JASON AGUILAR RACING

"Keep an eye on this kid as he continues to develop into an amazing rider." Next Moto Champion

2013 Moto West Grand Prix 600 Superbike Champion
2013 Moto West Grand Prix 750 Superstock Champion

2011 WERA West Formula 2 Expert Champion

2011 WERA West Clubman Expert Champion
2010 SCminiGP Pro GP Champion
2010 Next Moto Champion Winner 
2010 WERA West Sunday Formula 80 Champion

2009 SCminiGP Thumpstar GP Champion

2008 SCminiGP Semi-Pro Junior Champion

2007 SCminiGP Blata Cup Champion

                                   

News

1/13/2013
Auto Club Speedway
Fontana, CA

The opening race of the year, the WERA West Sportsman Series, kicked off the 2013 Road Racing season this weekend at Auto Club Speedway. With freezing temperatures overnight and track temperatures of 32 degrees Sunday morning, the practice seasons were quite slippery. Jason was entered in the first race of the day, C Superstock. The field was deep with several AMA veterans and young guns including 2012 Daytona 200 winner Joey Pascarella, Wyatt Ferris, Bryce Prince, 2012 AMA Supersport Champion Jake Lewis, Jeffrey Tigert, Sebastiao Ferreira, Tyler Linders, Tucker Lancaster, and Jason’s teammate and 2012 AMA Horizon Award winner Andre Ochs.

Jason started from the 3rd row, but did not get his customary good start. Tucker Lancaster got a great start from the 4th row, but his momentum caused him to bump Jason as he pulled alongside, Jason got bumped a few more times  in turn 2 as the pack of riders fought for position. Entering turn 3, Jason got pushed out wide, dropping back to 16th pace. “I usually get a really good start in the first race, and after getting bumped and pushed off my line, all I could think was “This is not going well!” Jason stated later. Gathering himself, Jason started picking off riders and was up to 13th after the first lap. Jason moved up to 12th on the next lap. Jason was battling his teammate, Andre Ochs for several turns and finally got by him going into Turn 12. “I couldn’t catch the riders in front of me, they had built up too big of a gap while I was trying to work my way through the field, so I just brought it in.” Jason explained. While Jason finished 11th, he was only a few thousandths of a second off his personal best lap time.

In the next race, B Superbike, Jason started from the first row. Getting a good launch, Jason jumped out to a lead, but did not get a good shift, which allowed Jeffrey Tigert to take the lead. Joey Pascarella got by Jason on the inside of Turn 2. Jason had a good line through Turn 3 and was able to stay with Joey. “I knew if I could get a good start, I could stay with the faster riders”, Jason said after the first race. “I knew Joey was faster than me, but I figured if I could stay with him in the turns, I could get a podium finish. I was also the top position Dunlop rider at that point, and I wanted to get a good finish for my new sponsor.” Jason was holding off Sebastiao Ferreira who was in fourth and looked good halfway through the first lap. Then, as he threw the bike into turn 8, he tucked the front sliding off the edge of the track. Jason was unhurt, but the bike could not be repaired in time to get him into the remaining races. It was a disappointing end to a promising day.

Jason thanks all of his sponsors and welcomes his newest sponsor Dunlop Racing. “Thank you to Tony Romo, Cori Maynard, and Steve Brubaker from Dunlop Racing for coming out to the first race and providing your support. I really appreciate it!”

11/4/2012
Las Vegas Motor Speedway
Las Vegas, CA

The WERA West finale and California State Championship was held this weekend as a doubleheader with one round of races on Saturday, and another round on Sunday. Outlaw Racing/ADR rider, Jason Aguilar, was 5th fastest in Saturday’s final 600 Expert practice session. In the first race of the day, C SuperStock Expert, Jason got a great start and took the lead going into Turn 1. Wyatt Farris and Andre Ochs were able to catch Jason and pass him on the backstraight. On lap 2, Jake Zemke was able to outmotor Jason for 3rd. Jeff Tigert was able to get by Jason on the backstraight on Lap 4. Andre Ochs and Jake Zemke made contact on the final lap, resulting in Zemke crashing and Ochs running off track. This elevated Tigert into 2nd and Jason into 3rd.

B Superstock Expert saw Jason take the lead on the 2nd lap when Daytona Anderson ran wide in turn 4. Jason was starting to check out when a red flag stopped the race. On the restart, Jason got a bad start, dropping to 7th place going into Turn 1. Jason quickly worked his way up to 3rd by the end of the first lap. By the time Jason had moved into 2nd place on lap 2, Daytona Anderson had checked out with a 3 second lead. Jason was not ale to close the gap with Daytona taking the win, Jason in 2nd, and Ryan Matter in 3rd. “I really thought I was going to get my first win, and then I saw the red flag” said a disappointed Jason.

The C Superbike Expert race was immediately after the B Superstock Expert race. With just enough time to refuel, Jason had to get right back out. In a stacked field, Jason finish 8th, behind Wyatt Farris, Daytona Anderson, Sebastiao Ferreira, Jeffrey Tigert, Ryan Matter, Andre Ochs, and Bryce Prince.

Sunday’s first race, C Superstock Expert, once again saw Jason grab the lead going into the first turn. Wyatt Farris and Daytona Anderson were able to motor past Jason, when he ran off in Turn 3. On the 4th lap, Andre Ochs got by when Jason had another “moment”. Jason pushed hard to catch Andre but came up short, finishing 4th.

The B Superstock Expert race on Sunday, started with Jason taking the lead in Turn 1, and putting the hammer down. Jason had a 3 second lead after the first lap and stretched it out to an 11 second win ahead of Sahar Zvik and Javelin Broderick in 2nd and 3rd. This was Jason’s first win on a 600. “I’ve had a couple of wins taken away from me due to red flags this year, so it felt really good to finally get my first win.” stated an excited and relieved Jason.

The C Superbike Expert race on Sunday saw Daytona Anderson, Wyatt Farris, and Sebastiao Ferreira break away, with Tyler Linders, Andre Ochs, and Jason Aguilar battling for 4th place. Wyatt Farris made the pass for the lead on lap 5, with Daytona in 2nd and Sebastiao in 3rd. The battle for 4th was intense with Tyler, Andre and Jason stuck together for the entire race, and crossing the finish 3 tenths of a second apart.

The final race, B Superbike, had battles between Daytona Anderson and Sebastiao Ferreira for the win, and Andre Ochs, Tyler Linders, and Jason Aguilar for 3rd. Daytona took the lead, with Sebatiao taking the lead on the penultimate lap. Andre was able to create a gap with a strong second lap, and Jason was glued to Tyler. Jason was able to pull ahead a couple of times, but could not hold off Tyler, with Tyler taking 4th by 0.064 seconds.

Jason knew this would be a challenging year, moving up to an AMA SuperSport spec bike. But, he wanted the challenge. His goal was to be fast by the end of the year. That goal was realized when he was able to compete with the “fast guys” this weekend, and beat a few of them. Jason ended the WERA season in 2nd Place in B Superstock Expert and 3rd in C Superstock Expert.

It was a hugely successful weekend for Outlaw Racing, putting team riders on the podium in every race. Outlaw Racing had 50% of the podiums in the B and C Expert classes.


10/21/2012
Chuckwalla Valley Raceway
Desert Center, CA
Outlaw Racing rider, Jason Aguilar was really looking forward to the CVMA Races at Chuckwalla Valley Raceway. With Daytona Anderson and Andre Ochs at Daytona International Speedway for the AMA Grand Championships, Jason would be the sole representative for Outlaw Racing on the West Coast. Wednesday, Jason picked up his bike from ADR Motorsports in Lake Elsinore, CA. David “Aussie Dave” Anthony went through Jason’s motor and went over the bike, and Jason was confident that would have the power he needed to perform well. However, temperatures were unseasonally cool at Chuckwalla in the morning and Jason’s tire suffered cold tear in qualifying, leaving him in 4th qualifying position behind Jeff Tigert, Loren Black, and Brian Short.

In Saturday’s first race, SuperSport Middleweight, Jason was not able to advance his position at the start. He was able to pass Brian Short and stalked Loren Black, showing him a wheel several times, but Loren was able to cover leaving Jason in 3rd place at the finish, with Jeff Tigert taking the win. “Even though we were running pump gas, the fresh motor was putting out more power than it has all season. Big thanks to ADR Motorsports for finding more power!” stated Jason. Jason’s final race of the day was Formula Middleweight. Jason got a better start this time and was in 3rd place going into Turn 1. On lap 2, as they approached the downhill turn 12, Loren Black’s bike slowed and pulled off track leaving Jason in 2nd. Chris Duran was able to close on Jason on the final lap but Jason held him off to finish 2nd behind Tigert.

On Sunday, Jason’s first race was Formula Middleweight. With Tigert leaving on Saturday, Jason was elevated to the first row for the start. Taking advantage, Jason got the holeshot and started to pull away from the field on the first lap. By lap 2, Benny Solis was starting to reel Jason in and the battled with Jason holding him off. As they came onto the front straightaway, Benny got better drive and passed Jason going into turn 1. Chris Duran was now charging hard and was able to catch Jason, dropping him to 3rd on the final lap. Sunday’s SuperSport Middleweight race also saw Jason get a good start and lead the first lap before Benny Solis got by on lap 2 and Chris Duran got by on lap 3. In the Middleweight Shootout, Jason did not get the good start, and had to pass Loren Black for the lead. Again, Benny Solis and Chris Duran were able to get by with Jason finishing 3rd.

September 30, 2012
Willow Springs Kart Track
Rosamond, CA
Jason Aguilar made another pilgrimage back to mini racing at the M1GP 24 Hour Endurance race this weekend. Jason has previously won the M1GP 4 Hour Endurance Race and the M1GP 8 Hour Endurance Race, but had never competed in the 24 Hour race before. Jason was joined by #1 plate M1GP rider Gabriel Hernandez III, current #2 M1GP racer Ruben Casarez, AMA Pro Supersport racer Andrew Artola, and 2012 CVMA Formula 2 and Formula Twins leader Andrew Zabzdyr. The young men had the smallest team not only in age and size of their riders, but also in the number of riders. The 5 rider team was only matched by a team of Marines competing as Uncle Sam’s Motorcycle Club (USMC). The other teams ranged from 6-10 riders.

TORCO Advanced Lubricants came on board as a Team Sponsor providing a case of their best GP-7 2-Stroke Racing Oil, a case of their MTF Motorcycle Transmission Fluid, and a collection of hats, keychains, banners and other goodies. HT Moto provided seat pad material that made the 24 hours much more comfortable.

The M1GP 24 Hour Endurance Race features a Le Mans style start where the riders run to their race machines to start the race. Andrew Zabzdyr started the sprint race that began the Endurance race for The Next GeneRacers. Andrew moved up quickly from the team’s 11th place grid position and a 3 way battle for the lead started between The Next GeneRacers, Wolf Pack, and Osprey. The 3 teams spent the better part of the next hour locked in a battle for the lead. Each of the 3 teams had the lead at various points in the first hour as the pace was that of a sprint race. It was going to be an interesting race. Toward the end of the first hour, Jason took over and quickly upped the pace setting a fastest lap of 56.299 on lap 52. Jason continued with a long string of 56 second laps to take the lead before the end of his first session. Only one other bike was able to lap in the 56 second range when team eXhausted Racers set a 56.713 on lap 51 trying to match Jason’s pace.

The Next GeneRacers were running well when the shift lever bolt backed out with Gabriel Hernandez III on the track. Gabe brought the bike in for repair but the spare bolt was stripped. Andy Palmer of AP MotoArts jumped in and helped get the team back on the track while only losing 8 laps.

As night time fell, riders had to add taillights to their bikes. This caused issues when the light went out twice and the team was blackflagged, penalized 5 laps, and blackflagged a second and third time when the light would not stay lit. After a series of rider changes, the lead changed hands several times. At 2:30 AM, Jason went out in second place just a few feet behind leader Vince Rolleri of eXhausted Racers. Vince was riding in the 100 Mod class that featured XR100 motor engines in motards that had superior speed and power, but lacked the maneuverability of the NSR50 bikes in the 50 Stock class. But both teams wanted the overall win. Vince was pushing hard to keep Jason in 2nd. Jason was pushing hard to pass in the corners, finally taking the lead from Vince. Clinging to Jason like glue for several laps in a supreme effort to retake the overall lead, Vince pushed a little too hard and lowsided the bike when he attempted to take an outside line to setup a pass. That allowed Jason to stretch the lead out to 8 laps by the end of his stint. In the process, he ran a 56.143 lap time for the fastest lap of the race on the 633rd lap of the race.

At 6:00 AM, Jason set out for a session just as the sun was starting to rise. Jason was storming his way through the field when he caught up to Jason Perez on the Wolf Pack team. Perez was battling Aguilar, trying to keep him from putting Wolf Pack down another lap. As Aguilar entered turn one, he attempted a pass on the outside, but he had no room and had to run off track in the dirt on the outside part of the track. When Aguilar reentered the track, his rear tire caught the edge of the track and sent Jason over the handlebars in a huge highside. Landing on his right hand, head, and knee, Jason bounced hard off the asphalt as the bike slid way down the track. The race had to be stopped so the bike could be removed from the track, and the EMT could attend to Jason. Jason was pretty shook up, but his protective gear did its job, and he escaped with a broken right ring finger, and bumps and bruises.

The bike only suffered a broken foot peg and was back in action while only losing 2 laps of their lead. When Wolf Pack had a crash, they dropped down to 4th place. Then eXhausted Racers blew a motor and dropped to 4th while they quickly installed a spare motor. They later broke a clutch cable just when they were about to move up to 3rd. That allowed team Osprey to move into 2nd place overall 40 laps behind The Next GeneRacers. Thanks to the prep work of Gabriel Hernandez II, and the protection of the TORCO oil, the Next GeneRacers’ NSR50 motor ran flawlessly through the race without any issues.

The other racers stepped up to the challenge now that they were reduced to a 4 rider team. Ruben Casarez was turning consistent 58 second laps throughout the race. Andrew Artola churned out 58 second laps and extended the lead in his last session. Andrew Zabzdyr was solidly running low 58s and cutting through to field. At 11:40 AM, Gabriel Hernandez III took to the track for the final session. At noon, the checkered flag came out for Gabriel as he completed the 1,255th lap of the race to take the win by 42 laps. Osprey came in 2nd. Wolf Pack was 3rd. eXhausted Racers finished 4th. 

Big thanks to TORCO Advanced Lubricants for their support.
Thanks to HT Moto for making it comfortable for 24 hours of riding.
Big thanks to NEXX Helmets, ACT Racing, and Impact Safe-T Armor for allowing Jason to walk away from a hard crash with only a broken finger. Your products did exactly what they needed to do.

And to all of Jason’s other sponsors; Jason should be back at 100% for the WERA Season finale double header and California State Championship at Las Vegas Motor Speedway Nov 3-4. Just prior to that, Jason’s Outlaw Racing Yamaha R6 will be on display at the TORCO Advanced Lubricants’ booth at the SEMA show at Las Vegas Convention Center Oct 30-Nov 2.

9/23/2012 
Auto Club Speedway
Fontana, CA

Outlaw Racing rider Jason Aguilar hoped to continue his streak of podium finishes that carried over from Willow Springs and Buttonwillow. But with AMA riders Wyatt Ferris and Tyler Linders, combined with fellow Outlaw Racing team members Andre Ochs and Daytona Anderson, it was going to be tough.

In the first race, C Superbike, Jason got a good launch from his 3rd row starting position. Jason was moving up to pass when 2 riders in front of him bumped and Jason had to brake to avoid hitting them. This allowed several riders to get past Jason and he dropped to 10th place going into turn 1. Jason was able to get by one rider but was having a rough time trying to get a pass to stick on the rider ahead of him in 8th place. “We probably hit about 5 times out there”, Jason stated. “Every time I tried a move, he would move over on me. In turn 5, I had to stand the bike up and almost ran off track when I got bumped while I was completely leaned over.” Finally, on the last turn Jason dove to the inside, and the rider in front of him tried so hard to cut off Jason’s line that he ran wide instead and Jason finally got by for a disappointing 8th place.

Race 2, B Superbike, saw Jason get a better start, and he found himself in 4th place. Turn 1 at Auto Club has been a big challenge for Jason. It is very technical as it requires a combination of strength, timing, and finesse to come off the bank at 160 mph, turn hard left, straighten the bike and sit up to hit the transition between the banked surface and flat surface, quickly turn hard right and immediately turn hard left while going back onto the bank. On the 3rd lap, Jason missed Turn 1 and had to slow so not to be penalized for gaining an advantage. This allowed 2 other riders by and Jason dropped to 6th. Jason got by one of riders and closed in on the 4th place rider. Again, Jason missed Turn 1 and had to slow dropping him back to 6th place again. Again Jason closed the gap, but could not catch the 2 riders just in front of him and finished in 6th Place.

Jason was starting from the first row in C Superstock and had high hopes to use that starting position to get back on the podium. However, Jason did not get a good start and dropped to 4th place. On lap 2, Jason hit the rumble strip at the end of turn 1 and it sent him high up onto the banked turn allowing a rider to get by. Jason’s teammate, Andre Ochs, tucked the front going into Turn 3, but was uninjured, moving all the riders up a spot. On the next lap Jason missed Turn 1 again, dropping back to 5th place. Jason regrouped and retook 4th place and started closing on the 3rd place rider. Jason tried to draft to catch the 3rd place rider but came up short by 0.145 seconds at the finish.

The final race should have featured all 3 Outlaw Racing riders on the front row, with Daytona Anderson on pole, Jason in 2nd, and Andre in 3rd, but Andre had too much damage to the bike to make the grid with only 1 race in between the C Superstock and B Superstock races. This time Jason got a great start and took the lead. Daytona caught and passed Jason going into Turn 5. The boys pulled away from the rest of the field with Daytona opening up a comfortable gap in front. Coming across the finish line to start the final lap, Jason’s bike slowed considerably. Jason sat up and rode slowly while the bikes behind him started to close the gap and eventually passed him. He brought the bike into the pits in a disappointing finish to the day. It appears that some of the bumping from the first race bent the linkage for the quick shifter. The quick shifter senses when the rider is shifting the bike and cuts the engine power for a few thousandths of a second allowing a racer to shift without using the clutch. The damage caused the sensor to malfunction cutting power to the bike intermittently during most of the final lap.

The good news is that Jason went faster in every race, setting personal bests each time. Jason is looking forward to Las Vegas for the final WERA races of the year with a double header weekend November 3-4 (8 races in 2 days as well as the California State Championships). Just prior to the race, Jason’s Outlaw Racing R6 will be featured at TORCO Advanced Lubricants’ exhibit at the SEMA show from October 30 through November 2 at the Las Vegas Convention Center.


7/8/2012
Buttonwillow Raceway Park
Buttonwillow, CA
Jason Aguilar continued his podium streak at Buttonwillow with two 2nd place finishes this weekend. On Saturday, Fastrack Riders hosted a track day in preparation for Sunday’s WERA West races. Lenny Albin spent the better part of Saturday working with Jason, going though his forks and rear shock. With temperatures well into the 100s, the track was slick and greasy, and presented a challenging surface for the racers. By the end of the day, Jason was starting to get more comfortable with the suspension setup changes that Lenny made.

In Sunday’s practice sessions, Jason finished getting his race setup dialed in with a phone call to Lenny Albin, and assistance from Blair Ramey of Worxxx Performance and Machine who volunteered to help Jason out on race day. In Sunday’s first race, C Superstock Expert, Jason got a good start from the 2nd row and moved into 2nd place behind his Outlaw Racing teammate Daytona Anderson. Jason’s other teammate, Andre Ochs, was in 4th place but quickly moved into 3rd and closed up behind Jason. Andre made his move in the back section and was able to motor past Jason for 2nd place. Andre and Jason battled closely for the next 4 laps. With a lap and a half to go, Andre missed a shift and Jason was able to get 2nd place back. Andre fought back and caught Jason on the final lap and the two had a drag race to the finish with Jason nipping Andre by 0.07 seconds. The race marked Outlaw Racing’s first podium sweep of the year, with Daytona Anderson, Jason Aguilar, and Andre Ochs taking the first 3 positions.

For B Superstock, Jason lined up on the front row. Getting a great launch, Jason grabbed the lead going into turn one, with Daytona Anderson right behind in 2nd place. Daytona was able to get by with Jason sticking close for the first 2 laps before Daytona was able to create a gap. Jason finished a lonely second, as he had built a comfortable margin of 20 seconds over the 3rd place rider. This turned out to be fortunate as the track temperatures took a toll and Jason had a head gasket go out on the final lap. Jason eased up and finished the race securing his 2nd place finish. Unfortunately, the mechanical problem ended the day as Jason would not be able to run the B and C Superbike races. Jason is in 2nd place in the B Superstock Championship points chase behind teammate, Daytona Anderson.

Shaun Higganbottom of Trackoholics will have 2 AMA Supersport spec motors ready for Jason within a couple of weeks.

Special thanks to Lenny Albin of Superbike Chassis and Blair Ramey of Worxxx Performance and Machine for their help at the track.


6/17/2012
Willow Springs International Raceway
Rosamond, CA 
This weekend’s WERA West race marked WERA’s return to Willow Springs International Raceway, and Jason Aguilar’s first race at the historic track. After the morning practice sessions, Jason signed up for the Middleweight Solo 20 race so he could get more practice time for Sunday’s races. Starting from the 4th row, Jason settled into a consistent race pace and moved up to 6th place by the 7th lap. Lap 9 saw Jason advance 2 spots to 4th place. On lap 10, Jason got past an old nemesis from last year, Chris Boileau, moving up to 3rd place. Jason was now gaining on his teammate, Daytona Anderson, who was starting to have tire wear issues. On lap 15, Daytona pulled into the pits, moving Jason into 2nd place behind Tucker Lancaster. The race was stopped early due to a serious crash on lap 18, leaving Jason in second place. In the high desert heat, the attrition rate was high, with only 15 of the 27 riders finishing the race. “It was so hot out there. I was getting really tired and I thought about coming in toward the end. I didn’t realize that I had moved up to second place. I am glad I stayed out there. I guess my workouts are paying off.” an exhausted Jason stated after the race. The 2nd place finish was Jason’s best WERA finish of the year as he continues to learn to race a middleweight bike.

On Sunday, Jason was quickly up to race pace in the morning practice, nearing his best lap times from Saturday’s race. This was a good sign as Jason is usually much stronger in races than he is in practice. The first race, C Superbike Expert, saw Jason get stuck behind a slower rider. Jason tried several passes, but could not make them stick, finishing a disappointing 10th place. In the process, Jason lowered his best lap time to 1:27.598. The next race, B Superbike Expert saw a 4 rider battle for 3rd place with Jason finishing 5th just 1 second behind 3rd place and only 0.011 seconds ahead of his teammate, Andre Ochs. Jason lowered his personal best to 1:26.381. In the third race, C Superstock, Andre got his revenge, nipping Jason by 0.045 seconds for 5th place, dropping Jason to 6th.

In the final race, B Superstock Expert, Jason was starting from the first row. Getting his best start, Jason grabbed the lead with Daytona Anderson in close pursuit. The 2 teammates quickly pulled away from the rest of the field. Daytona made his move on the backstraight and took the lead with Jason staying close for the first 3 laps before Daytona was able to build a gap. Jason kept it close finishing 2nd just 3 seconds behind.

6/10/2012
Placentia, CA
Jason Aguilar has a new racing oil and lubricant sponsor: Torco. “I am really excited to have Torco as my new oil sponsor. I first met Ernie Soliz, Sales Director at Torco, at the Long Beach IMS in 2007 after I won the SCminiGP Blata Cup Championship. We spoke about what it would take to earn a sponsorship with Torco. Now, it is a reality. I am really excited to be representing Torco products on the track.”  stated an enthusiastic Jason. Outlaw Racing’s Jason Aguilar will have a full complement of Torco powersports products in use at the WERA West race this weekend, June 16-17, 2012 at Willow Springs. 
5/27/2012
Chuckwalla Valley Raceway
Desert Center, CA
It has been a long time since Jason Aguilar has been on the Podium in a road race series. Since Jason made the move to a 600 last November, he has slowly been working his way up the finishing order. Back in September 2011, Jason set 3 WERA Track Records at Auto Club Speedway. In October 2011, Jason finished up the WERA West season in Las Vegas by setting 4 Track Records in Formula 2, Lightweight Twins Superbike, D Superbike, and Clubman. Then he went to Chuckwalla Valley Raceway and set 3 more Track Records in CVMA’s Formula GP, Formula Twins, and Formula Singles. All of those records were set on Jason’s Honda RS450R. The next month saw Jason move up to a much larger 600cc Yamaha R6. It has been a struggle, but the results are finally coming. Jason wound up this past CVMA weekend with 5 podium finishes in 5 races for his first trophies of the year.

At the WERA National at Miller Motorsports Park, Jason was having major issues with front end chatter. Lenny Albin of Superbike Chassis LLC, and Shaun Higganbottom of Trackoholics combined forces to rebuild Jason forks for the CVMA races. But with both men at Miller Motorsports Park for the AMA race, Jason was without his suspension mechanics for tuning the reworked forks. Tige Daane of CM Motorsports stepped in to help Jason with setup after a disappointing practice session. Jason rebounded by qualifying 3rd, but was still well off the pace of the leaders. A few more suspension tweaks from Tige and Jason was ready for the races.

In Saturday’s first race, Jason dropped to 4th place going into Turn 1. Jason battled Nathan Mitchell for a couple of laps before making the pass. During this time, Daytona Anderson ran off track putting Jason into 2nd place. Jason improved his time every lap, finishing 2nd with a personal best of 1:51.902 on the final lap.

In Saturday’s last race, Jason got the same start and had to battle to reclaim 3rd place. Jason took off after the 2 frontrunners, but was not able to close the gap finishing in 3rd place behind Jeff Tigert and Daytona Anderson. Jason again lowered his personal best to 1:51.884.

Sunday’s first race, Formula Middleweight, saw Jason repeat his start dropping to 4th place and then fighting back for a 3rd place finish. In the Track Daz Middleweight Shootout, Jason improved his personal best to 1:51.278. Jason earned $100 for his 3rd place finish.

Jason’s final race on Sunday was the SuperSport Middleweight class. Jason was determined to get a better start and try to hang with the leaders. Getting a near perfect launch, Jason grabbed the lead going into the first corner with Daytona Anderson and Jeff Tigert in close pursuit. Going through “The Bowl”, Jason made a slight error that caused Daytona to check up, but allowed Jeff Tigert to take advantage and pass both for the lead. As Jason made the turn onto the main straightaway, he hit the rumblestrip and it bounced him out of his seat. That slight bobble cost Jason his drive down the straight, and Daytona Anderson took advantage, passing Jason going into turn 1. Jason pushed hard to stay with Daytona, running his best lap of the weekend: a 1:50.775. Jason kept pushing hard, but lost contact with the leaders as Jeff Tigert broke the track record.

Overall, it was a great weekend for Jason. “I am finally getting comfortable with the R6’s size. I’m going to keep hitting the gym hard so I can be ready for AMA next season. At the beginning of the weekend, my goal was to run a 1:51 lap time. Once I did that, I wanted to run a 1:50. Now that I did that, I want to run 1:49s and be in a position to battle for wins.”, said Jason. At 5’2” and 95 pounds, Jason is probably still the smallest competitive 600 Expert rider in the country. But, he is determined to put in the work to develop the strength to manage the challenge of riding an AMA SuperSport spec bike.

5/20/2012
Miller Motorsports Park
Tooele, UT
Jason Aguilar traveled to Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, UT for the WERA West National Round where he had the opportunity to compete against the fastest riders from around the country. This was Jason’s first time at Miller on his 2009 Yamaha R6. On Saturday, Jason had one practice session to prepare for Qualifying. “At this track, you carry more corner speed than at any other track I ride at. I was having problems with front end chatter and we couldn’t get rid of it with suspension adjustments”, Jason explained. Still, Jason was able to qualify 12th out of 34 riders.

On Sunday, Jason’s first race was the C Superstock class. Jason did not get a good start and dropped back to 18th on the first lap. Fighting the front end chatter, Jason was getting pushed wide in the corners. Still, Jason was able to make some passes and finished 15th out of 41 riders. In the B Superbike class, Jason improved to a 10th place finish. In C Superbike, the grid was so large that Jason had to start in the second wave. Starting from 22nd position, and with a 10 second delay for the start of the second wave, Jason had his work cut out for him. Jason got a good start and quickly caught the back of the first wave of riders. At the end of the first lap, Jason had moved up from 22th to 19th. By the end of the second lap, he had advanced to 16th place. By the end of the 3rd lap, Jason passed 4 more riders for 12th place, but there was a big gap between him and the riders ahead. Jason pushed hard, but could not catch the riders ahead and finished 12th out of 42. In the last race, B Superstock, Lenny Albin helped Jason with some adjustments to limit the severity of the front end chatter. Jason fought hard to stay with the lead group and finished the race in 7th place, just 7 seconds behind the winner.

While Jason was disappointed with his results, he rode well and improved throughout the day while battling a suspension issue. With help from Lenny Albin, and Shaun Higganbottom of ADR and Trackoholics, Jason now has his front suspension rebuilt and ready for this coming weekend at Chuckwalla for the CVMA races on Saturday and Sunday.

4/8/2012
Las Vegas Motor Speedway
Las Vegas, NV

Outlaw Racing/ADR Rider, Jason Aguilar, made significant progress on his 2009 Yamaha R6 this weekend at Las Vegas Motor Speedway at the 3rd Round of the WERA West series. This weekend was a Double Header with a full schedule of racing both Saturday and Sunday. Jason was entered in 8 races over the 2 days. In the first race on Saturday, C Superstock, Jason finished in 11th place. While this is not the type of finish Jason is happy about, it was his highest placing WERA finish since moving up to the 600cc classes. Next up was B Superstock. Jason got a great start, and held his position to finish in 6th place, his best WERA finish and first top 10 WERA finish this year. In C Superbike, Jason finished 9th. Wrapping up the day with a 8th place finish in B Superbike, Jason was able to run his fastest lap at Las Vegas Motor Speedway at 1:21.111.

“We lost some practice time this morning with some minor issues, and I had some issues with the tuning in the first race. Wyatt Farris, and Joey Pascarella’s dad Mike came over and helped with the mapping which really helped in the rest of the races. Big thanks to both of them. For tomorrow, my goal is to get my lap times under 1:20.” Jason stated.

On Sunday, Jason kept his string of improved positions intact with a 9th place finish in C Superstock. The next race saw Jason again finish in 6th place in B Superstock while setting a personal best of 1:19.877. At the start of the C Superbike race, Jason got a great start. Jason was battling with some of the top riders when one lost the front right in front of him. Jason was so hard on the brakes to avoid a collision that the rear wheel came off the ground. “First I was trying to keep from hitting the rider, then his bike slid in my way so I had to run off track.” Jason explained. While Jason lost 2 or 3 positions when he ran off track, the race was red flagged and had to be restarted. On the restart, Jason got a horrible start, dropping back in the pack. As he came around, he pulled into the pits with a worn out clutch, ending his day.

While the day ended too soon for Jason, it was still a very good weekend as he is now getting top ten finishes and showed terrific improvement. His two 6th place finishes in B Superstock moved him into 6th place in the standings for that class.

On a more serious side, Jason’s Outlaw Racing/ADR teammate and friend, Ben Truslow had a terrible crash in Sunday’s B Superstock race. Ben was rushed to University Medical Center where he had immediate surgery to remove pressure on his brain. Ben is in an induced coma, but has responded positively to the treatment. We have Ben and his family in our thoughts all the time as he fights to get through this. 

3/11/2012
Chuckwalla Valley Raceway
Desert Center, CA
Jason Aguilar has been training in the gym to increase his strength for the demands of riding an AMA Supersport Spec bike. At 5’2” and 92 pounds, Jason is probably the smallest 600cc road racer in the country. The hard work is starting to pay off as Jason has been moving up the field each time out. After a disappointing qualifying session on Saturday when Jason couldn’t get a clear lap, he gridded 12th for the Supersport Middleweight race. Jason was not able to improve on that position during the race and finished 12th. In Formula Middleweight, Jason was only able to manage 15th place. “I was really struggling with tire grip. I talked to Dale Keifer from Pirelli, and we decided to go with a different compound tire to get better grip tomorrow. Shaun Higganbottom from Trackoholics helped with some suspension adjustments and I hope Sunday goes better.” Jason commented after a frustrating opening day.

In the Sunday Supersport Middleweight race, Jason got a good start and finally cracked the top 10 with a 9th place finish. With the new tire compound, Jason’s lap times improved by almost 3 seconds. The next race, Middleweight Shootout, is a 10 lap race that would test Jason’s physical training. Jason had some great battles in the 10 lap race and was battling for 5th place on the final lap, but could not make the pass, finishing in 6th place. In the final race, Formula Middleweight, Jason again came up short battling for 5th place, and finishing 6th. “I was setting up a pass on the final lap when I missed a shift coming out of “the Bowl”, Jason explained. “But, it feels good to be battling for positions closer to the front now. Thanks to all my sponsors for helping me get there.”

2/12/2012
Las Vegas Motor Speedway
Las Vegas, NV
Jason Aguilar continues to adapt to the 600. The step up to an AMA Supersport spec bike has been challenging for Jason. Last year’s bike made 57 horsepower and weighed about 210 pounds. Jason’s Outlaw Racing/ADR Yamaha R6 weighs about 390 pounds and makes 115 horsepower. At 5’1” and 90 pounds, Jason is by far the smallest rider on the grid. But, this is where Jason wants to be. As he grows, it will get easier to handle the larger bike. Jason is now going to the gym for strength training, and new sponsor Nutrition Zone is working with Jason to help add some muscle.

With support from Outlaw Racing/ ADR, Jason rolled into Las Vegas with one goal in mind: go faster. He entered his first WERA 20 lap Solo race on Saturday. Without much track time on the 600, he looked at the race as an extended practice session. Jason continued to improve throughout the race and ran a personal best of 1:23.885 on the final lap of the race.

On Sunday, track temps were much cooler and there were a lot of crashes as the traction was not as good as Saturday. In Jason’s first race, C Superbike Expert, Jason finished 24th out of 37, but ran another personal best of 1:23.787 on the final lap. In B Superbike Expert, Jason finished 17th and again lowered his personal best to 1:23.731 on the final lap. C Superstock saw Jason finish 16th and lowered his personal best to 1:22.794. In the final race, B Superstock, Jason ran 1:22.163, finishing 12th and beating some AMA Pros. “I’ve never gone so long without taking home any trophies” Jason stated at the end of the weekend. While the results are not what he is used to, he is getting closer to the leaders each time out.

11/13/2011
Chuckwalla Valley Raceway
Desert Center, CA
Jason Aguilar got on his 2009 Yamaha R6 for the first time this weekend at Chuckwalla Valley Raceway. While the bike was still not ready for racing, with stock suspension and borrowed bodywork, Jason could not wait to get some seat time on the bike. Deciding to use the final round of the Chuckwalla Valley Motorcycle Association race series as an extended track day to get used to the much bigger R6, Jason knew it would take time to get used to a bike that was 160 lbs heavier than anything he had ever ridden before. After the first session on the R6, Jason commented, “I love it! It turns so much easier than I thought it would.” In Friday’s practice, sponsored by Track Daz, Jason knew he would not be up to race speed, so he chose to ride in the B Group. After the second session saw him lapping all the B Group riders, they kicked him up to the A Group

On Saturday, Jason decided to race in the Formula Middleweight and Super Sport Middleweight classes to get some more time on the bike. In the morning qualifying session, Jason qualified a surprising 9th for the highly competitive Super Sport Middleweight class race, and 8th for the Formula Middleweight race. At this level of racing, a good race suspension, a good ignition mapping, and a good amount of time on the bike are essential for success. Without sufficient time to prepare the bike, Jason had none of the above. In the first race, Jason did not have a good start, and was last into the first corner. Once he got going, he was able to catch and pass a few of the riders and lowered his lap times into the 1:56s.

In the final race on Saturday, Jason started to pick up the pace. On the 3rd lap, Jason got into the 1:56s. On the 4th lap, Jason got into the 1:55s. On the 5th lap, Jason got into the 1:54s, running a 1:54.742. To put that into perspective, top AMA Pro racer Steve Rapp, had a best lap of 1:53.30 at Chuckwalla on a stock suspension 2011 Yamaha R6 during the MotorcycleUSA.com Middleweight Shootout for their online magazine. Steve Rapp also holds the CVMA track record aboard the Attack Kawasaki Superbike. We did not count on Jason going so fast so soon. When Jason was sent out for the final race, his tire was getting close to the end of its useful life. We figured that at his pace, he had enough time left for another 6 lap race. We did not, however, anticipate Jason picking up the pace as much as he did. This resulted in increased tire wear. On the final lap, Jason had attached himself to Ben Truslow, who was running 1:52 lap times. Jason was pushing really hard to stay with Ben in the “Bowl” (a high speed banked turn) at over 100mph when his front tire lost grip and Jason went down. While Jason had crashed several times before on smaller “Mini” tracks, Jason had never crashed in his 2 seasons on the big tracks. Jason’s momentum sent him and his bike sliding up and over the banked turn at 100 mph disappearing over the bank and into the desert, causing a huge cloud of dust. “I remember thinking: This is not going to be pleasant.” Jason recalled as he found himself sliding toward the end of the turn. The bike slid on its side, but Jason started flipping when he hit the dirt, filling his boots, gloves, helmet, and leathers with dust, dirt, and rocks. Luckily, both rider and motorcycle ended up with nothing more than bumps and bruises, and dust, dirt, and rocks.

After cleaning both rider and bike, and putting on a new set of tires, we were set for Sunday’s races. Jason decided to be a little more conservative after Saturday’s crash and ran consistent 1:55 lap times. Still, Jason was able to battle some very fast riders on very fast bikes. It was, overall, a fantastic debut.

Jason’s bike will go back into the shop to have new Attack Performance bodywork installed, a new race suspension, and ignition mapping for the race fuel. While it was a tough weekend, with a really scary crash, Jason bounced back strong and should be able to run with the big boys once his bike is fully prepared for the track.

10/23/2012
Chuckwalla Valley Raceway
Desert Center, CA

Jason had been looking forward to a rematch with Tyler Linders at this month’s Chuckwalla Valley Motorcycle Association races. Last month, Tyler won all 3 of their battles as they both went more than 2 seconds under the previous Lightweight class track record. But, the rematch was not to be. Tyler made his debut in the Middleweight classes as he moved up on his new Cycle Mall sponsored CBR600. Jason thought that without Tyler racing in his classes, the races would not provide any challenges. Jason was so wrong!

In Saturday qualifying, Jason just missed out on the fastest qualifying time by one hundredth of a second to Vince Rolleri on his TZ250. The second race of the day featured Vince and Jason in the Formula GP class. This class started in the second wave behind the Formula 40 class. The Formula 40 class is for riders 40 years old or more on any equipment. Jason got a good start, with Vince settling in right behind Jason. On the second lap, Vince passed Jason, but Jason stayed right behind him. Vince caught and passed one of the Formula 40 riders who was on a BMW1000. The BMW rider blocked Jason from passing, and a frustrated Jason got stuck behind. The faster motorcycle would pull away from Jason on the straightaways and block him from passing in the corners. By the time Jason found a way around the BMW rider, Vince had built up a several second lead. Jason pushed hard, running the fastest lap of the race, but he could not catch Vince and finished a disappointing 2nd place.

In the Formula Twins race, Jason got a good start from pole position, but the more powerful SV650s of Andrew Zabzdyr and Christian Readyhoff jumped ahead of him going into the first turn. Christian got by Zabzdyr and started to pull way. Jason knew he had to get by Andrew and set up an inside pass. Jason caught up to Christian, but it looked like he did not have the power to get close enough for a pass. On the final lap, Jason made a move on Christian and then pulled away to win by a few seconds. “I just decided that I had to make a pass and then push as hard as I could” Jason explained. Christian came in and told Jason, “That was awesome. I feel like I won that race. My previous best was a 1:57, and I just skipped the 1:56s and went straight to a 1:55.” The competition was really stepping up.

Sunday, Jason got on the phone with his suspension mechanic, Josh Bartnik of JB Suspension, to talk through some minor handling issues. Adjustments were made and Jason went out for the Lightweight Shootout. Once again, Jason got a good start, but Andrew Zabzdyr and Christian Readyhoff got better starts dropping Jason to 3rd. Jason worked his way past both riders and turned up the heat, just missing Tyler Linders lap record by a few thousandths of a second.

Next up was the Formula GP rematch with Vince Rolleri. Jason did not want to take any chances this time and jumped out to a good lead at the start when Vince faltered a bit on his start. Jason opened up a 2 second gap and was pushing to increase that margin on the 3rd lap when a downed rider brought out the red flag. This erased Jason’s lead, as they lined up again for a 4 lap restart in their original grid positions. Not wanting to leave anything to chance, Jason went out and set a new Lightweight class lap record of 1:53.513, eclipsing Tyler Linder’s record time of 1:53.862 set the month before. “I thought I heard Vince’s motor right behind me so I just kept pushing and didn’t look back”, Jason stated. In reality, Jason had built up a several second lead as he took his second win of the day.

Jason’s final race was the Formula Twins race. Once again, Andrew Zabzdyr and Christian Readyhoff, on their SV650s, jumped ahead of Jason with Ryan Gagliano, on his destroked Ducati 748, right behind. This time, though, Christian got the lead and started to run away. As they approached a sweeping left hand turn, Ryan made a late braking move on Jason dropping him to 4th place. “I thought this weekend was going to be so easy, and all of a sudden I’m in 4th place” a surprised Jason said after the race. “Ryan’s bike was really fast, I thought I could pass him a couple of times but he would pull away coming out of the turns.” Both riders got by Zabzdyr, and were starting to reel in Christian. On the third lap, Jason stuck an inside pass on Ryan and set after Christian. Stepping up his performance again, Christian dropped his lap times into the 1:54s. Jason could get close, but Christian answered every challenge. Finally, Jason decided to try a pass coming out of Turn 2. “I saw that Christian had a little trouble in that section so I got a good run and went for the pass there”, Jason explained. Once in the lead, Jason pushed hard running his best lap of the race to take his 3rd win of the day, and 4th win of the weekend.

“Everyone got faster from the last race. I won’t underestimate these guys in the future” Jason later stated.

10/9/2011

Grange Motor Circuit

Apple Valley, CA

During the 2008 season, Next Moto Champion President, Jon Boucher, raced a 2008 Thumpstar 125 TDX in the SCminiGP Thumpstar GP class. Wanting to focus more on his son, Brad Boucher, Jon arranged a trade with Jason Aguilar. Jon agreed to let Jason start riding his Thumpstar, and Jason would give Brad his Blata 6.2 Pocketbike for the 2009 season at the end of the 2008 season. The trade worked out perfectly. After winning the 2008 SCminiGP Semi-Pro Junior Championship, Jason gave his pocketbike to Brad Boucher. Jason told Brad, “If I give you this bike, you have to win the Championship next year”. Brad responded by winning the 2009 SCminiGP Semi-Pro Junior Championship. Jason adapted quickly to the Thumpstar by finishing second in Thumpstar GP the first time he ever rode the bike, and then reeling off 11 straight wins to finish the 2008 season and take the 2009 Thumpstar GP title.

After that, the Thumpstar became Jason’s pitbike for WERA, AFM, CVMA, Track Daz, and Fastrack Riders track days, where it has been ridden countless hours by virtually all the young racers at those events. The bike has been extremely reliable and still has all the same engine parts from when Jon Boucher raced it.

For Jason’s 15th birthday, he asked if he could go to the M1GP Race at Grange Motor Circuit. M1GP specializes in NSR50 racing and has other classes as well. Jason tried to line up a NSR50 to race but could not find one to borrow. He decided to race his Thumpstar instead. “I know I will probably finish last, but I think it would be fun to race the Thumpstar”, Jason explained. We replaced Jason’s 2009 race tires with fresh tires and added a set of Galfer front brake pads, safety wired the bike, and went to the track. In 2009, Jason was 3-4 seconds slower on his Thumpstar than he was on his NSR50s. He expected to be a back marker. Jason changed his style and was now riding the Thumpstar supermoto style instead of road race style as he had in 2009. The change came from attending Colin Edwards’ Texas Tornado Boot Camp earlier this year as a prize for winning the Next Moto Champion award. After learning to ride a dirt bike for the first time at the Boot Camp, Jason was now more comfortable riding a supermoto style where his foot is out and forward going through the turns instead of on the footpeg. In the early practice sessions, Jason was able to hang with the fast guys. After some suspension adjustments, Jason was lapping faster than the NSR50s. When qualifying was over, Jason was the top qualifying small bike with a time of 1:10.14. This was over 2 seconds faster than his 2009 race times at Grange.

Jason knew he would still have a challenge from Gabriel Hernandez III once the races started. Gabe was one of Jason’s toughest competitors from SCminiGP Blata Cup and MiniGP classes back in 2007 and 2008. Gabe is now the runaway points leader in M1GP, with a history of really stepping up his performance on race day.

Jason entered the 65 GP Expert class and Formula 100 class. He was also entered in the Open GP/Open Motard class race even though he had nowhere near the power of the 150cc Honda CRF150R powered competitors. In Open GP/Open Motard, Jason was pushing hard to maintain contact with Alan Mortenson when he pushed a little too hard and tucked the front sliding off the track. After getting restarted, and pounding the clutch lever back into place with his fist as he rode up the main straightaway, Jason settled for 3rd place in the Open class.

In 65 GP Expert, Jason battled Gabe Hernandez III to the first corner and then gradually extended his lead to take his first mini win since taking the SCminiGP Pro GP Championship last year. In the Formula 100 class, Gabe stuck with Jason for the first 2 laps. In the process, Gabe ran a personal best on his NSR50. But, Jason put the hammer down with a series of 1:10 laps to create some space between him and Gabe. Jason then eased up in the final lap to take his second unexpected victory of the day. “It was really fun to come back and see a lot of my old friends and race on a mini track again. I did a lot better than I expected.” Jason stated after the race.


10/2/2011

Las Vegas Motor Speedway

Las Vegas, CA

Next Moto Champion, Jason Aguilar, ended the WERA West season by winning all 4 of his classes at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Riding his Solarmax Racing Honda RS450R, Jason started out by leading all the Lightweight practice sessions on Saturday and Sunday. In the D Superbike race on Sunday, Jason lined up behind the SV650s and Ducatis in the Lightweight Twins Superstock class that also ran in his race. Jason laid back at the start to avoid any trouble going into Turn 1 and was in 7th position overall. Jason then patiently set after each rider ahead of him setting up passes where he could. Finally grabbing the lead, Jason lowered his best time ever at Las Vegas setting a new class record. 

In Lightweight Twins Superbike, Jason was going up against two very fast locals, Dustin O’Hara and class leader Chris Boileau. At the start, the torque of the bigger SV650 motors powered Chris and Dustin to the lead with Jason in pursuit in 3rd place. Dustin and Chris exchanged the lead on the first lap as they battled, while Jason was looking for a way to get around. Getting a great drive out of Turn 4 onto the back straight, Jason passed Chris Boileau for 2nd and set after Dustin O’Hara. Jason tried a couple of moves on Dustin, but the more experienced racer was not giving up the position without a fight. Finally, Jason set up another pass coming out of Turn 4 and got by for good on the 3nd lap, running a new class record lap time in the process.

Jason was undefeated in the Clubman Class for 2011, and had already secured the championship going into this race. The Clubman Class starts behind the 125GP class where Tyler Linders and Anthony Alonso were going to be battling for the 125GP Championship. Starting from Row 9, Jason quickly grabbed the lead in his class and closed on Tyler and Anthony as they battled for the 125GP Championship. “I didn’t want to be a factor in their battle for the championship, so I decided to just ride behind them and watch their battle”, Jason stated. As Jason followed the 2 riders, he would occasionally pass a bike down the straightaway, but in a show of sportsmanship, he would back off to let the 2 riders stay out front to continue their battle. Both Tyler and Anthony traded the lead in a close battle, but Anthony was able to establish a small gap to take the win in his last race before his Red Bull Rookies Cup tryout next weekend in Spain.

The final race of the day was the showdown of the day. With only 3 points separating Anthony Alonso, Tyler Linders, and Jason Aguilar, the first one to cross the finish line was going to be the Formula 2 Champion. Jason got his best start of the day, but Tyler Linders pulled ahead, and Andrew Zabzdyr grabbed 2nd with Jason on the inside in 3rd. All 3 bikes went into Turn 1 together. “I expected to have a very, very tough time getting past Tyler. So, when I saw Andrew push Tyler a little wide in Turn 1, I decided it was now or never and cracked the throttle open to get by both of them. Then I just put my head down and rode really hard”, Jason explained. On lap 2, Jason set a new class record of 1:21.384. Jason had gapped Tyler and Anthony, but still kept the hammer down with a string of 1:21 lap times. Jason now holds the track record in Las Vegas for all 4 of his classes. Jason just missed the overall Lightweight record lap time of 1:21.329 set by Lex Hartl in 125GP last year. 

For the 2011 WERA West season, Jason secured the Formula 2 Expert Championship, Clubman Expert Championship, and finished 2nd in Lightweight Twins Superbike Expert and D Superbike Expert Championships.

9/25/2012
Chuckwalla Valley Raceway
Desert Center, CA
Temperatures were well over 100 degrees at Chuckwalla Valley Raceway this weekend for the Chuckwalla Valley Motorcycle Association races. To make things more interesting, Saturday morning had rain showers and rain could be seen at many areas around the track as a tropical moisture system moved into the desert. Once the track dried, racing got under way. In qualifying, Tyler Linders laid down a new Lightweight track record of 1:55.175 which was the 6th fastest qualifying time among all classes, 600s and 1000s included. Jason Aguilar was a distant 2nd in lightweight qualifying, and 13th overall with a 1:58.458.

In the Formula GP Class, Jason was up against the 250 2 Stroke GP machines on his 4 stroke RS450R. This class also gridded with the Formula 40 Class that started in front of the GP bikes. Jason grabbed the holeshot ahead of the 2 strokes, but got held up by the Formula 40 competitors. Vince Rolleri managed to get by, but Jason got stuck behind a BMW 1000 that would pull away down the straights and block Jason in the turns. While Jason was stuck turning lap times 7 seconds slower than qualifying, Vince was checking out. Jason finally made a move in the corners on the 3rd lap and gapped the BMW enough to hold him off down the straightaway. By this time it was too late to catch Vince and Jason cruised to a 2nd place finish.

In Formula Twins, Jason lines up alongside Tyler Linders, and Ryan Gagliano who brought a beautiful destroked Ducati specially prepared for the Lightweight classes. Tyler got an incredible holeshot start and quickly gapped the field. Jason fell back to 4th and went to work catching and passing riders to get into 2nd place. By that time, Tyler was already gone. Jason ran a personal best 1:57.606 to finish 2nd.

On Sunday, conditions improved with less wind and a little less heat. The Lightweight Shootout again had Tyler and Jason on the front row with Andrew Zabzdyr on the second row. At the start, Tyler pulled a big holeshot, with Zabzdyr 2nd and Jason 3rd going into the first turn. Jason got by Zabzdyr on the 2nd lap when Andrew had a moment and ran wide. Once again Tyler had checked out lowering his track record again with a 1:54.280. Jason finished 2nd again with another personal best of 1:56.214. Ryan Gagliano took 3rd, with Andrew Zabzdyr in 4th.

In the Formula GP rematch, Jason was determined to finally beat Vince Rolleri. Fortunately, the Formula 40 Class was started in the first wave and Formula GP in the second wave this time. Now that Jason did not have to worry about getting held up in the early laps, he got a good start and quickly took the lead. Extending his margin each lap, Jason finally got a win and also beat the very fast Vince Rolleri for the first time.

The Formula Twins rematch had the best performance of the day. Once again, Tyler grabbed the lead. This time Jason got a great start and was pushing hard to stay with Tyler. Coming onto the main straightaway, Tyler looked back and saw someone there for the first time all weekend. Tyler responded to the pressure by laying down an incredible 1:53.862 new record lap time. Jason stepped it up and ran a 1:54.363, but could not get any closer as Tyler took another win. To put those lap times in perspective, they would have qualified 5th and 6th overall behind Dale Keifer, Karl Lowry, Lex Hartl, and Ryan Matter. Those times would also have put them on the podium in the Middleweight classes against 600s behind AMA Pros only.

This weekend, Jason and Tyler will renew their rivalry at the WERA West final at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. With only 3 points separating Anthony Alonso, Tyler Linders, and Jason Aguilar in Formula 2, the racing will be intense as the first one of them to cross the finish line will be the champion. D Superbike and Lightweight Twins Superbike championships will also be on the line.

9/11/2011

Auto Club Speedway

Fontana, CA

Temperatures were well over 100 degrees at Chuckwalla Valley Raceway this weekend for the Chuckwalla Valley Motorcycle Association races. To make things more interesting, Saturday morning had rain showers and rain could be seen at many areas around the track as a tropical moisture system moved into the desert. Once the track dried, racing got under way. In qualifying, Tyler Linders laid down a new Lightweight track record of 1:55.175 which was the 6th fastest qualifying time among all classes, 600s and 1000s included. Jason Aguilar was a distant 2nd in lightweight qualifying, and 13th overall with a 1:58.458.

In the Formula GP Class, Jason was up against the 250 2 Stroke GP machines on his 4 stroke RS450R. This class also gridded with the Formula 40 Class that started in front of the GP bikes. Jason grabbed the holeshot ahead of the 2 strokes, but got held up by the Formula 40 competitors. Vince Rolleri managed to get by, but Jason got stuck behind a BMW 1000 that would pull away down the straights and block Jason in the turns. While Jason was stuck turning lap times 7 seconds slower than qualifying, Vince was checking out. Jason finally made a move in the corners on the 3rd lap and gapped the BMW enough to hold him off down the straightaway. By this time it was too late to catch Vince and Jason cruised to a 2nd place finish.

In Formula Twins, Jason lines up alongside Tyler Linders, and Ryan Gagliano who brought a beautiful destroked Ducati specially prepared for the Lightweight classes. Tyler got an incredible holeshot start and quickly gapped the field. Jason fell back to 4th and went to work catching and passing riders to get into 2nd place. By that time, Tyler was already gone. Jason ran a personal best 1:57.606 to finish 2nd.

On Sunday, conditions improved with less wind and a little less heat. The Lightweight Shootout again had Tyler and Jason on the front row with Andrew Zabzdyr on the second row. At the start, Tyler pulled a big holeshot, with Zabzdyr 2nd and Jason 3rd going into the first turn. Jason got by Zabzdyr on the 2nd lap when Andrew had a moment and ran wide. Once again Tyler had checked out lowering his track record again with a 1:54.280. Jason finished 2nd again with another personal best of 1:56.214. Ryan Gagliano took 3rd, with Andrew Zabzdyr in 4th.

In the Formula GP rematch, Jason was determined to finally beat Vince Rolleri. Fortunately, the Formula 40 Class was started in the first wave and Formula GP in the second wave this time. Now that Jason did not have to worry about getting held up in the early laps, he got a good start and quickly took the lead. Extending his margin each lap, Jason finally got a win and also beat the very fast Vince Rolleri for the first time.

The Formula Twins rematch had the best performance of the day. Once again, Tyler grabbed the lead. This time Jason got a great start and was pushing hard to stay with Tyler. Coming onto the main straightaway, Tyler looked back and saw someone there for the first time all weekend. Tyler responded to the pressure by laying down an incredible 1:53.862 new record lap time. Jason stepped it up and ran a 1:54.363, but could not get any closer as Tyler took another win. To put those lap times in perspective, they would have qualified 5th and 6th overall behind Dale Keifer, Karl Lowry, Lex Hartl, and Ryan Matter. Those times would also have put them on the podium in the Middleweight classes against 600s behind AMA Pros only.


8/28/2011

Thunderhill Raceway Park

Willows, CA

Jason unveiled his new Solarmax Racing paint scheme at Thunderhill Raceway this past weekend.

Jason Aguilar had several debuts this past weekend. This was Jason’s first trip to Thunderhill, his first AFM race, and his first time riding with the Solarmax Technology Racing colors. “Saturday, I ran off track at Turn 9 on my second lap and it really spooked me”, Jason stated. “I really struggled to find a rhythm, but I could not get comfortable with the track.” Jason’s times were way off the pace and he needed to get within 3 seconds of the fastest rider to avoid having to start from the back. Due to AFM Make-Up Races from the rained out Buttonwillow round, Saturday practice was cut short. “I didn’t realize that was my last practice, so I really wasn’t trying for a fast lap time.” Jason explained.

Jason spent some time going over the race lines with Andre Benguerel, a more experienced AFM racer, and was looking forward to trying out those new lines on Sunday practice. AFM only runs 1 practice session on Sunday before the races start. When we checked Jason’s tire pressure as he was about to go out for practice, his front tire was flat. Jason missed practice while the Bridgestone guys replaced a faulty valve stem on the front wheel. Jason would have to start from the back of the grid with no practice.

First up was the Formula Singles class. Jason lined up 61st on the grid. This was the largest grid that Jason had ever experienced, and starting from the back was not going to make it any easier. Jason got another one of his good starts and took the lead on the first lap, knocking 8 seconds off his best lap time from Saturday and taking the win. This was a much better start to the raceday.

Next up was the Formula IV race that features several of the top SV650 riders in the country. Jason was still nowhere near the fastest riders pace and would really have his work cut out for him. Starting again from the back of the pack, Jason worked his way up several positions to 11th place by the end of the first lap. But the leaders had established a several second gap ahead of Jason. Jason knocked 2 more seconds off his previous best lap time, but he was not gaining on the riders ahead of him. Jason finished the race in 9th place.

The final race was the 450 Superbike race that allows 650 twins and multicylinder 450cc bikes. This looked to be a very competitive class. Starting from the back again, Jason got a good start and looked like he would get the lead going into Turn 1. But, another rider pushed him out wide and he dropped to 4th. Those 4 riders quickly broke away from the pack. Jason tried a move going into Turn 1 on the 3rd lap, but the more experienced rider was able to hold more speed in the corner and passed Jason back. Jason thought about passing again, but decided to wait and make his move on the last lap. As they came up on a slower rider, Jason made his move on the back straight and held on the take the final podium position.

“Thunderhill is a really hard track to learn, but once I got a feel for it, it was really fun. I can’t wait to come back! Everyone was really nice, the facility was fantastic, and I had some good battles.”


6/19/2011

Miller Motorsports Park

Tooele, UT

Jason Aguilar had a challenging weekend at Miller Motorsports Park during the WERA National. Jason had never raced a WERA National before. Jason had never ridden at Miller Motorsports Park before. Jason had never ridden in the rain before. That all changed this weekend. Weather predictions were calling for rain Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. But, after great weather on Friday, and no rain on Saturday, we were hoping that no rain would continue for Sunday. It was not to be. Sunday practice was Jason’s first experience with rain tires and riding in the rain. “I couldn’t see out there!” Jason exclaimed as his visor and windscreen both fogged up in the rainy practice session. By the first race, the rain had let up and Jason was able to see better. Jason got a great start and grabbed the lead in the Formula 2 race going into Turn 1. His great start was negated by a red flag when another rider went down, stopping the race. On the restart, Jason did not duplicate his great start and dropped back to 7th after the first lap. Jason improved his lap times each lap and turned the 3rd best lap time of all the riders on his final lap, but was not able to advance his position. Although it was not a great finish, it was a good learning experience and the valuable points moved Jason into 2nd place in the Formula 2 Championship.

Jason decided to skip the Clubman Expert class race since he had a commanding lead in the Championship for that class so he could focus on getting the bike ready for the final 2 races. The rain stopped and the track started to dry as the D Superbike race approached. Choosing to switch back to slicks from rain tires to take advantage of the drying conditions, we scrambled to get the bike ready for the race. The tires were on the bike with just enough time to get them on the tire warmers and up to operating temperature for the start of the race. But just as the announcer made the first call for the race, it started pouring again. Riding on slicks would have been too dangerous in those conditions, and without time to change back to rain tires, a dejected Jason sat in the pits while his Championship lead slipped away.

It stopped raining, but he only had about 20 minutes until his final race. With the track soaked again, Jason had another decision to make. Should he switch back to rain tires for the final race, or keep the slicks on and hope the track would dry? Rain tires overheat in dry conditions and do not work. Slicks do not get adequate traction in the wet and do not work. Opting to keep the slicks on, Jason found that his decision was half right. The track was drying out, but was still wet in some areas. In the Lightweight Twins Superbike race, Jason started from the 3rd row. He did not get a good start, and not knowing how well the tires would grip going into Turn 1, he eased up and was in 8th place coming out of the turn. Jason went to work and started passing riders. By the end of the first lap, he was in 4th place, but the leaders had gotten away and led by almost 10 seconds. On the second lap, Jason moved into 3rd place and started closing on the leaders. On the final lap, Jason ran the fastest lap of the race and made up almost 5 seconds on the leaders, but could not get close enough to advance his position. “I really wish the races were 6 laps long like the other tracks instead of 4. One more lap and I would have had 2nd place, and 2 more laps and I know I would have won” a frustrated Jason said.

Jason retained his Championship lead in Clubman Expert. He is now in 2nd place in Formula 2, D Superbike, and Lightweight Twins Superbike.


4/24/2011

Buttonwillow Raceway Park

Buttonwillow, CA

Jason Aguilar took his Honda RS450R to Buttonwillow for the first time in the WERA West round. Armed with a new Big Gun Exhaust system designed for more top end power, Jason was looking forward to a good weekend. Jason was in first place in 3 classes and 3rd in the other class, and hoped to improve that position. In the Saturday practice, Jason was several seconds off the race pace. “After riding dirt bikes for 4 days last week, I was having a tough time getting used to me bike again, I just wasn’t feeling it” Jason explained. Sunday, Jason started to step it up and started to get closer to competitive race times.

Jason decided to run in the Heavyweight Twins Superbike race to get some more laps in before his other 4 races. Going up against the big Twins, Jason got smoked at the start. Entering Turn 1, Jason was in last place. Going to work in the corners, Jason moved up to 5th with inside and outside passes on the bigger bikes. James Randolph broke away on his KTM RC8, but Jason was closing in on 4th place when he ran off track again trying to outbrake the 4th place rider. Jason was able to get bike on track, but it was too late to catch up to the other riders.

In the second race, Formula 2, Jason mistimed the start and saw Tyler Linders break away. Jason was pushing hard on lap 2 when he ran off track. “The track was really bumpy and the rear tire came up under hard braking. I thought I was going to go down when I ran off into the dirt, but I guess those 4 days at Colin Edwards’ Texas Tornado Boot Camp paid off since I was able to get back on track. Jason salvaged a 4th place finish, but lost the points lead and dropped to 3rd in the Championship to Tyler Linders and Anthony Alonso.

Next up was the Clubman Expert race. Jason easily won the Clubman Expert class race, but he wasn’t able to run down the 125s that gridded in front of him like he did in Las Vegas. He was having some suspension issues, so he called Josh Bartnik of JB Suspension. Josh recommended some changes and Jason went out for his next race.

In D Superbike, Jason got a better start. Starting from the first row, Jason quickly grabbed the lead and started to run away with the race. On the 4th lap, Jason got black flagged for a transmission leak that dripped some oil on the exhaust pipe. While the smoke was not visible to the spectators, the track officials were close enough to see the smoke and Jason pulled off the track.

Working furiously, Jason’s crew got the leak stopped with a temporary patch job and sent him back out for his final race of the day, Lightweight Superbike Twins Expert. This is the Class Championship that Jason really wants. Nailing the start, Jason led into Turn 1 for the first time all weekend. Jason ripped off a 1:59.608 first lap and was gapping the field. On the second lap, Jason set a class record of 1:57.079. On his 3rd lap, Jason lowered the class record to 1:57.039. On the 4th lap, Jason got another black flag as the transmission leak started up when the temporary patch didn’t hold.

“While I’m really disappointed with the way things turned out, I want to thank Big Gun Exhaust for giving me the extra power to set a track record in Lightweight Twins Superbike. The new pipe had awesome top end and revved up to 11,500 rpm this weekend. I also want to thank Josh Bartnik of JB Suspension. Josh has been my suspension mechanic for 3 seasons. Every time he makes or recommends an adjustment, I have lowered my lap times. In 3 seasons, he has never been wrong. Thanks to them and thanks to all my other sponsors too”, stated Jason.


4/3/2011

Las Vegas Motor Speedway

Las Vegas, NV

Next Moto Champion Jason Aguilar arrived in Vegas ready to rumble after a 9 week layoff. Jason had not ridden since the last WERA West race in January. Since Jason’s Next Moto Champion award, several new sponsors have come on board. Pit Bull Stands provided new front and rear stands. The build quality of their stands are really impressive. Jeff at Fontana Radiator hooked Jason up with a custom high capacity radiator to keep Jason’s motor cool. Fontana Radiator’s work is truly first class. With a 450cc motor stuffed into a frame made for a 125cc motor, there isn’t much room for a high capacity radiator. Jeff at Fontana Radiator figured it out. Web Camshafts made a custom grind camshaft for Jason’s CRF450R motor. “One of the issues with running a motocross motor in a road racer is the powerband. A motocross engine is designed to deliver lots of low and midrange power at the expense of top end power. A road race engine is just the opposite; we need lots of top end power” Jason explained. The Web Camshafts camshaft was designed to deliver more top end power without sacrificing reliability. Jim Wood of Southland Racing Products dialed in the motor, and we didn't have to touch it all weekend.

Jason struggled with his starts due to the changes in the motor’s powerband. In the first race, Jason’s slow start found him in 7th place. By the end of the first lap he had moved up 3 places. By lap 4 Jason was in the lead running a personal best laptime of 1:24.766 on route to his first win in D Superbike.

The second race was the Light Weight Twins Superbike race. This class included several Suzuki SV650s, Kawasaki EX650s, and a few Ducati 1000s. Once again, Jason’s start found him at the back of the pack. Jason was passing riders 2 at time trying to get back in the race. By the end of the 2nd lap, Jason had moved up to 4th place, but series leader, Chris Boileau was running away, building up a 5 second lead. On the third lap Jason started chipping away at the lead, moving into 3rd place by passing another Ducati 1000. Lap four found Jason in second place, and Chris Boileau noticed that someone was catching him. Chris responded and started pushing harder. Jason ran a new personal best laptime of 1:23.948 and closed the gap to get right behind the leader as they took the white flag for the final lap. Jason stuck a wheel in on the first 2 corners but couldn’t make the pass. “I decided to wait and set up the pass coming out of Turn 4. I got the drive coming onto the backstraight and finally got the lead” stated Jason. Crossing the finish line, Jason took his 2nd race win by a slim margin of 0.6 seconds.

The Clubman/125 race combines the 125 GP class with the Clubman class. The 125 GP riders are usually much faster than the Clubman class bikes, so they line up ahead of the Clubman racers. The Clubman racers start a couple of rows behind the 125s. Jason and his RS450R are an exception to the usual Clubman racers. By the end of the first lap, Jason was in 3rd place overall. On the third lap, Jason took the lead and ran way to a 3 second win with Tyler Linders and Anthony Alonso behind as they took 1st and 2nd in their class. Jason ran a new personal best of 1:23.597.

The final race, Formula 2, finally saw Jason get a good start. Jason quickly grabbed the lead and cruised to a 7 second win. With 4 wins in 4 starts, Jason had his best race day ever.

Thanks to all of Jason’s sponsors.

January 9, 2010

Auto Club Speedway

Fontana, CA

Jason Aguilar showed up at the WERA West opener at Auto Club Speedway with a new motor from Southland Racing Products. Going back to the stock 450cc displacement, from a stroker crankshaft, Jason was hoping the smaller motor would rev higher, and allow him to keep up with some of the bigger bikes he would compete against in some of his classes. New sponsor, Big Gun Exhaust Systems, armed Jason’s Honda RS450R with an exhaust system to complement his new motor. “We just got the motor back a few days before the race. My dad took the bike to Big Gun Exhaust Systems, and they built me a custom exhaust system. It looks pretty cool too.” commented Jason.

Jason took to the track for the first race with only 1 practice lap. “I hadn’t ridden since the November WERA race and with no time to get used to the new motor I didn’t know what to expect” stated Jason. Fortunately, Jason’s Honda RS450R qualifies to run in 4 WERA classes, allowing Jason plenty of seat time on race day. In the D Superbike Expert opener, Jason did not get a good start. Ben Truslow, however, got a great start and pulled away from Jason. Just when it looked like Truslow was going to win, a broken chain sidelined him, allowing Jason to take the win.

In Lightweight Twins Superbike Expert, Jason found himself surrounded with some big competition. In addition to some built SV650s and Kawasaki EX650s, the class also included several Ducati 1000s; including a NCR1000. Again Jason did not get a great start. He battled a Ducati 1000 in the early laps and was struggling to find a way to pass the bigger bike. By the time Jason got by, the top 3 riders had broken away, with Jason finishing in 4th Place. However, Jason ran the fastest lap of the race on the last lap trying to catch up to the top 3 riders.

The 125 GP/ Clubman Expert race ran in 2 waves. First, the 125 GP bikes started. Then, about 10 seconds later, the Clubman Class got the starting flag. Jason was getting the feel of the new motor and finally got a good start. Jason quickly checked out from the Clubman Class competitors and by the 2nd lap was closing on some of the 125 Class racers. In 125s, Joe Roberts quickly checked out and left Tucker Lancaster, Anthony Alonso, Ben Truslow, and Tyler Linders battling for 2nd. With 2 laps to go, Jason was closing on the 125 group. On the white flag lap, 4 riders were together in the battle for 2nd overall with Jason making the pass as they all drove into Turn 1 together. In the process, Jason ran his fastest lap of the weekend: a 1:39.701.

In Formula 2, Jason finally got great start and launched into the lead, with the very fast Joe Roberts behind in 2nd place. Jason and Joe quickly checked out from the pack. Jason maintained the lead onto the backstraight with Joe Roberts in close pursuit. Jason ran it into the S turns too hot and ran wide allowing Joe to get past for the lead. “Once Joe got away from me, I kind of eased up and took 2nd Place” a disappointed Jason explained. “That bike is fast” commented Joe Roberts after the race.

The new combination of motor and exhaust system looks like a very competitive package in the lightweight Honda RS chassis. “I know I can go a lot faster than I went today. I made a lot of mistakes today too. The motor felt great and I love the power.” Jason said. As he gets more track time, Jason should be able to consistently compete for wins in all his classes. Big thanks to Big Gun Exhaust Systems and Southland Racing Products for a potent race combination.


11/7/2010

Las Vegas Motor Speedway

Las Vegas, NV

Jason Aguilar headed into the Final WERA West round as the Formula 80 Sunday Champion, and was only 1 point behind Andrew Zabzdyr for the Formula 80 Saturday Championship. In the first Saturday practice session, Jason had the fastest laptime. In the second session, Jason bettered his lap time from the first session on his first lap. Then, on the second lap, Jason downshifted into 3rd gear going into turn 1 and the transmission broke. Jason decided to try to race anyway without being able to use first, second and third gear. Getting a slow start, he was still able to manage a respectable 3 place finish. However, the Championship slipped away with Ben Truslow taking the win and the Championship.

Sunday, Jason decided to retire the Honda RS85 and not compete in the Formula 80 class since he had already wrapped up the championship and did not want to risk any further damage to the motor. Jason made his debut on his new ride: a Honda RS450R. This bike is a hybrid, combining a 2000 Honda RS125 chassis with a Honda CBR450R motor. In the first race, Formula 2, Jason got a good start in the Novice group until he was held up by a slower rider going into Turn 5. Jason had to lift off the throttle when his attempt at an inside pass at 120mph was blocked by the rider ahead of him. This allowed several other riders to get past Jason on the outside. By the middle of the race, Anthony Alonso was pulling away from the other Novices, but a furious battle was going on between Tucker Lancaster and Daytona Anderson for the next position. Jason was about 4 seconds back from this battle. However, Jason was improving his laptimes with each lap and was now going faster than the 2 riders who were battling ahead of him. By the last lap, Jason was closing fast. “When I saw that I was gaining ground, I really started to push”, Jason stated. As he drove off the last corner, Jason was now close behind Tucker and Daytona. In close finish, Jason just missed 2nd place, taking 3rd in his first race aboard his new bike. “Just 1 more lap and I know I could have passed them”, Jason explained.

In the Clubman Novice race, Jason finished first. “I wish I could have started with the Experts, because I think I had the pace to stay with them and maybe battle for a podium in that class” said Jason. In his last race of the day, Jason took the win in D Superbike. Jason’s friend and competitor from 4 seasons of SCminiGP, Andrew Zabzdyr, also was in this race aboard his Suzuki SV650. Andrew got the jump on Jason at the start, and Jason settled into 3rd place behind Danielle Diaz and Andrew. Jason got by Andrew and started battling with Danielle for the lead. All three bikes came up on a slower rider, and the order changed with Andrew leading Danielle and Jason dropped back to 3rd. Jason got by Danielle and then passed Andrew going into Turn 5. But, Andrew had the drive to repass Jason in Turn 5 as the battle continued. Jason finally was able to get by Andrew and ran his fastest lap of the weekend, a 1:25.775. Jason held his lead and went on to win the Novice class.

Next season, Jason will be moving up to the WERA Expert status in Formula 2, D Superbike, Lightweight Twins Superbike, and Clubman classes. This will allow Jason to compete and some of the fastest riders in the country. Jason is really looking forward to the challenge.

10/10/2010

Grange Motor Circuit

Apple Valley, CA

The SCminiGP season finale this weekend provided the best racing of the year. Jason Aguilar needed the win in the first final of the day. Coming into the final Pro GP race of the year, Jason was 2 points away from SCminiGP Pro GP points leader, Aaron Villasenor. Jason had to finish ahead of Aaron to win the 2010 SCminiGP Pro GP Championship. If that sounds simple, you don’t know Aaron Villasenor. With a 14 race podium streak in SCminiGP races this year, Aaron was ready to battle. In the heat race, Jason was barely able to get to the finish line ahead of Aaron. When Jason pulled into the pits after the heat race, he exhaled and said, “This is not going to be easy!” The excitement was electric as the crowd gathered to watch this much anticipated showdown. Many of Jason’s Outlaw Racing Team members came out to show their support including; Outlaw Racing founder, Mookie Wilkerson, 2009 Pro GP Champion Tyler Linders, and 2009 Pro Extreme Champion Hunter Coffin.

“Get out front and stay there!” That was the prerace advice that Jason Aguilar received from his Grandmother, Alice Aguilar. Starts have been the key to Jason’s success this year. His lightning starts on his 94 Honda RS85 had the RS150R riders scratching their heads, and playing catch up all season. The 2 strokes were not supposed to beat the torque of the 150R motors off the starting line. But Jason had been beating the odds all year. If Jason wanted the Pro GP Championship, he was going to need another perfect launch. Jason and Aaron both got good starts, but Jason was able to open up a lead as they entered the first turn. Aaron Villasenor, on his TZ150R, was stalking Jason and sticking to Jason’s rear wheel. The battle was on.

On the 3rd lap, Aaron Villasenor had a big moment when the back end of his bike slid coming out of the off camber turn, lifting Aaron way out of the seat. However, Aaron stayed with it and did not back off the throttle, avoiding what looked to be a certain highside. Amazingly, Aaron lost very little time, and he took off after Jason, closing the gap by the end of the lap. On the 5th lap, Aaron was still glued to Jason’s back tire. Finally, Jason made a mistake when he got into a slide in the last right-hander before the straightaway. Aaron pounced and stuck a wheel in on Jason in an attempt to take the lead. But, Jason cracked open the throttle to shut the door and maintain the lead. Both riders lowered their lap times into the 1:01s in the final 2 laps, running personal bests. Aaron was pushing so hard that he was sliding in many of the turns. Every time that Aaron made a mistake, he would recover and put the pressure back on Jason. Aaron attacked at every opportunity. Knowing that he could not give Aaron any opening, Jason rode a nearly perfect defensive race. In the last corner, Aaron pushed hard into the final corner, showing Jason a wheel. Jason fought back, got the drive coming onto the straightaway, and opened up a slight gap to take the win and the 2010 SCminiGP Pro GP Championship.

The Pro Extreme Race was less dramatic, but still a great race. Coming into the race with a commanding 12 point lead, Aaron just needed to finish the race to take the 2010 Pro Extreme Championship. Jason also had wrapped up at least a 2nd place championship finish with a 39 point lead over the next competitor. Still, the 2 Champions were there to race. Once again, Jason got the start and took the lead, with Aaron in close pursuit. This time Jason opened up a gap, but with 2 laps to go, Aaron had fought his way back into the race. Jason had an answer to Aaron’s challenge and was able to hold him off again to take the win, with Aaron winning the 2010 SCminiGP Pro Extreme Championship.

It seemed fitting that each young man would take home a Championship. At the beginning of the season, Jason chose to ride with SCminiGP because he knew that Aaron Villasenor was the best competition on the West Coast. Jason knew that racing against Aaron would be difficult. And it was, with Aaron dominating the early season races. Pushing each other really paid off though. The 2 competitors brought out the best in each other during the season, and by the final race, they were both scary fast!

The final race of the day was the first SCminiGP Pro GP 2.6 Pocketbike race. All the Pro GP competitors borrowed 2.6 Blata pocketbikes from the Blata Cup kids. The field was expanded to include Tyler Linders, Hunter Coffin, and SCminiGP founder, Josiah Taulbee. Jason Aguilar was the 2007 Blata Cup Champion. Wasting little time, Jason worked his way into a battle for the lead with Andrew Zabzdyr. Finally taking the lead, Jason ran off to his 3rd consecutive victory of the day. “The pocketbike race was the most fun I had all weekend” Jason exclaimed. “I can’t wait to come back and do that again next year.” All the riders had a blast. It looks like a new tradition has been born.


9/12/2010

Adams Motorsports Park

Riverside, CA

Jason Aguilar doubled at the SCminiGP race this weekend. Jason’s main competition, Aaron Villasenor, is in Spain for the Red Bull Rookies Cup tryouts. Aaron Villasenor gave up an almost certain Pro GP Championship lead of 27 points when he left for Spain. Aaron Villasenor’s absence, combined with Jason’s win, has closed the Pro GP points gap to only 2 points going into the final race of the year. With Aaron returning for the October season finale at Grange Motor Circuit, the final Pro GP race looks to be a shootout between Aguilar and Villasenor for the coveted SCminiGP Pro GP Championship. While Jason has won the last 2 races at Grange, Aaron has been competitive in every race this year. This is shaping up to be the race of the year. Whoever gets to the finish line first will surely be the Champion.

In the Pro GP final, Jason started from pole and quickly opened up a gap between Andrew Zabzdyr and Ben Truslow who were battling for 2nd Place. As Jason exited the Sandbox turn on the first lap, he got on the throttle a little too early and got out of shape. Fighting a slide, Jason stayed on the throttle and wheelied out of the corner, barely maintaining control. Jason settled down, stepped it up, and set a 2 Stroke Mini lap record of 46.42, eclipsing Justin Ducut’s record of 46.85 set in 2008. Jason then eased up a bit running a series of mid 46 second laps until he pumped his fist in the air as he took the checkered flag.

In the Pro Extreme final, Jason was starting in 2nd position. This time Andrew Zabzdyr got a good start and Jason had to push hard to grab the lead. “I decided I was either going to take the position or crash trying”, Jason explained. Driving hard into the Big Monza Turn, Jason was able to take the lead and quickly open up a gap on Andrew Zabzdyr, with Ben Truslow right behind again in 3rd. Andrew was running hard to stay with Jason, but Jason was not going to be denied this time, further lowering his 2 Stroke Mini lap record to 46.32 seconds.

This weekend was Jason’s best performance this year. He was fastest in all the practice sessions, and fastest in all the races too. The bike ran perfectly all weekend and showed none of the problems he experienced at Auto Club Speedway the weekend before. Thanks to all of Jason’s sponsors for their support.


9/5/2010

Auto Club Speedway

Fontana, CA

Jason Aguilar was concerned going into the Sunday WERA West Formula 80 Race this weekend at Auto Club Speedway. First, he did not have any practice time there since the last WERA West event there in January. Jason’s competition had been practicing there and was lapping 2 seconds faster than Jason had gone before. Second, Jason only had 1 visit to Auto Club Speedway; the WERA West race in January. To complicate matters, Jason’s 94 Honda RS85 was not running right. The motor was sputtering down the straightaway in the second practice and the gearing did not seem right. The RS150 of Andrew Zabzdyr was considerably faster on the straightaway, and was gapping Jason in practice. With no more practice sessions, Jason decided to keep the gearing from the last practice session, and hoped a jetting change would solve the motor issue.

Starting from pole position, Jason got one of his trademark holeshot starts and rocketed to a 10 bike length lead. Down the back straight though, Andrew Zabzdyr was noticeably faster. By the end of the main straightaway, Zabzdyr had reduced Jason’s lead to a single bike length. Jason was able to hold Zabzdyr off on the second lap until the back straight when Andrew motored past Jason. By the end of the second lap, Zabzdyr had a 1.0 second lead. By the start of the final lap, Zabzdyr had a 1.5 second lead. Jason pushed hard through Turns 1 and 2 and was starting to close the gap. Coming into the final turn Jason had closed the gap and was right behind Andrew. Tucking in and catching a draft, Jason was able to stay with Zabzdyr and dove to the inside for the pass at the finish line. This time, Andrew came out on top by 0.082 seconds. The competition for 1st and 2nd was so fierce that 3rd place was 36 seconds behind. 

In Jason and Andrew’s 3 battles at Buttonwillow and Auto Club, the total time separating the first and second place finishers has been 0.251 seconds. Jason has been making a habit of photo finishes in WERA West races this year with 5 races decided by a combined 0.549 seconds. Fortunately, Jason has come out on top 3 of the 5 races. Sunday’s 2nd Place finish sealed the WERA West Sunday Formula 80 Championship for Jason with 94 points. Andrew Zabzdyr is currently in 2nd Place in the Championship with 50 points. The next WERA West race in Las Vegas on November 6 will decide the WERA West Saturday Formula 80 Championship. Andrew holds a 1 point edge over Jason, so the Champion will be the first one to the finish line. Jason will be out for revenge after his last Vegas Saturday race ended due to a broken spark plug when he was so far ahead that only a breakdown could have kept him from winning. But Andrew wants that Championship badly too. In the meantime, Jason and Andrew will renew their rivalry this weekend at the SCminiGP race at Adams Motorsports Park in Riverside, CA. Jason is currently in second place in SCminiGP Pro GP and Pro Extreme. Jason won last time out at Adams, and if he wins again, the final race of the year will be a shootout for the Pro GP Championship between Jason Aguilar and Aaron Villasenor


8/15/2010

Buttonwillow Raceway Park

Buttonwillow, CA

Last May, Jason struggled with gearing and suspension issues at Buttonwillow and came away with a 4th place in Pro GP, and a 3rd place in Pro Extreme. After coming off a double win in the last race at Grange, and riding a 2 race win streak in Pro GP, Jason was hoping to improve on the last Buttonwillow performance. But, Buttonwillow is a very difficult track for the 2 stroke bikes. With the flowing corners, the track tends to favor the 4 stroke 150s that have dominated the SCminiGP  Pro GP class at Buttonwillow for the last 3 years.

Jason started out running his best practice sessions of the year on Saturday. He was able to run with all the fast 150s including Aaron Villasenor, Andrew Zabzdyr, and Ben Truslow. The action was very tight and the racing was fierce as the riders were pushing each other. Aaron spent several laps tucked in right behind Jason as they pushed their lap times into the low 58 second mark. Coming off the track, both riders acknowledged that they had a little something extra for race day and were not showing everything. Sunday was going to be fast.

In the first Heat Race, Pro GP, Jason got the holeshot and grabbed the lead, with Andrew Zabzdyr and Ben Truslow right behind. Aaron Villasenor rocketed from 8th on the 3rd row to 4th place going into the first corner with a great start. Aaron continued his charge through the field and quickly caught up to Jason. On the 3rd lap, Aaron made his move and put an outside to inside move on Jason in Turn 4 to take the lead. Jason held onto 2nd place, with Andrew Zabzdyr taking 3rd.

In the Pro Extreme Heat Race, Jason started from 6th position on the second row. This time he could not get a great start, and was in 5th place going into the first corner. While Jason was working his way around the 4th place rider, the group of Aaron Villasenor, Andrew Zabzdyr, and Ben Truslow had broken away. Jason could not make up any ground and finished in 4th place. Jason knew he would need a front row start to compete with Villasenor in the final, so the second row starting position was disappointing.

The Pro GP final saw Jason pull another holeshot start as he grabbed the lead from Aaron Villasenor going into the first corner. Jason was riding very defensive lines to hold off Villasenor. Aaron was trying different lines in each corner to try to find a way around Jason. On the fourth lap, Jason finally made a mistake and ran wide into Turn 4. Aaron had already set up an inside move and he motored through for the lead. Zabzdyr also tried to sneak through the inside, but Jason was able to recover and hold him off. Aaron stepped it up running 56 second lap times and pulled away while Aguilar, Zabzdyr and Truslow battled for the final podium positions.

Jason knew he needed a miracle start in Pro Extreme. He almost got it. We made a gearing change to give him a better launch at the start. Jason charged from the 2nd row into 3rd Place going into the first turn. Driving onto the main straightaway, Jason was able to get past Ben Truslow and move into 2nd Place. But Jason couldn’t shake Truslow and Zabzdyr. Coming out of Turn 9, Truslow ran wide onto the dirt and had a spectacular crash when the bike got back onto the pavement and threw him off, allowing Zabzdyr to move into 3rd. Zabzdyr made his move on the next lap and drafted Jason down the main straightaway to take 2nd Place. Jason tried to battle back, but would get front end chatter when he tried to push harder in the corners. Jason played it safe and backed off to secure his 3rd Place finish.

While Jason’s win streak came to an end, he was much more competitive at Buttonwillow than he had been last time, so the progress was encouraging. He is now looking forward to the next SCminiGP race at Adams Motorsports Park on September 11-12.


7/11/2010

Grange Motor Circuit

Apple Valley, CA

Jason Aguilar scores his first double victory of 2010 as he sweeps the Pro GP and Pro Extreme classes at SCminiGP’s Round 6 race. Since the resurfacing of the track at Grange Motor Circuit, the track can be very slippery. With temperatures well into the 100s, the track surface finally had enough heat to generate some good traction. In Pro GP, Jason started from Pole Position after winning the Heat Race. Jason has been nailing his starts, and this race was no exception. Jumping out to a solid lead into the first corner, Jason led Aaron Villasenor, Ben Truslow, and Andrew Zabzdyr. Coming out of the next turn, Jason missed a shift and Aaron made his move to run up the inside. This put Jason on the inside for the Carousel Turns and Jason fought back to regain the lead. As the race progressed, Jason and Aaron started to gap the rest of the field. Finally, Jason was able to establish a 1.5 second gap on Aaron, and took the win.

By the time the final race of the day came around, the track surface had cooled 25 degrees. Although the outside temperature was still hovering around 100 degrees, the track was getting slippery. Jason knew he was going to have his hands full. Jason was running Bridgestone soft compound tires, which would normally be a good choice for the temperature. But Aaron Villasenor’s Ultra Soft Bridgestone’s seemed to have the edge on the cooler track surface. Jason was lined up next to pole sitter Aaron Villasenor, with Andrew Zabzdyr on Jason’s other side. Once again, Jason got the great start and grabbed the lead going into the first corner, with Aaron Villasenor, Ben Truslow, and Andrew Zabzdyr right behind. Jason and Aaron broke away again. Jason had better acceleration and could gap Aaron on the straights, but Aaron now had the advantage in the turns and was all over Jason. “I was sliding all over the place”, Jason exclaimed, “But I was able to control the slides pretty well”. That is, until Jason had a “big moment” that had the crowd gasping when he had the back step way out as he slid in the Esses. “That one scared me!” I definitely did not have that one under control”, Jason stated. The bobble allowed Aaron the run up on Jason and they almost made contact. Aaron made an inside move to briefly grab the lead by half a wheel, but Jason still had the inside line going into the Off Camber turn. Riding a defensive line, Jason got the lead back. But Jason could not shake Aaron. While Jason and Aaron were battling, Andrew Zabzdyr was able to get past Ben Truslow. Andrew put his head down and started reeling in Jason and Aaron. Having to ride a defensive line to hold Aaron off had slowed the leader’s pace allowing Andrew Zabzdyr to catch the lead group. With the last lap a 3 way battle to the finish, Jason rode mistake free and took the checkered flag with Aaron and Andrew right behind.


6/27/2010

Adams Motorsports Park

Riverside, CA

 Jason Aguilar has struggled with his 94 Honda RS85 on the short tracks since his last victory at Grange Motor Circuit. After 2 full practice days at Adams Motorsports Park, Jason was still going 2 seconds per lap slower than his personal best. While Jason was struggling, the other kids were improving. New riders to Pro GP this year; Ben Truslow, Andrew Zabzdyr, and Michael Gilbert, were all improving rapidly and running faster practice times than Jason. After the first practice session on race day, we decided to make a radical gearing change. We knew Jason would be sacrificing some acceleration, but hoped the lower ratio would allow greater corner speed around some of the corners where he was struggling. Jason’s lap times improved by over half a second. That was still not enough to match the leaders.

 Adams Motorsports Park is a very difficult track to make passes. There are very few passing opportunities. Usually, the key to winning at Adams is to lead into the first corner. Jason knew that a great start would be necessary to get on the podium. Jason had been practicing his starts and was getting some terrific launches, carrying his front wheel an inch off the ground as he accelerated forward.

 In the first Heat Race, Pro GP, Jason was gridded on the 2nd row. The rider next to him jumped the start, but the flagman waited for that rider to backup and then threw the flag. Jason looked over at the rider who was backing up his bike and missed the flagman waving the green flag. Quickly realizing his mistake, Jason still got an excellent launch and was in 2nd place behind Aaron Villasenor coming out of the first corner with Ben Truslow right behind in 3rd Place. Ben tried several moves to get past Jason, but had to settle for 3rd place. In the Pro Extreme Heat Race, Jason was again starting from the 2nd row. Although he got a good start, so did all the front row riders. Jason was unable to advance his position and finished 4th behind Andrew Zabzdyr, Aaron Villasenor, and Ben Truslow.

In the Heat races, Jason’s lap times improved by over half a second, but the front end was starting to chatter. Jason got on the phone with Josh Bartnik of JB Suspension and described the problem. Josh recommended we add a click of compression to the front forks.

 In the Pro GP Final, Jason got his best start of the day and grabbed the lead going into the first turn. As he came out of the first turn and realized he had the lead, he thought to himself, “I’ve got this one!” With Ben Truslow right behind in 2nd, and Aaron Villasenor right behind Ben in 3rd, the lead group broke away. Jason thought Aaron was right behind him. Remembering the last Adam’s race when Jason left the door open going into the Little Monza Turn,and let Aaron run up the inside costing him the win, Jason rode a very defensive line this time. Jason left no passing opportunities running a flawless race. Jason crossed the finish line, and pumped his fists in celebration of a win that was totally unexpected at the start of the day. Aaron Villasenor tried several passing attempts on Ben Truslow, but Ben stayed solid finishing in 2nd Place for his best ever Pro GP finish.

 The last race of the day was the Pro Extreme Final. Jason was set to start in 4th behind the top 3 riders from the Heat Race. But Jason got a lucky break when Andrew Zabzdyr, who won the Heat race, had to start from the back when his bike’s shift shaft broke. Andrew borrowed Sean Heeney’s bike for the race. When a rider changes bikes, he loses his starting position and has to start from the back. This gave Jason a better chance at being in the top 3 at the start. Since there was only 1 pass among the top 3 finishers in the Heat races and Pro GP final, Jason knew he had to get a good start again. Jason got another good start, and was able to put a wheel inside of Ben Truslow in a battle for 2nd. But Ben closed the door, and Jason had to settle for 3rd. Jason ran with the leaders for the first 2 laps and then Aaron started to pull a small gap on Ben and Jason. On the 3rd lap, Jason’s bike popped out of gear in the high speed Sweeper Turn. The unintended downshift caused Jason to lose contact with the lead group. Rattled by the mechanical mishap, Jason’s lap times slowed and he settled for 3rd Place. Considering that Jason thought he had no chance of a podium at the start of the day, the 2 podium finishes were fantastic results and secured his 2nd Place standings in the Pro GP and Pro Extreme Championships.

 Thanks to all of Jason’s Sponsors and a Special Thank You to Josh Bartnik of JB Suspension. Josh has been working with Jason since he started riding Pro GP last year. Josh has an uncanny ability to translate Jason’s explanation of his bike’s handling issues into specific actionable solutions. And most of the time this is done over a phone call. I don’t know how many times we have asked Josh for help. But, I do know that 100% of the time, his instructions have resulted in improved lap times. We started using Josh because he was a referral from Eric DeHaven (Austin DeHaven’s dad) and he was trained in servicing the WP Forks on Jason’s bike. Now, Josh is the “go to” guy for suspension issues for most of the SCminiGP Pro GP racers. I know that the word “amazing” is often overused these days, but Josh has a AMAZING ability to understand what a rider is experiencing and turning that information into changes that help the rider go faster. Thanks Josh! Josh is available at www.jbsuspension.com or jbsuspension@yahoo.com.


5/23/2010

Buttonwillow Raceway Park

After his first Pro GP win last month, and winning at the big track at Buttonwillow earlier this month, Jason was hoping for a big weekend at SCminiGP’s Round 4 at Buttonwillow Kart Track. Starting out in Saturday’s practice though, Jason was really struggling with the bike. “I just couldn’t get a good feel, and the bike was sliding all over in the turns”, Jason explained. Jason was knocking about 1 second off his lap times with each session, but he was still several seconds off the leader’s pace.

In Sunday’s first heat race, Pro GP, Jason started 9th out of 10 bikes and struggled to a 4th place finish. Things got worse in the Pro Extreme with Jason finishing in last place. The bike was fast enough to run with the leaders, but something was wrong with the handling in the corners. Jason made a call to Josh Bartnik of JB Suspension. After discussing the problems, Josh recommended several changes to the suspension settings. When we made the changes to the rear shock, we also discovered that the rear shock seal was leaking fluid. With the changes made, Jason waited for the other riders to approach the grid so he could have some room to get used to the changes on his warm up lap. The changes helped quite a bit, with Jason’s lap times improving by 1.5 seconds, but the shock was still leaking. Jason was now able to stay in contact with the 3rd place rider, but still finished a disappointing 4th in the Pro GP final. While Jason has had 2 DNFs this year, when his bike was running at the end of the race, he had either won or finished 2nd. So, 4th place was unfamiliar and uncomfortable territory to Jason.

Jason got back on the phone with Josh and further adjustments were made before the start of the Pro Extreme final. Jason went from last to 4th in the first turn, but the 3rd place rider was pulling away. By the third lap, Jason started to close the gap. On the penultimate lap, Jason got right behind the 3rd place rider. Making his move onto the main straightaway on the final lap, Jason got a draft and motored into 3rd place. While still struggling with the turns, Jason dug deep and fought to hold onto 3rd place.

Special thanks to Josh Bartnik of JB Suspension for getting Jason onto the podium. JB Suspension has now rebuilt the rear shock, and modded the rebound. With no leaks and better handling, Jason is looking forward to next month’s race at Adam’s Motorsports Park in Riverside.

5/9/2010

Buttonwillow Raceway Park

A combined 0.169 seconds determined the outcome of Jason Aguilar’s 2 races at Buttonwillow Raceway Park during the WERA West races this weekend. Jason is making a habit out of close finishes in WERA races. On Saturday, Jason arrived at Buttonwillow’s big track for the first time. All of Jason’s previous experience at Buttonwillow has been on the short Kart Track facility during SCminiGP races. Jason had never ridden the demanding and technical Buttonwillow 3.2 mile track before. In the first practice session, Jason was 6 seconds slower than the fastest rider, Andrew Zabzdyr. The second, and final practice session saw Jason drop over 6 seconds from his earlier lap times, but he was still 1.4 seconds slower than Andrew’s best time.

In the race, Jason once again got the holeshot start and pulled out to a 20 bike length lead halfway through the first lap. But on the back section of the track, Andrew Zabzdyr started to reel Jason in. Coming onto the main straightaway, Zabzdyr got a great drive and motored past Jason. On lap 2, Andrew poured it on running his fastest lap of the race, putting Jason behind by over 1.1 seconds. “On the 3rd lap, Andrew was starting to run away from me. I decided that I just had to push harder and go faster”, Jason stated. Jason got a great drive coming into the Riverside turn and was starting to gain on Andrew. As they came onto the straightaway for the white flag lap, Jason had narrowed the gap to half a second. But Andrew stepped it up and extended his lead through the East loop of the track. Mounting a final push, Jason got a great drive going into the Riverside corner, and as they approached the Sweeper turn on the West loop, Jason made his pass for the lead. With the crowd cheering them on, Jason came onto the final straightaway with a bike length lead. As they drove to the finish, Andrew was gaining quickly. Coming up on a slower rider, Jason swerved to avoid the rider as Andrew took the win by 0.019 seconds.

Before Sunday’s race, Jason announced “I really want to win today”. But in practice, Andrew Zabzdyr was still faster than Jason by 0.362 seconds. Jason knew he was going to have to step up his performance. This was going to be more challenging due to the change in weather from Saturday to Sunday. Saturday, the weather was perfect with a high of 85 degrees, no wind, and very good traction on the track. Sunday was in the sixties, windy, and much less traction. The Sunday practice sessions for the other classes were marred with several red flags due to riders crashing from the reduced traction caused by the cooler temperatures and gusty winds.

Once again, Jason got a great start and lead the pack into the first corner. Andrew Zabzdyr got past Ben Truslow for 2nd place and took off after Jason. Pushing the pace, Jason had a .5 second lead after the first lap. But Andrew was closing the gap and got right on Jason’s rear wheel halfway through the second lap. With the fastest lap of the weekend, Andrew pulled even with Jason coming into Turn 1. In a late braking duel, Jason was able to hang on to the lead coming out of Turn 1. As they came through the Club Corner, Jason’s bike slowed. “I was going great and then the bike just bogged. I thought it was going to die, but then it started running again”, Jason explained. When Jason’s bike slowed, Andrew blew past Jason for the lead. Refusing to give up, Jason pushed hard through the Riverside turn and pulled even with Andrew at the top of the hill. Jason then drove hard past Andrew to retake the lead. As they drove onto the straightaway for the final lap, Jason still had a narrow lead. During the last lap, Andrew was all over Jason’s rear wheel, but Jason was not giving him any passing opportunities. But in the final turn, Andrew made his move on the inside. “When I saw Andrew run up the inside, I just got back on the gas early. I was either going to win, or crash trying”, said Jason. Getting on the gas early pushed Jason all the way to the outside edge of the rumble strip, and only an inch from running off the track. But the drive gave Jason a slight lead. With Andrew only a few feet behind now, they drove to the finish line. This time, Jason was able to hold Andrew off with a victory margin of 0.150 seconds.

4/24/2010

Grange Motor Circuit

Apple Valley, CA

This year’s M1GP 8 Hour Endurance Race took on an international flavor with the return entry of Team Japan who was undefeated in M1GP endurance races, including the last two 8 Hour Endurance Races. It was going to take an exceptional effort to end Team Japan’s dominance of the 50 Stock Class. Eric Anderson, Kenny Anderson’s father, decided to put together a team for this year’s race.

The Poison Dart Frog Racing Team this year was made up of Jason Aguilar, Kenny Anderson, Sean Heeney, and Tracy Schram. Jason Aguilar’s Poison Dart Frog Racing team won last year’s M1GP 4 Hour Endurance Race, and was the Runner Up in the 2008 M1GP 8 Hour Endurance Race. The Team was denied a rematch with Team Japan when scheduling conflicts prevented them from attending last year’s 8 Hour, and Team Japan did not make the trip for the 4 Hour. When Eric Anderson asked Jason to join the Team, they decided to continue using the Poison Dart Frog Racing team name. In addition to his prior endurance race experience, Jason Aguilar is the 2007 SCminiGP Blata Cup Champion, 2008 SCminiGP Semi Pro Junior Champion, and 2009 Thumpstar GP Champion. This year, Jason leads the WERA West Formula 80 Championship. Kenny “The Iceman” Anderson is the 2009 Blata Cup Champion, and currently leads the SCminiGP NSR Cup and Mini GP Youth Championships. Sean Heeney, currently leads the SCminiGP Semi Pro Junior, Mini GP, Formula GP, and Overall Championships. These talented kids were joined by experienced racer Tracey Schram from Colorado. Tracy showed his skills last year when he visited a SCminiGP race and left with three podium finishes, taking a 1st in Mini GP Vet, a 2nd in Mini GP, and a 3rd in NSR Cup.

Kenny Anderson was chosen to start the race, and repaid the team with a holeshot start. Kenny settled into some good lap times and started to pull away from the competition. Team Japan was battling for 2nd Place with Team Dmented. Kenny came in after 20 minutes and was replaced by Tracy Schram. When making rider changes, the rider who exits the track must ride to the end of Pit Row, turn around, and come back to the pit for the rider change. Then, the new rider continues back to the exit spot where they must wait for a safe opportunity to reenter the track. This process costs the team over a lap due to the time it takes to travel through the pits at the 5mph speed limit. Tracy reentered the race in 3rd place behind both Team Japan and Team Dmented. Tracy quickly went to work chipping away at the lead, running about 1-2 seconds faster than the competition. By the end of Tracy’s stint, Poison Dart Frog Racing was back in the lead; or so we thought. The Team was informed that Tracy did not signal when he came off the track, and the Team would be penalized a lap for the infraction. Tracy was sure he signaled and went to the officials to protest. Finally after much discussion, it was discovered that the officials had confused Poison Dart Frog Racing’s #12 with the offending team’s #42. While all this was going on Jason Aguilar also removed all doubt by extending the lead to over a lap. Jason continued to lay down fast times including several fastest laps of the race as he lowered his own best lap times. Just when it looked like Jason was going to run away with the race, he tucked the front on a left hand turn coming out of “The Carousel” section of turns. Jason was able to keep the bike running, but the shifter had jammed, and he limped into the pits. Since the Team had opted to use 2 bikes, we were able to send Sean Heeney out right away while the damage was repaired and the bike taken to tech inspection. Now Team Japan was on the same lap, but Poison Dart Frog Racing was still in the lead. After the first full round of rides, Poison Dart Frog had a multiple lap lead.

As the riders continued their second sessions, the times improved and the lead increased. This time, Jason followed Tracy’s 50 minute session with his own 50 minute session. Jason wanted to stay out longer, but the team brought him in as we were not sure if the bike had enough gas to go longer. By now, the lead had extended to six laps. All of Poison Dart Frog Racing’s riders were now turning faster laps than any other team’s rider.

During the third round of rides, Tracy Schram crashed at the “Table Top” turn. Fortunately, no damage was done, and the turn was right at the track exit. We had to hurry to get the next rider out. Jason went out and did another long session further extending the Team’s lead. In the process, Jason lowered his fast lap of the race to a 1:11.06 almost 300 laps into the race. “I could have gone faster, but with such a big lead, I didn’t want to take any chances” Jason explained. The rookies, Kenny and Sean, were solid all day, turning fast times and flying past the competition without incident.

In the final sessions, the riders decided to shorten the ride times so each rider would have an equal number of sessions meaning that Sean Heeney would take the checkered flag. By now the Team had a lead of 13 laps. At the end of the 8 Hours, Sean came across the finish line sealing the win for Poison Dart Frog Racing.

4/18/2010

Grange Motor Circuit

Apple Valley, CA

After nearly 2 years of mechanical issues that prevented Jason’s 94 Honda RS from achieving its potential, Jason arrived at the track with the last piece of the puzzle this weekend for the SCminiGP Round 3. Dave Miller, from Dave Miller Concepts, built Jason a custom exhaust pipe to replace his aging exhaust pipe. This was the final piece of the puzzle needed to get the most from Jason’s MotoPerfect CR motor. Now Jason would not have to worry whether his bike could finish the race without the exhaust pipe cracking or breaking.

The weekend’s practice sessions started with a slippery track surface that had all the riders slipping and sliding their way around the 0.8 mile track. As the track warmed up to the 80+ degree weather, the traction improved considerably. Jason finished the Saturday practice with the fastest practice time, but Aaron Villasenor was just a tick off the pace. Aaron came into the weekend undefeated for the SCminiGP season, holding leads in both Pro GP and Pro Extreme. Jason knew Aaron would have something for him on race day.

In morning warm-up sessions, both Jason and Aaron started pushing their times lower with Aaron holding a slight lead with a 1:03.70 best lap to Jason’s 1:03.87. Jason knew he needed another perfect start to get the jump on Aaron in the Pro GP Heat Race. But at the start, Jason’s bike loaded up and bogged. Jason was able to keep the bike from stalling, but lost valuable time as Aaron broke away from the pack while Jason limped up the straightaway in first gear. Jason finally cleared out the motor by the end of the straightaway, but the other riders were over 10 seconds ahead of him. Jason put his head down and went to work. On Jason’s 2nd lap, he set the fastest lap of the race with a 1:03.17, and was starting to close on the other riders. On the 3rd lap, Aaron Villasenor broke his rear brake caliper and was black flagged as the caliper was bouncing around suspended only by the brake hose. Aaron avoided any mishap and brought his wounded bike into the pits without incident. By the last lap of the 6 lap sprint, Jason was closing on the leader, but ran out of time, finishing 2nd and guaranteeing him a front row start for the Pro GP final.

In the Pro Extreme Heat Race, Aaron made the grid by taking off the rear brake. Aaron was not fazed, as he barely uses the rear brake, relying on the powerful front brake for his stopping power. This time Jason got a great start and charged into the lead going into turn 1. But Jason ran a little too hot into the turn and ran wide, allowing both Aaron Villasenor and Andrew Zabzdyr to get past him. Jason charged past Andrew going into the off camber turn and made his move on the outside. Andrew tried to battle back, but ran onto the inside rumble strip and had to back off to avoid going down. Jason then took off after Aaron. Jason caught Aaron, but Aaron was too tough and did not give Jason any passing opportunities. Again, Jason had to settle for 2nd.

This was the first time this year that Jason was able to run with Aaron in Pro GP. The general consensus has been that 2 strokes could not run with the CRF150R motored RS or TZ chassis bikes. The superior torque of the 4 stroke 150 motors allowed them to win every Pro GP race going back to 2008. In fact, Jason’s was the only remaining 2 stroke Pro GP bike in the field. Jason felt that his best chance for a win was going to be in the Pro GP final. Due to his black flag in the Heat Race, Aaron would be starting from the back of the grid. “If I can get another good start, I think I can hold him off” Jason explained. With another great start, Jason grabbed the lead. But with an even better start, Aaron charged from the back and came out of the first corner in second place, and closed fast on Jason. Jason rode a defensive line for the first 2 laps to prevent Aaron from trying one of his late braking passes for which he is renowned. On the third lap, Jason pushed the pace and ran a personal best lap of 1:02.74, opening up a gap over Aaron. “Once I knew I had a comfortable gap, I eased up just a little” said Jason. Even at his “eased up” pace, Jason was continuing to stretch the gap. As he crossed the finish line on the final lap, Jason had created a 4 second margin of victory.

For the Pro Extreme final, Jason and Aaron would be starting side-by-side. Aaron got the jump on Jason and pulled ahead by a wheel. Shifting into second, Jason got something extra from his new exhaust and pulled ahead going into the first turn. But once again Jason went in a little too hot, and his momentum almost took him off the tracks and he had to let off the gas, allowing Aaron to pull even and then ahead going into the next turn. Jason tried to battle back, but his lap times were about a second slower than he was running in the Pro GP race. This allowed Aaron to break free and run away from Jason. Andrew Zabzdyr was now closing on Jason, who was clearly struggling. “The bike was chattering severely in all the corners. I was sliding all over the place” stated a frustrated Jason. When he realized that Andrew was closing in and ready to challenge for 2nd, Jason stepped it up and was still able to run low 1:03 laps to get a more comfortable gap. In a reversal of fortunes, this time Villasenor finished 4 seconds ahead of Aguilar and remained undefeated in Pro Extreme for the season.

After inspecting Jason’s bike after the race, we found that his tire pressure was too low, causing the chatter that prevented him from performing at the same level he did in the Pro GP final. That was the only time during the weekend that Jason’s father did not check the tire pressure before the bike entered the track. At the awards ceremony, Jason thanked his sponsors and then with a grin stated “And I’d like to thank my dad for forgetting to check my tire pressure before the race”, with a distinct hint of sarcasm that drew laughs from the crowd. Immediately following, Aaron chimed in with “I would also like to thank Bob Aguilar for forgetting to check Jason’s tire pressure” drawing even bigger laughs from the crowd. Dad won’t be making that mistake again!

4/4/2010

Las Vegas Motor Speedway

Jason was really looking forward to his return to Las Vegas Motor Speedway, where he won his first WERA race in an exciting battle with Deshon Witherspoon in January. While Deshon has moved up to a bigger bike that runs in a different class, the grid was now full with many of the fastest young Mini riders in the country.  Youth Road Racing President, Josiah Taulbee, worked out an agreement with WERA, which resulted in a packed grid including Aaron Villasenor, who was undefeated for 2010, and leading the SCminiGP Pro GP and Pro Extreme Championships. Jason was going to have his hands full.

Our plan was to work on gearing in the practice sessions to see if we could find a better combination to get Jason a little more top end speed. That plan flew out the window when the bike would not run right in the first practice. Jason only got one lap completed and that was 12 seconds slower than his normal lap time. We made adjustments to the carburetor jetting, and after several test runs, we got him out for the last practice session. Jason said the bike was better, but not running as well as the last race day. We made one more adjustment to the jetting, but did not have time to test it. In addition, we found a hairline crack in the exhaust. Without any time to repair the pipe, we crossed our fingers and sent Jason out for the Saturday Race 1. Starting from pole position, Jason got a perfect start and rocketed into the lead. Coming out of Turn 1, Jason had built up a 20 yard lead. By the time he got to the long straightaway going into Turn 5, he had a 50 yard lead. Jason continued to pour it on, finishing the first lap 2 seconds ahead of Aaron Villasenor. Extending his lead even further on the second lap, it looked like Jason was untouchable. Coming onto the back straightaway, Jason cranked on the throttle. But this time, the bike slowed. It was still running, but it would not rev anywhere near its maximum. Suddenly, Jason watched his lead disappear as all the riders shot by while Jason limped around the track and pulled into the pits. Jason was devastated.

We worked on the bike checking everything possible and could not find the problem. After rebuilding the carburetor and putting in a new spark plug, we put everything back together. We got some exhaust heat wrap that is normally used on 4-stroke exhausts and wrapped it around the cracked exhaust to seal the cracked exhaust. The bike started, and sounded OK, but we wouldn’t know anything until Jason got back out on the straightaway in Sunday’s first practice. Jason’s grandfather, Gale Aguilar, discovered that Jason’s sparkplug had a cracked insulator. That could have been the source of the problem that robbed Jason of what looked to be certain victory.

On Sunday, Jason hoped for the best as he headed out to the first practice. On Jason’s first practice lap, the stopwatch indicated that Jason was just a tenth of a second off his personal best. Better still, he was over a second faster than the next fastest rider. In practice 2, things got more interesting. On Jason’s third lap, he set a personal best of 1:33.422. On his fourth and last practice lap, he was running faster, but had to back off the throttle when he was passing a slower rider. But on that last lap, Aaron Villasenor, who was finally getting his gearing dialed in, ran a faster 1:33.321 lap time. Things were really heating up.

In race 2, Jason was again starting from pole position. Even though he did not finish the race on Saturday, Jason still had a large enough points total to retain the overall lead. The starting grid positions are determined by season points. Jason knew he had to get another perfect start. And he did not disappoint, with a perfect launch Jason established a 10 bike-length lead going into Turn 1. Jason stretched the lead out more onto the straightaway. But, in Turn 7, Jason’s gearing was giving him problems and Aaron was starting to reel him in. On lap 2, Aaron got a great run in Turn 2 and pulled even with Jason. Jason fought off the passing attempt and held Aaron off to lead lap 2. The young men had both lowered their lap times into the 1:32s as the battle was forcing them to push the pace. Aaron caught Jason’s draft down the straightaway, and pulled ahead on the inside going into Turn 1. Jason was not going to give up the position this time, and slammed the door in Turn 1 with a dramatic move that had the crowd gasping. Aaron continued to battle back, and as they approached the finish line Aaron pulled out from his draft behind Jason. Aaron had the momentum, as he gained on Jason, but came up just short. Jason won the race by .079 seconds over the hard charging Aaron Villasenor.

With one of the best races of the weekend, Jason completed a weekend of extreme highs and lows. “I know I could have run faster lap times, but Aaron was stronger in some sections, so I had to ride some defensive lines. I was really happy that my bike was finally running right, and want to thank my dad and grandpa for fixing my bike”.


3/21/2010

Adams Motorsports Park

Riverside, CA

Prior to this weekend’s SCminiGP Round 2 at Adams Motorsports Park, the outlook for Jason Aguilar was questionable. During practice the weekend before the race, Jason Aguilar struggled with motor issues. After installing a new piston, we could not get the bike running right. Finally, in the last practice session of the day, it looked like we were on the right track with Jason laying down some good lap times. Just when it looked like things were taking a turn for the better, the exhaust pipe broke with several cracks and a dime sized hole in the expansion chamber of the exhaust. The exhaust pipe on Jason’s 2-stroke motor is an integral part of the engine tuning. A break in the pipe can have an extremely adverse effect on the power of the motor. Fortunately, Greg Gilbert of G P Manufacturing offered up his welding skills and did some amazing repair welds to allow Jason to get through this race weekend.

On the Saturday before race day, Jason arrived with a repaired pipe, a newly painted gas tank (thanks to Ken Bigler), and hopes for a better day. While the motor was running better, Jason was struggling with gearing. Although Jason’s bike had the best top speed on the main straightaway, he was not getting enough drive coming out of the turns. Unable to find the right combination, Jason left the track Saturday night frustrated. We talked it over on the drive home and decided to make one more gearing change in the morning of race day to see if we could get a better combination.

In the first practice session on race day, the gearing change paid off with Jason running a season best time of 48.08 seconds. This was over half a second improvement from the previous day. In the second session, Jason improved to a 48.04 lap time and was battling with the more powerful 150cc 4-strokes.

In the Pro GP heat race, Jason was gridded in 5th position. He got a good start and rocketed into 2nd place going into the first corner with Aaron Villasenor in the lead. Jason had a pack of 150s right behind him, so he needed to push the pace to keep his position. Jason responded by setting a personal best lap time of 47.84 and finishing 2nd. The Pro Extreme heat race was almost a carbon copy with Jason finishing second and lowering his lap times a little bit more.

The first final race, Pro GP, saw Jason grab the lead when pole sitter Aaron Villasenor, bogged at the start. With Aaron in 4th place for the first time this season, Jason had a chance for the win. Jason led the first 6 laps of the 8 lap race when Aaron Villasenor caught Jason by surprise with an inside pass in the Little Monza turn. “I didn’t know that Aaron was behind me. I thought it was another rider who had just crashed in the turn before, so I thought Aaron was still behind him. I knew the other guy would not try a pass there, so I was not riding a defensive line to block the pass. I’m pretty sure I could have held him off for 2 more laps. I blew it!” Jason explained. Still, Jason had pushed his personal best lap time down to a 47.34.

In the Pro Extreme final, Aaron got his usual good start leaving Jason in 2nd again. Ben Truslow was running in 3rd and trying everything to catch Jason. Trying a little too hard, Ben got bucked off with a wicked highside crash that brought out the red flag. The restart was going to be a 3 lap shootout for the race win. Jason once again was 2nd behind Aaron Villasenor, with Andrew Zabzdyr now right behind Jason. Jason did not let Aaron get away this time, but it took another personal best of 47.25 to hold off Andrew at the finish.

Jason was encouraged by the progress he made this weekend. “I know now that I can run 46 second lap times at Adams. Hopefully, I can push Aaron and battle for the win next time”.

2/21/2010

Adams Motorsports Park

Riverside, CA

Jason Aguilar was looking forward to battling for the SCminiGP Pro GP Championship this season. Jason’s week started with a Hypercycle track day at Streets of Willow on Monday that saw him turning in some fast times on his Honda RS. He also got a chance to test a 450 Super Single belonging to Outlaw Racing’s Mookie Wilkerson. Jason loved the power and speed of the 450, a legitimate 140+ mph machine. Jason was one of 3 Outlaw Racing riders that were being considered to race the 450 this season in WERA, with the ride going to 2009 SCminiGP Pro Extreme Champion and Next Moto Champion winner, Hunter Coffin. “I was just glad I had a chance to ride that bike. It was so fun to feel the power when you rolled on the throttle. I can’t wait until I can move up to a bike like that”, Jason exclaimed.

On Saturday, the rain stayed away long enough to get in a full practice day. Jason was 2nd fastest of all the Pro GP bikes, but was still trying to match last year’s pace on his Honda RS. The track temperatures were cold and that was affecting the traction. “It was really slippery out there. I was sliding in just about every corner,” Jason explained. After a few suspension adjustments, Jason was ready for race day.

On Sunday, we woke up to wet weather. On the drive to the track, our hopes were perked up by the dry weather only 2 miles from the track. But as we got closer, the streets were wet, and by the time we got to the offramp, it was raining. The track was wet with a lot of puddles, but the rain stopped. The track crew got to work sweeping away the puddles, and the race dads took their trucks and vans out on the track to dry it out. By 10AM, the track was dry enough to get practice started.

In the Pro GP Heat Race, Jason got a poor start but was able to hold onto 2nd place behind Aaron Villasenor. In Pro Extreme, Jason got a terrible start, but was able to work his way up to 2nd place. Things were looking good for Jason going into the finals. He knew if he could get the holeshot, that he would have a good shot at the win. Unfortunately, Jason did not have a good start and got pushed out into 3rd by his Outlaw Racing teammate and WERA Mini main rival, Deshon Witherspoon. Adams Motorsports Park is a very difficult track to makes passes on other riders. With the superior torque of the 150cc machines, and the shorter straightaways, Jason was going to have a tough time getting past Deshon. Jason was staying close, but Deshon was pushing hard and not giving Jason any opportunity to pass. Coming into the “Little Monza” turn, Jason tried to make up some distance with late braking but tucked the front end under hard braking, sliding to the end of the track. Jason was able to get the bike restarted, but felt something was wrong and could not continue the race. The “something wrong” was a broken rear set that houses the right side footpeg, rear master cylinder, and rear brake lever. The broken part prevented the rear suspension from moving. This was a disappointing start to the season, and the end of a long streak. Going back to August 2008, Jason had not had a DNF. It was only his 2nd DNF at a SCminiGP race going back to October 2006, his first time ever on a motorcycle.

We got to work on the bike to see if it could be repaired enough to run the Pro Extreme final. With help from Paul Grasham, we were able to bend the rear set enough to get it out of the way of the suspension. Jason was going to be able to make the final race.

Once again, Jason was not able to get a good start and dropped to 3rd place. Jason stuck a nice pass going into the first corner to move into 2nd place. However, Jason could not catch Aaron Villasenor to battle for the win and finished the race in 2nd Place. This marked the end of another long streak. This was the first SCminiGP weekend that Jason did not have a win since July 2008. Hopefully, Jason can return to the top of the podium soon, and start a new streak.

1/31/2010

Las Vegas Motor Speedway

Las Vegas, NV

Outlaw Racing rider, Jason Aguilar took his first WERA win at Las Vegas Motor Speedway on Sunday. This was Jason’s first time running at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. After hearing from everyone how much fun the Classic Course was to ride, Jason was really excited about racing on this track. On Saturday, due to a cancellation of the 2 practice rounds that were supposed to precede the Formula 80 class practice, the riders were caught by surprise when their practice started before some were suited up. As a result, Jason only got in 1 practice lap. In the 2nd practice round, Jason was 3rd fastest behind Deshon Witherspoon and Ben Truslow, but was not far off the pace.

In the race, starting from the first row, Jason nailed the start and held the lead going into Turn 1, with Deshon Witherspoon and Ben Truslow right behind. The very fast Deshon used his experience to run Jason down in the corners. The 2 went back and forth battling for the lead. “Usually, I can outbrake the kids, but Jason was killing me on the brakes”, Deshon explained. Jason was running his new Galfer brake pads on his 94 Honda RS for the first time. “I love

 the feel of the Galfer pads. They really gave me a lot of confidence. I could feel the back end start to lift a little coming up to Turn 1, but it was totally under control” stated Jason when asked how he liked to Galfer pads. Deshon finally got past Jason for good on lap 3, but could not drop Jason, as the Outlaw Racing teammates finished 1-2.

Sunday looked like it would be a repeat of Saturday with Deshon leading both practice sessions, and Deshon and Jason having a spirited battle in the second practice. With Deshon on pole and Jason starting from the 2nd position, Jason got a decent start, but not one of his better ones. Jason was still able to pull out a small gap coming out of Turn 1, but Deshon closed rapidly. For 3 laps, Deshon was right behind Jason. “I had good grip in all of the corners except the one that leads onto the back straightaway. I started to lose the front there, but knew if I backed off the throttle that Deshon would pass me, so I just kept it pinned. Then, I felt the back end break loose too and was in a 2 wheel drift, but just stayed with it.” said Jason. Deshon got a great drive and had the top end gearing to pull right alongside Jason at the end of Turn 6, but Jason was able to hold off Deshon’s challenge. On the final lap, Jason was able to establish a small gap and beat Deshon to the finish line by .219 seconds as both riders ran their fastest lap on the final lap.

After the race, Jason told us that the Classic Course at Las Vegas Motor Speedway is now his favorite track. The next WERA race is scheduled for April 3-4 again at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Jason’s next race is on Feb 20-21 at Adam’s Motorsports Park at the SCminiGP season opener.

And a special thank you to Andre Ochs’ father, Michael Ochs, for taking the time and effort to share his technical knowledge and notes to help us with gearing and set-up for Jason’s RS.

1/10/2010

Jason opened the racing season this weekend at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, CA with a 2nd Place finish in the WERA West Formula 80 Class. This was Jason’s first day at Auto Club Speedway, and his first race on a “big track” on his 1994 Honda RS. Jason was the only 2 stroke powered rider, and was riding the oldest bike in the class against the newer 150cc Honda powered machines. Auto Club Speedway is a very tricky course, and proved to be very challenging. Josh Bartnik of Josh Bartnik Suspension set up Jason’s suspension for his transition from mini tracks to the big track at Auto Club Speedway. Josh got it dialed in right the first try. In Jason’s first practice session, he recorded a best of 2:08 and was really struggling with Turn 1. Turn 1 takes guts to keep the throttle open while flying down the banked straightaway into a quick left-right-left chicane while staying on the throttle. Only a few of the racers could really pull this turn off at maximum speed. His second practice saw his lap times drop to 1:58, and put Jason within 2 seconds of the leader’s pace.

After the riders meeting, the Formula 80 Class was the first race. Jason got a great start and grabbed the lead with his Outlaw Racing teammate Deshon Witherspoon in hot pursuit. Jason held the lead onto the backstraight with Deshon drafting Jason to stay close. In the back section, Deshon’s experience and track knowledge paid off and he got past Jason. “I really hadn’t figured out the correct lines through the back section. Once Deshon passed me, I was able to see his line and I realized that I had it all wrong. Trying to lead on a track you don’t really know is really hard” Jason explained. Jason tried to battle back and was closing the gap on the straightaway, but he ran too hard into Turn 3 and went wide, losing too much time to recover. Both Jason and Deshon put in their fastest laps on Lap 2, but Jason’s mistake cost him a chance at the win. “I learned a lot, and it was really fun. I can’t wait for a rematch with Deshon in Las Vegas.”

Jason’s bike ran great all day. The motor that George Marsten of MotoPerfect built has been solid. The pipe and carb combo that Ken Bigler installed is still working perfectly. The new livery, with a larger fluorescent orange section made the bike easily visible from anywhere on the track. A new custom tail section also gave the bike a more modern look. Jason’s Dad went back in time and brushed off his surfboard repair skills to do some custom fiberglass work on a cut down ‘92 Honda RS tail section.

Jason has picked up some new sponsors in the off-season. Galfer’s Aaron Hudak came by with Jason’s new brake pads and a full package of promotional materials. Thanks Aaron! Wiseco is now sponsoring Jason for pistons and clutch parts. Hypercycle Track Days has also stepped up, and Jason will be attending his first of many of their track days on Jan 18 at Streets of Willow. Jason was also looking sharp in his Osiris shoes. Jason picked them up at the end of last season. Very cool shoes!

Most of last year’s sponsors are still on board for 2010. Fulmer Helmets, Outlaw Racing, Impact Safe-T Armor, UNI Filters, Motorex, AXO, Mesa Hose, Vortex Racing, Cycle Gear, Josh Bartnik Suspension, and Morris Chiropractic are still providing support for 2010.

Next race will be the WERA round at Las Vegas Motor on Jan 30 and 31.


11/15/2009

Adams Motorsports Park

Riverside, CA

 

The SCminiGP Season Finale was a combination of promise fulfilled and promising future for next season. The racing was fantastic this weekend as championships were on the line in many classes.

On Saturday, we woke up with Jason feeling awful with stuffy sinuses and a sore throat. After determining that Jason did not have a fever, we packed up and headed for the track. In practice, Jason discovered that his Thumpstar’s tires were shot, as he was sliding all over the track. After mounting new tires, we discovered that the new slicks were bigger in diameter and were rubbing on the swingarm. In addition to that, the chain was now too short, but there was not enough room to add more links to the chain. Jason’s perfect season in Thumpstar GP was now in doubt. Fortunately, Paul Grasham came to the rescue with a different chain that fit. While all this work was going on, Jason was laying down some blistering laps on his NSR50. But best of all, Ken Bigler had mounted the carburetor and pipe, off of  Aaron Villasenor’s old motor, onto Jason’s RS92 and the bike was finally running to its potential. Jason was starting to run with the fast 150s of the top riders in the class. Just when Jason was getting his confidence, he tried an aggressive pass on Mookie Wilkerson, but Mookie shut the door on Jason when he did not see Jason coming up the inside. The resulting collision sent Jason and his bike down and bent both bikes. The rest of the practice day was spent repairing the RS92.

On Sunday, Jason was starting to get his groove back and was looking good in practice. In the Heat Races, first up was Thumpstar GP. Jason got the holeshot and cruised to victory. Immediately following that race was Pro GP. Jason was gridded on the first row and knew he needed a perfect start to battle the 4 stroke 150s torque off the line. Jason nailed the start and took the lead into the first corner. Jason was able to maintain the lead for two and a half laps before Hunter Coffin was able to squeeze past with a tough inside move. Jason then had a big moment powering onto the straightaway when his back tire stepped out and he was lifted off the seat, barely avoiding a highside crash. Jason ended up 4th after Daytona Anderson and Tyler Linders were able to get by him. Finally Jason had the pace to run with the fastest riders in the class!

Next up was MiniGP on Jason’s NSR50. Jason got another perfect start and was able to run away from Daytona Anderson enough to hold off the hard charge of Daytona’s DRZ110 down the straight to take the win and pole position for the Final. In MiniGP Youth, Jason started from 8th position and was held up behind some slower riders, while Daytona Anderson and Aaron Villasenor pulled away from the pack. By the time Jason had worked his way into 3rd, it was too late to try to catch the leaders. Playing it safe, Jason cruised to 3rd place giving him a front row start for the Final. In Formula GP, Jason was running against more powerful KX65 powered machines, but he pushed his NSR hard to finish in 3rd place.

By the time the finals were ready to run, it was getting really windy with dust blowing on the track. The conditions were going to be challenging. In the first race, Thumpstar GP, Jason jumped out to an early lead and then eased up to conserve his energy. Jason completed his perfect season in Thumpstar GP, winning every Heat Race and Final. Having to start from the 2nd row in ProGP, Jason was not able to duplicate his great start in the Heat Race, and settled into 4th place, where he finished the race. In MiniGP, Jason could not match the start of Daytona, but he could not get around him in the turns either, finishing in second place. The MiniGP Youth race saw Jason drop to 3rd at the start behind Daytona Anderson and Aaron Villasenor, until Aaron lost the front end driving onto the main straightaway. Jason could not catch Daytona and finished in 2nd Place. Jason’s last race of the year was Formula GP, where he repeated his 3rd Place finish to close out the season.

The Race Results:

1st Place          Thumpstar GP

2nd Place          Mini GP

2nd Place          Mini GP Youth

3rd Place          Formula GP

4th Place          Pro GP

Season Championship Results:

1st Place          Thumpstar GP

2nd Place          Mini GP

2nd Place          Mini GP Youth

4th Place          Formula GP

5th Place          Pro GP

Overall Points

3rd Place

 

Oct 25, 2009

Grange Motor Circuit

Apple Valley, CA

 

Competition was fierce at this weekend’s SCminiGP race. Weather was perfect, but the track was still very slippery from the recent resurfacing.

On Saturday, we spent most of the time trying to get Jason’s Honda RS92 running right. We are still struggling with the carburetor setup. We were able to get the bike to run with the 150 four strokes on the straightaway, but we are still having problems with the low to mid RPM setup. The bike stalled twice coming out of slower corners, and Jason came off the track pounding his fists in frustration after most practice sessions. For the next race, we have secured a new exhaust system that should provide better power delivery, but we still need to get the carburetor settings right to give Jason a chance to be competitive. The top 4 riders in the Pro GP and Pro Extreme Class all are on 150cc four stroke machines. Experts tell us that the smaller two stroke that Jason rides can be competitive only when the bike is running perfectly and is ridden perfectly. We are still chasing that perfect running setup.

On Sunday, Jason looked good in morning practice. In the first heat race, Jason easily won the Thumpstar class. Jason came in for a quick bike change and went directly out to the next race, Pro GP. Getting his best start of the year, Jason was in 3rd place coming out of the first set of turns. The good start would not last though, as one of the four stokes got past Jason, and he finished in 4th place.

Coming into the race, Jason was in 3rd place in both MiniGP and MiniGP Youth. Jason was hoping to pick up some points on the 2nd place rider to have a shot at finishing the season in 2nd place. In the MiniGP heat race, Jason got another good start and battled with Daytona Anderson for the lead. Aaron Villasenor, on his NSF, was right behind Jason, while Anthony Alonso was gaining on the lead group after a slow start. Aaron passed Jason several times on the straightaways, but Jason was able to battle back on the corners. The riders finished in the same order: Daytona, Jason, Aaron, Anthony.

MiniGP Youth was a carbon copy, with the top 4 riders finishing in the same order.

In the opening race of the finals, Jason continued his undefeated streak and secured the 2009 SCminiGP Thumpstar GP Championship. Including last year and the heat races, that makes 20 consecutive victories in Thumpstar GP.

In Pro GP, Jason was able to battle with championship points leader, Tyler Linders, for a couple of laps but was not able to match his pace for the distance and finished in 4th place matching his best class finish this season.

In MiniGP, Jason got another great start, but was not able to match his pace from the heat races. This allowed both Aaron Villasenor and Anthony Alonso to get by, dropping Jason to 4th place. Jason could not recover and finished in 4th. In MiniGP Youth, it was another carbon copy of the MiniGP class with the finishing order; Daytona Anderson, Aaron Villasenor, Anthony Alonso, and Jason Aguilar. Jason was bitterly disappointed as he lost the opportunity to move up in the championship standings. We are going to look at making changes to Jason’s diet as this makes the fourth consecutive race where Jason could not match his performances from the heat races in the afternoon finals. However the finishes secured 3rd Place in both MiniGP and MiniGP Youth 2009 Championships.

Jason decided to run the final of the Formula GP class where he would have to start from the back. Although way underpowered, racing against 65cc machines on his Honda NSR50, Jason was able to finish 4th. Although not running the first 4 races of the season, Jason is now in 5th place in the overall points for the season in  the Formula GP class.

2009 SCminiGP Championship Standings

1st Thumpstar GP

3rd Mini GP

3rd Mini GP Youth

5th Pro GP

5th Formula GP

 

10/11/2009

Grange Motor Circuit

Apple Valley, CA

Entering the M1GP 4 Hour Endurance Race was a late decision for Jason Aguilar and his Poison Dart Frog Racing Team. When Jason heard that many of his friends were going to be entered, and that top caliber competition would be riding, including AMA Daytona winner, Tyler Odom, he decided to put together a Team. Super-fast NSR rider Anthony Alonso was a team member in last years 8 Hour Endurance Race and was the first choice for rebuilding a team on short notice. Sean Landess, 2008 SCminiGP 50 Heavy Champion was invited as long as he could fly in from Road Atlanta in time to make the race. Sean finished 4th in the WERA Grand National Finals E Superstock Expert and then headed back to California.

Jason’s NSR 50 required a conversion back to stock as M1GP does not have a class for modified NSR50s. Jason’s father was up late 3 nights before the race restoring the motor to stock, and adding new tires.

On Sunday the track had cooled off and was quite slippery from the recent resurfacing. The race was going to be quite challenging. The race featured a Le Mans style start, with a 50 yard run to the bike. Anthony Alonso was our first rider. In the starting line melee that ensued, the kill switch was accidently switched to off and the bike would not start. By the time the bike got started and headed down the track, Poison Dart Frog Racing was all alone in last place. Anthony, who is no stranger to catching and passing riders, started working his way toward the front. Anthony was being held up by riders with more powerful bikes that could blow past him on the straightaway. In order to get past them and continue his comeback, Anthony had to make his passes early in the turns and build up a big enough lead to hold off the faster bikes on the straightaway. By the time Anthony was ready to come in for a rider change, he had worked his way up the 2nd place in the 50 Stock class and 3rd overall.

Jason was up next and started a string of fast laps that put the team into 1st Place. Jason had an excellent battle with Tyler Odom on an NSF and showed that on the smaller displacement machines, Jason could compete with and pass the pros. Sean Landess was able to maintain the lead as the Team gradually developed a 2 lap lead over the second place Team. By 5:30PM, Poison Dart Frog Racing was victorious, with a 1st place finish in 50 Stock. 


9/27/2009

Buttonwillow Raceway Park

With temperatures well over 100 degrees, the heat was really on in all the races at Buttonwillow for the SCminiGP/SMRRC dual meet races. Jason Aguilar ran well in practice on Saturday running personal bests on all 3 of his bikes. On Saturday night, Jason’s allergies kept him up half the night, but he was feeling good after the Sunday practice sessions.

In the first MiniGP heat race, Jason gridded 9th, but was able to move up to 3rd to assure a front row start for the final. In MiniGP Youth, Jason moved into 2nd place on the first lap and settled in behind points leader Daytona Anderson. While Daytona had superior speed on the straightaways with his DRZ110 Suzuki, Jason’s Honda NSR50 had the advantage in the corners. Jason passed Daytona 4 times, but got repassed on the straightaway each time. On the last lap, Jason started off with a great drive into the first corner and took the lead. Pushing as hard as he could, Jason was able to open enough of a gap to finally hold Daytona off on the straightaway to take the heat race win and take pole position for the final. Jason’s final lap time of 1:00.25 was almost 2 seconds faster than his previous best.

The finals started off with the combined Thumpstar GP/Thunder GP race. Jason continued his undefeated streak in Thumpstar GP and now has 8 straight wins going back to last season. With back to back races, Jason had to quickly switch bikes and head out for the ProGP final. With a best of 56.09 seconds in the heat race, Jason was improving. But the heat and lack was sleep was starting to take its toll. Jason was a second slower in the final, and could only muster a 7th place finish. When he pulled into the pits, Jason was so tired he could not get off the bike right away. He just laid his chest down on the gas tank in complete exhaustion.

The next race, MiniGP, was 2 races later so Jason had a little time to rest. Jason maintained his 3rd place position behind Daytona Anderson and Anthony Alonso, in a 4 rider breakaway with Gabe Hernandez III right behind Jason. It was Alonzo who was able to get by Anderson this time as he took the lead. Jason could not shake Gabe who motored past Jason on the straightaway to move into 3rd. Jason was able to keep it close, but could not get by Gabe, finishing 4th.

By now it was over 110 degrees in the pits. With pole position in MiniGP Youth, Jason hoped he had enough energy to repeat his heat race win. Daytona got a great start with Jason right behind. Another 4 rider breakaway developed with Gabe Hernandez and Anthony Alonzo right behind. Jason was getting great drive onto the straightaway and was able to draft and almost pass Daytona several times. Coming up on a slower rider, Daytona went outside and Jason went inside. Jason picked the wrong line, allowing Gabe Hernandez to get around him on the outside. Alonzo then got a great drive coming to the finish line straight and was able to get past Jason dropping him to 4th. On the last lap, Alonzo got by Hernandez, and then Jason was able to pass Hernandez to take 3rd place. Jason was very disappointed since he knew he had the pace to win.

8/30/2009

Adams Motorsports Park

It was a blazing hot weekend at the SCminiGP round this weekend, and the performances were just as hot. Saturday got off to a rough start for Jason Aguilar. In an early practice session on his Honda RS92, Jason had just set a personal best lap time, and was on pace to lower that personal best again. Coming into the esses just before the main straightaway, Jason’s rear wheel lifted off the ground under hard braking. The rear wheel then pivoted to the side, and launched Jason into a highside crash. A highside crash launches the rider over the top of the bike and into the air. Jason came down on his head and left shoulder, and started to tumble. Just after landing, the bike caught up to him and landed on top of him, pinning his hand under a spinning rear wheel. Fortunately, Jason has the best safety equipment possible. Although ruining his new Fluorescent Orange Fulmer J5 helmet that Fulmer Helmets made especially for Jason, the helmet did its job and Jason had only a sore neck after flying through the air and landing on his head. Once again, thank you Fulmer, and sorry about ruining that fantastic paint job and graphics! Jason’s Rooster Racing gloves carbon fiber and Kevlar reinforcements left a black streak on the bike’s white wheels, but Jason suffered no injuries from the wheel spinning on his hand as he was pinned under the bike. Thank you Rooster Racing. Jason had bruises all over as different parts of the bike made contact with his body. “This one is from the handlebar. This one is from the clutch lever. This one is from the footpeg. This one was from when I landed on my head and shoulder.” Jason explained as he pointed out several bruises that were all over his body. The only 2 places where Jason had no bruises were on his back and chest. We are certain that is no coincidence as he was protected by his Impact Safe-T Armor body armor. Thank you Michael Braxton and Impact Safe-T Armor.

The bike was similarly beat up, with broken fairing, many scratches, bent handlebars, and several pounds of rocks in the belly pan of the lower fairing from the gravel trap where Jason ended up. Also, the new waterpump seal was leaking, ending practice on that bike for the day.

With the extreme heat, 114 degrees in the shade on Saturday and 110 degrees on Sunday, some riders had problems with the heat. Aaron Villasenor, one of the top Pro GP and Pro Extreme riders, succumbed to the heat and ran off track at about 70mph when he passed out during practice. Fortunately Aaron is OK, but after a trip to the emergency hospital, he was not able to continue. Some riders curtailed their racing schedule and reduced the number of classes they were running to conserve their energy.

After staying up until 1AM Sunday morning fixing Jason’s RS92, I headed back to the track early Sunday morning with a repaired bike. By the end of the second practice, Jason had shaken off the effects of the crash and was riding close to his personal best on the RS92. Jason was also looking very fast on his NSR50, setting a personal best in morning practice.

In the first race, Thumpstar GP, Daryl Watts decided to push hard to challenge Jason. Daryl pushed a little too hard and ran off track trying to stay with Jason. Daryl was able to continue, but injured his leg in the process. Jason maintained his undefeated streak with an easy win. That makes 6 consecutive wins this season and 8 consecutive wins going back to last season. Jason is hoping for an undefeated season this year, but is also hoping for more competition in the Thumpstar GP spec class.

Immediately following Thumpstar GP was ProGP. Jason quickly switched bikes and headed back out for the Pro GP final. Starting from the second row, Jason got a good start and was able to stay close to the first 3 riders for the first lap. However, he still does not have the pace the run with the top 3. Although Jason continues to get faster, so did the top 3. Last year, a 47 second lap time was competitive. This race, the fastest riders got down to 45 seconds, so Jason really has his work cut out for him. Although not able to keep up with the top 3, Jason was unchallenged in 4th place and had a respectable finish under the difficult circumstances of the weekend.

The Mini GP race was looking to be one of the most hotly contested events of the day, with 3 different winners in the last three races. Starting from 3rd position, Jason got a good start and maintained 3rd place around the first lap. Jason struggled trying to get past the very fast Gabe Hernandez. Jason finally got an excellent drive coming onto the main straightaway and was able to draft and then pass Gabe coming into the Big Monza turn. Jason set out after race leader Daytona Anderson, but he was not able to close the gap, finishing 2nd. In the process, Jason ran a personal best lap time of 52.60 seconds. His previous best was a 52.87 second lap from morning practice.

In MiniGP Youth, Jason was starting to tire from the heat. He was not alone. Gabe Hernandez had to pull off the track during the race when he felt himself losing consciousness. Fortunately, Gabe was able to avoid crashing. Jason started 3rd on the grid and got a great start moving into 2nd place, with Anthony Alonzo in hot pursuit. Jason was able to hold off Anthony for a few laps, but Anthony was able to get past Jason with a move that almost resulted in a highside as Anthony almost lost the rear end. Jason was not able to take advantage of the bobble, as he had to back off the throttle to avoid hitting Anthony. Jason was not able to battle back and finally had to settle for 3rd behind Daytona Anderson and Anthony Alonzo.

Although not running the heat race, Jason decided to run the Formula GP final. This class allows 65cc motors that are much more powerful than Jason’s small 50cc motor in his NSR50. Jason had some success at Buttonwillow finishing 4th last month in this class. Jason got a great start and found himself in second place coming onto the straightaway leading to finish line. But then the power of Tyler Linders 65cc motor allowed him to power past Jason and he never looked back. No one else was able to challenge Jason for 3rd place, and he cruised to 3rd place finish.

With a 1st place finish, a 2nd place finish, two 3rd place finishes, and a 4th place finish, Jason had his highest scoring points total of the season.


8/9/2009

Willow Springs Raceway

Jason Aguilar left for Willow Springs this morning expecting to have a tough time at the M1GP races. He was not able to attend Saturday’s Practice and Qualifying sessions due to his father’s work schedule. In addition, he had never run the course in the scheduled counterclockwise direction. Since Jason was not able to run qualifying, he would have to start the heat races from the back. We are still sorting out Jason’s new motor, and had never run the bike at Willow. Gearing and carburetor jetting setups would have to be best guesses, since we would not have enough opportunities to experiment. Jason would just have to try his best and see what happens.

Jason was entered in the Open GP Division on his Honda RS, and the 50 Expert Division on his Thumpstar. The races were scheduled back-to-back, so Jason would be very busy. In the first Open GP race, Jason got his best start ever. He was even with Gary Higgins Honda 150, but then Jason forced a bold outside-to-inside move to take the lead. Higgins was hot on Jason’s tail and hounded him for the next 6 laps. On several occasions, Higgins showed Jason a wheel, but Jason battled back each time. Jason took the win for his first race win on the Honda RS92.

As soon as Jason came off the track, he needed to swap the transponder onto the Thumpstar for the track’s timing system, start the bike and rush back onto the track. Starting from the back, Jason worked his way up into 4th place by the end of the first lap. Picking off an always very fast Yasuyo Nakamura with a late braking move, Jason moved into 3rd by the end of the second lap. Jason then set his sights on Rayce Sabo and Gabe Hernandez who were battling for the lead. With the leaders battling, they allowed Jason to close in. First Jason picked off Rayce, and with 2 laps to go, Jason put a move on Gabe and took the lead. But Gabe, on a very fast NSF100, stepped up the pace and passed Jason on the straightaway to take the lead back on the last lap. Jason battled hard, but could not get the lead back.

In the Open GP final, we were expecting a rematch of the Aguilar/Higgins battle from the first race. This time, Jason got another great start and ran away with the race. Jason opened up a 4 second lead and then maintained that margin for a comfortable victory. “When the RS is working right, it is an easy bike to ride”, Jason explained.

Rushing back onto the track for the 50 Expert Final, Jason lined up on the front row alongside Gabe Hernandez for a rematch. Gabe got a good start and the boys entered to first turn even. Jason again put on an outside-to-inside move to take the lead. Jason tried to push to open up a gap over Gabe. But, Gabe battled back pulling even with Jason at the end of every straightaway. Jason had to rely on late braking to keep the lead. On the third lap, Jason’s Thumpstar started to slide, and Gabe was able to finally grab the lead. Jason tried to battle back, but Gabe was really pushing now. Jason would close the gap to a few feet, but Gabe was able to pull out a bigger lead each of the remaining laps as the 2 boys distanced themselves from the rest of the field. It was a good battle, but Jason had to settle for 2nd.


7/26/2009

Buttonwillow Raceway Park

Jason Aguilar had an exciting week leading up to the weekend’s SCminiGP/SMRRC race at Buttonwillow Raceway Park. First, he received his new custom finish helmets from Fulmer Helmets. The new helmets were custom finished in Jason’s team colors of Fluorescent Orange and Blue. “The new helmets are awesome”, Jason explained. “They fit perfect and are so light”. The Fulmer J5 is the helmet of choice for many of the SCminiGP youth riders.
Jason received some great news from Mookie Wilkerson, the leader of Outlaw Racing. Jason, a member of Outlaw Racing, is now sponsored by Adams Motorsports Park in Riverside, CA. Adams is the closest practice location to Jason’s home and will allow him more practice time to perfect his craft. “The layout of Adams is great for training. It has a little of everything; long straightaways, Monza type banked turns, flat sweeping turns, quick transitions, and tight corners. I am really thankful for Adams Motorsports Park’s support. Our next race is going to be there in August, so I am really excited about that.”
The races on Sunday started in 110 degree weather. The competition proved to be as hot as the weather. With strong turnouts from both SCminiGP and SMRRC, the racing was intense. Jason’s racing started with the Thunder GP/Thumpstar GP class that combined Stockton Mini Road Racing Club’s Thunder GP class, with SCminiGP’s Thumpstar GP spec bike class. While giving away many horsepower to the Thunder GP bikes, Jason was able to hold onto 2nd place overall while running away with the victory in Thumpstar GP. This allowed Jason to achieve 2 podium finishes with one race: 1st in Thumpstar GP and 2nd in Thunder GP. Jason lap time of 1:06.80 was a personal best.
Immediately after the ThunderGP/Thumpstar GP race, Jason had to switch bikes and go back out for the Pro GP race. This was going to be the first race this season when Jason had his Honda RS92 running correctly. We have had a real struggle with the bike this season and it has not allowed Jason to develop his skills on a full size road race chassis. With the new motor built by George Marston of Moto Perfect, Jason finally had a competitive machine. The Pro GP field included some of the country’s fastest young talent including; Hunter Coffin, Anthony Alonso, Tyler Linders, Daytona Anderson, Josh Serne, Tucker Lancaster, and Vision Hayes. Jason had his hands full and found himself in 9th place after the start. Jason quickly went to work and within 3 laps had worked his way up to 6th place where he finished the race. Jason's best lap time of 58.21 was getting close to the lead group. “My goal this weekend was to improve my lap time to less than 1:01.00. When I did that in the second practice session on Saturday, I set my goal on 1:00.00 and it just kept dropping from there. The new motor made the bike so much fun!” Jason’s old Blata Cup training partner, Tyler Linders, took the win for his first Pro GP win. Tyler commented that he thought Jason now had the fastest bike on the straightaway. With a little more practice time on the bike, Jason should be able to battle with the leaders. Big thanks to Moto Perfect for a great 92cc motor that proved it can run with the 150s that have been dominating the class.
In Mini GP, the field was large and the competition was fierce. In the heat race, Jason started from 13th, but got bumped and pushed out wide in the second corner, moving him back to 17th place. In only a 6 lap race without many passing opportunities, Jason had his work cut out for him. Turning the fastest laps of the race, Jason moved up through the field and was closing on the lead pack but could only manage 8th place in the qualifier. With a 4-3-4 starting grid, his 8th place finish put him on the inside 3rd row for the start of the final. Jason could not advance his position into the first turn and that left him on the outside for turn 2. Once again Jason got pushed wide and ended up in 15th position by the time he came out of the turn. Getting stuck behind so many riders allowed the lead pack to get away from Jason. He was several seconds behind after the first lap. A frustrated Jason started peeling off lap times that were over half a second faster than the leaders and Jason was reeling in the lead group. With the races shortened from 8 laps to 6 due to time constraints, Jason ran out of time and could only finish 5th.
In MiniGP Youth, we were looking forward to a rematch of Daytona Anderson and Jason Aguilar. However, Jason was feeling the effects of the heat and decided not to run the heat race. By the time the final came around, Jason wanted to try, but he had to start from the back of the field since he did not run the qualifier. Jason decided to take the outside line this time and he passed 4 riders in the first corner and 2 more in the second. By the end of the first lap, he was in the top ten. Jason then started moving in on the lead group. With 2 laps to go, Jason was in 5th place. Jason tried an outside pass on Anthony Alonso for 4th place but Anthony, pushing hard, lost the front end momentarily and bumped Jason. This bump allowed Vision Hayes to sneak underneath Jason and he could not get his position back on the last lap finishing 6th again. “It was really frustrating being the fastest rider in both races, but only being able to finish 6th in both races.” Jason’s 1:03.24 lap time was a personal best for his NSR50 and the fastest lap of the MiniGP class races.
Still not satisfied, Jason decided to enter his NSR50 in the Formula GP class where he would be up against much faster 65cc machines. Again, having to start from the back since he did not run the qualifying Heat Race, Jason got a great start and even led the series leaders after the first lap. Jason eventually ended up in 4th place just a few seconds behind the 3rd place finishing Daytona Anderson.

6/28/2009
Grange Motor Circuit

With riders coming from as far away as Northern California, Colorado, and even Canada, the SCminiGP race at Grange Motor Circuit provided some of the best racing of the year. Jason Aguilar only had his NSR50 and Thumpstar TDX 125 to race as he is still waiting for his new motor for his Honda RS92. Jason entered in Thumpstar GP, MiniGP, and Mini GP Youth. On Saturday Practice, temperatures reached 103 degrees. But, the level of competition was proving to be just as hot. Jason was able to post personal bests on both his Thumpstar and NSR50 with lap times of 1:11.32 and 1:08.91 respectively. The 1:08.91 NSR time broke into a barrier that Jason did not think possible until he heard that a rider from Japan accomplished that at Grange this year. It looked like Jason was poised for a good race day.
In the first final, Thumpstar GP, Jason continued his undefeated streak with an easy win. With temperatures reaching 106 degrees during the finals, Jason built up a comfortable gap, and then eased up to conserve his energy for the MiniGP races.
Nine year old phenomenon, Vision Hayes, who was the 2007 #1 CMRRA rider, and Daytona Anderson, who was undefeated for the season in MiniGP races, appeared to be Jason’s primary competition. Jason got a good start and was in second place coming out of the first corner behind Daytona Anderson. Jason finally had the pace to push Daytona and he tried several passing moves only to get repassed on the straightaway. Jason was faster in the corners, but Daytona was holding him up in the second half of the course. This allowed Vision Hayes and the rider from Colorado, #77, to catch Jason and Daytona. #77 put an inside move on Jason, but he repassed him on the straight. Jason moved inside on the next lap to prevent an inside pass, but #77, on his 4 stroke NSF100, had the torque to pass Jason on the outside. On the last lap, Jason retook 2nd place and looked strong, but could not get by Daytona. As they entered the final series of turns #77 stuffed his NSF100 up the inside and pushed Jason way wide to the outside. This allowed Vision Hayes to sneak up into 3rd place past Jason. Having been pushed so far wide, Jason did not have the drive or position to get back in the mix and he pounded his fist on his tank in extreme frustration as he crossed the finish line in 4th place. During the race, however, Jason posted his fastest time ever of 1:08.22.
Jason had 10 minutes to rest up and get his composure back for his final race of the day, MiniGP Youth. “I know if I can get by Daytona early in the lap, I can get enough of a lead to hold him off on the straightaway”, Jason explained. But Daytona had proven why he was undefeated this season in 7 MiniGP races. He was not going to leave Jason an opening to pass. Jason got a good start again and quickly closed the gap on Daytona with Vision Hayes right behind in 3rd place. These 3 riders quickly broke away and another battle was under way. Jason was not able to try the inside move before the straightaway as Daytona learned to close the inside on Jason. He did not have the power to ride around the outside, so Jason would need to make his move elsewhere. Trying an inside move after the esses, Jason came close to sticking an inside pass, but he did not have the drive going into the corner. “Daytona was slowing me down in the esses so I could not get enough drive coming out to pass him clean on the inside. So, I decided to slow down before going into that turn so I could get a good run coming out and then make my move. I knew Vision would be right there, but I knew this was my only chance, so I had to risk it”, was how Jason explained his strategy.  Jason backed off with 2 laps to go, and sure enough Vision ran right up on him but could not make a pass. Getting back on the gas, Jason got the drive he needed and he dove into the corner inside of Daytona making a clean pass. Finally, Jason had a clear track ahead and he went to work laying down an incredible 1:08.00 lap time. This was enough to create a gap to hold off Daytona’s charge on the straightaway from his DRZ110. Jason continued his push on the final lap and was finally able to celebrate his first MiniGP race win.
With his performances this weekend, Jason will move up into 3rd place in Mini GP and MiniGP Youth. Jason has a solid lead in the Thumpstar GP standings. Jason’s 1:08.00 is an unofficial lap record for NSR50s at Grange. But Vision Hayes ran a 1:08.01 in a heat race earlier, so Jason knows he cannot afford to stop pushing. “I never thought a 1:07 was possible before today, but I ran a 1:08.00 with a rider ahead of me slowing me down, so I know now that I can do it.”

6/14/2009
Willow Kart Track
Jason wanted to go to the M1-GP CMRRA Al Lyons Appreciation Day, even though his new motor was not going to be ready. Jason’s other bikes, Thumpstar TDX 125 and Honda NSR50, do not really fit the M1-GP class structure, so he was not going to have a competitive ride. But, Jason would rather be at the track than anywhere else, so we packed the bikes and were on our way. In practice, it was obvious that Jason did not stand a chance riding his 50 against the 65cc machines in 65 GP Expert. Also, Jason was way down on power riding his spec class Thumpstar in the 125 Thunder Expert class, but he was riding well.
In the first race, 125 Thunder Expert, Jason got a great start and was in second place behind Andre Ochs on his NSF100. While Andre broke away, Jason had his hands full with Gabe Hernandez, on his NSF100, all over Jason. Gabe tried passing Jason several times and was finally able to get by with an inside move. Jason was not going to go away without a fight and he did everything he could to battle back. Coming out of turn 1, Jason got a great drive and drafted Gabe down the back straight enough to repass him a get 2nd place back. But Gabe was not giving in either. The 2 battled right up to the last turn when Gabe was able get the drive to get inside of Jason going into the corner. Jason tried to battle back but came up a few feet short for a well earned 3rd place finish.
Jason had back-to-back races and had to jump on his NSR50 and rush back onto the track for the 65 GP Expert final. Jason got a good start, but by the end of the backstraight, all of the 65cc machines had powered past. This turned into a lonely practice session for Jason, so Jason just focused on improving his lap times.
Overall, it was a beautiful day, but Jason is very anxious to get his new motor or his 1994 Honda RS chassis. He is getting frustrated riding bikes that are not powerful enough to be competitive.


5/29/2009
Streets of Willow, Willow Springs Raceway
Jason was extended an invitation to a Fast Track Riders track day through the partnership with SCminiGP. We got Jason’s exhaust pipe repaired by Jim Matter and were hopeful of getting the bike running right finally. We were not allowed to perform a “plug chop” at the track so; once again, we were left to guessing at the right setup. The bike was just not running right so Jason was not able to run with the fastest group of riders. All the riders were on 600cc, 750cc or 100cc machines, except for Daytona Anderson who was riding his new RS125 for the first time. Jason, with his little 85cc motor was really outgunned by the bigger bikes. Add to that the problems we were having getting the bike tuned, and we were getting frustrated. By the last session, the bike was running a little better. Then, once again, Jason’s exhaust pipe broke. This time, the entire stinger section and the silencer broke off and were run over by another bike. Much to Jason’s surprise, the actually ran a little better with the exhaust broken. He was able to pass several of the 600cc riders and could get by the 1000cc guys in the corners, but they would get him back on the straightaways. All in all, another frustrating day.
I finally had to throw in the towel on my attempts to get Jason’s motor running right. We have enlisted the services of George Marston of Moto Perfect to build Jason’s motor into a 92cc race motor, so he can finally have a chance to be competitive. The motor will not be ready until July, so Jason will miss the next SCminiGP race for the Pro GP class.

5/17/2009
Grange Motor Circuit, Apple Valley, CA
With the SCminiGP race cancelled for May, we decided to enter Jason in the M1-GP race so he could focus on his RS85. We only took the one bike. We recently got a ported CR85 cylinder and head in hopes of getting some more speed. We needed some time to get the jetting right and hoped to get things sorted out in practice. In the first practice session, before Jason could get up to speed, the pipe broke on the first lap and it looked like our day was over. Thankfully, Jim Granger had a welder who is a tenant and we were able to go get the pipe welded and made it back for the first race. Since we did not get a chance to tune the bike, we guessed at the jetting but guessed wrong. Jason spent the first heat race sputtering around the track in frustration. The next race we went leaner, but still the motor was breaking up in the top end. For the first final, 85 GP Expert, Jason once again suffered from wrong jetting. It seemed that we were going the wrong way with the jetting. Jason finished a distant 3rd to Gary Higgins and Vision Hayes as he sputtered around the track even slower this time. In the last final race, 150 GP Expert, Jason took to the track more hopeful than before. “The bike felt great on the warm-up lap and I finally thought I would be able to battle with Vision Hayes” Jason explained. Jason got a good start and looked to be in the lead pack when his bike suddenly slowed. This time his exhaust pipe broke in a different place. The 2-stroke motors use a special type of exhaust pipe called an “expansion chamber” that is an integral part of the motor’s tuning. This break had a huge impact on the performance unfortunately and Jason limped around the track, occasionally stomping on the footpegs in frustration. As we left the track, Jason exclaimed: “This has been the worst day ever…..so far.”
April 26, 2009
Buttonwillow Raceway Park
Jason welcomed 2 new sponsors going into this weekend’s race at Buttonwillow Raceway Park. First, Mesa Hose came on board, providing new custom stainless brake lines for Jason’s RS80. Thank you to Brooks at Mesa Hose for all your help. The second Sponsor to help us out is UNI Filter who provided the filter for Jason’s RS80.
This weekend provided some new challenges as SCminiGP joined up with Stockton Mini Road Racing Club for a dual meet. The competition was fierce, and the grids were full. In the heat races, Jason had to battle with SMRRC’s Thunder GP riders on his Thumpstar GP Spec bike. They combined the 2 classes for this race, but scored them separately. Since SMRRC allows more powerful bikes and some modifications, Jason was going to be challenged. Jason got a good start, and was able to take 2nd place overall. He really had his hands full battling a pack of riders who were trying everything they could to get by Jason.
Next up was Pro GP. Jason has not had much practice on this bike since he blew his motor early in his last practice day, and we just got the motor rebuilt in time for this weekend. It became painfully obvious that the CR80 motor was going to be no match for the CRF150R motors and the built CR92 2-strokes. What was competitive last year is not even close this year. Jason was getting creamed on the straights, and did not have the power to pull out of the corners. We are going to have to find a way to step up the power to give Jason a competitive ride. Jason did his best, but could only manage 10th place in the Heat Race.
Jason was looking to bounce back after crashing in his last race on his NSR50. Jason got a great start in MiniGP and lead onto the straightaway. Daytona Anderson, who charged through the pack, then blew by Jason on the straightaway to take the lead. A very fast Tucker Lancaster then got by Jason and he finished 3rd. In MiniGP Youth, Jason finished 4th.
Going into the finals, Jason was anxious to do well. He got a great start and jumped into the lead in the Thumpstar GP/Thunder GP race. SMRRC #1 Plate rider Bryan Edington went for the pass and stuffed his front wheel into Jason’s foot. That pushed Jason wide. Two more Thunder GP riders then got by and Jason had to settle for 4th overall, but still a win in Thumpstar GP. That was the 5th straight win in Thumpstar GP, but now Jason is hungry to put on a bigger carb and pipe and battle the SMRRC guys at one of the Stockton Club’s Thunder GP races.
Jason had to come off the track and jump onto his RS80 as the Pro GP race was right after Thumpstar GP/Thunder GP. Starting from 10th, Jason was not able to advance his position, and was frustrated that he could not catch any of the riders in front of him.
In MiniGP, Jason got another good start, but could not match Daytona Anderson’s pace. A group of riders then got by Jason moving him back to 5th place where he finished the race. By now, Jason was getting really tired and his foot was hurting him from contact with another rider in an earlier race. In MiniGP Youth, Jason did not get the good start and was in 5th place after the first corner. Jason was not about to give up any positions, but he could not gain on the riders ahead of him.
While his results were not what he had hoped for, Jason has a solid lock on the Thumpstar GP points lead. Also, Jason should move from 6th place in MiniGP to 3rd place in season points. This is positive since he did not run the first race of the year. In MiniGP Youth, Jason should also move from 6th place to 3rd place in the points. Again, this is positive since he crashed in last month’s race and had to shift the bike by hand to finish. Thanks to Jason’s sponsors. Your help is essential to Jason’s development.

March 15, 2009
Grange Motor Circuit
With a first place finish in Thumpstar GP and a second place finish in MiniGP, Jason had a good weekend at the SCminiGP race this weekend. However, with a missed shift at the start of ProGP, and crashes in MiniGP Youth, Jason was not able to realize all of his potential. Still, the weekend was a success as Jason continues to progress on all of his race machines. Jason set personal bests on all 3 of his race machines during the races.
Starting the heat races in Thumpstar GP, Jason once again quickly jumped out to a lead and never looked back. Immediately after coming off the track, Jason had to switch bikes and rush back out to start the ProGP race. Jason had a great battle with Anthony Alonso, and was able to hold him off at the finish. In MiniGP, Jason stated that he was going to take it easy and focus on the MiniGP Youth race instead. But Jason’s competitive drive had other ideas. Jason found himself right behind 2008 Champion, Daytona Anderson, and a great battle ensued. Jason was all over Daytona and both riders were running personal best lap times during the race. Jason tried a couple of inside moves, but Daytona fought off each attempt. On the last lap, Jason closed in and made his move. Getting great drive out of the last corner, Jason drafted Daytona and swung his bike out for a move that came up inches short at the finish. It was one of the best races of the day.
Daytona and Jason had a rematch 2 races later in MiniGP Youth. Daytona got a good start, but Jason was right there behind him. Just when it looked like another battle to the finish was shaping up Jason pushed a little too hard at the far end of the track and had his first encounter with the hay bales. Jason ran off track flat out in 4th gear and slid straight into the hay bales. He was able to get restarted, but was a lap down on the field, spending the rest of the race trying to get back on the lead lap.

 

 

 

 

 

February 22, 2009
Adams Motorsports Park
Jason Aguilar had mixed results in the opening races of the SCminiGP season. In the highly competitive Pro GP Class, Jason was making his debut on his 94 Honda RS80. 2 weeks prior to this race, Jason had the transmission fail when a gear broke and locked up the rear wheel after only 5 laps. So Jason was going into this race with virtually no practice on his first attempt at riding a full-size GP chassis. On Saturday, the bike was not running well. Since I was at work that day and did not arrive until after 7PM, Jason only got one practice with the bike running right. On Sunday, we only had 2 practice sessions before the first race. Jason continued to make progress and got continually lowered his lap times. In the first race, Jason started from the back of the pack since it was his first race and he did not get a chance to practice his starts. Jason got a decent start, and was able to get within 3 seconds of a competitive race pace as he was being pushed by the rider on his tail. In the final, Jason got a good start and found himself in 4th place on the first lap. But a red flag took that away from Jason. After a long wait at the starting line for the restart, Jason’s motor loaded up from the long starting line delay and he could not get a good start. By the time he got going he was too far in last place to make up any ground. Jason was very disappointed, but all things considered, it was a good learning weekend, and it will not be long before Jason can run with the leaders.

In Thumpstar GP, Jason ran away from the field and was unchallenged in both races. He is hoping that some new riders will join this class to push him. This continues Jason’s win streak to 3 straight in Thumpstar GP. This class has also been a real pleasure for Jason’s race dad as this bike requires no tuning, no jet changes, and is basically a “show up and race” machine. All I did was check the tire pressure and put gas in it. This has got to be the easiest and most cost effective race machine in the entire sport.

In MiniGP Youth, Jason struggled with the transition from the full-size RS to the smaller NSR50, and he could only manage 4th place. This was very disappointing for Jason as was not able to match his pace from last season. We will need to freshen up the motor for the next race.

December 7, 2008
Jason debuted his Impact Safe-T Armor Back Protector at the IMS Long Beach show while riding pocketbikes to benefit the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation in a Ride For Kids event that featured Kids as the riders for the first time. The kids rode their Blata 2.6 pocketbikes around a tight course set up outside the Long Beach Convention Center. Jason stated, "Once the Impact Safe-T Armor chest and back protectors warm up inside your leathers, they become so comfortable you forget you have them on. I feel very secure and confident knowing that I have the best protection available."

November 22, 2008
Uwink, Hollywood, CA
Jason was awarded the "Numero Uno" award from SCminiGP for pocketbikes for the 2008 season at the SCminiGP Awards Banquet tonight. The "Numero Uno" award acknowledges Jason as the top pocketbike racer in SCminiGP. This certainly establishes Jason as one of the top Pocketbike Racers in the country. This was a nice finsh to back-to-back Championship Seasons as Jason has announced his retirement from Pocketbike Racing. In addition, Jason took home a new set of Alpinestars Youth Leathers for his Championship win in Semi-Pro Junior. Jason also received a trio of trophies for 1st Place in Semi-Pro Junior, 2nd Place in NSR Cup, and 3rd Place in 50 Light.

November 16, 2008
Buttonwillow Raceway Park

“This has been the best day of my Life. So far.” This is how Jason summed up his performance in the season finale at the SCminiGP race this weekend. With the Semi-Pro Junior Pocketbike Championship on the line, Jason needed to finish no less than second place to emerge as Champion. In the Heat Race, Jason was 3rd going into the first corner. He grabbed 2nd place going into the next corner. Jason then got an excellent drive going onto the straightaway, and made the pass for the lead with a late braking move at the end of the straightaway. From there, Jason continued to pull away for a convincing win.

In the final, starting from pole position, Jason grabbed the lead at the first corner and gradually pulled away from the rest of the riders to seal the victory and the Championship. Jason’s Blata USA sponsored Blata Elite 14R ran beautifully all weekend. This was an excellent ending to a dramatic season for Jason. Starting the season with clutch tuning problems, Jason struggled to two 4th place finishes in the first two races. It was difficult for Jason to make up the deficit when we finally got the clutch dialed in, but he finished in 3rd place behind his main rivals in the 3rd race. Finally, Jason broke out at the first Buttonwillow race and started a 3 race win streak that earned the points lead in Semi-Pro Junior. His second place finish in the Nov 2 race gave him a 4 point lead, and this race pushed the final points lead to 7points. “I knew I was just learning on shifters, so I didn’t expect to win in those classes. But, I really wanted to win the pocketbike championship.” Jason explained. “This is my last pocketbike race. I am going to be focusing on shifters and moving up to the Pro GP class next year.”  Jason’s pocketbike retirement marks the end of an amazing 2 year run, winning the 2007 Blata Cup Championship and the 2008 Semi-Pro Junior Championship in his first 2 years of riding. Alpinestars will be providing Jason with a new set of Youth Leathers for his Championship win.

In the Thumpstar GP race, Jason started the heat race by popping a vertical wheelie from the middle of the front row. It looked like Jason was going to flip the bike over backwards, but he had the presence of mind to hit the back brake and ride it out. Jason learned this technique from Moto GP video games. This move really stacked up the field with 5 riders all trying to stuff themselves into the first corner together. Jason started moving up, and finally got the lead with a good drive onto the straightaway. From there, Jason continued to increase his pace and pulled away to a 20 second victory. In the final, Jason quickly grabbed the lead and gapped the field. Jason really stepped up in the Thumpstar GP race. Jason was motivated by Thumpstar providing him with a sponsorship earlier in the week that will continue into next season. Since this was Jason’s first race as a Thumpstar sponsored rider, he wanted to reward them for their confidence in his abilities. Jason is learning to harness the 4-stroke power of the Thumpstar TDX 125. He is getting very comfortable sliding the bike under power as he comes out of the corners. With his Vortex 50ccMini handlebars, Jason is able to get into an extremely aerodynamic tuck that helped him pull away from the other riders. Jason is very excited to be racing the Thumpstar GP class next year as a factory sponsored rider. With only 3 races on the Thumpstar, and also his third race on a 4-stroke, Jason has 2 wins and a 2nd place finish to his credit. In the 50 Light class, the first and second place riders were once again Aaron Villasenor and Daytona Anderson. This time, Aaron was able to open up a gap over Daytona, and run away with the race. Jason jumped into 3rd place early and was able to hang with Daytona for a couple of laps, but his 2-stroke Honda NSR50 was just no match for the 4 stroke power of the leaders. We will have to find a way to get more power out of the NSR50 for next season. Although safely in 3rd place, Jason continued to push hard and set a personal best lap time during the race. Jason’s 3rd place finish earned him 3rd place in the 50 Light Championship behind Daytona Anderson and Aaron Villasenor. This is very satisfying as this was Jason’s first year riding shifters.

With 3 wins to his credit, Anthony Alonso had already wrapped up the NSR Cup Championship. With only a one point advantage in the NSR Cup, Jason needed to finish ahead of Tyler Linders to hold onto 2nd Place in the NSR Cup standings. Jason had struggled to a 3rd place finish with a severe engine vibration and incorrect gearing in the last race. After taking the clutch off, I discovered that the previous owner of the bike had installed the balancer incorrectly. The balancers function is to reduce engine vibration caused by the heavy end of the crankshaft. Without this installed correctly, the engine was out of balance and the vibrations were making Jason’s hands tired during the races. In addition, what I had thought was stock gearing on the bike was not! This was causing Jason to top out on the straightaways allowing other riders pass and pull away from him in previous races. Oops! On top of that, the exhaust pipe cracked on Saturday and I had to find a welder at the track to repair that problem. With these problems fixed, Jason got a decent start and settled into 3rd place behind Tyler at the beginning of the 10 lap NSR Cup race. Jason got a good drive onto the straightaway, and he was able to motor past Tyler at the end of the straightaway. Jason moved up further and was able to catch up to Anthony Alonso. This was really big for Jason, as he has not been able to match Anthony’s pace earlier this season. Anthony, who later stated that he was nervous when Jason was pressuring him, did not let it show in the race. He held tough and would not make a mistake. Anthony was eventually able to open up a slight gap as he motored to his fourth win in 4 NSR Cup races. With his second place finish, Jason wrapped up second place in the NSR Cup Championship. This was quite a surprise, as this started out as a last minute decision to enter on a borrowed bike 4 races ago, and ended up with one win, one 2nd place, and two 3rd place finishes.

Jason was able to debut his new chest protector this weekend. After a bad crash in a CMRRA race earlier this season, and an over-the-handlebars crash when another rider’s bike slid in front of Jason, I knew he needed a higher level of protection. We ordered Jason a custom fit chest protector from Impact Safe-T Armor. The Impact Safe-T Armor chest protector is custom fit for each rider. “It was really comfortable. Actually, after wearing it all day, it felt funny after I took it off” Jason explained. We are now waiting for Jason’s Impact Safe-T Armor Back Protector that should be ready for Jason’s Ride for Kids charity ride at the International Motorcycle Show in 2 weeks at the Long Beach Convention Center. The protection provided by the Impact Safe-T Armor gives Jason an enhanced level of confidence, and really makes me feel more secure in knowing that Jason has the best protection available.

November 2, 2008
Grange Motor Circuit, Apple Valley, CA 

With 4 podium finishes in 4 events today, Jason had a very solid performance for this SCminiGP race weekend. Jason was entered in SCminiGP’s Thumpstar GP, 50 Light, Semi-Pro Junior, and NSR Cup classes. In morning practice, with help from undefeated series champion, Ben Morse, Jason was able to post a personal best lap time on his Thumpstar spec bike. This series requires a stock Thumpstar TDX 125 bike, but allows for minor changes such as handlebars, levers, grips, and jetting changes. Jason found the stock handlebars to be too wide for his size and installed Vortex Racing’s mini HB822 50cc Motocross Handlebar before this weekend. Paul Grasham, the Blata and Thumpstar dealer, also provided a set of shorty levers to complement the new handlebars. The difference was significant. Jason was now better able to shift his weight for cornering. In addition to the Thumpstar, Jason went on to post personal bests on his Blata Elite 14R pocketbike, as well as on his stock NSR50, and modded NSR50.

In the first heat race, Thumpstar GP, Jason grabbed the holeshot and spent the rest of the race battling Ben Morse for the lead. Jason was able to take the win for pole position in the final. But Jason knew that Ben would not go down without a fight. Ben, who has taken a great deal of time to help develop and improve Jason’s riding this year, was undefeated in the Thumpstar GP class this year and has already locked up the Championship for 2008. Jason was quite worried that Ben would really be “bringing his A game” for the final. In the 50 Light class that immediately followed Thumpstar GP, Jason got a terrible start, and found himself in last place going into the first turn. Jason decided to be patient in the 4 lap race and waited for the right opportunities to make his passes. When it looked like a couple of the faster riders were going to get away, 2 of them crashed in different sections allowing Jason to move into second place at the finish. In Semi-Pro Junior, Jason settled into 3rd place and a game of follow the leader went on until Jason was able to make a move and capture 2nd place in a photo finish.

The first final was the 10 lap NSR Cup. Anthony Alonso was maintaining a furious pace all weekend and he quickly grabbed the lead, followed closely by Tyler Linders who was really stepping up. Tyler stayed with Anthony the entire race but could not stick a passing move. Jason, meanwhile, had settled into a solid 3rd and maintained that position until the finish. After a short rest for the Blata Cup race, Jason took his Thumpstar out for his rematch with Ben Morse. Jason jumped out to a lead at the start, but Ben was close behind. Jason was trying to pull away, but Ben was fighting back with some strong late braking moves. Finally, Jason was able to create a gap when it appeared Ben missed a shift. Ben could not answer back, and Jason was able to extend his lead to take his first win in Thumpstar GP.

Next up was the 50 Light race. Just before going out for the start, we adjusted Jason’s clutch. This paid off as he finally got good start, but the race was red flagged when Anthony Alonso slid out and was trapped under his bike. Fortunately, Anthony was not hurt, and was able to restart. At the restart, Jason did not get quite as good a start, but he was in 3rd place going into the first turn. The 4-strokes of Daytona Anderson and Aaron Villasenor proved to be too much for Jason as they extended their lead. Jason settled into a comfortable 3rd place and maintained a strong gap to the finish. With Jason’s 3rd place finish, he moved into 3rd place in the 50 Light Championship points.

The last race was the big pocketbike showdown in Semi-Pro Junior. Jason took a 2 point Championship lead into the race with only 2 races remaining. If Andrew Zabzdyr won, he would retake the Championship points lead. Jason got a good start, but both Andrew and Anthony Alonso got better starts. Andrew took the lead with Anthony and Jason right behind. Jason tried drafting past Anthony and tried late braking moves, but Anthony had an answer for every one of Jason’s attacks. Anthony was also putting moves on Andrew, but Andrew kept his lead. With 2 laps to go, Anthony dove inside of Andrew through the “S” turns, and took the lead. Jason was still in the hunt and tried to move up on Andrew. Carrying phenomenal speed through the straightaway and into the tabletop turn, Andrew went wide and off track on the final lap as he tried to reel in Anthony Alonso. This gave Jason the opportunity to move into second, and he did not hesitate. Jason was greatly relieved as this turnabout allowed him to extend his Championship lead when it looked like it might be lost.

“It was so fun to win my first Thumpstar GP race. It seems strange that I was able to beat Ben when the day before he was showing me how to go fast on my Thumpstar. Ben has been a terrific teacher. He is a great rider, and I really appreciate all he has done for me”, Jason exclaimed. Ben was also instrumental in Jason’s wins at Streets of Willow, and Buttonwillow Raceway Park this year.

“I also need to thank Vortex Racing for the handlebars on the Thumpstar, as well as the sprockets on my NSR I rode in 50 Light.”

October 25, 2008 Rialto Airport Speedway, Rialto, CA

Jason’s repeat visit to Rialto Airport Speedway had a few surprises, but the result was the same.

MiniMotorsportsMayhem put on a show with all proceeds going to Gary Engelkes, the owner of Rialto Airport Speedway. Gary is currently being treated for Acute Leukemia and was undergoing chemo at the time of the event. Jason contacted his sponsors, and SixSixOne Protection came through with a box full of product and for the raffle. BIG thanks to Debbie Martin at SixSixOne Protection for their support. Jason donated a $269 top of the line racing helmet he won at the CMRRA Streets of Willow race. Jason was going to sell the helmet to get a new set of boots, but he felt that Gary’s health was more important. Jason got to pick the winning number for the helmet raffle, and the winner had Jason sign the helmet. He said he was going to put the helmet on his mantle for display.

Last race, Jason dominated both heats in Open Pocketbike. Last time, the start was done motocross style with all riders starting on the line and making a dash for the first corner. This time, they decided to grid by weight; lightest in the back, heaviest in the front. With 14 riders entered, they were not going to let Jason have an easy win this time. Jason had to start from the back row, gridded last this time. Jason was really worried before the race that he would get held up, and that the leaders would get away before he could get around the slower riders. With some really fast pocketbikes, including several watercooled exotic European pocketbikes, Jason was really focused on getting a good start. His focus paid off with Jason shooting up the inside into 3rd place going into the first turn.

The track was setup more for gopeds than for pocketbikes. The track had very short straights and many sharp hairpin corners. This did not allow a good flow to the sections, just a dash and hard brake from section to section. This made it difficult to pass, and easy to block. Jason had to settle into third place, and he even dropped to 4th when he got held up and another rider shot up the inside when Jason got pushed outside. That was the first time he ever got passed at a MiniMotorsportsMayhem race. Jason setup an inside move and quickly moved into 3rd again down the straightaway. Jason patiently stalked the leaders and started applying pressure. He moved into second when another rider crashed out trying to hold off an inside move by Jason. Then Jason took off after the leader, taking the lead by late braking at the end of Turn 1. From there, Jason gapped the field, although he had a couple of close calls and came very close to a highside at one turn.

The heat race win put Jason on the pole for the Final. Jason took advantage of the starting position and quickly took the lead. The second place rider, on a powerful watercooled ZPF, was really pushing to stay with Jason. But, the ZPF bogged and stalled coming out of one of the hairpin turns, giving up several places. The new second place rider decided to push to keep pace and crashed out a few turns later. Jason now had a big gap and continued to pull away. Taking the checkered flag for his 5th straight pocketbike final win, Jason was greatly relieved and very satisfied with his performance. “I really feel like I am becoming one with the pocketbike”, Jason stated. After overcoming an early season struggle with clutch tuning, Jason now has the Championship lead in SCminiGP’s Semi-Pro Junior Division. His BlataUSA sponsored Blata Elite 14R ran perfectly all day. Next weekend, Jason will try to extend his Championship lead beyond the slim 2 point margin he now holds.

Thanks again to SixSixOne Protection for their support in this event!

October 5, 2008 Buttonwillow Raceway Park, Buttonwillow, CA

One year ago, Jason sealed the 2007 Blata Cup Championship with his 2nd place finish at Buttonwillow Raceway Park. This year, Jason needed a win to move into the Championship lead in Semi-Pro Junior. Going into the race, Jason was one point behind Championship leader Andrew Zabzdyr. While Jason has been coming on strong with back-to-back wins, Andrew was not about to give up his championship lead without a fight. In the heat race, Andrew got the holeshot, with Jason settling into second. Andrew pulled a several bike length lead, but Jason had better top end in the straightaway and caught up to Andrew on the third lap.  Andrew was glued to Jason’s bike until they came up on a slower bike and Andrew dropped back 20 yards. Andrew was not about to accept defeat and slowly cut Jason’s lead. On the final lap it looked like Jason had enough, but Andrew tried an insanely late braking move with 2 turns to go and was able to pull even with Jason. Stepping it up a notch, Jason answered back with a better line through the turn, and he was able to hang on for a very close win.

Everyone was looking forward to the rematch in the final. In addition, Anthony Alonso, last year’s winner who crashed out of the first race, was going to be back for the final. This time, Jason got the holeshot, but Andrew took the lead two turns later with a nice inside move. Jason passed Andrew down the straight, but Andrew got him again a couple of turns later. Jason hung back and tried to get a good drive down the straightaway, but Andrew was able to outbrake Jason going into the chicane. On the next lap, Jason decided he was not going to be outbraked again. He went very late into the chicane and was able to grab the lead. All this time, Anthony Alonso had settled into 3rd place a few feet behind the front two. Coming out of the turn following the chicane, things got a little crazy. As Jason looked back while he rolled on the throttle, the front end of the bike came up in a big wheelie. Jason had to back off the throttle momentarily and tap the rear brake to regain control. Just when it looked like Jason was going to hand over the lead, Andrew was pushing so hard he ran the corner too wide and went off the track into the dirt. Anthony used this opportunity to move into second place and close in on Jason, with Andrew reentering the track a little behind Anthony. Andrew closed in on Anthony and they started a battle for second place. Jason was able to extend his lead to a comfortable margin finally while Andrew and Anthony battled for 2nd place.
Jason was recovering from a sprained wrist he suffered in the last race 2 weeks earlier. Unable to work on his conditioning, and riding in 4 different classes, Jason started to suffer “arm pump” in his left forearm in the final races. In the NSR Cup Race, Jason was battling with Tyler Linders for second place when his forearm started to lock up. Jason had to drop back and finished in 3rd place. Anthony Alonso ran away with this race, and Tyler finished 2nd.

After leading most of the heat race in Thumpstar GP before finishing 2nd to undefeated Ben Morse, Jason was hoping to contest for a win in the final. Jason’s rear shock had broken in the heat race and he was able to finish 2nd even though he had no rebound. He was bouncing like a pogo stick, and while entertaining to watch, it was a little scary too. Jason was being hounded by Steven Zabzdyr, Andrew’s father, but Steven backed off on the last lap when he saw the suspension problems Jason had to ensure Jason would have a safe finish. My sincere thanks to Steven for his sportsmanship, and overall concern for the kids. With a broken shock and arm pump, Jason decided to skip the Thumpstar GP final so he would be fresh for the pocketbike race.

In 50 Light, Jason decided to ride his stock NSR instead of his more powerful modified NSR. He struggled to find a good race pace on the modified NSR all weekend. I think this was a case of “too many bikes” to get used to (although Jason will never admit that). Jason got another slow start, and was battling for 5th, when the arm pump would not allow him to push the pace. Jason dropped back and took 6th place.

All things considered, it was a good weekend. The ambulance stayed parked all weekend. The weather on Sunday was great. We got to sleep in Jason’s grandparents new motorhome. And there was some great racing.


9/21/2008 Adams Motorsports Park, Riverside, CA

After a very tough day at the races 2 weeks ago, Jason was anxious to get back on the track, and back on track, at the SCminiGP race at Adams Motorsports Park in Riverside, CA. Also, Jason added another motorcycle to his portfolio on Saturday. Jon Boucher worked out a trade with Jason where Jason will give his Blata Elite 14R to Jon at the end of this season so Jon’s son Brad can step up from Blata Cup to Semi-Pro Junior next year. In return, Jason gets Jon’s Thumpstar now to run in the Thumpstar GP class. The Thumpstar is a 125cc 4-stroke dirt bike style motorcycle set up for road racing. It looks like a motocross bike with road racing slicks.   

Jason wanted to show Jon that he was getting a good deal. Starting from pole, Jason gave up the lead going into the first corner, but came out of the banked “Big Monza” turn with the lead. Stepping it up from there, Jason blistered the field in Semi-Pro Junior with a runaway win, setting fast lap of the day for all pocketbike classes on his second lap. This is the 3rd pocketbike victory in a row for Jason, and allowed him to move within 1 point of the Championship lead.  

As for the Thumpstar GP class, Jason had never ridden a 4-stroke before. Jason rode the Thumpstar in practice Saturday, and thought it would be fun to try to race it Sunday. Asking Thumpstar GP Championship Leader, Ben Morse, to show him some lines for the race, Jason started to improve steadily. In the race, Jason really stepped up. He could not keep up with Ben, but finished in a solid second place.  

After much work last week getting Jason’s NSR50 repaired , Jason looked good in practice. On Saturday, he set a personal best of 53.64 seconds at Adam’s and was able to compete with the high-powered Metrakits. Adam’s is a relatively narrow track with only a few good places for passing. This makes it a difficult track for passing in a crowd. So when Jason muffed the start in the first race, he ended up gridded in 8th place for the main event. Jason was going to need a great start if he wanted to improve on his 2nd place position in the championship standings for 50 Light. Unfortunately, it was not to be this time. Jason again had a bad start and was last going into the first corner. Jason went to work and started picking off riders, but was being held up by slower riders at every corner. By the time he got around several riders, the race was over with Jason finishing in the middle of the pack in 7th Place.  

Jason wanted some more seat time on his new Thumpstar, so he entered in the Formula GP class, even though his stock bike was giving away several horsepower to the modified competitor’s bikes. Finding himself clinging to the tail of the main group, he was able to reel riders in on the twisty sections, only to have them pull away from him or repass on the straightaways. This went on for a few laps until a rider went down in front of Jason. Not being able to avoid the competitor’s bike that was down on the track, Jason went over the handlebars, spraining his wrist in the process. He was unable to continue when the race was restarted, and unable to ride in the Cross-Class Main pocketbike race, missing out on a possible showdown with SCminiGP Pocketbike Champion, Dominic Contreras. Maybe next month at Buttonwillow on October 4th and 5th.  

Jason added a new sponsor this weekend when he was asked to represent Aruba Sport Sunglasses. Jason is excited to be part of the Aruba Sports Team of sponsored athletes.

9/7/2008 Grange Motor Circuit, Apple Valley, CA

After 5 wins in the last 3 race days, Jason had high hopes for this weekend’s CMRRA race at Grange Motor Circuit. Jason had a good race pace in practice. Jason was going to ride his modified NSR50 in the 65GP class, and while he was definitely down on power to the 65s, his corner speed was looking good. Jason is still classified as a Novice in CMRRA, so he was starting in the second group of riders, behind the Expert class. In the 50 Stock class, Jason got a good start, and quickly caught the pack of 3 Experts who were battling for the lead. It became a 4 way battle for the lead as the first 4 riders were tightly packed. Jason was looking for an opportunity to move into 3rd and was starting to make a move when the lead rider lost the back end. The 2nd place rider went wide, off the track, but reentered in the lead. The 3rd place rider had nowhere to go, and had the brake hard to avoid the downed rider. Jason, also had nowhere to go and ran into the 3rd place rider, dropping his bike to the ground as he came to a stop. Jason was able to get back up but his bike had stalled. By the time Jason got his bike restarted, he was almost a lap down on the leader. Jason put his head down and went to work, recording his best lap times of the day, but could not catch any of the riders, finishing last in the Novice class.  

In the 65 GP class, Jason was determined to get a good start since he was down on power to the 65cc motors of his competition. Jason got a great launch, carrying his front wheel an inch off the ground as he surged into the lead. The Expert rider who had lined up in front of Jason at the start stalled his bike at the starting line. Jason did not have time to react, and with his front wheel not touching the ground, could not turn around the stalled rider in time. Slamming into the rear tire of the stalled rider, Jason’s bike flipped into the air.  “I landed on my head and shoulder, and started looking for my bike when; Bam! It came down right on top of me. The wheel was spinning faster as the throttle stuck open. It hurt!”, Jason said. The race was red flagged while the EMT came out to tend to the downed riders. Fortunately, Jason had no broken bones, but the NSR50 did not fare as well. The collision popped the front tire, bent the front forks, the triple clamp, the brake rotor, the frame,  broke the bearing race in the steering head, and damaged all of the bodywork. Jason hoped he could run his other NSR in the remaining 2 races to salvage what he could and hopefully get a podium finish overall. But Jason started having a stinging abdominal pain. After consulting with the EMT, he recommended a trip to the emergency hospital. After a 3 hour wait at the emergency hospital, it was sadly the end of Jason’s racing day, but the diagnosis of a badly bruised abdomen and no real damage was good news.  

We got back to the track in time to pack up and head for home. Thank you to Fulmer Helmets again for your protection. Thank you to Gabe Hernandez for quickly getting the bike off of Jason. Thanks to all the staff at CMRRA for helping Jason. Hopefully, we can get Jason’s bike ready for the next race in 2 weeks at Adam’s Motorsports Park.

8/10/2008 Willow Springs Raceway, Rosamond, CA 

 We were a little apprehensive about entering Jason in CMRRA’s Streets of Willow race this weekend. The track would be open for 2 days of practice before race day, but we would not be able to get there until race day. Missing both days of practice on a track that Jason had never ridden before, racing for the first time on a “big track” as opposed to the Kart tracks where all Jason’s other races have run, and just showing up on race day could not be the best combination for a successful race result. But Jason wanted the experience of riding a “big track”, so we entered him in the 50 Stock Novice class.  

Jason was fortunate to have an experienced rider, Ben Morse, show him the way around in his first practice. That really helped Jason find some fast lines around the track. It appeared that Jason was matching the pace of many of the fastest riders. Josh Serne, another top youth rider, battled Jason for several laps, with many passes back and forth. It was obvious that Jason was learning fast.  

In the first race, the Expert Riders grid ahead of the Novice riders and start first. When the Experts get to the second turn (about 1/3 of a mile), the Novices get the green flag from the starter. Jason did not get the best start, but by the time he came out of the first turn, he had pulled out a good lead. As he completed his first lap, he passed one of the expert riders who was having mechanical problems. On the next lap, coming down the hill toward the last turn, it was now obvious that Jason was closing on many of the expert riders who were not having mechanical problems. Jason was able to pick off many of the expert riders and finished in the middle of the pack of experts, easily winning the Novice class.  

In the second race, starting from the pole, Jason quickly ran away from the field. Jason eased up to ensure victory this time and still caught some of the experts. But his lap times were about 1 second slower than his earlier race pace. You could see that he was enjoying the ride though. Winning by a wide margin, Jason pumped his fist in the air as he crossed the finish line. 

This weekend was a big step up for Jason. Running on a big track for the first time and taking corners flat out in top gear could be a difficult adjustment for many riders, let alone one with less than 1 year of experience riding shifters. “That was the most fun I ever had at the track” was Jason’s reaction to running at Streets of Willow. “It is so much easier to pass people on a big track” Jason continued. 

8/3/2008 Buttonwillow Raceway Park, Buttonwillow, CA

Jason Aguilar returned to the top for the first time this year with his win in the NSR Cup at Buttonwillow this weekend. Then Jason followed that up with a second place finish in SCminiGP’s 50 Light Class, and a win in Semi-Pro Junior. Jason’s NSR50 started the weekend running strong, with Jason dropping his lap times by half a second every lap in the first practice. Toward the end of the second practice, the motor started to bog. That started a 2 day long effort to locate the problem and we just could not get the bike to run right. Jason ran the first race with the motor struggling and could only finish in 5th place. Jason was doing everything he could produce decent lap times, but the bike was really off. Then Rob Linders came to the rescue, offering Jason a ride on one of his 2 Active Forklift Racing Honda NSR50s.   

In the NSR Cup, Jason started from the back of the pack, on a bike that he had never ridden before. By the end of the second lap, Jason had worked his way up to 2nd place. By the 3rd lap, Jason was into the lead. Jason continued to press, and laid down a series of progressively faster laps, only easing up a little on the last lap for a dominating win. 

The 100+ degree weather was taking a toll on riders and machines on race day. In the 50 Light class, Jason chose to ride the Active Forklift Racing borrowed bike and had to start from he back of the grid due to the bike change. In front, Aaron Villasenor and Daytona Anderson pulled away and started a furious battle for the lead. Jason, Tyler Linders, and Brandon Kyee were battling for the final podium position. Just when it looked like Tyler was breaking away, his shift rod came loose and he was out of the race. Jason was able to create some distance from Brandon and looked set for a 3rd place finish. At the front, Daytona Anderson was able to get around Aaron Villasenor, but the battle was still on. Aaron tried an inside move to briefly take the lead but Daytona fought back. On the last lap, Aaron lost the back end, crashing out of the race. Jason was able to motor past to a second place finish.   

At the start of the weekend, Paul Grasham, Team Manager for Team Blata USA, tuned Jason’s bike to perfection. Jason and Andrew Zabzdyr battled each other all weekend. Jason, who was able to run with the lead pack for the first time this year in last month’s race, was hungry for the win. “I really want to focus on the Semi-Pro Junior race. I know I can win.” Jason stated on Saturday. In the heat race, Jason was able to get the lead early and checked out from the pack with a convincing lead. In the final, although starting from pole position, Andrew was able to nudge past Jason for the lead in the first corner. Jason was trying every line he could to find a way past Andrew, but Andrew would not crack. On the third lap, Jason was finally able to squeeze past and into the lead. Andrew battled back in the next turn, but Jason was able to hold him off. Then Jason started pushing the pace and opened up a gap that he held to the finish.   

A huge “Thank You!” to Rob Linders and Active Forklift for giving Jason a chance for 2 podium finishes.  Another huge thank you to Paul Grasham and Team Blata USA.

  

7/6/2008 Grange Motor Circuit, Apple Valley CA
Jason Aguilar returned to the podium with a 3rd place finish in the Semi-Pro Junior Class at SCminiGP’s July race. Jason, who has been plagued with tuning issues, finally got the clutch dialed in on his Team Blata USA Blata Elite 14R pocketbike. The factory sponsored rider had just gotten his bike back from the Team Blata USA mechanic in time for the start of the Heat race. Not having time to adjust to the retuned clutch, Jason popped a big wheelie at the start and then settled into 3rd place. Jason, who had problems staying with the front runners earlier this season, was now able to hang with the lead pack. Applying pressure to Andrew Zabsdyr, Jason was battling for second, with Anthony Alonso maintaining a slim margin in the lead. On the last lap, the group came up on a lapped rider, and the real excitement begin. Anthony Alonso was able to get through cleanly, but Jason and Andrew both took an inside line around the slower rider and Jason was forced onto the rumble strip when he and Andrew made contact. Jason was then knocked off the rumble strip and into the dirt on the inside of the corner for a few feet. Andrew was forced to let off the gas momentarily to regain control, while Jason stayed  on the throttle, allowing Jason to take 2nd place. Andrew mounted a late surge, and tried to draft Jason at the finish, but Jason was able hold him off for second place behind Anthony Alonso.   

In the final, the same 3 riders took off in a pack, this time with Zabsdyr, Alonso, and Jason pulling away early. Jason was having a problem in one place on the track due to carburetor hesitation, allowing the other 2 to pull away by 30 yards, and would spend the rest of the lap chasing them down. Jason tried several drafting moves down the straightaway and came very close to sticking a pass, but in the end, he had to settle for 3rd place. Andrew Zabsdyr got his first win, with Alonso second, and then Jason. Jason was the first one to congratulate Andrew on his win, and the 3 top finishers congregated at the Aguilar Racing pit to discuss and relive a great race. Jason, set a personal best in the final, dropping his previous best by over 3 seconds during the weekend. Considering the over 100 degree weather, and the tire and tuning problems that can cause, this was an impressive performance.  

In the 50 Light class, Jason once again had to go against several more powerful 4 strokes, as well as the Metrakit of Tyler Linders that reportedly puts out double the horsepower of the NSR50 that Jason was riding. We had planned on giving Jason a more powerful motor to be able to run with the more powerful bikes, but piston pin failure (or probably more accurately, dad failure to properly install the piston clip) led to destruction of the WRW Racing prepared cylinder and head that could have given him the power to compete with the frontrunners. Two weeks prior, with the WRW Racing parts on the bike, Jason recorded a personal best of 1:11.43 at Grange. Stepping up to the challenge, Jason lowered that time to 1:10.80 by the end of practice on Saturday, using stock parts instead of his specially prepared parts that we destroyed in the previous weekend’s practice. At the start of the heat race, Jason was in third place behind Aaron Villasenor and Anthony Alonso. Tyler Linders got a terrible start, but quickly worked his way through the pack and battled Jason for position. Coming onto the straightaway, Tyler blew past Jason, and then into second. Jason attached himself to Anthony, and they finished 3rd and 4th. Jason, who was not able to keep up with the KLX110 and DRZ110 4 strokes in the previous races, was able to maintain a solid advantage over those bikes this time, and recorded 3 consecutive personal best lap times in the final 3 laps of the race, with a 1:09.80 on his last lap.   

Jason was really nervous before the final. “I finally feel like a have a chance to battle for the podium”, Jason confided before the race. This time, Jason did not get a good start, and found himself in 7th coming out of the first turn. With his work now cut out for him, and the two 110cc 4 strokes ahead of him, Jason had to step it up.  Jason worked his way past one of the 4 strokes and another crashed out, allowing Jason to move into 4th place behind Villasenor, Linders, and Alonso. Jason tried a few times to pass Alonso at the end of the straightaway, but was not able to make it stick. On the second to last lap, Jason was held up by a slower rider that he was trying to lap, allowing Daytona Anderson to close in right behind Jason. On the last lap, they again encountered a slower rider. Daytona took a different line and moved past Jason into 4th place, but Jason battled back and got the position back. As they came up to the uphill backstraight, Daytona’s 4 stroke had the drive to catch Jason, and a late-braking battle was on! Jason maintained a slim margin and coming onto the main straight, he had just enough drive to hold off Daytona’s drafting move. It was a hard fought 4th place, with Jason recording a personal best of 1:09.06 in the final.  

At the end of the day, Jason told me that he was a little frustrated because he knew he could have gone faster, but he was really happy to be battling with the leaders instead of trying to catch the lead pack. We will be looking forward to some new engine parts from WRW Racing to get Jason a little closer to his goals next month.  

Thank you to all of Jason’s Sponsors and their Support:  

Team Blata USA 
Motorex
Fulmer Helmets
SixSixOne Protection
Vortex Racing
Tayomotors
Morris Chiropractic

June 7-8, 2008 California Speedway, Fontana, CA
SCminiGP Race
Jason showed that he can stay with the lead group now in the 50 Light class. Jason started the weekend with personal bests in the 50 Light class and Semi-Pro Junior class at California Speedway in Saturday practice. He showed that he could stay with the leaders. We were excitedly looking forward to race day by the end of the practice sessions.
In the first heat race, Jason got a good start on his Aguilar Racing Honda NSR50 and held his grid position of 3rd place coming out of the first corner. However, Jason was not able to hold off some of the 110cc 4 strokes and dropped back to 6th place at the end. He was running 1:04 lap times matching the lap times of the fastest NSR riders in the group. This was an important step in Jason’s progress. In the pocketbike heat race, Jason was not able to match the starts of the lead group, but was able to maintain the gap, and finished in 4th place.
In the 50 Light final, Jason again held his position and was running in a pack of 5 riders battling for 2nd place. Jason tried several late braking moves at the end of the straightaway, but the faster 4 strokes were too strong coming out of the corners. Coming into the Kornakurva turn at the top of the track, Anthony Alonso tried an inside pass on another rider and hit a cone, losing the front end and sliding across the track. Tyler Linders and Jason had to swerve off the track to avoid Anthony and his NSR50. Jason had to turn around and find a place to reenter the track as he had to go outside the barrier on the outside to avoid a crash. By the time he got back on the track, Tyler had lost contact with the pack and was about 75 yards ahead of Jason. Rather than get discouraged, Jason took off after the pack with a vengeance. Jason stepped it up a notch and started running laps in the 1:03s and was closing on Tyler Linders, who was also closing on the pack battling for 2nd. By the final lap, Jason had caught up to Tyler, and a furious battle began. Jason stuck a wheel in on Tyler in a couple of turns, but Tyler was able to fight back. Going into the final corner, Jason was getting excellent drive, and Tyler was giving it all he had. Jason swung out from the draft and just drove for the finish line, missing 4th place by a couple of feet. This battle was a nostalgic return to the battles that Tyler and Jason used to have on their pocketbikes when they both began their road racing careers last year. It was really fun to watch these two close friends battling cleanly but aggressively for position.
In the 50 Cross Class Main, the SCminiGP, 50 Light and 50 Heavy riders squared off against each other for bragging rights. Starting from 11th on the grid, Jason had to battle his way back to the lead group. In a repeat of the 50 Light, a group of 5 riders were in a pack battling for 2nd place. Jason was able to stick with the pack this time, but was not able to stick any passes. With a 5th place finish, Jason was satisfied to finish behind some more powerful 4 strokes, and a couple of the fastest NSR riders in the country. We learned that we need more power to run with the front runners. For the next race, we will have a new top end, reworked by Billy Wiese of WRW Racing, that we hope will give him the power to battle for the win. In the Pocketbike Semi-Pro Junior Final race, Jason was not able to get a good start aboard his Team Blata USA sponsored Blata Elite 14R. With new clutch springs installed, we guessed wrong on the settings, and his starts did not improve. He settled into 4th place and was able to close on the leaders for the first 2 laps. After that the front end shake was getting too bad, and Jason had to settle for 4th place. In the Semi-Pro Cross Class Main, the older riders on their more powerful water-cooled machines are matched against the lighter kids on their air-cooled machines. Jason was finally able to chase down the 3rd place rider from the Semi-Pro Junior final, and start applying some pressure. The pressure worked, and Jason was able to move into 4th place where he finished the race. While we struggled with clutch setup, carburetor settings, and tire pressure settings all weekend with the pocketbike, Jason was still able to run personal best lap times on race day.


5/18/2008 Grange Motor Circuit, Apple Valley, CA
Four kids decided to team up to run the CMRRA 8 Hour Endurance Race at Grange Motor Circuit on May 17, 2008. They are:
Anthony Alonso, 2007 4.2 Pocketbike SMRRC Champion, 10 years old
Jason Aguilar, 2007 Blata Cup Champion, 11 years old
Tyler Linders, 2007 Blata Cup Runner-up, 12 years old
Justin Ducut, 2007 STTARS 85-160 Champion and #1 Plate Rider, 2007 CMRRA 85 Champion, 2007 CMRRA 85GP Champion, 2007 CMRRA Open Thunder Champion, 2007 CMRRA Open Motard Champion, 13 years old  

The kids formed Team PDF (Poison Dart Frog Racing), and raced on the Aguilar Racing, Motorex, SixSixOne, Fulmer Helmets, Tayomotors.com, and Morris Chiropractic sponsored Honda NSR50. The 4 dads, led by professional mechanic Joey Ducut, formed the support team.  

After taking a minimum number of practice laps to save the Vee Rubber Racing Slicks for the long hot day, the race started at 11:43AM. Tyler Linders started the team’s ride getting a 3rd place start. Tyler quickly got up to speed and began closing on the leaders. After a few laps, Tyler caught the 2 leaders and started a battle for the lead. Working past the 2 lead teams, Tyler put our Team in first place at the end of his first stint. Due to a long pit exit and reentrance route, we had dropped to 3rd place by the time Anthony Alonso entered the track. This was Anthony’s first day riding at Grange Motor Circuit, but he proved to be a fast learner. Anthony settled into a steady race pace as he continued to learn the track.   

The Team’s strategy was to limit the riders to 20-30 minute sessions to keep the young men from getting tired as temperatures were going to reach near 100 degrees. By keeping the kids fresh, we felt we would minimize mistakes and ensure that we would finish. The adult teams were staying out for longer sessions, and this cost us several laps as each rider change took about one lap’s time.  

Jason Aguilar was up next and the Team continued hold onto 3rd place by a good margin. Once Justin took over from Jason, he set off a blistering series of laps, passing the leaders and setting fast lap of the race. A lap time of 1:10 is a very strong lap time for a stock NSR. Justin laid down a series of 1:10s in 90+ degree weather in an endurance race. Remarkable! Not to be shown up, Tyler Linders started his second session with his own series of 1:10 lap times, reducing the lead by also passing the 2 teams ahead of us.  

With 24 teams on the track, ranging from 450cc Supermoto bikes to our Stock 50 bikes, the track was crowded and made for some interesting moments. By the time the first results were posted on the bulletin board, we were surprised to find that, not only were we in 3rd place, but we were in 4th place overall, ahead of many bigger and faster bikes. The kid’s performances were solid. Justin set the fastest lap of the race in the Stock 50 class with a 1:10.116 lap time. Tyler posted a 1:10.3 lap time while chasing the second place Team, waving bye-bye as he passed and gapped them.  Anthony was overheating in the hot weather, but after borrowing Jason’s SixSixOne Core Cooler, he was feeling much better and continued to improve his lap times throughout the day. During the final hour of the race, both Justin and Tyler were still lapping in the 1:10s. The Motorex lubricants were doing their job as the bike ran flawlessly throughout the race. The Vee Rubber Slicks were unproven at this race distance, but they held up as evidenced by the lap times at the end of the race. Anthony handed the bike off to Jason for the last stint after the 2nd place Team crashed and could not continue. Jason moved into second place by a wide margin, and rather than take it easy, he ran his fastest laps of the race at the end. Taking the checkered fag at 7:43PM, the Team celebrated a long but successful day.
The guys finished 2nd in Stock 50 Class, out of 15 Teams, and 3rd overall.

 

5/4/2008 California Speedway, Fontana, CA
It was a difficult weekend for Jason Aguilar at SCminiGP’s opening race this weekend. Plagued by pit manager error, tuning, and tire problems, Jason was left off the podium for the first time in a SCminiGP race. The Motorex, SixSixOne, Fulmer Helmets, Tayomotors.com, Team Factory Blata USA, and Morris Chiropractic sponsored rider started the weekend well on Saturday, posting personal bests on his Team Factory Blata USA pocketbike and his Honda NSR50. Jason lowered his best time on the pocketbike by 2.78 seconds and was looking to be a contender in the SemiPro Jr Division. On Sunday, Jason’s woes started when he had to draw a number from a hat to determine 1st heat starting order. Jason picked last. Then, due to a miscalculation by his Dad, he ran out of gas on the final lap of the 1st heat race while closing on the leaders. A big “oops” and “I’m so sorry” were in order for that one. That put Jason at the back of the grid for the main. In the main, it was obvious that the bike was not running right as Jason’s times were about 4 seconds off his best. The weather had cooled and the carburetor needed to be rejetted.  Jason was forced to settle for 4th in the SemiPro Jr Main. We then had only a few minutes to rejet before the Cross Class Main that combines the SemiPro Jr. and SemiPro Sr. riders. We guessed wrong on the jetting, and Jason still did not have his bike running right when he had to go back out for the Cross Class Main. Jason was giving it everything he had trying to stay in touch with the lead group on an underpowered bike when he highsided off the track ending his race for the day. The Fulmer helmet did its job, as Jason was able to walk away from a hard crash. Thanks again Fulmer. 
Jason fared a little better in his SCminiGP shifter debut in the 50 Light class. Jason lowered his personal best by 4 seconds in Saturday’s practice! Again starting near the back, Jason had to fight his way through traffic to finish 8th in the first heat. Jason managed a 6th in the Main, and was able to duplicate that result in the Cross Class Main, beating all of the adults. Jason was not satisfied, but considering that he had never ridden a shifter until December 2007, he is doing very well. While the NSR50s were underpowered compared to the Metrakits and bigger 4-stroke motors, the NSRs of Anthony Alonso, Tyler Linders, and Jason Aguilar accounted for half of the first 6 positions. This was especially encouraging as those 3 youngsters, plus Justin Ducut, will be racing Jason’s NSR50 against other stock NSR50s in the upcoming 8 hour endurance race at Grange Motor Circuit in Apple Valley on May 17th. They are looking to be one of the favorite Teams for this race. Jason was not satisfied to be left off the podium for the first time in his SCminiGP career. Previously, he had always managed at least a 2nd place finish. As we drove home from the race, a tired, battered, and sore Jason confided: “I’m already planning my revenge”.

3/9/2008 Grange Motor Circuit, Apple Valley, CA - After a long wait and 2 rain delays, Jason's 2008 season started with his first CMRRA race and first shifter race aboard his Aguilar Racing 2004 Honda NSR50R. Racing in the Novice Division 50 Stock Class, Jason managed a hard fought 4th place finish. Overall, the race was a great learning experience that found Jason lowering his personal best at Grange by 4 seconds. Jason was practicing race starts, but found that watching his tach, trying to listen to his motor while over 20 other NSRs were revving, and watching the starter, was a lot harder than practicing by himself. He got off to a poor start in the first race, but moved into 4th place. After a great battle with Ben Kinoshita, he was in 5th place behind 2 riders who were holdng him up, but Jason could not make the pass.  Jason ended the first race in 5th place. "It was frustrating because I knew I could have battled for 2nd if I could have gotten past the 2 riders who were holding me up" stated Jason.
In the second race, Jason got bumped by a rider who outweighed him by a good 130 lbs, and ended up doing an over-the-handlebars highside. Jason was shook up, but was able to remount and discovered that the race was redflagged due to an accident on another part of the track. After the restart, Jason was back in 8th place. Jason started picking off riders until he got into 4th place. By that time, the lead group had established too big a margin for Jason to catch and he had to settle for 4th.

 

 

 

 

 

 

3/9/2008 Grange Motor Circuit, Apple Valley, CA - After a long wait and 2 rain delays, Jason's 2008 season started with his first CMRRA race and first shifter race aboard his Aguilar Racing 2004 Honda NSR50R. Racing in the Novice Division 50 Stock Class, Jason managed a hard fought 4th place finish. Overall, the race was a great learning experience that found Jason lowering his personal best at Grange by 4 seconds. Jason was practicing race starts, but found that watching his tach, trying to listen to his motor while over 20 other NSRs were revving, and watching the starter, was a lot harder than practicing by himself. He got off to a poor start in the first race, but moved into 4th place. After a great battle with Ben Kinoshita, he was in 5th place behind 2 riders who were holdng him up, but Jason could not make the pass.  Jason ended the first race in 5th place. "It was frustrating because I knew I could have battled for 2nd if I could have gotten past the 2 riders who were holding me up" stated Jason. In the second race, Jason got bumped by a rider who outweighed him by a good 130 lbs, and ended up doing an over-the-handlebars highside. Jason was shook up, but was able to remount and discovered that the race was redflagged due to an accident on another part of the track. After the restart, Jason was back in 8th place. Jason started picking off riders until he got into 4th place. By that time, the lead group had established too big a margin for Jason to catch and he had to settle for 4th.

11/11/07 California Speedway, Fontana, CA - In the final race of the SCminiGP season, Jason Aguilar found himself way behind after a first lap crash. Although once again starting from pole position, Jason had to chase after Gabe Hernandez who got a huge holeshot leading into the first turn. Jason had closed on Gabe halfway through the first lap when Gabe lowsided coming out of a tight right hand turn. Jason was starting to put a move on Gabe for the lead, and being just inches behind Gabe, was unable to avoid hitting him. Jason highsided and flew off the bike. "I picked up my bike and it was still running. Just then I heard a bunch of guys go past. I gassed it before I was completely  on my bike to get back in the race, but I thought my chances of winning were gone", explained Jason. Quickly remounting as the group of riders zoomed past, Jason found himself in 4th place, but way behind the top three riders. Jason put his head down and went to work. By the start of the 3rd lap, he had closed the gap on the front three. Picking off the 3rd place rider coming up to the finish line, Jason stepped it up another notch and moved into second with a strong inside move. Now taking after the leader, Jason put an outside-to-inside move on the leader coming into the grandstand turn to complete his comeback and take the lead. Once in the lead, Jason created a 5 bike length lead, but second place Tyler Linders was able to get right behind Jason again when they encountered some backmarkers. Jason decided that was too close and he extended his lead to 15 bike lengths, and held that margin to the finish. It turned out to be an excellent finish to a dream season for Jason, capping the 2007 Blata Cup Championship he secured in the previous race.

10/21/07 Buttonwillow Raceway Park, Buttonwillow, CA - Jason Aguilar wrapped up the Blata Cup Championship today with his second place finish in the Blata Cup race. With a 28 point lead and one race remaining, Jason has become the 2007 Blata Cup Champion. Team Factory BlataUSA will provide a factory sponsored ride for Jason next year in the Semi-Pro Junior division.
Jason was able to secure pole position with a dominating win in the semifinal heat. But in the final, Gabe Hernandez III got the holeshot with Jason giving chase. It was a back and forth battle, with Jason catching and passing Gabe in the turns, but Gabe outaccelerating Jason down the straights. Finally, Gabe was able to open up a gap when they lapped some slower riders, and Gabe went on to take the win ahead of Jason.

9/9/07 California Speedway, Fontana, CA - Jason Aguilar returned to the top of the podium today with his best performance of the year. SCminiGP changed the layout to counterclockwise and added 2 new highly technical sections to make the track more challenging this round. Jason, a very technical rider, adapted quickly to the new layout, running fastest lap in each practice on Saturday. Jason led every practice session except the last one when he lowsided and threw his chain exiting one of the new technical sections. Bouncing back after a 3 minute delay to get his chain back on, Jason set the fastest lap of the day on his next lap.
On Sunday, Gabe Hernandez III brought his "A-Game" and stepped up to challenge Jason's dominance from the prior day's sessions. In the heat race, Gabe, with his 20 lb weight advantage, blew past Jason at the end of the straightaway to take the lead on the inside. Jason fought back with an outside to inside move to take the lead on the same turn. Moving into the next turn, Jason pulled away and looked like he might run away from Gabe, but Gabe once again closed the gap on the straightaway. This continued until the final lap when Gabe made his move for the lead coming into the decreasing radius turn. Just as he pulled up to Jason, Gabe caught a footpeg and lowsided off the track as Jason went on to win and secure pole position.
In the final, Jason was able to grab the lead and quickly gapped the field, leaving nothing to chance this time. Jason set the fastest lap of the weekend on his second lap and then settled into a pace that the others could not match. Gabe and Jason's training partner, Tyler Linders, fought a furious back and forth battle for second place, with Gabe just edging out Tyler at the finish. As Jason took the checkered flag, he pumped his fist in the air, showing everyone just how much this win meant to him.

8/12/07 Grange Motor Circuit, Apple Valley, CA - Jason Aguilar has his first double podium finish. With a second place finish in Blata Cup and a third place finish in Semi-Pro Junior, Jason extends his lead in the Blata Cup Championship and makes an impressive debut as he moves up to Semi-Pro Junior.
Jason and Gabe Hernandez had a terrific battle in the Blata Cup Heat race, but Gabe fought off every pass attempt and was able to out accelerate Jason every time. The Final was more of the same as Gabe, with his 20 lb weight advantage got the holeshot and pulled away to his first win in Blata Cup. Jason ran a perfect race, and would close in the corners, but could not match Gabe's accleration.
Jason made his official debut in Semi-Pro Junior this weekend. He showed in practice that he had potential to run with the big boys when he caught and passed last year's Blata Cup Champion in his last practice session. With the 105 degree weather on race day, Jason's Chief Mechanic had a difficult time tuning Jason's bike and he was down on power compared to the top riders. In the Heat Race, Jason had a terrible start, but finished a respectable 4th. Getting a better start in the Final, Jason battled his way into 3rd place on the first lap but the top 2 riders had already pulled out to a 50 yard lead. Jason went to work and gradually reduced the gap between second and third to a few feet when the second place rider went off the track and into the hay bales. Jason moved into second and started trying to close the gap on first when the race was redflagged due to the fallen rider. When they restarted, the fallen rider was allowed to restart in second place, and Jason was not able to get past him this time. Still, 3rd place was an excellent finish for Jason.

8/8/07 Mission Viejo, CA - Jason Aguilar welcomes Morris Chiropractic as a new Aguilar Racing sponsor. Jason has previously benefitted from the services of Marcus A. Morris, DC and looks forward to being well adjusted for each race.  The Aguilar Family has been going to Dr Morris for 4 decades and recommends his services without reservation. Morris Chiropractic is located in Mission Viejo, CA at 23436 Madero #120. Dr Morris's phone number is 949-855-6213.

7/8/07 California Speedway, Fontana, CA - Jason Aguilar finished second in the best Blata Cup race of the year. Starting in second place, Jason grabbed a quick holeshot, but was out-accelerated by Gabe Hernandez going into the first turn, with Pole Position starter Kai Blas right behind in third. Coming into the second lap, Jason checked up to put an outside-to-inside move on Gabe. Just as he started to make his move, Kai dove to the inside forcing Jason wide and back into third place with Kai taking the lead. Jason took 2 laps to get around Gabe while Kai extended his lead. Jason battled back with the fastest lap of the race to close in on Kai going into the last lap. Just when Jason was ready to make his move, they came up on a cluster of 3 backmarkers. Weaving through tight traffic in the race's most heartstopping moment, the guys emerged in the same positions, and crossed the finish line with Kai just ahead of Jason.

6/10/07 Grange Motor Circuit, Apple Valley, CA - Jason Aguilar took his second win to extend his lead in the Blata Cup Championship. Jason capped off a perfect weekend with a wire to wire win in the Blata Cup final Sunday.  During Saturday's practice sessions, Jason led every lap. On Sunday, Jason again led every lap. Starting from pole position, Jason jumped out to an early lead and was able to pull away to a comfortable lead. Jason continued to pick up the pace and dropped his lap times into the 49s before taking the checkered flag.

5/14/07 California Speedway, Fontana, CA - Jason Aguilar takes his first win! Jason took sole possession of the Blata Cup Championship points lead and the Blata Cup Sponsorship. After a weekend of furious battles for the lead, Jason took his first career win. Pressed hard by Kai Blas and Gabe Hernandez III, Jason fought several lead changes and pass attempts before taking his first checkered flag.

4/15/07 Grange Motor Circuit, Apple Valley, CA - Jason Aguilar is now tied for the Blata Cup Championship Points Lead and the Blata Cup Sponsorship. After a furious battle that saw numerous lead changes and both leaders crashing on the final lap, Jason had to settle for second when he could not get his bike restarted in time to get back on the track to retain the lead. Jason is now focussing his efforts on California Speedway next month as he goes for his first win.

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