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Shorai Is At the AIM Expo in Orlando Oct 13-16

So stop by and say hi to Shawn and Phuc!  I won’t be there.

aim-expoShorai Inc., the leader in the design, development and manufacture of lithium starter batteries, announced the company will be in attendance at the fourth-annual American International Motorcycle Expo (AIMExpo), the powersports industry’s largest trade and consumer show in North America. Shorai will be showcasing its LFX™ batteries alongside OEMs, distributors, parts and accessories manufacturers and dealers to celebrate motorcycling, the motorcycling lifestyle and the business of motorcycling with consumers and media. The AIMExpo will take place Oct. 13-16, 2016, at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida. Shorai will be in booth #2116.


Redesigned My Website

So here is the obligatory post announcing it 🙂


XR1200 Class 1st Pos. Pays the Same as Superbike 1st Pos. Lame.

I don’t even get that. SBK is faster than DSB, much less XR1200. And that’s all I’ve got to say about that.  Other than that’s a lot of risk for a little bit of money. And the XR bikes are barely rideable. Maybe The Dingo wasn’t talking sideways out of his ass when it came to safety versus purse afterall.  Did I just say that outloud?

Chuckwalla Valley Raceway Update; They’ve Begun Paving!

*Happy Dance!!!!*

From Micky Grana, SoCal Track Days partner and Owner of Chuckwalla Valley Raceway, “I wanted to give this update to all of you personally. I have heard that there are a lot of rumors that the new track Chuckwalla Valley Race way may not be ready in time for our first event in April. Well let me give it to you from the source so there is no confusion.  We were given the green light on our paving. Track paving will start tomorrow at 7am. We are going to be running 3 paving machines at one time… [read more]

And there’s Jason Pridmore’s Star School going on in May for $550 for 2 days.  I wonder how pissed a certain racer would get if I took that course. hehe.

AMA Purse for Autoclub Speedway Event is Insulting

Are they serious? These guys are busting their asses, risking their lives for crap money. Not to mention the pitiful  purse makes it impossible for true privateers to even attend, or put forward a half-a$$ effort.  Tires alone average $420.+tax a set and they really only last 1 race. Privateers make their dollar stretch by either buying a new set and using the same set for all practices sessions, and then usually have new rubber for qualifying if they can afford it [or at least conserving and then laying down some all or nothing hot laps for quals], and new rubber for the race. Although I have seen riders use old rubber from their practice sessions for the quals, or qual tires for  the actual race. And hope they don’t lose traction and wad.  If they do the absolute bare minimum that’s an average of $1,200 per race for ONE class, ONE race.  And as we know The AMA loves doubleheaders so that’s almost double the tire cost. If you don’t have good rubber, you can’t qualify well, which means you’re back on the grid, which means you have to ride your ass off to the point of backing it every race and severely risking your life to even finish in the money.  In reality you need between $2,500. –  $5,000 in tire money alone to put forth your best effort, depending upon the amount of classes you are running, the track  surface characteristics, time of year, and set-up issues you are trying to work out. Now tack on fuel, parts, travel, food, crew, testing time, transport, A.K.A. cubic-dollars! .  The costs (and this year’s lack, or lowered contigency money) really only make it possible for factory teams or major corporate sponsored teams to be competitive.  Now don’t get me wrong, I am not whining like some little brat, I am just saying the AMA does NOT give a flying #### at a rolling doughnut if the riders they make their profit off of femur in or not over a measily $500.   This isn’t club racing for God’s sake.  But even that’s expensive.

The only thing good about the purse change is that they are actually paying the below per race regardless of finish of the second race. Last year you had to average well in both races to get the purse.  In other words if you finished 7th in the 1st race but you finished 21st in the second race, you got paid one time for a lesser purse average. Just as you could get a high position in the first race and not even finish the second race and you could still get paid more than someone who finished 15th consistently in both races.  Honestly it was confusing as shit and you really didn’t know if you were getting gas money for the ride home until it was too late.

I honestly thought the 200 was a hopeful hint of what was to come.  But I was disillusioned. This is FAR worse than last year. 

2010 Auto Club Event Purse
                ASB            ASB          DSB        DSB
Position   Race 1        Race 2     Race 1     Race 2


1             2,500            2,500        2,500         2,500

2             1,500            1,500        1,500         1,500

3             1,000            1,000        1,000         1,000

4             750               750             750            750

5             750               750             750            750

6             750               750             750            750

7             750               750             750            750

8             750               750             750            750

9             750               750             750            750

10             750               750          750            750

11             750               750           750            750

12             750               750           750            750

13             750               750           750            750

14             750               750           750            750

15             750               750           750            750

16                                                     500             500

17                                                    500             500

18                                                    500             500

19                                                    500             500

20                                                   500             500