Karthaus Takes a Ride On The “Roller Coaster”

August 17, 2009

SHUBENACADIE, N.S. - Bow Cycle Kawasaki racer Amy Karthaus makes the trip out east to try her luck at Atlantic Motorsport Park, or as it is affectionately called by locals - "the roller-coaster". 

Having never turned a wheel on the track Amy apprehensively pulls on her gloves for Friday practice.  "All I keep hearing is how technical and demanding physically this track is." Amy says, "I'm excited but really nervous as I want to get up to speed quickly to be competitive, sans eating it out there!"  Lucky for Amy there was also a regional amateur superbike class she could register for to double her practice time and give her 2 races to compete in.

Each and every practice session Karthaus carefully improves her lap times to be ready for Sunday.  "Wow, I can't believe how demanding the track is both physically and mentally." says Amy, "Not only is there a specific line that needs to be taken; you really have to muscle your way around.  Fatigue can sometimes play a role at the end of the race, so I'm just hoping to keep my lap times consistent and finish well.  I have to thank Jordan for walking a lap with me; I feel a lot more confident I'm doing the right thing out there."

Armour Bodies Amateur Sport Bike is the first race on the schedule, and Amy prepares for a gruelling 14 lap race.  As the lights turn green Amy gets a great start and battles with a few local riders to finish in 13th place.  "I'm happy that I was able to better my lap times even more from qualifying, but am focusing on the next race we have at the end of the day, let's see if we can do better in that one."

Pro Cycle Sponsored Amateur Superbike is the last race of the day and Amy qualified well, giving her a shot to get into turn one nicely.  By lap 2 Amy had set her best lap time of the weekend with a 1:14.1 and brought her Kawasaki ZX-6R home to a 6th place finish.  "I'm a little happier with my results, and excited to come back to race AMP again, now that I've got a feel for what I'm supposed to do I can't wait to come back.  Being in the 14's on my first weekend, and bringing my bike home in one piece makes me smile." Grins Karthaus.    

Watch for Amy and her pink and green ZX-6R competing in the Armour Bodies Amateur Sportbike class at the Parts Canada Superbike Championship Sept 3-6 held at Shannonville Motorsport Park.

Amy would like to send out her heartfelt thanks to Jordan.  "He always believes in me, even if I have my doubts ;)" Huge kudos to the Szoke family for rootin her on throughout the entire week and Dave Neddow for being her Nova Scotia crew chief.

Special thanks also go out to Amy's sponsors: Canadian Kawasaki Motors, Bow Cycle, Waznie Racing, U-vu Photography, Dirty Kustoms, Lockhart Phillips, Ogio, Hotbodies, Oakley, Galfer, Pilot Leathers, APE Race Parts, Shoei, Bella Ballistic, Motoress, OTM, and Monster Energy.