The Motorcycle Roadracing Association (MRA) was pleased to hold its sixth race round of the season this last weekend, August 27-28, at High Plains Raceway in Deer Trail, Colorado. The ‘West Course’ configuration was the track set for the competitors of this event and the usual grids of sprint races, endurance races, and the premier class event of Race of the Rockies was to be the focus of the weekend’s activities.
The weather was favorable for the weekend, with warm sun, a light breeze, and temps in the mid 80’s for most of it. Typical and quintessential of Colorado’s late summer months, a hint of the cold Fall months to come in the morning air.
On Saturday, the competition was very real. The Novice classes were quick and clean with championship points on the line and the battles for the year coming to a head happening throughout. The times at the front of these races would not disappoint in the Middleweight Supersport and Superbike classes. The Endurance classes saw some fierce and heated competitions throughout the races as well.
The MRA Board of Directors held another fundraiser for Safety Team equipment and vehicle maintenance. This time in the form of a 5k Walk/Run for the evening paddock activity. Almost 30 competitors signed up for the event and a best time of 21 minutes was run! Over $500 was raised for club safety!
On Sunday, Race of the Rockies GTO & GTU (RORO & RORU) were set to grid up for the premier event. A man and a machine would launch from the pole position on a mission for the entire race. He would go on to see the checkered flag first as well as to clinch the Race of the Rockies overall championship! Congratulations to the Motorcycle Roadracing Association’s new 2022 #1 plate, Mike Applegate! Special mention to James Wilkerson and John Borst rounding out the RORO podium places.
In the RORU class, Jared Dear would also go on to dominate all of the middleweight classes for the day, including RORU. Ken Yee had a tough weekend and wound up on a borrowed motorcycle, but it was unable to help him close the points gap. Justen Behmer and Cameron Lee would complete the winning set in that class.