Back down to Pikes Peak International Raceway for round 7. Last time I was down here, earlier in the season I didn't have the best round, see round 2. This time was better. I didn't ride on Friday just because the budget is totally shot this year by this point. Saturday morning practice will have to do! Practice was good, I got up to a decent pace pretty quick, already better than last time! The Middleweight Supersport race was a lot of fun, I just held off Keith Easton and took 4th place. The Heavyweight Supersport race was next and I had a good run and found myself in 3rd, but then on about the 3rd lap I lost my left contact and it totally fucked me. All my depth perception was shot and Keith, who I had been holding off, came easily around after watching me totally botch almost every corner. I stayed on and finished the race just incase anything happened up front that might put me back on the podium, but it didn't and I finished in 4th. Best finishes yet in the Supersport classes! Sunday was a replay of every Sunday this season Thunderbike- lousy start, heavy battle through the traffic in the first few corners, just in time for Pat Lansu to get away and win and I take a lonely second... Heavyweight Superbike- ok start just to get passed by by Lansu and watch him, Turpin and Moham run away. Except this time Rick Gross got away with them, Moham retired from mechanical problems and Turpin let Lansu win so I'd get bumped down to 4th from 3rd in the points for the season, kinda crappy. Round 7 ends up being the last round of the season as the club decided to cancel round 8 rather than run it and loose more money from declining participation. So as the season ends, here's how I finished out in the points... Thunderbike 2nd Heavyweight Superbike 4th Middleweight Supersport 4th Heavyweight Supersport 4th Not to bad I don't think for my first year running in all expert classes after being kicked out of amateur last year. Here's some pics again courtesy of Wicked Photo...
Ok, long overdue write up... sorry. Round 6 was another hotter than hell weekend out at High Plains Raceway. I got there Friday to practice and rode a half day in the afternoon, should've done the morning session because it was SO hot in the afternoon. Anyway, I got thought it even thought the bike was still running hot and I was having to top off the radiator after almost every session because it kept puking all the water out of the overflow every time I came in and shut the bike off. Luckily Saturday Dan "Otis" Turner loaned me a high pressure radiator cap that kept it from puking the rest of the weekend. Saturday I had a fun couple of races doing some battle with Zach Shearon in the Middleweight and Heavyweight Supersport races. I ended up in 6th in Middlewight and 5 in Heavyweight. The 5th place landed me in a teardown to see if my bike was leagal, and it is. They were checking for kit alternators that are illegal in the Supersport classes and my stock charging system was all there. Sunday was where I really wanted to make something happen and try to run with Pat Lansu in both Thunderbike and Heavyweight Superbike. I tried my damnedest to stay with him, but him and that crazy fast Ducati superbike are way to fast... Got a second in Thunderbike and 4th in Heavyweight Superbike. Off to Pikes next round I'll have another go at Pat! Here's some pics courtesy of John Chadwick (Wicked Photos).
Sorry for the delay of the write up...
The big change for this round was that I switched back to Pirelli tires. I tried for half of the season to get the Continentals to work for me and even after all the suspension tuning, I just couldn't get the confidence I need in the rear tire. I'm definitely not saying they are a bad tire, I just couldn't get them to work for me. I did feel bad switching only because I think the MRA Continental vendor, Mike Applehans is such a good guy and would go out of his way to help anyone. But in the end, I had to go back to the Pirellis where I know the tires and how they act and I can get my confidence on the gas back.
Practice went good on Friday. Cory from Intermountain Racer Supply, the Pirelli vendor, gave me a set of take offs to practice on and set the bike up. It went well, had to make very few small changes and the bike felt great again.
Saturday I raced the Middleweight and Heavyweight Supersport races and faired ok, two 6th place finishes. Saturday had the addition of a one off 4 hour endurance race that the club does once a season. I hadn't planned on running it, but then got asked by a team of pretty heavy hitters to be the 4th guy on the team, so I said yes and signed up. The team consisted of Mike Applehans, Glenn Conser, Rick Gross and I. We made the whole race and did pretty well getting a 4th place finish, which is in the money! I've never won purse money at the end of a race, so it felt pretty good!
Sunday came around and it was hot as hell, as it had been all weekend, and the bike was running a bit hot. I made it through Thunderbike with a second place finish. I tried like hell to catch Pat Lansu in first, but I just didn't have it this weekend. He's a super fast, experienced rider with an ungodly fast bike. It's now my season goal to catch and pass him! I ran the Heavyweight Superbike race, but 3 laps in the bike was running really hot and it had burped water all over my boot, causing me to slip off the peg a few times, so rather than risk falling, or worse, putting water on the track and causing someone else to fall, I pulled in after 3 laps. So I now have a little work to do to get her to run cooler, but I think I have it covered.
Thanks to John Chadwick for the on track pictures, and Lacy for the pit shot.
Want to throw a big thank you to all my sponsors, and Cory and Intermountain Racer Supply for the Pirellis. Couldn't do this without all of your help!
Ahh Pueblo... I have serious demons at this track these days. I decided to only go and race on Sunday for this round since I really didn't want to ride the track as it's in such poor shape. So, I went down Saturday night and pitted with my buddy John Burr (Viva la Walnut Room!!) to ride just on Sunday. I had to keep my points up in Thunderbike if I had any chance at the championship. Even though I was only there for one day it was still a shit show. John and I went out first thing Sunday morning for practice and about 6 laps in his bike showered his rear tire with oil sending him in the air onto his head, out cold, good concussion, end of the day for him. Luckily I didn't hit the oil that was all over the track at turn 7 (Keith Easton wasn't so lucky, but he and his bike were ok). The second practice was ok, I felt like I was familiar with the track to do ok in the races. Thunderbike came and I didn't have anything for Lansu or Galefke, but was able to get a solid 3rd place, so it kept me in the points. After lunch and a long rain delay I raced a shortened to 5 laps Heavyweight Superbike race and got 4th. All in all it was an ok day even though the track is bumpy and slick and I couldn't get any grip out of the rear tire. Round 5 is at HPR in a few weeks and I'm making some changes that I'm confident will pick up my pace and get me to the speed I need to make a good push for the championship in Thunderbike. Here's a few pics that Lacy took in the pits... Oh yeah... and the motor ran strong, no issues! Gotta thank Kevin at Foothills, Bart at Faster, and Norm at Snug Harbor, for that! Thanks for all your help guys!
My name is Carl Sorensen, I live in Centennial Colorado. I work at the Denver shit plant and I race motorcycles. I'm into Triumphs and other British motorbikes, rock and roll, and some other cool and not so cool shit.