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WERA Nationals - Race report from Tim Hunt

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ROEBLING ROAD ROUND 1:

The WERA Nationals this year has seen a quite a bit of participation from some AMA talent coming to compete with us due to the fact that we will be racing some of the

Tracks that the AMA will be visiting so it’s been a challenge but very fun and exciting racing!!

The first round at Roebling Road we had some ups and downs but ended up getting out of the weekend with a good result in WERA Superbike.  We led the entire race

Until the last lap when Reese Wacker came by and we were not able to pass for the lead at the line.   Second was a good result and we are glad to get the points for the championship.

In A Superbike we also ended up leading the entire race but had 5 guys within a second of each other for most of the race.  Our Suzuki GSXR 1000 was running great and the new

Engine program we have with Mark Junge of Vesrah Suzuki did a great job along with our Dunlop tires!  Ended up missing out of the win by .003 of a second at the line.  It was a very exciting race and our bike ran great!!

Unfortunately we were not perfect on the weekend and had a bit of a mechanical issue in the A superstock race.  It was a mistake on our parts but after leading the first 4 laps of the race, we had a malfunction with the lower bodywork panel and had to come in to remove it.  We did go out and finish the race but only managed an 8th place.  It’s still a long season but learned a very good lesson

That we won’t make again.


All in all the first weekend of the season was a good one.  All of the great components that you guys provide performed flawlessly and we have a really great package for the season.

The team wants to thank Motul for their support, GPR Stabilizer, Dunlop tires and Race Tire Service for the best tires on the planet, Mark Junge at Vesrah Suzuki for a great engine, our friends at Bazzaz and Moto Heaven for their support.  Again this season we are rocking both Arai Helmets and Ballistik leather and gloves.  They keep us safe and provide us with the comfort that we need to perform.

TALLADEGA GP ROUND 2:

Talladega was another very exciting weekend and mother nature chimed in to through us all a curve.  Friday practice was dry and perfect conditions so we were on pace to have a great weekend.  Ended up doing a consistant run of .57 laps which was within a second of the track record.  Lenny Albin with Superbike Chassis/Ohlins was there to assist and he gave me a great bike!  We found some things on the rear of the bike that we had been struggling with all season last year that we feel like will really help us throughout the rest of the season…

Saturday was the WERA National Endurance race and I rode with Katra/Apex on their Yamaha R6.  We had a great result finishing 2nd in class and I ended up riding 2.5 hours of the 4 hour event.

On Sunday, the weather came.  The weather man had been threadening all weekend that it would be a wet day and he got it right.  Right from the start, practice started out wet and we all struggled to make a decision to go with slicks or rain tires.  Of course at the last second, with slicks mounted….only 10 minutes before our race, the rain came.  We quickly mounted up rain tires and made it to the line at the last moment.


From the last round and the mechanical we had, we ended up starting in the back of the pack.  At the start I went from 15th to 5th by turn 1.  Then the rest of the first lap I worked on the first 4 guys passing 3 of them.  Lap to I ended up getting into the lead and started moving ahead….by then the rain was coming down pretty bad and large puddles were starting to form.  With the championship in mind, I pushed as hard as I felt safe and ended up getting passed by Dumas, who is a Canadian Superbike racer that came down to race the WERA Nationals with us.  I followed him for the rest of the race and brought home a 2nd place.

The last race of the day was another crap shoot on tire choice.  It was dry at the time of the race but the sky looked like it would open up any second and drop on us.  Our stratigy was to bring both bikes up to the pit out and see what everyone else was going to be on…that way, no matter what the decision we would all be equal.  The consensus was pretty much unanimous.  Most everyone was on rain tires.

The race started and from the front row, I immediately went to the lead.  After  2 laps I had almost a 5 second lead…..then on lap 4, the rain came…and boy did it come!!  Unfortunatly running on rain tires for the first 4 laps in the dry pretty much cooked the tires and once it got wet, I had no grip.  I quickly went back just trying to save the race and get points since I was in the lead in points at this point.

We ended up finishing 4th in the race.

We are still really happy for the weekend results.  Coming out of the weekend in the points lead in WERA Superbike and gaining a lot of ground in Superstock is good for us.  Road Atlanta is next and due to the fact that we are very familiar with the track and we have a bike that is now running amazingly…we are pretty excited to move on and win some races!


Thanks again to all of you guys (and gals..) for your support this year.

Tim Hunt

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