What does a racer do on an "off" weekend from the WERA National Championship chase, with no relatively close trackdays on the schedule? Find a new series to race with!
This weekend I traveled to Talladega Gran Prix with the Championship Cup Series (Formally known as CCS among racers.) According to rumors on the internet and around the paddock, CCS is known for having the largest grids, the fastest riders, and some of the best racing on two wheels across the country. Unfortunately, this was not the case for this weekend. After pulling into the pits, it was apparent it was going to be a weekend with empty grids.
I signed up for the Expert GTL class (a grueling twenty-five minute long race), Expert Superbike Lightweight, and Expert SuperBike Ultralight. In Expert GTL I lined up against CCS Expert Mark Evry on the #7 machine. After tucking behind Mark for around half the race, I made a pass while hard on the brakes into turn two aka "The bowl". After riding a defense line through the next several corners of track I was able to check out for the rest of the race and win with a commanding lead.
In my second two races I was the only one in class so if I was able to get through both the races without crashing it would be an easy pair of wins. Due to the low grid sizes my second race was combined with a few 600 classes and I was the lonely lightweight guy on the grid. The 600 boys quickly checked out and left me to ride alone for the remainder of the race.
In the final race of the evening I was once again the only person in my class but fortunately there were two other lightweight racers on the grid with me. So while they would not be directly competing with me for a win, at the very least it provided someone around my speed to battle it out with. By the third or fourth lap there was a huge gap between myself and the guys in second and third. After seeing them out of the corner of my eye and noticing they were around half a lap behind I began to take it easy - no sense crashing myself out of an easy victory when the other racers were so far behind.
After three easy wins I decided to call it quits and head home. Electing not to compete on Sunday in order to save money on entry fees, tires, along with saving wear and tear on both myself and the motorcycle, I headed home with a few shiny new trophies and a little bit more experience under my belt.
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