WERA West @ Las Vegas - June 27 thru 29
Just a little something from Vegas
Finally lost the Provisional Novice orange shirt!!!! Hot weekend but worth it. Signed up for two races (Superstock A Novice and Superbike A Novice) which turned out to be the first and last races on Sunday. Since it was a National event with an endurance race on Saturday, we had practice on Friday. Everything went pretty smooth except for a slight scoring glitch caused by yours truely using a transponder at Button Willow and then using my own here. Anyhow, fastest times were 1:29:450 which wasn't too bad considering I was just learning the track from a 3 year hiatus from there. Saturday was an off day as they were running a four hour endurance race so we just hung out at Sins house and stayed out of the heat. Did venture out cause the eating machine (Matt) had to eat every four hours and actually went and watched about an hour of the race. Sunday....What can I say about Sunday??? We had two 15 minute practices where I actually got an 1:31:592 (I know, I slowed down) and a 1:29:603. Not too bad considering my whole goal was to not crash and lose that damned orange shirt. Now for the races......Started 6th in the Superstock A Novice field (two wave race) and finished 6th. Didn't pass anyone but then again, didn't get lapped either. Ended up, my transponder wasn't registering with the scorers (think it was because I moved it between practices and racing) so I didn't get any lap times for that race. On to the last race where I got times from AMB however, WERA didn't show them. I started 8th, got a good start and ended up 5th. At the end, I had caught the rider ahead of me but didn't have enough time or cajones to just hang it out and pass him. What I didn't know was that the 6th place rider (a woman!!!) was on my ass the whole time. She actually had better lap times but I still managed to stay ahead. Ended up running a 1:29:164!!!!
Thanks to all my sponsors: MoPowerSports, Motomummy.com, Jims Bikes n Service, LP, SoCalTrackDays, Ti2TT, Grip and Balance and BigHeadz Racing.
Also big kudos to Josh (224) for putting up with my old whiney ass, Tommy (917) for being a racing brother who hauled my slow bike up and back, Matt (321) for hauling my old ass up and back (and putting up with my lame humor) and other Matt (191) for showing me just how slow I am cause he's so fast and Dave Correa for being a great guy who has helped me more than anyone since I started racing.