Saturday, June 1, 2013

EMRA 2013 - Round 1

Got off to a good start this year racing motorcycles.

I wasn't able to take advantage of the pre-race practice days, so it was a jump on the bike and hope for the best kind of thing. It actually worked out great.

Red #43
I loaded up my truck the night before, and headed up the morning of, leaving Calgary at 05:30 in order to arrive in time for registration and the rider's meeting. Barely made it, too! The tires had maybe 20 minutes on the warmers before I was headed out for the warm up laps.

First race of the day (and year for me) was Open Sportbike. Got off to a good start, but my technique was definitely rusty. I didn't trust the shagged tires yet, so I was very timid with the throttle and entry speeds. Ended up finishing 12th out of 19. Not very good.


Lots of traffic in the first corner
Next up was 600SS, the class I am keen to do well in. Same rules as Open Sportbike, but engines are restricted to 620cc or less. Makes the field more dependant on the rider when everyone is close in terms of power. In this race I started to get a lot more aggressive. On the brakes later, and on the throttle sooner. Pulled off a last minute pass on the brakes into Corner 2 to finish 5th out of 17,






Last of the day was the Superbike race. This class is completely unrestricted in terms of modifications. It was a good race to practice, and I though I fought very hard for 3rd, I ended up 4th.

Overall a great weekend. I am extremely excited for the next round. I'm aiming for a podium finish, with fresh tires and a little bit more practice under my belt.





Can't wait for the next round!
It's like Race Tire christmas!
Danger Ranger makes an appearance
I also got a little lost on the drive home. Pulled over for some relief, and realized the exit I took had no ramp to get back onto the highway! Ended up on a really nice little piece of country. All the rain recently has definitely made things green.





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