MotoAmerica – Barber Motorsports (September 18-20)

Blake’s Repeat Finishes

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MotoAmerica at Barber was an exciting weekend of motorcycle racing. Blake loves being with people so, when fans are allowed at the races; the weekends are so much better. Blake got to see old moto-friends and made new ones. He had two exciting races AND added members to the BEAST Team!

BEAST Team Additions

Cap-It has super high-end tire warmers for cars and motorcycles, they have heated clothing and some kind of industrial heating blankets. But, the tire warmers are what we use and they’re great. Now, they’ve joined the BEAST Team. Meanwhile, BetterInvesting, a nonprofit organization, helped one of our moto-friends learn about investing. Now, they have “extra money” and wanted to be a part of Blake’s BEAST Team. TWO blessings in one weekend; we are so thankful!

Motorcycle Qualifying 1 & 2

Barber Motorsports Park repaved the track last year and it is nice and smooth. So smooth, Blake said it’s hard to feel what’s going on with his motorcycle. He was trying to get a feel for the track in practice and in qualifying. In the first qualifying session, he was way back, I think 12th. His times were consistently dropping and the same for the second qualifying where he gained a couple more positions.

Motorcycle Race 1

Blake gridded up for the first race, and had a good launch and got by two motorcycles. By the end of lap 1 he was in 6th place and trying to tag along with the motorcycles in front of him. One thing, I heard the MotoAmerica commentators saying was that the Junior Cup riders need to learn what is more important, passing the guy right in front of you or waiting to catch up to the group ahead. While trying to catch up to the 5th place guy Blake got passed and passed back but, the back and forth allowed the top 5 to get further ahead. But then, two of those top 5 crashed out and Blake found himself racing for 4th for the second half of the race. With one lap left, the crowd was cheering, I was so excited, the motorcycles went out of sight back by the museum and when they reappeared Blake was in 7th; what happened!?!? (Later I found out he got pushed wide.) He had a gap to close, and did, as they went into the back section. He was right on the back of 6th but, didn’t get enough drive onto the front stretch and stayed behind him, finishing in seventh.

Motorcycle Race 2

Race two started off with excitement when someone went into turn 5 trying to outbreak a group of motorcycles and tucked the front, taking out the racer right in front of Blake. It scared him a minute but he got around it but, stuck in the back of his pack. As they were getting closer to the front group Blake was making his way through the pack and finally got out front. Now, he could concentrate on catching 5th place up ahead and boy did he work hard putting down the 3rd fastest lap of the race. He got slowed up by two seconds once the pack drafted back up to him (something he’s struggling with) but was still in 6th coming onto white flag lap. Turns 2-4 are basically one really long right hander (and out of sight from the tower), mid-turn Blake spun up his rear Dunlop, and the motorcycle kicked him up and he saved it. But, he did get passed. Well, I’m watching from the tower, cheering for my racer and when he comes into view with motorcycles in front of him I apparently groaned and said, “Aww man” out loud because the crowd laughed, and when I looked, they were looking at me and saying, “It’s ok, he’s got it.” Shortly after that, a racer crashed and the motorcycle race was over. The scoring goes back to the last lap; giving Blake a 6th place finish.

Wrap Up

Last weekend, at New Jersey Motorsports Park, Blake finished 6th and 7th and he did it again at Barber. Just a little bit more to get on the box! The next MotoAmerica race is October 9-11 at the historical Indianapolis Motor Speedway. But, Blake will still be on two wheels, first, with KERMoto Champ School at the Herrin Compound and then at Summit Point with N2 Track Days. Catch a race online, on TV, or on the track. See you at the races!