Billy Hamill finished the 2016 AHRMA Road Race Series on a high note with a #1 Plate and National Championship on his Joker Machine/Hagon Shocks Suzuki SV650 in the Sound of the Thunder 3 class.
He backed that win up with a 2nd place finish in the points in Next Gen. Superbike on the Joker Machine 1990 Suzuki GSXR750 superbike.
AHRMA West Coast Races
Joker Machine Hagon Shocks vintage road racing team had a successful AHRMA road racing west coast swing, scoring a total of 4 wins and 4 second places. Bill Hamill road his SV650 at Willow Springs and Sonoma Raceway to victories in the Sound of Thunder Series 3. Then on a 1990 Suzuki GSXR750 in the Joker Machine Next Generation Superbike scored 4 second places.
The event on October 23rd at El Mirage dry lake was canceled do to rain. The next and last event of the year at El Mirage is November 12th to 13th. All being well hopefully we can put up some good numbers.
Since the last time we ran the bike we've made some significant changes. If you notice from the photos the bike is much lower and more streamlined. We moved the rear pegs to the axle from having superbike rearsets on the chassis, lowered the seat, and changed the rear brake caliper to a non drag caliper. We've also made several dyno runs and got the fuel mixture and curve totally dialed in. I truly believe that we will exceed a 150 miles per hour. Thank you for your patience as we continue to pursue a speed record.
Billy Hamill Joker Hagon Racing
April 28th and 29th we went to Willow Springs for the AHRMA road racing national. Billy won 4 races and had 2 seconds. Unfortunately we had a DNF in the F1 race while running in 6th place. Also I had my best finish at 13th in the 200 GP class. All in all a good weekend.
Then raced home Sunday night, woke up Monday morning and headed to LAX, flew into the UK, got in Tuesday and went to Hagon Shocks. Spent the day setting up two bikes that Martin Hagon provided us to use in the Speedway World Cup (SWC) . Nice bikes by the way. Wednesday came we headed back to Hagon Shocks and worked on the bikes all morning. Then about noon our English mechanics Mark and Fez came and loaded up the bikes. These guys were totally cool. We were lucky to have them on our side. They drove throughout the night to Germany where Billy and I flew in the next day for testing on a German track with Ryan Fisher. That guy hauls ass on a big track.
After getting the bikes up to speed by the end of the day we loaded up the bikes again and headed out with Shawn Moran and Slbine his girlfriend. We followed them to maybe the coolest hotel ever in the German countryside. The next morning we got up worked on the bikes, got them all cleaned up and prepped and headed down to Slovenia. By this time everybody on the team was really gelling and getting to know one another really well. That night we had a pretty early evening, which was okay with me.
Got up Saturday morning had a team breakfast then headed to the track. After a short practice and track walk and talk it was go time. What happened next was totally bitchin. The American team came together as I have personally never seen. All the boys rode as one. Everybody helped each other out. Sam Ermolenko and Shawn Moran advising the boys, Greg and Billy motivating Ryan & Ricky, with Richard and Steve taking care of the business end of the racing. Then to win the event was totally cool. To hear your national anthem played while your team stands on the podium is breathtaking. Makes you proud to be an American.
May 12th . Saturday morning went to Costa Mesa for the Monster Energy press day. Truly a first class affair. We are very lucky to have them involved in speedway. I believe all the magazine people that rode that day had a fantastic time and will have a very positive effect on our sport. Thanks Bruce Stjernstrom, Brad Oxley and Billly Hamill. Great day
That night we raced Costa Mesa it was tough as we had a hard time getting the bikes set up. Fortunately we qualified for the main event and after 3 restarts Billy earned a hard fought victory.
Speedway Star put Billy on the cover of the latest issue and had a nice article about the SWC.
The Americans are through to the final stages of the Speedway World Cup after victory in the qualifying round in Slovenia. The meeting marked the international comeback of 1996 World Champion Billy Hamill, who won one of his five races in making a 10-point contribution to the USA’s 44-point total. The Yanks beat off the challenges of hosts Slovenia (40), Ukraine (23) and Italy (21) to book their ticket to Event One in Poland on July 7, although Hamill is not certain yet that he will be available for the meeting. Full coverage of the qualifier in Ljubljana in this week’s edition.
Billy Hamill Joker Hagon Racing
Great weekend for our team. Started off at IMS with a hard fought race and main event victory after a battle royal with Billy Janniro. Then we set off to the road races at Chuckwalla Valley at desert center after speedway. We arrived at 3.30 am and slept in the driveway entrance until 6 am when the gates opened. This was the first time our Joker Machine Hagon Shocks Torco Oil Buell 1125R had been on the track since it was built. Qualifying went ok on Saturday but an electrical DNF in the race sucked. With the temperature at around 115 degrees we were not happy working on the bike, so we waited until Sunday morning to fix it.
Sunday started off good. We found the problem. Billy qualified 4 seconds faster for the Sunday race but had to start on the 14th row. After an ok start he worked his way through the traffic riding what he said was a conservative pace to take the victory at the checkered flag. Not bad for a warm up race. This weekend we will be at Willow Springs for the AHRMA nationals Thursday thru Sunday. Hopefully to rack up some more race wins. Then drive home Sunday night, get up Monday morning and head to the air port for a flight to England. When we arrive in England we have to work on our bikes on Tuesday and Wednesday, and on Thursday get a practice in, then fly down to Slovenia for the SWC and hopefully win that. Personally I think we need to be busier.
Special thanks to the people who make this possible, Hagon Shocks, Torco Oils, K&N Filters, Spider Grips, Christina Hamill, Diane Rawson, Joker Machine, Steve Wells Racing, Mike Baker, Cycle Rider Montclair, Richard Warren, Oakley, Monster Energy, Arai, Troy Lee Designs, Cody Racing, Greg Hancock Team 45, and anybody I've forgot.
Gumball Rally Big Kids Main 2012
Joker Machine Hangon Shocks Billy Hamill went to Auburn California Friday 7/22 for the Annual North vs. South Challenge. Billy lead the south team with an overall victory and a first overall win for the south in 15 years. Another Torco Victory