My First Moriwaki Race -
We left for Cleveland on Friday and got to the track on Saturday. We looked at the radar and we decided to hold off on the first session since it was a new bike. Then it started to down pour so I didn’t get to go out at all on Saturday. We camped at the track on Saturday night. On Sunday I had to get out there first thing since I didn’t get to go out the day before. I was out there pounding laps on the new to me Moriwaki 250, with the “stock X engine”. My dad and I didn’t have to change any gearing on the bike. So I went out for more laps. After the all open practice it was Lightweight practice/qualifying.
I was racing against SV 650’s and one Moriwaki 250 which has an “R” engine and has internal work and was on the dyno the day before. I was starting in the sixth row. I had a good start and I passed two people going into the first turn. I passed a hot rod Moriwaki on the third lap on the front straight away. Then I had a SV 650 in my sights. I caught up to him in the first turn and I was behind him for six laps and on the last lap I passed him when a ground hog ran across the track. In the first race I got fifth place of the Lightweight twin class. (SV650’s and me on my Moriwaki 250)
In the second Lightweight twin race I came into it with a different mentality. I thought to myself “Pass them in the beginning so I can work up a lead.” On the start I didn’t do as well as the first race. I caught up with an SV 650 going into the first turn and I passed him going on the outside of him. I caught up with another SV 650 going into the fourth turn and I passed him as well. After that I ran my own race for 6 laps then a SV 650 passed me in turn four and then I passed right pack in the next turn. Then I ran four more laps until I hit the checkered flag. I finished another fifth place. It was really fun passing and holding off SV 650’s on my Moriwaki 250.
I would like to thank my sponsors Lucas oil, Toyota trucks, Apex Manufacturing, Thanks for letting me run track days Sport Bike Track Time, and especially Four Feathers Racing.