RACE REPORT — ASRA & CCS Mid-West @ Blackhawk Farms Raceway

photo by Gron4 Photography

photo by Gron4 Photography

Back on the Farm for the final round of the CCS Mid-West region championship, mother nature once again threatened to be a factor in the weekend’s event.

Going into the weekend, Tyné had decided to concentrate on the Lightweight Grand Prix and ASRA Thunderbike championships, since those were the ones where she could most likely improve her standing at this event, and she was still concerned about overworking her still-injured toe. Since both of those races were running Sunday, she decided to hold off on registering until that morning in case the weather turned sour.  After missing the ASRA Superstock race at Road America, Bryan was on the fence as to whether he wanted to run that race, especially since he would be racing Tyné’s SV650 in Supertwins this weekend as part of the “Team Coming In Hot Cup” unofficial race.

photo by Gron4 Photography

photo by Gron4 Photography

After finally making the decision to save himself and his tires some wear and not race ASRA Superstock, Bryan only had one race on Saturday.  He spent morning practice sessions trying to help out a fellow racer who had traveled from the east coast for the ASRA races and was struggling to come to terms with the track.  After that, it was time to grid up for Unlimited Supersport, with a refreshingly large grid of 11 riders.  After winning an early battle into turn one on the brakes, Bryan settled in and turned some consistent laps to bring it home in 8th place.

Sunday morning, Tyné woke up with a little vertigo and decided to scrub her races for the day, effectively ending her race season.  Bryan took the single morning practice session to get accustomed to Tyne’s bike, pulling times only 5 seconds behind those on his R1. The threat of rain later in the day meant that CCS tried to get as many races done ahead of the weather as possible, a strategy that paid off well with the rain coming at the very end of the last race of the day.

photo by Gron4 Photography

photo by Gron4 Photography

The threat of poor weather evidently kept many riders away, including some other championship contenders in Bryan’s two Unlimited classes for the day.  With a fresh set of Pirelli tires mounted, Bryan spent Unlimited Grand Prix trying to chase down the two riders ahead of him, ultimately unsuccessfully.  He once again dropped a new personal best lap time in the process, however, and brought home a podium finish in 3rd.  Unlimited Superbike saw more of the same with another 3rd place finish.  With the end of the day came Bryan’s race debut on a lightweight-class bike in the Supertwins race, where he was able to improve his best lap time on that bike as well, engaging in a battle to get past an expert on a Buell for the second half of the race.  He managed a 3rd place finish there, and in the process took first place in the handicapped lap time-based unofficial race, the Coming In Hot Cup.

Tyné went into the weekend secure in the top three in Lightweight Grand Prix, and ended her season in 3rd place in that regional championship.  She also finished 5th in both Lightweight Supersport and Lightweight Superbike.  Bryan’s finishes and the absence of some his title competitors meant he came away from the weekend as regional champion in both Unlimited Superbike and Unlimited Grand Prix, with a 2nd place on the season in Unlimited Supersport.  We’re both quite happy with how this season turned out, and we’re eagerly looking forward to what 2017 brings!

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