Karthaus Picks up the Pace
June 16, 2009
Calgary AB – (June 16th 2009) – Bow Cycle/Kawasaki racer Amy Karthaus joins the CMRA for round 2 of their regional series, competing in Amateur Heavyweight and Sportbike.
Saturday practice finds Karthaus picking up where she left off, setting up her new 2009 ZX-6R on the newly patched Race City Speedway. With a different tire compound, and damper problems it was a long, hot, sunny Calgary day.
“I chose the spec compounds used in the Armour Bodies Amateur Sportbike class. So when nationals come to town in a few weeks I know what to expect.” Amy says. “I was struggling a bit with rear grip and I blew up my damper on Saturday so there were a few moments out there, but I think we are getting close to sorted. Thanks to Tim Easton and his buddies for robbing parts off their streetbikes to stop those headshakes. Thanks!!”
Threatening rain drops met our CMRA racers during morning practice; however Mother Nature saved her sunshine for the races. Karthaus gets a rocket start in Amateur Heavyweight Sportbike, battling with the bigger 1000cc motorcycles to the checkered with a 5th place finish. “I really can’t say enough about my new Kawi, not everything is totally perfect yet, but I can’t believe how fast I it is, I’m already quicker than last season!”
As Karthaus is fighting for a podium finish in Amateur Sportbike, a red flag flies on lap 7 and our racers are pulled along the wall, waiting to hear from timing and scoring what the final verdict is. “That was one of the best races I have EVER had here in Calgary, my start was great, and I held on to the fast guys for a lot longer this time. I didn’t back down once, the boys and I traded some paint out there, it was a blast!!” Karthaus once again beats her personal best with a 1:23.7.
The field is then re-started for a 4 lap sprint. Karthaus loses the rear out of the chicane in a near highside and found herself in the grass on lap 2, finishing a disappointed 10th place. “I was really struggling with grip out there, and knew I needed to be careful. Adrenaline really got the best of me on the re-start and I didn’t get the bike stood up quick enough. Luckily I saved it, but I am pretty bummed I didn’t finish where I ought to. I am pretty happy we’re going quicker than last year though.”
Amy would like to thank her close friends that helped her out during the weekend, her family for always supporting her, and her sponsors for making this all possible. Canadian Kawasaki Motors, Bow Cycle, Dirty Kustoms, Lockhart Phillips, Ogio, Hotbodies, Oakley, Galfer, Pilot Leathers, APE Race Parts, Shoei, Bella Ballistic, Motoress, OTM, Monster Energy.
Watch for Karthaus and her all new Kawasaki ZX-6R competing in the Armour Bodies Amateur Sportbike class at the Parts Canada Superbike Championship June 25-28 held at Race City Speedway.