LONG POST WARNING!!
Where have we been?
It's unfortunate that over the past few years, we've fallen silent. This has been due to a slew of different things but most predominantly it was due to the fact that we no longer have a Race Car. This decision that we reached back in 2014 was an extremely difficult one, but we felt it was in the best favor to release our assets and take a different path for the time being. Being a low budget team, it was extremely hard to keep going and an opportunity to relocate came up, and we felt it was best to pursue that. The lack of update when it happened was mostly because of how quick everything happened. Over the past few years, life has thrown a bunch of bumps and curves that we can not prepare for. In 2014, my Father was diagnosed with Lung Cancer and as a result now has only one and a half lung remaining and is doing his best to get through each day. In late 2014, my Mother was diagnosed with what they thought was Bone Cancer and subsequently, passed on in early 2015.
With everything happening so closely together, I took the time that I could to distract myself from the evident hurt that these bring on you. During this time, I've since discovered my passion for Motorcycles. It's painfully obvious every time I sit down on a bike and start it up, that my love for racing is still as new as it was the day I got my Ministock, if not more. The only issue is, I'm tired of being that guy on the bike who rides like an $#@. I'll be perfectly honest and completely transparent, I'm tired of being stuck on the streets. I want to take it to a track, where I can rip on that throttle in a safe environment. That is exactly what I'm going to try to do!
What do we have?
For the time being, we currently have a 2013 Suzuki GSXR 1000 in our 'garage' how ever, there's an issue with this bike. As far as track concerns go, the bike is too big. It has the straight line speed but the cornering has a lot left to be desired. With that, I'm wanting to move down from a 1000CC to a 600CC bike. I feel like this would be a great idea to learn on since CCs doesn't always equate to performance, weird huh? The difference is that a 600CC, though it's not as fast is lighter and can corner better which is exactly what you want on a track. Now, as far as the bike itself goes, it's currently damaged. The bike had an argument with a fence and ultimately came out half victorious, half not. It essentially obliterated the fairings but left the frame and suspension in tact, minus the left handlebar which is now hanging by the wires.
I won't lie to you, I got this GSXR when I was working near full time at Dollar General so I decided financing was the best idea to get a reliable bike.. Well, shortly after picking the bike up I was cut hours at Dollar General. Went from 40 to 32 hours then down to 12 and ultimately 0. So, I'm looking at returning it to the Dealership and sticking to four wheels as a daily and getting a track specific bike.
What is it going to take?
Dedication. Simply enough, it's going to take dedication and time. Due to the life situation that I'm currently in, funds are low and we're putting all of our efforts to stay a float. This is something that I'm going to keep pushing for and will get done within hopefully three years. I've had the pleasure of communicating with a few companies such as Comet Racing Leathers to get discount Sponsorships, how ever, funding just was not there. As you can see on the left, that was a draft for a custom fitted suit for track days and race events at a great price - but the money just wasn't there. So what I plan to do is to slowly build up on what I need. Buy it one at a time. This is going to tease me and make me want to get on the track even more but you do what you have to do. I still have quite a bit of practice left to be worthy of entering any race competitions, how ever, I will try to get as many track days under my belt once I get situated. I'm going to seek out private parking lots to help with cornering practice and such like that but the biggest thing right now is to get a bike road worthy. I'm unsure if I want to open up sponsorship packages as I have no solid track time as of yet, but as you all know me, I'm very open minded and am under the ideology that "anything can happen" and I could in theory meet that one individual who wants to help fund the team.
In summary, I don't know why I'm posting this - I just wanted to let everyone know I'm as a live as I can be and there is intent with Fortsch Motorsports, we just have to find our time.