Ukiah Daily Journal
Brian Bartlow, a Lake County native and former Ukiah paramedic, has spent numerous years road racing motorcycles and after an accident in 1999 has been working his way back into the racing scene. Bartlow
racing career in 1990, on a Kawasaki 250cc Ninja, racing in the American Federation of Motorcycles
has also raced in other associations such as the American Motorcycle Association
and the Central Championship Series throughout his
years on the track. Bartlow
has had experience riding several types of bikes, including the Honda CBR 600cc F3 and a Yamaha Verago V-Twin, a homemade compilation of several types of bikes they used to call Goliath.After experimenting, Bartlow
has settled down, finding a motorcycle that he
feels comfortable riding, two Italian made Grand Prix bikes, Aprilia 250cc G.P. Bartlow
not only races motorcycles, he
is also a flight medic.He began his career in Nice and has since worked for the Kelseyville Fire Department, Redwood Empire Life Support and Ukiah Ambulance.
Now working out of Fresno, Bartlow
works with a team of three the helicopter pilot, a nurse and himself, the paramedic.
When it comes to flying around the racetrack turns at speeds of some 130 mph he
has no fear."I actually get more scared in a helicopter than I do racing," he
said."I have had crashes at 130 mph and you get right back up."
racing career more than 13 years ago, he
was recognized with the Novice of the Year Award in his
rookie season.Since then he
has received many first, second and third place trophies as well as conquered several of the classes in which he
has raced. Bartlow
has had a lot of luck in his
racing, but with the good there comes difficulties as well. Bartlow
had a crash mid-season in 1999 and was forced to take a break from the sport he
loved so much.Leading the points race at the time of the accident, Bartlow
was unable to return to action during the '99 season but was doing everything in his
power to prepare himself for an eventual return to the races.
"I really had no major injuries," the motorcycle-racing paramedic said."I broke my right wrist and had some muscle damage to my left femur.It was able to put me out of racing."
Having recovered from his
was anxious to return to the races.He
was able to find a sponsor, "by accident really," he
said, which would benefit him and his
future abilities, enabling him to make his
way back into the sport. He
"did a ride along," Bartlow
said of the "motorcycle lawyer."Bartlow
was picked up by Sawl and Netzer, a law firm in the Fresno area.
"I couldn't distinguish between the idea of whether I had won the lottery and my sponsorship," Bartlow
said of his experience with Sawl and Netzer.
has been backed by Sawl & Netzer
, along with his
other sponsors, he
has been able to return to his
dream of racing motorcycles.
While making his
comeback in the middle of the 2002 season, he
started last in the points race and was able to finish 11th overall.Bartlow
was able to accomplish all of this though he
missed the first five races and only competed in the last four of the season.
was gone from the racing scene for so long he
had to "make up for lost time," though many feel he
has returned near where he
has proved this year that he
can move up in the ranks very quickly, managing to finish in the top 10 every race and top five in a few of the races this season," reads Foxysweb.com, a Web site devoted to motorcycle road racing."Next race season, Brian
has mentioned he
may try to race the 600 class again."
comeback, Sawl & Netzer
decided to try something different with him racing in the Central Championship Series, something they had not been involved with until now. Bartlow
went to Southern California to ride the Streets of Willow race track in the desert town of Rosamond.He
entered himself into seven races for the weekend and again started last in points.After the long weekend of racing was over, Bartlow
walked away with seven trophies four for first place, two for second place and one for fourth place.Out of 208 entries, he
placed 41st in points overall, having only competed in one of 12 race weekends. Bartlow
said that with all the hard work, frustration and competition, the Sawl & Netzer
Team manages to continuously support and have fun with motorcycle road racing.Having participated in the sport competitively for many years, Bartlow
expects to have many more in the future.
None of this would be possible without all of those who have helped him along the way, he
said, including Sawl & Netzer
, Pirelli Tires
, Galfer Brakes
, and each of the sponsors "who have been so supportive."He
also said his
crew members had a huge impact on his
abilities and accomplishments.
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