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Guzzis at Laguna Seca

Discussion in 'Racing' started by guzzigray, Oct 28, 2020.

  1. guzzigray

    guzzigray Cruisin' Guzzisti GT Contributor

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    GTM® Administrator Staff Member GT di Razza Pura

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    Nice. Grabbed this from the MA feed as well.
    Montano on a Guzzi also?

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    guzzigray Cruisin' Guzzisti GT Contributor

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    The Montano bike was an ex BOT Mk4 I recommissioned for the race. Finished it last week.
     
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    GTM® Administrator Staff Member GT di Razza Pura

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    What's the history on it? Who owned/where from?
     
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    guzzigray Cruisin' Guzzisti GT Contributor

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    Bike was originally built by a guy called Ron Maas. He raced BOT in the late 80s at Daytona etc. Crashed it at Brainard (sp) in 88 and parked it. It was bought and brought out West a few years ago and sold to my friend Rick. I eventually inherited it 3 or 4 years ago and it sat at my shop unloved.

    A few months ago Tom was looking for a ride for the Laguna event and I recommissioned it from parts I had laying around and eBay. Sport 1100 engine, California 18" wheels, California triples and forks, V11 clutch and flywheel, 40mm Dellorrtos, Saches ignition.

    For sale btw :)

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    DeadEye Cruisin' Guzzisti

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    Very Nice and it has a Tire Warming feature -
     
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    DeadEye Cruisin' Guzzisti

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    Passwd ?
     
  8. guzzigray

    guzzigray Cruisin' Guzzisti GT Contributor

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    Damn. For some reason the video is now private.....
     
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    GTM® Administrator Staff Member GT di Razza Pura

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    Yeah, odd... when you first posted it, it wasn't. Is that a paid streaming service Andrew?
     
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    guzzigray Cruisin' Guzzisti GT Contributor

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    Original link was on Vimeo but the race was streaming from MotoAmerica. Maybe the poster on Vimeo got shut down.....
     
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    Likely. MA has a paid streaming service. Below is from RRW. Well done to you and Tom.

    Monterey, CA – The 2020 CSRA Superbike Shootout season concluded in fine fashion Sunday at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca during the Heritage Cup race run in conjunction MotoAmerica. Mark Miller riding the Superbikes Only! Suzuki to a commanding win in the Open class and Curtis Adams riding the Terry Tinny Performance Motors built Adams racing Honda in the 750cc class.

    Chilly conditions greeted the superbike riders in the morning warmup as riders circulated and tried to get some heat into the tires during the early morning Monterey weather. As the qualifying session started at 10am, the call was made by CSRA Race Director JT Kieffer that track conditions had progressively deteriorated over the morning the session would be an optional warmup and the practice times from the prior day would be counted as their qualifying efforts.

    Track conditions were much better for the final on track action of the day as the 19 riders were greeted with a mid-60’s air temperature and a mid-70’s track temperature which are perfect for air cooled superbikes. Tensions were high as this race was being broadcast live on MotoAmerica’s Live Plus streaming service and the competitors were keen to provide the racing action/entertainment that had been lacking during the previous Heritage Cup exhibition events.

    From pole position Mark Miller (Suz) out dragged Kevin McKee (Kaw), Andrew Gray (Guz), Eric Kondo (Kaw), Paul Kieffer (Suz) and the rest over the top of turn one and into turn two with a two-class pack followed closely behind. Amazingly, Curtis Adams (Hon) had worked himself up from the 7th row (from the 750cc class) of the grid to slot into 5th position exiting turn two and was nipping at the heels of the larger displacement bikes who started in front of him. Tom Montano (Guz) riding as part of the Team Guzzi Nerd (more like a Wrecking Crew) was still learning his way on a fresh build by “Head Nerd” Andrew Gray. Mark McKinney (Suz) had made an incredible start as well from the north 40 as he is the current standard bearer of the 750cc class so he was a force to be reckoned with and was working hard to make up time from his handicapped starting position.

    As the pack came around to complete the first lap it was Miller with a clear advantage over Adams, and McKee, Kondo, Montano, Dave Crussel (Kaw), and McKinney in the top 7. Battles were racing all up and down the field as small skirmishes broke out but the win in each class was never in doubt from there on out as the two leaders were clearly the fastest of their respective classes.

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    I think Todd needs to be in the next bagger race on a Guzzi at Laguna Seca. That was awesome!
     
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    I thought at first that the class was going to be an embarrassing and painful disaster, but I was impressed with the level of creativity (and $$$$) thrown at them. Adding the MGX fairing and bags to a Custom or Audace would be best, but then you're stuck with as delivered gearing on these bikes. Also, the race winners had 150 hp/150 torque, which I can easily get to with a Supercharger!
    :cool:
     
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    guzzigray Cruisin' Guzzisti GT Contributor

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    Baggers were doing 1.39s. That's 10 seconds a lap quicker than me. Mark Miller was doing 1.43s (correction 1.39s).
     
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    I sure would like to see this race if someone has a link. Good on you Gray for your results. That’s a great result going against the four cylinder bikes in a short race.
     
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    guzzigray Cruisin' Guzzisti GT Contributor

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    it’s available at MotoAmericaLive +

    single event subscription is $10

    yes, a 20 lap race would be more my speed (or 50)
     
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    It would certainly be fun to see a classic endurance racing class come back.
     
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    King of the Baggers race - Crazy !
     
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    scottmastrocinque Scott Mastrocinque GT Famiglia

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    I know, isn’t that hysterical?

    Next well see the Goldwing Ding-a-ling class for racing fully clad 2-wheeled Winebagos!

    :D:D:D
     
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    I thought the bagger race was a hoot, and would feel similarly watching Civic convertibles (aka GW) race. :clap:

    Racing is serious business, but it also needs to have a component of fun. That was fun. :party:

    It also illustrates how skilled riders can ride anything and make it look easy.

    Big dressers are not my cup of espresso, but I sure cannot imagine doing on one what the least of those riders did.

    Bill
     
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