Savvas Kosmidis #508 32nd Annual Race of Champions @ Daytona International Speedway - 2015 Season Finale This was one of the most stressful and unexpected adventures I have ever been part of. It all started when a group of great friends and Amateur riders from my home track approached me about revisiting Daytona and this year’s race of champions. Being friends with most of them, and wanting to share the incredible experience with those talented racers I decided to give it a go and return to Daytona, as an Expert this time. Plans do not always work out though. With only 4 weeks to our departure I was involved in a crash during the Loudon Road Race Series’ Round 6, which sent me to the emergency room and my Suzuki SV650 SuperSport in a questionable state. The parts for the Kawasaki ER6 were not showing up as expected and now the whole trip was at risk. I know I say it often, but I can’t stress enough how having great people in your corner is the most important thing in everything! People who will drive hours to come give you a hand, people who will stay late up at night to work on your motorcycle with you, people who have the ability to cheer you up and keep you positive. You only see the rider on a motorcycle during a race, but it is not by any means an individual sport. Getting ready for Daytona this year was an incredible example of team work and collaboration, and I know for a fact that if it was not for my team, I would not be able to go to the Race of Champions. Late week nights, and full weekends dedicated by all involved to get the SV650 ready for the races. Plans changed several times, and parts did not work as expected, we had to fabricate our on mounts and fairing stays. From Gino, Pano and Keith showing up to my house to make sure the bike is safe and straight, to Mike Kurtz donating a set of GSXR fairings to mount for Daytona, to Todd, Isaac, Collin, Doug and few others loaning me master cylinders to fix my brakes, to the Plaistow Guys spending Friday and Saturday nights at the track fixing issues with my bike, to Central Mass PowerSports getting me parts within HOURS and swapping a motor at the very last minute,to Gregg Spears providing the motor with extremely short notice and still getting me additional parts overnighted, to Scott Mullin fixing my carbs and jetting the bike, to Peter Kates staying at the shop all night during his birthday to put my suspension together,to my family driving around to get me parts and everything put together with parts still shipping to meet us in Florida in order to get the bike 100% for the weekend, this adventure felt endless and even up to the last second I was not sure if I would be able to race or not. My doctor appointment prior to the trip did not provide me with the greatest news, I was told my injuries are not 100% healed and was strongly advised to not race. It wasnt the physical effort that was the issue, it would be the WHAT IF of another crash. I decided to take my chances and stay positive, that another crash was not going to happen. Eventually I dropped the bike off to my good friend Cole Hall on Saturday night and went home to pack for a very long trip. This time my family was coming down to Daytona with me. This was a great experience for me and a very unique point in my life, I had for the first time ever the ability to offer my mother a real vacation and that was something I have been dreaming of for years. I booked us a nice vacation property in Palm Coast, only 40 minutes from Daytona, which would keep close enough to the track but would also allow my family to enjoy their vacation time. The Berrios once again decided to go way out of their way and drive all the way up and stay with us for the week in order to be incredible support and part of another Race of Champions. Shortly after we arrived and got some sleep I woke up, only to find out that on top of everything I had caught a pretty bad cold as well. Immediate trip to the pharmacy store to stock up on vitamin C, dayquil and nyquil, hoping that I would be 100% within 3 days.