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Race Report Addendum: "So, it looks like you'll be OK without surgery..."

Posted 01-28-2009 at 05:57 PM by tophyr

Yeah, right!

I suppose the ER doctor was correct in the sense that I would not die without surgery... but I sure as heck won't heal without it.

Clavicle (going to get plated):


Proximal radial head (elbow, being left alone):


Distal radial head (wrist, in a splint for the next 6 weeks):
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Race Report: WERA West Round 2 @ Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Jan 24 2009

Posted 01-26-2009 at 01:32 PM by tophyr
Updated 01-27-2009 at 11:07 PM by tophyr

"Even if I couldn't race, I'd still come along just for the views." Little did I know at the start of our trip how prophetic my awe at the beauty of the Nevada highlands would be.

The secound round of the WERA West series was hosted at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, a course I am very familiar with and comfortable on. I was entered in seven races, including two solo endurance races and a make-up race being carried over from our first round at Auto Club Speedway. I was very excited...
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Race Report: WERA West Round 1 @ Auto Club Speedway - Jan 4, 2009

Posted 01-07-2009 at 03:39 PM by tophyr

Before I get into my life, I feel it is necessary to recognize someone else's: Jose "Joe" Lopez, from Los Angeles, died this Sunday from injuries sustained in a terrible crash on the back straight during his 600cc Novice race. He was a very promising racer and apparently was spearheading an effort to build an AMA team with Magic Johnson. This is a sad reminder that regardless of all the safety measures and ritual precautions we take, motorcycling is an extremely dangrous sport, with extremely...
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Race Report - WERA Grand National Finals: Road Atlanta

Posted 11-19-2008 at 10:10 PM by tophyr
Updated 11-19-2008 at 10:13 PM by tophyr

Miles traveled: 5800
Days spent: 14
Hours ridden: 13
Races entered: 4
Top-ten finishes: 2






"Y'all c'n sit wherever y'like," beamed the charming, southern-belle waitress. Her slow accent only added drool to the pile of jaws we had just dropped on the floor. We all looked at each other, and everyone had the same expression: We're not...
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Race Report - WERA Grand National Finals: Road Atlanta (Pt. 2)

Posted 11-19-2008 at 10:09 PM by tophyr
Updated 11-20-2008 at 01:59 PM by tophyr

Friday it was finally dry, allowing me to put in some much-needed hot laps on the R6, on the WERA track configuration. I swapped tires and got ready early so that I could make the most of the few sessions I'd get - Friday was also the first day of the Sportsman championship - and went out to do some business. WERA ran a track configuration that differed from the Schwantz School in one section, adding a short chicane at the beginning of the esses. The difference was challenging enough that I couldn't...
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Race Report - WERA Grand National Finals: Road Atlanta (Pt. 3)

Posted 11-19-2008 at 10:08 PM by tophyr
Updated 11-20-2008 at 01:59 PM by tophyr

An hour later, Brandon Bones was standing over me in the dark, trying to get my attention. "Get up," he repeated.
"Hunh?"
"Do you want an AMA bike tomorrow or not?"
I paused, trying to wrap my head around what he was saying.
"I suppose I should put on some pants, then."


Fast forward to 7 am, Sunday morning: I was wide awake and had been for half an hour, eagerly anticipating the truck that was just then pulling...
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Race Report - OMRRA Round 7, Sept 20-21

Posted 09-24-2008 at 01:30 AM by tophyr

Well, this was supposed to be a cheap weekend. With the WERA Grand National Finals only two weeks away, nearly every dime I had was spoken for. However, with my friend Duane's prodding and some not-so-subtle jabs and challenges to my Fuzimoto-built GSXR-750's masculine prowess, I went to Portland like an addict to his dealer.

In order to save money, Duane trailered my bike down and I decided to skip on both the Cascade trackdays and the practice sessions, opting to rely solely on...
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PNWRiders Racing to tackle Road Atlanta!

Posted 08-15-2008 at 02:59 PM by tophyr

Due to my finishes in the WERA National Challenge series, I qualified for and will be receiving an invitation to the WERA Grand National Finals invitational at Road Atlanta this October! Road Atlanta is a world-class racetrack that plays host to such events as the Petit Le Mans, the Ferrari Challenge, and of course the AMA Suzuki Superbike Showdown. The WERA Grand National Finals are the culmination of the WERA National Challenge and the various WERA regional series, and are invite-only to the top...
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Race Report - WERA National Challenge Round 5: Las Vegas

Posted 07-17-2008 at 03:00 PM by tophyr
Updated 07-25-2008 at 01:09 PM by tophyr

NINTH!!!

June 27, 28 and 29 marked the fifth round of the WERA National Challenge series, at Las Vegas Motor Speedway in Las Vegas, Nevada. For this weekend I'd built a brand-new Yamaha R6 racebike with the help of Mike Castro of Fuzimoto Performance and Mike McClaine of RideStream Racing, and I was extremely excited to see how it'd perform. I traveled down as usual with Will Grenier and Corey Baum of ClimaCover Racing, Brandon Bones of Studio819 Photography, and Doug Kreckow and...
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Race Report - OMRRA Round 3

Posted 06-25-2008 at 01:14 PM by tophyr

After last weekend, today seemed almost like a vacation. I can't imagine what I'm going to think when I finally race Pacific again.. all this beautiful buttery-smooth pavement at Portland, Miller and Vegas is definitely spoiling me!

For June, there was an unavoidable conflict in the WMRRA and OMRRA schedules - both organizations landed on the same dates for their race weekend, and neither was able to change its commitment. This left the many riders who compete in both series with...
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