Weaver gets preview of next year before race
Before hitting the track for the seventh round of action at Thunderhill Raceway Park near Willows last weekend, Grass Valley’s C.J. Weaver hopped aboard the 600 GSXR motorcycle to test ride the bike he plans to race next season.
Jumping from the 250 Ninja on which he competes this season, the 17-year-old, 130-pound Weaver had to get a handle on the 130 horsepower bike, which was a big boost up from the 39 hp bike he’s been riding all season. After dropping more than 30 seconds of his best lap time by the end of the practice session, Weaver was excited about the prospects for next year.
But still having the current season ahead of him, Weaver was back in action Sunday.
After taking the hole shot into turn one, Weaver led in the early portion of the six-lap race. On the final lap, Weaver slid off the track but kept the bike upright and returned to the track in time to take third overall and was the first novice to cross the finish line in the 250 production class. Weaver also went on to take fourth place in the 250 Superbike race, which he led twice despite riding against faster bikes throughout.
Weaver’s first year of road racing was capped by the third-place finish in the 250 Production race, along with fourth in the 250 Superbike race. He took 27th overall in the series and was presented the Top Novice championship.
Still ahead for Weaver are two more rounds of Supermoto racing in October and November.
Grass Valley’s Jeremy Burt finished 14th Saturday in the 360 Sprints “A” feature race at Silver Dollar Speedway.
Burt competed as part of the Pacific Sprints Fall Nationals at the Chico race track. Tim Kaeding captured the Pacific Sprints Fall Nationals by winning both “A” feature races Friday and Saturday.
Burt finished third in a heat race Saturday.
Colby Wiesz, of Colfax, took sixth in the 360 Sprints “B” feature race. Earlier, he took fifth in a heat race.
Grass Valley’s Pat Harvey Jr. finished 15th in the 360 Sprints “C” feature race. He finished sixth in a heat race.
Last Friday, during the first day of the Pacific Sprints Fall Nationals, Wiesz took 15th in the 360 Sprints “A” feature race. He finished fourth in a heat race.
Billy Wallace, of Grass Valley, finished first in a heat race. Also, Burt and Harvey finished seventh and eighth respectively in a heat race.
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