Herrin Compound Motorcycle Races
Decisions, decisions, boy it’s hard to make them sometimes, even about which motorcycle race to go to. This weekend Supermoto East Coast was holding their final round of the season at VIR AND the Herrin Compound was holding the final Scorcher Series round. Blake decided to go to the Herrin Compound thinking he would get more training time in and he had been to more of the rounds there than he had with SMEC. So, to Georgia they went.
Saturday was practice day. Blake only did one session on his KTM65 he spent the rest of the day on his Honda Stock 100. He had fun being on the track with James Stroud. James pushes Blake to be better and is helpful critiquing Blake’s skills. He pushed Blake and Blake was able to do a 43:8; which was Blake’s fastest lap time on the Stock100. Read more “Scorcher Series Round #5”
Motorcycle Race Report
Talladega Gran Prix was the place, WERA was the series, motorcycles were the vehicles, and Blake was the racer. The skies were clear, the sun was hot (very hot; the heat index was 111 degrees); everything was set in place for a good race weekend.
Saturday Blake practiced on his Grom and Yamaha R3. Those were the motorcycles he was going to be racing that day. The Honda Grom in the Grom class and the Yamaha R3 in the Lightweight Solo race.
Saturday’s Grom Race
The Grom race was really uneventful. The first two racers had a big lead on Blake and so he pretty much just rode by himself around the track. In fact, afterwards a few different people questioned Blake about whether his Grom was running okay or not. It was fine. The Grom class is a stock class and Blake’s motorcycle was just not able to keep up with the others. Read more “WERA – Little Talley, August 2017”
Track Day Training – August 12-13, 2017
NCM Motorsports Park is adjacent to the National Corvette Museum and the Corvette assembly plant. It is “the largest car museum in the world dedicated to a single model” (http://motorsportspark.org/about/). Track Day Winner was hosting a motorcycle track day at the Motorsports Park, Miles Thornton was game to help Blake with training, and Mike was his ride to get there, so Blake was ready to go!
Miles is from Georgia and drove up to Bowling Green, Kentucky to meet Mike and Blake at the motorcycle track. Cam Moorehead, with AXcess Racing, LLC was kind enough to loan his motorcycle for Miles to ride and coach Blake. Cam is a huge promoter of motorcycle racing to kids and their families and this was another way he showed his passion. I suppose it takes a “moto-village” to raise up a motorcycle racer!
Saturday-Training on Honda RS125
Read more “Track Day Winner @ NCM”
Motorcycle Race Report August 2017
This weekend was Blake’s motorcycle racing debut at his “home track” Virginia International Raceway. He has raced Supermoto on the kart track at VIR for 4 years but this was his first race on the big track. Being that the race was an hour and a half from home many friends and family came out to support Blake. Thankfully, the weather was beautiful and Blake showed off pretty well for them also. Read more “WERA National Challenge @ VIR”
Leather is not what you would call a breathable material. The suit motorcycle racers wear as protection is made of leather and does NOT fit loosely. Then, they put on leather gloves, a helmet, and heavy boots. Contrary to what you might think the racers get quite a workout while riding; they have to use their arms and legs to push and pull the motorcycle through the turns as they need. Blake will be all sweaty on a cool day. But this weekend, at the Herrin Compound in Dublin, Georgia, the heat index pushed the temperature for Saturday and Sunday up to 104 degrees. Did that slow Blake down? Nope, not at all. To me just more proof of his passion.
Saturday was just a practice day and Blake was on the track a lot. He rode his KTM65 for only one session; trying to save his tires for race day. He rode his Honda 100 quite a bit, working on rushing the corners. When he was be conscious of what he was doing, he got better drives and faster lap times but you could see when he’d get distracted and revert. It’s something to keep working on. The tires on his Honda Grom were finished after practicing on them all day.
That evening Kim Herrin invited everyone into her home once again to watch races and have dinner. After Blake was finished she called him to the kitchen and surprised him with a cake and everyone sang “Happy Birthday” to him. He blew out his candles just to have them re-light, he kept blowing and finally got them all out. Those tricky candles!
Sunday’s weather report promised the same heat. “Trainer Trina” with AXcess Racing LLC has taught Blake the effects of hydration on performance. Lots of water, foods to refuel the body, fans and wet towels to stay cool were all ways Mike and Blake prepared for the day. I didn’t go to this race because Ross and Abby (Blake’s siblings) were returning from a missions trip on Saturday AND Saturday was Abby’s 13th birthday. So, the boys did a great job.
Honda Grom Races
Read more “Scorcher Series Round #4”