With the adrenalin of last week’s Mopar CSBK double header season ending race weekend at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park on the way down, the opportunity is at hand to reflect and enjoy this year’s fun and accomplishments.
Arriving at this season’s opener, my 2018 superbike planned race schedule was only to consist of two events. With a great result at race one and encouragement from so many people, CSBK staff included, I decided to roll the dice and continue off to round two weeks later. Little did I know, I would be back down the rabbit hole, doing what I love and competing all season long.
This year I took a different approach which was something I believe has been more noticed by everybody in the paddock and CSBK race fans alike even more than myself. I got back to the basics of why I love riding and racing a motorcycle and between that and taking the advice of my friend Brett McCormick, “being fast in the fast corners, and slow in the slow corners” I was able to achieve a year end championship position of fourth.
From a glance down pit lane, it may have appeared that me showing up alone with my bike in the back of a half-tonne was a one-man effort but in many ways this was not the case. I am fortunate to be able to draw from a wealth of racing experience, mainly in the endurance car race world that allowed me to plan and focus on the realities of my bike and race program. Having set goals for each session and weekend itself rather than dwelling on small pictures or my competitors was what enabled me to consistently become more of a threat at the front as the season progressed.
This season showed me that my personal mental happiness was the key to becoming a better rider. Not riding the most “spring chicken” of Kawasaki ZX-10Rs (2011 generation) was a reality that let me maximize the bike and my strengths rather than being buried in the bells and whistles that require a much larger program that I have struggled with in the past.
From race one onwards I had many friends and supporters only a phone call away. I am very fortunate to have been taken under the wing of the Riedmann Management group for the final two events as well as having the pleasure to work with Fast Company’s Scott Miller at CTMP, building me a platform to be able to win with. The support through the paddock from friends and competitors alike this year was amazing.
I cannot thank these individuals and companies alike enough for their support: Mike Ferguson, Ross Milson, CSBK, Colin Fraser, Pro6 Cycle Dunlop, Rockstar Energy Canada, Shoei Helmets USA, TM Photography, Riedmann Management Group, Kawasaki Motors Canada, Motovan.com, Hindle Exhaust, Fast Company race motors, Liqui Moly, Bickle racing,
As I get back onto an MX bike, looking to compete in some of the triple crown supercross events, I am very excited for what my superbike racing future will bring and can’t wait to be back and see you all in 2019!
From a press release