Pomona Race Report: Weirbach Racing's Dominic Colindres
NEWS November 5, 2012
Photo by Dave Hoenig
Courtesy of Dominic Colindres:
The AMA Pro Grand National season finale was held in Pomona, California. I was stoked for this race being that it was close to home and I got to hang out with friends and family at my house all week. Last year, I didn't do so good, not even making the main, but this year I felt that I had some good experience gathered up from this year. My goal for the weekend was to finish ahead of Shayna Texter and finish the year off fourth in overall points.
Qualifying was going great. Dick had the bike set up spot on from the start, only thing we changed was tire pressures. The free practice qualifying I set the ninth fastest time. We didn't change the bike at all and the first qualifying session I qualified ninth again. We dropped the tire pressure a little and set the fifth fastest time in the second qualifying session.
For the heat race I was lined up on the front row. I got a great start and was in second into the first turn. I made a pass for the lead going down the back straight and led the rest of the heat race. I felt great in the heat, winning by about a second. Vanderkuur looked fast in his heat and I knew he was going to be tough to beat.
Going out for the main I felt comfortable with the way things were going.
I got the holeshot and going into turn three a red flag came out. On the second start I was in about fourth riding by myself and another red flag came out about halfway through the race. This time the start was single filed and I made my way into third going into turn three. The top two riders pulled a large lead on me and we were all evenly spaced. At about four laps to go I found a fast line and reeled in Maguire who was in second. I passed him and was left with two laps to go. I caught up to Vanderkuur on the last lap and couldn't quite get into the draft going down the last straight away.
I finished a solid second.
This year Pomona treated me great. Being on a totally different bike and having so much more experience really seemed to help me out. I am very happy with the way this year went. I couldn't be happier to get team Weirbach a win my first race after their previous rider decided to go on his own mid-season. Getting all of my podiums on Weirbach's bikes gets me ready for next year. Being that I missed five races and joined Dick and Ted halfway through the season and finished fourth in points, Dick, Ted and I feel like we have a good shot at winning the championship next year since I will be at every race. I couldn't have done it without them and all our sponsors that helped this year.
I would like to give a huge thanks to:
Weirbach Racing, General Engineering, Barnett, Spectro, DynoJet, K&N, Saddlemen, Motorcycle Superstore/Bell Helmets, White lightning Retrievers, PMP Sprockets, Motion Pro, Spider Grips, Evans Coolant, Cheney Engineering, G2 Ergonomics, All Balls Racing, Firecoat Custom Powderworks, CP Pistons and Carrillo Rods, Web Cams, Foudree's Graphics, Sunoco, Pro Wheel, Durelle Racing, Supertrapp, TNT Honda, Pingel Products, Regina Chain, Factory Backing, Hinson, MotoBatt, Pit Posse, Jet-Hot, Cosmetic Graphics, , KDM Forrest Products, Michael King, Frankie Morris, my Mom and Dad, Mach 1, A&A Racing, Works Connection, ProFactoryHoses.com, Rekluse, and Chicken Hawk Racing.
Dominic Colindres 66Y