Ryan Wells/Weirbach Racing Springfield Report
NEWS May 30, 2012
Photo by Dave Hoenig
Courtesy of Weirbach Racing and Ryan Wells:
(May 30, 2012) - On May 26th, The Weirbach Racing team and I traveled to Springfield Illinois to ride the Springfield TT. Going into this event I wasn't quite sure what to expect. After finishing up the free practice I felt very comfortable on the track and bike and I knew I would be able to throw down a solid time during the two qualifying sessions. After both of the timed sessions I was the fastest qualifier which was awesome. This would put me on pole for the heat race, that is exactly what you wanted on this very technical track. In the heat race I jumped out to the early lead and continued to pull away from the pack until about 3 laps to go when the red flag came out. On the staggered restart I didn't get the start I needed and ended up getting a very close second. In the main I sat 4th on the front row. Off the start I came out of the first turn in 3rd but made a slight mistake and l slipped back too 4th and about half way through the red flag came out which was just what I needed. I got a great jump on the restart and sent it in to the first turn hard getting up too 3rd once again but got hit from behind and ended up stalling the bike. Had to salvage 14th place points that race but knew there was a long season ahead of us.
On May 27th, we traveled over to the Springfield Mile. This was only my 2nd mile ever so I really wasn't sure what to expect on this very fast and close racing mile. After the first free qualifying session I realized this track was awesome and fast! After the 1st timed session I was sitting about 12th which I was happy with. The main thing I needed to work on was the draft. After the 2nd session I set 5th fastest time which would put me on the front row in the heat race. In the heat I jumped out to the early lead and led the pack for the first lap around. After getting drafted and drafting back I ended up getting a 5th in the heat race which would put me back on the 2nd row in the main event. This being my first pro main event on the mile I was a little nervous and not knowing what to expect. After 16 laps of mile racing I ended up 10th place. This wasn't the best result but it put me in 3rd place in overall points and just10 points behind the leader which made me happy. I know some mistakes I made and some things I didn't do that I know I should come September when we travel back to Springfield.
With 3 weeks until Lima, Ohio half mile, I plan on training nonstop and racing nearly every weekend.
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