Top 10 for Weaver at Leguna Seca |

Top 10 for Weaver at Leguna Seca

Local racer C.J. Weaver takes a turn at the Red Bull Moto Grand Prix at the Mazda Raceway in Laguna Seca, July 21,
Wes Rowe/submitted photo |

Nevada County racer C.J. Weaver battled his way to a top-10 finish at the July 21 Red Bull Moto Grand Prix at the Mazda Raceway in Laguna Seca.

Weaver had been on this track only once before, and that was last year when he finished 17th.

During the first practice, Weaver ran well. He was on used tires and yet was still in the top 10 for times. He also was No. 1 on the trap speed of 138 mph, which is fast since the Leguna Seca track has one of the shortest straights on the circuit.

During the first qualifying session, Weaver finished in ninth, which meant third row. This is Weaver’s best qualifying position ever as a professional.

The next morning was the second qualifying run, which was hampered by the fog and cold. Weaver’s team waited to have him go on track since no other rider was going to post faster times than the day before. They were running almost five seconds slower than the day before. Weaver went out with only 15 minutes left in the session and recorded some fast times. He finished fourth and was only 1.5 seconds off of his time from the day before.

The bike was working so well with the Ktech suspension and an EDR-built motor.

This race also carried a bit more importance in that it would be in front of an audience who was there to watch Moto GP along with the teams and owners of those teams.

At the start of the race, Weaver was running with the front runners but was being held up by the rider in front of him. With Weaver in 10th place and eight laps to go, the rider in front of him crashed in turn 6 and the red flag went up.

After a pit, the restart happened and Weaver climbed into seventh place. During the ensuing eight laps, he battled with the other riders, dropping down to ninth and back to seventh again. With one lap to go, Weaver jockeyed for position, eventually placing eighth.

In the previous race at Barber Motorsports in Alabama, Weaver grabbed another top-10 finish, placing 10th after sustaining an injury during the practice sessions.

In late May, at an AMA Road Racing Series race in Lake Elkhart, Mich., Weaver overcame several mechanical issues that hampered him in practice sessions to finish 14th after starting the race in 43rd.

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