2022 Season Underway! / BLOG
by Andy DiBrino
Before I begin about 2022 happenings, lets quick look back on 2021. It was a very busy year! It felt great to get back to more of a normal schedule with racing events. Fans were able to come back out and watch, making it a heck of a lot more fun. It was a successful year for me as well!
I won the Oregon Motorcycle Road Racing Association #1 plate (OMRRA) for the third time, along with multiple class championship. Even without doing the entire Washington Motorcycle Road Racing Association (WMRRA) series, I won a couple championships on my ZX-10R there too and was literally just a couple points away from being the #1 plate holder there too. I broke a lap record at The Ridge Motorsports Park multiple times, and even got to race at Pacific Raceways for the first time in over 10 years.
I did a couple MotoAmerica races, one of which was at the Ridge Motorsports Park during the 100 degree plus heatwave. I got a 4th place finish, right on the heels of the battle for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd. I even lead a race for a while. I had a provisional pole as well. And at Laguna Seca, I qualified strong and raced strong as well. I made my presence felt!
Down in California, I raced a few times at Chuckwalla Valley Raceway, racking up wins, podiums, and even lap records on 3 different types of motorcycles. I spent a lot of time coaching down there as well and working on my craft. It has been a lot of fun being down there in the winter months when its cold and rainy back home in Oregon.
WATCH: CVMA (Chuckwalla) Open Shootout Highlights 1/16/2022
3-way battle in the premier CVMA race between MotoAmerica riders Dave Anthony, Michael Gilbert and Andy DiBrino. DiBrino sets the fastest lap of the race on the final lap to take 2nd.
I finished 2nd in the RSD Super Hooligan AMA National Championship. I took pole position at Laguna Seca and nearly won the race. And I was on the podium every other round. It was fun getting back in the swing of things with the RSD crew and their unique events that took me to places like Charlotte, North Carolina for an American Flat Track race, and then the Moto Beach Classic in SoCal which is always fun.
I even did a little bit of Supermoto and won my first AMA National Championship doing that. So, 2022 was full of all kinds of racing, even lots of motocross races.
Shifting gears into 2022, I've already been hard at work getting things going for months. I've been continuing to spend time down in SoCal to ride and race at Chuckwalla Valley Raceway, as well as training at motocross tracks in the area. Plans are still in the works for the season, but I can confirm I am racing the 2022 RSD Super Hooligan AMA National Road Racing Championship that is in partnership with MotoAmerica.
The first stop is Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida, March 10-12. I have two races there, followed by a round in Atlanta in April, and the finale at Laguna Seca in July. I am really excited to be racing a KTM 890 Duke R again with support from KTM USA! The partnership I have with them really blossomed in 2021, and I am very grateful to be growing that into 2022 to be flying the flag for them at MotoAmerica.
Right now, I am working on building a new 2022 KTM 890 Duke R. Hopefully I will have that ready to test prior to Daytona. It is going to be an exciting year. I am hoping to be racing the ZX-10R I have in Stock 1000/ Superbike events at MotoAmerica as well. Right now, it looks like I will be doing just a few select rounds of that. I'd love to do the whole season, but I don't have support for all that lined up. So, for now, 2022 looks to be much of the same as 2021, but we will see!