well i had this grand idea of a HUGE FU post basically because, well i have and my shop have been once again (what is this year 14 now?) bashed/bad mouthed/attacked over the winter by "other shops/tuners"..pushing us to "step it up" or "were gunnin for ya"
i wanted to SCREAM FU while holding up a middle finger cause when all the trash talking stopped and the flags dropped..only ONE SHOP DOMINATED AGAIN..........EDR Performance!
Ok.....sorry...im sure some of you tenderoni's will cry foul...but see if you can not only take the kind of heat i do (granted i dish out my fair share as well!) year after year after year...but yet we still continue to be the one other aim for and for good reason! My crew and myself pushed ourselves harder than ever this winter and it has really paid off!
OK short version for you ADD folks or Intel "gotta have a group tps meeting" types...
WMRRA Round 1-Seattle
Open SS: 1st and 4th
Formula Ultra: 2nd, 6th, 9th and 10th *we had 6 sec lead!!, but sully snagged shifter and bent it on last lap...could not downshift, got 2nd by .001" sucks
600SS: 2nd, 5th, 7th, 9th, 10th
600SB: 2nd, 4th, 6th, 8th, 9th, 10th
750SS: 4th, 6th, 8th, 10th (4,8,10th were on 600ss bikes!)
750SB: 4th, 5th, 6th, 9th (again, 4, 6, 9th on 600ss bikes!)
Open GP Twins: 2nd
HW GP: 1st
OMRRA Round 1-Portland
Open SS: 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th*, 6th, 7th, 9th, 10th. (*tony forgot to unplug QS, see below) Almost a CLEAN TOP 10 EDR SWEEP!
Formula Ultra: 1st, 4th, 6th, 9th, 10th (had 1-2 finish but sully had rare crash)
600SS: 1st, 4th
600SB: 6th, 7th, 9th (HAD both leads/leaders until crashes on lap 4 and last)
750SS: 2nd, 4th, 9th
750SB: 2nd, 4th, 7th (HAD the lead almost entire race, yellow flags and wrong rear tire cost us win)
MS: 7th, 10th
MPN: 1st and 1st (git sum Jed!)
Open GP Twins: DNF (had HUGE lead until lapper crashed him out )
HOW ARE THOSE RESULTS FOR BACK TO BACK OPENERS IN TWO DIFFERENT STATES/RACE ORGANIZATIONS???
Long Winded version...
My crew and myself been working wayyy overtime! My crew making more $$$ than myself..but hey, they earned it! haha...we desperately need another full time tech but after having one or two guys lately that just are not what they claimed to be, im hesitant to hire someone new, my current crew of Gary, Chris, Nolan and Jay (PT) is really gelled in and working well together.
We put in massive hours over the last 6 weeks, myself over 100 hours a week back to back to back...it all paid off thou! Not only did we win a TON of races, but we once again showed our support of more NW racers than all the other shops combined! We also were at the track from Friday 7am till Sunday 6pm in WMRRA, and again Friday 6am till 6pm and Sat the same for our racers! We are there solely to continue our support and help of those that have chosen to be apart of this "unique" group....family called TEAM EDR PERFORMANCE! It really is a family and one that wins...a LOT!
I think the best compliment i got all weekend was from a top competitor and guy ive known for many years...at end of day talking he looks at me and says "dude you guys did good, your bikes are all really fast and reliable..its impressive...you guys clearly had the better bikes" to hear that from someone you aim to beat really made me smile (i don't do that enough i know) and go "thanks, your right, we basically killed ourselves this winter..the other shops once again challenged EDR and we stepped it up and once again came out on top"
April 2nd...we finally finished the last WMRRA race bike around 11pm at night...loaded up the trailer and i decided to head home around midnight to grab some food and a shower BEFORE heading to Seattle...I finally left my house around 1:30am....driving to Seattle is boring..but at 2-3am its REALLY boring...got my 3-4 VISO's in me (ONLY 1000mg caffeine), windows DOWN to stay up and sirius radio blaring some heavy old school rock (MC, Met, Danzig, etc) finally i arrived with 7 bikes at the KFG World HQ's around 4am...ahhh...walked into my usual "Garden View Suite" (aka the couch in living room) and passed out face down shoes still on (sorry April). Awoke after what seemed like 20 secs..at 6am..."aggg...im tooo old for this shxt" but once i hit the track, i start unloading bikes, the weather starts to clear and the smell of race gas hits me..."ohh yeah....daddy likes that" its go time!
We were blessed with amazing weather for the opener in Seattle, 70 degrees! YES SEVENTY DEGREES (in 2008 we had SNOW on first event!) The weather was great, the tire vendors all had the right tires, the wood had been chopped, i had put my lap top to almost every bike double and triple checking (ok, sullys bikes maybe 23 changes...but new bike) We had all the bikes surprising perfectly setup and FAST and READY! I think only issue we had all weekend was one of our 600's we put the shift lever on a bit too low...damn 99.9% perfection... lol. We struggled with Sully's new ZX6 all weekend...no one had rear sets yet, so we were dragging EVERYTHING...we finally made up a ghetto fabulous shift/peg mod (ill try to find a pic) and it worked! Sully dragged the brake pedal (almost 180degs!) and the shift lever twice...but the Ghetto mod worked and no more dragging...plus the new BPF (Big Piston Forks) the new Kawi comes wish were NOT EVEN CLOSE! FOlks, these forks were SOOO bad that for Sullivan to even do a 4 min lap time is impressive let alone get 2nd to a very fast Eli Edwards on his familiar 08 R6!
The races went great and like planned but for two "problems", both in FU class....the first was while Sullivan had a decent lead on 2nd/3rd battle, Degross was moon walking back..."wtf is wrong" (later found out his pit help accidentally forgot to set tire psi..rear was over 40psi after race!) and then on LAST LAP Sully came up out of T8 with @4-6 bike lead... "wtf..eli is closing gap" going into T9 i could see Sully boggled (sully NEVER boggles!) and again im confused...is the bike broke?? (He was riding his EDR Built GSXR1000 since our new ZX10 was not ready) then in the bus stop Sully clearly could not down shift and came out of it in 3rd gear..."AGGGG>....WTF!!"" eli who is great in bus stop anyways, gets an awesome drive and his super bike gets our super sport bike at the line by .001" if i recall the gap! Heartbreaking for sure... later in the pits..yep.. BENT SHIFT LEVER! Sully snagged in on last lap and thus could not down shift. Sucks, but hey that's racing.
Ended day well. All engines RIPPING FAST, ZERO mechanical issues, and i was on the road by 5pm! WHooo Hoooo.... good start to 2009!