It’s been a long, wet, and cold winter season in Texas and we finally made it to the track this past weekend for the Practice/Test session on Friday and the CMRA Endurance Race at Eagles Canyon Raceway in Slidell, TX. The main sprint bike is still waiting to complete an engine rebuild so Carlo decided to focus on Saturday’s endurance race – where he is part of Genesta Racing’s Endurance Team. Genesta is a new team, along with new members so there was a lot of learning experiences for this first weekend – including getting the bike sorted out (it finally came together the evening prior to the first practice day) – so cosmetics were not part of the plan for this round.
Friday was Carlo’s first time on a motorcycle since early December so he had to get the cobwebs cleaned out after the 3-month layoff. The good news is that the off-season conditioning program and weight loss (he came in 1 lb. below target at 174 lbs) didn’t get him tired – but that doesn’t mean that the bike-specific muscles were going to be ready. It will take a few more weekends to get bike-fit and he hopes it will all come together by the next Endurance round at TWS in April.
Some images courtesy of Lesan from |mist| photography :
Sunday’s pit area – for a first time team, Genesta was well supported (we also had a covered garage leased from ECR for the weekend).
Bikes line hot pit just prior to the race
Genesta Racing- Carlo, Paul, Sean, and Bill (Team Captain)
Bill leaves the pit
Bill at speed during the race
Carlo coming down the front straight on the #37 Genesta Racing SV650
The team finished 19th overall (out of 34) beating out some very fast teams by focusing on this weekend’s goal – to finish the 6-hr Endurance race. The team had to overcome a few slight mechanical issues (brake reservoir mount came off during the race, and the motor was running hot during practice), as well as a low-speed crash during the last 2 hrs of the race. We were all pretty happy with 5th place in the Formula 2 Class as well – even revising our rider stint strategy to help keep our place.
We look forward to the next round on April 10th at Texas World Speedway in College Station, TX.
Thanks to the CMRA for hosting a great event, Maggie and the Eagles Canyon Raceway staff for their hospitality (the table worked out great), and Lesan for helping us with our pit-stops by being in-charge of the fire extinguisher!
We also thank our sponsors – SaferMoto.com, Woodcraft-CFM, Sharkskinz, Bridgestone Tires – South Central Race Center, Motopia, Cycle Gear, Chicken Hawk Tire Warmers, and Lockhart-Philips.