Endurocross (round 1)
Las Vegas, Nevada
July 25, 2009
All the racers in the night show had one lap to go out there, by themselves, and put in their fastest lap time. This would determine everyone’s gate pick and heat race. I put in a smooth lap, and was tied for the 4th fastest with Colton Haaker. Taddy Blasuziak was the fastest, and then Rick Dietrich was second.
They only take the top two out of this race to go to the main. I knew I had a pretty stacked heat and it wasn’t going to be easy. When the gate fell, I was right there at the first corner. Ricky D went a little wide and gave me the inside. I was in the lead, but had pressure most of the first lap. On the second lap I had a little gap, but went down on a rock corner (that I struggled with all night). I went from first to 4th! Antoine Meo and I had a great battle going back and forth for third, but we couldn’t catch Dietrich or Lanza who took the top two spots.
In this race they only took first to the main and I still had a lot of great riders to contend with. I was able to get another great start when Antoine went down in front of me. I lead the whole race, but Bobby Prochnau kept pressure on me for most of it. I was happy to take the win and move into the main event!
I didn’t have the best gate pick, because I came out of the semi. However once the gate dropped, I had the elbows out and pushed my way into 3rd after the second corner. Taddy and Ricky were right in front of me off the start. For the first three laps, I stayed in 3rd and then made my first big mistake in the infamous rock corner. I had quite a few people pass me when I was trying to restart my bike. The worst part was that as soon as I got going again, I realized my front end was really twisted. I didn’t want to stop and waste time fixing it, so I just kept going so I wouldn’t lose more positions. I think it was the very next lap I went down again. I was really struggling going over the logs and rocks with my bars pointing straight and my wheel pointing to the side. After I went down again I tried to fix the front end, but it just helped a little. I kept plugging along in the race, but just couldn’t get back into the flow. I ended up with a disappointing 10th.
Main Event Results:
1st Taddy Blasuziak
2nd Ricky Dietrich
3rd Mike Brown
4th Geoff Aaron
5th Colton Haaker
6th Kyle Redmond
7th Cory Graffunder
8th Jamie Lanza
9th Damon Huffman
10th Destry Abbott
11th Matt Crouch
12th Nick Brozovich
I was super pumped to make it into the main event, but once I was in I really wanted to be in the top 5. I was happy with my speed and the 250F was perfect for this race. I just made some dumb mistakes and it just kind of snowballed from there. After picking up the bike, a few times, I was beat! I really don’t need to change anything on the bike, I just need to work on a few other things before the next EX race I do.
What an exciting race. I could hear the crowd in the main event and I knew something big was happening up front. I finally got to watch some of the highlights of the race and it was awesome! This is a must see video from the opening round http://shotmakerproductions.com/?p=663&preview=true .
I really would love to do the whole series, but three of the six rounds conflict with other races I’m doing. I might try and race the next round, and then the final one in November.
At the final race in Las Vegas (November 21), I’m going to have one big section. I’ll be selling tickets where everyone can sit together (around 60 tickets). They’re going to be the same price as listed, but you’ll be getting one of my t-shirts and some other goodies. I know I had a lot of people talk to me about this and I’m finally going to do it. I’ll be posting more on my site here soon.
Everyone that put the event on did and awesome job. They really know how to run a first class operation and the course was really good too! I was amazed at the turnout. It was a lot bigger than last year and I know this series is going to take off here soon.
One of the big events during Saturday was seeing Josh Morros race. It’s amazing to see how far he’s come since his crash. He really did awesome and looked smooth the whole time. I know he would’ve liked to have done better, but it will come back with time. Great job Josh!!!
On September 13th I’ll be doing my ISDE fundraiser out at Grindingstone again. It was awesome last year, and I plan to make it even better this year. I’ll be posting the flyer up on my message board next week. Hope to see you guys there. It’s for a great cause! Go USA! J
I need to really thank Jonny Weisman and Cody Call for all their help getting my race bike ready. We did a lot of testing and it really helped for the race.
My next race will be this weekend up in Elma, Washington for the WORCS round.
I attached some photos from Brad Bentley and a few from Mike Farmer. Thanks guys!
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