For the first time since I started racing I did not make a "Year In Review" video (previous ones linked on my sig below) mostly because I did not have a lot to report. Getting run over at the 3rd round plus financial issues cut my season short and left me without a lot of material.
Still, looking back at my season now I have a few moments that I would like to share so here is an overview of my 2016 season.
2016 was supposed to be a banner year for me. I had seriously invested in fitness and overall health in an effort to improve my racing campaign. I was probably in the best shape of my life at the start of the season.
The first round of the year was lackluster. I did manage to get into the winners circle and back into the 15's for lap times so that was a positive but I was forced to cut my weekend short due to transmission issues and a disconcerting engine noise/vibration.
Some shots and video from Rd1
Round 2 wasn't much better. Laptimes were still mediocre. I did manage to get back into the winners circle once but it was a slow, frustrating weekend overall. I did manage to get some nice pics and a funny video though =)
This is me passing our friend MFChop in a race where I was stuck behind a slower rider and for whatever reason, I just could not manage to pass him.
This is what it looked like from his angle =)
I love the way this shows how the rear tire contact patch spreads out under extreme acceleration.
Rd3 was the last serious effort of 2016 on my part. In the very first race of the weekend I lost the rear coming onto the front straight @ ~60mph and promptly got run over. The damage to my leg plus the financial impact of the crash left me with no choice by to forfeit the remainder of the year.
Video of the crash
And the aftermath. This was 1 day after. By a week later my entire leg was purple as it filled with blood.
For the remainder of the year I was unable to continue racing and instead focused on spending time with my students at the Penguin Racing School advanced racing class.
Hopefully 2017 will be a step up over last year. It is my intention to continue to instruct for Penguin (and a few others) and do a couple of races throughout the year to keep my skills somewhat sharp. Ideally I would like to hit the MA round at NJMP at the end of the season but we will have to see how it plays out.