If this weekend was going to be remembered for anything it was that it was so hot rubber melted. Yep, the motorcycle tires seemed to literally be melting when Blake came off the racetrack.
Saturday’s Motorcycle Practice
Blake went out for his first practice on Saturday with the tires from his last race weekend. For the second practice he and Mike decided to put on new tires. When he came in from that practice the tires were destroyed! Roebling Road Raceway is known for having a rougher surface, that is hard on tires. So, you expect to go through tires a little faster, but this seemed crazy. But, you gotta do what you gotta do.
The Davis family has grown! June 22nd, our oldest daughter got married; Blake has gained a brother-in-law and become and uncle. Needless to say it has been very busy around the Davis household. Then, the following Saturday while we were racing with WERA at Barber Motorsports Park there was a wedding and Blake was the ring bearer. Yes, the ring bearer. Wearing motorcycle riding gloves as he passed off the rings. It was quite appropriate for the setting! Last weekend Blake did a track day with N2 TrackDays organization at Road Atlanta. To welcome his new brother-in-law, Blake invited him to come give it a try. Hopefully Blake didn’t scare him off! All that busy has kept me from sitting in one spot for very long, hence, making writing difficult. So, here’s my go at catching up on Blake’s race report.
WERA’s Regional Motorcycle Races
Both Saturday and Sunday’s motorcycle races were for points in WERA‘s regional competition. Saturday’s practices were cut way short because WERA was co-hosting a vintage competition. Blake got his motorcycle, the Kawasaki Ninja 400 out on the track, for the first session and made one more lap around and then the session was red-flagged after another rider went down. His second practice session was only four laps. Needless to say, he couldn’t really gauge how he and the motorcycle were feeling.
Thursday night we arrived at Road Atlanta and met up with the Black Hawk Motorcycle Racing Team who has graciously included Blake and our family. As we pulled in to set up, we couldn’t believe our eyes when we saw a full-fledged hot tub sitting there in the pits. Yes! A hot tub! Josh Booth (a Black Hawk racer) is all about getting everyone together and he thought what better way than a hot tub! Of course, Blake thought it was a great idea too and was hoping he could get in. Well, Josh helped him out with that and tossed him in! We unloaded Blake’s motorcycle (Kawasaki Ninja 400), set up the camper, and got to bed.
This was WERA’s Cycle Jam weekend and they offered Friday as a practice day. All motorcycles got 5 practice sessions. Blake didn’t go out for the very first one because the warmers hadn’t been on the tires long enough. But once he got out there, his lap times were in the 1:44’s; which was pretty awesome. But, it frustrated him at the same time because as the day went on he couldn’t really get his lap time any lower. He did have fun playing around with some of the Suzuki SV650’s and liked getting pulled in their draft making his motorcycle go even faster. It also helped him to see what his competition was going to be like for the races on Saturday and Sunday.
This weekend’s WERA motorcycle races were fun ones for Blake. Wish I could have been there. Unfortunately, I missed it…again. This momma’s heart is always torn when I can’t be in two places at once. Blake’s siblings Ross and Abby had things going on at home so, I stayed behind to be a part of those. I did have fun though. Ross had his final lacrosse game of the season and Abby invited a bunch of girlfriends over and officially became a member of our church. Mike hates to miss out on what the other kids are doing but, since I can’t handle crew chief duties, off to the races he goes. Ok, enough of that.
N2 Track Days was hosting the track day event Friday. Saturday, N2 Track Days along with WERA were hosting a 2-hour and 4-hour endurance race. Then, Sunday was WERA’s regional competitions. It was set up to be a fun-filled weekend.
Blake loves being on his motorcycle and he loves motorcycle racing. Unfortunately, this month the schedule was looking pretty light. WERA only has one race weekend for him and it happens to be on Easter weekend. Easter is like Christmas for our family; we cannot miss Easter. And you know Blake just can’t get rusty so, Mike found a race. It was one of Florida Motorcycle Road Racing Association’s (FMRRA) rounds being held down at Jennings GP in Jennings, Florida. Blake had been to the track once before when Josh Herrin came and worked with him at a track day. But, we had never raced with FMRRA. Mike and Blake said it was great; it was well organized, registration was simple, there was a podium, and the awards ceremony was quick.