It was a cold and wet weekend at Blackhawk Farms for our first trip back to the paddock for 2017. Though Tyne’s bike made the trip, she has decided she won’t be racing for the first part of the season, in an effort to get herself back up to speed after a frustrating finish to last year. Bryan’s championship-winning R1 had to sit on the sidelines for this weekend, after issues cropped up with its oil pan during preparation. Thankfully, his newly-built SV650 was ready to go and up to the challenge.
Friday kicked off a long weekend at the track, with Bryan coaching in MotoVid.com‘s Sport Riding 101 clinic. Though the day was cold and at times extremely wet, he enjoyed spending the day helping his students improve their confidence and riding skill. Check out MotoVid’s track days and rider clinics for great ways to become a better, safer motorcyclist — Bryan will be coaching and control riding at their events all season. Be sure to let us know in the comments below or via our Facebook page if you’re interested in attending any events — we have coupon codes that can save you a bunch of money!
Saturday saw more wet weather throughout the day for CCS’s practice day. After riding in the wet all day Friday, Bryan decided not to venture out on track. Instead, it turned out to be a fun and relaxing day seeing our race family around the paddock again.
More rain overnight meant Sunday morning’s track conditions started damp but dried out before long. Cooler temperatures stuck around through the day, making for somewhat slick track conditions and slower lap times for everyone racing. Bryan started from the front row in Lightweight Supersport, his debut race both as an expert and on his SV650. Unfortunately he was not able to get comfortable with the bike during the race, a situation made worse by some mechanical gremlins rearing their ugly heads. About three laps in, he had all but lost his front brakes, making the rest of the race an even more trying experience. He soldiered on through the rest of the eight laps, finishing a disappointing 6th. Given the braking issues, he decided to scrub his other scheduled race for the day, Lightweight Superbike. We’ll be going through the SV in the coming weeks to try to make sure everything is sorted for our next events.
Next up on the schedule is a MotoVid.com track day at Blackhawk Farms on May 31st, followed by the joint CRA/CCS race weekend in Brainerd, MN, June 10th & 11th.
Huge thanks to all our 2017 sponsors — none of this would be possible without them!