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.

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

AFM Round 3, 2016 -- Thunderhill Raceway

Experience vs. Bad Habits

A have a love/hate relationship with this track.  Thunderhill is the first track that I learned how to go fast on.  Thunderhill is the track that I have the most experience with, literally thousands of laps around this circuit.

Thunderhill is also the track that I have the most bad-habits.  I know I can go faster here.  I know how to go faster here, I have gone faster here.

Not this weekend.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

WERA West 2016 Round 3 — Buttonwillow

Buttonwillow is a racetrack that is in central California and has some history with being bumpy. Often referred to as “Bumpy-willow”. It has since been repaved, and the track conditions are much improved.

I enjoy Buttonwillow. It has a great flow to it; From T2 all the way to Sunset you are never slamming down on the brakes while frantically backing gears like some tracks. On the bikes that I race, you are at most backing two gears with relatively gentle braking zones.

That flow is what makes the track so enjoyable to me.

Monday, May 2, 2016

AFM Round 2, 2016 — Sonoma Raceway

I love racing at Sonoma Raceway (formerly known as Infineon Raceway; formerly known as Sears Point). Sonoma is by far the most technical track on either circuit that I currently run. There are very few flat spots on the track, and the front straight is incredibly short. A great track for small bikes.

The challenge for Round 2 is that there is no Friday practice before this round. Due to the scheduling of another motorcycle event, Friday is booked. Fortunately, there was a charity event held on Wednesday before the weekend that allowed me a chance to practice on the track before racing.