Posted by: caryandjohn | May 9, 2011

AFM motorcycle races at Sears Point in May

Cary’s lap of Infineon Raceway from Eric Kondo on Vimeo.

Here is a neat one-lap video clip that Cary’s friend Eric Kondo, who is also a Ninja 250 racer, was nice enough to make for Cary recently … I think the video clip turned out great, and you can see what nice lines Cary has around the track … Eric is known as KazMan on the Bay Area Rider’s Forum, and you can try this link, http://vimeo.com/23502902, to the video clip if my embeded link does not work …

Cary in the pits on Saturday morning

Cary in the pits on Saturday morning Handing out Werk Statt coupons in the pits

Cary got us up and out at o’dark-thirty on Saturday, May 7, 2011, for the American Federation of Motorcyclists Infinion Raceway roadracing event at Sears Point, in Sonoma County, California.

It was a cold and windy day; but Cary got four or five rounds of practice before the racing started at 3 p.m. In several of the practice sessions there were a couple of new racers that Cary was able to practice passing, which does not always happen … Cary is often out on the track by herself … so I had fun watching her practice her racecraft.

In the Clubman Lightweight race on Saturday, Cary got a good start, and was able to get to the checkered flag before three other racers when the results were posted. The little VTR also got down to a laptime that was the best that Cary did on a late-model Ninja 250 that she rented last season, so we were happy with that!

Our friend and Zoom Zoom Trackdays instructor Jay (who with his wife Lisa are nice enough to save a bunch of pit space every race for 250 Production racers) was able to win his first race in five years by taking the first place trophy in Formula 40 Lightweght (a class for those of us over 40 years old). Watching Jay win his race was a blast, because it was a close race until the very end with another Suzuki SV 650 racer …

On Sunday, our friend Jen Bromme from Werk Statt Motorcycle Repair came up to cheer us on … Jen has been super helpful getting the VTR set up for the track and getting it dyno’d … she was handing out 10% off coupons, so we were happy to help … Jen is also a major sponsor of our friend Mickey Fimbres, who is a 650 Twins racer on a Kawasaki Ninja 650 … Mickey was having a pretty good weekend getting a new race motor broken in with the help of K.C. of BRG Racing, who built the motor this winter … This is a link to Mickey’s cool blog: http://mick-e-693.blogspot.com/

Our friend Jay, with his neat Formula 40 1st place trophy!

Our friend Jay, with his neat Formula 40 1st place trophy!

Mickey Fimbres and KC of BRG Racing getting the #93 in race shape

Mickey Fimbres and KC of BRG Racing getting the #93

Our friends Tegan and Chuck also made the trip to the track to watch Cary race … the three of us had fun watching Cary tussle with Turn One, a fast, narrow chicane-style turn that Cary struggled with a bit on another cold, windy day.

Gridding for the start of Clubman Liteweight on Saturday

Gridding for the start of Clubman Liteweight on SaturdayAnd They are Off!

 

And They are Off!

And They are Off!

 

Chuck Dobbins, Cary and Tegan Hetzel-Dobbins in the pits

Chuck Dobbins, Cary and Tegan Hetzel-Dobbins in the pits

 

Cary and her new Sumoy helmet, ready to race

Cary and her new Sumoy helmet, ready to race

 

Handing out Werk Statt coupons in the pits

Handing out Werk Statt coupons in the pits

 

I think Cary had a great weekend … she was able to pass some of her fellow 250 Production racers, and demonstrate smooth lines around the track as shown in the video clip … it’s important to be able to get around the track smoothly on predictable lines, because there are often several races gridded at the same time in the AFM, often on much faster and more powerful bikes … Cary looked great, and continues to improve every race weekend …

Our next race will be at Thunderhill Raceway Park in Willows, California, in June …

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Responses

  1. Awesome! Great lines around the track. How do you think the VTR 250 compares to the 2008+ Ninja 250’s? They have a 250 twin class in our local racing organization and it looks like a blast. I was thinking the VTR 250 might be an interesting bike to try in that class.

  2. Hi cord4530,
    Thanks for the kind words about Cary’s lines … she has a race this weekend at Thunderhill Raceway with the American Federation of Motorcyclists here in California …. I’ve ridden the late model Ninjas and Cary’s VTR back to back, and the Ninja is definitely easier to ride … Cary’s VTR makes maybe 28hp and the Ninja’s make 10% more hp (~31hp) … so if you miss a shift the Ninja’s engine is more forgiving, where the VTR falls into a hole … The VTR does have a much nicer chassis than the Kawasaki’s and you can feel the difference on the track … the Honda is much more composed in bumpy corners … We found Cary’s for $900 and it is fun to have a different bike than everyone else … The VTR is over 20 years old, and not easy to find, compared to the Ninja 250 … Anyway, good luck with your choice! — John A.

  3. Thanks for all the details. I read your other post where you’d commented about renting a ninja and comparing them. I’m certainly intrigued by the idea of running a VTR, but it would only qualify for one class and would be excluded from the Ninja 250 cup. Still…I like the idea of running something unique. Thanks for sharing your impressions of the two bikes.
    -Dan


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