The GrrR6 was very pleased with the repairs, fresh paint, and graphics applied by ATech Customs after the last round, and agreed to cooperate in the rain and reward smooth, deliberate inputs by not putting a wheel wrong all day, and Rich brought home a 7th in Middleweight Superbike, and followed it up by taking home 3rd in Middleweight Formula 40, behind friend and fellow Team Pro-Motion member Paul Robson, who took home 2nd! As happy as he was with those finishes, Rich was happier to see that the forecast for Sunday was rain-free. A fresh set of Superbike slicks were mounted up, fingers were crossed, and we looked forward to Sunday.
The Amateur class, however, had no such issues with a solid grid of 25 entries. Rich lined up and got a good start, battling in some excellent racing, and brought home a 7th place.
The Rookie's Cup race was up next, bringing some excellent racers also in their first year of CCS competition - Rich fought hard and brought home a 5th in that one with #437 Nick Pasani nipping at his heels!
The 2nd Middleweight Superbike race was towards the end of the day, and brought some incredibly strong competition, and everyone brought their A-game for sure. Despite turning some decent lap times in the latter stages, some mistakes early on cost him position, and ended up finishing 11th, again with #437 Nick Pasani hot on his tail!
The 2nd Middleweight Formula 40 race was the last race of the weekend, and Rich ran strong holding off (up?) the well-ridden #933 of Roger Marquez as long as he could and brought home another plaque, taking 3rd in that race as well! Congrats to Roger on a great race.
As always, we couldn't have done it without the help of the Trackside Parts Club, Metric Devil Moto for the suspension build, tuning, trackside support, a kick in the butt when needed, and the Pirelli's, Scorpion for the EXO-R2000 helmet staying fog-free, Woodcraft CFM for the warmers, clip-ons, rearsets (and more), PitPosse for the organization, storage, and tie-downs, Yoshimura exhaust, Vortex Racing for the chain & sprockets, letting us dial in just the right gearing, Maher Motorsports for the tune on the engine, and of course, the best pit-friends a team could want.. Paul, Katharine, John, Leo (Heal up quick buddy!), Misha, Pete, and those who couldn't make it but offered their support & encouragement. Of course, we have to make special mention for Rich's wife, Nicole, for keeping him (relatively) sane, and being a great cheerleader/bike stand & tire warmer operator/photographer/chef!!
We finally have a camera mounted on the tail, and it really shows where Rich can pick up some time around Summit (mainly, T4, 5, and 6), so that's something to work on for next time and maybe break into those elusive 1:19's?! Who knows, but up next, NJMP! See you there!