Royce at the final Stratotech round 2013.

Royce at the final Stratotech round 2013.

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Royce headed to Stratotech Park at Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta for the final time in his racing career. The track is being sold this fall to be used in the rapidly growing oil field industry in northern Alberta. Royce first started riding, training and racing at this local Alberta track when he was 9 years old. The owner Dan Beith and staff have been great to Royce over the years. Royce has tested and set up all of his race bikes for every season of his 10 year career at this facility. It brings back many great memories.

This final weekend was a double header, with races on Saturday and Sunday. Royce only had enough budget after his Miller AMA round to do one race day. The local EMRA club would be using practice times from Friday and Saturday to determine qualifying positions for both Supebike races. Royce used Friday to try to resolve the suspension chatter issues after the changes that Ohlins had made at the Miller AMA round. On Saturday, with the bike switched back as close as possible to his Stratotech geometry and with European NTEC Dunlops mounted. Royce laid down some quick laps in the final practice session to qualify in 2nd place for both superbike races. Royce has not raced at Stratotech this season and many of the riders have been running some fast lap times. Royce was looking forward to the challenge.

Fast 25 Race (Open Superbike)- Royce on his Yamaha R6 started on the front row with Jason Kolmatycki riding his KTM 1000Cc Superbike, and multi time Western Canadian Superbike Champion Justin Knapik on his Kawasaki 1000cc Superbike. Royce had a good start, tucking in behind Jason, with Justin hot on his tail. Royce rode hard, taking the lead before the ½ way point. With the severe chatter issues at the Miller AMA round, it had had destroyed both his lap timers from the severe vibrations, so Royce did not have his usual on board method of keeping track of his race pace. Royce maintained his lead keeping an eye on his pit board and crossed the finish line in 1st Place.

Pro 600 – This race qualifying is based on season points, so Royce would start on the back row. Royce was boxed in off the start that leads into corner one. While Royce was fighting his way through traffic the leader checked out opening a 3 second gap over second place. Royce, caught the leader and monitored his pit board to safely maintain his lead, crossing the finish line in 1st Place.

Superbike - This is the final big race of the day, the stands were packed and it was the last race of Royce’s career at Stratotech Park, the best track in Canada. It was a historical moment, Royce knew that his competitors Jason and Justin would be pushing hard to beat him at this final race. Royce was determined to end this era with another superbike win. When the light changed the battle was on, Royce tucked in behind Jason. Within a few laps Justin made a pass on Royce and then Justin passed Jason. Royce decided it was go time and put the hammer down. Royce passed Jason and then traded positions with Justin a few times before he started to pull a gap on Justin. Royce monitored his pit board to maintain his lead and crossed the finish line in 1st Place.

It was an exciting end to his racing career at Stratotech Park. Royce won all three of his races, set the fastest lap time for the weekend, and he will forever hold the overall fastest lap time set at Stratotech Park. Royce will really miss the great support from Dan, Jeff and all the great staff at Stratotech. Thanks to them all for making his time at Stratotech such an amazing experience.

Royce will send out a final season report, with more photos and videos to be released.

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Royce would like to thank his following sponsors:

Yamaha Canada, Dunlop Tires, Arai Helmets America, Pilot Leathers, Evans Trucking, Sports Science Institute, D.I.D Chains, Ferodo, Brakes, Full Bore Marketing, Yamalube, Armour Bodies, Kustom Auto­Body, Friesen Plastics, Bickle Tire Warmers,Vass Performance, Progressive Fighting Academy, Kaltire, Boss Lubricants, Silver Automotive, StopNGo, Coaldale Food Market, Steve Dick Trent McLean, Karl Sinnott, Rhonda and Jerry Prins

Royce at Miller AMA round 2013.

Royce at Miller AMA round 2013.

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Royce McLean’s AMA Pro Racing Race/Miller Motorsports Park Report

We had several days after the WERA event to catch up on some racing jobs before the AMA Pro Racing event at Miller Motorsports Park on August 1-4 ,2013. With no bike dyno close to home, this would be our first opportunity to run Royce’s Yamaha R6 on a dyno, to get a good base map for the fuel mapping software. We then found out our race motor was only producing 99 hp and for the last 1 ½ years Royce had been racing this motor against many superbikes forcing him to continue to develop great braking skills and carrying incredible corner speed. With adjusting the velocity stack settings, and the fuel maps we were able to bump up to 113hp.

So with great excitement of 14 more horsepower Royce headed into the AMA Pro Racing round, but little did we know our troubles were just beginning. Friday morning in Royce’s only practice session before qualifying, he was having severe front wheel chatter trying to make the front Dunlop AMA spec tire work with the fork valving. Royce finished the practice session in the top 6. The chatter problems continued throughout the weekend, even though the Ohlins techs made several changes to our fork set up, we made many suspension modifications, and tire pressure adjustments. We consulted with the Dunlop engineer who had developed the AMA spec tire, Trent Mclean, Steve Dick, Evan Steel, Willy Vass and with several top AMA teams. Royce was only able to qualify in 15th place for his 2 races. In his Saturday race the harsh chatter vibrations were so severe it damaged the electronic lap timer on his R6, yet Royce wisely rode his Yamaha as hard as he could sliding the bike through many corners and crossed the finish line in 12th place. When he pulled into the pits his front tire was shredded on both sides.

We now had destroyed 4 medium front tires from our AMA 5 front tire allotment, leaving only one new tire for the final Sunday race.  We made our best decision on suspension set up, installed a hard front and hard rear tire to try to prevent the tire shredding. At the start of the Sunday race, you could clearly see the bike set up was holding Royce back. There was a red flag at around lap 7. Royce said the bike was slightly better but still had the harsh chatter. We made some final adjustments and off Royce went for the final 7 laps of the race. It was a small improvement as his lap times were faster, but not good enough for Royce to ride his typical fast pace. The leaders were on stickier medium compound tires, Royce on his hard tires was sliding into most corners. By this point Royce knew there was nothing he could do to catch the leaders, but ride, slide and have fun. He enjoyed his final AMA race and crossed the finish line in 9th place.

They were not the results we had expected, but Royce was excited that he had the opportunity to race in his first AMA event, he had no crashes, he had lots of fun, and he is eager to return with a great set up. Royce would like to thank all of his great sponsors and individuals who supported his dream.

Thanks to Brian Nelson for the great AMA photos. The link to watch races 1 and 2 on the internet tv has not been released yet, as soon as it is available we will send it out. Here are some photos on the AMA website,

AMA Friday Photos:  http://www.amaproracing.com/rr/multimedia/gallery.cfm?gid=8114

AMA Saturday Photos:  http://www.amaproracing.com/rr/multimedia/gallery.cfm?gid=8117

AMA Sunday Photos:  http://www.amaproracing.com/rr/multimedia/gallery.cfm?gid=8125

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Royce would like to thank his following sponsors:

Yamaha CanadaDunlop Tires,   Arai Helmets America,   Pilot Leathers,   Evans Trucking,   Sports Science Institute,   D.I.D Chains,   Ferodo,   Brakes,   Full Bore Marketing,   Yamalube,   Armour Bodies,   Kustom Auto­Body,   Friesen Plastics,   Bickle Tire WarmersVass Performance   Progressive Fighting Academy,   Kaltire,   Boss Lubricants,   Silver Automotive,   StopNGo,   Coaldale Food Market,   Steve Dick   Trent McLean,   Karl Sinnott,   Rhonda and Jerry Prins

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Royce McLean takes 4 podiums on his first race weekend with the Michelin WERA National Challenge at Miller Motorsports Park .

Despite struggles trying to find a good set up running the AMA Pro Racing Dunlop spec  tires, Royce had a good day on Saturday.  He went on to set the fastest lap time for the 600’s in the morning practice sessions.  In his first race the 600 Superstock Expert, he was gridded based on WERA points, in the 12th row, the leaders checked out not having any traffic, Royce put the hammer down and crossed the finish line in 2nd place. The next race the 600C Superbike Expert, they started Royce way back in the grid, but it also was a wave start, the front guys take off, they make Royce’s group wait, Royce worked his way through traffic  and crossed the finish line in 4th place.  In his last race of the day, the 750 Superstock Expert, Royce had to start way back in the grid.  Royce rode hard through traffic, setting the fastest lap time in the race and crossed the finish line in 3rd place.

The next day on Sunday, still working through his suspension issues, to prepare him for the AMA Pro Racing weekend on August 1-4. Royce thought it would be fun to mount a set of the Dunlop NTEC’s that he was used to racing so he could catch the leader, but decided his setup time for the AMA was more important. Royce went to set the second fastest lap time in the morning practice sessions and 3rd Place finish in 600 Superstock Expert. In his second race of the day, the King of The Mountian U, he set the fastest lap time of the race and finished 2nd Place. In his last race of the day, the 600 Superbike Expert, it started to pour rain while riding on DOT’s during the race, so Royce pulled in, not willing to risk someone taking him out and affecting his AMA weekend.

This week Royce is training and preparing his Yamaha R6 for this upcoming AMA Pro Racing event at Miller Motorsports Park on August 1-4, 2013. We will keep you updated on his progress.

You can watch Royce races live on Saturday and Sunday on internet TV at the AMA Pro Racing web site, or if you miss the live race you can watch them anytime after the race at the same link,     http://www.amaprolive.com/rr/dvr/#eventheader

 

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Royce would like to thank his following sponsors:

Yamaha Canada   Dunlop Tires    Arai Helmets America   Pilot Leathers   Evans Trucking   Sports Science Institute   D.I.D Chains   Ferodo Brakes   Full Bore Marketing   Yamalube   Armour BodiesKustom Auto­Body  Friesen Plastics   Bickle Tire Warmers  Vass Performance  Progressive Fighting Academy  Kaltire  Boss Lubricants  Silver Automotive StopNGo Coaldale Food Market  Steve Dick   Trent McLean   Karl Sinnott   Rhonda and Jerry Prins

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We are excited to announce we just received confirmation this morning that Royce’s registration is complete, he is on the race entry list for the AMA Pro Racing Supersport races at Miller on Aug 1-4, 2013. http://www.amaproracing.com/rr/events/entrylist.cfm?year=2013&eid=2013011335&class=SS&class_sort=SS
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Over Royce’s racing career many people have been excited about Royce’s racing progress  and have said they would love to see Royce make it to the AMA. Many have expressed they would love to help Royce if he could to get to the AMA. So here is your chance, Royce needs to raise some more financial support to compete at the AMA round. The budget will be tight, we will only have our one man pit crew (dad), but our usual phone tech support from Trent Mclean on bike suspension.
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If you are able to help Royce in any way financially he would greatly appreciate it. Looking for Businesses or individual sponsors. Come be part of Royce’s dream. Please let us know as soon as possible we need to leave next week on July 25, 2013.
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Royce headed to the world class facility Miller Motorsports Park again this past weekend to get some fast seat time to prepare for the AMA Pro Racing event coming up on August 1 – 4, 2013. The temperatures over the weekend ranged from 40 – 45 Degrees Celcius.

The last several years Royce has been racing on the Dunlop European tires. This weekend he began testing the American Dunlop’s, the spec tires for the AMA Pro Racing Supersport class. Royce tested one front compound on Saturday morning and entered the Saturday afternoon endurance race to test a different front compound. When the staging lights started the race, Royce took off getting the hole shot and he began pulling away from the rest of the field. About 2 ¾ laps into his practice/endurance race session, Royce tucked the front in 4th gear going into Tooele corner. His first crash in almost 3 years. Royce and his bike slid down the track at an estimated 100mph and into the gravel. His amazing Pilot leathers really did the job, Royce was ok. The Yamaha R6 was sliding well until it caught the gravel and then flipped. Fortunately Royce’s mentor Steve Dick and his wife Christine had stopped by on their holidays to see Royce race. Steve had arrived just in time help rebuild Royce’s bike. Royce’s dad worked through most of the night to get it ready for the next morning practice.

On Sunday with more American Dunlop tire experience under his belt, he was ready to put the hammer down (and not his bike). Royce on his Yamaha R6 went on to win 1st place in Middle Weight Superbike, 1st place in the Premier 600 class the King of the Mountain U, and 1st place in the Middleweight Superstock. Based on mylaps.com, Royce set the fastest lap in the endurance race on Saturday, and set the fastest lap in all 3 of his races on Sunday. Royce’s intense training with the Sports Science Institute, Progressive Fighting Academy and dirt training on his Yamaha YZ450F helped with his endurance in the intense heat to complete the task.

For further details on round #3 practice and race results go to mylaps.com at, http://www.mylaps.com/en/events/920008

Thanks to Steve and Christine Dick who spent Saturday/Sunday to help Royce, it was greatly appreciated. Also a big thanks to Trent McLean who helped all weekend with phone support to dial in Royce’s bike.

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Royce would like to thank his following sponsors:

Yamaha Canada  Dunlop Tires  Arai Helmets America  Pilot Leathers  Evans Trucking Sports Science Institute  D.I.D Chains  Ferodo Brakes  Full Bore Marketing  Yamalube  Armour Bodies  Kustom Auto­Body  LRX Performance  Friesen Plastics  World Wide Bearings  Progressive Fighting Academy   Cycleworks Motorsports  Steve Dick   Trent McLean

Note: With the July 4 holiday this week we were not able to obtain any race photos from the past weekend at the time of our report. Royce would like to thank latebraker.com for the great photos from the May race weekend.

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The 2013 Yamaha YZ450F is a great bike. Thanks to Cycle Works Motorsports Foothills and Yamaha Canada for the awesome training bike.

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Royce McLean Miller Motorsports May 2013 Update

Royce headed to Miller the world class facility that has been a stop in the past for World Superbike. It is an amazing facility with lots of high speed corners. Royce was not able to attend the Friday track day, but arrived Friday night to attend the practice sessions on Saturday morning and used part of the afternoon endurance race to get some more seat time.

Royce knew he would have to ride hard on Sunday, after not racing at this facility since 2009. With some tire warmer issues, he was not able to participate in the Sunday morning warm up, but his first session for the day would be qualifying. Royce went on to qualify in 3rd for the premier 600 race called the King of the Mountain U. In his first race, Royce went on to finish 2nd place in Middle Weight Superbike, running against some high horse powered 600’s. He finished 2nd place in the premier King of the Mountain U race running a fastest lap time only 1/10 of a second off the leader’s fastest time and finished 1.2 seconds behind the leader. In his last race of the day, in Middleweight Superstock, on the first lap Royce passed two riders around the outside of turn 2 to take the lead, and finished in 1st place, running the fastest lap time of the race.

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For more exciting info on Royce’s racing, training, photos and videos go tohttp://www.roycemcleanracing.com/ . By Twitter @McleanRoyce. Add your email to our update list, or have your cell number added to our text message update list.

Royce would like to thank his following sponsors:

Yamaha Canada  Dunlop Tires  Arai Helmets America  Pilot Leathers  Evans Trucking Sports Science Institute  D.I.D Chains  Ferodo Brakes  Full Bore Marketing  Yamalube  Armour Bodies  Kustom Auto­Body  Friesen Plastics  World Wide Bearings  Progressive Fighting Academy   Cycleworks Motorsports  Steve Dick   Trent McLean

Note 1: Royce would like to thank latebraker.com and Miller Motorsports Park for the great photos.

Note 2: For further details on round #2 practice and race results go to mylaps.com at attached link, http://www.mylaps.com/en/events/902579 ( Note: they had some computer issues during qualifying, mylaps.com did not sort the qualifying results based on lap times.)

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Royce McLean 2013 Training Update

We received several centimeters of snow on Sunday, but Royce was out training yesterday on the snow/dirt track to prepare for the 2013 race season. The Yamaha YZ450F equipped with studded tires is a great training bike that can be used 12 months of the year in mud, snow and ice.

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For more exciting info on Royce’s racing, training, photos and videos go to http://www.roycemcleanracing.com/ . By Twitter @McleanRoyce. Add your email to our update list, or have your cell number added to our text message update list.

Royce would like to thank his following sponsors:

Yamaha Canada  Dunlop Tires Arai Helmets America  Pilot Leathers  Evans Trucking  Sports Science Institute  D.I.D Chains  Ferodo Brakes  Full Bore Marketing  Yamalube  VP Racing Fuel  Evan Steel Performance  Vass Performance Cycle  Armour Bodies  Kustom Auto  BodyFriesen Plastics  World Wide Bearings  Progressive Fighting Academy  Steve Dick   Trent McLean

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Royce McLean 2012 Race Season Report

Even though we were not able to send out many race reports this season, due to Royce’s job. We are excited to finally send out Royce’s year end race report.

Racing support was very tight going into the 2012 racing season, but Royce the former Western Canadian Superbike Champion was excited about the challenge and was very thankful to still have the opportunity to keep up his riding.  He worked many hours as a heavy duty mechanic assistant and selling Dunlop race tires at the track to help cover the cost of the racing. His resources would only cover a couple track days, 2 races in the Western Canadian Championship and 10 races in the EMRA championship. Royce trained diligently all year round with World Champion Kick Boxer Brad Wall and Lori Chaki-Farrington at the Sports Science Institute. This training has become an integral part of his racing program to continue to build his strength and endurance.

His main competition would be racing in the superbike class against the 2 time Western Canadian Superbike Champion Justin Knapik.  Royce on his Yamaha R6, went on to win both races, the Pro 600 and the Superbike race that he entered in the Western Canadian Championship.  Points from these WCC races also apply towards the EMRA championship. He won all 3 Pro 600 races and all 7 Superbike races that he entered in the EMRA Championship Series. Royce set the fastest lap time in every race that he ran in 2012. Royce finished the season winning the 2012 EMRA Expert 600 Championship.

Royce’s hard work this past summer really paid off, as it was the first summer in his career that Royce was able to cover all of his own racing costs. Royce now owns his own 53’ race trailer equipped with living quarters, tools and race parts. He owns his Yamaha YZ450F training bike and his Yamaha R6 Race bike. He has a completely new web site, with the ability to upload his own race reports and videos. With sending one message from his phone he can update his web site, send updates to his race fans by e-mail, texting and twitter.

We are excited about the progress that Royce has made in 2012 to prepare for his racing career. For an exciting video of Royce’s 2012 racing highlights go to  http://youtu.be/UhpEVgohmi0 . For more exciting info on Royce’s racing, photos and videos go to www.roycemcleanracing.com

Royce would like to thank his following sponsors:

Yamaha Canada  Dunlop Tires  Arai Helmets America  Pilot Leathers  Evans Trucking  Sports Science Institute   D.I.D Chains   Ferodo Brakes   Full Bore Marketing   Yamalube  VP Racing Fuel  Evan Steel Performance   Vass Performance Cycle    Armour Bodies  Kustom Auto Body  Friesen Plastics     World Wide Bearings   Progressive Fighting Academy   Steve Dick   Trent McLean