WERA @ NJ Motorsports Park – 10/9/2018

Enduring to the End

It’s been a week since Blake was in New Jersey racing his motorcycle with WERA and now we are at Barber Motorsports Park so he can do a track day with Sportbike Track Time. This week went by fast!

N2 Track Day Motorcycle Event

This year Blake has really been pushing and getting his lap times faster. Surprisingly, he hasn’t had any crashes…then, there was last week at New Jersey Motorsports Park. During N2 Track Days track day event on Friday. The first half of the day went well but after lunch as Blake went into a corner he felt the front end make some movement, he managed to get it under control but as soon as he did, the back end slid out. Blake came off the motorcycle and was sliding across the pavement for quite a while, adjusting his gloves, taking in the sights, and watching his motorcycle slide. But, when he saw his motorcycle starting to lift up he was saying, “No, no, no.” but the motorcycle wasn’t listening and it started tumbling. Ugh, now there was going to be some work for Mike. Thankfully, after the crash truck brought the motorcycle in, the damage wasn’t too bad. There were no brake levers and the plastic was all beat up but after Mike did some “sewing” on the plastic he got it looking pretty good.

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N2 Track Days & WERA‘s Two-Hour Endurance Motorcycle Race

N2 Track Days partners with WERA to host endurance races periodically throughout the season. This was the final endurance race for Blake. This time he partnered with Tyler Whistle to split the 2 hour race. They chose not to go out in the morning practice because it was raining and they had had the day before to get to know the track. By not going out it meant that they would have to start in the last row.

It was still raining at the start of the 2-hour endurance race so they put rain tires on the motorcycle. Blake took his turn first, starting the race for their team, Herrin’s Hooligans. Off the start he got into third place and by the end of the first lap had moved into first. By lap three he had a pulled a pretty big gap on those behind him when he saw that the team’s pit board was telling him to come in, he didn’t think that could be right, so he shook his head no and kept racing. However, when he came around again and the pit board still said to come in, he tapped his helmet acknowledging he saw the board and came into hot pit. As he was coming to a stop he saw Mike holding the transponder, they had forgotten to put it on! What a bummer! When he got back out on the track he was in last position but was able to get back up into fourth.

As he was riding the track was drying out and at the half way mark when he came in to let Whistle finish the race, they took off the rain tires and put on his normal tire. BUT, as soon as Whistle went out it started to rain; things got slippery and he crashed. He came in and had only lost a clip-on (for us who don’t know motorcycle lingo, that’s basically one side of the handlebars). The dads got it fixed, Whistle went back out, rode a while, then high-sided. This time when he came in another clip-on , a rear set (the pegs for your feet), the wind screen and a clutch lever needed fixing. The dad’s managed to fix it all and Whistle was able to get another 15 minutes or so back in the race before the time was up. Herrin’s Hooligans finished last but, hey, at one point it didn’t look like they were going to be able to finish at all.

WERA‘s National Challenge Motorcycle Series

Sunday were the races for WERA’s National Challenge Series. Blake entered three races. But, first there was practice. Blake was on top of his game, he was one second faster than the day before. Things were looking good going into his races.

The first race was E-SuperStock Blake was chasing SV 650’s and got TWO seconds faster and finished first in his class! After about half way through the D-SuperStock race Blake was able to get out of the traffic he had been in and take the lead to the finish. Clubman was the last race. Blake was third off the start but was able to pass up to first and pull a gap. Again, he rode his race, maintaining his first place position.

After Friday and Saturday’s luck I was starting to get worried about how the motorcycle races would go. But, everything turned out pretty good. Three races, three wins!

Upcoming Motorcycle Races

Like I said earlier, we are at Barber Motorsports Park down in Birmingham, Alabama for a track day with Sportbike Track Time. There is a ton of motorcycles out here. I wish more of these people would come race, they would get hooked, and how awesome would that be for the sport? We had not planned coming this weekend but it certainly doesn’t hurt for Blake to get some more seat time here since WERA’s Grand National Finals will be here in two weeks. Hopefully, Blake can come home with some Championships for the season!

Until next time…have fun and be safe!

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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WERA National Challenge @ VIR

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”

WERA Motorcycle Races @ Talladega GP Raceway April 2017

What a weekend!!!!

We left Lynchburg Thursday morning stopped at Southern Powersports in Chattanooga, TN; it’s the largest Honda powersports dealer in the U.S. The Honda 100cc motorcycle that Blake has been riding in the stock class at the Herrin Compound is pretty ragged out; bent frame and all. So, Mike found that this dealership had several 2013 left (the last year they were made). He got one for us and also picked up one for Owen Fairbairn. We were in and out and arrived at Talladega GP Raceway in time to get our pit set up and get to bed at a decent time.

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“TRACK DAY WINNER” PRACTICE

After Blake’s last WERA race Mike decided to send the Yamaha R3’s suspension to Fast Bike Industries to have it dialed in for Blake’s weight (it was set-up for a 160lb person). So, when the boys heard that Track Day Winner was hosting a track day before the WERA race at Talladega GP Raceway they thought Blake should participate to get acclimated to the changes in the motorcycle.motorcycle

Blake went out for his first session, said the R3 was perfect and not to touch it. He and Mike spent the rest of the day trying to dial in the suspension on Blake’s RS125. In the middle of one of Blake’s sessions on the RS he came in early and said, “I have to get my breath after that one!” I asked him, “What happened?” and he said, “I almost lost the front end so I got on the gas and had to counter steer because I was going to run into the corner worker’s canopy. Then, it almost high sided me and my helmet smacked the windscreen and then it did it all over one more time.” Later when he was re-telling the incident again Blake said, “I saw my life flash before my eyes.” That “flash” couldn’t have been that long being he’s only 10!!! He’s so funny. They finally did get the Honda RS125 feeling good. So, Blake went out on the Yamaha R3 again, made a few minor adjustments and felt ready for the races Saturday.

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April 2017 – Herrin Compound Track Day

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Josh Herrin hosts motorcycle track days and a winter (Frostbite Series) & summer (Scorcher Series) motorcycle series at the Herrin Compound. April 1 was a free track day to anyone who participated in the winter series and only $25 to anyone else. Blake headed down to ride his motorcycles and train for the weekend. Originally, awards for the Frostbite Series were going to be given but Josh postponed them until the April race so he could attend. Blake was not disappointed at all he just wanted to ride his motorcycle and boy was it a nice weekend for it; the weather was warm, sunny, and dry.

 

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