One Last Hurrah for Karthaus at Race City
July 2, 2009
Calgary AB – (June 29th 2009) – With mixed emotions, Bow Cycle/Kawasaki racer Amy Karthaus competes in the very last Canadian National ever held at Race City Speedway in Calgary AB June 27-28. “It’s sad to know that no one will ever compete at Race City anymore.” says Karthaus, “This is where I learned to race so it’s a bit of a bummer this is the last season.” Race City will lock their gates at the end of the 09 term.
With new suspension and set up Karthaus rolls out in practice to get used to her fresh handling motorcycle. “To be honest I really didn’t know what to expect, I am learning how to give proper feedback to set my bike up properly.” Setting a comfortable pace and stretching the legs of her 2009 ZX-6R Karthaus sets her sights on Saturday afternoon qualifying.
Being one of the first AM600’s to turn a wheel on a clear track Amy sets her best lap time of the weekend on lap 2 securing her a solid 2nd row grid position. “It’s really important for me to run well here at my home track in front of my sponsors, friends and family. I have to get a good start tomorrow to run with the front guys.”
The lights go green for our AM600 racers Sunday afternoon, Karthaus finds herself playing catch up in the first lap after a spectacular wheelie off the line. “I can’t believe I wheelied that badly off the start. That was the first wheelie I have ever done in my life!” Karthaus battles with the top 5, until catching a few lapped riders in a tricky section of the track. Dropping her to 8th position across the checkered.
“My crummy start really rattled my rhythm for the race and I just wasn’t able to get in the groove, to find my lap times from qualifying. Overall top 10 isn’t so bad, and I look forward to racing in the remainder of the national series on some new (to me) tracks. ”
Watch for Karthaus and her ZX-6R competing in the Armour Bodies Amateur Sportbike class at the Parts Canada Superbike Championship July 18-19 held at Mosport International Speedway.
Karthaus would like to thank her crew chief Tim Easton and his assistant “her dad Heinz” for their help. Amy would also like to thank Jordan for his unwavering support. “When someone else believes in you, it’s pretty easy to start believing in yourself.”
Special thanks also go to Canadian Kawasaki Motors, Bow Cycle, Waznie Racing, Dirty Kustoms, Lockhart Phillips, Ogio, Hotbodies, Oakley, Galfer, Pilot Leathers, APE Race Parts, Shoei, Bella Ballistic, Motoress, OTM, and Monster Energy.