March 10, 2012
Willow Springs International Raceway
It was a very exciting weekend at Willow Springs International Raceway for the inaugural Moto West Grand Prix that brought motorcycle roadracing back to the renowned raceway. On Friday, the track day was cancelled due to rain and snow. On Saturday, high winds and cold temperatures had most riders running 5-6 seconds off their normal race pace. Race day morning greeted Jason Aguilar with 27 degree weather and a bike that was covered with a thin layer of ice. As a result of the low temperatures, practice was delayed an hour. Fortunately, the sun was out, the wind was gone, and the track started heating up. Jason was several seconds faster in practice with the improved conditions and qualified; 4th for 600 Superstock, 3rd for 600 Superbike, and 3rd for 750 Superstock. By the start of racing, the weather was beautiful.
600 Superstock was the first race of the day. Jason wheelied at the start, but was still able to get the holeshot and led into Turn 1. With an incredible display of his command of Willow Springs, Chris Duran made a strong outside move from 4th to 1st coming out of Turn 1. Duran then started opening a gap on the rest of the field. A battle for 2nd started with 4 riders battling for the position in tight formation. Javelin Broderick got by Jason with Jason 3rd, Sahar Zvik 4th, and Travis Goldstein 5th. Jason was able to get his lap times down, but knew he would need more for the 600 Superbike race.
In the 600 Superbike race, Jason on his Dunlop shod Yamaha R6, again got the holeshot. Once again, Chris Duran took the lead on the first lap when he got by Jason going into Turn 3. In one of the best battles of the day, Jason and Sahar Zvik battled for 2nd place with several lead changes before Jason was able to hold onto a small margin at the finish, giving Dunlop a 1-2 finish in the race.
Jason's final race of the day was 750 Supersport. Determined to get his first win of the year, Jason got his best start of the day, and third consecutive holeshot, to open up a gap on the rest of the field. By the end of the first lap, he had a solid lead over Javelin Broderick and Sahar Zvik. "Willow Springs is a really hard track to lead a race. It's only my second time racing here and I didn't have good reference points for braking and turn-in." Jason explained. Javelin Broderick was able to fight his way back and get close enough to make a race out of it. As the 2 competitors came up on some slower traffic for the Open Superstock class that started in the first wave, Jason was forced to check up when a rider moved into his line in the high speed Turn 8. Seeing the opportunity, Javelin dove down to the inside and swept by both riders to take the lead. Jason pushed hard to fight his way through traffic to catch Javelin. While he was able to close the gap and get close enough for a draft, Jason could not catch Javelin at the finish and had to settle for 2nd place.
|Jason Aguilar battling Sahar Zvik and Travis Goldstein in 600 Supersport
Photo courtesy of Caliphotography
Jason and Sahar Zvik (161) were never any further apart than this during the entire race.
Photo courtesy of Caliphotography
Jason leading the 750 Superbike race, with Javelin Broderick (814) and Travis Goldstein (126)
Photo courtesy of Caliphotography
|"I have to thank Dunlop for giving me tires that had good grip and good wear throughout the weekend. Huge thanks go to Tige Daane, of CM Motorsports, for suspension setup and coaching, as well as the suspension rebuild that has allowed me to get back to the front of the pack. I also want to give special thanks to Mike Pond of Tuned Industries for sponsoring the 600 Superstock class. Mike paid out cash to the top finishers even though they were not running the required stickers on their bikes. As this was the first race ever in the new series, there was some confusion about the rules for payment. But, Mike made a classy move, and paid the riders anyway. Much respect.
Thanks also to all my sponsors:
Big Gun Exhaust,
TORCO Advanced Lubricants,
Diablo Racing Technology,
Yamaha Champions School,
Next Moto Champion,
Chicken Hawk Racing,
Impact Safe-T Armor,
October 1, 2012
Weekend was Good and Bad
The Next GeneRacers won the M1GP 24 Hour Endurance Race by 42 laps. The race featured 2 classes; 50 Stock, and 100 Mod. The 100 Mod class featured XR100 modded engine bikes that had superior power and speed. The 50 Stock had mostly NSR50 2 strokes, and a few vintage 50 2 strokes. Jason ran the fastest lap of the race at about 2:30 in the morning. With a few setbacks, that included a shifter bolt falling out, and a couple of black flags when the required taillight went out, and a highside crash at 6:15 AM Sunday, the bike ran flawlessly thanks to the support of TORCO Advanced Lubricants.
The highside crash took Jason out for the remainder of the race as he broke his right middle finger. Jason was not able to get up off the track requiring a reg flag stoppage. Jason's first question when the EMT and track workers got to him was "Is the bike OK?".
After a short pit stop to replace a broken foot peg, the bike was back on the track with their lead intact.
Motorcyclist magazine had a team and will have a feature article about the race out in a few weeks. Jason's break should heal in a couple of weeks, but the nail will take longer to grow back. Should not affect going to Vegas for the last WERA race though.
July 8, 2012
Buttonwillow Raceway Park
Jason Aguilar continued his podium streak at Buttonwillow with two 2nd place finishes this weekend. On Saturday, Fastrack Riders hosted a track day in preparation for Sunday's WERA West races. Lenny Albin spent the better part of Saturday working with Jason, going though his forks and rear shock. With temperatures well into the 100s, the track was slick and greasy, and presented a challenging surface for the racers. By the end of the day, Jason was starting to get more comfortable with the suspension setup changes that Lenny made.
In Sunday’s practice sessions, Jason finished getting his race setup dialed in with a phone call to Lenny Albin, and assistance from Blair Ramey of Worxxx Performance and Machine who volunteered to help Jason out on race day. In Sunday’s first race, C Superstock Expert, Jason got a good start from the 2nd row and moved into 2nd place behind his Outlaw Racing teammate Daytona Anderson. Jasonís other teammate, Andre Ochs, was in 4th place but quickly moved into 3rd and closed up behind Jason.
|Outlaw racing was also sporting their new Diablo Racing rearsets for the first time.
(left to right, Jason Aguilar, Daytona Anderson, and Andre Ochs)
Andre made his move in the back section and was able to motor past Jason for 2nd place. Andre and Jason battled closely for the next 4 laps. With a lap and a half to go, Andre missed a shift and Jason was able to get 2nd place back. Andre fought back and caught Jason on the final lap and the two had a drag race to the finish with Jason nipping Andre by 0.07 seconds. The race marked Outlaw Racing’s first podium sweep of the year, with Daytona Anderson, Jason Aguilar, and Andre Ochs taking the first 3 positions.
For B Superstock, Jason lined up on the front row. Getting a great launch, Jason grabbed the lead going into turn one, with Daytona Anderson right behind in 2nd place. Daytona was able to get by with Jason sticking close for the first 2 laps before Daytona was able to create a gap. Jason finished a lonely second, as he had built a comfortable margin of 20 seconds over the 3rd place rider. This turned out to be fortunate as the track temperatures took a toll and Jason had a head gasket go out on the final lap. Jason eased up and finished the race securing his 2nd place finish. Unfortunately, the mechanical problem ended the day as Jason would not be able to run the B and C Superbike races. Jason is in 2nd place in the B Superstock Championship points chase behind teammate, Daytona Anderson.
Shaun Higganbottom of Trackoholics will have 2 AMA Supersport spec motors ready for Jason within a couple of weeks.
Jason Aguilar earns first WERA podiums of the year
This weekend’s WERA West race marked WERA’s return to Willow Springs International Raceway, and Jason Aguilar’s first race at the historic track. After the morning practice sessions, Jason signed up for the Middleweight Solo 20 race so he could get more practice time for Sunday’s races. Starting from the 4th row, Jason settled into a consistent race pace and moved up to 6th place by the 7th lap. Lap 9 saw Jason advance 2 spots to 4th place. On lap 10, Jason got past an old nemesis from last year, Chris Boileau, moving up to 3rd place. Jason was now gaining on his teammate, Daytona Anderson, who was starting to have tire wear issues. On lap 15, Daytona pulled into the pits, moving Jason into 2nd place behind Tucker Lancaster. The race was stopped early due to a serious crash on lap 18, leaving Jason in second place. In the high desert heat, the attrition rate was high, with only 15 of the 27 riders finishing the race. “It was so hot out there. I was getting really tired and I thought about coming in toward the end. I didn't realize that I had moved up to second place. I am glad I stayed out there. I guess my workouts are paying off.” an exhausted Jason stated after the race. The 2nd place finish was Jason’s best WERA finish of the year as he continues to learn to race a middleweight bike.
On Sunday, Jason was quickly up to race pace in the morning practice, nearing his best lap times from Saturday’s race. This was a good sign as Jason is usually much stronger in races than he is in practice. The first race, C Superbike Expert, saw Jason get stuck behind a slower rider. Jason tried several passes, but could not make them stick, finishing a disappointing 10th place. In the process, Jason lowered his best lap time to 1:27.598. The next race, B Superbike Expert saw a 4 rider battle for 3rd place with Jason finishing 5th just 1 second behind 3rd place and only 0.011 seconds ahead of his teammate, Andre Ochs. Jason lowered his personal best to 1:26.381. In the third race, C Superstock, Andre got his revenge, nipping Jason by 0.045 seconds for 5th place, dropping Jason to 6th.
|In the final race, B Superstock Expert, Jason was starting from the first row. Getting his best start, Jason grabbed the lead with Daytona Anderson in close pursuit. The 2 teammates quickly pulled away from the rest of the field. Daytona made his move on the backstraight and took the lead with Jason staying close for the first 3 laps before Daytona was able to build a gap. Jason kept it close finishing 2nd just 3 seconds behind.
This was Jason’s first race with new sponsor: Torco Advanced Lubricants. “With the desert heat, there were a lot of bikes that weren’t finishing. I have to give Torco some credit for my bike making it through a grueling weekend of 5 races. But the product that impressed me most was the Torco Moto-Prep Protective Coating Spray. It not only protects, it also is the best cleaner I have found for cleaning my boots, as well as the bodywork on my bike. Usually cleaning my boots is a really hard job. Moto-Prep Protective Coating Spray made it easy. Great stuff!” Jason explained.