CVMA Chuckwalla Valley Raceway – Palm Dessert California USA 2018
I finished in P2 in the SS 500 and P2 in the Ultra-Light Weight on Saturday. On the Sunday I decided to Belly Flop off the 400, in my first race, whilst in P2!! Quite a fast one to be honest, thankfully no injuries but it knocked the wind out of me! I picked myself up, dusted myself off to go on and get a P2 in my final race Sunday. I also bettered my lap times by 2.2 seconds from last year, so overall very happy the weekends racing.
This weekends racing began with learning a bunch with JP43 Training on the Thursday.
Friday I only did the racers practice and not the whole day. In the morning we found some issues with the clutch on the Kawasaki Ninja 400 but fortunately we managed to fix the problem. In the afternoon practice we changed the set up on the bikes suspension, thank you to Tige for helping us out! Saturday I went out for Qualifying, ending up with P4 on the grid. I had 2 races that day, the first race I finished P3 in the 500 Super Sport and the second race finished P4 in Ultra Lightweight. Sunday we tried the new MotoAmerica slicks, they were that sticky we had to change the suspension set up on bike! I had 3 races, finishing P3 in the 500 Super Sport, P3 in the Ultra Lightweight and in the MotoAmerica race I had a DNF due mechanical problems. I managed to knock 2 seconds off my lap time which I was really pleased about too! This weekend was very productive with the bikes, and for me due to bike set up, and training with JP43 Training
Friday practice riding the Kawasaki ninja 400’s we were setting suspension, and gearing, bearing in mind there was a 35% chance of rain, a dust storm, and high winds! I only managed to get around 4 sessions in on track but managed to get the bike set to where I felt comfortable. Saturday 2 practice, 1 qualifying, and 2 races ultra-lightweight and 500 ss.
I decided that it was too cold to go out in the 1st session of practice but went out for the second session as the track had warmed up. Whilst out in my practice on my 2nd lap, I’m going around the outside of a rider, and the guy high sided beside me, which took me out! Luckily I had our other Kawasaki 400 to hop onto for qualifying. I qualified P2 in Ultra lightweight, finished P3 in my race, and finished P2 in the 500ss. Sunday I had 3 races, Ultra lightweight MotoAmerica race, and 500ss. In the Ultra lightweight I finished P2, In the MotoAmerica race I lost the rear and low sided. I was fine and the bike was ok but it didn’t look the best lol! My last race of the day was the 500ss, which I finished P3. My biggest achievement this weekend, was dropping into 1.58.03, my pb for this track!
MotoAmerica USA Junior Cup – Laguna Seca USA 2018
Went out for the free practice 20 minute session. This was hard to learn a new track in only 20 minutes! Qualifying 1 on Friday, I made P25 on the grid. Then in Qualifying 2, Sunday morning I made P22 on the grid for the race. I got a great start in the race and ended up in P16, lap 1. Lap 3 I was caching a group of 5 in front, from P13. Unfortunately I hysided my Kawasaki 400, coming out of turn 2. I put this down to being too eager to catch the group in front and should have taken more time! As my dad says….That’s Racing and the next time I decide to play in the sand, he’s going to give me a bucket and spade! At the start of the weekend I was over 8 seconds a lap slower than the front guys, I managed to get this down to under 2 seconds during my race. This was down to the fantastic crew I had help and support me all weekend, couldn’t have done this without the MotoCrew USA family.
I heard a lot about this track and really wasn’t sure what to expect! Went out for Practice Friday morning to learn, this track was a very technical one! I was hearing from lots of people, Sonoma is the hardest track of them all, which meant I had a lot to learn in a short space of time! Fridays practice went well, weather was perfect but learning this track was Hard. Qualifying 1 I managed to hold P20 and Saturday qualifying I bumped back to P24. Race 1 ended with me finishing in P20 and Sunday race 2 I finished P24. I couldn’t help feeling disappointed, as I was hoping for better results.
AFM – Thunderhill Raceway USA 2018
Our 2 week trip started at Thunderhill Raceway AFM, it was a pleasure to have Nobi Iso as a temporary teammate for this round. I didn’t go to practice on the Friday for multiple reasons. I had an unfortunate racing incident and that took us both out but “that’s racing” as they say. We had a decision to make, I either ride my 400 Kawasaki that I’ll be using for MotoAmerica or don’t race at all. Fortunately at the track there were feel like a pro bikes that were available for me to ride. It was hard but we managed to gather points that go towards the championship. Now a 32 hour drive across America to Road America, located in Wisconsin. I only had a 35 minute practice, that then lead straight into qualifying 1. In practice I was sitting P21 and still learning the track. Into qualifying 1 I didn’t even get one lap in until I had to come off due to clutch failure. This qualifier was crucial for my first and second race, but I still had qualifying 2 Saturday morning. The qualifying 2 lap times were not going to be as fast as the first qualifiers due to weather conditions. Race 1 I placed P18 out of 26 riders, and race 2 I placed P21. Race 2 wasn’t my best as I had to pull in due to brake issues. This sums up my 2 weeks of racing and I look forward to MotoAmerica, Laguna Seca.
OMRRA – Portland International Raceway USA 2018
Round 1 & 2
First time at PIR and it was a fairly easy track to learn.
Round 1 Apr 28-29, we had a mix of sun and rain which proved to be challenging with tire choices and changes. The weekends racing had its ups n downs with 2 dnfs but Saturday I finished 3rd in lightweight superbike, and 3rd in ultra-lightweight GP. On the Sunday I came away with a 1st in ultra-Lightweight Supersport, 3rd in Lightweight Superbike and 1st in Lightweight Supersport. All in all I was pleased with my performance, considering this was my first time out at this track.
Round 2 May 12-13, weather was awesome, no rain this time just hot and sunny! The Kawasaki 300 and Kawasaki 400 ran really well. It was a little tough as I did not get the Fridays practice but it was a challenge I was up for. Had some great battles with Nobi, the lap record holder at this track, also Alex Taylor. I managed to beat Nobi by a 5ooo of a second, so was really pleased with my performance in this race!
AFM – Buttonwillow Raceway USA 2018
Fridays practice in the morning was cold. I had to take it easy on the first couple of sessions. It was hard for me to get back into the groove after my crash at CVMA race at Chuckwalla. My mindset was not in the best place as I had 2 pins in my wrist!! My lap times were not where I wanted them to be, which was disappointing. The MotoCrew USA Kawasaki 300 was running just fine as was the Moriwaki 250.
On Saturday morning, it was cold again so took things steady. As the day went on the track temperature rose quite quickly and I was able to push more. There were some parts of the track I was more tentative with as was still having thoughts of not wanting to crash! In the afternoon I had my first race, which was on the Kawasaki 300. I was 16th on the grid and finished 11th, which was good, because I was aiming for top 10.
Sunday was a really good days racing! I felt confident with my abilities and was in a different mindset from the past 2 days. The morning practice I didn’t go out, as it was the coldest morning yet and I didn’t want to risk anything. My first race of the day was on the Kawasaki 300. I was P20 on the grid and finished P10, which I was happy with. The second race I managed to snatch P8. We then went into the afternoons racing with perfect racing conditions and I finished P7 on the 300. My final race of the day I placed P12 on the grid in the World SuperSport 300 and finished P4! Overall I was proud with my performance as this was my first race competing in Expert with AFM.
Fridays practice was awesome! I went out on the MotoCrew USA Kawasaki 300 in the morning while the Kawasaki 400 was being worked on. I felt confident with my riding as I knocked 2 seconds off my personal best, from round 1. Once the 400 was ready, I took this out but had some mechanical issues. On the Saturday I had practice and then had 1 race, which was on the Kawasaki 300. I finished with a P6, not the result I was hoping for. I went out for qualifying in the Formula 3 and qualified in P4. On the Sunday I had one round of practice in the morning and had four races. In the first race I rode the Kawasaki 300 in the 250 Superbike class and finished in P4. The second race was in the Formula Twins class and this was on the MotoCrew USA / MSS Performance Ltd Kawasaki 400. The first half of the race I had a great battle with Brett Voorhah and was pulling away but on the last two laps, I had clutch issues. I managed to hold my first position until the end, with a win and fastest lap. Race 3 was on the Kawasaki 400 as we managed to get the clutch fixed. This was in the Formula three class. I got one lap in and then the clutch completely fried, which took me out of the race. My final race of the day was in the World Supersport 300 class. I managed to hang on to the leader but on the last two laps got stuck behind back markers, giving me a P2 finish. The team performance was massively helped by telemetry we had on the bikes all weekend, this gave me so much more confidence to see all the information on the laptop.