Because Roadracing Motorcycles Is an Incurable Disease!
TrackdayMag.com editor K3 Chris Onwiler has joined a newly-formed motorcycle roadracing team called Chronic Racing. The brainchild of former AMA crew chief, Teddy Donahey, this collection of riders will contest the AHRMA (American Historic Racing Motorcycle Association) series, along with select CCS (Championship Cup Series) and WERA (Western Eastern Roadracing Association) events. The team will consist of six riders with a mix of skill levels and experience, supported by several highly skilled technicians.
69,264 fans went to the Barber Vintage Festival in 2015, making it the second-highest attended motorcycle roadrace in the country, after MotoGP at COTA. AHRMA is the fastest growing motorcycle sport in America, which only makes sense. The Baby Boomers grew up with these older bikes and are still interested in them. Among younger and entry level riders, the current Cafe Racer phenomenon leads straight to historic racing. If you're looking for a homegrown motorcycle racing series with an expanding fan base, AHRMA is it.
The Chronic Racing roster:
Edward "Teddy" Donahey (AKA "The Dudeman.")
The founder, mentor and crew chief of Chronic Racing, Dudeman learned his trade in the military as an aviation mechanic. Teddy has raced on and off since the late 1990's, participating with WERA, GLRRA and AHRMA. He founded Mini-Moto TT, a youth racing group which ran on go cart tracks. This racing series still exists under the name MIMRA. In 2012, 2013 and 2014 Teddy was crew chieffor the Apex MFG, Castrol Triumph team, featuring riders Jason DiSalvo and Elena Meyers.
Ken "Superbike Kenny" Hall
Also a former military aviation mechanic, this professional suspension tuner has made bikes handle better since the early 1990's. He's been the owner/operator of Superbike Suspension for nearly two decades. When he's not at the shop taking care of his Midwest racing and trackday clientele, you can find Ken working for Ohlins at MotoAmerica events across the country.
This CCS coach and former CaliforniaSuperbikeSchool instructor was also an AMA crew chiefwith the Safety First team and rider Bobby Fong. Eddie owns Naperville Motorsports in the Chicago suburbs.
Nick Desautels (AKA "Grasshopper")
Desautels is a multi-disciplined racer with fifteen years of experience in CCS, WERA, AHRMA and AMA Pro roadracing, Motocross, Hare Scrambles, Flat Track, Supermoto and Ice Racing. He rarely misses the podium and has several CCS Expert regional championships to his credit. Nick is also a coach with Sportbike Track time.
This retired Pro Motocross, Supercross and Arenacross rider is a newcomer to roadracing, but we suspect he'll acclimate quickly. In only his fourth motorcycle roadrace, he finished just one spot off the podium. Once Tyler gets the hang of riding on pavement, he will be a real contender. Gantt owns Triumph of Harrisonburg, VA.
"K3" Chris Onwiler
A roadracer since 1999, Onwiler has earned amateur and expert championships at the regional level in CCS competition and went on to race in the AMA MotoST series. From 2003 to present, he has been a lead instructor for Sportbike Track Time, and has been involved in the ongoing evolution of the rider training programs for that organization. "K3" is also the Senior Editor for the online publication, TrackdayMag.com. On the mechanical side, Chris has been the crew chief for several AMA privateer efforts, in addition to building and maintaining club racing machines which have won numerous regional championships and one national title.
At just 28 years of age, Robbie is a very accomplished competitor. He's raced 4 seasons in the WERA and AHRMA racing series. Scudder is a two time AHRMA Sound of Thunder 3 National Champion, in 2013 and 2015. Also, he was the Sound of Thunder 2 National Runner Up in 2013 and 2015. Robbie has been a Sportbike Track Time coach for the past three years
Every team needs a rookie. Jadrein comes from a car racing background and is new to the motorcycle scene. We've been mentoring him at track days and he's finding some real speed. 2016 will be his first racing season and we believe that with continued assistance from the more seasoned members of the team, Seal will become a real asset to Chronic Racing.
Marcus started riding sport bikes in 2013, did his first track day in 2014 and began racing with CCS Midwest in 2015. In this initial year of amateur competition, Taite was ranked 5th in Unlimited Supersport and 6th in Unlimited GTO. Marcus brings levels of enthusiasm and athleticism that will unquestionably see him continue to improve in this sport.
As with anything that TrackdayMag.com gets involved in, the projects and adventures of Chronic Racing will feature heavily in the electronic pages of TrackdayMag.com. As intense and difficult yet oftentimes hilarious as motorcycle roadracing can be, this new adventure is sure to produce some entertaining reading. Stay tuned!