BEHIND THE MAN
Welcome to Partee Racing
Marital Status: Married (Angie Partee)
Years riding: 12
Born: San Antonio, TX
Occupation: Texas Army National Guard
Race Organization: Central Motorcycle Roadracing Association
2006 Yamaha YZF-R6
2015 Yamaha YZF-R3
America's love for racing
The roar of the engines, the smell of race fuel and the thrill of watching racers hit over 100 mph on the straight then diving into a corner, knee down and passing on the inside, creates an excitement that occurs like no other for fans. America has a profound love of motorsports and motorcycle roadracing is no exception! This all starts with supporting racers like Cliff Partee. Motorcycle road racing is an outstanding sport because it involves friends and family as well as the community. This is no exception for Cliff, if it wasn't for the support of his wife of 25+ years Angie, his family and friends he would never have been able to see his dream come true.
Cliff and his wife Angie in fromt of the Motorcycle School in San Antonio, TX
Cliff receives one on one instruction from Ridesmart Instructor (2015)
Cliff receives classroom instruction on the technical aspects of riding on a closed circuit (2015)
Cliff's goal is to race in Light Weight Endurance, Sprint and Team 60 events.
What is the difference in race categories
Light Weight Endurance Racing: Light Weight Endurance team racing is a long distance timed event lasting from 2-8 hours competing for the most laps completed in allotted time. The "team" bike ranges from 250-500cc in power. Teams are made up of up to five riders sharing the same bike and making pit stops to swap riders, add fuel and change tires.
Sprint Racing: Sprint races are individual riders competing for placement to be first to cross the finish line. Cliff's goal is to ride in the 600cc class using his 2006 Yamaha R6. Riders line up on the grid sitting on their machines with them running waiting for the green flag to drop. Most races are 5-8 laps depending on the size of the track.
Team 60: Team 60 is a relay race with two bikes and two riders on a team. Both riders must have the same size bike. Cliff's goal is to ride in the 600cc class using his 2006 Yamaha R6. The start of the race is a “Le Mans” style start where the bike is held or placed on a stand and the rider is several feet away. When the flag is dropped the first rider runs to the bike and starts the race. The rider races on the track for 30 minutes then comes into pit and tags the second rider into the race for the next 30 minutes. The teams compete for the most laps completed in the allotted time.
Cliff's passion for motorcycle racing began as a child with trips to visit his cousins in Baycliff, TX. He would watch as his cousins, young and old, would go race motocross. This was entirely a family affair that struck a passion with him for motorcycle racing. Unfortunately Cliff never had the same opportunities to ride let alone race. He became a fan of Jeff Ward during his motocross career plastering posters up on the walls of his room and day dreamed of racing. Any chance he got to ride a friends bike he took to get some experience.
In 2006 Cliff bought his first bike, a 1999 Kawasaki 250. He took the Motorcycle Safety Foundation Basic Riders Course as well. Taking the course created a friendship between himself and the course owner. He soon began to apprentice to get his motorcycle safety instructor license. While an apprentice, he purchased a 2007 Kawasaki ZZR600 and commuted almost every day to work. Unfortunately Cliff would not get a chance to become a licensed instructor because in 2007 he was deployed to Iraq. Prior to leaving on deployment Cliff sold his motorcycles intending to buy a new one when he returned. After he returned from deployment, Cliff was called upon over and over again to help deploy others around the world.
Finally things settled down long enough for Cliff to buy another street bike, a 2009 Yamaha YZF-R6. In March 2015 Cliff attended his first track day. In July 2015, at the age of 41, Cliff completed the CMRA race license course and began training for the 2016 season. In November of 2015 Cliff purchased a 2006 Yamaha YZF-R6 to converted it to a race bike to compete in the B and C Superstock/Superbike Sprint classes. In December 2015 Cliff was offered an opportunity to join Race Antics as one of their riders in the Ultra Lightweight Endurance category for the 2016 season. Cliff has since sold his 2009 YZF-R6 and bought a 2015 Yamaha YZF-R3 to compete in Ultra Lightweight Sprints.