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.

Monday, July 11, 2016

MotoAmerica: Laguna Seca 2016

7 seconds…

Three years of work comes down to 7 seconds…

Let's start at the beginning of the weekend.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Race Preparation: Laguna Seca

Lots of people have “bucket list” items. Things they want to do before they die. I am not any different, except perhaps for the things that are on my list and my willingness to go for it.

The current item I am working on:

  • Race at the professional level in the United States

A very lofty goal for someone of my height, body mass and age. Any one of those three things can be overcome pretty easily. Combining all three of them adds to the challenge.

Earlier this year I applied for and received my MotoAmerica Racing license. When I applied for it, it was a “get this out of the way” type of thing. I did not expect to be approved my first time nor did I expect to be able to race this year.

The license got approved, and then I looked at the schedule.

There are two events that are on the west coast (ish): Utah Motorsports (formerly Miller) and Laguna Seca. Utah is/was scheduled for the same weekend as AFM, so that was out. However, Laguna Seca is scheduled on a weekend without a conflict.

I am now signed up to race at Laguna Seca in July of 2016. I will be competing in the 600 SuperStock class, and the competition is incredibly stiff.