Mike Smith Keeping Ready

Larry Lawrence
by Larry Lawrence
Mike Smith has been one of the first riders called when a fill-in Superbike rider was needed. The Georgian is hoping the team managers still have his number...

Mike Smith is keeping himself ready should an AMA Superbike team need him. Here Smith leads Vesrah Suzuki'sTray Batey in a WERA Endurance race in Mt. Meridian, Ind., on May 4. Smith put Team Xtreme in the leadearly in the four-hour race. (Photo by Larry Lawrence)Following in the Boy Scout motto of "Be Prepared", Smith is keeping his racing skills honed by competing in WERA National Endurance and Suzuki contingency races.

Saturday in the WERA national at Putnam Park in Mt. Meridian, Ind., Smith put Team Xtreme up front early in a four-hour endurance race. The team later experience mechanical problems on their Suzuki and retired from the race. Vesrah Racing wont he race on a GSXR1000.

"I'm having a ball out here," Smith said. "It's keeping me sharp and it's fun getting back to my roots. I'm ready to go should one of the Superbike teams need me. I just got a few new Suzukis to race in contingency races. They're still stock right now, so I'm way down on power."

Smith raced won several WERA titles before starting his AMA Superbike career.

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