This enthusiastic young man spends most of his time outdoors, riding, biking, camping, hiking and swimming. Daniel has always taken a hands on approach in learning and developing skills ranging from painting (acrylic on canvas and even automotive) to all things mechanical. “As a young boy I spent much of my time taking apart appliances from around the house simply to see how they work.” In recent years he has applied this method to motorcycle road racing, by breaking down each track into sections, dissecting each turn and finding the fastest way around the track. “It’s a never ending learning experience. When there’s nothing left to learn, there’s no reason to continue.” Daniel started road racing motorcycles in 2012 after attending a race in 2011, and spent the following winter months converting his street bike to full track use. 2012 was his year to get his feet wet and after battling mechanical problems from an aging motorcycle and managing decent results in the MRA’s Open Super Street class, he made the commitment to step up his game once again and take the sport to a new level, earning his Novice competition license and once again attacked the learning curve of road racing. “New year, new bike, better results.”
The 4 Hour Endurance was a major accomplishment and a goal I set my sights on long ago. I prepped for it all winter long. Physical training to increase stamina to ensure that I would even finish the race was a key player. I did. Not in the typical sense though. 10 minutes from the checkered flag my clutch cable breaks leaving myself and bike immobile. Quitting was never an option so I refused a tow back to the pits and finished what I had set out to accomplish by pushing the bike the rest of the way and across the finish line welcomed by a round of applause.
Sunday morning, Round 6. AM practice on a cold “green” track I lost the front and crashed. The front tire locked up and I hit the pavement at roughly 120mph. OUCH! I suffered major yet undiagnosed damage to my wrist, ankle and elbow and plenty of road-rash. A large amount of bandages and Advil and 2 hours later I’m on the grid waiting for the lights to drop. “Quit”, “Stop” and “Maybe you should sit this one out” have never lasted long in my vocabulary, especially when you’re in a championship points chase.
I came across a link to Roadracing World’s MRA race report and in scrolling thru I see my name listed as one of the top finishers. Minor to some, but major to me. Seeing my name in print for an accomplishment and something I’ve worked long and hard for simply put me on Cloud 9.