Peoria TT Race Report
Peoria TT race report
The Peoria TT is a venue I always use to fear after crashing hard there in 2013 almost ending my career after a serious Kidney injury. This year was different after the Peoria Motorcycle Club took drastic measures to change the track due to the AFT racing twins on it again. They added a new jump before the main jump which completely changed the dynamic, and quite frankly made everything as safe as it can be racing motorcycles. First lap out I knew that this was a better track for me. I qualified third overall having no front brakes during the practice, and qualifying sessions. We were having issues with the pads spreading, and not coming closed when I would get on the brakes. Luckily my teammate Sammy Halbert had an extra Yamaha stock brake setup with him and that saved my day. In the heat race I went out and pulled the holeshot and led every lap over Jacob Lehman to the line. I was pretty confident going into the semi that I could run up front all day and have a shot at the win. It was just one of those days where I was having blast, and everything was flowing good for me. In the semi I got off the line second behind Kyle Johnson and struggled to find a spot to pass. I was slightly quicker over the jumps, but didn’t ever get the run to put a wheel in. Going into the main event I was stoked and ready for battle. Off the start Jesse Janisch got the holeshot with me in second place. I followed him over the jumps and down the front stretch I passed him going into turn one. My Estenson Racing Yamaha was unbelievably fast all day down that straight. Jesse immediately passed me back and poured on the coals for me not to see him again. I rode a hard 15 laps pushing every lap knowing the points counted. I heard bikes behind me the whole race, but luckily the training I put in with Team 95 was enough to keep me in second place all race and to finish there. Very happy with this finish, and cannot thank my team and mechanic enough. Andrew Butler and I have been searching for the right setups since we jumped on this Yamaha to put me up front and we are closer then ever. There is a lot of trust between the two of us, and I have confidence that we are doing everything correctly.
We are only two points out of the points lead going into the Springfield short track. I am currently staying in Kentucky training vigorously for this race, and to take over the points lead if everything goes to plan. I want this more then I have ever wanted anything, and I am willing to put in whatever work it takes. Look for me up front soon!