Short report (link to full version)
I want to first thank everyone who was helping out this weekend, Sammy and Shelly from Racer 13, Jim and Nickie from Catalyst Reaction Suspension, of course my crew chief, KC from BRG Racing, my team mate Sergio for being a mechanic this weekend, and of course my Wife and family. Also thank you to those who stepped in with parts when we needed them, Ameen of Meen Motorsports, Steve of Evol Technologies, and the Sadowski bros.
My first lap out of the weekend, I was exiting the carousel (Turn 6) and was holding my line as I moved towards the outside curbing and almost had the bike straight up when out of the corner of my eye I see a rider going for pass on the outside, the outside where there is basically only dirt left. As the rider passed me, we collided and instantly my front end tucked from the collision, throwing me to the ground. I did a quick roll and came to slide at around 80-100 mph, this caused me to miss all of practice.
Qualifying 1 was cut into two 20 minute sessions, further reducing our chance to get the bike sorted and working properly. With all of the commotion of the crash, we didn’t get the tire warmers on in time to properly get heat in the tires. As I went out to finally get some laps in, the bike wasn’t easy to ride. Switching to the Dunlop spec tires meant a few geometry changes that didn’t get accounted for/ set up for.
Saturday morning, in Qualifying 2, I came in to make a few suspension adjustments after about 4 laps, and as I went back out, the fun began. I was on my out-lap and as I came up through Turn-3a the tires didn’t agree with how much throttle and lean angle I was asking them for and the rear tire slipped out quickly. Just as quickly as it lost grip, it regained it, resulting in the bike catapulting me out of the seat and over the front tire! I remember thinking “this is going to hurt” then thinking, “there’s NO way I’m going to crash…again!” the next things that happened are only believable because there is video evidence
With little time to set up the bike and lack of experience, we ended up not making the grid by three tenths of a second, but we will be ready next time.
I would like to thank all of my sponsors who have helped me get this far. KC from BRG Racing, Bell Helmets Brok @ Supermoto, Nickie and Jim from Catalyst Reaction ,K-Tech Suspension and Skip from Orient Express , Ken from Pacific Track, GU Energy, Heroic Racing Apparel, Tech-Spec, Leo Vince Fast systems, Renthal, Viets Performance, Motorex, Woodcraft/ Armour bodies , and of course East Bay Motorsports for providing the fans with some FREE water for the weekend.
See you all at AFM @ Thunder-Hill this weekend, then again at Miller Memorial day Weekend.