WMRRA 2005 round 8, Pacific Raceways, Kent (Seattle) Washington

This is a short report because there really wasn't much of a race. I clinched the class championship by finishing a distant second behind Ken and his GSXR1100. I just didn't have anything for him this day at his home track. He got a great start while I got one of my worst, and I never really saw him after the first couple turns. I knew that I only needed to finish to win the championship, so I was not willing to risk it by trying to chase him down. I quickly got clear of everyone else (Todd, the other frontrunner, did not start) and just rode around enjoying my final laps on my dieci.

I'm already looking forward to racing the SB8 next year. While it was fun to win a championship this season on the dieci after having put so many hours into rebuilding it from scratch, Heavyweight Early GP simply didn't provide as much head-to-head racing as I would like because the grids were so shallow. I really had only a few laps all year where I was fighting for position with Ken or Todd. The rest of the time I was riding alone.

In 2006 I will be racing the SB8 in three much more competitive classes: Open GP Twins, 750 Supersport, and 750 Superbike. My bike won't really be competitive with the frontrunning bikes in any of those classes, so I don't expect to see any podium finishes. But by looking at the lap times I can see that I will be racing elbow-to-elbow every lap of every race. In 750SS & 750SB I will be surrounded mostly by Suzuki GSXR750's and Yamaha R6's, with a few other 600's thrown in the mix. In Open GP Twins I will be racing against two or three Aprilias, four or five Honda RC51's (which are having a resurgence of popularity in our club), at least a half dozen various Ducatis, a Buell, and a Suzuki TL1000R or two. Should be good fun.

Thanks for following my exploits this year and cheering me on. I have appreciated the support all season, and having an audience to share my reports with has definitely added to the experience.

Tim Keane
WMRRA #420
2005 Heavyweight Early GP Champion