|Championship||Location||Date||Formula 40||Open Superstock||Open Superbike||King of the Mountain||Fastest Lap|
|WMRRA Round 2||The Ridge||May 5-6||NA||11th||8th||DNS||1:49.399|
|WMRRA Round 3||The Ridge||June 9-10||NA||DNS||DNS||DNS||1:50.053|
|USBA Round 2||Utah Motorsports Campus West||June 16-17||1st||6th||4th||9th||1:36.022|
|MotoAmerica Championship of Utah||Utah Motorsports Campus Perimeter||July 20-22||NA||14th||NA||NA||1:58.686|
|WMRRA Round 6||The Ridge||August 18-19|
|OMRRA Round 7||Portland International Raceway||September 22-23|
|USBA Round 6||Utah Motorsports Campus East||September 29-30|
|Competing 3 of 6 rounds|
Team JaS Racing Blog
2018 Mid Season - MotoAmerica Championship of Utah!
Our premier event of the year would be AMA Pro Racing's Round 6 at our home track, Utah Motorsports Campus. We were happy to be mentioned in UMC's press release announcing the MotoAmerica Superbike weekend to the public which underscored the arousing support we received from both the UMC staff and USBA racing community. We arrived in the beginning of the week to expected hot, dry, windy and unpredictable mountain conditions. Dunlop's newest 200/60 Superbike rear tire was on the list to test along with all the original stock parts which were required for the Superstock 1000 class. In addition, we would be getting some elite coaching from Ken Hill at a Rickdiculous Racing Day on Tuesday before the event. The bigger tire suited our bike and most of the day was spent adapting back to the OEM brakes which were less powerful and direct. We would only get one short 25-minute practice session on Saturday before Qualifying. Thanks to tremendous help from the entire Rick crew of Shane Turpin, Dale Kieffer and Robert Ward, we were able to get progressively get quicker each session starting with P12 in FP1 and ending in P14 after everyone got up to speed. We launched from the middle of the 5th row to arrive five spots up in P9 by turn one! However over the next few laps we were shuffled back to 15th position with +0.0 secs on our pit board for the entire race! We were gifted a position when our friend Justin Delong lowsided in Windup in his Pro debut (but was otherwise unhurt). We finished in 14th where we started and earned a valuable 2 AMA championship points!
2018 Early Season - WMRRA and USBA
We decided to race locally to support a new sponsor, Aprilia Moto Guzzi Portland who would be providing us track support for 2018. We built our calendar around MotoAmerica Utah in July with bookends in Utah with the Utah Sport Bike Association (USBA). In between, we would be racing with the Washington Motorcycle Road Racing Association (WMRRA) at both Portland International Raceway in Oregon and The Ridge Motorsports Park in Washington. WMRRA Round 1 was canceled due to insurance issues so our first race weekend with this new club would be Round 2 at The Ridge. We started to gel with "Aprilia" Matt from Aprilia Portland and enjoyed the relaxed paddock. WMRRA Round 3 transformed into a test session as the rains came rolling in. We needed to shakedown our electronics after an ABS sensor failed during a trackday resulting in no electronic aids - no traction control or wheelie control but we were able to ride around the issue. We opted out of racing because the following week we were back in Utah for USBA Round 2. We would face ferocious 25 - 50 mph winds but our experience at Ironman Hawaii where cyclists have been blown onto the lava fields from the famed winds proved to be useful and helped our confidence. We finished the weekend with a flag to flag win in our final race of the weekend bringing positive vibes toward MotoAmerica...
2017 USBA 6 - Season Finale
We arrived at Utah Motorsports Campus to typical fall conditions - windy, possible thunderstorms and a mix of sun and clouds. We started off the day 10th in free practice and steadily dropped time as conditions improved. Unfortunately racing would be postponed until Sunday and due to an oil spill and we had the rest of the day to relax. Sunday arrived with damp & slick conditions. We were the only one on track in first practice as we tried to get a feel for the sub-par grip. Open Superstock was a rather conservative performance for us in 7th place but we gathered some good data for the races to come. The King of the Mountain big bike 14-lap race saw consistent lap times from beginning to end with a deviation of only 1.0 sec before we dropped it down another second for the last 3 laps. We finished the day with a 5th in Open Superbike and a 3rd in F40. Dedication and commitment towards one goal is what wins championships. Congratulations to all the champions! Thanks to our sponsors we had an enjoyable and problem-free season!
2017 USBA 5 - Into the Lead!
With the biking running well and us healthy & relaxed, we were optimistic for USBA Round 5 on the west configuration. We started off right away during first practice just 2 seconds shy of our previous best and started slowly chipping away tenth by tenth, corner by corner. Open Superstock got off to a good start with our RF taking the lead and holding on until the 3rd lap while recording a new personal best! Reviewing the data gave us some new ideas to try for Sunday. Cooler morning temperatures combined with our newfound speed caused our rear tire to start tearing so we adjusted the pressure and went out for the King of the Mountain (KOM) premier class race. We got a strong start but got shuffled back to 5th by the aggressive field. Unfortunately, championship points leader Jerry Hicks had a major highside onto the front straight starting lap 2 and the race was red flagged. On the restart, we got another great launch from the 3rd row and was almost to 3rd before being swallowed up by the field. We were able to settle into a consistent pace within half a second of our qualifying time for the shortened 10-lap race. Formula 40 was our last race of the weekend. We got an excellent launch from the second row, lead for a lap and a half but finished a disappointing 4th.
2017 USBA 4 - We Fixed the Bike!
After skipping a round, we were back to race on our favorite circuit - the perimeter (AMA) course at Utah Motorsports Campus (formerly known as Miller Motorsports Park). With a stroke of lucky insight and some ingenuity, we tried a new fix for our acceleration issues which have plagued us since we took delivery of the bike. The results were nothing short of transformational - the engine now pulled stronger & smoother without any hiccups while shifting through the gears. Nevertheless, our newfound confidence overflowed into over-confidence as we pushed our braking a tad too deep into T5 resulting in a minor lowside during practice 1. Quick repairs saw us back on track for practice 3 before KOM qualifying. Getting used to the newfound power characteristics took some time but we progressed throughout the weekend to finish with a 2nd place in Formula 40 rekindling motivation for the rest of the season...
2017 USBA 2 - #69 and Red Flags
This weekend 's racing was overshadowed by the news of Nicky Hayden's bicycling accident in Italy. Steve Rybarik (USBA's president) gave us some stickers to run and everyone had #69 in their thoughts. Early spring in the Wasatch mountains had slowly shifted into late spring and temperatures were now in the 50s - 60s but we still had some trouble firing up the bike in the cold mornings. We were now on the East track and were able to use softer tire compounds. A flagging error in Open Superstock meant half of the competitors (including yours truly) came off the track early but lesson learned - race until you see the checkers FOR SURE! Two red flags restarts in KOM GTO meant lots of attrition and we capitalized by placing 4th in the biggest race of the weekend. As the speeds came up, we soon realized that a geometry change was definitely needed...stay tuned.
2017 USBA 1 - New Parts & New Sponsors
For 2017, we signed with Hustle Hard Racing who has been helping us at the end of last season. Mark and Brandon are great guys who live and breathe racing. They've recently expanded into California and are rapidly spreading via word of mouth. Look for them at your next trackday or race and check out their new website which will be live soon! Mark let us race the Hustle Hard Racing Yamaha R1 during the last round at Utah and we loved the feel of his Galespeed front brake master so much that we installed one onto the TeamJaSracing RSV4 RF. The brakes were so good that they were slowing down our lap times on the West track! We put a stop to that once it was clear from the data that we could brake deeper and trail lighter - confirmed in the next session. A straight-rate rear shock linkage from Houston Superbikes meant that we had more grip with less spinning. We even had a new engine after our valve failure from 2016. But something was awry with the geometry...
|WMRRA Round 2||The Ridge Motorsports Park (CCW, 16 turns, 2.47 miles)|
|WMRRA Round 3||The Ridge Motorsports Park (CCW, 16 turns, 2.47 miles)|
|USBA Round 2||Utah Motorsports Campus West (CCW, 10 turns, 2.183 miles)|
|MotoAmerica Championship of Utah||Utah Motorsports Campus Perimeter (CCW, 15 turns, 3.05 miles)|
|WMRRA Round 6||The Ridge Motorsports Park (CCW, 16 turns, 2.47 miles)|
|OMRRA Round 7||Portland International Raceway (CW, 9 turns, 1.967 miles)|
|USBA Round 6||Utah Motorsports Campus East (CCW, 15 turns, 2.242 miles)|
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