Buttonwillow is typically my best track. It suits the YZ450 well with a lot of fast flowing corners and direction changes. This year the Ninja 400’s are out in force and they pack a lot more punch than the previous generations of lighter twins. I knew I wasn’t going to be in the points hunt at the end of the year, so my mind was more in the ‘bring it home’ state and not in ‘full send’ mode. That honestly made it a really enjoyable event, with gentlemanly riding and just proving some of the winter mods were a step in the right direction. With Pikes Peak coming up I’m vary wary of the budget, so I didn’t want to put fresh rubber on, only to take it off for supermoto rubber in a week. The tires that were on there are the same ones I ran in Sonoma, and the rear had a race at Thunderhill on it before that. 3 full race weekends on a set of tires means I wasn’t going to be setting any lap records.
I raced 400SB, Formula Singles, and Formula 3. Finishing 9th in both 400SB and Formula 3. I think those are my two worst finishing positions since I started racing. The Formula Singles start was a total cock up as the grids were updated and nobody told anyone. No big deal as there are only 3 of us that typically race it. P2 in singles behind my buddy Yuri who split me in some lap traffic and checked out.
The Lectron carb I put on in the off season and should get me to the top of Pikes Peak ran awesome. I enriched the mixture at WOT a little bit and it ran great all day. The carb also allows me to run the kick start lever instead of the started box. The bike would fire up with one easy kick using the new Lectron. This is great news for pikes peak since a stall on course means my run would be done. The new DRD titanium system was great as well. I’ve never had an exhaust on this bike that I’ve been happy with, so it’s refreshing to finally have a beautifully made bit of kit on there.
All in all a fun weekend that validated some components and brushed the off season cobwebs off.