Race Report - JD Beach - Road Atlanta
NEWS April 26, 2012
(April 26, 2012) - After Daytona we finally got back on the road race bikes at Road Atlanta. I was really looking forward to the race. I really love that track and was really looking forward to being at the M1 Powersports Triumph Big Kahuna race. Cameron Gray has been working really hard at Promoting the race so I was just hoping the weather would stay nice so he would get a good turnout.
The weekend started on Wednesday when we left in the funmover to head to Atlanta. We had a full house Hayden, Frankie, Rob, Rod, Jon and I. It was only a 6 hour drive so it wasn’t bad. It was a fun trip, everyone was playing poker and just telling stories so it made for a quick trip and a good start. We got there at about 2 in the morning so we slept then headed to the track Thursday to get all set up. All the teams pulled in Thursday so it was just a typical day getting everything ready.
Friday was a late start day with the riders meeting being at 10:00 AM and not getting out on track until 1:00 PM. We had one practice session and one qualifying round on Friday. We were feeling pretty good from the get go but the time sheets weren’t showing it. Dave Presler and Scott Jensen where working very hard at getting the bike ready and set up good. I just couldn’t get the speed going. It wasn’t that I didn’t feel good riding just something wasn’t clicking. We ended up 13th after qualifying and stayed there after Saturday morning qualifying because no one went faster.
I knew in the race Saturday if I got a good start and got up with the faster group I could lower my lap times and get going pretty good. I got a pretty good start but off the line made a couple bad choices, and went the wrong way and got pinched off. I gained a couple spots but not enough. I didn’t want to give up though so I kept pushing forward, making some passes until I got into a battle with Joey and Huntley. It was like we were racing SuperSport again. We improved my lap times a bit but I still knew I had more in me for Sunday. At the end of the race we ended up 9th, not the kind of finish we want but improving.
Come Sunday Dave, Scott, and I had a pretty good game plan for warm up and the race. The warm up was only 20 minutes so I did a couple practice starts and tried to do a couple fast laps. No one really ended up going faster but I was closer to the front being 10th fastest but had some good starts.
Our race start was really good compared to Saturday, I picked a better line and was a few positions up. My first lap was 1.8 seconds faster than the day before and my average lap time for the whole race was a second faster. Just about every lap of the race was my fastest lap of the weekend. We took the bike set up to the next level, it was working a lot better and was letting me ride the way I know how to. I had some really good battles with Huntley again but I was able to get past him and battle with Bobby Fong. I was able to make some pretty good passes and ended up 7th. We were only .008 away from being in 6th.
The next round is May 4th-7th in Sonoma, CA. I have only ridden the track once on a SuperBike but I’m really looking forward to the race and getting back on the bike.