Well i can't stop smiling lol...
Jamaica hosted the opening round of the Caribbean Motor Racing Championship at the Jamwest Speedway with none other than #74 Bryce Prince, the Motoamerica superstock 600 champion, as special guest. The track was refinished with a new section so all track records were out with the updated configuration being used for the first time (having been abandoned last year as asphalt had not set properly).
After speaking with you guys here and doing my own research, we went to the track the weekend before and tested some new geometry settings. I made some minor adjustments to my stock clip-ons for a bit more comfort and man oh man....came the "aha" feel. The bike was doing what i wanted i was immediately more confident and faster in corner entry and mid-corner. Exits weren't running off, i felt like i could do anything i wanted. Never mind i was still slower than the usual "fast" guys but i knew i had more to give. PB for track before race weekend 1:27
Qualifying on saturday
Bryce put down a 1:17!! next closest was a 1:21 ...i qualified 7th with 1:25 on a 27 bike grid. I was pretty damn happy to be at the sharp end.
Race 1 i got swallowed up at the start (worst launch ever) but fought my way back up to 7th...posting a 1:23 PB along the way. ....then that's where the good news stopped LOL.
Race 2 i made a stupid mistake being impatient with a pass i only "thought" i could make (on the first lap). By the time i tried to abort i had lost the front and washed out of the race....
Patched myself and bike up for race 3 thanks to help from my team (and a spare rearset). Because I DNF'd race 2 i started back of grid for Race 3 and with no hope for getting to see Bryce ride up close (I had started much better in race 2) I decided to just do my best and have fun carving it up from the back of the track. Best lap for that race was a 1:25 but i had fun anyway and was happy i had enough left in the tank to do another race. All in all an amazing weekend. Bryce was reeeeally cool and open with information about everything. We did a little interview so when that is done i'll post it here as well. His riding is amazingly smooth and looks effortless. Anyway! Time for pics!