View Full Version : Danny Kelsey Thanks #34 (Hallett)

Danny Kelsey
05-22-2013, 06:30 AM
Thank you to all my sponsors who make it happen for me. It was truly a memorable weekend for me. I have ridden a lot of races but this last one will be one that I will never forget:

RPS Race Team: www.RPSraceteam.com (http://www.rpsraceteam.com/)
KMC Controls: www.kmccontrols.com (http://www.kmccontrols.com/)
Dynojet: www.dynojet.com (http://www.dynojet.com/)
GP Suspension: www.gpsuspension.com (http://www.gpsuspension.com/)
JRI Shocks: www.jrishocks.com (http://www.jrishocks.com/)
Lone Star Track Days: www.lstd.com (http://www.lstd.com/)
DP Brakes: www.dpbrakes.com (http://www.dpbrakes.com/)
Moto Liberty /RS Taichi: www.motoliberty.com (http://www.motoliberty.com/)
Motopia: www.motopiacafe.com (http://www.motopiacafe.com/)
M4 Exhaust: www.m4exhaust.com (http://www.m4exhaust.com/)
Shoei Helmets: www.shoei-helmets.com (http://www.shoei-helmets.com/)
South Central Race Center / Pirelli Tires: www.scracecenter.com (http://www.scracecenter.com/)
K’s motorsports: www.ksmotorsports.com (http://www.ksmotorsports.com/)
Silkolene: www.silkoleneusa.com (http://www.silkoleneusa.com/)
Chicken Hawk Racing: www.ChickenHawkRacing.com (http://www.chickenhawkracing.com/)
Vortex: www.vortexracing.com (http://www.vortexracing.com/)
Barnet Clutches: www.barnetclutches.com (http://www.barnetclutches.com)
WRW Racing

I also want to thank Marcus Mcbain. With out him, none of this would be possible. It is one thing to ride the bike and know all the right lines but if the bike wont go where you want it, then what is the point. Marcus does an unbelievable job at tuning my bike. I could not ask for anyone better. Thank you to my wife, mom, dad Renate Mcbain and the rest of my family and friends that supports me unconditionally.

This past weekend started great by Marcus and I making great time driving to the track. It is topical that him and I can double the time it should take for us to get anywhere without any effort. So we both took that as a good sign. As we were discussing our objectives for the weekend and even a bit prior to this weekend there was a trend going on. Both Marcus and I had our hearts set on a track record. Ever since I through my leg over the Suzuki GSXR 1000 I felt at home. It is as if we mold together. I can get that bike to do what I want before even thinking about it. I don't know if it's just the bike in general, but I believe it's all the great equipment we have on it including the JRI Shock, GP Suspension etc. It all just simply works so great together. So after Friday practice when I was able to through down a 15.9 with used Pirelli Tires and lap traffic, I thought it would be in the bag.

As Friday cam to a close and all the talk about the weather was steady around the track, it was safe to say that if were going to set a new lap record, it had to be done on Saturday. With that in mind, Marcus and I decided to enter the Team 60 event with Conner Blevins. Conner has been riding great lately and I was excited to be his teammate because I knew we had a great opportunity to take the win. So I started off 1st in hopes that I could get upfront quickly and within a couple laps do what I was aiming for... the record. I started on the 5th row and by T2 I was able to take the lead, however by the 3rd-4th lap I began to catch lappers and at that point I had only been able to get a 15.8. I knew it was not going to happen that day. Simply too many lappers at that point. So I set my focus to something else. We had just thrown on a tire from Pirelli, the SC0 that I had never used before. It is considered Pirelli's "Super Soft". I wanted to see how long it was going to last. I honestly thought I would get about 10 laps until it fell off. So I continued to push the tire the best I could to get an understanding of it's capabilities. At then end of my stint, I had lapped the entire field and the tire was still working like a champ. So even though I did not obtain my original goal and with the weather in mind for Sunday, I did not think I would go down in the record books that weekend. I was still very happy knowing that I was getting closer to the setup that could do it. Conner and I ended up winning the Team 60 and Conner did a fantastic job finishing us up on top.

Sunday came around and the track was wet. But I have been to Hallett a couple times in wet conditions and I knew the track drys extremely fast. So Marcus and I crossed our fingers that the weather would hold up until after lunch. We even appeased the rain gods and mounted rain tires.... Yes, you are welcome everyone ;-). Needless to say, luck came our way. The 1st race of the day was on the Suzuki 750. I have been having problems with the bike and thought we had it figured out, but when the flag dropped and I realized that 600cc bikes were gaping me on the straits, something was wrong. But I put my head down and rode it like a 600... pushing way to heard into the turns and hopping I would still make them. Fortunately I was able to take the win.

Race #2 for me was on the 1K. Marcus and I discussed our plan for the race and originally we decided that if the track was dry we were going for it. But just before the race I told Marcus that I was just going to do what it would take to win and save my energy for The F1 race with Ty Howard. Well... when I lined up I changed my mind. Knowing when racing a guy like Ty that your bike has to be in the best working order. I had to make sure it was up to the task. I got the hole shot, put my head down and went a little faster but was still only at a 15.6. I was able to win the race by 20+ seconds and gained very valuable information for bike setup. We made some adjustments, stiffened up the suspension, added a click here and there to get ready for the big one.

Race #3 for me... What can I say, it went perfect. I was finally able to get the hole shot on Ty this year and put my head down. I was coming into turns so fast that I was wondering if I were going to make it out and on the first lap I through down a 16.4. I knew I had everything working perfect and the bike felt great. On the second lap I came into T1 with the front wheel sliding the rear wheel baking it in and on the gas again before the bike had time to settle. I was going for it. Every turn was about the same. As much as the bike was sliding around, I never felt more confident riding. I completed the second lap simply knowing that was all I had. Now I don't have a lap timer on my bike but I knew it was a good lap. I would have to finish lap 3 to see if I got it done by the pit board Marcus was holding behind the tech. barn. Obviously pushing still as heard as I could, I came out of T9 (the B****) and had seen 1:14.... I could not believe it. I thought to myself, he better not be messing with me. During that race I was able to better set the previous lap record (3) laps in a row. It was my best race ever and the most fulfilling. That was the happiest I had ever felt on a motorcycle and I will not forget it.

Race #4 for me on the 1k went about the best I could have asked for. I did not go as fast but still broke the previous lap record and was able to create a comfortable lead to bring home the win.

Race #5 for me was actually the hardest fought win of the day on the 750. We were unable to determine what the problem was with the lack of power so I knew it would be a good heard race to win. Conner was on his game along with others and when I again did not get a good start, I knew I was going to have to push harder then before. I was able to set myself back into second with 3 or 4 laps to go but was still having a heard time cutting down the gap Conner had created as I was back in 3rd. As the white flag came out still in second I simply pushed it to the limits. I knew the area's that I was faster and I had already planned out a pass prior to the race beginning. I knew that Conner was going to hold the inside line going into T9 (The B****) if he was still ahead of me and in turn would slow him down coming out. Also knowing my bike was a dog coming out of that turn I could not try to go tighter because he would just pass me back coming out. So as I assumed, Conner went inside and I went far outside for the drive, but instead of driving out in 2nd gear, I though it into 1st and with a little luck and a small mistake from Conner, I was able to get the drive and make the pass going into the last turn on the last lap. It was a fun race and I was happy to take the win.

Overall, I could not have asked for a better weekend. And then to top it all off, on Monday my wife almost had to go into labor. I hope to have a new little girl here in the next week. Needless to say, I am a happy guy. Thanks again to everyone who has helped get me to where I am today. I am looking forward to next steps with some luck is on my side. And I know this write up is quite long but thought it would be cool to share.

Se ya'll at NOLA...

Tom Anderson
05-22-2013, 07:13 AM
Man thanks for putting all that down Danny, I always wonder what goes through yall's mind at that pace.

Congrats on the weekend and on the impending birth of your daughter!

David Sprague
05-22-2013, 07:25 AM
What an exciting report! Great job and congratulations on the soon to be new addition to your family!

David Proler
05-22-2013, 07:54 AM
Sounds like everything is going your way. Ride that wave as long as you can. Congratulations!

David Kobierowski
05-22-2013, 08:51 AM
Outstanding post! Congrats on everything!!

Frank Roberts
05-22-2013, 09:05 AM
Wonderful! Yes, very cool.

Jennifer Millsap
05-22-2013, 09:34 AM
Congratulations Danny! And wishes for good health for mama and baby.

Ty Howard
05-22-2013, 09:37 AM
Congrats Danny. Good riding.

I remember my first time breaking a record in 1997 like it was yesterday. Unbelieveable day that you will never forget.

Thomas Eimermacher
05-22-2013, 09:45 AM
Awesome! Thanks for sharing!

Enoc Garza
05-22-2013, 02:06 PM
That's awesome Danny! Thanks for sharing that with us!

Tony Nguyen
05-22-2013, 06:38 PM
Awesome! Thanks for sharing, puts everything in perspective for those of us sitting at home watching live timing wishing we were there! Congrats!

Harold Lambert
05-22-2013, 07:59 PM
Congrats Danny! You must be on cloud nine! I know I was way too excited to see your lap time on lap 2. I jumped out of my seat and stayed glued to the race monitor. You were flying! I honestly thought Ty was going to set another record chasing you down. Thanks for the video. It's not everyday you get a track record video. Hope to see you guys at NOLA!

John Redford
05-22-2013, 08:24 PM
Wonderful write-up and ride. Congrats!!

marcus mcbain
05-23-2013, 02:17 PM
Danny is the third rider I have built/tuned suspension for that set a track record and I think this is the 16th time a track record has been broken on suspension I have built. It is always rewarding.

This has been especially rewarding in that the 1000 is completely built by Danny and I. The motor is still showroom stock and we have bolted on all of our sponsor products. It has been a tough year as I have had to do a lot of stuff “last minute” as parts and supplies come in right before the race.

Every tuner though goes through the same thing, “Did I do enough? Did I get the work “perfect”? You constantly worry that you missed some small thing that will not let the rider ride at his maximum ability.”

Over the years, Danny has had to ride a lot of bikes that just weren’t “up to snuff”, but he always rode his best. His hard work is paying off with the results he is posting. The competitors that he has had to race against is truly awesome: Dustin Dominguez, Derek Wagnon, Dane Westby, Ricky Parker, and of course Ty Howard. All of these competitors represent what is good about the CMRA…awesome competition.

As the next crop of riders like Conner Blevins, Garet Tomlinson, and others begin to assert themselves, it will only be a few short years before we are talking about them as the “fast guys”.

Many times I am up to all hours of the night trying to figure out an issue or solve a problem. It is not something I look forward to, but when you have someone that is truly giving 100% on the track…it is really easy to find the drive and determination to perform that well off the track. I am truly fortunate to be working with Danny.

Marcus McBain

EDIT ADDED: I also want to thank Jimmy Cambora, Steve Upchurch, and Billy Wiese for always helping when we get in a jam with motor issues. Billy built our 750 motor and Jimmy and Steve are always very helpful when I have a question.

Bill Klindworth
05-24-2013, 05:57 PM
Congrats Danny !!

Linz Leard
05-28-2013, 09:37 AM
I've been around this sport for a long time and have seen a lot of riders. One of the things I've noticed this season is Danny's already high level of riding moving to the next level. He's been fast for many years, but this season he's quick from the flash of the starter's light to the checkered flag. With all due respect, in the past I have seen Danny try very hard and win a lot of races, but I also noticed that he would sometimes tend to dial it down a notch when he was (or thought he was) defeated. This racing stuff is, depending on your source, 90% mental, and I think Danny has stepped it up a bit in that area, and it clearly shows. I believe he comes to the races with confidence and the attitude that he won't be chasing, he will be chased. He's the man to beat this season in the CMRA.

Danny in action (and out in front) at Hallett a little over a week ago.


Michael De Simone
05-28-2013, 12:28 PM
Thanks for the writeup Danny, congratulations on your Lap record, a great weekend and your new baby!

Allan Campbell
05-28-2013, 03:48 PM
Big congrats Danny and Marcus! Danny your riding has been awesome to watch lately.