Sometimes, I end up in just the right place at just the right time. This last weekend was one of those times.
Someone at Pirelli decided they liked me enough to invite me to the ninth round of the eni FIM Superbike World Championship, held at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, Calif. Even more, they agreed to connect me with a race team of my choice, so I could hang in the pits with the crew. After spending the previous weekend racing supermoto with Aruba.it Ducati's Chaz Davies, the choice was an easy one.
Ducati supplied a 2015 Hyperstrada to ride up to the race (review coming soon) and I took the long way from Los Angeles to Monterey on Thursday before the race so I could be at the track for practice first thing Friday morning. Chaz and his team were incredibly welcoming and I was surprised he recognized me as I entered their pits Friday morning. Maybe I was just that memorably slow on a supermoto the weekend before.
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I entered the weekend without knowing or caring much about WSBK. This season's MotoGP has been super fun to watch, and Supercross will always be my first love, but watching WSBK just never did it for me. All of that changed this week after spending time with the riders, their teams and families, and getting to experience the races firsthand.
Either Chaz is faster when I'm around (as evidenced by both our time racing supermoto and this race), or I just picked a great weekend to hang in the Ducati pits. Either way, witnessing the guy dominate both races alongside his family and friends, and strike back at the Kawasakis that have been dominant so far this season, is something I will never forget. Here are some scenes from my World Superbike weekend.