Monday, April 26, 2010

Race #1 Recap

Saturday practice went really well. I scrubbed in my new set of tires and gained a lot of confidence as I got a feel for pushing them hard. I figured out some lines and was feeling good when the sun went down and practice ended.

Sunday started with timed practice to set the grids for the heat races. I posted 5th fastest in the Open Am class. This gave me the second row inside starting spot. In the heat I got off in 5th and moved into 4th in the dirt. I closed in on 3rd by the end but ran out of time to try a pass. For the main I was gridded outside front row. I didn’t get a very good jump on the start and tucked into 4th in the first corner. I was pushing hard, closing in on 3rd then I got a bit aggressive in the last dirt corner, tucked the front end and went down. This rattled me a bit and fell back to 13th or so. I managed to work my way back to 10th by the end of the race.

It was disappointing to throw away a podium chance like that but now I know I have the speed and confidence to run up at the front of the Open Am class. The bike worked great, I didn’t get hurt, had a ton of fun and learned a lot so it was a good weekend. I’m looking forward to redeeming my self at the next race May 16th on the Shannonville Supermoto track.