We had a phenomenal weekend at Buttonwillow at WERA West Round 4.
The weekend almost didn’t happen, but someone was smiling upon us and we were able to get on the track by 2pm.
Practice went really well. Anthony was able to match his previous times during practice and we were confident for the race. Unfortunately, on Saturday, on the last practice of the day he had a small get-off and we had to get to work on the bike.
The crash was a simple low-side, as he was experimenting how how late he could brake into T3. Well, he found out, it was too late. Thankfully nothing happened to him, though the bike took a little tumble and got really dirty.
I cleaned up the bike on Saturday and got it ready for Sunday. Sunday was really windy, and certainly not the great days that Friday and Saturday had been. We were feeling gusts of up to 25mph. Which meant the track was dirty and tricky.
For the Formula 2 race, Anthony was gridded on pole. He got an ok start and was 4th into T1. He had 3 four-strokes in front of him and went to work to get to the front. He made a great move on the outside of Riverside for 3rd place. Riverside is a 100mph right-hand corner. It’s scary stuff. In the same lap he got around 2nd place on the brake into the last corner. He tried to catch the leader but it was too late, the gap was too big.
On the second race, 125GP, he got a MUCH better start and was 3rd into T1. But this time, on the exit of T1 he was already getting around 2nd place. By T3, the leader already had a 1.5 second lead. Anthony did his best to close the gap, but the leader was riding well and it was just too much.
Overall, even considering the crash, we had one of the best weekend so far. In both races Anthony rode well, aggressive and in control. There are things we need to improve, but we are ready for the next event.