MotoAmerica is the highest level of FIM/AMA sanctioned roadracing competition in North America. It is an exceptionally accessible series for race teams (and fans). But even a rider who has been successful in a regional race series (with a good tuner, skilled friends and a supportive family) will need to take a significant step-up to be part of a competitive program. The team gets bigger. More minds, more voices, more opinions. Being competitive can be the result of creating and listening to the right conversations...
The Right Conversation
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(Cameron Beaubier, 2015 MotoAmerica Superbike Champion)
Conversations start deep inside a rider's own head...
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(Ryan Matter, AMA Supersport competitor and 2007 WERA West Champion)
...and carry-on race-to-race, all season.
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(Sheridan Morais, World Superbike, SuperStock and Supersport rider, now racing in the MotoAmerica Superstock 1000 series discusses set-up with his attentive crew chief.)
A crew chief listens to more than just the words his rider provides.
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(Benny Solis, Jr,. a multiple race-winner in AMA Pro SuperSport West, leans into a description of throttle behavior.)
Sometimes hands tell the story...
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(Jay Newton, MotoAmerica Superstock series competitor)
...or hands plus body english - definitely good.
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(Melissa Paris, rider in the winning team in the 24 Hours of Catalunya (Barcelona) Superstock 600 class - one of many successes Paris has achieved in her racing career.)
A talented crew chief can hear what you mean, even when when you might find it hard to explain it yourself...
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(Melissa Paris waits while her team make adjustments to front suspension settings during preseason testing at Circuit of the Americas.)
...and get the fix going.
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(Ronnie Saner (left), owner of RSRacecraft and crew chief for Team Rabid Transit, has managed multiple championship-winning race teams. Success comes in part by paying close attention to feedback from his teams' riders.
Practice time is short and precious. The rider starts the process of improvement by giving feedback as soon as they get off the bike...
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(During a test session, Ronnie Saner has his team working on their bike in pit lane - saving time not moving it in and out of the pit garage.)
...and a well-organized team shows that communication enables them to get changes made without getting in each other's way.
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(Tire manufacturers put their technicians alongside teams to help bike, rider, and tires work together. A Dunlop tech works with the I.M. Racing Hayes BMW as rider, Steve Rapp, joins the discussion.)
Suppliers can provide the lessons learned from across the teams in a race series.
John and Chris Ulrich in the M4 Suzuki garage
(John Ulrich (left), - former racer, team owner, publisher of RoadRacing World print and web publications, and father - listens as son Chris (center) - racer, team owner and ambassador to the racing media - sets out the days development plan.)
Multi-generation racing families have yet another level of conversation with which to explore ways to be more competitive.