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The internet home of the 2009 WERA North Florida Region LWTSB and HWTSS Champion!
July 05, 2012: I had tentatively planned to race Road America and thought the races would be mid-June. Around June 5th I learned the races were scheduled for June 08th-10th. As of June 7th I was still debating if I would even go when I received a phone call from a fellow racer and good friend Travis Richards. He was running his team in the 6 hour endurance race and needed a fill in due to an injured rider. Less than 4 hours later I was packed and rolling for Road Atlanta!!!
I arrived a little after dark and met up with some old friends. Friday June 8th I had to learn a new bike (SV-650) with a different shift pattern(GP shift), all the while trying to keep from trashing someone else’s bike and not getting in the way of faster riders. I got 4 whole laps.
Race time!! Wait, the longest race I have done has been about 25 minutes and I felt like a beat dog after that… I promised no more than 30 minutes. My first two teamates did almost 1.5 hours each!! My next teamate did about an hour and then I was up. A few laps into my time I got a bad cramp in my right leg. Came close to having to pit in, but I fought through it and continued on!! Man that bike was a pig for the first 20-30 minutes (full tank of gas). As my time wore on the bike slowly began to handle better. Did my best to stay out of the faster riders’ way while I circulated the track. They kept showing me a lap time of 1.4? on the pit board, but I knew they had to have been doing it for moral (I felt like I was in the 1.53 range). I was having fun. but starting to get a little sketchy in a few areas on the track (out of shape). Before I knew it I saw 60 minutes displayed on the pit board and I signalled to come in. Now, have to remember be in neutral at the stop and kill the engine with the kill switch. Perfect! I stepped off the bike exhausted and totally thrilled!!! I had just completed my longest race time! Another rider completed the remaining time on track.
Jan 01, 2011: 2010 is now histroy! I didn’t get much racing in. However I did get to race at DAYTONA!!! I also returned to Road Atlanta for the June round.
Jan 11, 2011: For 2011 I plan to run the #544 Buell XB 12R Firebolt 3-4 race weekends. Talks are ongoing that may allow for more race weekends! In other news, WERA has announced the Harley-Davidson XR1200 will be legal in LWTSB in AMA SS form. Now if I could just get a Harley Dealer/Group interested…
April 2011: We went to Roebling Road Raceway in March for the WERA National Round. The bike felt great, but I was off my previous pace by approx 4 seconds and was never in the mix. There is a possibility I may go to the Road Atlanta round. Not sure yet though.
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