My dad and I drove out to the track Friday morning to ride my CM Motorsports/Outlaw Racing backed CBR600 at the TrackDaz event. We arrived early that morning and got setup in time for the second session of the day. I went out on track and felt everything out, getting used to the bike again because it was only my second weekend on the bike. When I came in after my first session of the day the bike was too stiff, so we made a few suspension changes. Throughout the day I continued working with Tige Daane from CM Motorsports to get the bike dialed in. In my last session I set my best lap for the day which was a 1:55.6. I was happy with the outcome of the day and had a lot of fun!
Saturday was filled with two sessions of practice, qualifying, and three races. I went out for my first practice session and felt even more comfortable on the bike, with a change in our settings. My fastest lap was a 1:55.1. Then the second session came and we gathered more information about the bike, we were ready for qualifying. I went out for my qualifying session and put down my personal best lap in this direction, at a 1:52.798. I qualified 3rd with Loren Black in 1st at a 1:52.071, Ben Truslow in 2nd with a 1:52.781, and Daytona Anderson in 4th with a 1:52.825. Between 2nd place and 4th place there was only 0.04 seconds. Everyone knew the races were going to be close.
In my first race, Formula Middleweight, I got a good start and was in 2nd place in T1. I was behind Loren Black and just in front of Ryan Matter. Loren was slowly getting away and Ryan knew he needed to get past me. On the first lap Ryan got a drive down the back straight and passed me. While I followed Loren and Ryan for a few laps I set my new personal best at a 1:52.459 and finished 3rd. That was my first podium in the 600 class and I was very excited.
My next race, SuperSport Middleweight, was awesome. I got a great start and was in 2nd place in T1 again with Loren leading and Ryan behind me. On the first lap Ryan passed me on the brakes into T8, but he went a little too deep, so I fought back and went right back underneath him. I knew he was right on the back of me, so I was pushing hard. He tried to make a few more moves, but he couldn’t get through. The battle went down to the last lap, when I made a mistake into T3 and didn’t get a good drive out. It let him get right up alongside me and passed me entering T4. I tried fighting back, but couldn’t quite get it done. I finished 3rd 0.6 seconds behind Ryan and I was very proud of my performance.
The third race of the day was the Team Challenge. We were team Outlaw Racing, which consisted of Daytona Anderson, and Ben Truslow, and I. I started the race from the second row, got an amazing, and was in 1st by T1. I put my head down and started gapping the field. I put about a 30 second gap on the 2nd place team, and then came in for a pit stop, where Ben Truslow went out. Ben rode for 20 minutes like me and then pitted to let Daytona ride the last 20 minutes. We finished in 1st with a 2-3 lap lead. It was amazing because it was our first team race and we won. Our team went to sleep with a pleasing result.
On Sunday I had one practice session and three races. My practice went well and I felt good about the upcoming races. My first race was the Middleweight Shootout. I started in the 3rd spot on the front row and got a good start, which put me in 3rd at T1. I had Loren and Ryan in front of me and knew I had to push to keep up. I quickly made a move on Ryan by getting a good drive onto the back straight and passed him under braking into T8. At that point Ryan and Rocco Horvath were right on my tail for the battle for 2nd. I kept them behind me and set a personal best lap at a 1:51.657 until the 4th lap came and I picked up what we think was a screw and I got a flat rear tire. I kept on riding hard to try and get a 2nd place finish, but I was losing too much air to keep any traction. They got by me and I quickly lost ground as the tire deflated all the way down to 10 lbs of pressure. I was very happy with my 4th place finish because I was leading two AMA professionals up until the tire problem.
In my second race, Formula Middleweight, I started from the front row and didn’t get a great start, which put me into 4th position at T1, with Loren, Ryan, and Ben in front of me. I also had Rocco directly behind me. First I had to get by Ben to try and stick with Loren and Ryan. I got Ben on the first lap on the brakes into T15 and by that time, Loren and Ryan were gone. In the mean time Ben fought right back and passed me entering T3, but ran wide, so I passed him right back into T4. During this lap Loren crashed in T9, which moved everyone up one spot. Then the next lap around, I saw someone showing me their wheel in a few spots. I figured it was Ben, but found out it was actually Rocco on lap 5 when he almost passed me entering T3, but I held him off. It was the last lap and Rocco and I were coming into T8, a common place to pass under braking, I knew he was going to try to make a pass and he did. He got up right alongside of me and made a great pass. I wasn’t going to let this happen, so when we entered the corner I was about a wheel length behind and when he turned in I did the same, putting my body on top of his bike and just when he slowed for the quick flick right, I gave a little more gas and stuffed him into the sharp right hander. Then we had a few turns to go and he was aggressive, but I kept closing the door on him and I finished in 2nd. That was my first 2nd place in a 600 race and I beat a professional AMA racer to get it, it was quite rewarding. That race was very fun and had a few good battles.
The last race of the day was SuperSport Middleweight, where I started on the front row and got a good start. I was in T1 in 3rd place with Ben and Ryan in front of me. It took Ryan two laps to get past Ben and then once Ryan got by I passed Ben two corners later entering T8 on the brakes. After that Ryan made a gap and we stayed single file until the finish, where I finished in 2nd about a second back.
Overall the weekend was very fun and successful and it couldn’t have been done without all of my wonderful sponsors.
Thank you to my current Sponsors:
- CM Motorsports
- Outlaw Racing
- Share A Sale
- Concept Five
- Fastrack Riders
- GPR Stabilizer
- Next Moto Champion
- Race Tech
- Mid Cities Honda
- Power Stands Racing
- NEXX Helmets
- Advanced Motorcycle Gear
- BARF Racing
- California Superbike School
- Shorai Power
- Motul Lubricants
- Zero Gravity
- Lockhart Phillips
- Cycle Gear