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Inslide Line
Your weekly look at American Dirt-Track racing.


That's A Season And Then Some

Note from the back-end web guy that loves flat-track
That's the season. A Kawasaki almost took home the big 1. There was a lot of people fighting for wins and the overall. And, the AMA Grand National Championship went to a former champ in Jared Mees and a tuner, Kenny Tolbert, that has won championships with multiple riders. Tough crowd. Congratulations Jared and Kenny. You can get a full recap in the Inslide Line above. Also, in the last edition of the Inslide Line is an fuller explanation for winding down of Fight For Dirt Track. There may be a few more updates as race reports trickle in but don't expect much new news. If you are here we hope you go check out the last edition for the details. If you don't thanks for being here. Whether you have visited here a million times or this is your first. Thanks. Thanks to Tyler Porter, the guy responsible for all this content, for putting so much into the sport when it needed it most.
Thanks for letting me be a part of a sport I love so so much.

BBaker Checks In

Hello friends and supporters, hope you have all been doing great! First off, I want to apologize for the long delay in my race reports. As most of you know there have only been 4 races on the grand national circuit this year where I rode my own 450 singles. I ended up switching back to riding The Brothers Powersports Honda CRF 450's over the FMC Dyno Center KTM SX-F 450's that I rode earlier in the year for performance and team issues. I don't want to make to many excuses other then I have just been really busy with getting bikes together and traveling, I'm truly sorry for the delay.

My first appearance back on the Hondas was in my home state at the Castle Rock Grand National TT. It was a perfect place to make a come back in my singles program because I had all sorts of friends and family and other people who have supported me my whole life to it in front of! The whole day of racing went very smooth. I felt great in qualifying ending up 6th and giving myself good starting spot in the heat race. In the heat I got a good start coming around the first lap in second place right behind Mikey Rush. Mikey had been really fast all day and I was having trouble matching his pace. He ended up pulling a pretty good lead on me but I was able to hold on to second after being pressured by fellow Washington native JD Beach pretty much the whole race. This would put me on the front row of the main event and the points paying Dash for Cash! The dash was almost a spitting image of the heat race except this time I kept Mikey Rush a lot closer to me and held off all the other fast's riders of the day. We ended up getting second but it left me with a good feeling for the main event because we were consistently getting faster! In the main I got off to a good start. I came around the first lap behind Mikey Rush and Jared Mees. On the fifth lap I was able to put a move on Jared going into turn one and overtake second. Henry Wiles ended up getting by him as well so the battle was now on between Henry and I. Mikey had a decent sized lead when I got to second but in only a couple of laps I was right on his rear wheel with Henry right behind me. Unfortunately on about lap 10 I made a big mistake coming out of the last hairpin leading back onto the short track and it let Henry slide by. I stayed right with them for a couple more laps but eventually made the same mistake in the same spot and let them get away about 8-10 bike lengths. I had a little pressure from Jared Mees the rest of the race but was able able to come home in 3rd with my first podium of the season. Switching back to my Hondas and putting in all the hard work to get my singles program back in shape had untimely paid off!

From Castle Rock we headed out for Sturgis South Dakota for the next round where I would be riding my Factory Harley Davidson XR 750. Unfortunately, this race just wasn't meant to be because right after qualifying it started to down poor! I don't mean just a little bit of rain either, there was 2 feet of standing water in some places in the pit area and the whole track now looked like a lake! This made for a quick stop in Sturgis and we were off for Indianapolis for the Friday night Indy Mile where I would again be aboard my H-D XR 750. This was a super fun night of racing, not just because the racing was great but since there were a lot of dirt track supporting GP riders attending the event because the Indy GP was that following Sunday. Marc Marquez who is the current Moto GP world champion was the grand marshal of the event because of his big involvement in international dirt track racing. I was scheduled to do some QandA at open ceremonies with him and talk a little bit about the second edition of the Superprestegio that I will be attending again in Barcelona Spain on December 13th. It was a lot of fun talking with Marc again and catching up on different subjects. Some people may be intimidated by him but overall he is just a dude that loves to race motorcycles just like myself.

I ended up taking a 5th that night and had a really good shot at the podium for the majority of the race. The next night I raced an awesome short track called Mid America Speedway right inside Indianapolis. This track is always super smooth with about 2 inches of nice cushion on top of it which suits my riding style perfect! I ended up schooling the field that night and padded my pocket with some extra cash. That following Sunday was the Indianapolis GP. I spent most of the day hanging out with Mathew Miles from Cycle World Magazine. I had paddock and grid passes so I could get right up close to the action and speak with some of the GP riders I know. I had a really good time that day and Marc became the first GP rider in history to win 10 consecutive GP races in a row, the guy is incredible!! There was now three days of AWESOME in the books at Indy but I was really looking forward to the fourth. Mike Hacker (former GNC racer 67) who is now my right hand man at all my races starting at the beginning of this year is also the owner of a very educated dirt track riding school called the Ride Academy. Ride Academy is a school that covers everything in its name. Ride stands for Riding, Instruction, Determination, and Excellence! There are four main instructors in the school, 3 time GNC Champion Kenny Coolbeth Jr. Johnny Lewis GNC number 10, and course Mike Hacker and myself. It is a such a great time teaching and showing people especially kids the fundamentals of racing and riding flat track motorcycles. It was a very successful school that Monday after Indy and I really hope we can start to schedule more and more schools as we grow together.

Next on the schedule would be the legendary Peoria TT! It's such a cool feeling racing at Peoria because so many great racers for over 60 years have competed on same race track. It's an honor just to race there let alone to have the chance to do something amazing like put yourself on the win list. But to win at Peoria right now, it just might be the hardest race for anyone other the Henry Wiles to win. Henry is not a very consistent rider but there is something about Peoria and him that clicks. He won his first Peoria TT 10 years ago and nobody has been able to beat him since. This year I gave it all I got and in the end I was content with my result even though I know I can do much better. I was battling bike handling issues all day. I think we had the suspension tore off both bikes at least twice during trying to get the set up right so the bike would stop beating me up. I was able to get second in my heat which put me in the dash and on the front row of the main. I got horrible start in the dash and was battling for 4th and 5th with Jake Johnson and Bryan Smith. I was able to get by Jake right at the line and collect 1 point out of the dash. In the main I got an excellent start coming into the first turn side by side with Henry. We went off the jump almost touching which messed me up for the right hander and turn 3 and let Jared Mees get by. I hung right with them for the first 5 or 6 laps of the race, actually my times were just a little bit faster than Jared and Henrys. On lap 6 though I had probably one of the craziest almost crashes of my career! When I landed off the jump the bikes suspension bottomed out and rebounded so hard that the front end tucked under then came back off the ground. My first reaction was to gas it to bring the back end back around. This made the motorcycle go sideways in the complete opposite direction from where it was going but it did save me from just plain face planting. From that point on I just tank slapped it out until I had her back under control. In the mix of all this Jake Johnson got by me setting me back to 4th place. I hung with Jake for awhile but a couple more sketchy landings off the jump took some of the wind out of my sails and It was really taking a toll on my body. We have to remember that just 3 and a half months ago is when I broke my arm really bad and I would be lying if I said that my body isn't still bothered by it some. I ran 4th until the last 2 laps of the race when both Briar Bauman and Stevie Bonsey put some block passes on me pushing me back to a 6th place finish.. Like I said I was content with my finish considering everything but I know I could have been a podium finisher if I had a better bike set up and my body was back to complete shape. I guess thatŐs why they say there's always next year and I will tell you what, I am so excited for next year already! Something positive that came out of Peoria is that I made up some valuable championship points on the riders in front of me. Henry Wiles did pass me in points but im not worried about him being a big threat the rest of the year. I am less than 30 points out of 4th which is Kenny Coolbeth at the moment. My Goal is to get back in the top 5 in points by the end of year. I feel that would be a pretty good accomplishment considering that I have had mechanicals at 4 different races and a broken arm.

Thank you all so much for your support! I will try my best to give you another update by the end of season.

All the best, Brad The Bullet Baker 1

Jiggy Dogg

Sometimes after a race weekend this year I feel like if I didn't have bad luck I wouldn't have luck at all. Don't get me wrong we have had some great races this year but there always seems to have a hiccup somewhere along the way. I'm sure most people have weekends like that but you see guys like Marc Marquez who can win 10 MotoGP races in a row and wonder how it always seems to go so smoothly. Marc is an amazing rider, I'm not saying he's lucky to win all those races but the stars do have to align.

Ok back to my weekend. We had two races around the Peoria area this weekend. The first one being Friday night at Spoonriver Raceway for the All Star Series race, about 30 minute South of Peoria, then the Peoria TT National on Sunday. It was a fun weekend because my best friend Jacob Lehmann flew in to race Peoria, this was his third year coming back to do the race. My dad flew back here before Indy and spent the week with me working on bikes and riding at the house. So on Friday morning my dad, Kerri and I left the house to head to Spoonriver. Since Davis Fisher had his crash at Indy, TJ Burnett wasn't coming up until Sunday so we had to change some tires and grab some things from his house on the way up. Once we got to the track we were a little late but made it in time for practice. We had a little delay at TJ's changing tires because of two pinched tubes. I think it was because we were in such a hurry we just made little mistakes. But we made it to the track ready to go so that was all that mattered. Spoonriver is a great track and it was only the second time he had been back there. The skies were overcast and it was misting just a little. It was keeping the track nice and moist. Running out for practice I was feeling good. The bike was working great and a quick gearing change had the bike on rails. We were able to ride two classes, Super Singles and Expert Singles. Super Singles Sammy Halbert and I were the only Experts in the class so we battled in the heat and main. Sammy had the upper hand on me in both races but I knew I had more for the premiere class, the Expert Singles. I won my heat race and set fast time so made it into the dash. Right after my heat I realized my pipe was getting so hot it crystallized the welds on the mounts and broke. So Jacob and my dad had to rush and change the pipe before the dash. The dash was just a quick four laps with Sammy beating me by just a wheel. It was cool that the top three were all on Yamaha's, Sammy, myself, and Jeffrey Carver. Going into the main I was feeling great and had a few tricks. The track was getting a bit dry by now and everyone kept trying to run lower and lower. So I went up top and ran the high line. Off the line I was about 5th and started making my way forward. It was a lot of fun, passing guys like Brad Baker, Jared Mees, and Jeffrey Carver around the outside felt really good. By now Sammy had a bit of a lead, I could tell he was spinning it up on the groove a little so I just kept trying to run my high line and reel him in. With five laps to go I was right on him, I knew when I made the pass I needed to make it quick and not look back so he couldn't try and take my line. I got by Sammy with three laps to go and put on a little gap. It felt really great, it made me know I can still do it when everything goes the right way. Winning the way I did on Friday made Sunday a little easier to swallow but it's still not great. Saturday was spent working on bikes and getting everything ready for the Peoria TT National. It was a lot of fun working on bikes with Jacob and my dad, we had some good laughs and got a race winning bike ready for Sunday. The only thing that was wrong is both bikes weren't race winners come Sunday. Jacob rode great on Sunday to take his first win at Peoria in the Pro Singles class after leading every session during the day. My day didn't go as smoothly. Before practice got started I was feeling good. I've been having a lot of fun on the new Yamaha and knew it would work good on the TT. But once I got onto the track everything just seemed like it was going to make for a long day. I love racing dirt track but road racing is where I want to be and have my goals set high at. From the first bikes out for practice all the way until the last lap of the mains there were some big crashes. I've got a job to do come September 13th/14th so I think mentally I couldnt ride 100%.

When I rolled out for the heat race the bike was acting a little weird but I didn't think anything of it. After an ok start and a pass or two we finished 4th to make it into the main and at least have a second row start. After having some down time and the nervous calming down a little I was looking forward to the main. I talked to Jimmy Wood and Rex Fisher on the phone and had a few things to try and make things better in the main.

Before the main starts all the riders and mechanics walk and push their bikes to the line. This year I had my dad push my bike out. It was cool to have him do it again for the second year in a row. Once all the intro was done we took off on the warm up lap and I realized there was something really wrong with my bike. Off the line it had no power, I knew it was going to be a long race like that. Come to find out the pipe had completely broke at the muffler, which made it have no back pressure and no power. It was a real bummer to finish 11th after being on the podium there last year. We have a off weekend before my last major dirt track race for the year in Springfield, IL. I'm really looking forward to that race but I am more looking forward to the final round of the AMA Pro Road Racing series. It seems like its been so long since I've rode my R6. I hate the season only has one race left.

Maguire Sacramento Mile

Hey guys we did it again we got the Kirkland Racing Suzuki in one more Grand National main event. All and all the weekend was good. I went down to Sacramento with my mom, dad and little sister. We met up with a couple of friends and hung out by the pool side all Friday afternoon. It was really nice to have a day to just relax with a lot of friends and family. We also went and tried to look at the track, but they wouldn't let us in for some reason.

Saturday was race day in Sacramento. I was pretty excited to ride the twin on another mile since it has been a few months since Springfield. I was excited to see what we could do now that I was more used to the bike then when I rode my first mile on it. Not going to lie I didn't do much to the bike as fat as set up goes from Elma to Sacramento. We manly just did gearing and put some new rubber all around on the bike. In practice I felt really good but for some reason I didn't feel like I was getting the jump off the corner like everyone else seemed too. I came in and saw my time and I was actually surprised to see we were sitting in sixth. I was very happy with that and we decided to try a wider wheel and add one tooth and put more weight on the back. I fell off the pace a little, but still felt good on the bike. Although we added a tooth I still felt like everyone was still pulling me a little on the exit of the turn. I felt really fast through the turns. I decided we would try and take that tooth off because the track times seemed to be faster. The tooth didn't seem to help us p we still ended up qualifying 14th over all.

For my heat race I had a second row start right off the groove. I felt like that was a very good spot to start. I had an awesome start from the second row and I found myself coming out of turn two in fifth place. I slowly found myself falling off the lead pace. For some reason I felt like my gearing was spot on but they still pulled me a little coming out of the turn, but I felt like I was catching everyone through the turns. With the gearing I had I was hitting the rev limiter a little getting into turn three. The bike felt pretty good and thought I had a solid sixth place for a direct transfer until the last five laps of the race when I fell back to seventh missing the direct transfer spot by one.

As we got ready for the semi we put the battery on the charger and I got my helmet ready for the semi. I think we ended up putting a little weight on the front from the heat to the semi. In my semi I had a front row start. When I pulled up on the front line the bike all of a suddenly died. I pushed the button to start it, but it wouldn't turn over. It took us three pushes before we were able to start it back up. Talk about stressing out a little when the bike wouldn't start. I ended up having a good start going into turn one I was running second down the back strait away right behind Rob Pearson. I got by him down the back strait when he was hitting the rev limiter. After I got by him I tried to put my head down and just focus on getting through the turns faster than everyone else. I think I broke away from everyone for a little while until there was about five laps left when Jake Shoemaker past me getting into turn three. I got my front end swept out from under me and I almost went down. I had a good save and slowly found myself running third with two laps left. I ended up third out of the semi giving me a spot to the main. They took the top six. I was happy to be in another main event.

We had a lot of work to do before the main. We had to put a new tire on the bike and see why the Suzuki didn't want to start back up. We ended up swapping batteries and tried to leave it on the charger as long as possible to make sure we would have not issues in the main. We filled the bike up and I got my helmet ready for 25 laps. We ended up being late to line up for the main and this put me on the fourth row because we were late. I wasn't that bummed because I started making a new plan for a start of the main. I picked the outside of line four and I figured I would get a good drive off the line getting into turn one. I had a great start I thought going into turn one, but spun up the tire a little through the turn giving me a little less of a drive down the strait away. I do not have a clue where I was running the first couple laps but the dust was nasty. It was hard to see where the good lines where at. As the race went on I started to fall further and further back. My eyes started to burn a little more as the race went on. I felt like I was just getting ate up in the main and like I was falling way back. I was happy to be in the main, but was a little disappointed that the group in front of me pulled away from me like they did. I finished 14th over all, good enough to keep me leading the points for Rookie of the year.

All in all the weekend was good. I felt good on the bike but my eyes are still burning a little. I had fun with some friends on Friday and felt good to ride the twin in California. I m looking forward to seeing how the Kirkland Racing Honda will do this coming weekend at Castle Rock. We have a new motor in the bike and has been awhile since I have thrown a leg over a single. Thank you everyone for all your help and I look forward to seeing a lot of people at another National in my home state of Washington.

Wyatt Maguire

Colindres Sacramento Mile Race

This past weekend was the AMA Grand National race held at the famous Sacramento Mile. This is one of my favorite races of the year because I've had good finishes here. I've also had bad finishes due to bikes blowing up. I've blown up three bikes at this race so I was hoping that my luck would change this time. We built an all new bike for this race so I was anxious to try it out. My goal for the weekend was to win this race.

All of qualifying was going really good which is a change for me. Usually I don't qualify good but I come around later for race time. In the first free practice I set the fastest time which gave me a lot of confidence. The track changed a lot and started to form into a dusty groove. In the first timed practice I qualified fourth which was still very good. The bike was off and we made a gearing change. In the second qualifying session we sat fourth but then the track came in for the last group and they all passed our times. Overall I qualified tenth which gave me a front row start for my heat race.

In the heat race I got a bad start and was in about fourth. I was battling in third and on the back straight away the bike blew up. Luckily for me a rider went down going into turn three, so I was able to jump on my back up bike. The back up bike wasn't nearly as fast but we would have to make it work. I was all the way back on the fourth row for the restart. I made passes the whole race and we ended up getting all the way up to third. I was pumped with this finish because it gave me a front row start for the main and that was all I initially wanted out of the heat race.

In the main event I was lined up on the bottom of the track on the front row. I got a great start and was in third place going into turn one. On the back straight I got into second place. On the front straight I drafted for the lead and led into turn one. I got passed back on the back straight but blew the groove so the rider in first broke the draft. The whole race I battled for second and third. I was in a comfortable third but got drafted at the line to finish fourth. I was happy with this finish because I was up front all race, but I also wanted to be up on the podium.

Overall it was a really good day of racing. We were at the front of the pack the whole day and I was very happy with the way I rode on the slower back up bike. Unfortunately my bad luck of blowing up bikes at this race continues. The next race is the Caste Rock TT back up in Washington. I'm very anxious to go to the race because I've got a podium and a win there last year.

I'd really like to thank all my sponsors that make this possible:
Mom and Dad, Motorcycle-Superstore, Bell Helmets, Motion Pro, Evans Coolant, Spider Grips, CP Pistons and Carillo Rods, Spectro Oils, Works Connection, Saddlemen Seats, G2 Ergonomics, K&N Air Filters, LightShoe,

Wyatt Maguire Castle Rock TT

Well now that the Castle Rock TT is all over with we have a long week ahead of us. I ll be driving home today and then up very first thing in the morning on Monday to try and make it to the race in billings that Mike Marsh will be running with Steve Nase. After that we will be off to the Grand national half mile in Rapid City South Dakota, and then off to Indianapolis Indiana for the Indy Mile. I am really excited to get some more seat time on the win in this next week along with going to one of Mikes races in Billings Montana. Well on to what all happened in Castle Rock.

I was in the second group of experts out on the track all day long and we were told that we would get two practices and two qualifiers and try and make the racing line bigger and try to create different lines on the track. I think it helped a little and made the track more race-able and not so one lined. After the first practice I was sitting 14th and we decided to add a tooth because the bike sounded very flat and wasn't really revving up like we thought it should be. This seemed to help me a little, but I was still sitting in the 14th spot so before going out for our first qualifier we decided to change the air a little to help with the bight and play with the forks a little to help the bike transition through the turn. This didn't help us much we ended going about the same speed and others had some faster laps putting us in 18th after the first qualifier. Getting ready for the last qualifier I decided to play with the back a little to try and get the bike to hook up better. Seemed like we weren't getting the thing stood up around the turn like everyone else so I was trying to set it up where I could ride the bike through the turn on top of the tire like everyone else. This seemed to help me because we ended up 14th after that qualifier giving us 14th over all in qualifying.

I was in the second heat race of experts and had a second row start on the inside. I figured this was not a bad place to start at all in a heat. I figured I would rather be on the low side here in the first turn then the high side risking being pushed off the groove in the first turn because there was no traction up high. We ended up having an awesome start running sixth coming out of turn one in the last transfer spot to the main. We ran there almost the whole heat slowly gaining and slowly loosing on fifth place. Everyone seemed kind of even on the track and the seemed to me the most important thing was to be smooth and have a really good start. With about four laps to go Jd fell going into the right hand turn putting me into fifth place. We ran fifth for the rest of the race until the last lap when Brian ran it in on the high side of me going into turn one, but that was fine because he ended up slipping off the groove a little, then I spun on the exit of turn one giving Jd the drive on me to pass me before the jump. This put us into sixth giving us the very last transfer spot to the main event.

Getting ready for the main event we put a newer edge on the bike and we put the tire warmers on trying to keep heat in the tires giving me a consistent feel during the main. I had an awesome start in running seventh for about the first two laps or so. I really fell back fast though and I think the reason why is because I wasn't riding aggressive enough like everyone else was. I think I may have been too concerned with staying smooth. Once we got into the main event further there seemed to be passing and I was running a consistent 13th. I caught up to 12th with about five laps to go but just couldn't get a pass in on him making me finish the night off with a 13th place one spot in front of where we qualified which I was happy with for the most part.

The weekend was good and felt good to be back on my single. It has felt like for ever since I have rode the Honda. I was happy with how we felt on it at the end of the day. I think we made improvements all day and got more comfortable on the Kirkland racing Honda with the new work done to it. Thank you everyone for all the help thus far this year!

Wyatt Maguire 16

Dominic Colindres Castle Rock TT

This past weekend was the AMA Grand National held in Castle Rock Washington. This is my favorite race on the schedule because I've had a couple of podium finishes including a win there last year. It was going to be the same track as last year so I set my bike up the same and figured that would be a perfect starting point. My goal for the weekend was to win the race and have fun doing it.

All of qualifying was going perfect. The bike was spot on and I was fastest in all the sessions but one, which we tried a different bike in. We went back to the main bike and qualified fastest in both timed sessions. My times were almost a second faster than the rest of the Pro Singles and it held up to be fastest out of all the experts too, edging out Henry Wiles' time! I was on pole for the first heat race so I planned on picking the inside line.

In the heat race I got the holeshot and slowly pulled away from there. We didn't make any changes to the bike besides a minor air pressure change. I got fastest heat race so I would also be sitting pole for the main event.

Before the main event we made another air pressure change and that was it. I picked the inside line again because mostly everyone throughout the races were getting the holeshot from the inside. I got the holeshot and pulled away from there. It was a lonely race up front and I looked back a couple times to make sure I kept a good lead on them. I ended up winning by a little of 6 seconds.

Overall it was a perfect weekend. Being able to roll the bike out of the truck and not make any big changes made things really easy. Setting the fastest time out of all the Pros and Experts was a huge confidence boost for the night and receiving the award for that was really cool. I wish I could be headed to the next four races back east but my travel plans fell through so our next race will be the Calistoga 1/2 Mile. I made my first national there so I hope we can get a good finish out of there.

I'd really like to thank all my sponsors that make this possible:
Mom and Dad, Motorcycle-Superstore, Bell Helmets, Motion Pro, Evans Coolant, Spider Grips, CP Pistons and Carillo Rods, Spectro Oils, Works Connection, Saddlemen Seats, G2 Ergonomics, K&N Air Filters, LightShoe, BozBros, SixFive0 Racing, Frankie Morris, Dave Bostrom and Mach 1 Motorsports.

JD Beach Is A Dirt Tracker

JD Beach Castlerock I finally got to put my hot shoe back on and swing my leg over my Yamaha 450 dirt tracker and do some racing. We made the trip out to Castle Rock, Washington and what a weekend to pick for my first race of the year. We had a three day weekend of nonstop racing. Two days of racing on the oval track and then the AMA Pro National on the TT.

Like I said this was the first race I've done since before Daytona so its been a while and I was really excited to be getting on the 450. We flew into Portland where we picked Jake Johnson up and headed straight for the Fisher's house where Jake's team and TJ Burnett Racing had set up base for the West Coast swing of the series. It was great to see everyone and be at Rex's house again, its been two years since I was out there last so it was nice to see everyone. After getting up at 3 in the morning to leave to the airport and not sleeping on the plane it made for a long day at the races. The flight was perfect timing to get to Castle Rock in time for the first night of racing.

The first night went really well. Not too many pros raced but the ones that did were fast. I had some really good battles with Brandon Robinson and Davis Fisher. The track wasn't the best its ever been but not to bad. It was good to have Jimmy Wood there to set up my 2014 Yamaha 450. He had me take the shock off probably eight times to do revalving and spring changes. It was a lot of work, with being tired and it being hot out but by the end of the weekend it paid off. After all the racing and loading up by the time Kerri and I got back to the hotel we had been up for over 24 hours and with little food. Castle Rock and the town that Davis lives in, Warren, OR is small, actually every town between Portland and Castle Rock is small so it was hard to find places to eat the first day when your tired and wore out. The next couple days got better once we learned the area but that first day was brutal.

Friday morning after a few hours of sleep it was time to unload the bikes at Rex's and get them ready for that day. We ended up doing that every morning before the races and even Sunday after the races because they had to get ready for Sturgis that is on Tuesday. It was a lot of fun, getting to work on bikes all morning everyday with a good, fun group of guys. I'm sure by the end of the weekend Rex was tired of hearing "Hey Rex" because it always came before a question.

After racing Thursday I had to flip my rear tire for the race on Friday along with other things. I got it all done and we loaded up to head to the track. After practice Jimmy had me pull the rear shock off again and with a little change the bike was working good. We made a gearing change and I was very happy with the bike. In the heat race they took two to the main and in my heat race Sammy Halbert was going really well and since we were on the same built bike it was good to see how they worked compared to each others. I finished second but a close second behind him and there was no drama until after the race. At Castle Rock you exit the track in the middle of the first turn and when you get to racing someone its hard to slow down. As we were exiting I was going way too fast and had the rear brakes locked up but slammed into Sammy. He was not very happy about it and ran back into me. It made for a good show for the fans, but after I went to the pits and explained what happened and it was all ok after that. Before the main I decided to check the air pressure and to my surprise it was the first time I did since I changed the tire earlier that day. Once I had some good tire pressure I was ready for the main. Having to start on the second row on a track that is hard to pass on I knew it was going to be a tough race. Jared Mees and I were both back there. We worked our way up through the pack and I ended up 5th with Jared in 4th.

Going into Saturday I was feeling really good. A little stressed but good. This was the first national I've ever done in five years that I didn't have a mechanic. Of course I had plenty of people there willing to help but they were also there for Davis. I'm just there to have fun and get a good result, Davis and his crew are racing every race chasing the points so I didn't want to take away from him. Practice went really well, I had one tiny crash and a gearing change to make but we qualified 4th so I was happy about that.

In the heat race Mikey Rush got the hole shot and I was running third behind Brad Baker. The track was hard to pass on but I kept at it and tried to pass him. At the end of the day I'm not there for points so I wasn't going to settle for 3rd even if it would get me into the Dash for Cash. The main part to pass was over the jump so one lap I just went wide open, flat landed and tried to make the pass. I think I almost had it made but Brad's a big boy and leaned on me and I lost the front. I popped up as fast as I could and made a few passes to make it into the main.

The main wasn't too exciting for us. It was a close race but with it being so hard to pass, there wasn't much passing. Before the main though, I was going crazy, after three days of racing I was getting ready to do a 25 lap main event. I knew something had to be loose on the bike after working on it for so many days in a rush. Surprisingly there wasn't anything. Jimmy Wood pushed my bike out for me in the main which was nice because we were walking and laughing and it was very low stress before the race started. During the race I really only made one pass on Jeffrey Carver to get into 5th. It was just awesome to have such a great race coming from the second row and being my first national in 10 months.

To top off the great weekend was Saturday night/Sunday morning at about 1am after getting loaded up and leaving we went to eat. TJ, Rex, Brandon, Davis, Kerri, and I. The food was just OK but the milkshakes were amazing but before we got into the restaurant, Davis locked his keys in his truck. You would of thought he just heard the funniest joke by the way he was acting so Rex and I gave him some crap. He was just laughing. After ordering our food we went out there and Davis GOOGLED how to break into a Ford Ranger and within 10 minutes we had his keys. That just finished the weekend off right.

Before flying red eye Sunday night we spent the day working on bikes. Then right before leaving to head to the airport I needed to make my mark on Oregon. So I jumped in my rental car and spun a few laps sideways on his short track. It was a good time. Next up is Indy this weekend for watching then the famous Peoria TT.

Colindres Grays Harbor 1/2

This past weekend was the AMA Grand National race held up in Grays Harbor Washington. This would be my first race back after missing three rounds due to traveling plans falling through. I didn't know what to expect going to this race because I've never raced there but also no one else has so that would level out the competition a little bit. My goal at the beginning of the day was to get a top five finish.

Qualifying wasn't going to good for me in all the sessions. In the first free practice I qualified in the fourteenth position. We came in and made a gearing change that helped a lot. In the first timed practice I qualified tenth which was not much better, but still an improvement. In the last timed practice we finished in the eighth spot which I was happy with because it gave me a front row start for the heat race.

In the heat race I was sitting on the outside of the front row. I was happy with this position because I was able to line up on the groove. I got a great jump off the line and was in about second place going into the first turn. I got pushed wide and pinched off on the back straight and I was in about fourth for the first couple of laps. I was in a battle for third and second the whole race and was able to finish third, barely missing the second spot. I was really happy with this finish because it gave me a front row start for the main event.

In the main event I was lined up on the outside of the front row. On the first start I got a great jump and came out of turn one in the second or third spot. Unfortunately a rider went down and there was a complete restart. On the restart I sat there as spun the tire off the start and on the first lap I was all the way down into the thirteenth spot. The whole race I felt comfortable picking off riders. I got all the way up to the seventh spot and that's where I finished. I could see the lead pack in front of me and I wish I had more time. I wasn't too happy with this finish because the bike felt great in the main event and I had the speed to finish way better.

Although it wasn't the finish I wanted, I was still happy with the way I rode. After being away from the pro circuit, it felt great to know that I can still hang with those guys. The next race is the Sacramento Mile which is one of my favorite races on the schedule. I've done good in the past there and I look to finish even better.

Maguire, Elma Half Mile

Hey guys it felt good to run a Grand National twins race in my home state of Washington. Although we were still six hours from my house it was cool to have a twins National back in our state. The weekend started out a little behind schedule from a traffic jam leaving Spokane to having a rain out on Saturday. We ended up rescheduling the race for Sunday which meant I would miss the test day at castle rock.

During practice we tried a set up the bike a way we have never ran before and it seemed like it worked okay but was definitely a little too soft. After practice we changed gearing and that was about all we had time to do. The gearing helped a lot with slowing me down into the turns and getting me off of the turns. After qualifying we decided to change the spring to one a little stiffer. It seemed to help me but it still had a bad bounce or wobble out of the turn. We stiffened the back up more and did a lot more of other changes to the bike. We made so many more changes that it became questionable if it all would end up working.

My heat race ended up going pretty good. I got an okay start and I think I was running about eighth and the top six are direct transfer to the main. The line I ran in practice and in qualifying wasn't working in my heat so I came down to the bottom of the track where everyone else was running and I slowly found myself moving forward. I ended up passing into the last transfer spot with about five laps to go and made a move into fifth on my last lap but lost that position in turn three and four. I was happy to have a direct transfer to the main and to try and get a few more points going towards my battle for Rookie of the year.

Going into the main I tried to pay close attention to what the track was doing. We made a little change to the bike which I think started to work good towards the end of the race. I had a really bad start in the main and tried to run the high line and pass the guys that were stuck in traffic. I think it worked for a couple guys but I shortly figured out that I needed to move down into the racing line before I got freight trained and find myself going backwards in the main. As the race went on I started to find better racing lines and I found myself moving forward again.

I ended up coming home with an eleventh place finish in the main. I was happy with that. I wish I would have found those lines a little sooner in the race. The bike felt good and I have to say everything we did helped. I have to say thank you every one for your help and we are looking forward to the Sacramento Mile this weekend.

Wyatt Maguire

Maguire, Elma Half Mile

Hey guys it felt good to run a Grand National twins race in my home state of Washington. Although we were still six hours from my house it was cool to have a twins National back in our state. The weekend started out a little behind schedule from a traffic jam leaving Spokane to having a rain out on Saturday. We ended up rescheduling the race for Sunday which meant I would miss the test day at castle rock.

During practice we tried a set up the bike a way we have never ran before and it seemed like it worked okay but was definitely a little too soft. After practice we changed gearing and that was about all we had time to do. The gearing helped a lot with slowing me down into the turns and getting me off of the turns. After qualifying we decided to change the spring to one a little stiffer. It seemed to help me but it still had a bad bounce or wobble out of the turn. We stiffened the back up more and did a lot more of other changes to the bike. We made so many more changes that it became questionable if it all would end up working.

My heat race ended up going pretty good. I got an okay start and I think I was running about eighth and the top six are direct transfer to the main. The line I ran in practice and in qualifying wasn't working in my heat so I came down to the bottom of the track where everyone else was running and I slowly found myself moving forward. I ended up passing into the last transfer spot with about five laps to go and made a move into fifth on my last lap but lost that position in turn three and four. I was happy to have a direct transfer to the main and to try and get a few more points going towards my battle for Rookie of the year.

Going into the main I tried to pay close attention to what the track was doing. We made a little change to the bike which I think started to work good towards the end of the race. I had a really bad start in the main and tried to run the high line and pass the guys that were stuck in traffic. I think it worked for a couple guys but I shortly figured out that I needed to move down into the racing line before I got freight trained and find myself going backwards in the main. As the race went on I started to find better racing lines and I found myself moving forward again.

I ended up coming home with an eleventh place finish in the main. I was happy with that. I wish I would have found those lines a little sooner in the race. The bike felt good and I have to say everything we did helped. I have to say thank you every one for your help and we are looking forward to the Sacramento Mile this weekend.

Wyatt Maguire

BRob FourFour RPT

Brandon Robinson hagerstown Hey Everyone,
The busy race season is finally upon us and we had a short week to get ready for Hagerstown this past weekend. Hagerstown is kind of my home town race per say as it's the only national I get to sleep in my own bed the night before. Anyways typically the weather this time of year out my way in brutally hot and humid, but we lucked out this year and had pretty much a picture perfect day. Not quite sure what it is about this place, but I never seem to have too much luck at this track.

Things started off a little shaky on the night as I could only muster a 12th during timed qualifying. The team made some changes to the bike and it seemed a lot better right off the bat in the heat and I finished a close 2nd place to eventual main event winner Bryan Smith. That put us in the dash and on the front row for the main! We made a few more adjustments for the dash to see if we could find something. I didn't get the best of start and got pushed wide going into turn three and finished 5th in the dash. I knew the biggest thing I could do for the main was to get a good start, as track position is key at Hagerstown since there really isn't much passing going on. Thankfully I was able to get a decent jump and drop in line fast. I was running 4th for the first portion of the main until Kenny Coolbeth broke and for a moment I kind of thought I was going to have something for the leaders. Brandon Robinson hagerstown As the race went on the track was drying out and my line just slowly went away from me. Eventually I fell back to 4th place where I ultimately finished. All in all I was happy with this effort as it was my best finish at this track and it was another consistent finish that keeps us solidly in this championship hunt!
Next up is Elma, WA in two weeks.
Thanks, B!

Maguire Hagerstown

Wyatt Maguire #16
Hagerstown Race Report

Well for those of you that don't know we ran at Hagerstown Maryland on Saturday night. As you all know this is my Rookie year in the expert class and I am really going through a big learning experience out there with these experts. I feel like I am doing fine for my first year just lots of little things to learn about being on a twin. We will get there eventually. The trip out to Hagerstown went pretty good. Between Lima and Hagerstown I stayed in Illinois to help keep the trip expense down as everyone knows how expensive it is to travel.

Going into Hagerstown I was pretty excited. I think Hagerstown is one of the slickest tracks on the series. It kinda reminds me of riding daytona just in a smooth half mile form. I knew getting into the turn on the 450 last year was pretty jittery, so I was nervous for that part on the twin. I started the day off with pretty much the same set up as Knoxville. After practice I didn't feel the best on the bike. The track was a little rough and my gearing was off a little ways. Before my second time out on the track I decided to throw some teeth at the bike and play with my shock and move my forks a little. I felt pretty good in qualifying number one and was sitting eleventh after that session. Before the last round out on the track I decided I would try a couple more little things just to try. I figured I already have one decent time in I might as well give some other things a try just to see what it would do. After the second round I was twenty fifth or something. The changes I made didn't help me at all and caused me to go backwards. I ended up putting everything back to the way it was. I ended up qualifying thirteenth over all after the combined all the times.

I was in the first heat race on the front row. I was fifth off the bottom which I felt was not a bad place to start at all. They did a ton of track work between qualifying to heat races. They were just trying to make the track more smooth and open up more lines to make it all more race- able. I got an awesome start in my heat race but I ended up spinning it up really bad coming off all of the turns. I think I got too excited and couldn't calm down from that good start I had. I quickly got ate up and moved back really fast. As I started to fall back wards in my heat I found myself spinning up just as bad as at the beginning of the race. I tried moving up the race track to keep my momentum up to help with my drive off the turn but it really didn't seem to help me at all. I tried positioning myself differently on the bike to help with traction and that also did not help me. I finished seventh in my heat. I was pretty frustrated with how I did. I think my gearing was to short now and I couldn't get the bike to squat for a bite on the track. After my heat I just went to work on the bike. I noticed I had a little blow by on the filter dripping on my back tire so I changed out that filter and took a little oil away from the bike. Then due to the fact that the bike still has a heavy spring on it I back the shock spring way off trying to get it to squat and I took it all way soft to make it more set up for me. Due to the fact that the track was pretty smooth I kept the rebound slow hoping to get a better bite. I checked my swing arm angle and it was right where I wanted it to be. Then I took one tooth off but looking back I wish I would have taken two off instead of one. I just about missed the start to my semi.

In my semi I was on the second row far inside. I got an awesome start and I think I came off turn two in about third. Once again I spun up really bad a fell back very fast. There is almost nothing that frustrates me more then spinning up and falling backwards. Towards the end of the semi I really started to figure out what I was doing wrong and felt myself closing back into a transfer spot, but I was a couple laps too late. I really learned a couple things there at the end of the semi. I finished fifth in my semi and only top three went to the main. Two weekends in a row I just missed the main and I hoping I can use this as more motivation to put the bike in the main at the next national.

I really have learned a lot about riding a twin this year. My throttle control is going to be a big deal on the Kirkland racing Suzuki. I will have some help at the next couple races so that should hopefully help me focus in more on racing then working on the bike. It is defiantly tough working on the bike week in and week out at the track and trying to race at the same time. I have to thank everyone that has given me a hand at the track when they have a second away from there own bikes it helps a ton. I defiantly could not of won the championship last year without the help of my dad at the track last year yet alone all the support from sponsors. You all are the ones that make it all possible weekend and week out and I have to say thanks for all the help with my racing. If you would like live up dates on my racing during race day go like the Kirkland racing page on face book.

Wyatt Maguire

Maguire Lima

Leading into Lima I was feeling good, I got on my motocross bike three times the week before Lima. I was defiantly nervous to ride the Kirkland Racing Suzuki for the first time on the cushion track. I think I did all the right preparation on the bike and for myself to be ready for the half mile but found myself just a little short of the main.

When we got to the track I finished taping a little more of the Kirkland Suzuki and putting my hand guards on. I did a couple other little things and was feeling pretty good leading into practice. I was the second group out on the track during practice and to be honest with you all I felt horrible on the bike. During practice the bike and I did not get a long at all. I felt like it was bucking me every where no matter where I rode. I found my self not being smooth at all and not even being able to push myself. Going into my first qualifier I made a lot of changes to suspension and to gearing. I made a phone call home to Steve and he helped me make a decision on what to do to the bike. I made those couple changes and then went out for qualifier number one. The bike felt better and I went a little faster, but I still didn't feel comfortable on the bike. It was really bucking me around a lot and I was having trouble putting it where I wanted to go. Leading into the last qualifier I was told to move my forks up and add weight to the front to help steer with the back of the bike and so I could put the bike where ever I wanted to. The track group was out on the track doing maintenance and looked like the track was going to be a lot smoother for our last time out on the track so I just decided to try and move my forks and to see how that would be. Those changes ended up being worse I actually think I went backwards and felt completely lost on what to do to the bike next now.

Leading into my heat race I was kind of lost on what to do to the bike. My gearing felt good but was still just lost on what to do for suspension. I made couple phone calls home and got some advice from Steve and my dad on what to do to the bike. I ended up doing what my dad said before my heat and it seemed like it helped. I still felt like I was struggling a lot in my heat. The bike was really bucking me all over the track. I really needed to do something with the back shock. I ended up finishing up seventh in my heat. I was a little bummed about the finish but was feeling a little better on the Kirkland bike.

Going into my semi we made some big changes to the bike. We put a whole other spring on the bike and played with more clickers on the front and back suspension. I moved my forks again and got my helmet ready for my semi.

In my semi I got an okay start and finally felt like I belonged out there in the expert class again. We had a three way battle going on for the last transfer spot to the main between Jake Johnson, Johnny Lewis, and me. I felt really good in my semi and it was the best I felt all day on the bike. I wish I could of started with this spring on the bike at the begging of the day. I ended up getting fourth in my semi, Jake got me right at the end of our semi. I felt really fast in the semi and felt smooth. I think we made a lot of the right changes on the bike through the day, just wish I had a little more time to get that bike all set up more for me and not for the previous rider. Kirkland Racing will have a spring on order for and we should be set for Hagerstown.

This next week I will be just getting the bike ready for the next national and getting myself ready. Try to go for a run every day this week and then some. I am really looking forward to Hagerstown and can't wait to be back on a car track. Thank you to everyone that has helped me thus far this year. Had some struggles yesterday but we learned a lot about that twin again and we moved forward all day.

Brandon Robinson Lima RPT

Hey Everyone,
Last weekend was the Ohio National in Lima, OH. Typically I tend to really struggle at this race and on most cushion surfaces, but I was looking forward to it as we were riding a new bike that we have been testing. The day started off pretty decent as I qualified 8th in free practice and in both qualifying sessions. I really liked how it was super deep and rough, but quite a few riders felt it was unsafe and AMA decided to take a grader out to take some of the cushion off. I was in the third heat race and was able to grab that all important holeshot! It was nice having a clear track, but I was struggling a little bit and slowly faded to eventually finish 3rd for a direct transfer to the main. My team and I kept thinking about what changes to make as I felt good, but not great. As we talked things over, my tuner James along with the support of Dan Thompson and Carl Patrick devised a game plan for the main. I wasn't really sure what to expect for the main event with all the changes we made, but I figured I'd give it my all and see what happens. I got a decent start and noticed right off the bat the bike was better and I was able to find some smooth lines. Besides my near crash on the first lap I was able to put together a really consistent race and at the conclusion I found myself in 2nd place! Honestly I was pretty shocked as I usually struggle on cushions, but to get out of Lima on the box was awesome. Talk about being stoked! As of now we are sitting 4th in the Grand National Championship heading into my home race this weekend in Hagerstown, MD. Can't wait to hop back on the bike and keep this momentum rolling. As always thanks everyone for your support!

Wyatt Maguire Knoxville Race RPT

Hey guys well just sitting here in Chicago Illinois waiting to catch a flight home the day after the Knoxville National. Knoxville went very good and I am happy to say I made my first ever AMA Expert Grand National Main event. I guess you could say I truly earned that National number now. When we first got the the track on Sunday the track looked very questionable due to the fact that the world of outlaws ran on it the night before. There were a couple bumps here and there plus lots of loose chunks of dirt that everyone started calling cow pies. As racing got closer they started brushing the track off and painted some white lines where they wanted the racing line.

The experts where the first on the track during practice and qualifying. I was at the end of the third group which was good I thought because let me find a person in front of me to set my eyes on and try to catch. During practice I was really tentative getting into the turn and really tentative getting off. The track just felt really slick and kind of inconsistent. There would be one spot with loads of traction and then a spot with like zero traction. After practice I was sitting twenty first. I made a gearing change and went out for qualifying number one and felt a lot better. The bike would slow down more getting in and felt like it was revving just enough getting off. I ended up qualifying thirteenth after qualifying one. I did a couple little changes to the bike and gave her a little more oil. The changes I made felt like it helped the bike stick more coming into the turns and coming out helping me drive it in a little deeper and push my mark for rolling onto the gas. I came off the track feeling really good after that qualifying and actually ended up qualifying eleventh over all. I was really happy about qualifying there.

Getting ready for my heat race I played with my tire pressure a little more and put my battery on the charger to keep it full of life. I was going to put some new tires all around but as I walked through the pit I noticed that almost no one had new tires on. This kept me from putting new tires on and I asked around and lots of people told me that the older worn out ones would be best for this track. I kept them tires on and started to just focus on getting a good start. I had a front row start and was fourth off the bottom. I knew the start was going to be a very important part of this race due the fact that the racing line was so small. I ended up getting off the line really good and drove it into turn one sitting in third place right behind Sammy Halbert and Henry Wiles. I came around the first lap in third and going through turn two Sammy started sticking a wheel in making a move on Henry. Sammy got by Henry leaving just enough room for me to squeeze by Henry too. I came out of turn two sitting second. I think I ran second for about a lap until Kenny got by me and put me in third. I was able to put up a little fight and got back by him for about a second until we entered into turn three. As the race went on I ran third and the bike started to run a little on the hot side and felt like it was starting to work really hard and almost felt like it had a little pop to it. I ended up finishing third which was good enough for a direct transfer to my first ever AMA Grand National Main Event. I was really pumped about that and knew there was just a couple things to look over on the twin before my main event.

In the main I believe I was second off the bottom on the second row for the main. I ended up getting off the line pretty good until I got into turn one and I spun it up a little and was probably a little too calm for the start. More than anything I think it was the nerves of the first expert main that played the biggest part to the start of the race. Once I got calmed down and got into a groove I started to feel good and I found myself running eleventh right behind Rob Pearson. I made a big bobble letting Mikey Martin by me and shortly after that I found myself slowly falling off the pace. I think my front tire started to become a little glazed over and found myself fighting it a little as the race went on. I ended up finishing my first expert main with a fourteenth. I was happy with that being my first main, but I now know that I can run with those guys and need to make some higher goals for the rest of this season.

I learned a lot at Knoxville and I feel like every time I ride the twin I learn something new. There are a couple things I would like to try and see if it helps just not too sure if I want to try at a national. I need to just keep getting seat time on these bikes and keep learning. I still have lots to learn and have a lot more room to grow and improve. Needless to say I am excited to get this bike on the track at Lima and see how it does on a cushion track.

Thank you to everyone that has helped me in 2014

Wyatt Maguire
AMA Grand National Flat track

Zanotti Racing Checks In

Welcome to the Zanotti Racing Springfield Mile report. Running a two man race team has proven to be very logistically trying and labor intensive. Many a 15 hour day was spent 7 days a week preparing for the inaugural mile of 2014. With help from Moroney's Harley Davidson in New York and Classic Harley Davidson in Reading, PA the team was up to the task and the team arrived in Springfield on Friday before the race.

Sunday morning we rolled into the pits at the historic Illinois State Fairgrounds bright and early at 8am. The AMA Pro Racing had all the parking spots laid out prior to our arrival which made parking and unloading extremely easy and efficient. Tech inspection and pre-race preparations went smoothly and we were set for practice. Both Kenny and Stevie were in the first group to go out for practice. This proved to be the fastest session on the track all day. The track was ultra-fast. 33.5 seconds a lap was turned which is an average of 107 mph around the circuit! Minor adjustments were done to the bikes and we headed out for the first session of qualifying practice. Kenny Coolbeth was extremely smooth and fast ending the session as 4th fastest. Stevie Bonsey ran solid, 3 tenths of a second behind Kenny. Both riders in the mid 34 second a lap bracket as the track was slowing slightly each time out. With a few more minor adjustments we went out for the final 4 laps of qualifying. Both riders were fast only separated by 1/1000th of a second and only 1/10th of a second off the leaders pace. As the track was drying out it was tightening the pack. Kenny and Stevie sat in 5th and 6th respectively in that session with the top 10 separated by only 3/10ths of a second.

Being the first mile of the season the pits were packed with fans. Kenny and Stevie spent a hectic hour and a half signing autograph sheets and taking photos with the fans. After the fans were cleared from the pits both bikes were checked and double checked for the upcoming heat races and team owner David Zanotti deemed us race ready.

Kenny Coolbeth drew the first heat with his overall combined qualifying position of 4th. As previously stated the track was slowing ever so slightly and the first session was the fastest. The first heat was stacked with fast qualifier Brian Smith, championship point's leader Sammy Halbert, and current National Number 1 Brad Baker. Kenny fought to the front and proceeded to duel with Bryan Smith the entire 8 laps of the race, testing the power and limits of the XR 750, trying to see if a draft pass for the lead was possible. At the end of the race Kenny finished second a mere 5/100ths behind Bryan. They had, lap after lap built a comfortable margin over the rest of the field and earned a spot in the ever so important dash for cash.

Stevie's heat race was next, also with some stiff competition. Stevie shot off the line in the lead closely followed by Jake Johnson. Jake got by and Stevie latched onto his rear wheel, reeling him in thru the turns and latching onto his draft down the straights. Mid race Stevie made a mistake and was passed by Robinson and lost touch with Jake's draft. Stevie finished in 3rd place, 8/10ths of a second behind Jake but turning a faster lap time in the process which boded well for the main event.

In no time they blow the horn to line up for the dash for cash. With the current point's leader missing the cut for the dash, along with last year's champion, this was an excellent opportunity for Kenny to make up ground on one, and create a gap to the other. This race truly is a dash. In the 4 short laps Kenny once again fought his way to the front in spectacular fashion. He finished a mere 1/10th of a second out of the lead but a healthy 8/10ths over the rest of the field, collecting 4 valuable points for the title chase. Curiously the track had been getting slightly slower as the day went on, but in this event the lap times actually dropped into the 34 second range again.

Ever so slight adjustments were made, strategy was discussed with both riders, and then the riders were left alone to their thoughts to prepare for the main event. Kenny lined up on the front row and Stevie on the second. After the introductions were done, the green flagged dropped and 18 riders roared to the first turn. Staying in the lead pack is imperative; maneuvering yourself to the front at the end is an art. Kenny had himself at the front of the race early on; leading some of the time, never lower than 3rd. Stevie had fought to the lead pack from his second row start and was content to stay in the leaders draft and see how this played out. On the 11th lap the lead group decided to push the pace a bit. Lap times went from the low 35s and high 34s to 34.5s and 34.3s. The lead pack of 7 riders dwindled to 5 with Stevie getting caught unaware as his next 2 laps were his fastest at 34.8 each but he had ever so slightly lost the lead draft. Kenny on the other hand had no trouble staying in the top three, tenaciously latched onto to the leader's rear tire. At the completion of the 12th lap Brad Baker was drafting Stevie down the front straightaway and took his handlebar out going into turn one. Stevie went down in a heap, getting himself firmly planted in the air fence at over 120 mph. Stevie's crash brought out the red flag. Miraculously the bike was ok and he was able to remount and line up for the restart. Before the staggered restart, Chris Carr pointed out to Stevie that though he was at the rear of the grid, he was on the outside near the groove. He instructed him to put the tires on that rubber immediately and fight like hell in the first corner to get back in the lead pack. With 2 riders dropping out early Kenny was lined up 2nd and Stevie 16th. The light went green and the pack roared towards the first turn with Kenny in 2nd and Stevie racing past 8 riders. At this point as he was going around a rider for his 9th position improvement in a quarter of a lap a rider got out of shape and sadly Stevie hit him and went down again. He fell trying to pull off a very aggressive move, but in the end, a move that ended his day. Another restart followed after they loaded Stevie and his mount and brought them back to the pits. Kenny once again was fighting for the lead on the restart. Lap after lap he rode with what can only be described as surgical precision. He was never more than 3 feet off the leaders rear wheel. It looked like a may come down to a 2 man race for the win. On the 20th lap of the scheduled 25 lap race another rider went down bringing out the red flag yet again. This was not a welcome event for our team. With 5 laps remaining, this turned the race into another short dash, albeit with a staggered restart, but now bunching the pack once again. This is exciting for the fans but nerve wracking for the team. Kenny being the consummate professional and cool as ice proceeded to once again get a terrific start and plant himself firmly on the leader's rear wheel. Coming out of turn four towards the checkered it looked as though he could draft by Smith for the win but he came up 4/100ths of a second short. Kenny ended the day on the second step of the podium.

Taking stock of our results this year, the team is guardedly optimistic, yet knows there is more work to do to improve. Dave Atherton brought two extremely fast XR 750's for Kenny and he used every ounce of power they had. Steve Polk also prepared two very capable bikes for Stevie to ride. Going forward, equipment and or power will not be an issue it seems. The lap times turned at Springfield were some of the fastest ever and the bikes were up to the task. Kenny leaves Springfield after 3 rounds in the books with the overall points lead in the title chase. He now has 2 podium finishes out of 3 attempts. Moving forward, 2 of the next 3 races are on ultra-fast half mile car tracks. Both riders on our team thrive on those type venues and we look forward to continued success in the near future.

Zanotti Racing would like to thank the sponsors without whom the 2014 title chase would not be possible: Moroney's Harley Davidson presenting sponsor of our eastern XR 750 portion of the team. Classic Harley Davidson of Reading, PA presenting sponsor of our west coast portion of the team. Top 1 Oils and Lubricants, Galfer Brakes, Drew Massa Trucking, Mikuni USA, K&N Filters, Motion Pro, The Motor Cafe in Sunnyvale CA, Bazzaz, Works Connection, Ride Engineering, Wiseco Pistons and Rings, Vortex, Millennium Technologies, Pinit Motorsports of Seaside CA, Billbuilt Pipes, G2 Ergonomics, Weiss Racing, CC4, Chickenhawk Racing, Ron Guzman of RGR Racing, Pro Plates, Boughner Suspension and Cometic Gaskets.

Kenny Coolbeth would also like to thank his personal sponsors, all of which are very important to making this a successful year: Arai Helmets, D's Leathers, Burt Ives Honda, Jones Honda of Missouri, Specialty Fabrication, West Coast Hot Shoes, Strictly Dirt, Dragon Goggles, Acerbis, Saddleman, Ride Academy, RLJ Racing, Trantolo & Trantolo, HBD Moto Graphix, STRIKT, Barnett, Wrex, Prewitt Automotive

Stevie Bonsey also has personal sponsors to thank: Arai Helmets, Alpine Stars Apparel, EKS Goggles, Santa Cruz Bicycle, OB1 Trucking, Coolbreeze, Camilla Payne, Team Intents, Bill Graham and Richard Matusek

Lloyd Bros. Motorsports

Jake Johnson springfield mile Jake Johnson leaves Springfield, IL Memorial day race with a solid fourth place and second in the points. After qualifying 2nd (below the track record set in 1992) Johnson went on to win his heat race, take 3rd in the all important points paying dash for cash and brought home a solid 4th place finish in the main event after leading four times at the start/finish line. "We had a really fast bike today" said Johnson. "The team works really well together and we have identified a few small chassis changes that we will make before we come back here in the fall to hopefully get on top of the box."

On to round 4, June 15th in Knoxville, IA!

Labelle Racing Springfield Report

Springfield TT - It's been a while since I've been around an AMA Flat track race and it was really nice to see all my American friends that I haven't seen in over a year. I showed up at the TT with pretty low expectations as I'm not a very skilled TT rider and I would be lining up against some of the riders I grew up idolizing. My main goal was just to get a little bit of seat time before jumping on the twin for the mile.

In practice I felt pretty comfortable, and decided to leave the bike as is for the heat races. Heck, I didn't even change tire pressure! I had a pretty stacked heat and I knew the first corner was either going to be really cool or hurt really bad. The good news is we all got through clean but when the checkered flag flew I ended up finishing out of a transfer spot to the main. In the semi however, I got a decent start and ended up second coming over the jump. I felt great and rode right with the leader for the entire race. Even though I was confident I could have taken the semi win, I decided to settle for second because I already had a transfer position to the main.

In the main it took a couple of restarts but finally the pack got over the jump clean. My chances of a top ten however were cut short when I lost my brakes on lap six or seven. I stalled the bike going into a sharp left, but I was able to fire it again after a few kicks. Although I didn't get the top ten I was hoping for, I was able to cross the line in 12th. I had a blast, and considered it a success that I was able to qualify for and finish the main.

The MILE! - I showed up to the Mile bright and early because my dad and I had some small stuff to do to the LaBelle Racing/Woody Kyle Racing Kawasaki 650 Ninja before running it through tech. After tech practice arrived before we knew it so I headed out onto the track. Now I didn't expect to light the world on fire but I was EXTREMELY disappointed with my times in free practice. We made some small changes including gearing and went back out to try again. After all was said and done, I dropped a second and a half off my original lap times and I had qualified 28th. I wanted more but wanted to stay positive.

In the heat race I just couldn't get anything going as far as finding drafting partners. When I finally found a partner, I made what I refer to as "Rookie mile mistakes" and lost them. At the checkers I settled for 10th and a trip to the Semi's.

In the Semi, the AMA crew was having difficulty with the starting light system. The starter grabbed a green flag and did a standing flag start where you go on the abrupt lift of the flag. Before the flag even went up, over half the field had already taken off and I was VERY late. This was rookie mistake number one. Then down the back straight a rider blew a motor and I lifted to get around them. This was mistake number two. For the remainder of the Semi, I was stuck behind what I called a slower rider with a faster bike until very late in the race. This was the outcome of my first two mistakes. Long story short, I didn't make the main.

I can't be upset about the outcome of the Springfield Mile because I definitely learned a ton. I knew going in that it was going to be way different than riding a 450 around the mile but the speed isn't the only difference. Your thought process has to be faster and you have to learn to strategize on the fly. The speed difference wasn't as noticeable as I thought because while you are racing you really don't think about how fast you are actually going. It wasn't until after our semi that I found out we were clocked at 135 mph on the front straight! I will take everything I have learned here and take it to the next race with me.

Maguire16 Checks In

Well we raced the Springfield Mile round 1 at Springfield on May 25th, 2014. This was my first ever twins expert race. I was very nervous leading up to that Sunday, but at the same time I was very excited to throw a leg over the Kirkland racing Suzuki.

In practice I was geared to run the bike in fourth gear but found myself on the rev limiter half way down the strait away so I found myself shifting into fifth to keep the bike off the rev limiter but made my get off the corner a little weak. After practice was done we added a tooth and gave that a try making the bike rev a little harder in fifth and gave me an awesome 17th qualifying position. After the first qualifier and going into the last qualifier we decided to add one more tooth to give me more coming off the turn and to get me closer to the rev limiter at the end of the strait. I ended having the first qualifier being my best and gave me a 17th over all in qualifying.

Going into my heat race we decided to move the forks a little to give me more traction and then we also added one more tooth to the bike knowing the track times were slowing down. I had an awesome start in my heat race running in third going into turn one but I think I up shifted to fifth too early loosing my drive off the turn letting people get around me on the exit. I ended up running at the tail end of the lead pack until about two laps to go when I slipped off the groove and lost traction on my entry to turn three making loose about half a strait away by the time I gathered it up. I finished seventh over all in my heat race.

After my heat race and getting ready for my semi I decided I would try and add a tooth so they wouldn't pull me as hard coming out of the turn and would be a little closer to the rev limiter but we ended up running out of gearing. I then looked at my gear ratio chart to gear the bike for fourth but we actually didn't have enough gearing to fourth either. Well we added gearing to our list of things to get needless to say. I decided to move the forks a little and just give that a try to finish off my day and put the bike into the main. In my semi I actually had the hole shot and led the pack coming off turn two. This time I waited to up shift into fifth hoping to keep a good drive off the turn. I had a killer drive coming off turn two, but this time I could not get the bike to up shift into fifth. I kept trying to get it to go but the shifter would not budge. At first I thought it was the transmission but the shifter wouldn't move at all. I looked down really quick and noticed it was caught up on a little motor cover for the transmission. After I took a lap and half in the race I slowed down and was able to free it up with my hand and it shifted right into fifth. It was too lat to get a transfer spot now that I was a lap and half down because I slowed down. I then pulled off the track.

In the end Springfield mile was a good weekend. I was able to learn a lot about racing the mile on a big bike and learned a lot about the Suzuki. I look forward to riding this bike more this year. Thank you everyone for your support!

Sac is Back!

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (May 12, 2014) - Officials from Cal Expo and AMA Pro Racing announced today that the Sacramento Mile will return to the 2014 AMA Pro Flat Track schedule. The historic event, which was previously removed from this year's calendar, is back on track to take place at Cal Expo in Sacramento, Calif. on July 26, 2014 with event promotion from SMI.

"We're thrilled to be able to get the Sacramento Mile back on the 2014 AMA Pro Flat Track schedule," said Michael Gentry, Chief Operating Officer of AMA Pro Racing. "The race is always one of the most prominent events on the schedule and I'm really looking forward to watching our riders take to the track at the Cal Expo in late July."

The Sacramento Mile returned to the AMA Pro Flat Track schedule in 2011 after a nine year absence and has once again stamped itself as one of the most exciting events on the Grand National Championship tour. Over the last month, negotiations have been ongoing with the intent of creating a long-term agreement for the event that will honor the history of the Sacramento Mile.

"We are excited to be able to continue the rich tradition of the Sacramento Mile for our region and for AMA Pro fans," said Rick Pickering, CEO of Cal Expo. "We appreciate the leadership and commitment of SMI in stepping forward to take the Sac Mile to the next level of success,"

"The Sacramento Mile has been one of the highlights of the Cal Expo season and we are looking forward to seeing it here for its 100th event," said Nick Nicora, VP of Ovations Food Service. SMI, a company owned and operated by AMA Hall of Famer Steve McLaughlin, will be the event promoter and AMA Pro Racing sanction holder, with event sponsorship, marketing, promotion and advertising handled by Don Henry of Henry Advertising. Lynne H. Saunders will be director of Operations and Dennis Pearson, Dirt Productions will build and maintain the track.

"The Sacramento Mile was a must attend when I was a young AMA Pro racer," said Steve McLaughlin, event promoter. "Cal Rayborn tried to get me on the Mile but as a Road Racer I couldn't understand racing with no brake lever on the right side of the handlebar. We are very close to the event and will be doing our best to get the word out and improve the fan experience as well as value. As a new promoter, my first act will be offering free standing room only tickets to children 12 years old and under, and all other ticket prices for children 12 years old and under will be 50% off. Also, Sacramento Mile attendees that arrive by motorcycle will park for free."

AMA Pro Racing is the premier professional motorcycle racing organization in North America, operating a full schedule of events and championships for a variety of motorcycle disciplines. Learn more about AMA Pro Racing at

For additional information contact:
AMA Pro Racing Communications, (386) 492-1014,

Lightshoe Goes Global

Excellent news is coming from America's premier steel shoe fabricator, Light Shoe, as they announce a partnership with Racing19 to distribute their industry leading products throughout Europe for the 2014 season and beyond. The official steel shoe of the 2013 AMA Pro Flattrack Grand National Champion Brad Baker as well as worn by 2013 MotoGP Champion Marc Marquez, now riders all over Europe can receive the same quality that the best riders in the world use to dominate the competition.

Using state of the art technology never seen in the "hot shoe" industry before, the Light Shoe greatly differs from the competition. Each Light Shoe is built using technology developed hand-in-hand with one of the nation's leading universities to provide riders with an uncompromising fit to their racing boot as well as a hard surface coating that will stand up to many seasons of abuse. Light Shoe founder Gary Kinzler is excited to be a part of this new partnership, stating, "Brad Baker came back from the Super Prestigio race in Spain and commented on the shoes that racers were using in Europe. Soon after that, we built a shoe for Marc (Marquez) and it was well received. The relationship that I have with Angel Salvado of Racing19 is looking very bright and I look forward to continuing our relationship and flooding Europe with the steel shoes that I have worked so hard to develop."

For more information, check out the official Light Shoe website, or Racing19 at

About Light Shoe: Founded by Gary Kinzler in 1998 after he saw the weight of most commercially available steel shoes at that time. Each Light Shoe has a distinct shape to the sole that the riders foot is pointed in the correct direction while navigating corners. All shoes are surfaced using the latest hard surfacing technology and can be found on the left feet of most of the top racers in the AMA Pro Racing Flattrack Grand National series. Trust your "SOLE" to Light Shoe!

About Racing19: After more than a decade helping to rise Flattrack racing in Europe, Angel Salvado, co-founder of Celtibero Racing Components, teamed up with his brother Samuel at Racing19, based in Spain. Together they focus on equipping racers in Europe with the best equipment for dirt track racing. From the best steel shoes to the proper wheels to the right chassis setup, Racing19 has the answer. "Flattrack, as the purest form of motorcycle racing, is experiencing a sort of revival over here. Though still a small scene and an overall lack of resources, the riders and club base in Spain is huge, skilled, and extremely motivated, so I feel obliged to help with as much support as we can get from the industry."

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