James East - WERA Round Three at Talladega Gran Prix
April 19, 2014
The third round of the WERA season for Goon Squad Sponsored Rider James East marked a noticeable increase in James's confidence on the bike which were reflected in the multiple classes he entered. James placed third in Clubman, third in E Super Stock, and ended the day on a sour note with a DNF in D Super Stock. East was able to shave roughly six seconds from his previous best lap times while racing on the course asphalt in the Alabama sun.
"I knew it was going to be a good weekend as soon as I got off the bike in the first practice session. Going out for our first session, there was standing puddles all over the track with heavy moisture just about everywhere. Being the first group out for the day on Saturday we were given a green track with no clear dry line anywhere. Luckily I had practiced at Tally almost two weeks earlier in the rain and I feel like this gave me a huge boost in confidence when I went out to tackle the wet conditions. After checking my times, I realized I had already beaten my previous best time by a full second. My day was going perfectly; each time out I was shaving seconds off and gaining more and more momentum. I duked it out with one of my fellow racers in E Super Stock before he finally pulled away, and also ran a great race in Clubman. It wasn't until my D Super Stock race that I obliterated my best lap time by a complete six seconds flat. Unfortunately, this was the race where I also suffered my first DNF due to a faulty kick stand switch. I was fortunate that the bike only began to cut out as I was exiting turn two where I almost had the bike entirely upright - it would have been a little more exciting if it had died while I was at full lean. Huge thanks to my friends, family, and sponsors for their continued support. I'm finally starting to feel like I'm making progress, and am already looking forward to my next round which has me heading to Grattan (Located in Belding, Michigan) to hopefully duke it out with some of my yankee racing buddies!"
James East is currently sponsored by Proline Motorsports, Team Goon Squad, MX4Nam Photography, Team Boom 4 Tripp, Royale Racing, and AO1 Designs.
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