Several weeks ago I attended the WERA Grand National Finals at Road Atlanta. Every October hundreds of motorcycle racers descend on the fast, flowing ribbon of asphalt nestled in the hills of northern Georgia to decide championships in the Western Eastern Racing Assoc. series. Each year at this event the probable stars of the future of the American roadracing scene are showcased as the list of former winners is made up of several past and present national and world champions.
This year the riders that were being watched by many was Garrett Gerloff and Jake Lewis. These two have been battling each other through the ranks as their careers have progressed. Both are turning full-time pro for 2012 with Gerloff on a Graves Yamaha in Daytona Sportbike and Lewis on a Vesrah Suzuki in the Supersport class. If you’re not yet familiar with these two you will be hearing their names quite often next year and beyond. At this years GNF’s, Gerloff took the wins in both the 600cc expert races followed by Lewis, Turner & Elena Myers (Turner & Lewis swapped spots in race #2). Gerloff claimed the title in 600 Superstock Expert with Lewis bringing home titles in 600 & 750 Superbike Expert along with 750 Superstock Expert.
Kris Turner and Elena Myers drew a fair amount of attention themselves with their performances. Myers tooks both wins in the 750cc Expert races. These two have both competed in AMA Pro Racing the last few years turning in some impressive runs. Myers was the first female rider to ever win an AMA Pro Roadracing event and will be stepping up to compete in the Daytona Sportbike class for 2012. I’m not sure about Turner’s plans for 2012 but I’m sure we’ll see him (with his dad Danny wrenching for him) making some noise at some of the AMA rounds.
If you’re a true fan of motorcycle roadracing and you’ve never attended the WERA GNF’s you need to put it on your event calender for next year as it makes for a great season ending event. Congratulations to the weekends winners and champions.