Professional rider on closed course competition.
Gray steps in quickly and performs well at Hangtown
May 22, 2006
Sacramento CA - May 22, 2006 - The opening of the Outdoor National Season found Team WBR handicapped by medical issues, but still upbeat with the addition of a new rider.
Ryan Sipes, who has been out since January with a broken foot had been practicing for about a month and was expected to be back on the track for this event. However, a practice crash injured Ryan's hand, holding off his reentry until the third or fourth round of the outdoor Nationals.
Sipes teammate, Ryan Morais was eagerly anticipating this first race of the outdoor season as well, coming off a fifth place finish in Las Vegas . At the last minute though, a non-racing related medical issue sidelined him temporarily as well. With some luck Morais should be back by round two or three.
Team Owner Brad Williams accelerated a planned addition and brought in the Western 4-Stoke Nationals Ace, Brian Gray.
"I'm really excited about adding Bran to the team," Williams said, "We've had our eye on him for a while and feel he will be a great addition to WBR”.
Brian received his new Suzuki RM-Z250 racebike a day before Sunday's event. Brian raced the Hangtown event primarily to represent WBR sponsors and to learn the feel of the WBR RM-Z250. Being basically the first time on the bike, a top finish would have been optimistic. Gray rode smart and cautious in order to get used to the bike.
"Brian really liked the bike but was struggling with the suspension," Williams explained. "There was no time to get it dialed in, so we just had to unload and race it. We're going to work hard this week to get ready for round 2."
After a week of riding and dialing in the machine, Brian will be ready to really go after it by the next round in Pennsylvania.
On to High Point Raceway in Pennsylvania.
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