|Posted on Friday, May 11, 2012 - 03:21 pm: ||
AMA Pro Road Racing
The Triumph Big Kahuna Atlanta
April 20-22, 2012
By Eric Barrows
Topping a Sixth place from Daytona should be tough.OK, maybe not tough, maybe pretty near impossible considering the level of competition
in the AMA SuperBike class. But thatís exactly what the EBR team accomplished at this ďProper race trackĒ.Thatís what one of the riders said.
This is a ďright properĒ race track he told me.This is a ďManísĒ track.And so it was and Geoff May was the Man that day!He showed what an EBR
can do at a right proper race track.And that would be a Fifth Place on Saturday. Following that display of speed, Sunday was looking even better.
Geoff got off a pretty good start and it was looking like a fourth was possible if not likely, when his shifter came loose in the first few
corners of an early lap.He told me that he had to ride it all the way back in third gear! Iím certain the anguish he was feeling at the time
was fully deserved but not easily forgotten.
Nonetheless he got a quick fix in the pit and proceeded to charge around that track like a steaming Bull, Er...Buell, I mean an EBR.
Danny Eslick on the HERO Amsoil EBR 1190RS
Geoff May on his Amsoil Hero EBR 1190RS getting the Checkers on Sunday
Walt Sipp on his Walt Sipp Racing 1125R
Danny talking bike performance with a crew member
Danny Eslick doing his favorite sky pawing wheely crossed up and flying!
Paul James on his XR1200 cresting the turn 2-3 complex
Huntley Nash on his LTD Racing Yamaha YZF-R6 leading a pack on Sunday
Our Favorite Team Owner Breeann Poland Rockin' with a "Star"
Blake Young after his win at Road Atlanta
Michael "Barney" Barnes at the end of the front straightaway of the Great ROAD ATLANTA Racetrack
Danny Eslick having a great day on his "Hero" pit bike
Danny Eslick on his Hero Amsoil 1190RS EBR on a complex of turns at Road Atlanta
So now were at Sears Point. Infineon to be exact, but as a track dear to my heart I refuse to call it that. I spent many a weekend in the midst
of my youth roaming these hills and awaiting my Dads turn to race his Alfa Spyder. Many good memories survived the death of brain cells
brought on by the semi-reckless toilings of this body.A good number of cool, wet mornings followed by salty aired afternoons passed before
the eyes of that young kid, happily studying the ways of a gearhead/race mechanic.
And now, as in many years since, I return to Sonoma, the scene of those all too distant memories. But rather than wrenching I return to chronicle
the advances of our Two-wheeled race teams.Who would of thought?
Well, I should have seen it coming! It was at this very track that in the early days of my youth my Dad handed me an old Bronica and said try to
get as close as you can.And donít waste film.Remember film?For you youngsters it was the only way to capture those memories.
I exposed many a roll of Tri-X at this rolling hills of a race course. Laguna too. But thats a story for another day! So Iíll stall my reminiscing at this
juncture and get on with the Photo show. Itís getting close to tomorrow and thereís film to expose.
Or an imager to charge up. Either way, Iím on it...So lets see all of you at the Races!
(Message edited by ebear on May 11, 2012)
|Posted on Friday, May 11, 2012 - 06:43 pm: ||
Awesome prose and pix, Ebear!!!
Ferris & Denise
|Posted on Saturday, May 12, 2012 - 10:34 am: ||
Nice! Thanks for posting those. Great pictures.
|Posted on Saturday, May 12, 2012 - 06:52 pm: ||
lol - Very nice - indeed!