Jacob Stroud, the 20-year-old son of nine-time New Zealand Superbike champion Andrew, updates AMCN on his AMA Junior Cup campaign.
Another good weekend, gaining pace and moving forward. Faster again every session until Sunday and it felt super good to be fighting where we know we can be. It was awesome to finish 4th on Saturday. It, could have been third but I lost that position on the last lap after making a small mistake.
Sunday was less encouraging as we lost some pace overnight and had a lot less grip in general. We were fighting in the top 10 but knew it wasn’t where we wanted to be. I came into turn three slightly faster than normal and was too aggressive on the down shifts. With my foot hovering on the rear brake I locked up the rear and it threw me over the bars and down the road.
Massive thanks to Spidi, Xlite and Stylemartin gear as I hit the ground quite hard but have no injuries to report.
We are getting closer to the front and cannot wait for when we are fighting for the win. New Jersey in two weeks is the next round and we are looking forward to it for sure.
I am really just loving the experience over here. The tracks are amazing and so different to New Zealand. I can really feel my riding improving as I adapt to the types of tracks that demand perfection.
Feeling very blessed to be fully fit and doing what I love although we are all still feeling the loss of fellow New Zealand rider Chris Swallow last week at the Manx Classic TT. He was a great guy and it’s so sad to see a beautiful life cut short by this game we love.