Kip DelaVega - #729
Ride:2003 Suzuki GSX-R1000
Classes:NGTO, AGTO
Racing Since:2003
Goals: To not kill myself
Motto: Ride as if it were your last time.

I first started riding motorcycles at age 12, and got my first sportbike at 18. Five years later, I sold the bike after wrecking it, and was bikeless for twelve years (until I moved to Denver). I got the itch again and decided to purchase the biggest, baddest bike on the planet - the Suzuki GSX-R1000. I took it to the track and the romance began from there. I started racing near the end of 2003. I took 1st place in the mock race during my MRA License class, and my best finish of the race season was in my first official race - Solo Endurance Open - where I came in 4th place. That same weekend, in NGTO, I started in the 12th row of the 2nd wave, and managed to pass all but 1 person from that 2nd wave before the end of the race. Unfortunately, I crashed in practice before race 9 and was unable to finish the season.

Photos 2004 John Weiland Photographic Arts