Photos: Cali Photography & Ari Henning
Werkstatt Racer Ari Henning Takes a 2nd and 3rd at Chuckwalla
Werkstatt racer Ari Henning participated in the CVMA races at Chuckwalla Valley Raceway in Desert Center, CA, on February 23, competing against an all-Kawasaki grid aboard his Werkstatt Racing Honda CBR250R. Ari qualified for first-row starts in both of his races, and came away with a third and a second.
“The first race was frustrating,” says Ari. “I was running pretty old tires, and right away I could tell they weren’t up to par.” Henning got a good start, but front- and rear-end slides and mid-corner chatter forced him to slow his pace. “I had some big moments, and decided to just cruise.” Even so, Ari rode as far forward as second place, but was passed on the last lap by Jonathon Hong on a Kawasaki Ninja 250R.
“The second race was much better. I swapped tires and the Honda felt like a new bike,” says Ari. The Turn 1 action in the 250 Supersport race was intense, and it didn’t abate until the checkered flag dropped. “We were swapping for the lead quite bit, and the front pack of four guys was never more than a half second apart,” reports Ari.
CVMA typically runs double-header events with a full schedule of races on both Saturday and Sunday, but severe winds and blowing sand forced the race director to cancel Sunday’s events.
Ari races again on Sunday, March 3 with the AFM at Buttonwillow Raceway in Buttonwillow, CA.