250 Words: San Francisco

February 3, 2010 9:41am
When the checkered flag flew at the Lites race in San Francisco, it not only ushered in the year’s newest race winner, it also marked the halfway point of the season for the Lites Western Region. Let’s take a quick look at how it sits between our leader and the closest challenger.

  • Trey Canard leads Jake Weimer in San Francisco.
Up until San Francisco, Monster Energy/Pro Circuit’s Jake Weimer had thoroughly dominated the class, winning every heat and main he entered. He was beginning to look unbeatable, until a new winner emerged in the form of Trey Canard. The GEICO Powersports Honda rider showed some dominance of his own by leading every single lap in both the main and his heat race. Even his fastest and average lap times (in the main) were untouchable. It’s worth noting that this was only Canard’s fourth race back after breaking his wrist in the summer. Still, is it too little too late?

With four races left, Weimer enjoys a sixteen-point lead over Trey Canard in second, and a twenty-three point lead over Wil Hahn in third. Even if Canard wins every race from here on out, Weimer would still win the title by four points, provided he finishes second in those races. But if Weimer takes a fourth, or a couple of thirds and Canard does win the remaining races, they will find themselves tied. Having won the most races, Canard would get the nod for the title. Throw in the threat of rain in Seattle, and all bets are off. Of course, don’t expect Weimer to be hanging out much in fourth, third, or even second.

In racing, anything can, and often does, happen. A quick glance at the current premier class madness is proof of that. Stay tuned, as something tells me the second half of the Western Region Lites season is going to be interesting.