Robert Pearson/Weirbach Racing: Daytona Flat Track Race Report
NEWS March 22, 2013
Photo by Mia Moore
Bike Week 2013 is all finished up and it went over pretty well this year. I got my first chance to race a twin this season at Savannah. Dick meet me for the practice day and we got the Weirbach Racing XR 750 on the track. The next day was the ALL Star race, the bike was working well and I finished 2nd place in the heat, we didn’t nail the set up for the main and ended up 7th. Weirbach’s 450 Honda was strong out of the truck and we ended up with a 3rd place finish in the main on the fast red clay half mile. The speed of the Honda makes me think we should have something good for the Peoria TT. I was right at home on the Harley and I know it’s capable of winning until our Racing Unlimited Kawasaki’s are ready for the track.
A couple days after Savannah we raced at the Volusia County half mile, another Steve Nace All Star event. We left the Harley in the truck and worked on Weirbach’s Suzuki SV 650. This was my first time on the smaller Suzuki twin as I have had some time on the 1000cc model. I really like how the SV ran and how it jumped off the starting line. I got the start in the heat race and stayed out in front of Brandon Robinson and Jared Mees to sit on the pole for the main. I spun pretty bad coming off the start in the main and ended up coming forward to a 3rd place finish. I also got my R&R Racing Yamaha on the track for the first time this year at Volusia. I was running 2nd in the main but left a little too much room and allowed Mees to take me off the bottom of the groove and fall back to 4th. I have to thank Randy Rothe for the help with the Yamaha.
Daytona round 1 started great with a 2nd overall in qualifying. The Weirbach Racing Honda was working good in the heat but I got moved off the groove by Johnny Lewis and headed for a semi. I worked my way into the main with a 2nd in the semi for a third row start in the main. The track was getting pretty rough and I got bounced around some but still moved forward for an 11th. The next day round 2, again went well in qualifying with 5th overall. I had the hole shot in my heat until a first turn crash brought out the red flag. The restart wasn’t as good for me but I challenged Mees for 2nd on the last lap and ended up direct transferring with a 3rd. This put me in the middle of the second row for the main, which was a tuff spot to start. I got funneled back pretty quickly. I made my way thru traffic for a respectable 9th on the smoother but slick Daytona track. The best finishes I have ever had in Daytona and just a few points from the overall top ten .
I have to thank Dick and Ted Weirbach for all the help and I am looking forward to getting some time on our new Racing Unlimited Kawasaki twins. I'd really like to thank my sponsors: Weirbach Racing, KDM Forrest Products/Michael King, General Engineering, Barnett, Spectro, DynoJet, K&N, Saddlemen, Works Connection, White lightning Retrievers, PMP Sprockets, Motion Pro, Spider Grips, Durelle Racing, Cheney Engineering, G2 Ergonomics, All Balls Racing, Firecoat Custom Powderworks, CP Pistons and Carrillo Rods, Web Cams, Foudree's Graphics, Sunoco, Pro Wheel, Southland Racing/Race Tech, Supertrapp , TNT Honda, Regina Chain, Factory Backing, Hinson, Pit Posse, Jet-Hot, Bell Helmets, Cosmetic gaskets, ProFactoryHoses.com , Engine Ice, Rekluse, and Chicken Hawk Racing,
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