High Plains Raceway, Byers, CO
June 30th-July 1st, 2018
Round three brought the MRA to High Plains Raceway. With new pavement on the track and the annual Four Hour Endurance race scheduled for Saturday afternoon, anticipation was high for a great weekend. As most racers know, new pavement can mean headaches for the tire techs, but Mike Lukachy, with Pirelli, made the right call as the tires looked great and worked well all weekend.
Saturday would only have one race on the agenda for Ricky since he chose not to compete in the four hour endurance. As Light Weight GP was gridded, Ricky had a front row start and made the most of it. As the riders jostled for positions, Ricky came out of turn three with the lead and used the draft from the faster bike down the long straight to hold on to it. As the laps wore on he stretched the lead and took the checkered flag with a comfortable margin.
Sunday morning brought cooler weather and more concern for the tires. Thunder Bike was up and with a second row start Ricky got through turn one in second place. Once the riders hit the long back straight Ricky would lose two spots but would hold onto the third place rider. Lap after lap Ricky would reel in third place and lose it back on the straight. This cat and mouse game went on most of the race until they hit back makers and Ricky lost touch ending up with a fourth place.
Last race of the day was Supertwins GTU and with lowering his lap times in the previous race Ricky was confident of a strong finish. Lights went out and the grid launched forward with Ricky at the pointy end. At the crossflags he had a three second lead and by the end of the race he increased it to five seconds. Another great weekend for the Rocky Mountain Kawasaki race team.
Pueblo Motorsports Park, Pueblo CO.
June 2/3 2018
The second round of the MRA series took the racers south to Pueblo where triple digit temperatures prevail, but not this weekend. With cool temps it was actually a pleasant weekend.
Ricky lined up for his first race of the weekend in Light Weight GP. When the lights went off Ricky got a great start, but was out horse powered to turn one. On lap two Ricky made a move going into turn one and took over the lead. He was pressured from behind for a couple more laps but then started to increase the gap taking home the win. After lunch Light Weight Endurance was called to the grid and with a combined start Ricky managed to get the hole shot in his group. Working his way through the faster pack ahead he was leaving his group in his wake. When the checkered flag was waived he had over half the front straight on his competition for the second win of the weekend.
Sunday the racers woke to much cooler conditions with rain threating. With Thunder bike next on tap, Ricky was on the second row and looking for a great start, knowing he would lose the drag race to turn one. As predicted he managed a good start but by turn one he was running in sixth. Working the draft and making time through the infield he moved up one spot into fifth and would hold that position to the finish. Next race, was Super twins GTU and the skies were threating with rain in the distance, first call was put on hold. Time was not helping as the rain showers moved in and with the track being deemed unsafe the rest of the day was canceled.
Pikes Peak International Raceway, Fountain, CO.
May 5/6, 2018
The first round of the 2018 Motorcycle Racing Association season started off with quite a few changes. The big news was that the opening round would actually come off without a cancellation due to weather. The other big news was that Ricky would be campaigning a Rocky Mountain Kawasaki 650 Ninja.
During the off season Marvin Rosecrans set the bike up with upgrades to the motor and suspension. Ricky took care of the cosmetics and Pete from Fitzs Graphics handled the paint.
On Saturday all the work paid off. The bike was working excellently. First race of the day turned out to be a duel between Ricky and last year’s class champion. A front row start saw Ricky running in second for the first few laps, but finally getting by the leader. On the last lap Ricky was relegated back to second place and with time running out could not retake the lead.
Next up was Light Weight Endurance, a thirty minute race. With a front row start, Ricky grabbed the lead and continued to stretch it to the checkered flag for the first win of the season.
Sunday morning Thunder Bike was the first race of the day for Ricky and he would have a big challenge trying to hold off the 1000’s as it is an open class. With a good start he was holding on to second only to lose it down the back straight. Next lap same results pushing him back to fourth where he would finish.
Last race of the day for Ricky was Super Twins GTU. Another front row start and he led the pack into turn one. He continued to pull away from his competitors, winning in a dominating fashion, certainly a great start to the new season.