Last night I arrived home at 10:30 pm from a work conference where I was a member of a discussion panel. I was exhausted from my full day at the jobsite working on 2 projects; one in the final stages of close-out and the other a proposal for a new project we are hoping to get. Both important and both time consuming, thus the last few weeks have been hectic and stressful for me just dealing with work. I have spent no time working on my bike prepping it for Round 4. I am so grateful to my husband Jason who has been picking up the slack for me and working on everything to get ready for this race weekend. When I pulled into the driveway last night Jason wasn't there... I called to find out where he was and he said I'm picking up your bodywork from Sam Richards, it's done. Sam, with a little help from Jason, has been prepping and painting my second set of bodywork at night after his day job to get it ready for Round 4. And it looks beautiful!
That's right, I will be sporting a new look for this race weekend. Nikka will be wearing Z2 Blue skins, since Zoom Zoom Trackdays has agreed to provide me with racing support for the rest of the season. I can't thank them enough and I look forward to more focused riding with my Z2 coach, Jay Kinberger.
For the first 3 rounds of this Season, I have been pitting with the Twin Works Factory team and riding a yellow bike. This was a new arrangement for Jason and I, and I have found that being in a separate pit area from my trailer makes it logistically difficult at the race weekends (Infineon is the only exception since TWF and Z2 pits are adjacent.) Jason has been pitting with Z2 being that he is a Z2 sponsored racer and the trailer and shared tools and equipment are near his pit. So me being with Z2 will make things much less stressful. The racers from TWF have always been great and it has been a pleasure and an honor to pit with them for the first part of the season. They are all top notch racers and people - Jon Foreman, Jeff Frost, Ricky Ford, Tom Dorsey, Shandra Crawford, and of course Zoran. My back up bike will still sport the yellow skins (it will be ready by Round 5, thanks again to Jason for putting it together for me) and I will continue to promote, cheer for and hang out with these awesome people.
So here is a picture of me riding with Coach Kinberger (LOL) and Nikka wearing her yellow skins at a Z2 Thunderhill trackday last week, June 4, 2009. When I post my race report with new pictures, she'll be in Z2 Blue.
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.
Formed in 2001, SMUSA is now the premier Pro/Am supermoto series in the country. Many of the well known American road racers such as Bobby Fong, Joey Pascarella, Cameron Beaubier, Elena Myers, Tyler O'Hara, Garrett Willis and others all competed in Supermoto USA's Nor Cal Championship where they developed their skills.
PC Dirt Track in Sacramento, Ca holds a series of the oldest and most traditional type of motorcycle racing, flat track - sometimes referred to as “dirt track” racing. A uniquely American type of motorcycle racing. Riders finesse their machines sideways through the turns, just inches apart from each other.
Since 1924, the AMA has protected the future of motorcycling and promoted the motorcycle lifestyle. AMA members come from all walks of life, and they navigate many different routes on their journey to the same destination: freedom on two wheels. The AMA sanctions more motorsports competition and motorcycle recreational events than any other organization in the world. No one who has ever seen an AMA Pro motorcycle race ever forgets it.