This past weekendMotoAmerica was racing motorcycles at Pittsburgh International Race Complex. It’s a 2.8 mile track with 19 turns. Most of the fans watch the races from “Spectator Hill”. From there you can see a majority of the race track and hang out with a lot of other race fans. It was fun seeing so many fans cheering for Blake under the BEAST canopy and having the BEAST girls in the crowd. Then, Sportbike Track Gear joined us again as Blake’s title sponsor with Fleet Relief offering support as well. How blessed we are!
Motorcycle Qualifying Sessions
Friday, the motorcycle racers got one practice session and then had their first qualifying session. Blake qualified 6th. He was hoping for better on Saturday and it certainly started better. He was 2nd in qualifying for a little bit then a red flag threw him off his game, he dropped back to 4th and by the end of the session was down to 9th. In Atlanta, he raced in a pack for both races and in Pittsburgh’s qualifying was still hung up with those racers. But, for perspective, there was only one tenth of a second separating the 5th place qualifier and Blake, crazy!
We just got home from Blake’s first MotoAmerica race. What an experience! We got to Michelin Raceway/Road Atlanta Thursday. Blake had to see the award-winning Brian Nelson, to have his “official” MotoAmerica picture taken. Then, we headed into downtown Gainesville, Georgia with MotoAmerica to do a meet and greet. They had corn-hole, giveaways, motorcycles, and umbrella girls to entertain the crowd. There was an emcee who introduced and interviewed the racers who all signed posters for those in the crowd. The emcee pointed out that Blake’s sister, Abby, was there and asked Blake if she was a supporter. The crowd laughed when Blake said, “No” and again when he explained, “She’s just more like a cheerleader.” Later he explained to me that she wasn’t a supporter because she’s not a sponsor; I was sure to clear that up with him. All in all, it was a good opportunity to introduce motorcycle road racing to more people.
Friday’s Practice & Qualifying 1
Friday the LiquiMoly Junior Cup kids (14-28 year olds) got a 30-minute practice. Blake did not like how the motorcycle was handling. Some adjustments were made before the first qualifying where Blake was 5th fastest. He, and all the other racers got faster Saturday and he qualified 8th in that session. Each weekend the LiquiMoly Junior Cup has one motorcycle race on Saturday and one on Sunday. The grid position is based on everyone’s fastest lap time from that weekends two qualifying sessions. This weekend Blake started his races in eighth.