, that plan was canceled.

My progress has been better than I expected, so I am taking the opportunity to run the final western Moto America round at Sonoma Raceway.  This race round is on the weekend of August 11, 2017.

This round is going to be especially challenging as I will not only be running a 600 Superstock bike with Moto America, but I will also be racing in the Formula IV race with the American Federation of Motorcycles at the same event.

While this is a great opportunity for me, it is also an opportunity for a few companies in our development community.

AFM Round 4: Thunderhill: Back with a Heat Stroke




The 4th round of AFM was back at Thunderhill on July 15th and 16th.  Round 4 was unusual as AFM has been avoiding racing in July and August both due to vacation time and because of the potential for an extremely hot race weekend.

About the heat, this weekend did not disappoint with the temperature peaking over 110F ambient and track temperatures recorded over 155F.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

AFM Round 3: The return to Thunderhill

AFM Round 3: The return to Thunderhill


The last time that I gridded at Thunderhill, I left in a helicopter. To say that I had a bit of trepidation would be an incredible understatement.

But let's start this report with Friday.

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Custom Race Helmets

Every year Valentino Rossi (among others) presents the world with his new custom race helmet for the season. He also tends to have a special helmet for his home track.


I love the idea of having a custom helmet.

It looks amazing. It stands out. It gives you a more professional look compared to another Rossi helmet.

The reason that most riders don't have a custom helmet is simple ... cost.

A high end helmet (one that I would consider suitable for racing) is going to run you north of $500.00. The really good ones that have the more advanced features (and arguably are more protective) are close to or exceed $1,000.00.

Once you have the helmet then you add in the cost of the custom design and applying that design to the helmet. That can run you *another* $1,000.00 or more.

As a racer I tend to go through 1-3 helmets per year. Some years I don't have a crash that damages my helmet but other years it seems all I am doing is hitting my helmet.

These costs add up.

Saturday, October 8, 2016

AFM Round 6 -- End of the Season

I sit here in my home office trying to get started on this race report. It is the hardest one I have ever tried to write.

As of today, October 8, 2016, I have not been on a motorcycle in seven days. This is the longest “break” in recent memory.

I am battling depression on an hourly basis.

I am supposed to be in Las Vegas, battling for three championships.

This is my last race report for 2016.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

WERA West 2016 Round 5 -- Fontana


Round 5 finds us back at Fontana for the second round in a row.  This is another single header event which means we are racing for only one day.

There is a track day available on Saturday for practice, but my current schedule did not allow for me to get to Fontana on Friday, so I was not able to practice on Saturday.

Fortunately, due to the classes that I run, I am afforded two practice groups in the morning which gives me 4 practice sessions before racing starts.  

Saturday, July 30, 2016

WERA West 2016 Round 4 — Fontana

Auto Club Speedway is a unique track in my racing circuit. It is the only track that is run inside of a NASCAR oval, and it also uses part of that oval. It is also one of the few tracks where I am using 6th gear and hitting the speed limit of my motorcycle.

This event was a single rather than a double header for WERA. We only raced on Sunday which, as luck would have it, was a good thing since the heat on Saturday was causing many people problems. Although I did not attend the track day on Saturday, I heard from a few how the heat was a major issue. Fortunately, Sunday was only in the 90s.