Summer Update / BLOG
by Andy DiBrino
It has been a wild last couple months full of racing. I have not had a weekend off in ages! There has been a ton of OMRRA and WMRRA road racing going on between Portland International Raceway, and The Ridge Motorsports Park. Racing in both of those series has been going well! I have been winning all the dry races and leading the overall championship for both clubs. Plus, I have been at the last couple MotoAmerica races here on the west coast.
The Ridge round of MotoAmerica is old news, but it was one of my best weekends of my pro career. I qualified 3rd, which was my highest qualifying effort in MotoAmerica. My best finish was a 4th place, just 3 seconds behind the race winner. It was a brutally hot weekend with temperatures over 104 degrees for my races. I led some laps in one of the races which was cool!
That is right, Super Hooligans. They had their first ever road race on the full course.
I was able to qualify on pole position, and finish 2nd in the race after a nail-biter with fellow KTM backed rider Chris Fillmore on our KTM 890 Duke R machines. I led basically the entire race, until the final corner, and finished half a wheel behind Chris at the checkers. It was a tough loss, but still fun and a great experience!
The normal MotoAmerica races went great for me. The training I have been doing has really paid off. I nearly took pole position Friday for the second weekend in a row. On Saturday, I ended up 5th for the start of the races. But everyone was running identical laps basically, so I was right on pace. I am proud of how my qualifying efforts have stepped up this year. That has always been a struggle for me in the past. I was actually on a flyer last lap of qualifying 2 that was faster, but halfway through the lap my bike started cutting out due to low fuel, and I was able to complete it. That was a bummer, because I felt I could have easily gotten a front row start with the lap I was on. Maybe even pole position!
Saturday I just had Superbike race 1, where I started 15th. I was able to race the entire 20 lap race strong without any physical issues like I used to always have! I had a charge at the end of the race to pass into 14th place, with the next couple of guys right in sight. I was 5th in Superbike Cup as well, which is the separate class within Superbike that consists of Stock 1000 riders. Earning that spot got me a free set of tires from Dunlop, and an extra $1,250 in my pocket. I was really pleased with the ride, and it gave me a lot of confidence for the Stock 1000 race, because my competitors were just ahead of me!