After two rounds, Suzuki GSX-R1000-mounted Hayden Gillim is sixth in the Bazzaz Superstock 1000 championship.
With the first round of the MotoAmerica season in the books, I was finally able to sleep in my own bed for the first time in a few weeks. Although I was home only one night before heading out for the second round in Atlanta, Georgia, it was a relaxing moment. I dropped off all the extra luggage and parts that I didn’t needed for the next few races and got back on a normal training and rest schedule. I had also finally knocked off all the nerves and rust, so my crew and I were ready to take on the rest of the season.
Getting to Road Atlanta was an easy seven-hour drive from my home in Kentucky. Not having to drive 24 hours to get to the track in the nick of time took a lot of stress off my shoulders. Road Atlanta has always been a fun track in my eyes, and I was looking forward to racing there on the Team Cycle World Suzuki GSX-R1000. The famous “esses” are one of the many reasons I love this track. Going into round two without a lot of stress made it easier and more fun on set-up day for me and my crew.
Setting up was the easy part. I still had to get my mind and body ready to take to the track. The first sessions went well for us. We had made a few improvements to the bike since the race weekend in Texas, and I was fast. I was feeling really comfortable on the Suzuki, but I was having troubles with arm pump. If the weekend kept going like that, I was going to have a problem.