It was a great day to be at the Kansas Speedway in Kansas City. A day when all bikers could come together and raise money for a great cause….The March of Dimes.
On September 22, 2013 during the March of Dimes Bikers for Babies 19th annual event at the Kansas Speedway. Hosted by Kansas City’s 98.9 The Rock, Johnny Dare. Who is friends with famous 125cc Gp racer Hector St. John invited select Kansas City area and and a few mid west motorcycle road racers to host a Moto Cup Grand Prix race on the new road course of Kansas Speedway in front of 5,000 plus bikers for babies riders crowd.
It was very thrilling to be the one of the 1st to ever to race on the new road course of Kansas Speedway for such a event and show support for a great cause such as the March of Dimes. The event in Kansas City is the largest one in the U.S. total dollar raise was about $625,000 to help save babies.
The races where fantastic 3rd classes were held, an Ultra light 250cc class, a GT Lights Class and a superbike class. Our bearracing #12 Buell Xb12r Firebolt would race in the GT Lights class.
I started last on the grid in 9th place. Soon as the green flag dropped i got a great start and made my way to turn 1 where i saw bikes try to make turn 1 going 4 wide on the new slick surface. Boom a bike goes crashing down and we would have a restart of the race..
2nd restart was another great launch off the line.. the torqe of the buell would pull a large wheelie. I set the front end down and headed to turn 1. I was in 4th place by then going into the inside of the turn.. By the time I was out of the turn I was 3rd and never looked back as I chased down 1st and 2nd position who where expert racers.
I remained in 3rd place for most of the race until a Suzuki SV 650 caught me and we started to battle back and forth for the 3rd spot. I could see the large crowd lining the fence, many who would be Harley-Davidson riders cheering me on to take back 3rd place on my Buell.
As the race neared to its end, the sv would head into turn one on the inside followed by a lapped rider to its outside. The only chance I had to power around the sv would to make my move even further out on the outside of the corner and the 3 of us would go 3 wide into the turn with me on the far outside. My pirelli diablo superbike pro tires from our sponsor Good Grip Racing kept my buell planted to the ground and i powered around both bikes to reclaim the 3rd spot and never look back. I would finish 3rd on the #12 bearracing Buell and become the 1st Buell racer to run on the new road course of the Kansas Speedway.
Thank you to the March of Dimes Bikers for babies, Kansas Speedway, Hector St. John, Daniel Bowers, and Johnny Dare for hosting such a great wonderful safe event. It was a real honor to race and support a special cause.
Also thank you to our sponsors, Clint Barnett Amsoil dealer, Vortex Racing, Race Tech, Topeka Harley-Davidson, Good Grip Racing Pirelli Tires, Cycle Gear, Free Spirits Buell Italy, Renegade Race Fuels, And A&H heating air conditioning and Plumbing.
Check out the race from the front end of my Buell: B.J.’s Youtube