Andrew's first race at Chuckwalla.

Chuckwalla Valley Motorcycle Association Race #1 March 12-13, 2011

It was a weekend of firsts at the Inaugural CVMA races. The first motorcycle race at Chuckwalla, Andrew's first race with the West Coast GP Cycles team, and Andrew's first win as an expert.

Friday practice was hosted by TrackDaz with the usual A/B/C format. Andrew spent the day working with his riding coach and owner of West Coast GP Cycles, Andy Palmer. Together they were able to work on Andrew's overall bike skills and comfort.

The races came quickly on Saturday as Andrew teamed up with Dustin Coyner for the hour long Team Challenge in the Lightweight class. Andrew rode the first 30 minutes with Dustin taking the second 30. Andrew did a great job for the team staying in 2nd and even catching one of the Middleweight 600 entrants. He ran a 2:01.5 which was seconds faster than his practice time. At the halfway mark Andrew came in for the transponder switch right behind the first place team. Unfortunately, the slow transponder transfer cost the team some time that they were unable to make up on the track and they finished 2nd in class.

In the Supersport Twins race Andrew got the holeshot and put his head down quickly getting into the 2:01s. The second rider was hot on his heels the entire race trying him every lap, but it was Andrew who would cross the line in first taking his first win on his SV650 as an expert. In Formula Twins Andrew was gridded against the modified bikes and while he was down on horsepower he was still able to finish a respectable 4th.

On Sunday the first race was Formula Twins. Andrew got a poor start and lost contact with the lead group. He put his head down to hold off the second pack and finished 6th. After lunch was Supersport Twins and Andrew again got the holeshot, but gave up the lead in the first lap. Andrew watched the lead rider for a few laps seeing where he was faster and calculating his move. At the halfway mark Andrew made his move and immediately put down a fast lap to create a gap to the rider in second. He continued his fast laps as the gap grew and Andrew was able to cruise to his second win of the weekend completing the double header win.

The last race was the Lightweight Shootout. Andrew got a good start and was in 4th until the 2nd place rider went down. The front 2 had a sizeable gap on Andrew, but that didn't stop him from running them down and trying to push into 2nd. Andrew wasn't able to complete a pass which left him in 3rd, but in the process he put down a 1:59.8 lap which was very unexpected for a stock SV650.

Andrew's next race: WERA West Las Vegas, April 2-3, 2011

Andrew would like to thank his sponsors, family and friends including:

Andy Palmer and the entire West Coast GP Cycles team, Dustin Coyner and Trackdaz, Chris and Corey at CT Racing, Youth Road Racing USA, Next Moto Champion, Scorpion USA, SaferMoto, Motul, Woodcraft, Cycle Gear, NJK Leathers, Catalyst Racing Composites, Group 22, Loyal Coaching, Driven, MC Pro Design, Andrews Powder Coating, Stephen Ludwig and Josiah Taulbee.