Racing Cures All
Monday, March 22, 2010
Stage 2 of the MotoUSA Yoshimura Suzuki got underway at Willow Springs Raceway this past weekend.
One quickly forgets the sheer exhilaration that comes with lining up on the grid next to 20 other competitors, all bound to 1000cc Superbike steeds. The sound of 3000 horsepower revving as the ‘1’ board goes sideways and the mad rush that follows when the green flag drops – there’s nothing else like it!
This past weekend marked Part 2 of MotoUSA’s Yoshimura
Rockstar Makita Suzuki GSX-R1000
Superbike project. The boys from Yosh quickly turned the Stage 1 Street Superbike we featured in our Modified Superbike Comparison
into a full-fledged racebike and we headed to Willow Springs Raceway for a WSMC club race to shake things out.
The aim was to assess Stage 2 of our project for an upcoming feature, as well as get my brain back into race mode to prepare for the far-bigger future endeavor that will be Stage 3. So how did we do? Better than expected, actually...
Although we struggled both with bike set-up and my personal demons in Saturday practice – takes a bit to get your head around those speeds and the constant rear tire spinning that comes with a Superbike – on race day we picked things up and uncorked some solid results. You’ll have to wait for the full feature to get all the juicy details, but we had one heck of a battle for the win in Open Modified Production and came from behind to mount a serious charge in Formula 1, crossing the line in both races within 0.1 seconds of our closest competitors. We also dropped into the 1:22s, with a best lap of 1:22.3 – a new personal quickest Willow time for myself – so we were quite happy about that.
Stay tuned for the full story coming up real soon, as it’s set to be a good one…