During last weekend’s Subway SuperBike Doubleheader, Motorcycle-Superstore.com rider Devon McDonough figured out how to get with the lead pack of riders in the Motorcycle-Superstore.com SuperSport class; now the next step is to find the key to stay there.
McDonough finished just outside the top 10 (12th on Saturday and 11th on Sunday) and learned a quick lesson on how to ride with the best in the class.
Sunday I got a good start and was running toward the front during the first four laps,” McDonough said. “At that point another rider passed me in the corner, we made contact, and I went off course, which sent me back five or six spots.
“It was good to run up front, even if it was for just a little while. Now I know what to expect when I get back up front. I know it’s going to be a lot more aggressive than how I usually ride.”
The 17-year-old has been soaking up all of the knowledge he can every time he hits the track on his Motorcycle-Superstore.com Yamaha.
“In my first season last year, my whole focus was learning these tracks that I have never been to before,” McDonough said. “It was difficult to be competitive when you are trying to figure out the track you are racing on. Now that this past weekend and Daytona went all right, I expect that I’ll do better at every race I go to.
“I believe I’ll start riding better because I’ll set my expectations higher. My first time at Barber (Motorsports Park) I did pretty good, so I’m really excited to see what I can do there now that I am more comfortable and confident on the bike.”
While this race-to-race progress has been a great confidence-builder, McDonough has been careful not to expect it all to fall into place at once.
“It’s hard to take it one step at a time but it’s what you’ve got to do,” McDonough said. “It was real exciting to ride up there, but I didn’t know what it would be like when I got there.
“Now I have a better feeling for how aggressive I need to be and how much more I can push to race with those guys.”
McDonough’s next chance to evolve as a rider will be at the June 21-23 Triumph SuperBike Classic at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Ala.