Cycle Tech Racing pits for repairs during a WERA National Endurance race in 1985 at Blackhawk Farms. John Kocinski (right) crashed the bike in the rain damaging an engine side cover. Joey Osowski (helmeted) prepares to take his stint on the bike while a third team rider David Aldana (on left in white shirt) looks on. Dave Zerkel is in the middle working on the bike. Cycle Tech with Kocinski (an early-season replacement for Wes Cooley, who was injured in an AMA Superbike event at Sears Point), Osowski and Aldana went on to win the WERA National Endurance title that year racing a Suzuki GSX-R750 and year before the bike was introduced in the U.S. Anyone who ever raced Blackhawk in the old days in the rain can empathize with Kocinski. It was perhaps the slickest wet racing surface in the world.
These have to be the best looking Moto Guzzi motorcycles I’ve ever seen. I want one!
For my money Billy Eisenacher was one of those rare riders who could have easily made it in the pro ranks (he scored an eighth-place finish in the Road Atlanta 750 Supersport National in 1994 in one of his few AMA national appearances), but the problem was Billy was making too much money chasing contingency dollars in the club ranks to bother with the AMA Pro events. This photo is Eisenacher racing a WERA event at Putnam Park in west central Indiana. As I recall Billy cleaned house in the Yamaha contingency races that day.
Tim Powers leads Gerald Wilkins in a WERA C Superbike Novice race at Grattan Raceway in 1986. Powers was one of the top North Central region novices in WERA that season. Tim is one of those guys who seems to be a natural at everything he does. He hopped on mountain bikes and was immediately one of the top racers in Indiana. He then became a nationally known rock climber, charting a number of climbing routes on the cliffs of Eastern Kentucky.
Doing a fair amount of illicit road racing on the twisty, hilly highways of Southern Indiana with other Indianapolis-area riders in the mid-1980s, I’d heard of Tim. He was well known in those circles as a blazingly fast, if not a tad wild. Fast road riding does not always translate to fast on the track, but when Tim joined WERA he learned to go fast in the most controlled and precise setting of a road racing circuit.
Kevin Fardoux (424) got a killer start in a WERA D Superbike race at Grattan sometime in the mid-1980s. Here Fardoux, on a Yamaha RZ350, leads Lance David (122), who was riding a Yamaha TT500-based road racer. David eventually went on to win the race. Lance David was unbelievably fast on this Yamaha 500cc single-cylinder. He raced with knees into the tank, but hardly slowed down for the corners. I think he once held the track record at Grattan on this bike. I can ID at least two other riders in the photo. They are Kurt Hall (499) and Dan Clemens (474).