Battle by the Beach

CSBK Round 2 from Grand Bend Motorplex Race Report We arrived at the track on late Thursday night. Parking was at a premium and the paddock was already rammed. Thankfully our good friend and competitor Neil from 187 Racing had saved us some space and we would be pitted together for the remainder of the weekend. Friday morning came and we got ready for practice. Having the wealth of previous track experience from years of SOAR racing I opted to sit out the morning Amateur Sport Bike session to make sure everything was ready, and to see what kind of times the other competitors could lay down. Ready to roll I went out for the morning Amateur Superbike session and starting turning laps. I came off second fastest in the session(1:09.2) and a few tenths quicker than I had gone at SOAR the previous round. I had started to run into suspension issues the harder I tried to push and the tires, the same ones I had been running all year, were really going off. We missed the afternoon Sport Bike session trying to dial in the suspension on both my bike and Neil’s. Back out for the afternoon Superbike session and while the suspension had improved the tires were far past their prime and I could not even replicate my times from the morning, while the competition had already cracked the 1:07s. The plan was to mount a new set of tires and go hard in qualifying on Saturday. After witnesses the absolute destruction of the soft rear by most of the paddock on Friday I elected to...