So Round 2 is in the books and I did not have the weekend than I had hoped for. I showed up early on Thursday and had the bike ready for some testing. Due to my wreck at Buttonwillow, testing has been non-existent. Easter Sunday at Infinion changed from a test and tune, to just a sorting the new bike out day. It is better to sort than not ride at all.
I spent all day Friday just trying to set a decent pace and get the bike to work. The pace never came, but the bike did start to work much better thanks to Phil at Aftershocks. Not having the pace would prove to be a big issue on Sunday. Friday should have been a great day for me, but my allergies were really bothering me and I was a little bit off. Some days aren’t great, so do what you can. Friday night was miserable by my allergies and sleep was not much of an option.
Ahhh, Saturday here we go. Everyone started showing up and it is feeling like a race weekend. So I was determined to make Saturday better. Little did I know the flu was just getting its hooks into me. Saturday riding was more of the same and my head felt like I was deep sea diving. A Twin Works rider stopped and got me medicine on the way to the track, but I was still suffering. Again it just was not a productive day.
Saturday went even worse for my wife who blew up her bike right after lunch. I was asked to help out with the announcing and Jen had to race. Ricky Ford, Dan Sewell, and Greg McCullough all stepped up and offered her a bike for her afternoon race. That is why we race with the AFM, the people here are the best. I was able to announce for her race, along with a few more races, but being sick made it less enjoyable than it could have been. Saturday night I wish I could say I slept like a baby and felt like a million bucks in Sunday, but why lie.
Between the tears flying out of my eyes and sticking to my visor and the runny nose, I was miserable on Sunday. It looked like it was raining in my helmet. Sunday was approached differently than most weekends. I wrecked in round 1 so my options were wide open for racing. I chose 600 prod, 600 superbike, Formula 1, and 750 superbike. It was very apparent in my first race, my pace would not allow me to run up front. I was faster than I had been all weekend, which caused the bike to present with handling issues. The rest of the races were spent riding to the bikes strengths and dealing with the weaknesses.
With less than stellar results from most races, I was left scratching my head. I really expected to do better. You always hear about pro riders having the flu and that is why they were off the pace. I have a new respect for those racers and how hard it can make racing. My physical fitness is getting better every week. The left leg is still weak from surgery and that is my focus when I train. The next few weeks will be spent tuning on the bike and finding a way to get my head ready for racing. This is not where I wanted to be, but I will work hard and find a way to get the results I expect of myself. As always, thanks to all of my sponsors and my crew.
One of the three well-known California road racing clubs; AFM offers a place where you can participate in races, watch as a spectator, or even take part as a turn-worker on the course. There are competition classes for almost all motorcycles; you can race what you own, build a bike specifically for racing, or maybe even pick up a pre-set-up bike through member want ads. Competing in expert club racing can be used to qualify for a pro racing license. Explore the website for further information.
Women race with the men?
Yes, races are structured by bike size. Women race in the same classes as men that have the same sized bike. However, there is a growing interest among women in racing , so many racing clubs have added a women’s class to encourage the ladies to give it a try.
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