Reflecting on 2017

As it is with life there are ups and downs, good times and bad in motorcycle racing as well; Oh what a waste it would be to go through life not learning from our experiences. With the close of one year and the start of another, I thought it would be a good time to reflect on the good, the bad, and the ugly of 2017. Making sure to learn from what has already happened. So here it goes:

 The Good:

Blake competed in and won the 2017 Frostbite Series Championship at the Herrin Compound, he received a letter from WERA saying he would be in the expert class for 2017, he was given the opportunity to train with Danny Walker at American SuperCamp. Blake traveled with MotoAmerica again this year to do demo’s on his motorcycle in the Fan Zone, he got a new scooter for using in the pits, for the first time he had suspension designed for his weight on his motorcycles, he made goals and met them, he and Anthony Maziatto won the N2 Endurance series. Blake had help from great motorcycle racers like Miles Thorton, Travis Wyman, Geoff May, Josh Herrin, James Stroud, and others. He won the F3 National Championship along with multiple regional championships, saw himself in Roadracing World magazine, was invited to the AMA riders banquet, and received his largest sponsorship ever from Track Day Winner. To say 2017 was a good year for his motorcycle racing is an understatement.

The Bad & The Ugly:

With all the good there were some hard times in his motorcycle world. Blake missed most motorcycleof his peers’ birthday parties because of his traveling, went through three motorcycle helmets because of hard crashes, had a ton of make-up work because of the weeks missed from school. With all the goals set and met there were plenty that were were missed. He learned that not everyone leaves battles on the track. Learned of Nicky Hayden’s death, Blake was told no 10 times more than yes when soliciting sponsors, he totaled his Grom motorcycle, learned some people will lie without remorse, and that life isn’t fair.

The Truth:

But you know what? I’ve watched the hard times grow and stretch Blake. I’ve seen him depend on his heavenly Father, appreciate his brother and sisters along with other family and friends for the sacrifices they make for his motorcycle racing. He’s humbled himself to make things right with others. Of course, as his mom I don’t want him to hurt but I wouldn’t trade the lessons learned and watching how God is molding him.

Hope for 2018:

As any parent would, I want Blake to grow spiritually, physically, emotionally, and professionally. He has been blessed with great Sunday School teachers and pastors. A Dad who helps him exercise and train (with help from the folks at AXcess Racing, LLC). Family and friends who are encouraging through the good and the bad times. Sponsors like Track Day Winner, RS Taichi, Shoei, Lucas Oil, Pilot/FlyingJ, Fast Bike Industries, Racer Design, and others, giving Blake a world of opportunities on the race track.

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Blake couldn’t be better prepared for a good 2018 motorcycle racing season. We are excited to see what is in store and are glad you, our supporters, are behind him. We would love for you to come to a race, ride a motorcycle, watch a professional race on TV, buy products from our sponsors, or spread the word on social media. All of which will help will grow the sport of motorcycle road racing. Here’s to a great 2018 for Blake and for you! Cheers!

WERA’s 2017 Grand National Finals

November 3-5, 2017

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It seemed like we had to wait forever for WERA’s Grand National Motorcycle Finals to get here. There was a pretty long break between their last motorcycle race and the finals. Blake was so glad to finally get to go down to Barber Motorsports Park and race his motorcycles.

Thursday’s Motorcycle Practice

Thursday was practice day and Blake was able to go out on his Honda RS125 & Yamaha R3 two times each. Blake said he felt good on the RS but not on his R3. His times were good and he got them down lower as practices went on.

Friday’s Sportsman Series Finals

Yamaha R3 Motorcycle Races

By the time Blake’s race came on Friday it had just stopped raining. Mike did not have rain tires for Blake’s Yamaha R3 but Blake wanted to race anyway. He told Mike he would take it easy. So, out he went out for the E SuperStock race. He told of a pass he made on another racer on the outside of a turn and dragging his knee (so much for taking it easy). A few turns later coming into the top of museum, the back stepped out but he was able to keep it up, running into the grass. As he came back on to the track at speed the front end tucked and he crashed. It took so long to get back in to the pits, get the motorcycle fixed, and have the officials tech the motorcycle again that he missed his second race (D SuperStock).

Honda RS Motorcycle Races

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Formula 2 was Blake’s first race on Saturday. This is the class he uses for seat time. He came in 9th out of 17; not too shabby. Read more “WERA’s 2017 Grand National Finals”

Scorcher Series Round #5

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’s Practice

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”

WERA – Little Talley, August 2017

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

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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 Winner @ NCM

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

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