Tuesday, October 9, 2012
AMA Flat Track: Weirbach Racing's Dominic Collindres Talks Tucson Pro Singles Round 15
In a class by itself, the AMA Pro Motorcycle-Superstore.com Pro Singles Championship Series has more then proved to the fans and folks all around that the racing is close, tight, competitive and intense in it's fourth year of existence as the 'junior' part of the program in the AMA Pro Flat Track Harley-Davidson Insurance Grand National Championship series.
One of the teams that has campaigned the Pro Singles Series steadily for the at least three of those seasons is the Weirbach Racing team out of The Hawkeye State in Ottumwa, Iowa, and they have done one heckuva job picking the young talent that is coming up through the ranks to rider their immaculately prepared machinery.
Regular supporters of the Big Red 'H' (as in Honda, the most popular weapon of choice in the ultra-competive Pro Singles Series) the team has been rolling out Honda CRF450Rs on a regular basis the last three seasons for riders including Mikey Labelle, Mikey Martin ('11 Pro Singles Champion), Ryan Wells and their most recent prospective champion in the class, Dominic Collindres.
Collindres signed with the team just before the Peoria TT on August 12, and promptly went out and won his first-ever race in the class for his new employers, and has since climbed into the 4th-place spot in the 2012 AMA Pro Motorcycle-Superstore.com Pro Singles Championship point standings.
In the shot above at round 13 of the season at the Springfield Mile II round of the 450 singles-based class, AMA Pro Flat Track official flag man Kevin 'The Lobster Man' Clark waves the checkers for the field after the 12-lap main. Championship points leader Stephen Vanderkuur on the #10J Parkinson Brothers Racing Honda, Wyatt Maguire on the #18M Kirland Racing Yamaha (hidden), Collindres on the #66Y Weirbach Racing/General Engineering/Barnett/Spectro-sponsoreed Honda, and Jake Shoemaker on the #55A Montgomeryville Cycle Center Honda all cross the stripe within .180 seconds of one another while fighting for the 7th through 10th-place spots. And keep in mind even Shoemaker in 10th still only finished .454 seconds in arrears of winner Cody Johncox. (Did we say something about close finishes?)
Dominic Collindres and the Weirbach Racing team have released another press release about the goings on at the Tucson Half-Mile last weekend, and you can check it out below as the team heads to the Pomona Half-Mile season-finale this Saturday, October 13 for the final round of the 2012 AMA Pro Motorcycle-Superstore.com Pro Singles Championship season.
Press release courtesy of the Weirbach Racing team, the 2011 AMA Pro Motorcycle-Superstore.com Pro Singles Championship-winning team, and their rider Dominic Collindres #66Y
Ottumwa, Iowa -- October 8, 2012
This past weekend was the AMA Grand National half-mile held in Tucson,
Arizona. I had no idea what to expect heading to this track. It hasn¹t been
raced in awhile and no one knew what it would be like. I was hoping it
would be a nice blue groove. I am going into the race fourth in points and
hoped to have a strong finish to stay in fourth.
During the first and second qualifying sessions the bike was all over the
place and the track had deep ruts, holes and dust. I qualified tenth both
sessions and felt ok. We decided at the last minute to change to a different
bike and gearing for the last session and I ended up qualifying fourth in
the final timed practice.
Heading into the heat races we didn't make any changes and I would be
starting on the front row on the outside. I was fourth off the line and got
into third by turn three. The next lap I made a pass for second going into
three and stayed there the whole race. With the solid second in the heat, I
felt comfortable for the main.
In the main I was lined up third from the inside but I got a bad start and
was in about fourth or fifth heading into the first turn. Going into turn
three I dove to the inside and was already up to second. Texter and I
started battling for a couple laps and that's when the red flag came out due
to a timing problem.
It was a complete restart and I was third off the start and was riding in
third until another red flag came out. This time off the start I got shuffled
backwards to about sixth place. Another red flag came out and it would
be a single file restart this time.
The rest of the race I was trying to fight my way back into the top-5,
but it didn't happen.v I ended up getting seventh. Red flags were definitely
not my friend today, dealing with all the red flags this year has been pretty
tough for me. I am still fourth in points but Texter closed to within 4 with her win.
Next weekend is the season finale in Pomona, California, and I'm ready
to have a strong finish to end the season and finish fourth in the
overall championship points.
I'd really like to thank my sponsors:
Weirbach Racing, KDM Forrest Products, Michael King, Mach 1, A&A Racing, Works Connection, General Engineering, Barnett, Spectro, DynoJet, K&N, Saddlemen, Motorcycle
Superstore, White lightning Retrievers, PMP Sprockets, Motion Pro, Spider Grips, Evans Coolant, Cheney Engineering, G2 Ergonomics, All Balls Racing, Firecoat Custom Powderworks, CP Pistons and Carillo Rods, Web Cams, Foudree's Graphics, Sunoco, Pro Wheel, Durelle Racing, Supertrapp, TNT Honda, Pingel Products, Regina Chain, Factory Backing, Hinson, Motobatt, Pit Posse, Jet-Hot, Bell Helmets, Cosmetic Graphics, ProFactoryHoses.com, Rekluse, and Chicken Hawk Racing, Frankie Morris, my Mom and Dad.
Dominic Colindres 66Y