About Todd: I bought my first bike the day I turned 18 (Suzuki Katana 600) and I haven’t looked back! I spent a lot of time street riding in college – kind of clueless, but racked up some miles. I used to ride to/from upstate NY and my hometown just outside of Chicago in day – now that I am in my 40s – can’t even imagine doing this on a sportbike! I got my first professional job in 2001 and immediately bought the bike I dreamed about – a Ducati 996. I spent the next 4 years street riding in the areas around New Haven and Boston.
In 2005, I moved to Tucson and made a switch from street to dirt riding. I entered the world of Arizona trail riding (and introductory motocross) on a CRF450. A buddy of mine talked me into a weekend with the California Superbike School at Las Vegas Motor Speedway – great experience – I knew what I had to do – I went home and picked up a well set up 2005 R6 track bike and have tried to hit every track weekend I could since. Along the way I picked up a Multistrada and spent a lot of time touring the Southwest – I highly recommend it if you ever get the chance. I rode with several organizations including Desert Road Racing, XCEL and Arroyo Seco Motorcycle Association, learning as much as I could along the way. I started building my track family, found excellent resources like Evan Steel Performance – all people I knew I would miss when I finally moved back to the northeast in 2017.
I was a bit bummed when I finally did move back to New England – I didn’t think track riding could get better than what I had in a nice, sunny part of the country. Then I found Tony’s! I started in blue group – did some PI with Paul and worked at it, progressed to black group to start the 2018 season. In 2019 I upgraded my ride to a GSXR1000 (Aunt Fanny – thanks Adam Butler) – excellent machine, epic. In 2020 I decided to take the plunge and went racing with NEMRR/LRRS. I felt like I was using the power of the 1000 too much – I totally bought into the idea of going small to learn to go really fast, so I picked up a 2012 Ninja 650 (The Sloth – thanks Nick Leighton). I spent the first few race weekends eliminating errors, collected some hardware during the Loudon Classic and graduated to Amateur. I ended the 2020 race season turning faster times on the Ninja than I turned the previous year at Loudon on the 1000. The icing on the cake for 2020? Kerry and Paul asking me to join the Tony’s family! I am still smiling about it. I am so looking forward to giving as much as I can to this community and helping others have their own incredible experiences.
Why I said yes to Tony's: Best organization and community I have been fortunate enough to ride with – love being part of the family
Best riding advice I have received: I am going to cheat and list two – both from Tony’s instructors during PI and both helped me break through plateaus. For dissecting a track - make the fast corners fast, let the slow corners be slow. For becoming more precise and tightening it up around apexes – be patient.