The last round was NOLA. I had high hopes coming into this round having tested here earlier in the season. But when it came time to get on the track and ride I had a hard time trying to find a rhythm. When it came time for the race, I figured it out. Having to get through some traffic in the opening laps after my poor qualifying, I dropped two seconds, just like that. I caught the riders in front of me and was battling for 10th place, with just a couple laps to go it got red flagged by a downed rider. We were having a great battle. The previous lap he led me across the finish line and this is where I finished 11th.
I ended the year in 10th overall for west coast points.
This was a great year of learning and having fun in my first full season of AMA Pro Road Racing. I hope to have many more, as I feel I am ready to ride at the next level. All my thanks have to go to Motorcycle-Superstore.com
(Tim, Erick, Sequoyah and all the crew) for helping me out this entire year. Getting me to the track and helping out with everything I've needed, they've been the best sponsor I could have asked for. I am very thankful for what they have done for me. Don Becklin and Shawn Roberti, I can't tell you how much I appreciate your confidence in me. Special thanks to my dad for working his butt of doing everything he can at home and at the track to get me a great bike to ride each and every weekend; without him none of this would be possible. Sage Wilkinson and SDS Performance; you loaned us your shop to build the bikes and built some of the strongest motors in the paddock. Your knowledge of everything motorcycle is amazing. Thank you too Ronnie, Katy, Chase and Nick from RSRacecraft for helping me out with whatever I needed whether it was tools, track info or even lunch; it was always nice to know you guys were there. Rayno and everyone at Alpinestars
; you guys protected me from some serious stuff this year! Quality people and quality gear. Bell Helmets
, Benny; thanks for everything. I tested your product more than I would have liked this year. It performed amazingly. I am lucky to be wearing Bell Helmets
. FMF pipes
, your pipes helped propel us to some top trap speeds this year. Quality through and through. Steve at Evol Technologies, your support and confidence in me was awesome. Along with the best rearsets, thanks for everything. Frank from Lyons machine, our engines would not have been as good without you. Aaron at RAW N-R-G, the best fuel for athletes! Miss riding with you. The Rothenburgers at Loudart. Silkolene, Galfer, Sharkskins, Vortex, Dunlop, Latus motors and my boy Andy at DebrinoDesigns. Last but not least my Mom for letting me follow my dreams even in a dangerous sport.
In the end Garret, Chuck, Zack, Sage, Mom, Dad and everyone from Motorcycle Superstore.
Thank You! See you fighting for the podium next year!
-Devon McDonough, DM63