2011 Season all wrapped up!
A few words on the season ....... Well, it was awesome! I had a few goals for the year, move up to the 800 Sportsman class and get a top 10 finish for the season. I really wanted the 2 digit plate. I had a pretty decent start to the season but ended up breaking my leg at Chanute, that resulted in missing a few races. At that point I didn't know what was going to happen, pretty much thought the work I put in earlier in the season would be lost.Once I got cleared to get back on the bike, I did the math and was still in the points! I finished out the last 3 races of the season, aside from a broke clutch cable at Melvern, I had good solid finishes. I met a bunch of great people this year, had a great season of racing and looks like I will be wearing the #86 plate next year!
Carbondale 11/06/11 Race Report
Pulled into parking right at 8am, and I couldn't believe it was 58 degrees, a great start to the day. Got the bike unloaded and went to watch the peewee races. Those kids keep getting faster and faster, give them a few years and they will be knocking at our rear fenders.
Headed back to parking, stopped by to visit Tim, Kevin, Andy, Dennis and Joe. Also got to meet a few riders in the 800 class for the first time (about time, been racin' ya all season), met the Thomas's (Bill, Marty and William) Great bunch of guys, look forward to racing with you next season.
Get all suited up for practice and head out on the course with Dennis and Joe. The course was great, like Tim said, it was tight and technical, but had really good flow. Got a chance to scope out a few of the alternate lines, some of the woods sections had about 3 different lines, and they were all about 3 feet apart!
Race time: Board dropped, bike started on first kick and ended up about mid-pack. Took it a little easy through the first section, the dust was pretty intense, not to mention the 50lbs of dirt being thrown at me by the lead bikes First lap was pretty good, the usual "first lap train" through the tight stuff, each one of us waiting for a guy to make a mistake and get a position. I could see Andy (84) up ahead of me and was closing in, came through scoring in 8th that lap. When I got to the woods I put a little more into it, had to make up the distance Andy had on me. Then all of a sudden it hit me, about half way through the lap!
Came around a corner and caught a glimpse of a KTM handle bar coming from the edge of the course, but that time it was a little too late. It turned out to be Andy, guess he went down coming out of the corner and ended up off the edge of the course. I was right beside him as he tried to re-enter the course, by right beside him, I mean bar to bar. Our handle bars locked, my left side into his right side. We all know what is on the right handle bar, correct? In a split second my hand guard/clutch lever/right hand (don't really know which ) caught his hand/thottle, the KTM went wide open and drove both our bikes into the brush on the other side of the course! First thing we did was get up, make sure we both had all of our digits, and get back going. While we were down rolling around in the brush, Marty (871) caught up and passed us both ......... I bet he had a smirk on his face!
Came through scoring 9th that lap, time to make up some positions. Made a good pass on Bill (87) in the flat track section after scoring, we battled through the first 6 turns, I just couldn't put the wheel in on him, decided to try something different on the sweeper in the back, I got a good run out of the corner into the straight and kept in the throttle, Bill took the inside like he had been, I stayed in it, took the outside line and made the pass. Had a few more good battles in the woods and made up 3 positions. The 4th lap was pretty much uneventful, ended up with a 6th place finish.