MOTO-ST: Series spotlight at VIR - Henry Wiles

Aprilia Rider Wiles Working Overtime at SunTrust MOTO-ST Series Event DANVILLE, Va. -- Apparently a 96-lap SunTrust MOTO-ST Series race isn't enough action in a weekend for Blanchard, Mich. rider Henry Wiles. So while by day the Aprilia...

Aprilia Rider Wiles Working Overtime at SunTrust MOTO-ST Series Event

DANVILLE, Va. -- Apparently a 96-lap SunTrust MOTO-ST Series race isn't enough action in a weekend for Blanchard, Mich. rider Henry Wiles.

So while by day the Aprilia USA/Lloyd Brothers Motorsports rider is preparing for the SunTrust MOTO-ST Series VIR 500k at Virginia International Raceway, the second round in the road race endurance series, by night he's racing in the Carolina Short Track Championship, a flat track event down the road at Coleridge Speedway in Asheboro, N.C.

Wiles qualified at Coleridge Speedway Friday night, then returned to Danville right after so he would be ready to run in practice and qualifying for the SunTrust MOTO-ST Series race at VIR first thing Saturday morning.

After a riders' meeting at VIR Saturday afternoon, Wiles was set to drive back down to Asheboro for the feature night of racing on the dirt track before returning to Danville for Sunday morning's 500k SunTrust MOTO-ST Series event.

"I was ready to go first thing this morning," said Wiles after qualifying at VIR. "Asheboro's just a little south of Greensboro. It's about an hour and a half drive. But I felt good out there today."

Wiles' background is in dirt track but last year he started mixing in some road racing, and he has shown a good turn of speed in both disciplines.

Although not a round of the AMA's national dirt track championship, the Asheboro event carries a healthy purse and is located right in the middle of a big gap between the series opening rounds in Daytona Beach in early March and Springfield, Ill. over the Memorial Day Weekend. Top riders like Jared Mees and Kenny Coolbeth were scheduled to be competing at this weekend's event.

"There are a lot of fast guys down there [in Asheboro]," Wiles said. "It's like a mini-national. It's a short track, just a little bull ring, but the surface is good."

Wiles is also finding the event an ideal opportunity to get acquainted with his new Jones Brothers / Troy Lee Designs Kawasaki team.

"We're trying some different stuff," said Wiles, who qualified just outside the top 10 on Friday night. "It's a different program for me, a different motorcycle, and that makes it tough. We got caught a little behind the eight-ball. We were changing the gearing and as the sun went down the track got faster and we needed to take more teeth off."

Things went better for Wiles at VIR Saturday morning, and he and teammate Zac Chapman qualified their Aprilia Tuono 1000R fourth for Sunday's race.

"We made some changes right before qualifying," he explained. "We were trying to figure out the gearing and we definitely figured it out, because the times instantly came down. For the most part we've got a good set up.

"I've done some training, some riding with [teammate] Ty Howard in Texas. He's been a great help. This is the best I've felt on the bike. It's been a real confidence builder."

The SunTrust MOTO-ST Series VIR 500k gets the green flag at 9:15 a.m. Sunday. The race is scheduled for 96 laps or two and a half hours.

-credit: motost

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