Respect the Craft Mentors
Aaron Graham MotoAmerica Racer, CMRA Expert – Aaron Graham – Moto America Team MotoHana Racing, Aaron is not only an expert racer but is a Member of MSR Cresson where he will be leading our track walk in the morning. Aaron holds a personal best of 1:16:7 at MSR Cresson and not only will add great value to our track walk but also will be working with faster customers. Aaron has told us “I want to breed racers”! Aaron first found his true passion for road racing at Harris Hill Raceway in San Marcos, TX which led to him getting licensed to race and competing in CMRA, WERA, and CEV in Spain. Aaron became a CMRA expert in 2017 and started racing MotoAmerica in 2018 on the Motohana RaceworxUSA Supersport team where he is still currently racing.
Steven Shakespeare – CMRA Expert – “Shake” just keeps getting faster and better all the time. He is an expert racer with CMRA and currently holds a PB of 1:17:7 at MSR Cresson. We are blessed he is ALSO a member of the track and knows it well! Shake is ranked as one of the TOP Experts in the entire club!
Zach Vonler – Lead Instructor “Respect the Craft”
CMRA Expert, CMRA Novice Champion, Harris Hill Club Member
Zach is a lover of all kinds of bikes, having ridden and raced bicycles and motorcycles most of his life. He instructed for RideSmart from 2013 through 2016, and won the 2014 CMRA Novice championships in the D Superstock, D Superbike, and Lightweight Twins classes. He’s been a motorcycle member at Harris Hill Raceway since 2012. He’s not racing actively but is still quick and studies the craft! For example in 2017 he ran a 2:29 at COTA on a Aprilia Tuono!
Zach was a Mentor at or even on 9/3/18 – many of the riders who attended that event signed up for 3-18-19 in December 2018 as soon as it was announced! It is simply amazing to have return customers like that! Zach holds a personal best lap time of 1:22 at MSR Cresson.
Art Fonseca – GM Mentoring and Lead Mentor for Respect the Craft,
CMRA Expert Racer, Former Ridesmart ARC Instructor, Member of TXSR Leadership Team– Having been an organizer for Texas Sport Bike Riders since 2014, Art has extensive experience in organizing rides, meet and greets, events, and leading training sessions. Additionally, he was a contributing member of RideSmart Motorcycle School, an Austin-based organization which hosts track days at all Texas tracks to include Circuit of The Americas (COTA). Art served as a school instructor for beginner and intermediate level classes and led the Advanced Riders Course. Art holds a personal best laptime of 1:19 at MSR Cresson!
John McKenzie – CMRA Expert, Instructor, TXSR San Antonio Founder –John grew up riding dirt-bikes as a child and later in life lead to realizing his passion racing sport-bikes. An Expert racer in the CMRA, he won several Novice sprint and endurance class Championships. He has worked with hundreds of individuals as a motorcycle track coach for the last 5 years. He also has experience training for different technology companies in his day job. He takes pride in bringing fellow riders to the track and giving them the knowledge and guidance needed to achieve their goals.
Ben Goodling – CMRA Expert and Sport Rider Coaching Coach: formally a Texas state MSF instructor. Ben has a specialty in lightweight riders and racers on Ninja 300, R3 and similar machines but coaches all skill levels on all bikes. Ben holds a personal best of 1:19 at MSR Cresson!
Shandra Crafford – CMRA Expert and MSR Cresson Club Member – Shandra brings to the table years of road racing experience, the knowledge of a MSR Cresson as a Club Member, and the skills that allow her to run a personal best of 1:25 at MSR Cresson.
Steven Ebeling – CMRA Expert and Sport Rider Coaching Coach; Steven also rides and races MX locally. Steve is passionate about developing riders and honing their track skills. If you are thinking about racing, Steve can show you the path. Steven holds a personal best lap time of 1:21 at MSR Cresson.
Love to Ride Mentors
Kier Garcia – Lead Instructor
CMRA Racer, Harris Hill Club Member and Lead Instructor for How we Roll and Intro to Track at Harris Hill Raceway – “Hi everyone my name is Kier Garcia and I’ve been doing track days for about 5 plus years. Been teaching and Harris Hill Raceway for about 2 years and going. Just recently got my CMRA license to race. Love riding the track,racing and most of all teaching.”
Damien Kimbrough – Harris Hill Member and Instructor for “How we Roll”
Grew up in Germany and Italy, fell in love with motorcycles when I saw Top Gun, it turned into an obsession and passion as soon as I saw Kevin Schwantz at Hockenheim racing and how thousands of people covered the Autobahn to go watch. My first motorcycle was a 1992 NSR-250R which I crashed in 15 minutes after saving up 3 years to get it. Since then I’ve owned a 1993 GSX-R 750, 1999 TL1000R, 1996 CBR-900RR, 2006 GSX-R1000, and a 2015 R1. First time I ever touched a race track was the Nurburgring Nordschliefe, since then I’ve been lucky enough to ride Nurburgring GP track, Mugello, Valencia, Anneau du Rhin, Spa, Hockenheim, Oesrschleben, Circuit of the America’s, and Harris Hill Raceway.
Marquis Davis – Lead Instructor
Harris Hill Member, Instructor, Professional Track Videographer
Marquis Davis, born in Okinawa, Japan. Started riding at the age of nine on dirt bikes, in high school started riding cruiser motorcycles. Started riding Sportbike in 1993. First track day was at the HockenheimRing in Germany. Been doing track days ever since. Now I have the opportunity to race on the FMD endurance race team with the help of Raceforthewounded.com. Also have been coaching other riders when I can. Attend riding classes every few years to keep learning and improving — being as safe as possible.
Paul Carter – Coach, Instructor, Mentor, TXSR San Antonio Founder and Owner of Sport Bike Repair in San Antonio Texas. – Paul is quite possibly the most experienced “coach, instructor, mentor” in the entire line up. Paul has helped countless riders get to “level 3” aka advanced etc. Paul will be working with some of the faster riders in the first group and helping them transition to the “Respect the Craft” group!
Jorge Cando – TXSR Organizer TXSR Houston Group – Jorge serves as one of the organizers for TXSR Houston where the entire idea of “mentorship” comes from. TXSR takes riders on controlled rides, sets up events, and attends trackdays. Jorge has literally wants to help give back to the community and is coming all the way from Houston to do it!
Jason Abbott – CMRA Racer, Harris Hill Instructor – Jason instructs at Harris Hill, Races in the CMRA and enjoys helping riders “find the lines” and become better riders.
Rob Green – CMRA Racer and former Coach – Rob Green is an avid road race fan, dirt bike rider, and all around lover of the sport. He has an infectious positive attitude and we are thrilled that he will be working with us!
Cliff Partee – ParteeRacing, CMRA Racer – Cliff has been road racing now for 3 years and has competed on an R6 as well as R3 – he brings experience racing both machines to the table. In addition to that Cliff formed Partee Racing and is developing some very nice decal products.
Ignacio Pedregon III Owner:Operator, CMRA Racer, Instructor, Safetey Officer at Harris Hill, and CMRA Novice Racer – Hi Everyone if you made it this far in the page I hope you are as excited as I am for this event! I am one of the founders of TexasSportBikeRiders.com where the idea of “Mentoring” was developed. I have worked with several trackday organizations and developed this unique and new format where the mission is to deliver “enjoyable and usable track time”. I look forward to seeing you at our first event of 2019!! I will be out there riding with everyone, getting some video, and giving feedback, encouragement, and helping provide the best product for you!