“Focus” on Ben Gloddy
Ben Gloddy Updates From the Race Track
Up and coming racer has excellent weekend racing!
July 14, 2018
I had a great weekend overall at Penguin Racing School and the LRRS races last weekend (July 6-8) on my Ninja 300. And of course, I had a lot of fun!!!
On Friday, I spent the day on the track and in the classroom with the Penguin Racing School Mentor Program with Eric Wood and John Grush. As always, I learned a lot and had a great time with everyone and met some new people.
Saturday, was my first day at LRRS as an Amateur. I ran in the combined classes for the weekend against mostly experts and some amateurs. For my first race of the weekend, I had a good start from the back row in the Combined 300 Supersport class and went into turn one in 6th place. Going into turn three, I was able to pass one rider. I was in 5th place for a couple laps and then the leader crashed, putting me into 4th. Fortunately, Gunnar was okay! I was able to pass another rider going into turn three again and ran in 3rd place for roughly one lap and then Adam Guyer crashed in turn six (thankfully he is okay too!), which put me in 2nd place. I was able to hold my position for the remainder of my race. I was happy with my lap times and overall performance in this race and ran a personal best of 1:23.11. My goal coming into the weekend was to get into the 23’s, so I was excited!
On Sunday, my first race was the Combined 500 Supersport class. I had a good race and knowing I was up against some bigger bikes, my main focus was to just do my best. I went into turn one in 4th place from the back row and was passed by Gunnar and Adam going into turn three. I had a good battle going with Shawn Barron for a bit until I was able to pass him going into turn six. I had an open track for a couple laps and was able to catch one of the Ninja 400’s and battle with him for a little bit until I passed him in turn three. Then I had an open track holding 4th place for the remainder of the race.
Sunday afternoon, I ran in the Combined 300 Superbike class. I was feeling great, coming from another back row start, picking off people from my 6th place position going into turn one. I was able to pass a couple riders going into turn three on the first lap and from there I picked other riders off until I was in 2nd place. Unfortunately, on the 6th lap going into turn one, I lost the front and crashed. Due to my Air-Vest deploying, I was unable to rejoin the race and sat out with the corner workers until the race was complete. I did bang my knee and thumb pretty good, but I have no serious injuries thanks to all of my safety gear and my RT-RACE boots. I was definitely bummed that I crashed out of my 2nd place position, because I felt I was running a great race, but I learned from the crash and will make improvements. I also got my lap times consistently into the 1:22’s with a new personal best of 1:22.22.
I am really looking forward to the next LRRS round in August. I am excited to be learning each time I go out on the track, even when the outcome isn’t what I had hoped for.