Team Tenacious Race Report - Springfield TT & Mile
June 17, 2009
Springfield Race Report
May 23rd-24th, 2009
81T Nigel Heggarty
27T Colin Heggarty
The Memorial Day weekend was a busy weekend on the AMA Grand National calendar with the IMDA and the Illinois State Fairgrounds playing host to the TT on Saturday night and the famous Springfield Mile on Sunday. Both Team Tenacious riders qualified well with Nigel # 81T qualifying 7th and Colin #27Tualifying 16th in timed practice. There were 58 riders attempting to qualify. In the heat races Nigel transferred directly to the main with a 5th place in his heat race while Colin struggled in his heat finishing 11th. Colin was sent to the last chance qualifier where he had a great ride slicing and dicing from the 4th row starting position through the 18 rider field to take 4th place and the last transfer spot. In the final, both riders got off to a good start but within the first two laps the red flag was brought out and Nigel was involved in a 3 rider pile up in turn 1. He was able to get the bike going and made the restart with no grip left on the throttle and 1 inch stub left for a front brake lever. After another 5 or 6 laps the red flag was brought out once again. On the restart both riders got off to a good start and were running 7th and 8th. Nigel’s bike began smoking badly down the front straight which caused us some concern and then two laps later the red flag was out once again. This time Nigel’s bike was so hot it began to boil over in the staging area. Lucky for us it took awhile for the restart and it had a chance to cool down some. The TT ended up being a very exciting 5 lap dash to the finish. Nigel got a great jump off the line and worked his way up to 4th before his bike began to struggle and slow down. He still managed a 7th place finish while Colin ended up 9th. We were all just happy Nigel’s awesome Kawasaki KX450 made it through the twelve lap event! Incidentally, we were the only Canadians on the only Kawasaki’s to make the Main event.
The Springfield Mile was the next race in the AMA Grand National Series. The morning after the TT we were up at 6am and working on the bikes, changing over to our best guess mile set ups and repairing the previous night’s crash damage. It was both riders first attempt on the mile so we were pumped when Colin qualified 12th out of the 46 entries. Nigel’s bike had apparently suffered at the TT and was slower resulting in his qualifying 33rd, one position from making it past timed practice and ending his day prematurely.
Colin’s qualifying time got him on the front row for his heat race but a bad start and an 11th place finish meant he would not make the direct transfer to the main event but would have to compete in the LCQ. In the LCQ Colin rode well and worked his way up to 4th and the last transfer spot before being passed for 5th with 2 laps to go. On the 2nd last lap between turns 1 and 2 and at 90 + mph, the 4th place rider lost the front end and fell in front of Colin .Colin had nowhere to go and crashed hard. He was taken to St John’s hospital trauma center where it was determined he had sustained a concussion but was otherwise ok. He is looking forward to getting back on the bike once it is repaired....
Both Nigel and Colin were pleased with their first attempts in an AMA National TT, but not so much with the Mile experience. There is a still lot to learn and improve on but we are up to it.
The next race is the CMA National opening Round at Welland June 6th.
Many thanks to our 2009 Sponsors: Inglis Cycle, M&M Skidshoes, Cometic Gaskets, K&N Filters, Vortex, DP Brakes & Clutches, Decal Works & Hindle Exhaust