RACE REPORT — CCS Mid-West @ Blackhawk Farms Raceway

After sitting out for the Road America round for financial reasons, it was time to head back to the Farms for July’s twin sprint event to try to make up for lost time.  Getting through the weekend unscathed was the main goal, since a year ago at this round was Bryan’s big crash that ended his season.  After not improving on times at Brainerd, finding some missing pace was a close second on the goals list.

The weekend started on Friday, with another day of coaching MotoVid’s Sport Riding 101 clinic.  One of Bryan’s students unfortunately had a bike issue, but the other two successfully completed the course, making some outstanding improvements along the way.

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Saturday brought great conditions and some fun but slightly frustrating racing.  Lightweight Supersport saw the Lightweight bikes gridded behind the 300s, a decision which we’ve seen happen more than once in the past couple seasons that we heavily question.  After a poor start, Bryan spent most of the race tucked in behind #411 Ryan Nolan, but ended up running out of steam and dropping back by the last couple laps, finishing 4th.  Lightweight Superbike saw more of the same, with the finish remaining tight to the line and bringing it home in 8th.  Times were not there, with Bryan still sitting about two seconds off his pre-crash race pace.

After a mental reset, Sunday’s races went a bit better.  Race direction agreed that gridding SVs behind Ninja 250s and 300s was not a good idea, and was kind enough to split the race out (thanks Rick!!!) .  Bryan spent the Lightweight Supersport race once again trying to find a way around the #411 machine but could not put it together in the end, finishing 0.131 seconds adrift at the checker, but bringing home his first podium as an expert, finishing in 3rd place.  In Lightweight Superbike, he was finally able to put his weekend’s nemesis behind him with a first-lap pass going into T6.  The rest of the race was spent battling with Coming In Hot teammate #922 Jason Knudsen, who ended up holding on the power with a gap of 0.256 at the line, closing the weekend with a 7th place finish for Bryan.  While a successful and fun weekend overall, pace was still lacking, circulating 1-2 seconds off the pace he had seen prior to his crash last year.

We’ll be back racing again next month at Blackhawk Farms with CCS on August 18-19!

Huge thanks as always to all who support our racing efforts — this would be absolutely impossible without you!


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