WERA – Roebling, March 2018

Goal Setting

Motorcycle racing helped Blake to get an early start on his Spring Break. He left school Thursday afternoon to get down to Roebling Road Raceway in Bloomingdale, Georgia for a full day of practice on Friday. Before practice Blake and Mike talked about Blake’s need to get his speed up earlier on in his race weekends. His last race at ”Little Talley” his fastest lap was in his last race. It sure would be nice for that to happen earlier in the weekend so he could have better results. With four practice sessions on Friday, Blake worked to push himself harder earlier. In the first session his fastest lap time was 1:28. In the next session, he got down to a 1:26 and in the last two his fastest laps were 1:24. So, it seemed he was pushing himself.motorcycle

Saturday Practice

However, when Blake came in from his first practice session on Saturday he was really upset with himself. I asked why and he said he didn’t get a clean lap; he was having to work through a lot of traffic instead of getting to push his speed. I had to tell him to relax and not be so hard on himself and hopefully his next practice would be better. And it was, not a whole lot better but, he did get one clean lap and his time was down into the low 1:24’s. He was feeling good going into his first race. Read more “WERA – Roebling, March 2018”

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 – 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”

WERA – Pitt Race July 2017

Motorcycle Race Report

Crashing out of one motorcycle race, starting at the back of the grid in another, racing on fresh pavement; this weekend at Pittsburgh International Race Complex was “ a lot of fun” (according to Blake). With fresh pavement and cooler weather, we’ve been melting in the heat and humidity here in Virginia, it certainly was perfect for motorcycle racing.

Friday with N2 Track Days

Before heading north to the races. Mike and Blake had checked the weather reports: Rain Friday and no rain Saturday and Sunday. Therefore, Mike had decided they would not attend the track day hosted by N2 Track Days on Friday. However, Blake went to Mike on Wednesday and asked to go ahead and be at the track on Friday “just in case it didn’t rain”. Mike gave in and they headed out Thursday afternoon, and wouldn’t you know it, no rain on Friday. So, after lunch Blake joined N2 track days and rode a couple sessions on his Yamaha R3 motorcycle. Read more “WERA – Pitt Race July 2017”

WERA @ Barber Motorsports Park July 2017

Motorcycle Race Report

Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Alabama is a beautiful track, especially for motorcycle racing. It’s a little over two miles long with elevation changes, slow tight turns, and fast sweeping turns as well. WERA was hosting a regional event there that Blake competed in this weekend.

Honda Grom-Saturday Race

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Saturday Blake only had two motorcycle races. One of which was the Honda Grom race and as we have seen on previous weekends this is always a fun race. Blake was second off the line and right off first place had pulled a gap. On the front straight third position drafted past Blake. With a tap of his fender, Blake understood that racers signal and ducked behind him for a draft. Instead of battling against each other this on-track “agreement” meant they were going to use each other to close the gap between them and the first place racer by alternately drafting one another. And, it was working, that is, until Blake’s “partner” all of a sudden fell back into fourth place. (Blake later found out he had technical issues.) Now, on the final lap Blake got behind 1st hoping to pull past them using their draft and 3rd got behind Blake trying to double draft both first place and Blake. However, the maneuver didn’t work for either one of them; Blake stayed in his position and finished second with third right behind him.

Yamaha R3-Lightweight Solo Race

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His other motorcycle race of the day was the Lightweight Expert Solo. Blake was going to be racing the Yamaha R3 in this race. The R3 is a big and heavy motorcycle for Blake. In fact, Read more “WERA @ Barber Motorsports Park July 2017”