Ryan Max Johnson
Ryan Max Johnson embarked on the quick trip across state lines from Texas to Oklahoma in order to attend the first running of The Invite presented by Dunlop at Hallett Motor Racing Circuit. The Texan came armed with his Yamaha YZF-R3 and was prepared to do battle in both the 300 & 400 Shoot-Out class as well as the Superbike 300 Expert division. Although Johnson was at a power disadvantage in the 300 & 400 Shoot-Out, he made the best of the situation and squeezed everything that he could out of his 300cc engine, placing him just on the edge of the podium in 4th position at the end of the first race, only a second or so off the podium pace. He didn’t start the second race. In the 300 Superbike Expert class, the Texan went unbeaten throughout the four-race format after some incredibly intense battles with MotoAmerica Junior Cup rider Isaiah Burleson. Johnson beat his competitor to the line by .7 of a second in the first race and only .2 of a second in the second race, out-maneuvering his opponent with great racecraft. He was able to button up the overall victory in the 300 Superbike Expert class throughout the next two races as he found a bit of an improvement in his lap times on Sunday, allowing him to set the 300cc lap record for Hallett Motor Racing Circuit two times in fairly quick succession, breaking his own record in the process. Johnson set an eventual best time of 1:23.9 which bested the previous record by half a second, ending his weekend at The Invite presented by Dunlop on a high note.